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2 MARKET FORECAST

2019 Property Market

forecast by region

While house prices are expected to remain broadly flat across the UK as a whole,

there will continue to be significant regional divergence.

Many commentators are penciling in house

price falls in London and the south, while

northern regions are likely to see modest gains.

Even so, a raft of factors are stacked against the

property market, including uncertainty over how the

UK will leave the EU, the prospect of rising interest rates

and the ongoing shortage of homes for sale.

Zoopla take a look at how the different regions are

likely to fare next year, assuming the UK exits the EU

with a deal in place.

London

The slowdown in London began in mid-2016 and

this trend is expected to continue into 2019.

Hansen Lu, property economist at Capital

Economics, says: “London has seen a build-up of homes

that are struggling to sell and a rise in more determined

sellers.

“If you look at the London market above £800,000

the time taken to sell a house is now almost a year. The

higher up the market you go, the longer it is taking.”

He adds that affordability in London is already

stretched and the situation will only get worse if interest

rates rise.

“Overall we expect house prices in London to fall by

5% during the year,” he says.

Aneisha Beveridge, head of research, Hamptons

International, is slightly less pessimistic, pencilling in a

fall of 2%, due to Brexit uncertainty hitting confidence

and stretched affordability limiting demand.

She says: “The wider London market is feeling the

effects of stretched affordability. The more affordable

outer boroughs that have led the way over the last

couple of years are slowing and we expect this to

continue as more buyers are pushed further outside the

capital.”

Hometrack, a sister company of Zoopla, is also

predicting a 2% price fall in London.

Richard Donnell, insight director at Hometrack,

says: “We expect prices to continue to fall in most areas

of central London. “Our projection for a 2% fall in

overall London prices will reduce the earnings ratio to

12.8 times, in line with levels last recorded in mid-2015.”

Southern regions

The slowdown in London has already started to

ripple out to southern regions and this trend is expected

to continue in 2019.

Beverage says buoyant house price growth in the east

of England means affordability pressures there are now

biting. As a result, she expects property values in the

region to fall by 2% during the year.

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happiest places to live

Right move surveyed residents the length and breadth of Great Britain in their annual ‘Happy at Home Index’

and the results were released at the end of last year: these are the five happiest places to live.

• Leigh-on-Sea has been crowned the happiest place to live in Great Britain for the second

time in three years

• In second place is Farnham

• Taking third place on the podium is Monmouth in Wales

• Christchurch in Dorset scooped fourth, while Leamington Spa also made it into the top

five

• Rightmove’s annual Happy at Home Index asks residents how happy they are where they

live, based on 12 happiness factors, across 219 areas in Great Britain

• Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, Farnham in Surrey, Monmouth in Wales, Christchurch in Dorset

and Leamington Spa in Warwickshire are where residents feel happiest this year.

More than 21,000 people across Great Britain took part in the Rightmove survey, which

asks residents how happy they are where they live, as well as asking them to rank 12

happiness factors.

The 12 factors range from how safe residents feel and how friendly the neighbours are, to

how good the local services are and the quality of green spaces and cultural activities in the

area.To mark such glittering scores, we have shone a light on these communities to showcase

some of the finest properties in the happiest towns, villages and districts in Great Britain.


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A similar trend is expected in the south east, where

prices are likely to dip by 1%.

Beverage says: “Less housing wealth leaving the

capital will restrain demand in the prime commuter

spots in the east and south east.” But she adds that the

wider spread of property types and the higher number

of affordable locations in the south east means demand

there will not be as hard hit as in the east.

Donnell adds that the market is the south east is still

adjusting to the tax and policy changes introduced as far

back as 2015, as well as changes to mortgage regulation,

including tighter affordability tests. He says: “These have

combined to constrain demand in London and reduce

price growth and the impact is likely to spread out into

the south east in 2019.”

The Midlands

The East Midlands and West Midlands saw some

of the strongest house price growth in 2018, while the

regions are also less impacted by the dynamics of the

London market.

Despite recent gains in property values, affordability

constraints are still not as tight in the Midlands as in

southern regions.

But Beverage points out: “There will be a point

where the capacity for growth in higher loan-tovalue

mortgages will narrow. “The Midlands are also

particularly exposed to manufacturing, which could see

job losses depending on the Brexit outcome.”

As a result, she expects prices to dip by 0.5% in the

West Midlands and to fall by 1% in the East Midlands.

Adam Brewster, associate director at Strutt &

Parker Market Harborough, is already seeing signs of a

slowdown in the market, saying house price growth has

recently plateaued and reductions have become more

commonplace. But he expects the market to bounce

back in the second half of the year, once uncertainty

over Brexit has cleared.

The North

Property markets in the north of England are

expected to be more buoyant than their southern

counterparts during 2019. House prices in the north

east have only recently returned to their pre-financial

crisis highs and they still have some catching up to do

with the rest of the UK.

As a result, Hamptons International is expected

property values in the region to rise by 1% in 2019, the

highest level of growth it is predicting for any area. But

Beverage cautions that while it expects prices to rise

by 7% in the coming three years, future growth will

be dependent on some areas unlocking their potential

through regeneration or infrastructure developments.

Price growth in other regions in northern England

has been slowing in recent months. This trend looks

set to continue into next year, with Yorkshire and

Humberside likely to see gains of 0.5%, while prices in

the north west are expected to be flat.

Beverage says: “There is still capacity for household

finances to stretch, and higher demand from landlords

seeking the best yields should support demand.”

Donnell says: “In northern regions the housing cycle

is reasonably strong but there are pockets where local

economies are weak, and this is acting as a drag on price

rises.”

Wales, Scotland and

Northern Ireland

These regions were among the top performers in

2018 as house prices remained affordable in relation to

local earnings.

Hamptons International expects Wales to see growth

of 1% in 2019, while prices are expected to rise by 0.5%

in Scotland. Donnell adds that more affordable cities,

such as Glasgow, could see increases in property values

of 5% next year.

RICS is also expecting prices in these regions to

continue increasing regions. Parsons says: “Survey

participants in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland

continue to return firmly positive projections, implying

price growth will retain solid momentum over the year

ahead.”

There are an estimated six million households living in the

wrong property and the country needs to get moving.

It is likely to be a better year after Brexit, according to

James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search.

Only an end to the indecision that we have been

suffering since June 2016 can free up the market,’ he

said.

‘Whatever the outcome, we will certainly see a

significant increase in activity. More supply will be

matched by more demand and I don’t expect us to see

any dramatic rise or fall in prices across the board,’ he

pointed out.

He also pointed out that buyers and owners are

increasingly prepared to take on significant work to

make houses more efficient, and 2019 will see more

eco retro-fitting and future proofing. ‘Properties that are

inefficient will become harder to sell as buyers pay more

attention to the running and maintenance costs they are

taking on. Isolated houses at the end of mile long rutted

drives will be hard to sell, but competition will be high

for immaculate town houses in small cities and market

towns,’ he explained.

‘However, cottages in tourist areas will be snapped

up by investors jumping on the Airbnb bandwagon in

anticipation of an increase in UK residents holidaying

at home due to falling pound, airport delays, and Brexit

fallout,’ he added.

It could be an interesting year for the Build to Rent

market, according to Nigel Howell, chief executive officer

of FirstPort Limited, and he predicts that there will be

new institutional investors from Canada, the United

States, France and the Netherlands.

‘Post Brexit the UK property sector needs to quickly

mature our collective offer, taking learnings from

alternative sectors and international equivalents, and

to have a clear ambition. Now it’s time to take action to

create a vibrant and long term market offer that meets

investors’ demands,’ he said.

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PROPERTIES

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Hawthorns, Monmouth, Monmouthshire

RRK 01600 772929 www.roscoerogersandknight.co.uk

Price

£595,000

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This very elegant and spacious four bedroomed, period town house is a flat walk into the town centre.

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TOVEY COTTAGE, THREE ASHES

£995pcm

TOWNSEND COTTAGES

ST BRIAVELS

£650pcm

Beautifully presented and very characteristic it was built back in 1880 and has been

tastefully extended and restored to retain its many original period features including

coved ceilings, fireplaces, sash windows, stripped pine panelled doors and moulded

joinery throughout.

