Property Drop Issue 8

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15-31 JULY 2017

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MONMOUTHSHIRE | SOUTH HEREFORDSHIRE | WEST GLOUCESTERSHIRE

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I LOVE WHERE I LIVE

IN ROSS ON WYE

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RURAL GRAND DESIGNS,

EXPERT ARCHITECTURAL ADVICE

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH


2 BUYING AND RENOVATING

Tips for a profitable renovation

House buyers are finding it harder and harder to afford the house of their dreams.

This has led to an increase in renovation, from run down properties to houses which

have not been lived in for years or even decades.

It is even becoming increasingly popular to take on

barn conversions. Although the plot and barn which

you buy may be relatively cheap, the amount of

money you need to spend on these types of renovations

is great due to the level of necessary structural work.

Regardless of your chosen property, the most

important thing you need to take stock of is your

finances. These will dictate what you do, and will guide

all of your planning. Working out how much you have

The best way to find a suitable house is to look

through different estate agents. Renovation has become

much more popular in recent years, the competition for

finding suitable properties has risen. Therefore, you may

be on an estate agent’s books for many months before

they offer you anything. Stay patient though, as the

estate agent will be able to find you a property which

matches how much work and how much money you are

willing to spend.

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to spend will dictate how large the project will be, and

how long it will take. If you are thinking about taking

out a loan, then shop around for different ones that are

available so you get the best interest rates. If you are

planning to buy a house, then check and see how house

prices are in the area you want to buy. Sometimes these

can fluctuate greatly, and an estate agent will be able to

let you know when the best time to buy is, so that you

can get the best value for money.

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THE PROPERTY DROP ROUNDUP

Overlooking the

glistening Wye

A beautiful home comes to market

with Michael Skidmore estate agents.

If it’s spectacular views you’re after, and

rural life within a friendly and inclusive

community - then this could be for you.

Available for the first time in 35 years

and definitely worth a viewing.

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King’s Wood Gate

Taylor Wimpey introduce their

offering on the King’s Wood Gate site

just off Wonastow Road.

The 100% part exchange deal is

available on selected homes only,

but more details are available by

calling into the show home on site.

Fine and Country

With offices in Monmouth, Usk,

Ross-on-Wye and Chepstow, our local

Fine and Country agents know the

area well and market their properties

extensively, but did you know they can

also ensure your home is seen by

London and Bristol buyers and investors?


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Estate agents will also have a rough indication of

the requisite financial investment to make it habitable.

Finding a house through word of mouth may also be

possible and it is worth asking people if they know of

anything which may be suitable. Local knowledge is

priceless and they may have something hidden up their

sleeve, a vendor who’s thinking of selling but hasn’t put

the property on the market yet. A property you may

have dismissed.

Once you have found a property, make sure you

survey its potential. The location of the house is very

important, renovating a house rather than buying one

in an above average area can often save you a great

deal of money. On the other hand, some houses may

appear to be a bargain but will actually require a great

deal of structural work, increasing the amount of time

suite or knocking down any walls, then you will need

permission - in most cases planning permission from

the council is not needed for internal alterations (with

some exceptions).

Also, check the deeds for the house to find out

where the boundaries lie for the garden, in case you

want to add any extensions onto the house.

Get a surveyor in to see exactly what state the

structure of the house is in. If you need to replace any

walls or parts of the roof this is going to cost you time

and money, so it is best to get an indication before you

buy. The surveyor should be able to tell you exactly how

much this will cost you, and you may be able to agree

with the owner to get some money off the asking price.

Your estate agent should be able to help you with these

negotiations.

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and money you spend on the renovation. Also find out

whether the house is already fitted with electricity and

has plumbing, as these will cost you a great deal more

to have installed.

Check how easy it will be to get planning permission

for the house. If you wish to make any structural

changes, for example putting doors in to make an en

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Ross-On-Wye

Four pages of homes for rent and sale

around Ross On Wye, including an

interview with Sharon Chilcott asking

local young business woman Bekki Stovell

‘Why she loves where she lives?’

Engage the

right expert

The Property Drop is pleased to share tips

and expertise from Garry Thomas, local

custom home build expert. Talking about

successful rural planning permission this

month, Garry is renowned in his field.

Accolades include a listing in the

top 25 all time best Grand Designs

architects! And he is based right on our

doorstep in Herefordshire.

Latest News

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PROPERTIES

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Hyeyrie, 2 Woodlands, The Narth

RRK 01600 772929 www.roscoerogersandknight.co.uk

Price

£585,000

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glazed u-PVC bathroom bathroom and hardwood external doors and garage/covered windows. parking Internal

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Located in a quiet cul-de-sac in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty yet within easy reach

This spacious, modern 5 bed family home has 3 reception rooms, a study and a studio/

annexe, perfect for multi generation living or use as home based business.Gated tarmac

drive, parking area and integral twin garage and mature level gardens of approx. two

thirds of an acre. Rendered under a pitched, tiled roof the property has inset double

of Monmouth, Chepstow and major road links.

5

bathroom

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parking

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part glazed hardwood. Remodelled and extended to a high standard features include

contemporary bathrooms and kitchen with oak flooring throughout the Annexe. An oil

fired boiler provides hot water and heating to radiators throughout.

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The Almshouse, Rockfield, Monmouth

RRK 01600 772929 www.roscoerogersandknight.co.uk

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Price

£265,000

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A perfect holiday home or letting investment.

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Located on the edge of

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the

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village of Rockfield just a short drive from the

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

Monmouth and originally part of the renowned Rolls estate, this beautifully built and

designed grade II listed two bedroomed terraced cottage is one of four sought after

Almshouses designed by Edwardian architect Sir Aston Webb.

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Constructed in attractive dressed stone with original oak mullioned windows with

leaded lights, the owner has taken great care to retain the many original internal features

including ornate fireplaces and beamed ceilings but at the same time to very tastefully

remodel it to create a very unique and exceptionally presented and well-maintained

home.

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LINTON HALL, GORSLEY,

ROSS ON WYE £1,260,000

LOWER GROVE

NEW CASTLE, MONMOUTH £980,000

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This very elegant 7 bed country house with outstanding central

staircase has been fully restored and is set in 8 acres of mature,

private grounds and gardens with fenced paddocks, attractive

woodland, an outdoor full sized swimming pool and all weather tennis

court all accessed by an impressive tree lined driveway. There is also

a two bedroomed self contained cottage and a range of extensive

outbuildings including an orangery and a stable complex. Located

within easy reach of renowned schools at Monmouth and just a short

distance from the M50 and other major road networks absolutely

ideal for commuters.

Set in mature private grounds of approximately 6 acres, this elegant

five bedroomed South facing farmhouse enjoys outstanding

countryside views. It also has the benefit of mature level gardens, an

outdoor swimming pool, a paddock, and extensive courtyard with a

range of substantial stone barns comprising of 2 bed guest

accommodation, workroom, workshops as well as a large barn also

suitable for conversion. Located within easy reach of the renowned

schools at Monmouth and the major road networks.

ST. MARGARET’S COTTAGE, ST BRIAVELS £695,000 6 THE VINEYARD, MONMOUTH £650,000 THE WILLOWS, MONMOUTH £595,000

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Set in attractive mature gardens and

paddock totalling approx. one acre this

spacious beautifully presented five

bedroom country cottage is light and airy

and enjoys an elevated position above the

Wye Valley. It has a decked terrace, a

workshop and a detached double garage

with room over and private tarmac

driveway.

Tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac yet

within easy walking distance of the town

centre, this 5 bed, 4 bathroom home has

been remodelled to a very high standard

with generous accommodation over 3 floors

including a self-contained master bedroom

suite with balcony and 3 reception rooms. A

private drive with extensive parking

accesses an integral single garage and the

mature gardens mostly laid to lawn.

Set in an elevated position with far reaching

views towards the Wye and Monmouth this

6 bed family home benefits from an

impressively large first floor kitchen/diner

with balcony, a ground floor self-contained

annexe, a generously proportioned drive,

integrated double garage & gardens with

patio areas to front and back. Located off a

quiet lane at the far end of Wyesham yet

within easy reach of the town centre and all

major road networks.

3 Agincourt Square • Monmouth • NP25 3BT • Call: 01600 772929

enquiries@roscoerogersandknight.co.uk • roscoerogersandknight.co.uk

Monmouth & London offices


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PROPERTIES

Enjoy an executive lifestyle

for less at King’s Wood Gate!

Discerning house-hunters in Monmouthshire are

being offered the chance to discover their dream

home at Taylor Wimpey’s King’s Wood Gate

development in Monmouth, for less than they

might have thought.

There’s a wonderful range of magnificent homes

available, including three, four and five bedroom

properties priced from £212,500.

This stunning development has proved extremely

popular with property seekers, which comes as no

surprise thanks to its enviable location close to a

choice of well regarded schools.

With these fantastic homes proving to be such

great value compared with property prices nearby,

with the average three bedroom home in Bristol

costing £323,975, for example, it’s no wonder

King’s Wood Gate has been such a huge hit with

savvy buyers!

And if you use Taylor Wimpey’s Part Exchange

scheme available on selected plots at the

development – there are no estate agent fees to

pay saving even more on the cost of moving.

*The average property price for a three bedroom home

in Bristol was £323,975 on 6th July 2017, according

to independent property website www.home.co.uk.

Taylor Wimpey 01600 730791 www.taylorwimpey.co.uk

To discover more about the new homes at King’s Wood Gate visit the Welcome Centre, located off Wonastow Road, Monmouth, NP25 5TW,

and open daily from 10am to 5pm, or call the Sales Executive on 01600 730791.

Could the Bank of Mum and Dad

solve the affordability crisis?

New research from Legal & General has found that, with the potential to help 450,000 people onto the

housing ladder every year, lifetime mortgages could be the best option for many.

According to L&G, the Bank of Mum and Dad could hold the key to tacking

the “housing market’s affordability crisis” in the face of escaliting house prices

continuing to rise well above inflation.

The research found that 3% of over-55 households have unlocked value from their

properties within the past year and a further 4% are considering doing so in 2017, the

research finds.

According to the Office

for National Statistics, in

2016 the average house

price in England and

Wales reached 7.6 times

average annual earnings.

The same research into

buyer affordability

revealed that over the last

20 years, house prices

have increased by 259%, with wages only rising by 68% over the same period.

Steve Ellis, Managing Director, Legal & General Home Finance, said: “Releasing

equity from a family home has the potential to play a role in tackling our housing

market’s affordability crisis. By releasing equity using a lifetime mortgage, parents and

grandparents have the opportunity to help their loved ones onto the property ladder.

