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2 BREXIT

Is Brexit stopping you

making that next move?

There is an increase in buyer’s who are fed up with Brexit and want to just get on with it.

According to the report, as sellers continued to market their homes in December,

the supply of available housing increased by a fifth (20 per cent) from 35 in November

to 42. This is the highest level seen for the month of December since 2014.

Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark said: “This month’s findings

prove that despite the current political climate, people still want to move. There

is movement in the market with demand from house hunters up 13 per cent yearon-year,

and the supply of available properties also rising. Although the number of

sales agreed hit a 12-month low, this is something we always see in December, with

Christmas festivities typically taking priority over any plans to buy or sell.

While many are adopting a ‘wait and see’ strategy until there’s further clarity over

what Brexit might mean for the market, there is choice for those who want to buy

now, and there are people on the market looking for new homes.”

As politicians continue to argue and we seem no closer to a resolution,

businesses are making contingency plans and families are stockpiling pet food,

tea bags, some people are attempting to buy and sell homes.

It seems that estate agents are reporting a jump in viewings compared to this time

last year, and the property portal Rightmove said the number of people browsing on

their website in this first fortnight is up 5% from last year, with an average 4.5m visits

a day. A lot of this is probably new year’s resolutions, but there is an increase in buyer’s

who are fed up with Brexit and want to just get on with it.

NAEA Propertymark has released data covering the housing market for December

2018 and revealed that, despite Brexit woes, the supply of properties available to buy

increased to the highest December levels seen for four years.

Successful buying and living together

Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, and love is in the air. But property buyers shouldn’t

allow their hearts to rule their heads when it comes to wise joint purchases and living arrangements,

says Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Search.

First time joint purchases

However compatible you think you are, living with

somebody full time can be challenging. Everyone needs

their own space on occasions, and whatever the budget,

my recommendation would be to try and find even the

smallest space that can be called your own. Man (or

woman) sheds are a great way of creating some extra

space, and dedicating a spare room to one person or the

other, rather than to joint junk, can be a good idea.

If space isn’t at a premium, a room of your own each,

however small, is a huge advantage to happy relations, not just

allowing for solitary time, but also allowing individual’s ‘clutter’ to

accumulate out of sight. One of the main causes of conflict in joint living

scenarios is a lack of tidiness compatibility.

Another solution to this potential problem is to ensure that there’s more

than enough storage for all your joint stuff. Before moving in, a proper assessment

should be made of how much storage is required, add at least 20%, and set about

buying or building cupboards, shelves and wardrobes and drawers. There are

ingenious storage solutions to be found all over the internet and

hundreds of companies who will create customised storage

space, or simply inspire you with great ideas for DIY

versions.

Finally Kon Mari your possessions before you move in

so you’re starting on the right foot!

New couples

Setting up home together in later life, when you

already have a co-living past, is often harder than it is for first

timers, especially for those who find themselves living in a home

previously occupied by a different partner.

If your new partner is widowed, there’s a much greater likelihood

that you will find yourself moving into a home that was previously occupied

by your predecessor, and while it’s important that you make changes to

personalise the house, sensitivity is clearly in order. The most effective method

I can recommend is to suggest a repaint and re-carpet throughout (whether the

house needs it or not!). The joy of this is that pretty much every single item needs


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What would a no-deal Brexit

mean for the property market?

The official Brexit deadline is roughly eight weeks away. And yet the terms of the UK’s departure

from the EU remain unfixed - an issue that was compounded when a vast majority of MPs

rejected Theresa May’s withdrawal plans.

to rise by nearly 15% from 2019 to 2023, with significant increases expected in the

Midlands and the North West.

While 2018 proved to be a challenging, and sometimes tumultuous time for the

Government, speculation that investors would lose confidence in real estate proved

largely unfounded. According to Halifax’s House Price Index, the average price of UK

houses increased by 1.3% last year – while the rate of growth is slowing, the market

has demonstrated its resilience during a testing period.

Given the proven resilience of UK property, Brexit, in whatever form it may take, is

unlikely to shake investor appetite for bricks and mortar in the long-term. With house

prices set to rise, consistently high demand and the rise of regional property hotspots,

the real estate market looks set to overcome the initial challenges that will be posed by

Brexit.

The current state of political deadlock means that come 29 March 2019, the

prospect of a no-deal – a scenario originally touted as a last resort – is a

growing possibility.

For many years, the UK has been considered a safe haven for property investors,

with demand from both domestic and international buyers driving prices and rental

yields upwards. This, in turn, has fuelled investment into new-build developments

and infrastructure improvements both in London and regional hotspots like Liverpool,

Cardiff and Luton.

Encouragingly, despite Brexit uncertainty, the long-term outlook for the real estate

sector remains positive; according to Savills, house prices in Britain are predicted

to be moved in order to carry out the task, and in the process you can go through a

diplomatic de-cluttering and de-personalising process without appearing callous.