Its elevated aspect provides it with excellent levels of light and attractive views across the

Wye Valley and open countryside beyond. The well stocked and beautifully landscaped

gardens have sun terraces and a veranda that enjoy the views and excellent levels of

privacy.

This very individual, semi-detached family home has the huge benefit of off

road parking as well as a garage and a carport that are set behind the house off

Dixton Close.

A 3 bedroom Grade II listed cottage set on

three floors. There is a large garden with sun

terraces. Agency Fees Apply

NODDFA, OSBASTON

MONMOUTH

£1,950pcm

A three bedroom end terrace cottage situated in

the sought after village of St Briavels with off

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22 BARROWELL LANE, ST BRIAVELS £725 pcm

A five bedroom detached house with a one

bedroom attached annexe situated in the

sought after area of Osbaston.

Agency Fees Apply

A three bedroom property situated in the sought

after village of St Briavels.

Agency Fees Apply

Call: 01600 772929 • lettings@roscoerogersandknight.co.uk

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PENCARREG HOUSE, LLANGYBI, USK £1,200,000

WELL COTTAGE, GOODRICH

HEREFORDSHIRE £850,000

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This impressive rural complex consists of a sympathetically extended

and restored bright and airy Grade II listed 5 bedroomed period farmhouse,

set in 7.5 acres with, 2 bed detached bungalow, heated swimming pool,

detached double garage, large carport, new extensive portal barn,

paddocked pastureland and two linked driveways. Idyllic rural location

on the outskirts of Usk and Llangibby with impressive far reaching countryside

views of the Usk valley.

Superbly presented 4 bed country house with a wealth of original features

with huge charm and character tastefully restored and substantially extended

to provide an additional 2 bedroom self contained annexe set around a

central walled courtyard. Located in the popular & active village of Goodrich

appreciating lovely views to Coppett Hill. Grounds of approximately 1.27 acres

include delightful formal lawned gardens, sun terraces and an orchard area

with gravelled driveway and double border oak garage with gym/studio above.

WOODGATE HOUSE, GWEHELOG, USK £595,000 23 DIXTON CLOSE, MONMOUTH £480,000 19 OAKLANDS DRIVE, MONMOUTH £340,000

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Set in a pretty rural hamlet a short distance from

the busy towns of Usk and Raglan this high quality

newly constructed 4 bed family home incorporates

all the modern day needs. Its aspect provides an

attractive layout with bright, light and airy rooms

throughout with countryside views. Landscaped

gardens to the front and back with a sweeping

tarmac driveway and a detached garage.

Within walking distance of the town centre

this impressive and unique architect designed,

high quality, contemporary, highly insulated,

Eco home has 3 ground floor bedrooms and

first floor open plan living room/kitchen

enjoying outstanding views across the Wye valley.

Walled courtyard and raised lawned terrace

accessed via bridge or external stairs.

Off street paved parking for 3 cars.

This well presented and maintained family

home is situated in the popular established

residential area on the edge of town. Detached

with 4 bedrooms, 2 en-suited, offering 2 reception

rooms and an open plan kitchen/breakfast room.

Integral garage and enclosed South facing rear

garden. No onward chain.

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

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Penallt Estate, Llanelly Hill, Abergavenny

m2 Estate Agents 01873 856388 www.m2ea.co.uk

Price

130,000

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A refurbished two bedroom semi-detached property located in a quiet village

situated on the fringe of Monmouthshire.

Situated in a semi-rural village, this spacious semi-detached property has been tasteful

updated by the current owners. The Accommodation includes two double bedrooms,

lounge/dining room, kitchen, utility room with first floor family bathroom. The

property benefits from updated LPG central heating and double glazing throughout

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with the property being surrounded by delightful corner plot gardens. The towns of

Abergavenny & Brynmawr are within a 10 minute drive of the property with the village

enjoying a local public house and access to scenic walks.

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8 Little Bank, Porthycarne Street, Usk

m2 Estate Agents 01291 672827 www.m2ea.co.uk

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Desirable Usk village location close to all amenities.

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Three bedroom detached period property ideal lock up & leave or as an investment.

Two reception rooms modern kitchen with additional two room dwelling.

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This detached period property can be found in the highly desired Porthycarne Street.

Situated in the centre of Usk town, on the doorstep of all the local amenities including

shops, doctors, dentist, pubs, coffee shops and eateries.

This unique dwelling is divided into two parts separated by an external stairwell. The

main house consists of three bedrooms, bathroom, two good sized receptions rooms

and a modernised kitchen. The two storey building to the rear of the main house is ideal

as office space, art studio or potential annex. Divided into two floors, the ground floor

room has access to a small garage/covered courtyard. parking parking parking The parking first floor room is approached by the external

stairwell with has shower and w.c facilities.

Just 10 miles from Junction 24 M4 this residence is an ideal lock up and leave or

investment purchase.

All mains services connected. Council Tax Band: F.


Usk Office

17 Bridge St, Usk NP15 1BQ

01291 672827

TIDENHAM, CHEPSTOW

Panoramic views of the Bristol Channel provide the setting for this grand

residence. Inspired by the Venetian architect Andrea Palliado, this imposing

country manor was constructed circa 2005 in his renowned Palladian style,

creating a a fine an elegant example of juxtaposing period refinement with

contemporary desires. The current owners exacting designs have initiated

a versatile arrangement of formal and informal living, incorporating both

guest and staff requirements.

LLANTRISANT

Located near Usk beneath Wentwood Forest with outstanding rural views, this

4 bedroom detached home occupies mature gardens with a large paddock

and woodland totaling approx. 3 acres. It was constructed around 25 years

ago to an exceptional standard with features including high ceilings and a

superb galleried landing with picture window overlooking the rear garden. In

recent years the property has benefitted from the addition of a conservatory/

garden room and converted garage to provide a 1 bedroom annexe.

£3,975,000 £750,000

MONKSWOOD

A greatly extended bay fronted period property

situated in-between Usk and Abergavenny offering

versatile accommodation which is currently

configured to provide a superb 3/4 bedroom family

home with 1 bedroom self contained annex. The

property has been updated to a high standard and

occupies a generous plot with a drive and garden to

the front, with private seating area and lawn garden

to the rear having a pleasant rural outlook.

USK

A superb new build situated on a corner plot of a cul

de sac. Located on the fringe of Usk Town offering

an array of amenities including a local supermarket,

dentist, doctors, pubs and eateries. Located off the

A449 providing direct access to junction 24 of the

M4, M50 and Monmouth, ideal for Cardiff and Bristol

commuters. Externally there is driveway parking for

two vehicles, good sized corner garden and pathway

access around the property to the rear. All three

bedrooms, lounge, stairs and landing are carpeted

with the hall, kitchen and bathroom being tiled.

LANGSTONE, NEWPORT

Positioned behind electric gates in a courtyard

setting is this exceptionally well presented single

storey barn conversion. The low maintenance

walled garden makes this home ideal for a retired

couple, as a lock up leave or holiday home. Situated

in a semi rural lane in Langstone, close to junction

24 of the M4. Finished to a high standard throughout

the accommodation has a contemporary finish with

some stone barn walls exposed and many internal

fittings being negotiable. An orangery style entrance

leads to the property.

£315,000 £289,950

£399,950


Abergavenny Office

11 Cross St, Abergavenny NP7 5EH

01873 856388

USK

Filled with an abundance of period features, this grand yet homely residence

is well deserving of its Grade II listing. Throughout this deceptively spacious

family home are sash and casement windows, many with the original shutters.

The deep skirting boards and cornicing remain, along with original doors as

well as exposed beams and floorboards, wall panelling, cast iron fireplaces

and a large open stone chimney breast with stove. The property is entered via

an impressive solid oak studded door hinting at the history that lies behind.

CROESYCEILIOG, CWMBRAN

A unique opportunity to acquire a grade 2* listed former farmhouse full

of historical features with some dating back to the 16th century, all set in

circa 1.3 acres. Although now requiring some updating the property offers

the potential to be a fine family home retaining many period features

including flagstone floors, exposed beams and wide floorboards, post

and rail paneling, stone archways and superb open inglenook fireplaces.

Conveniently access to the A4042 providing access to Newport and the M4.