Legal & General Home Finance’s aim is to make releasing equity from a home

part of the mainstream mortgage market. This growing market has the potential to

support nearly 450,000 people onto the property ladder this year alone. By taking out

a lifetime mortgage, older homeowners could see their relatives enjoy the benefits of

their inheritance now rather than after they are gone.”

Written By Warren Lewis from propertyreporter.co.uk


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PROPERTIES

bedroom

living room etc

26 Wyefield Court, Monmouth

Monmouth Property Bureau 01600 719184

www.monmouthpropertybureau.co.uk

Price

£157,500

bedroom bedroom

Wyefield Court is a small cul de sac off the Link Road ending by a

children’s play park with swings and a roundabout.

The road is popular with a variety of buyers including investors,

first time buyers and retired last home buyers.

26 Wyefield Court is a three bedroom terraced modern home on

two floors, built circa 1986, with off road parking and gardens.

bathroom bathroom

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Backing directly on to the park the property is situated towards

the end of the cul de sac with Monmouth town centre shops and

schools approximately 1 mile walking distance.

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Internally the property offers gas central heating, modern style

kitchen and bathroom and excellent storage space upstairs.

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monmouth

PROPERTY BUREAU

Your local sales and

lettings specialist

Sales: 01600 719184

Lettings: 01600 719183

Thinking of letting your property?

Whether you are looking to

purchase your first Buy to Let

or need to rent out the family

home, our professional team

have a wealth of experience

in the property rental sector.

For an award winning service

call

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on

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or visit us at

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Agincourt Square, Monmouth

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20 Wyesham Avenue, Monmouth

• 2 Bed semi

• Sitting room

• Kitchen

• Shower room

£600 PCM

• Gas CH

• Gardens

• Off road parking

• EPC D

24 Mary De Bohun, Monmouth

• 3 Bedrooms

• Lounge

• Kitchen/Diner

• Bathroom/WC

£695 PCM

• Gas CH

• Garage & Parking

• Gardens

• EPC C

The Market Tavern, Agincourt Square, Monmouth NP25 3BT

monmouthpropertybureau.co.uk

35 Rushey Meadow, Monmouth

• 2 Bedrooms

• Bathroom/WC

• Kitchen

• Sitting room

£580 PCM

• Garden

• Parking for 2 cars,

• Gas C/H.

• EPC C

Greenway Cottage, Trellech,

• Detached Cottage

• Rural location

• 3 Double bedrooms

• Kitchen/family room

£1,200 PCM

• Sitting room

• 2 Bathrooms

• Gardens

• EPC D


Sales: 01600 719184

Lettings: 01600 719183

AGINCOURT SQUARE, MONMOUTH £395,000

MONNOW KEEP, MONMOUTH £208,000

• Three bedrooms

• Lounge

• Dining area

• Kitchen

• Bathroom

• En suite

• Passenger Lift

• Communal Balcony

• Reserved Parking

• Grade ll Listed

Building

• EPC D

• Town Centre

• 2 Bedrooms

• 2 Bathrooms

• Lounge/Diner

• Kitchen

• Off Road Parking

• Chain Free

• Leasehold

• EPC D

MANSONS CROSS, MONMOUTH £325,000

THE VINEYARD, MONMOUTH £550,000

• 3 Bedrooms

• 2 Reception Rooms

• Kitchen

• Wet Room 2 WC

• 1/2 Acre Gardens

• Garage & Driveway

• Build / Extend

Potential

• Planning Required

• EPC D

• 3 Bedrooms

• 4 Receptions

• Kitchen/Breakfast

Room

• En Suite Bathroom

• En Suite Shower

Room

• Family Bathroom

• Southerly Gardens

• Lovely Views

• Extensive Parking

• EPC D

KINGS FEE, MONMOUTH £156,500

TRELLECH, MONMOUTH £185,000

• 3 Bedrooms

• Lounge

• Kitchen/Diner

• Bathroom &

Cloakroom

• Gardens

• Driveway to Rear

• Mid Terrace

• Ideal Buy to Let

• EPC D

• Lounge

• Kitchen / Breakfast

Room

• 2 Bedrooms

• Conservatory

• Gardens

• Bathroom & WC

• Woolaway

Construction

• Build Potential

• EPC E

monmouthpropertybureau.co.uk

The Market Tavern, Agincourt Square, Monmouth NP25 3BT


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PROPERTIES

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living room etc

Mandalay, Hillside Road, Redbrook

Michael Skidmore 01600 714466 michaelskidmore.com

Price

£460,000

Seeking a home with a magnificent Wye Valley view? Then look no further than

Mandalay on Hillside Road, Redbrook, which commands from its elevated position a

breathtaking view over the Wye looking down in the direction of Llandogo and up to

the wooded uplands of Penallt Wood.

The property which has been in the vendor’s family for the past 35 years was originally

built for them and later extended to provide the present day accommodation which

is versatile in its layout and could be amended further to add an additional fourth

bedroom, if so desired.

bedroom bedroom

3

Overlooking the glistening Wye

living living room room etc etc

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bathroom bathroom

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an additional reception area. Doors leading through to Lounge 28’ 9 long, a Kitchen/

Bedrooms, one of which garage/covered is capable parking parkingof parking

division

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(subject to consents) and a Bathroom.

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The ground floor features a beautiful Entrance Hall which is ideal for dining or for

Breakfast Room 14’ x 12’ 6, a Snug 11’ x 10, while further accommodation includes a

Cloakroom/Utility & Double Bedroom. On the first floor, there are two much larger

The terraced garden has some interesting spaces on which to have a barbeque or to use

as a sitting out area and which commands outstanding views! Close to the entrance is

an open Garage and additional parking area.

parking

10 Monnow Street, Monmouth,

Monmouthshire, NP25 3EE

www.michaelskidmore.com

ms@michaelskidmore.co.uk

Tel: 01600 714466

No Upward Chain

NEW RENTAL

MICHAEL SKIDMORE

ESTATE AGENTS

MONMOUTH WYESHAM MONMOUTH

Commercial

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One Bed Apartment with refitted shower room, ideal for first time

buyer or investor! Newly decorated communal areas. Added benefit

of having its own Garage! Viewing essential! EPC rating B.

£129,500

NEW RENTAL

Just become available for rent - 2 Bed Detached Bungalow set in

a peaceful cul-de-sac. Excellent rearward views. Gas CH & D/G.

Awaiting EPC. Bond required £700.

£700 PCM

Views

Lock up retail shop fronting a busy side street, connecting

Agincourt Square to the town’s busiest car park. 193 sq ft of

floor space, plus 87 sq ft of storage. EPC rating D.

£7,250 PER ANNUM

MONMOUTH LLANCLOUDY MONMOUTH

Spacious

3 Bed End Terrace House set in a peaceful cul-de-sac

with parking for 2 vehicles. Gas CH. EPC rating B.

Bond required £750.

£750 PCM

Former Chapel conversion which now provides a characterful 3

Bed Home. Rural setting with delightful views.

Above average sized Garage. EPC rating F.

£279,000

5 Bed Town House which is believed to have early 19th century

origins. Walking distance of town’s amenities. Parking. Gas CH.

Viewing essential to appreciate layout & size. EPC rating E.

£320,000


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We offer a range of gorgeous pre-loved furniture

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Price

New

New

Monmouth £750,000

On the market after an extensive refurbishment and with

stunning views across farmland and to the Wye Valley, this

property offers generous living accommodation to include a

fabulous kitchen / dining / family room and self-contained

annexe.

Monmouth £155,000

This mid terraced home located within walking distance of the

town centre offers two double bedrooms, large living / dining

room and a kitchen. Outside there is ample off road parking

and an attractive garden with mature tree and patio area.

Llandogo £150,000

Offered with no onward chain, this ground floor apartment

with outstanding Forest views has a large open plan living/

dining room, two double bedrooms, ample storage, allocated

parking and pleasant communal space.

Monmouth £319,950

Although on the outskirts of an estate, this detached property

offers privacy and is not overlooked and has accommodation to

include two reception rooms, breakfast kitchen, utility, WC and

four bedrooms, with pleasant front and rear gardens.

Sales - Monmouth

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Rockfield £450,000

Located just two miles from Monmouth, this traditional cottage

boasts character and charm surrounded by mature gardens. To

the ground floor there are four reception rooms and a generous

kitchen, and the first floor landing leads to four bedrooms and

a large bathroom.

Usk £2,950,000

One of the Usk Valley’s finest homes in undoubtedly a truly

inspirational setting. Accessed via a magnificent tree-lined

approach with circa 17 acres of professionally planned gardens,

private lake, swimming pool and pool house, all possessing

outstanding panoramic views over the renowned valley.

Coleford £190,000

This deceptively spacious and characterful property has been

well maintained by the present owners who have lived here

for over 30 years, benefiting from off road parking and easy

access to the town centre, as well as two reception rooms and

three bedrooms.

Trellech £560,000

Set in an acre and a half in the heart of this popular village, this

four bedroom property has been recently renovated by the present

owner and now offers beautifully presented accommodation

with character and charm to include three bedrooms and three

reception rooms, plus planning permission to extend.

Sales - Chepstow

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Featured

Property

Parc Seymour, Penhow, Caldicot £415,000

Beautiful Setting Just Outside Wentwood Forest Reserve. Stunning

Grounds with attractive Gardens. Immaculately Presented Throughout.

Scope to Extend with Previous Planning Permission .Large Driveway

and Parking for Several Vehicles. Three Large Bedrooms. Spacious

Bathroom with Separate Shower. Close to Major Road Links and Cities.

Barnetts Wood, Chepstow £484,950

Beautifully Presented Detached Property. Large Corner Plot.

Four Double Bedrooms. Sought After Residential Area Within

Walking. Distance of Chepstow Town Centre. Elevated Position

with Views. Double Garage. Flexible Living Space. Enclosed

Sunny Garden.

Lewis Way, Chepstow £245,000

Detached Bungalow in Sought After Location. Two Double

Bedrooms. New Carpets Throughout. Detached Garage.

Conservatory. Large Corner Plot. Updated Kitchen. Lovely

Views.

Grove Cottage, Llangwm, Usk £339,000

Delightful Detached Cottage. Immaculately presented

throughout. New UPVC double glazing. Semi-rural idyllic

setting. Enclosed front garden with parking. New combination

boiler. Stunning Views. Log Burner.