Be careful to distinguish between clutter and emotional-clutter. Be tolerant of

the latter, but try to contain it, and move items that are very personal to the previous

marriage to your partner’s personal space, or at least contain it so it’s not everywhere

you look.

If your new partner is divorced, kid gloves are less necessary. After offering the

ex first refusal on the clutter, build a big bonfire in the garden and encourage your

partner to fuel it with as many old joint possessions as possible!

Singles

It’s so difficult for young singles to get on the housing ladder that there’s an

increasing trend for couples at an early stage in their relationships to buy together.

While it can make good financial sense, there are additional considerations to be

taken on board. It doesn’t sound romantic, but it’s sensible to talk about things that

might not usually be brought up at this stage in a relationship, running all potential

scenarios through in conversation. However strong a relationship is, it’s vital to

consider what would happen in the event of a break up as you won’t be covered by

the matrimonial laws that protect married homeowners. Buying a property together

is a huge commitment to each other and there needs to be a high level of maturity

involved in the decision.

A good solicitor is crucial. I would strongly recommend a specialist conveyancing

solicitor, and to choose one who can guarantee consistent contact with the same

person. In addition to all the usual documents, they should draw up a ‘declaration of

trust’ for both parties to sign that sets out the detail of who has contributed what, and

what happens in the event one or both of you wish to sell.

Stacks Property Search & Acquisition, www.stacks.co.uk

www.thepropertydrop.co.uk

01600 717255

info@thepropertydrop.co.uk

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PROPERTIES

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Woodgate House, Wainfield Lane, Gwehelog Price

RRK 01600 772929 www.roscoerogersandknight.co.uk £595,000

Located in a select and very pretty rural hamlet a

short distance from the busy and popular towns of

Usk and Raglan this high quality, newly constructed

four bedroomed family home has been designed

to incorporate all modern day needs.

It’s aspect provides the very attractive and practical layout with bright, light and airy

rooms and communal spaces throughout with the benefit of countryside views. This very

individual and contemporary house has been thoughtfully constructed and finished to a

high standard and has all the important benefits of very high thermal values.

The impressive and very spacious fully fitted kitchen with a central island unit opens

into an impressive garden/breakfast room with access out to the garden. The spacious

lounge also opens to the garden and there is also a further reception room and extensive

entrance hall. There is low voltage down-lighting and a combination of panelled and

glazed Oak doors throughout as well as Oak and ceramic tiled floors to the ground

floor and all bathrooms have white contemporary suites. An LPG gas boiler provides

domestic hot water and central heating to radiators throughout.

There back garden is level and lawned with a timber sun-deck and to the front is a

landscaped garden with a terrace and paving up to an impressive sweeping tarmac

driveway with turning area and access to the detached garage built to match the house.

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A three bedroom end terrace cottage situated in

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22 BARROWELL LANE, ST BRIAVELS £725 pcm

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A brand new, 4 Bedroom multi level layout.

Bright and spacious living space and a short

walk to town. Agency Fees Apply

A three bedroom property situated in the sought

after village of St Briavels.

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THE PLAIN, THE NARTH, MONMOUTH £599,000

7 DUCHESS CLOSE,

OSBASTON MONMOUTH £475,000

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This charming chocolate box cottage enjoys a very private, sunny, rural

aspect. Set in 1.03 acres of delightful, mature landscaped gardens with sun

terraces, large double garage and useful separate paddock. Beautifully

presented throughout blending modern needs with a wealth of original

features comprising 4 Bedrooms and 3 Reception Rooms.

Very tastefully remodelled in a contemporary style throughout this

attractive 4 bed modern house is set in a quiet cul-de-sac on the edge

of town within walking distance of the centre and the excellent schools.

Well presented with bright light spacious rooms with a South facing

garden that is very private and beautifully landscaped with sun terraces,

raised beds and a summer house. Integrated former garage

with separate office. Parking for 3 cars.

CAE ELGA, OSBASTON, MONMOUTH £875,000

BROOKLYN, LLANCLOUDY

HEREFORDSHIRE

£535,000 29 KEMBLE ROAD, MONMOUTH £325,000

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This impressive, elegant, and spacious Victorian

family home with a fascinating history offers a

wealth of splendid period features set over three

floors, providing 5+ Bedrooms and 3 Receptions.

Far reaching views over countryside and delightful

landscaped gardens and grounds of .65 acre.

Conveniently situated within a sought-after

area on the edge of Monmouth.

Set on the Herefordshire border a short distance

from Monmouth enjoying a semi-rural location with

countryside views, this well-presented and

proportioned 4/5 bedroom bungalow could easily

incorporate an annexe. Large plot of .4 acres

with a detached garaging and workshop,

additional en-suited guest room, ample parking

and beautifully manicured and established well

stocked gardens with lawns and lily pond.

Attractive modern designed 4 bedroom detached

property with integral garage. Situated within the

popular most recently built area of the Rockfield

development. Enjoying beautiful farmland,

countryside views from the delightful garden.

Superb open plan Sitting Room/Dining Room,

fitted Kitchen with integral appliances.

Available with no onward chain.