£575,000 £465,000

LLANFOIST, ABERGAVENNY

Located on this popular and convenient

modern development yet within easy access to

Abergavenny Town, this well presented property

offers accommodation over three floors. The wellproportioned

Accommodation briefly comprises;

Kitchen/breakfast/family room, study, ground floor

cloakroom, lounge to first floor, master bedroom with

en-suite, a further 2 bedrooms and family bathroom.

The outside affords enclosed gardens with a gated

access leading to 2 off road parking spaces.

LLANTILIO PERTHOLEY, ABERGAVENNY

This well presented former show home is located

on a small development of new build properties on

the outskirts of Abergavenny. The well proportioned

accommodation affords four generous bedrooms,

2 with en suite shower facilities, a family bathroom,

a open plan living area & a kitchen hosting integral

appliances. There is also a garage which was

previously used as the site office which has been

partially converted allowing for a range of uses. We

are pleased to offer this property to the market with

no onward chain.

ABERGAVENNY

A delightful two double bedroom terraced property

with the accommodation arranged over three floors.

The ground floor hosts a lounge/dining room

and kitchen, to the first floor is a bedrooms and a

bathroom with the master bedroom located on the

second floor. The property benefits from having

UPVC double glazing and a gas heating with an

enclosed rear garden enjoying a westerly aspect

with the town centre being just a stone’s throw from

the property.

£260,000 £335,000 £159,950

www.m2ea.co.uk


10 THROUGH THE KEY HOLE

New Year,

New Lifestyle

Sharon Chilcott tunes in to the lifestyle possibilities of a

secluded rural property at Garway Hill…

Nestled into the hillside near Garway, in a

tranquil spot surrounded by captivating

scenery, Shady Cottage is a place which inspires

creative endeavour.

So says its owner, award-winning music producer

and composer Danny Chang, for whom the extended

stone cottage and its range of converted outbuildings

has provided a perfect live/work setting. “Artists love

recording in the studio here because it’s so peaceful and

quiet,”

Danny and his partner, studio engineer Helen

Williams, have lived in harmony with their lovely

rural surroundings at Shady Cottage for the past seven

years, turning it from a small, stone-built cottage into

a spacious, contemporary property whilst retaining its

original character and features. But they are planning

a complete change of scenery this year - hoping to sell

and move closer to the sea.

When the couple first came across the property, a

former watercress farm with a house dating back to

1764, it all looked “tired and unloved.” At the time,

they weren’t quite in a position to buy it, but Danny set

his heart on the place. When the owners took it off the

market, he asked if they would rent it to him and give

him first refusal if they reversed their decision not to

sell. A year later it was his. “It worked out well,” says

Helen. “I am a ‘city girl’ and at the time I was working

in Cardiff so it was a good opportunity for me to test

whether I could live somewhere so rural.”

As it turns out, she has loved the location, which

she says might be rural but is not remote. Despite its

peaceful and private surroundings, Shady Cottage is

actually within easy reach of Monmouth and Hereford

and not far from the popular village of Garway, where

there is a pub, primary school and village hall. “There is

a very good community in Garway. People know people

and when we started to do work to the property, there

proved to be lots of talent around that we were able to

make use of,” adds Danny.

As a priority, Danny employed a local builder

to convert an old piggery alongside the house into

a music studio for his business. Set up on a bank,

beside the main house, the timber clad building has a

covered decked terrace, a studio with a kitchenette and

cloakroom alongside and a fully sound proofed “Live

Room.” He says: “It was a shell of a building and the

builders literally had six weeks to convert it as we had

artists ready to come in to record.”


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Then, in 2016, when finances allowed, the

couple decided to enlarge the stone cottage, adding

a contrasting wooden clad extension with plenty of

floor-to-ceiling windows and bi-fold doors, designed

to make the most of the stunning, long distance views

to the Malvern Hills.

“We also wanted to let in the light,” says Danny.

“The house is called Shady Cottage for a reason – it

was surrounded by trees, although we have taken

a lot of them down as they were stretching for the

light and one bad winter there were a lot that were

damaged.”

The new, high quality extension provides a

contemporary, open plan living space, which has

ceramic tiling throughout. The kitchen, which has

handmade base units with solid oak worktops,

opens to a dining area which is slightly separated by

a feature stone wall from a sitting area, arranged in

front of windows which look out over the views.

The character of the original stone cottage is

evident in the adjacent snug, which the couple

generally only use in the evenings. Here there is an

original open fireplace, with a wood burning stove.

The door to the original cottage opens into this room

from the garden and there are also French doors to

one side, opening to the views.

The new extension includes a boot room with

inbuilt cupboards and a handy, walk-in utility

cupboard which houses the dishwasher and washing

machine. Leading off from the boot room is a useful

downstairs cloakroom.

From the main living area an attractive wooden

staircase leads up to the four bedrooms. The master

bedroom has fitted wardrobes and a freestanding

slipper bath, placed in front of the window to take

advantage of the views. The three further bathrooms

are served by a well-fitted family shower room with a

wash stand with a slate tiled top and splash back and

his and hers countertop basins.

In the grounds of the property there is further

accommodation in a one-bed chalet which was

originally built for Danny’s father to live in. The

timber clad, block built chalet was converted from

a former garage. It has an open plan kitchen/dining/

living room with doors to a terrace and a separate

balcony, which both make the most of the outlook.

There is also a separate bedroom and an en-suite wet

room.

Above a detached garage and workshop there is

Helen’s craft room, reached by external steps. This

quaint little retreat has wooden panelled walls and

French doors to the front, looking out to the views

and over the surrounding grounds.

The four and a half acres of grounds incorporate

two and a half acres of woodland, full of bluebells

in the spring. There is a lovely wildflower meadow,

which recently provided the idyllic venue for Helen’s

daughter’s wedding, in a range of specially erected

tipis. At the far end of the meadow, there is even a

pretty vintage caravan.

There is plenty of parking and turning space

around the buildings and at the front of the original

cottage there’s a south-facing, paved sun terrace and

a summer house, enclosed by lovely gardens. Well

established shrubs and trees include magnolias,

camellias and fruit trees and an ancient wisteria

grows over the original porch. There is a garden pond

teeming with fish, a productive vegetable plot with

raised beds and a range of useful garden buildings – a

green house, a potting shed and a log store.

Favourite things

The wall clock in the extension is a real statement piece from Simply Stunning Furniture,

The Park, Wormelow, Herefordshire. 01981 541 144 www.simplystunningfurniture.co.uk

The his and hers travertine countertop basins in the family shower room are from Mandarin Stone,

Unit 1, Wonastow Industrial Estate East, Monmouth. 01600 715444 www.mandarinstone.com

The doors to the utility cupboard were made with reclaimed wood from architectural salvage

specialists Warehouse 701, formerly Wye Valley Reclamation, based at Fordshill Road,

Rotherwas Industrial Estate, Hereford. 01432 375510 www.warehouse701.co.uk

Three stylish lights from Seryn Electrical Ltd are lined up over the kitchen table.

Find Seryn Electircal at Units 1-4, Martins Grove Business Park, Symonds Yat.

01600 891242

Get the Lifestyle

Shady Cottage is on the market for £740,000 with Roscoe Rogers and Knight’s

Town and Country Properties, 3 Agincourt Square, Monmouth

01600 772929 www.roscoerogersandknight.co.uk Sharon Chilcott


12 FRONT COVER HOME

bedroom

living room etc

Ty Boda, Upper Llanover, Abergavenny

Parrys 01873 858990 www.parrys.com

Price

£795,000

bedroom bedroom

living living room room etc etc

bedroom bedroom

living room living room etccentral heating

garage/covered parking parking

is located above the village of Llanover affording superb views towards the Skirrid mountain and across the Vale

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

of Usk and is just circa 6 miles distant to Abergavenny and 7 miles to Usk.

4

bathroom

bathroom

4 3

bathroom

LPG GAS

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

This charming, rambling 17th Century country home which is believed to have been a former Welsh long house

parking

Beautifully presented with its eclectic interior which has strong emphasis on texture,

colour and design. The house has delightful grounds extending to approximately 2.7

acres of spectacular gardens which include a wildlife pond, a detached agricultural

building/studio and ample parking to the front of the house and additional parking.