Sales - Chepstow

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Must

be Seen

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First

Time Buyers

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Offers

Monument Close, Portskewett £325,000

Three Storey Town House. Detached with Garage/Driveway.

Spacious rooms. 4 Bedrooms. Ground floor WC. Open Plan

Kitchen Diner. Private Courtyard. South Facing Garden.

Edmond Loacrd Court, Cheptow £550,00

An EXECUTIVE Large Spacious Family Home. Double Garage

with Parking for Several Cars. Great Access to all Major Link

Roads. Five Bedrooms. Set in Private Cul De Sac. Stunning

Outlook. Still under NHBC Warranty. Nearby Park. Close to both

The Dell & St Mary’s Primary Schools.

Roundbush Crescent, Caerwent £215,000

End terraced Home in Sought After Location. Three Bedrooms.

Immaculately Presented Throughout. Two Allocated Parking

Spaces. Corner Plot. Enclosed Rear Garden. Kitchen Diner.

Fedw Wood, Chepstow £299,950

Three Bedroom Detached Family Home. Space to Extend.

Catchment to Highly Regarded Local Schools. Walking Distance

to Chepstow Town Centre. Large Driveway including Garage.

Sought After Area. Enclosed Rear Garden.


PROPERTIES 13

bedroom

living room etc

Grove Cottage, Llangwm, Usk

pa black 01291 630876 www.pablack.co.uk

Price

£339,000

bedroom bedroom

living living room room etc etc

bedroom bedroom

garage/covered parking parking

idyllic setting • Enclosed front garden with parking • New combination boiler • Stunning Views • Log Burner

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

3

bathroom

bathroom

2 1

bathroom

living room living room etcentral heating

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

Delightful Detached Cottage • Immaculately presented throughout • New UPVC double glazing • Semi rural

In this idyllic village we present Grove Cottage which sits pleasantly in this semi

rural setting in Llangwm, Usk, situated just 15 minutes outside both Chepstow and

Monmouth. Its local market town of Usk has in recent years become known for its

history of success in Britain in Bloom competitions, winning the Large Village award in

2005. The town is known for its pubs, restaurants and antique shops.

The clock tower in the square was erected to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen

Victoria in 1887. Opposite is an art gallery, Gallery in the Square.

parking

The surrounding beautiful countryside offers plenty of outdoor activities with stunning

views. There is excellent commuting access via A449, Bristol aprox. 35 mins, Chepstow

Severn Bridge M48 Junction 2 aprox.14 miles. The Property boasts a recent thorough

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

renovation and offers three bedrooms, two receptions and a delightful newly fitted

bathroom. It is fitted with new stylish UPVC windows and a New combination boiler.

The property also hosts a log burning stove and an additional open fireplace. To the

front is a gated garden with a driveway for several vehicles.

GAS

4 St James Street, Monmouth NP25 3DL

pa black 01600 714355 www.pablack.co.uk

Monmouth offers great transport links to surrounding areas via the A449 and A40 on

to the M4 and M50 motorway networks, making it an ideal location for commuters to

both Bristol and Cardiff.

The property is accessed through a painted front door which leads in to the living room,

which has the benefit of a bay window and large storage cupboard. The ground floor has

been knocked through to create contemporary open plan living, with a sitting area and

dining kitchen, as well as a downstairs shower room. To the first floor are two double

Price

£350,000

bedroom bedroom

bathroom bathroom

3

living living room room etc etc

central central heating heating

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

bedroom bedroom

2 2

Located in the heart of Monmouth this lovingly renovated home offers stylish living

within walking distance of all the local amenities.

bathroom

bathroom

living room living room etc etc

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

garage/covered parking

bedrooms, the master with fitted wardrobes, along with the bathroom which has a bath

as well as a double width shower cubicle. The third floor has an additional double

bedroom with large storage cupboard.

The first floor landing gives access to a sun terrace which is decked to provide a peaceful

outside dining and entertaining space. Off the kitchen is a covered outside storage area,

ideal for keeping bikes and tools. The property further benefits from no onward chain

and a recently fitted combination boiler, rewiring and re-plumbing.

GAS

parking

parking


THE MOST

ADDRESS

Only two Townhouses remaining in Phase One

Rising up from the glorious banks of the River Wye, 7Q is a collection of exceptional

contemporary homes finished to the highest imaginable standards. Superb interior design

with the finest quality fixtures and fittings throughout combine to offer true luxury living.

Contact our sales team to arrange a viewing of the showhomes to touch and feel the quality.

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FASHIONABLE

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60% of Apartments already sold off plan

• Large open plan designer kitchens and dining spaces

• Bi-Folding doors to gardens (Townhouses)

• Exceptional balcony and terrace spaces (Apartments)

• Designer bathrooms and en-suites

• Integrated appliances and underfloor heating

• Home automation controls

• Allocated parking

7Q Marketing Suite

Picton House

Lower Church Street

Chepstow NP16 5HJ

01291 418056

info@severnquay.co.uk

www.severnquay.co.uk


Sales & Lettings Agent

Open 7 days per week

No Sale - No Fee

Free Valuations

Chepstow Office Tel: 01291 629292

ST DAVID’S CLOSE, CHEPSTOW

• MID TERRACE THREE BEDROOM PROPERTY

• FULY REFURBISHED THROUGHOUT

• LIVING ROOM OPEN PLAN TO DINING ROOM

• FAMILY ROOM/BEDROOM 4

• FRONT AND REAR GARDENS • E.E.R. – C

£198,000

SUMMERHOUSE LANE, THORNWELL

• WELL PRESENTED SEMI-DETACHED HOUSE

• WELL APPOINTED KITCHEN • SPACIOUS LIVING ROOM

• THREE BEDROOMS

• GARAGE AND GARDENS

• SOUGHT AFTER LOCATION

£219,950

WINTOUR CLOSE, CHEPSTOW

• DETACHED THREE BEDROOM FAMILY HOME

• TWO RECEPTION ROOMS

• LOW MAINTENANCE LEVEL GARDENS

• BRICK PAVIOUR PARKING AREA AND CARPORT

• NO ONWARD CHAIN • E.E.R. – D

£249,950

THE VILLAS, SUDBROOK

• SPACIOUS SEMI-DETACHED PROPERTY

• THREE DOUBLE BEDROOMS • TWO RECEPTION ROOMS

PLUS CONSERVATORY • KITCHEN PLUS SEPARATE

UTILITY ROOM • LEVEL GARDENS PLUS PARKING

• WORKSHOP, SUMMER HOUSE AND GARDENER’S W.C. TO REAR

£249,950

BIGSTONE GROVE, TUTSHILL

• SPACIOUS DETACHED FAMILY HOME • FOUR BEDROOMS

• TWO RECEPTION ROOMS PLUS CONSERVATORY

• RECENTLY UPDATED KITCHEN, BATHROOM AND GROUND

FLOOR W.C. • LEVEL FRONT AND REAR GARDENS, GARAGE

PLUS PARKING • NO ONWARD CHAIN • E.E.R. – D

£309,950

ASH TREE ROAD, CAERWENT

• DETACHED PROPERTY - FOUR BEDROOMS (MASTER

EN-SUITE) • THREE RECEPTION ROOMS

• KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM • UTILITY ROOM PLUS

GROUND FLOOR W.C. • GARDENS, GARAGE AND PARKING

• NO ONWARD CHAIN • E.E.R. – C

£310,000

CALDICOT ROAD, PORTSKEWETT

• DETACHED FAMILY HOME UPDATED THROUGHOUT WHILST

RETAINING CHARACTERFUL FEATURES

• FOUR BEDROOMS (MASTER DRESSING ROOM)

• THREE RECEPTION ROOMS • KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM PLUS

UTILITY ROOM • GROUND FLOOR W.C. • ENCLOSED REAR

GARDEN PLUS GARAGE • E.E.R. – C

£392,000

NEWPORT ROAD, CHEPSTOW

• DETACHED BAY FRONTED PROPERTY UPDATED THROUGHOUT

• 28’ RECEPTION ROOM PLUS ADDITIONAL RECEPTION ROOM

• ATTRACTIVE KITCHEN PLUS UTILITY ROOM

• FOUR BEDROOMS • GARDENS PLUS PARKING

• RARE OPPORTUNITY

£449,950

Magor/Undy Area

Tel: 01633 745396

Chepstow Lettings Office

Tel: 01291 624881

13 PARK VIEW, CHEPSTOW

• DETACHED BUNGALOW

• 3 BEDROOMS, LIVING/DINING ROOM

• GARAGE AND OFF ROAD PARKING

• AVAILABLE 11TH AUGUST 2017

• EPC RATING D

£775 PCM

31 SCHOOL HILL, CHEPSTOW

• GROUND FLOOR FLAT

• 1 BEDROOM, SPACIOUS LIVING AREA

• ALLOCATED PARKING

• AVAILABLE 14th AUGUST 2017

• EPC RATING C

£550 PCM

THE COACH HOUSE COTTAGE, ST BRIAVELS

• CHARACTER COTTAGE

• 2 BEDROOMS

• LIVING/DINING ROOM WITH FIREPLACE

• AVAILABLE MID JULY 2017

• EPC RATING E

£525 PCM

11 CENTURIONS COURT, CAERWENT

• DETACHED EXECUTIVE HOME

• 4 BEDROOMS, LARGE CONSERVATORY

• MASTER WITH EN-SUITE

• AVAILABLE 31St JULY 2017

• EPC RATING D

£1350 PCM

FLAT 4, THE GROVE, CALDICOT

• FIRST FLOOR APARTMENT

• 2 BEDROOMS, LARGE LIVING ROOM

• ALLOCATED PARKING

• AVAILABLE NOW

• EPC RATING D

£550 PCM

39 LAUREL PARK, ST ARVANS

• DETACHED FAMILY HOME

• 4 SPACIOUS BEDROOMS, NEWLY FITTED KITCHEN

• 2 RECEPTION ROOMS, DOUBLE GARAGE

• AVAILABLE NOW

• AWAITING EPC

£1200 PCM

PURKIS COTTAGE, DEVAUDEN

• FIRST FLOOR MAISONETTE

• 2 DOUBLE BEDROOMS

• LARGE OPEN PLAN LIVING AREA

• AVAILABLE NOW

• EPC RATING D

£550 PCM

FLAT 5, ST MARYS ARCADE, CHEPSTOW

• SECOND FLOOR APARTMENT

• 1 BEDROOM, LIVING ROOM

• CHEPSTOW TOWN CENTRE

• AVAILABLE NOW

• EPC RATING C

£475 PCM

www.thinkmoon.co.uk


PROPERTIES 17

bedroom

living room etc

Oakwood House, Dinham Road, Caerwent

Moon & Co 01291 629292 www.thinkmoon.co.uk

Price

£450,000

bedroom bedroom

5

living living room room etc etc

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

bathroom

living room living room etc etc

bathroom

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

are close at hand to include local pubs and post office. The property is situated a short

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

bringing Newport, Cardiff and Bristol within easy commuting distance with both the

parking

central heating

2 3 1

Oakwood House offers spacious family accommodation within this well-appointed property.