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

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Shene House, Longtown

Parrys 01600 713030 www.parrys.com

A beautifully presented spacious family home in the centre of the popular village of Longtown nestled at the

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foothills of the Black Mountains, which commands spectacular Mountain and countryside views.

This impressive property has been updated and

modernised throughout to offer generous accommodation

and improvements such as replacement uPVC windows

and doors, central heating boiler, under floor heating to

the majority of the ground floor, contemporary cast iron

radiators to the first floor and recently refitted kitchen and

bathroom suites as well as the magnificent landscaped

gardens which take advantage of the stunning views to

the rear. There is ample driveway parking and a double

integral garage.

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£499,950

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Nearby there is a primary school, village hall and village

store/post office which provides local products, fresh

fruits and vegetables. A country pub is also within

walking distance and serves pub lunches and evening

meals. In brief the accommodation comprises to the

ground floor, an entrance hall with cloakroom. A dining

room with engineered oak floor and window to front with

views towards the Black Mountains. The sitting room

has a fireplace housing a wood burning stove, engineered

oak floor and double doors to the rear garden with

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breakfast room has fitted base and wall cupboards with

integral dishwasher and microwave and space for large

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fridge/freezer. Two sets of double doors overlook the rear

garden and views beyond. The utility room has access to

the pantry and storage cupboard and door to the integral

double garage. On the first floor there is a large landing

with access to the roof space. Master bedroom with ensuite

shower room, three further bedrooms and a family

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Piermont Drive £454,995 NEW BUILD

Manor Chase, Tutshill, Chepstow, Monmouthshire Prices from £399,995 to £524,995

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.

Manor Chase development incorporates areas of public open space for the enjoyment of

residents, including a community orchard and children’s playground.

The 3, 4 and 5-bedroom homes will appeal to first-time buyers, families and professionals

commuting into the nearby cities.

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.

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Great Hillshone Barn, Ganarew, Monmouth

pa black 01600 714355 www.pablack.co.uk

Price

£625,000

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Set in a delightful rural location, yet only a short drive away from the historic market town of Monmouth, a stone

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built barn which has been sympathetically and tastefully converted to provide a five double bedroom family

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home with generous grounds, enjoying far reaching views over open countryside.

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The spacious accommodation takes full advantage of the

far reaching views from its elevated position and there is

a substantial loft area which could be converted (subject

to the necessary planning being obtained) to provide

additional living space. The character features include

exposed stone walls, internal oak doors, windows with

wooden lintels and stone sills, flagstone floors and a

stonework fireplace with a wood burner. The ground

floor accommodation briefly comprises a double height

entrance hallway which is overlooked by a gallery landing,

a large lounge with the feature fireplace, a garden room

with bi-fold doors to the rear sun deck, a separate dining

room, office, cloakroom/wc, a generous kitchen/breakfast

room with oak fronted kitchen units and polished granite

work surfaces, plus a separate utility room.

To the first floor there is the gallery landing, five double

bedrooms, a family bathroom and a refitted shower room/

wc. Other features include double glazing and an oil fired

central heating system which provides under-floor and

radiator heating. parking parkingThe grounds are formally laid to lawn

and there is a wide variety of deciduous trees, fruit trees,

mature shrubs and bushes. There is a long driveway and

parking for numerous vehicles.

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Located mid-way between Monmouth and Ross on Wye,

with great access on to the A40 leading on to the M5 and

M4 motorway networks, making Bristol, Cardiff and The

Midlands.


Sales - Monmouth

Large Off

Road Parking

Sales - Monmouth

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Sales - Monmouth

Detached

NO

Sales - Monmouth

CHAIN!

Edinburgh Place £120,000

Large off Road Parking Offered for sale this two double bedroom, semidetached

house located in a cul-de-sac with plenty off road parking. the

gardens are level and laid to lawn with a decked area and benefits the

hot tub to the rear.The property is of nonstandard construction and would

recommend speaking to our in house financial advisor for purchasing

advise. CALL NOW TO VIEW. EPC D.

Sales - Monmouth

Semi

Detached

Orchard Way £250,500

This detached cottage offers CHARACTER and CHARM, in a well

served VILLAGE location close to the market town of Coleford.

There are THREE Bedrooms, Dining room & Lounge with LOG

BURNERS. EPC E.

Sales - Monmouth

Renovation

Potential

King Henry V Drive £170,000

Detached Located within walking distance of Monmouth this house is

in easy reach of all the local amenities the market town has to offer.

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. EPC C.

Sales - Monmouth

HELP TO BUY

WALES SCHEME

AVAILABLE

Kings Fee £ 175,000

NO CHAIN! Very well presented three bedroom mid terraced property

which has been updated & improved! Accommodation comprises of a

porch, hallway, refitted cloakroom/WC, lounge and a modern kitchen/

dining room to the ground floor. Three bedrooms and a refitted bathroom

to the first floor. The property also benefits from gas central heating and

an enclosed rear garden with a DRIVEWAY. EPC D.