This beautiful rural house really is a character family home which offers versatile living

accommodation with ample room for each member of the family to enjoy time together

or to find their own space. The house is ideal for entertaining and is complemented

by the various terraces and decked areas accessed via glazed doors from the principal

rooms. The property would lend itself to multigenerational living or perhaps, as a B&B/

holiday let annexe.

The cottage lies off a country lane and has hardstanding to the front with space for

several cars. There is a courtyard enclosed with stone walls with an attractive water

feature. A pedestrian gate leads to the garden. To the far side of the garden is a planted

meadow accessed from both the garden and a gate from the lane. To the other side of

the garden are double gates leading to a garage/covered parking parking parking substantial parking parking area, access to the garden

and to the agricultural barn/studio.

One of the principal features of this property is the extensive and breath taking garden

which is truly exceptional. The gardens have been open for the last four years as part of

the National Garden Scheme Wales and attracted many visitors. Thoughtfully created

by the present owners, the gently sloping grounds include wooded areas, mature shrubs

and an interesting herb garden. There are several storage areas plus a summerhouse and

a quaint, stone outbuilding set above a natural wildlife pond with wooden jetty. Other

features include a meadow recently planted with over 1300 native trees, an interesting

stone circle, orchard, fernery and potager. From the gardens are beautiful views towards

the Skirrid Mountain. The gardens and grounds are both a haven for wildlife and

designed to be enjoyed throughout the seasons.


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usk 01291 672212

chepstow 01291 626262

archerandco.com

3 1 2

3 1 2 D

0 N/A

5 2 3 D

BULWARK, CHEPSTOW

Larger than average end of terrace property

In need of updating

No onward chain

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £195,000

SEDBURY

Deceptively large 3 bed end of terrace bungalow

Easy access to M48 motorway network

No onward chain

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £219,950

MYNYDDBACH, NEAR SHIRENEWTON

A rare opportunity in sought after area

Superb large building plot - outline consent

Rural edge of sought after village

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Offers over £275,000

CHEPSTOW

Detached 5 bed house

Easy access to M48 motorway network

No onward chain

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £410,000

3 1 1 C

5 2 2 G

2 1 1 G

3 1 1 D

BULWARK, CHEPSTOW

Well presented 3 bed terraced house

End of cul-de-sac location

Easy access to M48 motorway network

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

£195,000

AYLBURTON

Mid terraced 5 bed house of great character

Convenient location in centre of popular village

Ideally situated for commuting

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £275,000

BROCKWEIR

Pretty stone built 2 bed semi-detached cottage

Centre of village within the renowned Wye Valley

Off road parking for one car

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £310,000

CHEPSTOW

3 bed split level semi-detached house

Ideal for first time buyer or growing family

Immaculately presented. Very popular location

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £279,950

4 2 3 D

3 2 3 C

4 1 1 D

4 2 2 F

CHEPSTOW

Very attractive detached 4 bed house

Quiet cul-de-sac position

Easy access to M48 Motorway network

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £355,000

MYNYDDBACH

Extended 2-3 bed cottage property

Immaculately presented throughout

Elevated position with magnificent views

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £439,950

THE DANES, CHEPSTOW

Extremely well presented detached 4 bed house

Convenient for M48 motorway network

Within walking distance of local schools & Town Centre

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £325,000

TINTERN

Home and retail unit in famous beauty spot

Excellent shop & two large 2 bed flats

Attractive garden, outbuildings & parking

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

£395,000

2 1 1 C

4 2 2 C

3 1 2 E

5 3 3 C

USK

Purpose Built Retirement Flat

Situated on the Third Floor

Excellent Views Over The Usk Castle

Archer & Co Usk 01291 67 22 12

£95,000

RAGLAN

Superbly Maintained Detached Property

2 Receps, 4 Beds, Conservatory

Good Size Gardens, Integral Garage

Archer & Co Usk 01291 67 22 12

£365,000

USK

Three Bedroom Semi Detached Property

Two Separate Reception Rooms

Central Location with Corner Plot

Archer & Co Usk 01291 67 22 12

£229,950

LITTLE MILL

Prestigious 5 Bed Family Residence

Flexible Contemporary Accommodation

Two Single Garages

Archer & Co Usk 01291 67 22 12

£465,000

Chepstow USK London

Associated Park Lane office


PROPERTIES 15

bedroom

living room etc

Newport Road, Chepstow

Archer & Co 01291 626262 www.archerandco.com

Price

£410,000

bedroom bedroom

bathroom bathroom

5

living living room room etc etc

central central heating heating

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

bathroom

living room living room etc etc

garage/covered parking

bathroom

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

parking

parking

central heating

3 2 1

This well presented detached and extended five bedroomed property offers well-proportioned

garage/covered parking

versatile accommodation to meet the needs of the most discerning of families.

The property is located in a convenient position within walking distance of Chepstow

Town Centre which offers a range of facilities including restaurants, wine bars, pubs,

shops, sports facilities, schools, road, bus and rail links and also within a five minute

drive of the M48 motorway network for commuting to Bristol, London, Newport

or Cardiff and the renowned Wye Valley is but a short drive away being an area of

outstanding natural beauty.

An internationally important protected landscape straddling the border between

England and Wales it is one of the most dramatic and scenic landscapes in Britain.

The accommodation comprises entrance hall, cloakroom, living room, study, kitchen,

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

dining/breakfast room, five bedrooms (en-suite to master bedroom) and family

bathroom. The property benefits from off road parking and garage/utility area to the

front and a level well enclosed rear garden.

GAS

parking

bedroom

living room etc

Woodside Road, Woolaston

Fine & Country 01291 629799 www.fineandcountry.com

bedroom bedroom

living living room room etc etc

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

bedroom bedroom

living room living room etc etc

garage/covered parking parking

appealing home with outstanding views and easily maintained gardens approaching three quarters of an acre.

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

Located off a quiet country lane on the edge of the

popular village of Woolaston which has two village pubs,

highly regarded Primary school and is well placed for

commuting to Bristol, London, Newport and Cardiff via

the A48 and the M48 motorway network.

Price

£600,000

The semi-rural position provides an abundance of

opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast including

walking, hacking and cycling. The accommodation

comprises entrance hall, cloakroom, study, living room,

kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, three bedrooms

3

bathroom

bathroom

bathroom

central heating

central heating

central heating

2 2 2

OIL

garage/covered parking

This exquisite cottage has immense character and has been tastefully extended and refurbished to provide an

(master bedroom with en-suite and dressing room) and

family bathroom.

The property also benefits from a cellar with planning

permission to convert to an additional bedroom.There is

a gated brick paviour entrance and double garage.

parking


Chepstow

01291 629799

Usk

01291 672034

Monmouth

01600 775930

Abergavenny

01873 858990

WOOLASTON

This exquisite cottage, of immense character, has been tastefully extended and refurbished to

provide a most appealing home with outstanding views and easily maintained gardens approaching

three quarters of an acre. Located off a quiet country lane on the edge of the village of Woolaston

and well placed for commuting to Bristol, London, Newport and Cardiff via the A48/M48 motorway

network. The accommodation comprises entrance hall, cloakroom, study, living room, kitchen/

breakfast room, utility room, three bedrooms (master with en-suite and dressing room) and family

bathroom. The property also benefits from a cellar with planning permission to convert to an

additional bedroom. Gated brick paviour entrance and double garage. EPC Rating: E

HISTORIC CAERWENT

Commanding a prominent roadside position, on the A48 in this historic village, a rare and unique

opportunity to acquire this outstanding guest house with extensive luxury owners area. Formerly

used as a public house/licenced restaurant the property has been significantly extended and

completely remodelled and refitted to now provide seven well appointed en-suite letting rooms and

a large guest dining/function room, open plan sitting room and dining room, large garden room,

kitchen, laundry room and cellar. There is huge potential to establish a stand-alone restaurant.

