Date issued: 10th February 2016


Following the controversial closure of Llanafan Primary School by Ceredigion County Council in 2014 the building and grounds subsequently reverted to Trawsgoed Estates Limited in March 2015.

The directors  applied last November for planning consent to convert the school building into residential holiday accommodation, principally for the use of Lisburne family members and friends. Work on the building is due to start during Spring 2017.

John Vaughan of Trawsgoed Estates Limited said: "Despite best efforts by the local community to keep the school open in 2014, the closure  came as an unpleasant surprise and it will be much missed. However, the future use of the building for holiday accommodation by the Lisburne  family and others will provide a future for the property and its long-term care and maintenance".

The school was built by Ernest Augustus Vaughan, 4th Earl of Lisburne in 1856 and was formerly known as the Earl of Lisburne's School. It is Listed Grade II and has a number of interesting interior features as well, externally, a stone coronet and crest.

For more information contact: Mr.  Mike Lewis,  Trawsgoed Estates Limited, Canolafan, Llanafan, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 4AY

MOUNTAIN SHEEPWALKS FOR SALE  (including Llyn Crugnant)

Date issued 5th February 2016


Trawsgoed Estates Limited has instructed Morgan & Davies, together with Knight Frank, to sell  a number of mountain sheepwalks above  Strata Florida by private treaty.

The sheepwalks are freehold and regsitered as Common Land in a noted area of upland  above Tregaron, Ceredigion, and extending to in excess of 650-acres including Llyn Crugnant . The land is subject to the rights of  graziers and  is designated open access. It  is best approached by vehicle using the forestry road from Pantyfedwen near Strata Florida (3 miles) and then by tracks through the woodland. 

Historically, the sheepwalks  were part of the monastic estate of Strata Florida Abbey, near the village of Pontrhydfendigaid, founded in 1164 by Rhys ap Gruffudd, Prince of South Wales and dissolved in 1539. The land lies at a height of about 450 metres with outstanding views southwards over the Cambrian Mountains.

The landscape is gently undulating with a mixture of grassland and heath on the drier knolls, while the wetland boggy areas have a wide variety of flora and fauna including, bilberry, cowberry, sundews and sphagnum mosses. This is a habitat rich in wildlife and, for the sportsman, there are a few snipe and the occasional woodcock along the forest edge and is a valuable investment opportunity.  Llyn Crugnant has potential to be stocked with fish and thus combines to make a rare and unusual investment opportunity for those seeking to purchase a major tract of land in this secluded area of the Cambrian Mountains.

The  guide price is excess £475,000 for the whole.

For more information contact: Mr. John Vaughan  Trawsgoed Estates Limited, Canolafan, Llanafan, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 4AY


Date issued: 6th April 2013


Trawsgoed Estates Limited hosted a lunch party at the Lisburne Hall, Llanafan, on the 5th April to raise awareness and support for Walk on Wales (WoW) the charity which is fundraising for the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal and Combat Stress.

The lunch was attended by Councillor Paul Hinge, Ceredigion’s Forces champion and Lt. Col Andrew Speed who is coordinating the WoW fundraising effort together with John Warburton- Lee, a former Welsh Guards officer. Trawsgoed Estates invited members of the business community in Aberystwyth & North Ceredigion as well as former servicemen in the locality and the lunch was very well attended. The ‘Walk', along the Wales Coastal Path, will start on 25th August with the Ceredigion section being walked from the 25th to 30th September.

There will be 11 Walk on Wales teams, led by a serving or veteran Guardsman taking part and covering the 870-mile Welsh Coast Path. Walking alongside them will be the families and friends of the servicemen and women we are supporting, Veteran and serving soldiers and people from across the globe that have signed up to walk with us. The ambition is to encourage 4,000 people or more to join along the way, each pledging to raise £250, in order to reach the £1 million target. John Vaughan of Trawsgoed Estates said: “We were delighted to be asked to support Wales on Wales, especially given my family’s long connection with the Welsh Guards.

The lunch has helped raise awareness of the many British servicemen and women have been killed or seriously wounded in combat in places as far apart as Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan. Trawsgoed Estates will be contributing and I look forward to taking part in the Ceredigion walk in September”!


For further information on Walk on Wales please contact:



Date issued: 30th March 2013 


Trawsgoed Estates Limited is letting some 1.5 miles of trout fishing on the River Teifi, near Ystrad Meurig, Ceredigion.

The fishings run along both banks of the River Teifi, to the west of the village of Pontrhydfendigaid. The water quality on the upper reaches of the River Teifi is high and capable of growing wild brown trout up 2 lbs although sometimes exceeding this in size. The trout fishing on the River Teifi was a well kept secret until the 1960s when the master fly fisherman and TV presenter, Oliver Kite, publicised the brown  trout fishing in his television programmes, describing the Teifi as the ‘Welsh Test’. 

The fishing here is a delightful dry fly challenge, although nymph fishing is effective in the faster running water. There are hatches of March Browns in early spring with later hatches of Sedges and Olives in later spring and summer. Where there is no hatch in later summer and early autumn, fishing a large bushy type fly, a hopper or daddy long-legs, may often tempt the larger trout to rise. Subject to the necessary permits and consents, there is considerable scope to improve the fishings by way to improvements to the banks, the riffles, pools and glides and, possibly, by the construction of small weirs.

Mr. Mike Lewis of Trawsgoed Estates says: “A good opportunity exists for an angling club or association, a syndicate or individual to rent a highly desirable and improvable stretch of the upper River Teifi. The water quality here is excellent and there is considerable scope to improve the banks and the fishing generally to enable some limited stocking”. The fishings are to be let on an Annual Lease foir which offers are invited.

For more information please contact:  

Mr. M.C. Lewis Trawsgoed Estates Limited, Canolafan, Llanafan, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 4AY