The property is well presented throughout offering to the ground floor reception hall

giving access to living room, ground floor w.c. and spacious kitchen/dining room leading

to conservatory and utility. From the utility is integral access to the garage.

To the first floor are three bedrooms including the master bedroom, bedroom 2 with

en-suite facilities, with a further three bedrooms to the second floor as well as shower

room. Outside the property benefits from off road parking and enclosed level gardens to

garage/covered parking

the rear. Being situated in the historic Roman Village of Caerwent, a number of facilities

drive away from numerous local sought after primary schools.

There are good bus, road and rail links with the A48, M4 and M48 motorway networks

old Severn Bridge and The Coldra Roundabout under a 15 minute drive.

GAS

parking

Archer & Co Usk, are privileged to be marketing luxury homes built by Butler Wall Homes.

Woodland View is situated on the edge of Blaenavon just 8 miles from The Market town of Abergavenny.

It is designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The site is located within a picturesque woodland setting, providing stunning views across

the LLwyd Valley. The development is located within walking distance to the town’s local

shops and amenities, the local heritage cafe and tourist information centre which is a great

community hub. With over 95% of all homes now sold, we have only 5 remaining. Upon

completion, this site will only have 100 homes, all built, in styles in keeping with the

traditional houses found in the Heritage town.

All homes are unique, individual with a high specification of finish. Fully equipped kitchens

with granite worktops, luxury bathrooms & an extensive range of appliances as standard.

Archer & Co 01291 626262 www.archerandco.com

Gill Franklin said that she has been more than impressed, with the amount of homes sold so

quickly for Butler Wall and not surprised due to the high specification of finish. It is unique,

she said to have over 14 different styles of homes, on such a small development. This has

more than impressed our buyers. We have been able to offer choice and price.

Today the thriving community boasts an attractive High Street with a variety of local shops,

several clubs and societies, The award winning Blaeanvon Town Band & Rugby Club. There

are an array of attractions such as the Rhymney Brewery Museum the World Heritage Centre

and The Blaenavon Heritage Railway. 4 & 5 bedroom homes, Plots 22, 23 ,24, 26 & 29 left

remaining in Blaenavon & one remaining plot on The Commodore site (Plot 11).

For viewing arrangements, please telephone Gill Franklin on 01291 672212, email Gilly@archerandco.com


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PROPERTIES

bedroom

living room etc

Portskewett House, Portskewett, Monmouthshire Price

Fine & Country 01291 629799 www.fineandcountry.com £850,000

bedroom bedroom

bathroom bathroom

7

living living room room etc etc

central central heating heating

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

bathroom

living room living room etc etc

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

garage/covered parking

bathroom

garage/covered parking

parking

parking

central heating

4 3 2

Spacious detached period family property. Established mature gardens of good size

with private driveway approach, excellent parking & double garage.

An excellent opportunity to acquire a particularly spacious detached period family

property with four reception rooms of excellent proportions, seven bedrooms and three

bath / shower rooms arranged over the first and second floors. This imposing Grade

II Listed property set in a slightly elevated position in its own grounds with private

driveway and turning circle plus excellent parking facilities and a double garage. The

property is located 4 miles South West of Chepstow and 1 mile East of Caldicot in an

architecturally sensitive part of Caldicot Levels on the Welsh shore of the Severn Estuary.

The property is situated in a convenient location with local amenities available in

Portskewett and Caldicot and has excellent easily accessible road links at Chepstow

where the motorway links to Cardiff, Bristol and beyond. The property has been restored

and refurbished inside and out over the last three years. It retains its original features,

including marble fireplaces and ornate corniced ceilings. New central heating has been

fitted throughout. Given the spacious nature and arrangement of the accommodation,

the property could easily be considered for multi-generational living.

GAS

parking

bedroom

living room etc

38 St Kingsmark Av, Crossways Green, Cheptow Price

Archer & Co 01291 626262 www.archerandco.com £265,000

bedroom bedroom living living room room etc etc

bathroom

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

Good sized rear gardens with very pleasant views

Within walking distance of primary and senior garage/covered parking schools

parking parking parking

3

bedroom bedroom living room living room etc etc

central heating

bathroom

2 1 1

bathroom

garage/covered parking

GAS

central heating

central heating

Detached three bedroomed house • Very popular location • Ample parking & integral single garage

garage/covered parking

Entrance hall, cloakroom • Lounge, dining room, kitchen • 3 bedrooms, shower room

Within walking distance of Chepstow Town Centre

garage/covered parking

parking

parking

parking

This detached three bedroomed family home is being

sold for the first time since 1977 and is in a very popular

location within walking distance of primary and senior

schools and leisure centre.

Chepstow town centre offers a range of facilities

including shops, pubs, restaurants, supermarkets; road,

bus and rail links are also within walking distance or a

very short drive.

The M48 motorway is approximately 1.5 miles away,

providing an easy commute to Cardiff, Newport,

Gloucester, Bristol and London.

The accommodation comprises reception hall,

cloakroom, living room, dining room, kitchen, three

bedrooms and shower room. There is driveway parking

in front of the garage and a generously sized landscaped

rear garden.

The property is located on the edge of some spectacular

countryside walks and in particular along the rear of

Chepstow Racecourse into Piercefield Park and past

Piercefield House - a largely ruined neo classical country

house designed by Sir John Soane, and woodland

beyond. Slightly further afield is the renowned and

beautiful Wye Valley offering further opportunities for

the outdoor enthusiast.


5 2 2 C

6 4 3 C

5 3 2 D

3 1 2 D

UNDY

Extended very well presented 5 bed family home

Cul-de-sac, edge of village location

Attractive landscaped gardens

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £420,000

CAERWENT

Very well presented 6 bed detached modern family home

Located on edge of popular village

Ample driveway parking & double garage

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

£465,000

CHEPSTOW - THE BAYFIELDS

Three storey five bedroomed town house

Double length garage & ample parking

Very popular location with easy access to M48 Motorway

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

£399,950

CROSSWAY GREEN - CHEPSTOW

Detached three bedroomed house

Very popular location

Ample parking & integral single garage

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £265,000

5 3 2 E

4 3 3 E

4 3 3 C

2 2 2 E

PWLLMEYRIC - CHEPSTOW

Individually designed 5 bedroomed family house

Very popular village location

Large private gardens, Lovely views

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

£630,000

WYE VALLEY - LLANDOGO

Family house in riverside village

Spacious - 3 reception, 4 bedrooms

Lovely mature garden - superb views

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

£375,000

PARC SEYMOUR

4 bedroom dormer style family residence

Generously proportioned & well presented

Conveniently located

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

£489,950

HEWELSFIELD

Well presented 2 bed bungalow

Large gardens, spectacular views

Extensive parking plus garage

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

£399,500

What is your

property worth?

3 1 1 D

SEDBURY - CHEPSTOW

Semi- detached three bedroomed property

Ideal for first time buyer or young family starting out

Gardens to front and rear, garage

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

£205,000

4 1 2 C

PENPERLLENI

Four Bedroom Detached Family Property

Full Double Glazing & Gas Central Heating

Well Fitted Kitchen

Archer & Co Usk 01291 67 22 12

£260,000

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3 1 3 C

LLANDENNY, NEAR USK

Detached House Facing Open Countryside

Popular Location between Usk & Raglan

Allocated Parking and Rear Garden

Archer & Co Usk 01291 67 22 12

£295,000

1 1 1 C

USK

One Bed Ground Floor Retirement Flat

Emergency Alarm Call and Door Entry System

Communal Grounds and Parking

Archer & Co Usk 01291 67 22 12

£72,000

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Chepstow

Monmouth

Usk

Ross-on-Wye

Abergavenny

Newport

Forest of Dean

LLANTRISANT

Arguably, one of the best locations in southern Monmouthshire, tucked away

off a country lane yet with the most magnificent views across the Usk Valley.

Ysguborwen was built in the 1960s to an exacting standard, on the site of a

former dwelling. Follow the enchanting tree lined driveway, passing pasture

paddocks along the way, up to the house which is situated in an elevated

position to take advantage of the far reaching views. Typical of the period, the

house offers light and space with all the principal rooms being of a generous

size and having large, picture windows. EPC Rating: G

Fine & Country Usk 01291 672212 £1,750,000

USK

A magnificent Grade II listed early Victorian residence located in most private and

sheltered gardens extending to almost two acres in the lee of the grounds of Usk Castle

yet within just a few hundred yards of the centre of the historic former market town of

Usk, Plas Newydd ranks unquestionably among the best of the very few properties of

this calibre found in the area. The house was completed in about 1836 to the order of

Francis McDonell Esq with his descendants occupying until sold by the family. It has had

only three owners prior to purchase by the present Vendors in 1984. Testament is thus

demonstrated as to its appeal as a splendid and commodious family residence. EPC

Rating: F

Fine & Country Usk 01291 672212 £1,150,000

Cheltenham

Bristol

Cardiff

London

LEA

A modern detached family home located on the edge of this popular and well

serviced village. The well proportioned accommodation offers space and

privacy for all. To the ground floor is an entrance hallway with fitted

cloakroom, four reception rooms, a dining kitchen and utility room. On the

first floor are four bedrooms and a family bathroom with the master featuring

both a dressing room and en-suite shower room. Attractive gardens to the

rear with ample parking on the driveway and within a double garage to the

front. EPC Rating: E

ORCOP - 6.5 ACRES

Approached over an attractive tree-lined driveway, is this fine stone built

family home located in a rural setting. Character accommodation with high

coved ceilings, shuttered sash windows and open fireplaces. Five bedrooms,

two fine reception rooms plus sitting room, study and impressive 21' family

kitchen. Delightful two bedroom cottage annexe ideal for guests, extended

family or even as a useful income stream. In excess of 6 acres featuring mature

parkland style gardens, tennis court and an excellent range of outbuildings.