Outside there is ample parking, double garage/workshop with office/studio above, garden and patio/

courtyard with hot tub. The rear boundary is the ancient wall of the old Roman settlement and

includes the 'North Gate'. EPC Rating: E

Ross-on-Wye

01989 764132

Fine & Country Chepstow 01291 629799 Guide price £600,000

Fine & Country Chepstow 01291 629799 Guide price £985,000

Newport

01633 927277

Cardiff

02921 690690

ETLOE, WEST GLOS

A beautifully refurbished and extended listed old farmhouse within this historic

small riverside village tucked quietly away, roughly equidistant from both

Chepstow and Gloucester. Of enormous character with many exposed beams

throughout the property is very well presented and includes two main

reception rooms with large old inglenooks, a dining room, lovely garden room/

sitting room and a superb farmhouse style kitchen. Upstairs are four generous

bedrooms (one en-suite). The attached bungalow annexe would be ideal for

granny, holiday or long term lets. EPC Rating: N/A

PORTSKEWETT

This extremely well presented sympathetically extended detached house offers versatile

accommodation for those who want to experience a semi-rural lifestyle but still within easy driving

distance of the M48 motorway network for onward commute to Bristol, London, Newport or

Cardiff. Situated on the edge of the popular village of Portskewett, the accommodation comprises

open porch, entrance hall, living room, dining room, utility area, kitchen/breakfast room open to

family room, conservatory/sun room, inner hall, cloakroom, laundry room, study, six bedrooms

(bedrooms one and two with en-suites) and family bathroom. The property also benefits from a

detached self-contained annexe with open plan lounge/dining area/kitchen, bedroom and shower

room. There is ample driveway parking and five car garaging together with idyllic well enclosed

gardens and grounds. EPC Rating: D

Fine & Country Chepstow 01291 629799 £800,000

Fine & Country Chepstow 01291 629799 £687,500


Regionally

40 offices

throughout

Wales and the

South West

ROCKFIELD, MONMOUTH

A former Lodge to the Rockfield Park Estate, dating back to the 1830s.

Originally a cottage extended over the years to what is now a wellproportioned

family home with much character. Boasting gardens of

approximately an acre in size comprising a substantial lawn area, a large pond

and gated vegetable and fruit garden. Located in the popular village of

Rockfield with surrounding views towards open countryside, yet only a few

miles to the picturesque town of Monmouth and main road links. EPC Rating:

E

Fine & Country Monmouth 01600 775930 Offers over £535,000

DIXTON, MONMOUTH

A beautifully presented family home occupying a convenient yet semi-rural,

elevated position on the outskirts of town. The original character cottage is

believed to date back to the late 18th Century and enjoys stunning panoramic

views of Monmouth and surrounding countryside including the golf course,

vineyard and St. Mary's Church spire. There is also the benefit of a useful

detached stone outbuilding. EPC Rating: E

Fine & Country Monmouth 01600 775930 £565,000

Nationally

225 offices across

Great Britain

Internationally

Plus 75

offices globally

5000

professional

associates all

around the world

TREDUNNOCK

Swn Yr Afon as the name implies is situated in an elevated position

overlooking the meandering river Usk. Situated on the edge of a much sought

after village location and with superb views this stunning new house provides

extensive and luxurious accommodation for a family and all multi generational

living and lends itself to entertaining. Completed to an exacting specification

using only top quality materials, much of the flooring is in oak or limestone and

the huge family room, garden room and kitchen truly the heart of the house

will satisfy the most ardent chef! EPC Rating: A

EARLSWOOD

An imposing spacious & extremely well appointed country residence occupying a

splendid rural location. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a delightful equine property

with many unique features set in a slightly elevated position with fine open views. The

property stands in around 16.5 acres of excellent pasture land having several acres of

formal gardens arranged in a parkland manner. The property has been tastefully

designed & maintained & sympathetically updated & offers excellent family

accommodation having 4/5 beds & 4 receps; this combined with the external office/

shower room gives the flexibility for either multi generational living or an excellent

environment for a home office. EPC Rating: F

Fine & Country Usk 01291 672034 £1,550,000

Fine & Country Usk 01291 672034 £1,750,000


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47 High Street,Lydney, Gloucs GL 15 5DD

ENGLISH BICKNOR,

COLEFORD - £585,000

JUBILEE ROAD,

MITCHELDEAN - £499,950

NEW ROAD,

BLAKENEY - £475,000

Eastbach Farmhouse sits in beautiful peaceful open countryside

on the edge of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. The

property is steeped in history with its origins in the early 1700s.

It is presented and furnished in a style that compliments the

character of a truly historic family home. The original period

features are evident throughout the house, impressive beamed

ceilings, timber framed walls and exposed elm floorboards

with the kitchen still having the original bread oven. The

accommodation is arranged over three floors with four

bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor and a three bedroom

suite with bathroom occupying the whole of the second floor.

All of the rooms are both comfortable and spacious, the open

fireplaces in the reception rooms create a warm and welcoming

atmosphere. Attached to the house is the old dairy, now serving

as utility/drying room. An old cobbled stable is attached to the

end of the large barn/workshop. There is a generous garden

and undercover parking for a number of vehicles. A family

home of great character set in a stunning rural, yet accessible

location.

Ladywood House stands in approximately two acres of land

in peaceful countryside on the edge of the Forest of Dean,

Gloucestershire. The area is rural but not isolated and has

the benefit of direct access into surrounding woodland.

The property is presented in very good order. The

accommodation is well proportioned, very light and airy.

There are three reception rooms, one with open fireplace

and one with a multi fuel stove, four good bedrooms, a

fitted kitchen and separate utility room. The stable block

and yard is in close proximity to the house, there are other

outbuildings including a timber workshop and garage, there

is plenty of parking space. Mitcheldean village is a mile

away, it offers a range of amenities including shops, Post

Office and the well renowned Dean Magna School. There

is a regular bus service from the village to Gloucester and

other areas. A well organised equestrian property in a lovely

location.

This charming detached cottage is set on the edge of the

beautiful Forest of Dean within walking distance of the popular

village of Blakeney. It is a delightful family home, sympathetically

refurbished by the present owners and presented in immaculate

order throughout. The accommodation is surprisingly spacious

and flexible with potential to create a separate annex. There

are four reception rooms, conservatory, kitchen breakfast room,

utility/cloakroom, four double bedrooms and three bathrooms.

The garden room opens out onto the terrace, a great space

to entertain or simply sit quietly and enjoy the view over the

peaceful surrounding woodland. A private sheltered courtyard

overlooks the garden which slopes down to a natural brook.

There is parking for a number of vehicles. The village offers

a good variety of amenities including an excellent shop, Post

Office, primary school, doctor’s surgery, pubs/restaurants and

much more. A desirable family home in a lovely yet convenient

location.

THE COMMON,

WOOLASTON - £369,999

Aveling Cottage is situated on the edge of Woolaston

Common, a quiet spot within walking distance of the

village shop, pub and primary school. It is property

with much original character set in a large plot with a

lovely outlook towards the Forest of Dean. There is full

planning permission in place to extend the cottage and

create a spacious four bedroom home. Ref P0775/18/

FUL. At present the accommodation includes a sitting

room, kitchen/dining room, separate utility room, two

bedrooms and family bathroom, all presented in good

order. There is plenty of outside activity space, the raised

decking is perfect for relaxing and entertaining, there is a

large double garage/workshop and room to park several

vehicles on the drive. This is a lovely comfortable home

with great potential in a sought after location.

MARIANS WALK,

BERRY HILL - £249,950

This attractive cottage built in 1840 is situated in a very

pleasant friendly neighbourhood only five minutes drive

from Coleford town. It is a home with a huge amount

of charm, character and individual style all enhanced

by a delightful garden backing onto woodland. The

accommodation includes a cosy sitting room, the focal

point being the fireplace with inset Aga multi-fuel stove,

a bespoke oak kitchen and dining area with central

breakfast bar with solid oak surface and a pretty garden

room. There are two bedrooms and loft room which

serves as an occasional bedroom and family bathroom.

The garden is a haven for wildlife, peaceful and secure.

There is parking space at the front of the property. A

lovely home in a good convenient location.