New

Build

Sales - Monmouth

Ash Lane £190,000

This semi-detached property offers privacy to the rear garden

and the accommodation includes a living room with duel aspect

windows to the front and rear gardens and the kitchen completes

the downstairs area. Upstairs there are two double bedrooms and

one single bedroom with the family bathroom. EPC D.

Sales - Chepstow

Semi

Detached

EXTENDED

Rolls Avenue £195,000

Accommodation comprises of lounge, kitchen, three bedrooms and

downstairs bathroom along with off road parking and off set good sized

garden, this property would make a perfect family home. Located in

the Rockfield area the property is a short walk, drive or a bus journey

in to Monmouth, offering easy access to local schools, amenities and

supermarkets. EPC E.

Sales - Chepstow

NO

ONWARD

CHAIN

Llangattock Court £200,000

This apartment is located on the top floor and benefits from an

entrance hall with a storage cupboard, large open plan kitchen /

dining / living room with full height windows and fully integrated

appliances to the kitchen. The master bedroom has an en suite

shower room and there is a second double bedroom. EPC Exempt.

Sales - Chepstow

Extensively

Updated and

Improved

Joys Green Road £525,000

The centre of the ground floor is the impressive bespoke kitchen with

granite work surfaces and integrated appliances, which leads through to

the open planned dining room and day room with double doors leading

on to the patio area, a separate utility room with store room, double

bedroom and shower room complete the accommodation on the ground

floor. EPC Exempt.

Sales - Chepstow

Bungalow

Western Avenue £219,950

Lewis Way £239,950

Rockfield Way £340,000

Mount Pleasant £220,000

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 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.

Sales - Chepstow

NO CHAIN!

MUST BE

VIEWED!

Sales - Chepstow

End-terraced

Sales - Chepstow

Two

Reception

Rooms

Sales - Chepstow

Character

Cottage

Newport Road £410,000 Bryn House £415,000

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 commuting distance! 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.


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LOCAL LIVING

I love where I live…

Herefordshire

Heidi Chamberlain-Jones loves Herefordshire so much that she’s developed

a tourism business that’s devoted to telling everyone about everything the place

has to offer! Sharon Chilcott meets her to find out more…

So, Heidi, you are clearly passionate about

your county. Have you lived here all your

life?

I came to Fownhope when I was six

so I have lived here 45 years. My family

moved to Fownhope from Cowbridge

and my Dad had an electrical shop in

Ross – Wye Electrical Services. Now I’m

based in Bartestree, where my husband

Matt and I have been for 20 years.

What makes Herefordshire so special to you?

Fownhope was a wonderful place

to grow up – it felt so free and safe and

had a strong sense of community. It’s a

really pretty village, not dissimilar from

Cowbridge, so, for a little girl, that made

the move an easy transition. I have happy

memories of my childhood - we’d spend

a lot of time in places like Symonds Yat.

We had a substantial, blow-up canoe and

my Dad would take me up and down the

river in it. We were also always going out

on picnics to places like Hole-in-the Wall

and the Forest of Dean. Fownhope is

really close to the River Wye, so I would

walk along the river bank with our dog

for miles. The village children used to get

involved in the traditional Heart of Oak

Club Walk. We’d each decorate our

sticks with flowers and everyone would

gather together and then we would walk

from The Green Man Inn to The Moon at

Mordiford, for example, and we’d stop

off at various dignitaries’ houses for

refreshments along the way and there

would be Morris Dancers as well – it was

great fun and the walk takes places to

this day.

What three words best describe

Herefordshire?

Picturesque – and I don’t just mean

that to describe the scenery and the towns

and villages, but also to reflect the fact

that the Wye was much favoured by the

Eighteenth Century Picturesque movement.

Active – there are lots of outdoor

activities to get involved with from

hiking to canoeing, rock climbing to

mountain biking.

Artisan – because of the amazing

creativity that can be found here from

incredible makers of arts and crafts

to award-winning food and drink

producers.

What, if anything, would you change about

the county, assuming you could!?

I’d improve the transport

infrastructure and the bus services -

although in Bartestree we are famed for

having one of the best bus services in the

county so I am relatively lucky. I’d also

improve the parking in Hereford.

Describe the vibe in your favourite local pub.

The Barrels in Hereford has a great

vibe – to say it is friendly would be an

understatement! You can walk in there

on your own and there will always be

someone who will talk to you. It’s an

all-embracing, anything goes type of

place.

Where do you tend to go for an evening’s

entertainment?

We like going to the cinema at

The Courtyard and also there is a new

boutique cinema at Ross Labels called

The Gateway which I am looking

forward to trying out next weekend.

Where would you go for a meal out?

I am literally spoilt for choice.

Herefordshire has a great range of

places to enjoy local, seasonal produce

from indie city eateries to prizewinning

pubs, lovely tearooms and cafes to rural

restaurants.


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I would organise them a guided walk

around Hereford city with a member of

the local Guild of Guides – that’s

fascinating, you really must do it!