EPC Rating: F

Fine & Country Ross-on-Wye 01989 764132 £450,000

Fine & Country Ross-on-Wye 01989 764132 £1,100,000


Regionally

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CATBROOK - 0.8 ACRES

Situated off a quiet village lane, a stone fronted detached cottage of character standing

within beautiful level and very private gardens of some 0.8 acres. Dating from 1911 with

more recent extensions there are 3 good reception rooms plus a huge 'L' shaped light

and spacious family room/kitchen with a glazed wall to the garden. Upstairs are 4 good

bedrooms, including a superb master suite. In all the floor area of the property measures

approximately 2206 sq ft. The gardens are entirely enclosed with a very pretty cottage

style garden to the front and extensive lawns to the rear with many mature trees. There

is a potential building plot. EPC Rating: E

CRICK - 6 ACRES

This well presented individually designed versatile family detached four bedroomed

home is located on the edge of the village of Crick. The property provides excellent

equestrian facilities with six stables, internal tack room, feed room and six acres of post

and rail well maintained paddocks and is within hacking distance of the David Broome

Event Centre. The extensive accommodation comprises entrance hall, cloakroom, study,

dining room, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, four bedrooms, two ensuites

and family bathroom. There are landscaped gardens and ample parking with a

double garage. EPC Rating: D

Nationally

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Great Britain

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offices globally

Fine & Country Chepstow 01291 629799 Guide price £585,000

Fine & Country Chepstow 01291 629799 £785,000

5000

professional

associates all

around the world

MONMOUTH - HEREFORD ROAD

Part of a development project of three properties by Duncan Mitchell Homes,

this is a totally refurbished and extended mature detached house in a sought

after residential area close to the Haberdashers Monmouth School for Girls

and enjoys fine views to the rear over open country to the Wye Valley. Porch,

reception hall, fitted cloaks, lounge with fireplace, Huge open plan 'L' shaped

living/dining/kitchen with bi-fold doors, utility, boot room, 4 beds (1 en-suite),

bathroom. Detached garage. private drive and ample parking. EPC Rating: C

BETWEEN MONMOUTH & CHEPSTOW

An extraordinary individually designed new house, over 3,000 sq.ft.

overlooking a trout lakes in a popular riverside village 3 miles south of

Monmouth. Superb cutting edge design & many fine architectural features and

luxury fittings. Built over 3 storeys the versatile design has the main living areas

on the first floor, taking advantage of the lake views, including a massive open

plan living kitchen, large balcony and extensive decking extending over the

garage. There is a ground floor bedroom suite, 2 reception rooms or

bedrooms and 3 further bedrooms on the second floor. EPC Rating: B

Fine & Country Monmouth 01600 775930 £599,995

Fine & Country Monmouth 01600 775930 Chain Free £700,000


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Refurbished Town House

3 Bedrooms Gas C/H

Close To Amenities

EPC Rating D

First Floor Apartment

Open Plan Living

Town Centre Location

EPC Rating D

Det 2 Bed Bungalow

Enclosed Private Garden

Far Reaching Views

EPC Rating D

£695 pcm

£475 pcm

£725 pcm

Have you thought about renting your property?

We urgently require properties TO LET in Ross-on-Wye and surrounding

areas to match with our ever increasing number of applicants.

• Dedicated staff with a wealth of local knowledge and

experience in the lettings industry.

• Tenant find, part and fully managed services available.

• ARLA and RICS registered office

Please feel free to

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01989 764050

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Ross-on-wye

Ross-on-wye

pencRAIG

3 Bed Town House

Gas C/H Garage

Convenient Town Location

EPC Rating D

£695 pcm

Modern First Floor Flat

Open Plan Living 1 Bed

Allocated Off Road Parking

EPC Rating B

£495 pcm

Spacious Accommodation

First Floor Apartment

Rent Inc Water Charges

EPC Rating E

£495 pcm

All rents quoted are subject to an additional administration fee paid by the tenant/s plus a deposit equivalent to 1.5 months rent

Abergavenny Monmouth Ross-on-Wye Usk London

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PROPERTIES 23

bedroom

living room etc

Apple Tree House, Weston Grove, Ross-On-Wye Price

Parrys 01989 768484 www.parrys.com

£385,000

A detached period home in an ever popular mature residential location, being within

about only half a mile of the town centre. The character accommodation is arranged

over two floors and is well proportioned, ideal for family living.

On the ground floor is a Sitting Room, Family Room, Dining Room, Garden Room,

bedroom bedroom

4

living living room room etc etc

garage/covered parking parking

Kitchen, Wet Room and Porch/Utility central central heating heating Room; whilst on the first floor you will find four

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

Bedrooms and a Bathroom.

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

bathroom

4 2

bathroom

living room living room etccentral heating

GAS

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

Period detached family home • Walking distance of town centre • Off road parking, carport and gardens

parking

There are gardens found to both front and rear, with parking on the driveway and under

cover of a carport.

bedroom

living room etc

Stratton, Weston Grove, Ross-On-Wye

Parrys 01989 768484 www.parrys.com

A handsome older style three bedroom semi-detached house with arking spaces to the front and

garage/covered parking

lovely large rear garden. Quiet no through road, walking distance of the town centre.

A handsome three storey, three bedroom semi detached

house, requiring modernisation. The property comprises

a good sized entrance porch, hallway with a door leading

to a lovely sitting room, across the hallway is a delightful

day room/dining room with a fitted kitchen with a pantry

Price

£239,950

bedroom bedroom

bathroom bathroom

area off. Stairs lead to the first floor from the hallway

where there are two double bedrooms and a well fitted

shower room. a staircase then leads to the top floor where

there is a third double bedroom. Outside to the front of

the property there is off road parking. The rear garden

3

living living room room etc etc

central central heating heating

is of a very good size with patio area, extensive lawn

and a garden shed. The property is situated in a popular

mature residential parking parking area on a quiet no through road within

walking distance of the town centre.

garage/covered parking parking

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

bathroom

2 1

bathroom

living room living room etccentral heating

garage/covered parking

GAS

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

parking

parking

parking


24 LOCAL LIVING

I love where I live…

Ross-on-Wye

Sharon Chilcott meets 25-year-old Bekki Stovell who runs branding studio

Steele & Stovell in Ross-on-Wye. She has recently married and she

and her husband, Ewan have a three-year-old daughter and live

in an 18th Century cottage in the centre of the town.

What made you choose to set up home and

business in Ross-on-Wye?

I grew up in the nearby village of

Weston-Under-Penyard (a beautiful little place right

on the edge of the woods). I have always loved this

area and even as a child I think I knew it was special.

I would come home from holiday and feel the flutter

of excitement when I saw the beautiful tree-filled hills

and the church spire rising in the distance. There is

something so welcoming about the town, perhaps

because of its history, character, or the idyllic setting (or

a combination of the three), and it’s so well connected

to major cities that it’s a really great place to be based.

What’s the best thing about living here?

I love that the woodland is on my doorstep and that

I can go for a walk in the countryside with my daughter

whenever we need some fresh air. Our house is right

by the pool, a two-minute walk from the shops and a

two-minute walk from the river and yet it is so peaceful

here.

Would your family love it for the same reason?

My family live in town as well and they’re definitely

here for the natural beauty. My grandparents moved

here nearly 20 years ago and they instantly fell in love

with the surroundings (their house looks out over

Chase wood and the fields). They are part of lots of


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local societies and clubs and my Grandad sings in three local choirs - one choir

sings old classics in the village hall and another performs with world-renowned

soloists at St Mary’s Church - there’s such great variety here.

What would you change about Ross?

I’d like to see more people enthusiastic about business and commercial

ventures. I think Ross is a great location for new and start-up businesses, as it’s so

well connected to Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham, Worcester, and Cheltenham and

rates are relatively cheap - it would be great to see more young people coming

here to set up shop.

What’s the town known for?

It has a great reputation with walkers, canoeists, and mountain bikers. It is a

great spot to base yourself if you fancy a paddle down the river - you can launch

in Ross and arrange a pick-up at the other end. If you are into biking, the Forest

of Dean is a short drive away and gives you access to great trails and bike hire.

For walkers there are endless paths, routes and trails to follow - details of these

can be picked up from any of the Tourist Information Sites around the town.

Where do you go for a spot of culture?

Describe your favourite café…

My mornings wouldn’t be

complete without a coffee from

Caffe Eleganza. It is a lovely

little coffee shop that serves

locally roasted James’ Gourmet

coffee. The staff are lovely and

the cakes are amazing.

And what’s your go-to pub?

We really love the Moody

Cow in Upton Bishop - they

make the most incredible food,

and the service there is second

to none.

Rossiter Books organise regular talks by authors and they are always fantastic.

Recent bookings have included the astronaut Chris Hadfield (whom my daughter

now wants to be!).

Where do you go for evenings out?

No3. is perfect for a celebration. They have a great menu, but for me their

antipasti boards and cocktails win every time! For more casual evenings, when

the sun is shining, we’ll often head to The Royal which has a lovely terrace that

overlooks the river, or The Hope and Anchor down on the riverfront which has

a beautiful garden and lots of seating, as well as space for kids to run around.

The Eagle hosts live music evenings every week and my very talented friend Alex

Knapman is a regular booking. There is always a great atmosphere at his gigs and

the pub’s busy every night.

What’s the social life like?

Just walking through town you’ll bump into 20 people you know, so Ross is

great for socialising. The annual beer festival by the river is a lot of fun and there

are always lots of things happening around the town.

How are you involved in your local community?

I’ve been on the committee of the Association of Ross Traders for the past

three years and have been involved in the Ross-on-Wye Tourism Association for

a year or so. Both groups are very proactive and are keen to bring the community

together as well as to attract new people to the town.

What’s the most exciting recent development in Ross?

Lots of the older properties in the town are being developed to create new

housing and new retail premises. The Roswyn, an old hotel on Copse Cross St,

is currently being converted and is almost complete - it has already made a huge

difference to the appearance of the town. It feels like there’s a real energy in the

air, with lots of buildings being repainted,

repointed, or extended and the town is

looking much better for it.

Tell me something about Ross that’s not

widely known…

The town’s emblem is the hedgehog

because Ross-On-Wye is in an area

called the ‘Land of the Hedgehogs’ by

Celtic invaders more than 1500 years

ago. Ross hosts an annual Hedgehog

Festival to teach children and adults

about preserving hedgehogs and their

habitats as well as raising their awareness

about Ross-on-Wye’s ancient links to this

creature.

