Apparently, the WTS has purchased a luxury sea-front property in Wales allegedly to be used for people working on translating publications into the Welsh language.
Checkout the pictures below - looks nice doesn't it?!
Superbly positioned above The Menai Strait with direct water access, Y Gwylain has been impressively developed to a high standard by the present owner and is highly recommended for an internal viewing. The property comprises of entrance hallway, reception hallway, impressive open plan 'live in kitchen/family room', lounge, sitting room, games room, 2 studies, utility, cloakroom, shower room, 5 double bedrooms, four en-suites and a family bathroom. The property benefits from having gas central heating, double glazing, garage, established landscaped gardens with decked areas and pond. The property enjoys fantastic sea view of The Menai Strait, The Menai Suspension Bridge and across to Anglesey.
Entrance Hallway Hardwood door with double glazed side panel, high pitched ceiling with double glazed Velux window, three wall light points, meter cupboard, cloaks cupboard, oak doors, Travertine flooring with underfloor heating and glazed doors leading to:
Reception Hallway 13'9" (4.2m) x 24'7" (7.5m) max (9'2" (2.8m) min). Open spindled staircase to the first and second floors and oak glazed doors leading to lounge.
Lounge 18'4" x 20'4" (5.59m x 6.2m). Cast iron multi fuel burner on a raised slate hearth, six wall light points, television aerial point, engineered oak flooring, radiator, vaulted ceiling, double glazed patio doors and double glazed windows to the rear and side from which there are views across the extensive rear garden and Menai Straits to the Isle of Anglesey.
Kitchen 32'10" x 17'9" (10m x 5.4m). Open plan living kitchen and family room. Kitchen Area - There is a range of drawer and base units in a cherry finish with dark stone style block end worksurfaces over, island unit with breakfast bar, inset five ring induction hob with splashback and extractor above, inset one and a half bowl sink unit with mixer tap, integral dishwasher, integral fridge, Travertine flooring with underfloor heating, double glazed patio doors leading to the rear garden, two wall light points and recessed halogen downlighters. Living Area - High pitched ceiling with halogen downlighters, Travertine flooring with underfloor heating, two wall light points, additional patio doors leading to the garden, oak glazed door leading to the utility room and panoramic views of Menai Straits including The Menai Bridge and The Britannia Bridge.
Utility Room Range of drawer and base units with roll top worksurfaces over, single drainer sink unit with mixer tap with storage cupboard below, plumbing for washing machine, space for fridge and freezer, double glazed door leading to the rear garden, Travertine flooring with underfloor heating and high pitched ceiling with halogen downlighters.
Shower Room Modern white suite comprising corner glazed shower cubicle with mixer shower, low flush WC and pedestal wash hand basin with mixer tap, ceramic tiling up to a mosaic border, halogen downlighters, extractor fan, heated towel rail and Travertine flooring.
Sitting Room 19' x 10'10" (5.8m x 3.3m). Double glazed patio doors leading to the rear garden, radiator, engineered oak flooring, television aerial point and door to:
Office 9'10" x 17'9" (3m x 5.4m). Double glazed picture window with views across the decked garden to Menai Straits, double glazed patio doors leading to the side garden, telephone point, radiator and engineered oak flooring.
Games Room 22' x 20' (6.7m x 6.1m). Double glazed window and patio doors leading to the rear garden, six wall light points, three halogen downlighters, central lighting unit fitted for pool table, two radiators, laminate flooring, understairs storage cupboard, door to the second staircase and oak panel door to:
Second Office 7'3"x 5'3" (2.2mx 1.6m). Double glazed window, fitted work station and radiator.
Gallaried Landing Open spindle blaustrade, stairs leading to the second floor, four wall light points, radiator, airing cupboard and oak panel door leading to the master bedroom.
Master Bedroom 20'4" x 18'8" (6.2m x 5.7m). Floor to ceiling double glazed windows with patio doors leading to the raised decked balcony with balustrade and has views across to The Menai Strait and Isle of Anglesey, two radiators, fitted wardrobes incorporating four double wardrobes, three wall light points and oak panel door leading to:
En-Suite Modern white suite comprising hand wash basin with mixer tap, low flush WC and walk in shower cubicle with mixer shower and fitted body jets, heated towel rail, recessed halogen downlighters, extractor fan and ceramic tiled flooring.
Family Bathroom Modern white suite comprising hand wash basin with mixer tap, ceramic tiled bath with shower tap attachment and low flush WC, shaver point with fitted mirror lighting unit, walk in shower cubicle with shelf, heated towel rail, ceramic tiled to a mosaic border, ceramic tiled flooring, double glazed window, recessed halogen downlighters, extractor fan and built in linen cupboard with radiator.
Bedroom Three 14'1" x 11'2" (4.3m x 3.4m). Radiator, double glazed patio doors overlooking the rear garden and has access to a raised decked balcony area.
Rear Inner Hallway Stairs to the games room and door to:
Bedroom Four 17'5" x 19'4" (5.3m x 5.9m). Floor to ceiling double glazed windows and double glazed patio doors leading to the rear decked garden, sea views and views to The Menai Strait, radiator and oak panel door leading to:
En-Suite Modern white suite comprising low flush WC, pedestal wash hand basin with mixer tap, fitted lighting mirror unit, shaver point, walk in mosaic tiled shower cubicle, ceramic tiled to a mosaic border, recessed halogen downlighters, heated towel rail, extractor fan, double glazed window and Travertine tiled flooring.
Landing Double glazed roof window with sea views and views to The Menai Strait and Isle of Anglesey, radiator, light point, open spindle balustrade and doors to:
Bedroom Five 16'9" (5.1m) x 18'8" (5.7m) (limited headroom). Double glazed Velux windows to the front and rear, to the front there are sea views and views to The Menai Strait and Isle of Anglesey, two radiators and oak panel door to:
En-Suite Glazed corner walk in shower cubicle with mixer shower, vanity hand wash basin with storage cupboard below, fitted lighting mirror unit, ceramic tiled splashbacks, integral WC, double glazed Velux window, heated towel rail, extractor fan and Travertine tiled flooring.
Store Room 31'6" x 12'2" (9.6m x 3.7m). Double glazed Velux window.
It raises a few questions:
Who will actually 'work' there? Will it be genuine workers or a label given to some WTS higher-up to have a nice luxury retirement home? Will the people who work there be the ones who decided it needed to be purchased?
Does it make sense to have the people who will be doing translation work there and not, ooh ... in the offices they already have (where they actually print things?) or much more cost-efficient offices elsewhere (I'm pretty sure you pay a lot for a luxury sea-view).
Can it even be converted to offices - it seems to be ideal as a luxury residential property with all those bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms and there are often planning laws to prevent this. The property descrption is all about the luxury living and the view - if something isn't advertised as 'great office space' then is it?
Does it represent value for money for the people who's contributions paid for it? Will they even be told about it? Aren't the supposed to be a charity?
Why are they closing buildings in other (often poorer) parts of the world, evicting long-established workers and at the same time investing in luxury property like this that will 'benefit' a select few?
Who choses who the select few are?