Hampton Court Castle and Eastnor

Castle are musts too.

What if the friends had children with them?

Where would you go locally to “blow the

cobwebs away”?

I love nature so I would go for a walk

at Queenswood Country Park, Haugh

Woods, by the river at Caplor or on Lugg

Meadows, to see the wildlife.

What leisure pursuits do you enjoy?

I like doing anything that’s arty or

crafty really - like going on a breadmaking

course at Peter Cooks Bread

or making pottery at Eastnor Pottery.

There’s such a wealth of artisans around

the county to inspire my creativity. I am

also lucky that my work enables me to

experience many of the leisure activities

the county has to offer. I’ve just had a

fabulous day in the Golden Valley where

I went laser shooting in the morning at

Laser Clayz, Ewyas Harold; then I went

tasting ice cream at Rowlestone Court

Farm and I spent the afternoon llama

trekking with Golden Valley Llamas.

If you were going to splash out on a smart

new outfit, where would shop for it?

I’d head for Church Street in Hereford.

Where would you shop for a dinner party?

Oakchurch Farm Shop – they have

meat and a great range of vegetables

there and everything I would need.

Where do you shop for day-to-day groceries?

I generally shop wherever I happen

to be in the county on business – so if I

am in Bromyard I make sure to call in at

Legges and I often stop at The Nest for

bread and other provisions on my way

back and forth on the A438. You can’t get

meat there, so for that I go to Neil Powell

in Hereford.

What’s the social life like in Bartestree –

what’s the most fun you have had at a local

event?

We tend to make our own social life,

like going to and hosting dinner parties.

But we always enjoy the annual Bartestree

Beer and Cider Festival – it’s handy that

we can walk there from our house!

Tell me about your last ‘great day out’ in

the area…

That would be a visit to Kentchurch

Court with a group of Japanese visitors.

The deer from the deer park came right

up close to the gardens where we were –

it was amazing.

How would you advise someone new into the

area to get to know the locals?

Go to your local pub, get a dog – dog

walkers often stop for a chat – or join a

volunteer group.

In what ways are you involved in your local

community?

I am a Vice President for the British

Red Cross in Herefordshire, Shropshire

and Worcestershire and, of course, I

run Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire, the

independent tourism company that

promotes and celebrates the county. I

am really excited that we have just heard

we are Midlands regional finalists in the

Countryside Alliance awards for Best

Rural Enterprise!

If adult friends were staying with you for a

week, where would you take them to visit?

I’d take them to Hereford Cathedral,

because it is so significant to the city, the

community, the county and the world!

Hereford Waterworks Museum –

when it is in steam it is quite spectacular.

There’s also a really great educational and

interactive heritage water park there. I’d

also definitely take them llama trekking

and we’d have a nice easy walk down by

the River Wye in Hereford’s King George

V Playing Fields, where there’s a play area

and a labyrinth. I might also take them

to Oakerwood, where there are acres of

outdoor activities.

What’s the most exciting initiative that’s

about to happen in the area?

Personally, I am really excited that

this spring ESL Herefordshire will be

launching the West Midlands Pass, a

destination pass which will enable

families to get out and about in the area

and to enjoy discounts on attractions,

activities, restaurants and accommodation.

There will soon be a website with more

details at westmidlandspass.com.

Tell me one fascinating fact about

Herefordshire that you don’t think is

generally widely known.

I’m fascinated by the local tales of

mythical creatures – the Dragon of

Mordiford; the black dog of Hergest

Court; there’s even a Beast of Bartestree

– periodic sightings of a large black

panther-like creature that roams the woods

and farmland of the village to this day.

Facts and Figures

For more information about this beautiful county visit: www.eatsleepliveherefordshire.co.uk/about-herefordshire/

Photos by Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire and Gabriella Karney Photography www.capturedbygabi.com.

Eastnor Castle courtesy of Eastnor Castle. Eastnor Pottery courtesy of Eastnor Pottery.

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£899,999

VINEY HILL, LYDNEY -

£549,995

CLEMENTS TUMP, COLEFORD

- £440,000

Keynsham Farm House is an impressive country residence.

It stands in approximately 2.5 acres of ground surrounded

by beautiful countryside in a semi-rural yet accessible area

of South Gloucestershire. The house is steeped in history,

the original dwelling being mentioned in the Domesday

Book. It offers very flexible living arrangement. The rooms

are spacious, typical of a period farmhouse, the attached selfcontained

two bedroom cottage lends itself to dual family

occupation/business opportunity. The accommodation

in the main house includes two comfortable and restful

reception rooms, both with fireplaces and wood burning

stoves, a farmhouse kitchen, large laundry room and four

bedrooms. A separate leisure complex with spectacular

pool hall is included in the package along with stables, a

barn, workshop and garaging. Keynsham Farm is a splendid

family home enjoying the peace and tranquillity of a

stunning location yet within a short distance of major road

and rail networks.

