Thursday, 1 May 2014

Fantasy Home of the Week: Roald Dahl's White House

Who's a fan of Roald Dahl?  A lovely 1907 house, where Roald Dahl was born in 1916 to his Norwegian parents Harald and Sofie, is still up for sale in Cardiff after nearly 12 months on the market.  Perhaps it's the £1.4 million (£2.35 million US$) price tag that's putting buyers off?

Named 'Ty Gwyn' (pronounced tea-gwin), Welsh for 'White House', the property has 5 bedrooms and beautiful grounds.  I love the long, sloping roof at the front (a 'cat slide' roof) and the porch with its stone floor, but it seems to me from the pictures that you could still spend a fair bit on internal decor upstairs.  The full online digital brochure is available by clicking here.

All photos by Hern and Crabtree, Estate Agents for this property

I loved Roald Dahl books when I was younger, but it was his 'grown up' book 'Going Solo' that was my absolute favourite, which told of Dahl's experiences as a WWII pilot in the RAF.  I think even from my childhood years I was developing an interest in 20th century history that eventually led to my love of vintage style.
 Roald Dahl, 1954, image source: Wikipedia

What do you think of the house?  Do you think it's worth the price tag?  Or do you think that its 'Roald Dahl' premium is too high?


  1. It could be a lovely house, it looks a little over modernised and show-homey at me but that could be fixed, especially if you can afford 1.5 million! x

  2. It looks nothing on the inside how you would expect, judging on the outside! I adore Dahl's books, a real treasure of my childhood, and I particularly loved Going Solo too, the part where the mamba kills the dog had me crying my heart out. It filled me with both fear and curiosity, just like all his books!

  3. Oh, the wallpaper in the living room - it's like sunshine!

    It's lovely, but too high a price for any sane person, surely... I also grew up on Roald Dahl (I've never read Going Solo but now I want to), but that doesn't persuade me! Mind you, I'm a million or so off affording it... CC x

  4. Oh! I love it. Love this post. I love Roald Dahl. I think he was a genius. That house is lovely. Aww. Money, why have you forsaken me?


  5. Love the house. A bit too rich for my blood... but that price would be a bargain in some American markets! Housing in some areas of off the charts!
    Cheers and following,
    L A


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