Area guide: What is South Wales like?
We provide extensive coverage of South Wales, dealing in property in Builth Wells in the north, right down to the southern border.
Property in South Wales
As you would expect in an area as large as the one we cover, we offer a huge range of property of all types and periods, from beachside cottage retreats to grand manors and contemporary city properties.
Around Cardiff and its conurbations, there are plenty of Victorian and Edwardian family homes in Cyncoed, Radyr, Llandaff and Lisvane, whilst Penarth is a classic Victorian resort as well as a favourite base for commuting into Cardiff.
Older architecture is to be found in the region’s venerable market towns, with a wealth of Georgian and older properties in Monmouth, Abergavenny, Chepstow and Usk. And of course, scattered throughout the countryside are plenty of historic country houses from all periods.
The local scene
From the buzz of Cardiff’s city centre and the exciting Bay area to the unspoilt Pembrokeshire coastline and the wild expanses of the Brecon Beacons, southern Wales is a stimulating mix of the urban and the rural, culture and calm.
Cardiff itself is culturally and socially vibrant. The city ranks among the top six shopping centres in the UK, boasting the the largest John Lewis store outside London and 1.3 million square feet of retail space at the new St David’s Shopping Centre.
The Millennium Stadium, situated in the city centre, is the home of Welsh rugby.
The Wales Millennium Centre is home to Welsh National Opera, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama also hosts a wide range of classical music events. The University ensures a lively social scene, and there are numerous smart bars, cafes and restaurants both in the city centre and along the waterfront in Cardiff Bay. Further out, the Brecon Jazz Festival and the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts are just two of the plethora of cultural events that enrich the region.
The sea is the other great draw. The spectacular coast is dotted with charming seaside towns like Tenby and Penarth, and historic sites such as St David’s. The Gower Peninsula — the UK’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty — is noted for its golden beaches and rugged landscape, and throughout South and West Wales there are plenty of marinas to attract sailing enthusiasts.
Mainline services from Cardiff reach London Paddington in about two hours.
The M4 provides direct links to London and Bristol, and links to the M5 for access to Birmingham and the South West of England.
Cardiff Airport provides flights to a wide range of international destinations.
Schools in South Wales
The excellent range of schools in South Wales includes Monmouth School; Howell’s School, St John’s College and the Cathedral School, Cardiff; Westbourne School, Penarth; Christ’s College, Brecon; and Llandovery College, Carmarthenshire.