Bekki Stovell

Facts and Figures

Ross-on-Wye is known for its iconic picture

postcard view of St Mary’s Church spire above the

horseshoe bend in the River Wye. Herefordshire’s

second largest market town, with a population of

around 10,000, it has been a magnet for visitors

since the late eighteenth and early nineteenth

centuries. During that period, it became

fashionable to take a boat tour down the Wye

Valley from Ross to Chepstow to view its romantic

sites and ‘Picturesque’ landscapes and this

established the area as the birthplace of British

Tourism.

At the centre of the town, the 17th Century

Market House still hosts regular markets under

its sandstone arches and its second floor now

houses Made in Ross, a selection of quality arts

and crafts made by local people. The high street

is characterised by a wealth of

independent shops.

There’s a rich programme of

entertainment and events in

the town, many centred on the

riverside and it is developing

a reputation as a gastro town Sharon Chilcott

with a choice of restaurants

catering for a wide spectrum of tastes from

traditional British to international cuisine.

Two websites are a useful source of further

information: www.playross.com provides links

to events, live music, art, film and culture as well

as to community organisations and

www.visitrossonowye.com provides an overview

of the town and what it has to offer.

Photos: opposite page top right and bottom left,

this page top right and middle left: Caroline Utting


26 A DVICE

Building Regulations

Approval

by Lisa Dobbs of Dobbs & Drew

If you are carrying out building work yourself, it

is very important that you understand how the

building regulatory system and material applies to

your situation as you are responsible for making sure

that the work complies with the building regulations.

Some kinds of building projects are exempt from the

regulations, however generally if you are planning to

carry out ‘building work’ as defined in regulation 3 of

the building regulations, then it must comply with the

building regulations. This means that the regulations

will probably apply if you want to:

• Put up a new building

• Extend or alter an existing one

• Provide services and/or fittings in a building

such as washing and sanitary facilities, hot water

cylinders, foul water and rainwater drainage,

replacement windows, and fuel burning

appliances of any type.

The works themselves must meet the relevant

technical requirements in the building regulations and

they must not make other fabric, services and fittings

less compliant than they were before - or dangerous. For

example, the provision of replacement double-glazing

must not make compliance worse in relation to means

of escape, air supply for combustion appliances and

their flues and ventilation for health.

They may also apply to certain changes of use of an

existing building. This is because the change of use may

result in the building as a whole no longer complying

with the requirements which will apply to its new type

of use, and so having to be up-graded to meet additional

requirements specified in the regulations for which

building work may also be required.

In summary, the following types of project amount

to ‘building work’:

• The erection or extension of a building

• The installation or extension of a service or

fitting which is controlled under the regulations

• An alteration project involving work which will

temporarily or permanently affect the ongoing

compliance of the building, service or fitting with

the requirements relating to structure, fire, or

access to and use of buildings

• The insertion of insulation into a cavity wall

• The underpinning of the foundations of a

building

• Work affecting the thermal elements, energy

status or energy performance of a building.

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PROPERTIES 27

It’s time to choose the

right house for you…

Once the children have left home it really is time for you to buy the home that you want.

You’ve done the school runs of old, the children’s parties and sleep overs and tripped

over one too many toys left in the living room.

In fact you may not even remember what it is like

to be choosing a home just for you now and not

having to consider the needs of everyone else before

deciding. One of the key things when the children

fly the nest is that just because you don’t need a large

family home anymore doesn’t mean you want less space

and this is where modern houses come into their own.

You aren’t downsizing – you’re rightsizing for the life

you want to lead now.

The design of modern homes makes living easy with

modern appliances and a well-designed layout will give

you the right sort of space for you. They are easier to

keep clean, to maintain and to run and even come with

a 10 year warranty for peace of mind.

For those jet setters

Buying new has other hidden benefits. There’s even

the added bonus with a new property for those who

love to travel abroad but still want to own a home in the

UK to return to periodically, that modern houses look

after themselves. The ability to ‘lock up and leave’ a new

house gives you peace of mind that your home is secure

while you’re away and they are easy to maintain which

is ideal for a jet setting lifestyle.

Room for everyone

And what about when the children come to stay?

In particular, the beautifully designed contemporary

homes at The Close in Llangrove have generously

proportioned bedrooms so there is plenty of room for

them and the grandchildren to visit without feeling on

top of one another. The open plan living area is ideal

for entertaining and the garden is easy to maintain for

barbeques and family parties. The Close really does offer

the perfect home where you can just enjoy life.

For more information on The Close and to arrange a

viewing please call 01989 770360.

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• 4 large bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, 2 with

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• Generous room sizes with an abundance of storage

• Underfloor heating to ground floor and all bathrooms

• Light, airy living space with bi-fold doors to the garden

• Air source heat pumps

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PROPERTIES

bedroom

living room etc

The Scowles, Coleford, Gloucestershire

Ferrino 01594 811111 www.ferrino.co.uk

The property is set in pristine landscaped gardens on the

edge of the Forest of Dean, six miles from the market

town of Monmouth, a most desirable location, rural but

not isolated.

The accommodation is flexible, it is arranged at present

as a large sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, two

ground floor bedrooms and a family bathroom. The first

floor has a spacious master suite with an unrivalled view,

and a further en-suite bedroom.

The detached outbuilding is divided into a garage,

separate secure garage/workshop and utility room. The

Price

£565,000

bedroom bedroom

bathroom bathroom

first floor is the leisure facility, a gym, a room to entertain

with a purpose built bar and cloakroom.

The garden is the perfect space to relax in complete

privacy.

The popular town of Monmouth offers a wide range

of quality amenities including the well-respected

Haberdashers Schools.

The region benefits from good road links to M50, South

Wales, the Midlands and M48/M4. A stylish home

offering peace and privacy in a spectacular location.

4

living living room room etc etc

central central heating heating

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

bathroom

2 4

bathroom

living room living room etc etc

central heating

garage/covered parking

OIL

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

Sunways is an immaculately presented home enhanced by the tranquil setting and magnificent

garage/covered parking

panoramic views of the famous Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

parking

parking

parking

bedroom

living room etc

Camp Cottage, Bettws Newydd, Near Usk

Archer & Co 01291 672212 www.archerandco.com

Price

£695,000

bedroom bedroom

living living room room etc etc

bedroom bedroom

living room living room etc etc

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking

approximately 3 acres of ground with stable block and ménage.

5

bathroom

bathroom

bathroom

ELECTRIC

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

parking

parking

central heating

3 5 2

Camp Cottage provides an excellent opportunity to purchase a spacious family residence with

garage/covered parking

stunning views and would naturally lend itself to the equestrian lifestyle having

parking

The property occupies a commanding position

overlooking open countryside with panoramic views

towards the mountains of the Skirrid and Sugar Loaf

and is located on the edge of Bettws Newydd being a

small rural Village in the centre of Monmouthshire which

benefits from a local pub, church and village hall.

The bungalow is accessed from a front courtyard with

stone wall border and flower beds which leads to the

particularly generous sized kitchen/breakfast room.

The kitchen is particularly well appointed where there

is also situated a multi fuel burner with brick built

surrounds and log stores etc. A plethora of wall and floor

storage units with a large range cooker and integrated

dishwasher and fridge/freezer and a large island which

has more storage, ample space for breakfast table and

chairs. Being in an elevated position with some rooms

having double aspect the bungalow has a particularly

light and airy feeling.

Having five double bedrooms all of them en suite the

property would also lend itself to multi generational

living. The property stands in a large plot with grounds

that wrap around the property, the gardens being well

landscaped with fishpond and orchard to the rear of

which is a large patio area and an outdoor swimming

pool, this being heated by solar panels on the roof of the

property. The pump room for the pool and two garden

storage rooms can be found beneath the raised deck area.

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

The equestrian facilities are located opposite the home

where there is a stable block consisting of five loose

boxes and a tack room with storage and hot and cold

running water plus electricity. In front of the stable block

is a holding paddocand there is a further field that runs

along and behind the dressage area.


Making estate agency make sense.

Contact us on 01594 811111

or theteam@ferrino.co.uk

47 High Street,Lydney, Gloucs GL 15 5DD

NOTTSWOOD HILL,

LONGHOPE - £459,000

This beautiful country home is enhanced by the tranquil

setting and magnificent panoramic views. The property is

situated in the community of Nottswood Hill, ten miles west

of Gloucester City, a desirable location, rural but not isolated.

It represents a fine example of an original 1674 black and

white cottage. The cottage has a huge amount of character

and original features that combine comfortably with the

requirements of a modern lifestyle. The accommodation

extends to two reception rooms, a bespoke kitchen,

conservatory with stunning outlook, four double bedrooms,

one being en-suite, a family bathroom and separate

cloakroom. It has a large attached store/utility room and a

detached studio and garage in the grounds. The plot extends

to approximately one and a half acres of formal gardens and

a small paddock. For the discerning buyer this is the ideal

opportunity to acquire a superb historic home in a desirable

location. The nearby villages of Longhope and Huntley are a

short drive.

ASHWELL GRANGE, STROAT -

£425,000

Ashwell Grange is situated four miles north of Chepstow.

Pennymoon, is part of an exclusive development of five

stone barns believed to date back to the sixteenth century.

The advantage of this rural location is to experience peaceful

country living with the convenience of being in close proximity

to major road and rail networks. The elevated position of

Pennymoon offers a beautiful clear and open view over the

surrounding countryside towards the River Severn. The

accommodation offers a good deal of flexibility. It is designed

as an open plan living arrangement featuring a fireplace with

wood burning stove and impressive original beams. There is a

fitted kitchen, a ground floor bedroom and dressing area with

potential to expand, family bathroom with sauna and three

further bedrooms, the master being en-suite. The property has

a secure south facing garden with a leisure pool, summer house

and lots of parking space. A substantial, comfortable family

home with lots of character in a much sought after part of the

country.

PARKEND ROAD, BREAM -

£399,000

This unique property represents a fine example of an original

1906 Methodist Chapel recently converted into a spectacular

family residence, it sits in its own private garden in a popular

central village location. The conversion maintains the integrity

of the original building and now provides superb, energy

efficient, high quality accommodation, the internal space having

a stunning visual impact. This extends to an impressive open

plan living space which incorporates the kitchen and dining

area. Double height rooms and tall arched windows allow light

to flood through the interior, a remarkable innovative design.