Almor stands in an acre of most attractive south facing

ground in a peaceful village location on the edge of the

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. The original cottage dates

back to 1830, it has been extended and improved over time

now providing very comfortable, energy efficient family

accommodation. Solar panels, cavity wall insulation and a

duel heating system combine to drastically reduce running

costs. There are two reception rooms including a lovely

sunny garden room, a large kitchen/dining room, three/

four bedrooms and two bathrooms, one on each floor. The

lower ground floor is arranged as a laundry room and large

storage space. Outbuildings include a substantial double

garage/workshop. The garden is beautifully maintained

with well tended lawns, flower beds and colourful mature

borders. There is direct access into surrounding woodland.

The villages of Yorkley and Blakeney are a short drive.

Almor is a unique energy efficient country home in a

delightful location.

This attractive period property stands in three quarters of an

acre of woodland garden in the peaceful semi rural hamlet

of Clements Tump in the heart of the Forest of Dean,

Gloucestershire. It is a comfortable much loved family home

of many years but a new owner may choose to modernise

a little or possibly extend. The accommodation at present

is arranged as a spacious living room which overlooks the

garden, kitchen, three double bedrooms, family bathroom

and separate cloakroom. The garden is a particular attraction,

a large level plot of approximately three quarters of an acre

enjoying a sheltered south westerly aspect. The lawn to

the front of the house is bordered by colourful shrubbery.

Secret woodland walks wind their way around the garden

which is bordered by a number of impressive mature tree.

There are a couple of old stone outbuildings and parking

to the rear. A delightful property in a superb location with

direct access into surrounding woodland. The property is

offered for sale with ‘No Onward Chain’.

SEVERN STREET, NEWNHAM-

ON-SEVERN - £350,000

Bear Cottage is a deceptively spacious and immaculately presented

Grade II listed house occupying a peaceful position at the bottom

of a picturesque street in the ever-popular village of Newnham on

Severn, Gloucestershire. Built in 1850 the property was the final

addition to the neighbouring historic Passage House, a former

coaching inn used by travellers crossing the River Severn. This

handsome three bedroomed home has been expertly restored by

the current owners to create a property with all the comforts of

modern living whilst retaining many of the original features. The

well-proportioned accommodation is arranged over three floors

to include a cosy snug with flagstone floor and Rayburn/stove,

a large comfortable sitting room and useful utility/cloakroom

area. The cellar has been converted to create a fabulous kitchen/

dining room, perfect for large gatherings and entertaining. There

are three beautifully presented double bedrooms, the master being

en-suite and a family bathroom. The terraced garden has a private

sheltered flagstone courtyard and on the upper level a place to

enjoy lovely views of the River Severn. Newnham village offers a

range of amenities to include shops, Post Office, church, nursery,

primary school and pub. It is within easy reach of major road and

rail networks.

CLEARWELL, COLEFORD

- £315,000

2 Church Cottages is situated in the peaceful village of

Clearwell in the heart of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.

It is a lovely period property. In recent years the building

has been fully restored and updated to a modern standard

whilst retaining much of the original character. Old exposed

beams and a fabulous inglenook fireplace are particular

features. The cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, a cosy

sitting room, three bedrooms, two being double and a good

family bathroom. There is also a ground floor cloakroom.

The walled garden has a raised terrace, a lovely place to

sit out and relax, a store room/workshop and garden shed

provide useful storage space. The village has a local landmark

being home to Clearwell Castle as well as other well known

hostelries, it is in close proximity to the Wye Valley, an Area

of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A perfect village home, an

ideal holiday cottage or weekend getaway.

LITTLEDEAN, CINDERFORD

- £289,950

This detached family home is situated in the heart of

the popular village of Littledean on the edge of the

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. It is an extremely well

presented property with two spacious reception rooms,

a stylish fully fitted kitchen with integrated appliances,

four bedrooms, the master being ensuite, and a family

bathroom. The garden is easily managed and secure, there

is a detached garage and parking space. The village shop,

primary school and pub are in walking distance, the city

of Gloucester is a thirty minute drive, approximately. An

attractive modern home in a very convenient location.

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OLD GLOBE COTTAGES, TINTERN

• THREE STOREY END TERRACE PROPERTY

• THREE DOUBLE BEDROOMS - MASTER WITH EN-SUITE

• OPEN PLAN LIVING/DINING/KITCHEN AREA

• GROUND FLOOR W.C.