MALT HOUSE CLOSE,

ALVINGTON - £239,000

This attractive semi detached home is situated on a

private development of only six houses in the village

of Alvington, Gloucestershire. This popular location,

on the edge of the Forest of Dean, benefits from good

communication links to Gloucester and Chepstow

from easily accessed major road and rail networks. The

accommodation includes a comfortable sitting room,

kitchen/dining room, three double bedrooms and two

bathrooms, one on each floor. There is an enclosed

garden and parking space for a couple of vehicles. The

property is in walking distance of the village pub and

the one stop shop. It is offered for sale with ‘No Onward

Chain’.

ferrino.co.uk


PROPERTIES 19

bedroom

living room etc

6 Ethley Drive, Raglan NP15 2FD

Archer & Co 01291 672212 www.archerandco.com

Price

£365,000

bedroom bedroom

living living room room etc etc

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

bedroom bedroom

living room living room etc etc

garage/covered parking parking

ever popular Village of Raglan within easy distance of all local amenities such as shops, schools etc.

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

The property is situated within easy vehicular access of the A449 giving further

access to the M4 and the Midlands etc. The property offers well proportioned family

accommodation and it is the Agent’s opinion that to fully appreciate the standard of

accommodation an early internal inspection is essential.

4

bathroom

bathroom

bathroom

central heating

central heating

central heating

2 2 1

GAS

garage/covered parking

This particularly well presented spacious detached family property is conveniently situated on the edge of the

The property is fully alarmed and also has the benefit of a wall mounted gas fired boiler

(Worcester) situated in the garage and this combined with the full UPVC double glazing

enable heating costs to be maintained at a minimum.

parking

bedroom

living room etc

New House, The Common, Woolaston

Ferrino 01594 811111 www.ferrino.co.uk

Price

£675,000

bedroom bedroom

living living room room etc etc

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

living room living room etccentral heating

garage/covered parking parking

a peaceful location surrounded by beautiful countryside on the edge of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

3

2 2

bathroom

bathroom

OIL

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

This traditional country cottage stands in 2.15 acres of garden and ground on the outskirts of the village,

Built in 1876, it is a home of much character with wellproportioned

comfortable accommodation presented in

very good order throughout. There are three reception

rooms, a fitted kitchen and separate utility/boot room

with a ground floor cloakroom. The bedrooms are all

double, the master being en-suite, there is a modern

family bathroom. Within the grounds is a purpose-built

fully insulated home office/garden room with services

connected and the shell of a large old barn. The land is

level and divided into a formal garden and securely fenced

parking

paddocks, each with vehicular access. The village pubs,

shop and primary school are within walking distance. A

desirable family home in a superb semi rural location yet

within easy reach of major road and rail networks.


Sales - Monmouth

Semi

Detached

Sales - Monmouth

Quiet

Location

Sales - Monmouth

Stunning

Views

Sales - Monmouth

Family

Home

Brook Estate £195,000

***FIRST TIME BUYER ALERT*** An extended three bedroom

semi-detached property. situated in the sought after location of

Monmouth on the Brook Estate. The property offers downstairs

cloak and utility room, light and airy living room open plan kitchen

diner and en suite to master suite. NO CHAIN!! EPC C.

Redhouse Lane, English Bicknor £230,000

Located in the village of English Bicknor this renovated

property is not one to be missed. Within easy reach are local

amenities including School, Village Hall and Public House and

the market town of Coleford is only a short drive or bus journey

away and has a wider range of facilities. EPC E.

Fairview Close, Wyesham £235,000

Located in a peaceful CUL DE SAC, this well presented

bungalow has a LARGE LIVING ROOM, CONSERVATORY and

ATTRACTIVE LOW MAINTENCE GARDEN and is offered with NO

ONWARD CHAIN. EPC D.

Cornpoppy Avenue £265,000

The ever popular Rockfield area of Monmouth is located just

a mile from the town centre, offering a level walk in to town

as well as good access to local schools and bus routes. EPC C.

Sales - Monmouth

Grade II listed

Georgian home

Sales - Monmouth

Modern

Contemporary

Style

Sales - Monmouth

Original

Features

Sales - Monmouth

Updated

& Improved

St Mary’s Street £280,000

Newly renovated 200 year old Grade II listed Georgian home,

with many original features, offers stylish living within walking

distance of Monmouth town centre amenities. Ideally located

for exploring the Wye Valley, Forest of Dean, Brecon Beacons

and beyond. EPC C.

Llandogo £295,000

Based in the exceptionally popular village of Llandogo which

is set between Monmouth and Chepstow and in the lower

reaches of one of the country’s areas of natural outstanding

beauty, the Wye Valley. The property also overlooks the River

Wye and across to the Forest of Dean. EPC D.

Merthyr Road, Abergavenny £335,000

Located in the historic market town of Abergavenny, this Grade

2 listed town house is close to the town centre and has been

extensively refurbished by the present owners. The property,

which originally dates from 1837, has been extended over time

in order to provide a generous family home. EPC E.

New Dixton Road £395.000

Peter Alan are delighted to offer for sale this superb, extended

and well presented traditional three/four bedroom semi

detached property which is Located just a short distance from

Monmouth’s centre and schools. Driveway and garage. The

property comes highly recommended! EPC E.

Sales - Chepstow

Extended

Sales - Chepstow

No

Onward

Chain

Sales - Chepstow

Extensively

Updated and

Improved

Sales - Chepstow

NEW

Western Avenue £219,950

Lewis Way £239,950

Rockfield Way £340,000

Newport Road £410,000

Peter Alan are pleased to offer for sale this SUPERB EXTENDED

three bedroom mid terraced property which is located in this sought

after area of Bulwark. Conveniently within walking distance to the

local primary and junior schools, Bulwark also provides shops, post

office and a supermarket! EPC C.

Updated Detached bungalow with driveway and garage in a

quiet cul-de-sac position in sought after residential area. A

Must View! EPC C.

This stunning four bedroom detached property set in this

sought after location and benefits from being extensively

updated and improved. Convenient access for the M4/M5

motorway connections for daily commuting. EPC C.

Peter Alan are very pleased to offer for sale this stunning bay

traditional bay fronted FIVE bedroom detached which has been

updated and improved and set in this convenient and sought after

location! A48, M48 and M4 motorway network bring Newport,

Cardiff & Bristol within easy commuting distance! EPC D.

Sales - Chepstow

Bungalow

Sales - Chepstow

End-terraced

Sales - Chepstow

2 Reception

rooms

Sales - Chepstow

Character

cottage

Mount Pleasant £225,000 Bryn House £425,000

Peter Alan are pleased to offer for sale this very well presented

detached bungalow which has been updated and improved.

Conveniently situated in this quiet neighbourhood which is

within walking distance of the town centre. Must be viewed!

EPC D.

A fantastic opportunity to purchase this superb extended,

updated and improved four bedroom traditional end of

terraced property. Situated in the highly sought after area of

Pwllmeyric which is a small village located on the outskirts of

Chepstow. Must be viewed to be appreciated! EPC D.

The Paddock £389,950

GARDENS DELIGHT! Peter Alan are delighted to gain instructions

to market this FOUR BEDROOM DETACHED property located in the

highly sought after area of Chepstow. The property further boasts

TWO RECEPTION ROOMS as well as PARKING and GAS HEATING to

radiators. We strongly advise an early viewing. EPC C.

Church Road £400,000

ROOM FOR THE FAMILY! A CHARACTER semi detached cottage

with a welcoming feel, providing three DOUBLE bedrooms,

SEPARATE lounge and KITCHEN/DINER, adjacent GARAGE and

PARKING for several vehicles located within favourable school

catchments. EPC E.


PROPERTIES 21

Piermont Drive, Manor Chase, Tutshill, Chepstow, Monmouthshire

pa black 01291 630876 www.pablack.co.uk

A development of 3, 4 and 5-bedroom new homes in

Tutshill, Chepstow, which benefit from rural village

surroundings, yet are a short drive from Chepstow

and 30 minutes by car to Newport. The properties are

designed to appeal to first-time buyers, families and

professionals commuting into Newport, Bristol, Cardiff

and Gloucester.

New Build in Tutshill, Chepstow.

Manor Chase is a development of new homes in Tutshill,

enjoying a rural village location on the outskirts of the

Wye Valley, a mile from Chepstow and 30 minutes by

car from Newport. The development also incorporates

areas of public open space for the enjoyment of

residents, including a community orchard and children’s

playground.

Prices from

£399,995 to £524,995

The properties offer a variety of styles and are finished

to a high-quality specification, with contemporary design

features such as open-plan living spaces, integrated

appliances and en-suite bathrooms.

