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Art Deco home once Zoopla's most-viewed property is back on the market

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Shangri La, in Pontllanfraith

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An incredible Art Deco home which was once Zoopla's most-viewed property is back on the market after a stunning transformation.

Dayne and Julie Bartlett bought the Grade II listed Shangri La, in Pontllanfraith, Blackwood, Wales, at an auction in April 2015.

A huge 19,000 prospective buyers had seen it before it finally sold at auction, Wales Online reports.

a large brick building: The property before the transformation © Brinsons The property before the transformation But the 1930s detached home reportedly needed a lot of work.

Despite initially setting a budget of £80,000 to do the house up, the renovation cost more in the region of £200,000.

Three years after the project was started, the renovation is complete and the house is now back on the market - for £695,000.

a person standing in a room: Julie Bartlett is the current owner of Shangri La © Richard Swingler WS Julie Bartlett is the current owner of Shangri La  

Dayne said: "We thought (the house) was a steal really. We were told so many people wanted it and we thought we'd never have it. It was a shock really.

"We didn't know how much it would cost to do up, we initially thought £80,000 but it went way over that."

Speaking about the reason for selling up, 50-year-old Dayne, originally from Bournemouth said: "We're selling it for a life change really. We're not getting any younger and I want more free time.

"I have been working for the last 25 years all hours, living and working on the site. We got the means there now to give us a better lifestyle."

a house with trees in the background: The property is back on the market © Richard Swingler WS The property is back on the market  

Julie, 59, from Penpedairheol, Caerphilly, added: "We want to go back to auction and buy cheap properties to do them up and go into the property trade.

"I've been doing it all my life and we enjoy it. It's also going to allow us some free time and have some holidays."

The grandparents and owners of an upholstery company worked with Cadw to change the property into a modern home in keeping with its original design and features.

a room filled with furniture and a large window: The house is now complete after having a lot of work done © Richard Swingler WS The house is now complete after having a lot of work done

There is an entrance hall, two reception rooms, a kitchen, four bedrooms (two of which have balconies) and two bathrooms as well as a double garage.

Now the property also has an outdoor heated swimming pool, a sauna room and cinema room.

The colour scheme is a stylish black and white theme with all furniture and features bought brand new.

There's also a statue of a black bear which Dayne brought to the grounds after his grandchildren took a shine to it.

a large white tub next to a sink: The house has been renovated © Richard Swingler WS The house has been renovated

Dayne said: "From what it was derelict to what it is now is a complete change. The council and Cadw are happy with it and think we have done a good job on it. 

"We have a new patio on the back which link to the pool and a sauna by the pool house. The pool is 12x24 has lighting and heating and it's great for the grandkids or if you have a party.

"There's also my cinema room which overlooks the pool. It has a 3D projector, 83 inch screen and surround sound, and that is stunning. It's like a cinema.

a living room filled with furniture and a large window: There are two reception rooms in the property © Richard Swingler WS There are two reception rooms in the property "Our thought was when we bought the house if we couldn't afford to do it up properly we wouldn't have done it.

"It's the only Art Deco house in Wales, it's iconic and when it's sold it will never go up for sale again."

If you want more information on Shangri La, contact Dayne Bartlett on 07779 574025 or info@toctrim.co.uk

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