• PRIVATE PARKING • E.E.R - C

£269,950

ST LAWRENCE PARK, CHEPSTOW

• IMMACULATELY PRESENTED DETACHED 3 STOREY HOME

• FIVE BEDROOMS, TWO WITH EN-SUITE FACILITIES

• TWO RECEPTION ROOMS

• FULLY UPDATED KITCHEN/DINING AND UTILITY ROOMs

• DETACHED DOUBLE GARAGE AND PARKING

£499,950

SILVERWOOD, LLANVAIR DISCOED

• IMMACULATELY PRESENTED & INDIVIDUALLY DESIGNED

• THREE RECEPTION ROOMS

• FANTASTIC OPEN PLAN KITCHEN/DINING/FAMILY ROOM

• 5/6 BEDROOMS AND THREE BATHROOMS

• INTEGRAL DOUBLE GARAGE • E.E.R - C

£875,000

CENTURIONS COURT, CAERWENT

• SPACIOUS DETACHED FAMILY HOME

• FOUR BEDROOMS, TWO WITH EN-SUITE FACILITIES

• THREE RECEPTION ROOMS

• KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM AND UTILITY ROOM

• DETACHED DOUBLE GARAGE AND PARKING

£515,000

BUTTINGTON FARM BUNGALOW, BEACHLEY

• DETACHED DORMER BUNGALOW WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS

• FOUR BEDROOMS AND CONTEMPORARY OPEN PLAN KITCHEN/

DINING ROOM

• DETACHED DOUBLE GARAGE WITH OFFICE/STORE ROOM OVER

• HEATED OUTDOOR POOL

• NO ONWARD CHAIN

£499,950

BEECH GROVE, CHEPSTOW

• SYMPATHETICALLY EXTENDED DETACHED PROPERTY

• FOUR BED’S, MASTER WITH EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM

• KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM PLUS SEPARATE UTILITY

• FOUR RECEPTION ROOMS

• BATHROOM PLUS GROUND FLOOR WC

£549,950

MANOR WAY, PORTSKEWETT

• WELL PRESENTED DETACHED DORMER BUNGALOW

• THREE BEDROOMS, ONE WITH EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM

• TWO RECEPTION ROOMS PLUS CONSERVATORY

• KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM AND SEPARATE UTILITY

• GENEROUS GARDENS, GARAGE AND PARKING

• NO ONWARD CHAIN

£349,950

CHURCH VIEW, LLANDOGO

• SUPERB SEMI DETACHED MODERN PROPERTY IN VILLAGE

LOCATION

• THREE BEDROOMS MASTER WITH EN-SUITE

• KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM OPEN TO DINING AREA

• OPEN PLAN L-SHAPE LIVING/DINING ROOM

• PARKING FOR TWO VEHICLES • E.E.R - C

£282,500

Magor/Undy Area

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HOLLINS CLOSE, CHEPSTOW

• FIRST FLOOR ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT

• SPACIOUS OPEN PLAN LIVING KITCHEN

• OFF ROAD PARKING

• AVAILABLE 1ST MARCH

• EPC RATING D

£560.00 PCM

GRAIG PARK LANE, MALPAS

• SEMI DETACHED PROPERTY

• THREE BEDROOMS

• LIVING/DINING ROOM

• AVAILABLE NOW

• EPC RATING E

£625.00 PCM

BIGSTONE MEADOW, TUTSHILL

• PURPOSE BUILT COACH HOUSE APARTMENT

• DOUBLE BEDROOM

• SPACIOUS OPEN PLAN LOUNGE/DINER

• AVAILABLE NOW

• EPC RATING C

£675.00 PCM

EXMOUTH PLACE, CHEPSTOW

• TWO BEDROOMS

• TWO RECEPTION ROOMS

• UPVC DOUBLE GLAZING AND COMBI-BOILER

• MANY ORIGINAL FEATURES THROUGHOUT

• AVAILABLE 1ST FEBRUARY

£720.00 PCM

MIDDLE WAY, BULWARK

• THREE BEDROOM THREE STOREY HOME

• SPACIOUS KITCHEN DINING ROOM

• SEPARATE LIVING ROOM

• ENCLOSED REAR GARDEN

• AVAILABLE NOW

£725.00 PCM

DEHAVILLAND WAY, ROGERSTONE

• NEWLY BUILT THREE BEDROOM HOME

• TWO OFF ROAD PARKING SPACES

• KITCHEN BREAKFAST ROOM

• SEPARATE LIVING ROOM

• AVAILABLE NOW

£800.00 PCM

GROVE COTTAGE, LLANGWM

• REFURBISHED THREE BEDROOM DETACHED COTTAGE

• PRIVATE GARDENS AND GENEROUS DRIVEWAY

• FANTASTIC RURAL LOCATION WITH STUNNING VIEWS

• AVAILABLE NOW

• EPC RATING – D

£995.00 PCM

CLEARVIEW, SHIRENEWTON

• THREE BEDROOM DETACHED PROPERTY

• LIVING ROOM AND DINING ROOM

• KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM

• AVAILABLE 11TH MARCH

• EPC RATING D

£1000.00 PCM

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PROPERTIES 15

bedroom

living room etc

Ladywood House, Jubilee Road, Mitcheldean Price

Ferrino 01594 811111 www.ferrino.co.uk

£469,999

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.

bedroom bedroom

bathroom bathroom

4

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

3 3 1

Ladywood House stands in approximately two acres of land in peaceful countryside

on the edge of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.

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. No onward chain.

OIL

parking

bedroom

living room etc

Auchenault, St Arvans

Moon & Co 01291 624881 www.thinkmoon.co.uk

Situated within this fantastic village location, the property

briefly comprises of reception hall giving access to living

room with steps leading down to sitting room/snug with

further access then to kitchen/dining room which in turn

leads to utility and ground floor wc.

