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Tai sy'n dyst i lafur cariad eu perchnogion a ddangoswyd gyntaf yn y flwyddyn 2003. A selection of homes that are testimony to their owners' labour of love, first shown in 2003.


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-We've reached 2003

-in the 04Wal archives.

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-The houses we'll see

-were a real labour of love.

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-We'll visit a rectory

-in Denbighshire...

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-..but first, Tresinwen Mill

-in Pembrokeshire.

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-We saw the details

-when the house went on the market.

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-There was a photograph of the mill,

-taken from the top of Garn Fawr.

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-It showed the peninsula

-and Tresinwen Mill.

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-The sea was a bright blue,

-and you could see the lighthouse.

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-It was so striking,

-we came to view the property.

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-We thought about it for weeks.

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-We wanted to be sure.

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-Ed, Hedydd and the children lived in

-this cottage when we were last here.

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-The garden looked like

-a builders' yard...

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-..but the interior of Tresinwen

-was almost ready.

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-We bought it eight years ago.

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-We worked on it every weekend,

-and that went on for two years.

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-Yes.

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-We first moved into the small

-cottage and lived there...

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-..whilst we worked on the main

-building as and when we could.

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-We knew this area fairly well.

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-I worked in an ice-cream van

-when I was a young girl...

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-..and I often saw

-the lighthouse in the mist.

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-I never thought

-I'd live in this area.

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-It's a popular area

-because it's so pretty.

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-We wanted to develop a property

-because of Ed's skills.

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-We were lucky

-to find this property.

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-There was a lot of work to be done,

-but it had great potential.

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-We didn't rush things, but

-we've finally finished the house.

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-No-one has lived

-in the old mill before.

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-How did you divide the space

-into rooms suitable for a family?

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-We had to keep to the original shape

-of the building.

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-We thought long and hard

-about how best to divide the rooms.

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-We used timber partitions rather

-than concrete or stone walls.

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-Timber takes up less space.

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-It's also warmer, and a

-timber partition adds character.

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-We needed three bedrooms,

-and that's what we have.

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-It works really well.

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-The children have big bedrooms,

-and they're happy.

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-These were the original beams.

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-We only managed to salvage

-five beams from the old mill.

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-The rest were rotten.

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-We wanted to put

-some of the old timber in here.

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-The old beams

-make the place feel more homely.

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-We collected lots of items

-before we moved in.

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-These things knit the

-whole project together perfectly.

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-You can ruin something

-if you're too elaborate.

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-The attractive thing about this

-property is its pretty surroundings.

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-We've laid this patio

-since you were last here.

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-Hedydd doesn't like the word patio.

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-She calls it the back garden.

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-We used stone slabs,

-and we planted a few plants.

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-There were piles of soil here

-when you last saw it.

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-It's all been scattered and seeded,

-and the lawn is growing quite well.

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-It's time to enjoy the house,

-rather than work on it.

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-That's the plan!

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-We're going to have

-lots of barbecues in the garden.

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-It's going to be great.

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-It has more of

-a natural character...

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-..than we could have given to it.

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-This is a wonderful location.

-The whole area is stunning.

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-We want to enjoy the lifestyle

-that comes with living here.

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-This rectory is called Hendre Llan,

-and it was built around 1780.

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-It belongs to Carys and Jeff Padan.

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-Jeff and his granddad came here

-to shoot crows when Jeff was young.

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-Jeff's granddad was a gardener here.

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-Carys is a local girl, and

-she dreamt of living in the house.

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-The house was

-in a poor state of repair.

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-The house was in a worse condition

-than the buildings behind us!

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-We gutted the whole place.

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-We pulled up the floors,

-and we replaced the windows.

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-You were brave

-to take the job on, Jeff.

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-I was a brave man, but my wife

-wanted the house more than me.

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-I get paid from the neck down, and

-my wife gets paid from the neck up!

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-Carys, my wife, is responsible

-for the interior design.

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-She has a real talent for it.

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-I always looked up at the house

-as I walked past when I was young.

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-I never thought I'd live here.

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-Did you dream about it?

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-Carys wanted to live here,

-but I was happy in the village.

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-Now that I live here, I love it,

-but it takes a lot of maintenance.

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-Picking up leaves is hard work.

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-It wouldn't be so bad

-if I could smoke them!

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-They've worked hard

-on the interior, too.

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-Carys, Jeff's wife,

-is responsible for that.

