An imposing Art Deco clifftop home that belonged to a Welsh rugby star is on the market

Standing proud in a unique location on Penarth’s cliff top this handsome house was, until recently, the much-loved home of Welsh rugby legend Gareth Griffiths.

The Rhondda-born winger was a member of the celebrated team which beat the All Blacks in 1953 as well as making 140 appearances for Cardiff RFC.

Gareth, who passed away two years ago, also toured South Africa as part of the 1955 British Lions team, making three appearances.

But this is the place he called home, with wife Anne. And it’s a place almost as special as the player himself.

(Image: David Baker & Co)

Built in the 1930s, this extraordinary period property called Winton bares all the hallmarks of the distinct and yet scarce Art Deco style. The white washed walls, the soft curves, the large bay windows, and the flat roof are all trademarks of this popular architecture and design.

According to the Architectural Digest, Art Deco was most popular during the 1920s to the 1940s and a style that brought glamour, luxury, order and symmetry to the design of a property inside and out, epitomised by rich colours, strong shapes, bold geometry and decadent detailing.

How rare to find a genuine, original example of an Art Deco building in the south Wales area.

(Image: David Baker & Co)

Estate agent David Baker is now selling the property again, after having sold it to Gareth and Anne in 1993.

He says: “It is a unique and genuinely magical property, it has a very comfortable and relaxed atmosphere inside and will make a magnificent home.”

Gareth Griffiths, the Welsh wing, cross kicks as England’s Ted Woodward closes in on him during England’s 8-3 win at Cardiff Arms Park (Image: Media Wales)

Approaching the grand old lady through double gates, the location next to Penarth’s cliff walk path could not be more ideal for stunning sea views across the Bristol Channel to England in the distance.

(Image: David Baker & Co)

The private and secluded home is set within a large garden that includes an (empty) swimming pool, which has gently curved ends that echo the distinctive curved bays of the house.