All homes have garages, or allocated parking.

bedroom

living room etc

Compton, Monkswell Close, Monmouth

pa black 01600 714355 www.pablack.co.uk

Price

£320,000

bedroom bedroom

bathroom bathroom

4

living living room room etc etc

central central heating heating

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

bathroom

living room living room etc etc

garage/covered parking

bathroom

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

parking

parking

central heating

2 2 1

This beautiful property is a hidden gem just a short stroll from Monmouth’s town centre this

garage/covered parking

four bedroom detached dormer bungalow is corner plot located in a small cul de sac.

The weekly markets still run but Monmouth is now a thriving centre for tourism

and service industries. Good road communications make for easy access to the West

Midlands, South Wales and Bristol. Nearby attractions include majestic Tintern Abbey,

spectacular Symonds Yat and a wealth of medieval castles, such as those at Raglan,

Chepstow or Usk.

This beautiful property is a hidden gem just a short stroll from Monmouth’s town centre

this 4 bedroom detached dormer bungalow is corner plot located in a small cul de sac.

The ground floor accommodation briefly comprises a lounge, kitchen/breakfast room,

dining room, 1 ground floor bedroom and 3 further bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.

Outside there is a block paved shared driveway which leads to a detached garage and

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

pathways to the private rear garden.

Monmouth is truly a beautiful place to live.

EPC – D.

GAS

parking


Sales & Lettings Agent

Open 7 days per week

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WESTERN AVENUE, BULWARK

• SUPERBLY PRESENTED EXTENDED PROPERTY

• THREE BEDROOMS

• TWO RECEPTION ROOMS

• BATHROOM & SEPARATE GROUND FLOOR SHOWER ROOM

• PARKING AND GARDENS

£219,950

FAIRVIEW, CHEPSTOW

• IMMACULATE DETACHED DORMER BUNGALOW

• FOUR BEDROOMS

• SHOWER ROOM AND FIRST FLOOR BATHROOM

• GENEROUS REAR GARDENS

• NO ONWARD CHAIN

£375,000

THE BULL HOUSE, LLANVACHES

• SUPERB DETACHED STONE BARN CONVERSION

• THREE BEDROOMS MASTER WITH EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM

• GENEROUS OPEN PLAN KITCHEN/DINING ROOM

• GATED COMMUNITY

• NO ONWARD CHAIN

£389,950

BUTTINGTON ROAD, SEDBURY

• DECEPTIVELY SPACIOUS SEMI-DETACHED PROPERTY

• THREE GOOD-SIZED BEDROOMS

• MODERN OPEN PLAN KITCHEN/DINING ROOM

• MODERN SHOWER ROOM

• LARGE GARDEN TO REAR

£199,950

HIGH VIEW, LLANDOGO

• DETACHED HOUSE IN THE HEART OF THE WYE VALLEY

• TWO DOUBLE BEDROOMS

• LIVING/DINING ROOM

• SINGLE GARAGE

• NO ONWARD CHAIN

£295,000

EXMOUTH PLACE, CHEPSTOW

• CHARMING PERIOD COTTAGE IN CONVENIENT LOCATION

• TWO BEDROOMS

• TWO RECEPTION ROOMS

• LARGE GARDEN TO REAR

• NO ONWARD CHAIN

£219,950

WESTERN AVENUE, BULWARK

• SEMI DETACHED FAMILY HOME

• THREE BEDROOMS

• CONSERVATORY

• GARAGE AND PARKING TO REAR

• NO ONWARD CHAIN

£214,950

HILLBARN VIEW, PORTSKEWETT

• IMMACULATE PROPERTY IN SOUGHT AFTER VILLAGE

• TWO BEDROOMS

• MODERN KITCHEN WITH SUN ROOM/DINING ROOM OFF

• MODERN BATHROOM

• GARAGE AND PARKING • E.E.R - C

£179,950

Magor/Undy Area

Tel: 01633 745396

Chepstow Lettings Office

Tel: 01291 624881

ARCHWAY COURT, CHEPSTOW

• SPACIOUS STUDIO FLAT

• KITCHEN BREAKFAST ROOM

• THREE PIECE BATHROOM

• AVAILABLE NOW

• EPC RATING D

£450.00 PCM

MOOR STREET, CHEPSTOW

• END TERRACE PROPERTY

• 2 GROUND FLOOR BEDROOMS

• FIRST FLOOR OPEN PLAN KITCHEN/ LIVING/DINING ROOM

• AVAILABLE 25TH JANUARY

• EPC RATING D

£625.00 PCM

GRAIG PARK LANE, MALPAS

• SEMI DETACHED PROPERTY

• THREE BEDROOMS

• LARGE REAR GARDEN

• AVAILABLE NOW

• EPC RATING E

£625.00 PCM

KEATS ROAD, CALDICOT

• TWO BED END TERRACED PROPERTY

• LIVING ROOM / DINING ROOM

• PARKING AND ENCLOSED GARDEN

• AVAILABLE 15TH FEBRUARY

• EPC RATING C

£650.00 PCM

MIDDLE WAY, BULWARK

• THREE BEDROOM THREE STOREY HOME

• SPACIOUS KITCHEN DINING ROOM

• SEPARATE LIVING ROOM

• ENCLOSED REAR GARDEN

• AVAILABLE 8TH JANUARY

£725.00 PCM

JAMES STEPHENS WAY, THORNWELL

• THREE BEDROOM SEMI DETACHED HOME

• MODERN NEUTRAL DECOR THROUGHOUT

• SIDE DRIVEWAY AND SINGLE GARAGE

• AVAILABLE 14TH JANUARY

• EPC RATING C

£850.00 PCM

THE MILL, LLANVAIR DISCOED

• TWO BED DETACHED STONE COTTAGE

• LARGE RECEPTION ROOM

• SEPERATE LIVING ROOM WITH FIREPLACE

• AVAILABLE 6TH FEBRUARY

• EPC RATING D

£950.00 PCM

GROVE COTTAGE, LLANGWM

• REFURBISHED THREE BEDROOM DETACHED COTTAGE

• PRIVATE GARDENS AND GENEROUS DRIVEWAY

• FANTASTIC RURAL LOCATION WITH STUNNING VIEWS

• AVAILABLE 19TH JANUARY

• EPC RATING D

£995.00 PCM

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PROPERTIES 23

bedroom

living room etc

The Avenue, Caldicot, Monmouthshire

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

Offers over

£300,000

bedroom bedroom

living living room room etc etc

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

living room living room etccentral heating

garage/covered parking parking

situated within a sought after location of Victorian semi detached properties overlooking a central green.

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

A ground floor reception hall gives access to the cloak

cupboard, superb kitchen/dining room with integrated

appliances and living room. First floor comprises two

bedrooms, one with en-suite; and a shower room. Stairs

to the second floor master bedroom suite which has

vaulted ceilings and superb en-suite shower room.

Outside to the front elevation, block paved driveway for

5/6 vehicles. To the rear full width decked terrace.

The remainder of the gardens are laid to lawn with

borders of loose cotswold stone. There is outside sensor

lighting as well as outside tap with fence to boundary.

3

2 3

bathroom

bathroom

GAS

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

This newly built property is an individually designed contemporary style family home set over three floors

parking

The property itself is located a short distance from

Caldicot town centre. The market town of Chepstow is

also close at hand with its attendant range of facilities.

You will find bus and rail links here, the A48, M48 and

M4 motorway network bringing Newport, Cardiff and

Bristol within commuting distance.