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-Carys could imagine

-how the house would look.

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-She has real vision.

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-Had you known how much time

-and money the renovation involved...

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-..would you have bought the house?

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-Yes, we would... wouldn't we?

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-Jeff, there's a glazed look

-on your face!

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-I wouldn't have bought it.

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-I was the one who wanted the house.

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-The renovations have cost a lot.

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-The problem is

-Carys wants everything bang-on...

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-..and I think that probably cost us

-even more money!

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-Having said that, all the work

-has been done properly.

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-I have no regrets about anything

-we've had done to the house.

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-It's cosy.

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-Are you happy with it?

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-Are you happy with it?

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-Yes, we're very happy with it.

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-You don't want to do it again?

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-You don't want to do it again?

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-I'd love to do it one more time.

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-It's an enormous house.

-Don't you feel a bit lost here?

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-I retreat to the west wing

-when we've argued!

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-It's handy when he snores, too!

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-Jeff takes care

-of the manual labour.

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-He sings your praises because

-you're the one with the vision.

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-Is that true?

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-Yes. I've a good imagination.

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-Jeff was sceptical, but I could

-envisage how this house would look.

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-Welcome back to 2003.

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-We'll never know how much Welsh

-history has been swept aside...

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-..in the name of modernization.

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-That was almost the fate

-of Neuadd Cynhinfa, Montgomeryshire.

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-This house is a tapestry

-of architecture down the ages.

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-It spans the period from the

-16th century to the 20th century.

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-CADW helped Emyr and Nerys

-rescue everything.

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-This section seems more recent...

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-..but this section, or part of it,

-seems original.

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-Yes, that's right.

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-The section of dark wood is

-the original section, built in 1507.

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-The more recent sections

-were built in 1994.

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-That's green wood.

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-You can see that there has been

-movement within the wood since 1994.

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-Are the windows older than that?

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-Our guidelines stated that we had to

-keep the windows that were here.

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-We didn't have to go back to

-the very original windows.

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-Were there any windows in it,

-originally?

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-No, they used two pieces of wood

-and some sackcloth.

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-That's how they let the smoke

-out of the house.

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-We built an extension...

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-..to restore the hall

-to its original size.

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-It goes from the chimney outwards.

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-This section is completely new.

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-This section is completely new.

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-Yes, that's right.

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-It blends in perfectly

-with the rest of the house.

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-Yes, we were very lucky.

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-A local farmer

-demolished an old building...

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-..and we bought the stones,

-the slate and some wood from him.

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-The wood we bought from him

-is in the new kitchen.

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-The stone has weathered naturally.

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-This is the only part of

-the wall which has been rendered.

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-CADW wanted us

-to render all the stonework.

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-The whole house?

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-The whole house?

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-Yes, but we'd already pointed it.

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-We had a long discussion about it...

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-..and we compromised

-by rendering this wall.

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-This is the wall that bears

-the brunt of the winter weather.

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-This is the part that makes

-this house so very special.

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-Yes, because most of the

-external oak work is in this area.

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-This corner is one of the original

-sections of the house...

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-..that has been carved out.

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-This extension dates back to 1550.

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-They ran out of oak,

-so they filled it in with plaster.

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-Does this part of the house date

-from an earlier or later period?

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-It's earlier.

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-This is the original hall.

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-The post and panel

-make Neuadd Cynhinfa unique.

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-This box frame.

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-Even the centre panel is oak.

-It's all made of oak.

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-This dates back to 1507.

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-How did you find this house?

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-My parents found the farm

-in the 1970s.

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-They bought the house, the farm

-and the fields.

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-That's how we came to be here,

-in the first place.

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-The house was a ruin at that time.

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-They kept animals in the house.

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-They thought

-the house was worthless.

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-Emyr's father and my father

-assessed it...

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-..and they thought we should

-demolish the house and start again!

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-We'd decided to demolish it

-and build a new house.

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-Michael Golden, the architect,

-came here...

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-..and he noticed the oak beams

-in the attic.

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-That was the first step in the

-process of resurrecting the house.

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-Waiting for the work to be completed

-must have been hard!

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-Yes, I persuaded Nerys we'd live

-in a caravan for nine months...

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-..but we ended up staying

-in the caravan for five years.

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-It took three years just to

-get started on the building work.

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-After those three years,

-they built an extension...

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-..which took the hall

-back to its original size.

