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CEFN ISAF

Site Details

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NPRN 472

Map Reference SH77SE

Grid Reference SH76937124

Unitary (Local) Authority Conwy

Old County Caernarfonshire

Community Caerhun

Type of Site HOUSE

Broad Class DOMESTIC

Period Post Medieval

Site Description Cefn Isaf was designed by the outstanding Arts and Crafts architect, Herbert Luck North (1871-1941), who lived and worked in Llanfairfechan from c.1901; the house was built in 1904 for John Nickson, a Lancashire businessman, as a holiday home. It was extended for his retirement in 1908, becoming a long single-banked house (a favourite Arts and Crafts plan) with the main rooms facing south towards the garden, and the circulation spaces, stairs, bathrooms etc. in a line at the rear.

Set back between the two gabled ends is a veranda supported on latticed pergolas. This links the three main rooms which face it through large bay windows with low sills and a Gothic arched doorway. Above the veranda roof are three more gables to the bedrooms. The main entrance is at the east end, through a Gothic arch and into a small cross-vaulted lobby which gives access to the hall. A second vaulted lobby mid-way along the rear passage is probably the main entrance before the house was extended.

Much of the original internal detail survives: the single plank front door perforated with tiny prisms of glass, the brass door furniture, tiled fireplaces, simple staircase details. The triangular front garden (also designed by North) is a series of terraces which step down towards the main gateway at the point. A pathway leads on axis from the living room doorway down two flights of slate steps to an octagonal terrace before meeting the gate.

Adam Voelcker (9 October 2009)

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