This month - Caldicot

Average price paid

£260,704

Current average value

£284,334

Sales

270

Value change

£20,611

7.81%

Property value data/graphs for Caldicot

Property type Avg. current Avg. £ Avg. No. Avg. £ paid

value per sq. ft. beds (last 12m)

Detached £365,718 £242 3.8 £334,264

Semi-detached £217,944 £229 3.1 £210,310

Terraced £196,728 £235 2.8 £219,849

Flats £152,103 £214 2.3 £134,977

Value Trends in Caldicot

450,000

Current asking prices in Caldicot

Average: £371,042

Property type 1 bed 2 beds 3 beds 4 beds 5 beds

Houses - £178,480 £271,656 £440,877 £584,400

- (10) (34) (28) (5)

Flats - £161,450 - - -

- (2) - - -

All - £175,642 £271,656 £440,877 £584,400

- (12) (34) (28) (5)

400,000

Current asking rents in Caldicot

350,000

300,000

250,000

200,000

150,000

100,000

50,000

2014 2015

2016 2017 2018 2019

Detached Semi-detached Terraced Flats

Average: £875 pcm

Property type 1 bed 2 beds 3 beds 4 beds 5 beds

Houses - £650 pcm £1,300 pcm - -

- (1) (2) - -

Flats - - - - -

- - - - -

All - £650 pcm £1,300 pcm - -

- (1) (2) - -

Information from Zoopla at time of print


24 ADVICE

Energy Efficiency -

Commercial Property

New regulations came into effect on 1 April 2018 which require private rented

properties to achieve a minimum standard of energy efficiency.

Can you be sure that your rented property is compliant? As from this date

landlords will not be permitted to grant a lease or renew an existing lease of

commercial premises with an energy rating less than E.

A landlord who continues to let a commercial property which does not meet the

minimum requirements after 1 April 2023, will be in breach of the regulations. This

includes properties where a lease is already in place and a tenant is in occupation of

the property.

Whilst there are some temporary exemptions which might apply, any landlord

who leases a property which does not meet the minimum requirements will be liable

to enforcement action. This can include a financial penalty of up to £10,000 or 20% of

the rateable value of the property (up to a maximum of £150,000,) publication in the

Private Rented Sector Exemptions Register containing details of the breach, or both

the financial & publications penalties.

The regulations do not apply to short leases of less than 6 months or long leases

granted for a term of 99 years or more. However, many leases being granted now, or

even existing leases, will extend beyond 1 April 2023. Does your lease adequately

address the following issues?

• Who is responsible for carrying out any energy improvement works needed?

• Does the landlord have a right to enter the property to carry out energy efficiency

improvement works?

• Who is responsible for the cost of those works?

• Does the landlord have a right to break the lease if continuing to let the property

would put the landlord in breach of the regulations?

These are just a few of the potential issues which may arise. Commercial landlords

and tenants are encouraged to consider and address these issues now, well in advance

of the 1 April 2023 deadline.

For further information or advice please contact Lisa Adams at Okells Francis Law,

Church Row, Ross-on-Wye HR9 5HR or by email to ladams@okellls-law.co.uk

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Should I overpay my mortgage?

Get it right and overpaying your mortgage can be a huge cash boost, because...

• You’ll be eating into the debt you’ve built up from buying a home, meaning you pay it off quicker.

• You don’t pay interest on the amount you overpay.

• The money you save on interest often beats the returns possible by putting it in savings, given savings rates are currently so pitiful.

Most lenders allow you to pay 10% of your mortgage balance as an

overpayment per year if you’re still in your introductory fixed, tracker or

discount period.

If you’re beyond that intro deal and paying your lender’s standard variable

rate (SVR), you can usually overpay by as much as you want. But many SVRs are

expensive, so if on one it’s best to check if you can save by remortgaging advises

Martin Lewis moneysavirngexpert.com, rather than only overpaying.

However, the 10% rule is not universal. Some lenders punish those who try to

overpay.

Fees for paying too much are typically between 1% and 5% of the amount

overpaid depending on your mortgage, though the fee you pay usually decreases the

closer you are to the end of the fixed or discount period. The amount you pay as a

penalty will vary between mortgage deals.

Some may levy a flat rate of 5% regardless of when you may make any

overpayment while others - particularly fixes for 5 yrs or longer - will often charge

the same percentage on your overpayment that equates to the number of years left on

your loan.

Say you’ve a 5-yr fix on a £100,000 mortgage and decide to overpay a lump sum

two years into the deal. However, instead of sticking to the 10pc (£10,000) limit free

of penalty, you overpay £15,000 instead. This means you must pay a 3% penalty on

the extra £5,000 overpayment - £150. However, this ‘percentage left on loan’ rule of

thumb is very rough so always double-check with your lender.

The reason for such harsh penalties is because lenders want you to stick with them

once the cheap rate ends and because they’ve also budgeted to earn a certain amount

of interest from you during the mortgage deal, and overpaying means they’ll get less.

How much will overpaying your mortgage save you?

SAVING/

OVERPAYMENT

PER MONTH

MORTGAGE

TERM

REDUCTION

TOTAL MORTGAGE

INTEREST SAVED

OVERPAYING A

£150K MORTGAGE

AT 2.99% (1)

INTEREST IF

YOU SAVED

THE

OVERPAYMENT

AT 2% (2)

£10 Six months £1,420 £860

£50 2 years, 4 months £6,520 £3,500

£100 4 years, 3 months £11,790 £5,800

£200 7 years, 3 months £19,800 £8,375

£500 12 years, 7 months £33,530 £9,960

£1,000 16 years, 8months £43,680 £8,800

(1) The mortgage has a 25-year-term. (2) Savings are pre tax and stop as soon

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Unlock the value of your home

with Equity Release

Improving health and an increase in life expectancy is putting a strain on people who fund their lifestyle on limited

resources, particularly in times of instability on stock markets and low interest rates.

Coupled with this is the increase in debt being carried into retirement, funding the provision of care,

supporting children in adulthood and the growth in relationship breakdown with the over 60s.

As an owner, your property is probably your biggest asset and with the passage of time there has

been an ever-increasing number of homeowners turning to equity release as a means of releasing some of the

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• holiday of a lifetime

• funding medical and social care

• assisting children and grandchildren on the property ladder

• funding divorce or civil partnership settlements for self or children

• paying school and university fees

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The ‘ECO 3’ funding is supplied by energy

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Strategy and accessed by Evolve on behalf

of local people. The cash comes from energy

companies as part of their obligation and is

used by approved contractors, such as Evolve,

to install energy-efficient home improvements

at greatly reduced rates for customers.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of

funding is available and Evolve would like to

see as much of this as possible being invested

into local homes. Improvements covered by

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Residents in reciept of qualifying benefits (see

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Paul Simpson, who heads up Evolve’s Energy

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New year’s resolutions for your home

The dawning of a new calendar year marks a great opportunity to start afresh. For some of us,

this might mean dropping a few bad habits or adopting a healthier diet. One common place to concentrate

our positive energy at the beginning of a new year is in our homes.

Here, we take a look at a handful of things

you can do to transform your home at the

beginning of a new year.

Replacing windows and doors

A new set of windows and doors can really

transform a property. In addition to having a positive

impact on the aesthetics and kerb appeal of your home,

you can expect your new windows and doors to save

you a good deal of money on your heating bills thanks

to improved energy efficiency.

Re-design the garden

With spring around the corner, the beginning of the

year is an excellent time to get to work on a brand new

garden. Overhauling your outdoor space could simply

be a matter of digging some new beds and getting some

gorgeous flowers planted. More ambitious plans might

include water features or the building of a stunning new

conservatory and inside-outside living space.

Re-decorate

One of the most powerful ways to improve the

interior of your property is with a lick of paint.

Decorating the inside of your home isn’t only about

freshening up your living environment, it can actually

transform your home entirely.

Fit a new kitchen

Most of us spend a great deal of time in our kitchens

throughout the day. For this reason, it is often the room

that springs to mind when we think about spending

some money on our home. Plans for a new kitchen

might even include knocking through to an adjacent

room with the hope of creating a new open living area.

Spaces like this are becoming incredibly popular, largely

due to how great they are for entertaining.

De-clutter

Not all measures to transform your home have to

be about spending money. Rather than asking what

you could add to your home, ask what you might be

able to take away. Simply removing the clutter in your

house can create a great deal of space. You can begin by

throwing away things which you don’t use. Those things

which you deem to be clutter but which you cannot

part with can be hidden away using innovative storage

solutions, reclaiming large areas of space.

Increase efficiency

Modern homes make energy efficiency a number

one priority. In addition to helping reduce our carbon

footprint, this can have a hugely positive effect on the

size of our utility bills at the end of each month. As

we’ve already mentioned, new windows and doors

can help maximise efficiency. Other options include

improving insulation and even installing state-of-theart

solar panels to make use of renewable energy for

powering your home.


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