On the first floor the master suite, three further bedrooms and

family bathroom are accessed from a galleried landing. A truly

individual property combining period architecture with the

best of contemporary modern design. Bream offers a friendly,

active community, the village shops, school and Community

Centre are within walking distance. Along with ‘The Old

Chapel’, is the opportunity to purchase, at additional cost, the

adjoining Sunday School.

ALLASTON ROAD, LYDNEY -

£325,000

This family home is situated on the outskirts of town in

a quiet yet convenient location. It is set in a surprisingly

large plot extending to two thirds of an acre of landscaped

grounds backing onto woodland at the rear. The south

west facing garden is ideally set up for the keen gardener

with a number of sheds, green houses and a poly tunnel.

There is also a workshop and a timber chalet/home

office. The chalet is fully insulated, it has power and

water supply. The accommodation in the house includes

a bright cheerful sitting room, kitchen, three bedrooms

and family bathroom. The large basement has been put

to good use as a storage room, utility room and further

storage room/pantry. There is plenty of outside relaxing

space on the front and rear patios and ample parking

space on the drive leading to the garage. The property is

offered for sale with ‘No Onward Chain’.

BLAKENEY HILL, BLAKENEY -

£315,000

This idyllic country cottage is situated in the heart of the

friendly hillside community of Blakeney Hill on the edge

of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. It sits in a large south

facing garden in an elevated position enjoying far reaching

views over the beautiful countryside in the direction of

the Cotswold Hills. The accommodation in the cottage is

arranged as a very cosy sitting room with original fireplace

and a wood burning stove, dining room/snug, kitchen and

separate utility room, three comfortable bedrooms and the

family bathroom. The terrace to the front of the cottage is

the perfect spot to sit out and appreciate the tranquillity

and enjoy the beautiful outlook. Blakeney is a most popular

village, the amenities include an excellent shop/off licence,

Post Office, primary school, pub/restaurants and doctors

surgery. This lovely cottage represents a perfect country

retreat in a delightful location. A true picture postcard home

offered for sale with ‘No Onward Chain.’

CAMOMILE GREEN,

LYDBROOK - £285,000

This attractive four bedroom family home is situated

in quiet neighbourhood of Camomile Green above the

village of Lydbrook in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.

The house was originally two traditional cottages, they

have been joined to create a modern family home with

plenty of internal space and good deal of character. The

accommodation extends to a fabulous family room with

a wood burning stove, a separate sitting room, kitchen/

diner, four bedrooms, the master being en-suite and a

family bathroom. There is a secure garden with relaxing and

entertaining space on the patio and the raised terrace with

the purpose built barbecue. The cottage sits in an elevated

position with Forestry Commission land to the rear and

a pleasant view over woodland to the front. Lydbrook is

a large village offering a range of amenities including a

general store with Post Office, primary school, doctors

surgery, village pubs and more.

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30 ADVICE

Can I afford a mortgage?

If you are buying your first home, or you have not applied for a mortgage in a while,

you could be in for a shock. Mortgage lenders now want to know where all of you money goes.

This is due to new mortgage afforability rules that came into effect in April 2014.

Martin Newell,

Blestium Financial

The cost of any existing debts can play a big part in a mortgage affordability

assessment. Lenders will ask you about outstanding balances on the following:

• Any other mortgages or secured lending

• Personal loans and hire purchase agreements

• Credit card balances

Some mortgage lenders will also ask about lifestyle expenditiure. This would

include gym or club memberships, expensive holidays etc.

As long as you can explain any “normal” expenditure and you’re not making silly

or unnecessary purchases or going into your overdraft, it shouldn’t be a problem; just

be aware that each lender will approach this differently.

Whats changed since 2014

It used to be relatively easy to work out what size of mortgage you could get.

Lenders would work this out using a guide known as the income multiple. They

would multiply typically 4x your total income and assume that you could afford

the repayments on that sort of sum. The lender would also take into consideration

existing loans and credit cards when considering affordablity.

Things changed April 2014 following a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

initiative called the Mortgage Market Review (MMR). Mortgage lenders now had to

check your full financial situation to make sure mortgage payments are affordable

based on the current payable rate but also using a stress test which is sometimes as

high as 7%.

Please don’t think that this has made getting a mortgage impossible. In my

experience things have become simpler and clearer with lenders acting more

responsibly.

What will the mortgage lender need to know?

In addition to the usual personal information – name, age, where you live, etc. –

you can expect the lender to ask you about the following:

What evidence will you need

When preparing for a mortgage interview you’ll need to gather together:

• Payslips and proof of other earnings for at least the last 3 months

• Credit card balance

• bank statements for the latest 3 months

• Proof of identity and address

• Details of your current mortgage if you have one.

Please feel free to come and see us at Blestium Financial Services where we

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Over how many years would you like to repay the

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Most mortgages are taken out over 25 years however a lender will let you increase

this usually up to retirement age or decrease the term as long as you can afford to do

this.

Tell me about your monthly bills and outgoings

One of the biggest factors affecting how much you can borrow will be what’s seen

as your fixed monthly outgoings. The adviser will ask how much do you currently or

intend to spend on the following

• Utilities (gas, electricity and water bills)

• TV and phone packages

• Council tax

• Insurances

• Essential travel

• Housekeeping, food and toiletries

• Any maintenance for a child or spouse

• School or college fees

• Savings and investments

This is also a good exercise to do yourself as responsible monthly budgeting is key

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The attractive cottage, built predominately of stone has the benefit

of uPVC double glazing. The modest layout has been extended to

provide a ground floor sitting room, further room, good sized kitchen

and bathroom and on the first floor a landing and bedroom.

The cottage stands in large gardens and grounds extending down to

the woods.

£349,000

MITCHEL TROY

Situated in the sought after village of Mitchel Troy some 2 miles south west

of Monmouth with excellent access to the major road network a substantial

double gable fronted residence standing in landscaped gardens together

with a detached annexe with an optional large barn with paddocks extending

in total to over 5 acres. The house has been extended and refurbished to

provide extensive accommodation including a large farmhouse kitchen/

diner, utility room, sitting room, garden room and study/bedroom with

upstairs four further bedrooms, two with en suite bathrooms and a family

bathroom. The detached annexe provides three ground floor bedrooms and

a first floor open plan living area with a private patio area adjoining a paddock.

£899.000

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MITCHEL TROY COMMON

Situated in the hamlet of Mitchel Troy Common approximately 2 miles

from Monmouth Town.

Enjoying an elevated location with views to the Black Mountains. A

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pond, orchard and land extending to approximately 6 acres with two

detached stone barns and a wooden stable block.

Reception Hall, Study, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Farmhouse

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PROPERTIES

bedroom

living room etc

The Perrogs, Cwmcarvan, Monmouthshire

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Price

£720,000

bedroom bedroom

living living room room etc etc

bedroom bedroom

living room living room etccentral heating

garage/covered parking parking

of Monmouth, and is designed with flexible accommodation and outdoor living in mind. Overall the property

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

with Birch Barn, Gardens and Paddock offers a most desirable country property package.

3

bathroom

bathroom

3 4

bathroom

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central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

The Perrogs is situated within stunning Monmouthshire countryside, close to the prestigious Border town

parking

Spacious and beautifully presented three bedroom country residence with separate

accommodation known as Birch Barn, offering flexible additional accommodation for

a variety of uses, set in approximately 2 acres of landscaped gardens and an enclosed

paddock. Located in a private rural position, encompassed by rolling Monmouthshire

countryside, yet offering good accessibility to the major road networks.

Extensively extended and improved featuring country style kitchen with Rayburn

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

stove and two spacious reception rooms. Three large double bedrooms benefitting

from character features, master with ensuite and dressing room. Secondary detached

building Birch Barn with enormous potential to be easily converted into secondary

accommodation, work at home offices or rental accommodation.

Property Disputes

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boundary disputes, high hedges, party wall issues, excessive noise, parking

and driveway access, and planning permission.

As a landlord or tenant of a leasehold property, disputes may arise over the

interpretation of the lease or tenancy agreement, deposits, rent reviews, repossession,

rent recovery and claims for disrepair.

Owning a property jointly, receiving financial help from a parent or grandparent

to assist in purchasing , and an elderly person sharing ownership or occupation are

all common scenarios where lawyers are rarely involved in the early stages of the

transaction, or where the advice given has been inadequate, giving rise to disputes

when the relationship breaks down.

At Gwyn James Solicitors, we appreciate that those involved will wish to resolve

or avoid the dispute as quickly as possible with costs kept to a minimum. We

have both the expertise and the experience to assist you in resolving your dispute

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and practical advice will be given to assist you in taking control of the situation as

well as offering you legal representation where required.

Getting it right at the onset can avoid disputes in the future. Gwyn James

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• Superb accessible location to all principal South Wales road connections

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36 MARKETS

New housing gets a

£2.3bn investment boost

A £2.3 billion fund which could unlock 100,000 new homes in areas of high

demand has been launched by the Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid.

Speaking in Birmingham at the LGA Conference,

the Communities Secretary will say that the

investment will help to fund vital physical

infrastructure projects like the building of roads,

bridges, energy networks and other utilities, the absence

of which continues to hold housebuilding back.

The new investment through the Housing

Infrastructure Fund (HIF) aims to solve this problem

and today opens for bids for local authorities across

England to come forward with proposals to help get

homes built faster.

Funding will also be available to help build new

schools, healthcare centres and digital infrastructure

to accommodate growing communities and alleviate

pressure on public services.

Once proposals have been approved, it is expected

that local authorities would begin building the necessary

infrastructure immediately and for the homes to follow

quickly afterwards.

HIF is part of the government’s wider £23 billion

National Productivity Investment Fund, which targets

spending on areas critical to boosting productivity,

including on housing, transport and digital

communications.

Sajid Javid, Communities Secretary, said: “To build

the homes this country needs, we need to deliver the

right infrastructure in the right place at the right time.

By investing in local infrastructure, we can help

unlock building thousands of new homes in the areas

where they are needed most. The Housing Infrastructure

Fund will also make sure we have better public services

in place for local communities.

Andrew Jones, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury,

said: “Where we live plays a huge part in our lives;

from the distance of our commute to the local facilities

available. By ensuring we have enough housing in areas

where it is needed the most, we can boost productivity

and support new communities to grow and thrive.

This money is part of our £23 billion National

Productivity and Investment Fund, which will ensure

Britain is match fit for the future.”

Lord Porter, LGA Chairman, said: “We’re pleased

that the government has followed through on its

commitment to invest in infrastructure linked to

housing and that this to be led by councils, as we

outlined on our preliminary Housing Commission

findings last year.