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-This is the kitchen,

-and there's a bedroom above it.

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-The whole of Neuadd Cynhinfa

-was eventually renovated.

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-I'm glad you like wood because

-there's lots of it in this house.

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-Yes, there's wood everywhere.

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-The wood gives the house

-a special, warm feeling.

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-I'm very fond of looking at it.

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-There's a huge variety of wood here.

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-Some of it has been here

-for centuries...

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-..and some of it was added recently.

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-Are you in danger of giving the

-house's history too much respect...

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-..and forgetting

-that this is your home?

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-No, I don't feel like that at all.

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-I think we live in a way

-which compliments the house.

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-It's stood here for centuries,

-and it deserves our respect.

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-We must do things

-in the traditional way.

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-We live in a Welsh-speaking area...

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-..and we live

-traditional, Welsh lives.

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-I think our history comes alive

-in Neuadd Cynhinfa.

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-"On the journey, there is

-a good patron in old Cynhinfa.

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-"An old hall

-restored to its former glory.

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-"Its stones have long memories

-and the oak tells its story."

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-Penybont farm, Tregaron, has been in

-Aled Lewis's family since the 1940s.

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-Aled and Larissa, his wife,

-now live here.

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-The result of four years' hard work

-is a unique, contemporary home.

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-It was originally one house, but

-then it was divided into two houses.

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-They rented part of the house

-to my uncle and aunt.

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-We decided to turn it back

-into one large house.

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-The house looks like a cave

-in these photographs!

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-There aren't any floors

-in some rooms!

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-We stripped the wallpaper

-and hacked it back to the stone.

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-The timber

-was riddled with woodworm.

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-There was nothing supporting

-some of the floors.

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-We had to remove the old beams

-and start from scratch.

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-We took it from there...

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-..and we worked hard to get the

-rooms to look as they do today.

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-I'm very happy to be here!

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-The house is lovely,

-and this is quite a large farm.

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-There's plenty of work

-to be done here.

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-And you're the owner of Penybont.

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-And you're the owner of Penybont.

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-One of them!

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-One of them!

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-We spend most of our time in here,

-and it's the size of a bungalow!

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-It was split into two rooms,

-years ago...

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-..but we made it into one big room.

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-This stove heats the room

-quite efficiently.

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-What an enormous chimney!

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-This beam could tell some tales,

-if it could talk!

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-Why is that section

-a different colour?

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-The old staircase was over here.

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-The staircase

-took you up to the landing.

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-We moved the staircase

-out of this room.

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-The staircase

-is now in the next room.

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-Getting rid of the stairs

-must have added width to the room.

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-Let's take a look at the kitchen.

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-We knew we would need an expanse

-of units to fill this room.

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-My wife works in London...

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-..and we saw this kitchen

-in a shop there.

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-We liked the kitchen, and we then

-drew up the plans for this room.

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-Do you eat your breakfast

-at this enormous breakfast bar?

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-Yes, we eat most of our meals

-at this breakfast bar.

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-It's really handy.

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-You could carve your name on it

-and have it as your headstone!

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-Well, I think it's too big for that!

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-We struggled

-to get it into the house!

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-We won't take it out again.

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-Wow!

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-What an enormous bathroom!

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-An iron bath.

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-You could get lost in that shower!

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-This floor

-is made of old cupboard doors.

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-Over here,

-we have a walk-in airing cupboard!

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-Actually, it's a walk-in, walk-out

-airing cupboard!

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-Who uses that bathroom?

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-The lucky guests who stay

-in this wonderful spare room!

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-We cross the landing, and we find

-ourselves in the master bedroom.

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-The colours in here

-are rich and warm.

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-It's very romantic.

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-A private dressing room

-and bathroom.

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-This is the biggest shower I've seen

-since the one I saw a minute ago!

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-This is a shower with a difference.

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-There are two showers

-in this cubicle.

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-If I had more time,

-I'd enjoy renovating a house.

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-I know I can do it.

-I've learnt a lot.

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-I enjoyed the challenge

-of renovating the house...

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-..but I wouldn't do it again!

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-This is our home,

-and we're extremely happy here.

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-S4C subtitles by Eirlys A Jones

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Tai sy'n dyst i lafur cariad eu perchnogion a ddangoswyd gyntaf yn y flwyddyn 2003. A selection of homes that are testimony to their owners' labour of love, first shown in 2003.