Going forward, what’s crucial is that the

arrangements to access this fund are flexible, especially

around different housing tenures, and that all

councils can access funds to deliver housing for their

communities.

Councils know their communities, and the places in

them, best and so it’s right that approaches to invest in

local infrastructure are led by local authorities.”

Home Builders Federation Planning Director Andrew

Whitaker said: “Funding necessary infrastructure will

give local authorities the opportunity to remove barriers

to developments being delivered.

Direct support for critical infrastructure will not only

unlock more housing, it should also help to accelerate

planned developments.

Local authorities that plan for growth should be

supported and that will, in turn, allow house builders

to get on and deliver the homes our communities so

desperately need. HIF is an important demonstration of

the government’s commitment to housing, following on

from the housing white paper, which sets out a strategy

to fix the nation’s dysfunctional housing market.

The fund will support councils to step up their

plans for growth, release more land for housing and get

attractive, well designed homes that people want to live

in built at pace and scale.”

Further information £2.3 billion of capital grant

funding will be allocated to local authorities on a

competitive basis. The funding will be available from

2017-18 to 2020-21.

Warren Lewis propertyreporter.co.uk

UK remains most attractive global

commercial property market

New analysis from Brickvest has revealed that 31% of commercial real estate investors say that the

UK remains their preferred region to invest in. This number has remained the same since June 2016

despite the UK deciding to leave the European Union in that period.

BrickVest’s data found that a quarter (24%) of real estate investors favour

Germany as their location of choice for commercial real estate opportunities;

however, this represented a fall from 28% in June 2016. More than one in five

(21%) selected the US, the same as last June, while France saw an increase from 13%

in June 2016 to 15% in June this year.

The Barometer also revealed that French, German and US investors are more

favourable towards the UK since June last year. Nearly a quarter (24%) of French, a

fifth (19%) of German and 23% of US investors suggested they prefer the UK in June

this year, representing an increase from last year across the board from 22%, 18% and

20% respectively.

According to BrickVest’s investors, the average risk appetite for commercial real

estate increased to 49% from 47% in June last year, meaning a sentiment shift from

low to balanced risk. French investor risk appetite increased significantly from 33%

to 55% while the US saw an increase to 50% (47% in June 2016). UK investor risk

appetite also increased from 49% to 51% despite choosing to leave the EU while in

Germany it remained stable at 48% (the same in June 2016).

BrickVest’s Barometer also showed that the investment objective for the majority

(47%) of its online investors is capital growth compared to 37% which said income.

Despite Brexit, more than four in ten (43%) BrickVest UK investors selected their

home market as their preferred location. UK investors highlighted Germany as 2nd

(20%), the US (19%) 3rd and France (13%) 4th in terms of preferred locations to invest.

Emmanuel Lumineau, CEO at BrickVest, commented: “Despite a series of

significant events over the past 12 months including Brexit, our latest Barometer

shows the UK remains the preferred location to invest in from our global investor

base. Since the vote in June last year, we’ve seen a 72% increase in the number of

investors joining the platform and are seeing plenty of appetite from investors for

property as an asset class.

Our first exit echoes not only the strong level of returns we are generating but the

quality of the investments BrickVest selects for its platform. For the first time ever

private investors can access the same investment opportunities as large institutional

investors such as pension funds and insurance companies. BrickVest is a truly pan-

European platform that offers unique levels of liquidity to a traditionally illiquid asset

class. Our users appreciate the transparency, simplicity and ease of investing which

has enabled us to focus on our specialist deal sourcing capabilities.”


INTERNATIONAL

37

Spain remains top destination

for Brits moving abroad

The latest analysis from Rightmove has found that despite the allure of exotic faraway destinations,

Britons prefer the sunny shores much closer to home when it comes to buying property abroad.

Top 10 Destinations for Property-Seekers

Looking for a sunny place to call home?

These are the most popular destinations in Europe

Country Avg. Enquiry Price Avg, Flight Time Avg. Flight

from UK

Cost

Spain €156,940 2h £48

France €217,433 55m £54

Italy €227,411 2h 20m £56

Portugal €215,001 2h 30m £83

Ireland €167,537 1h 10m £36

According to Rightmove’s research, Spain is the most popular European country

for Britons looking to relocate or buy a second home with average monthly

searches totaling 2,513,374 - over 74% more than second placed France.

Which UK city loves Spain the most?

A closer look at a year’s worth of property search data from the largest cities

shows consistent interest in Spain right across the UK. It is the number one sunny

destination for Britons from Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool,

London, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield.

Spain is most popular with sun-starved Scots, more than 54% of searches for

property in Spain come from Glasgow, a close second being Liverpool with the second

highest number of searches, at almost 50%.

France comes up as a consistent second on the list of hot-property destinations,

according to UK interest per city, with the most searches for this sunny destination

coming out of Cardiff, London, and Bristol.

Which sunny resorts are property-seekers most

interested in?

Spain and France are clear favourites for property-seekers looking to buy a second

home, a closer look reveals the most searched for resorts in each.

A house in Alicante - most popular second home

destination in the UK

Alicante tops the list as the most searched for property destination in Spain and

at €126, 053, it also has the lowest average enquiry price of the most popular sunny

regions. According to

Rightmove, 62% of

enquiries are for houses

in Alicante, while 38%

are looking for flats or

apartments. And for UK

residents looking for

fast, affordable flights

to their holiday home

in the sun, it doesn’t get

better than this port city

on Spain’s south-eastern

coast.

Greece €191,246 3h 30m £132

Cyprus €148,082 4h 46m £184

Germany €370,990 1h 40m £28

Malta €264,670 3h £68

Turkey €93,180 4h £142

An apartment in Mallorca - popular with high

budget buyers

With an average enquiry price of €397, 813, property in Mallorca is popular with

high budget buyers, with 54% looking for flats and apartments and 46% looking for

houses. Despite enquiries for properties in Mallorca being three times higher in price

than those in Alicante, it still tops the list as the second most searched for property

destination in Spain.

Chris Please, Head of Rightmove Overseas, comments: “Just 2.5 hours away

by plane, a great climate, upmarket living, picturesque surroundings… Mallorca is

perfectly positioned as the ultimate destination for high budget UK buyers looking to

purchase their own slice of paradise.”

Why is Spanish property consistently in demand?

Climate

With warm average temperatures of 21°C per year, Spain is one of the hottest

countries in Europe making it an ideal destination for summer homes. With high

average temperatures hitting 30°C in June, 34°C in July and 33°C in August, summer

months in Spain are hot and the climate is mild for the rest of the year.

Distance and Affordability

Average flight time to Spain is just over 2 hours by plane, making it one

of the fastest destinations to travel to after France, Ireland and Germany.

With plane ticket prices increasing in summer due to high demand,

visiting Spain is more affordable than visiting France, Italy or Malta, with

the estimated lowest price in mid-summer costing £48 return.

Chris says:“Over 12 months, we received an average of 2.5 million

searches a month for property in Spain, indicating just how in-demand

this sunny country is for property-seekers. Whether it’s the large expat

community, the sunny climate, the food or simply the easy transition into

relaxed Spanish culture that has Britons enthralled, Spain’s proximity to the

UK, cheap flights and short travel time has it consistently emerging as one

of the most popular property destinations abroad.”


38 ADVICE

Four Great tips for rural

planning permission success

Obtaining planning permission for your new home in the country can seem a nightmare,

but it needn’t be. Here are some practical tips by custom home build expert, architect

Garry Thomas, that will help you achieve your grand design dream.

Tip 1 - Right Location

If you’re planning an open countryside development,

you need to find out if there are any transport links

nearby. This will be important to demonstrate that your

site is a ‘sustainable’ location. If you are near a public

transport network your scheme is likely to win approval

– even though it is outside a settlement boundary.

Tip 2 - Look up what’s getting

approved

Recent applications are a good source for

information, as they help demonstrate what the council

is happy to support, and what technical reports you

need to help get your application approved. What is

‘appropriate’ development does vary, particularly when

the Ward Councilor gets behind your proposal. Getting

his or her support can help the planners interpret planning

policy more positively and is often why applications

that appear against policy gain planning approval.

Tip 3 - Engage the right expert

It’s important to present your application well and

provide Planning Officers with the reports they need

to ensure your application is acceptable in planning

terms. These reports can seem expensive, however the

application is less likely to stall and is more likely to

win approval. Being sure to comply with ecology

legislation is important too or you could end up with a

fine up to £5000.

Tip 4 - Talk to your neighbours

If your scheme causes disturbance to neighbours,

it will attract criticism and negative comment – avoid

this. You really should do all you can to bring your

neighbours on board. Sitting down with your neighbour

over a bottle of wine and discussing your needs and

your development aims works wonders.

There’s a useful report on our website that provides

you with all you need to know about how to get

planning permission on a difficult site for further

reading.

Herefordshire Architect, Garry Thomas, is in the top

25 all time best Grand Designs architects, and secures

planning permissions for custom build homes on difficult

open countryside locations.

If you’d like to find out more about the schemes

Garry has designed his office can be contacted via

www.thomasstudio.co.uk

What are the top home

improvements of 2017?

Bathrooms, kitchens and new central heating systems top the list of improvements for this year,

but homeowners are warned that major works could invalidate their home insurance.

A

new study

from

GoCompare Home

Insurance has

revealed that a new

bathroom is the

UK’s most popular

home renovation

with 39% of

homeowners who

carried out a major home improvement in the last five years splashing out on one.

New kitchens came in second place with 38% and a new boiler or central heating

system made up the top three with 34%.

However, the study also revealed that 41% of those carrying out renovations did so

without telling their home insurer, potentially invalidating their policy.

Matt Sanders, home insurance spokesperson for GoCompare explained, “While

you don’t need to inform your insurer about routine decorating or maintenance, you

should inform your provider if you’re planning on carrying out any major building or

renovation work, otherwise you could risk invalidating your policy.

When planning a major renovation project, one of the first things you should do is

to review your buildings and contents insurance to make sure that you have adequate

cover both during and after the work has been completed.

Another important thing to note is that most home insurance policies don’t

cover tradesmen or their work, so you should always check that they have their own

insurance in place. It’s also sensible to check that any tradesmen you employ are

qualified to carry

out the work

and registered

with a recognised

governing body.

Remember,

after completion of

the work, you may

need to increase

your sum insured

to reflect any

increase in the rebuilding costs of your property and any increase in the value of your

possessions.”

Written by Warren Lewis, propertyreporter.co.uk


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