To the first floor are four double bedrooms, first floor wc

and spacious family bathroom.

Price

£475,000

bedroom bedroom

bathroom bathroom

4

living living room room etc etc

central central heating heating

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

bathroom

Auchenault is a fully refurbished and well presented former chapel,

believed to date back to the late 1800’s.

Outside the property benefits from off road parking

and single garage with front courtyard gardens and

professionally landscaped south-facing rear gardens

with a range of well stocked beds and borders also

offering pleasant water features and views towards the

surrounding countryside.

living room living room etc etc

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

garage/covered parking

bathroom

garage/covered parking

parking

parking

central heating

2 2 1

Being situated in St Arvans a number of facilities are close

at hand to include local public house, shop and church

as well as a local nursery with a further range of amenities

in nearby Chepstow.

There are good bus, road and rail links with the A48,

M48 and M4 motorway networks bringing Newport,

Cardiff and Bristol all within easy commuting distance.

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Chepstow

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Usk

01291 672034

Monmouth

01600 775930

Abergavenny

01873 858990

CHEPSTOW

Impressive three bedroomed Penthouse apartment located in a Grade II listed building,

The Mount, situated within walking distance of Chepstow Town Centre and a short

drive away from the M48. Voice entry access system to the ornate communal entrance

hall with sweeping staircase to the apartment which comprises entrance hall, cloakroom,

living room, kitchen, lift lobby, dining room, two bedrooms (both en-suite) and stairs up

to the master suite which comprises dressing room, study, bedroom, snug and

bathroom including cloakroom and bathroom. Three allocated parking spaces and

beautifully landscaped extensive communal grounds. EPC Rating: N/A

NEAR CHEPSTOW

Nestled on the edge of the famous and renowned Forest of Dean, this

beautifully presented impressive four bedroomed property together with self

contained two bedroomed barn conversion (used as a very successful holiday

let) offers versatile family accommodation with income potential. In gardens

and grounds of approx 2.25 acres. Ample parking and double garage. Easy

commuting to Bristol, Newport and Cardiff. EPC Rating: E

Ross-on-Wye

01989 764132

Fine & Country Chepstow 01291 629799 Guide price £625,000

Fine & Country Chepstow 01291 629799 Guide price £795,000

Newport

01633 927277

Cardiff

02921 690690

ITTON

This exquisite and unique FORMER MILL, dating back to c1702 in the oldest part, has

been tastefully and thoughtfully extended and refurbished over recent years to make an

ideal and very comfortable family home. Located approximately 5 miles from Chepstow

and the M48 Severn Bridge with excellent commuting to Bristol/London or Newport/

Cardiff. The accommodation comprises entrance/dining hall, kitchen, utility/laundry

room, walk-in pantry, living room, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. There are

established, private and tranquil gardens, ample parking and double garage/workshop.

EPC Rating: F

BROCKWEIR

In a beautiful unspoilt setting in the lower Wye Valley, with a lovely south west aspect

over extensive mature gardens, an extended and recently refurbished old cottage.

Approached over a narrow country lane, following the river, about a mile from the

centre of the historic riverside village of Brockweir, and easily accessible to Chepstow

and the Severn Bridge. The refurbishment included a new kitchen, bi-fold doors to

enhance the view and a ground floor cloakroom/shower. There is a hall, fine sitting

room, large open plan dining kitchen, four good bedrooms and family bathroom. The

extensive gardens include a huge terrace to enjoy the sun and view, lawns and beds and

borders, shrubs, and exotic planting and an excellent summerhouse. EPC Rating: D

Fine & Country Chepstow 01291 629799 £550,000

Fine & Country Chepstow 01291 629799 £580,000


Regionally

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REDBROOK, MONMOUTH

An extraordinary individually designed property overlooking trout lakes. Built

over 3 storeys with an extremely versatile design with the main living areas on

the first floor taking advantage of the lake views, superb cutting edge finish and

many fine architectural features and luxury fittings. EPC Rating: B

WHITEBROOK, MONMOUTHSHIRE

Situated in a tranquil setting, slightly elevated above Whitebrook in the pretty

area of New Mills. The attractive traditional property has been extended over

the years and offers well proportioned accommodation ideal for modern

family living. Grounds including open field land circa 4.5 acres and beautifully

established gardens which wrap around the front and rear side of the

property. EPC Rating: D

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Internationally

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offices globally

Fine & Country Monmouth 01600 775930 £685,000

Fine & Country Monmouth 01600 775930 Offers over £699,000

5000

professional

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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

RAGLAN

Castle View is an equestrian small holding, which lies in a superb slightly elevated

position on the outskirts of the village of Raglan and stands within approximately 7 acres

of pasture land. The accommodation offered is spacious and ideally suited to a family

home, however, has flexible accommodation which could easily be adapted for multi

generational living if required. Externally the property has a stable block situated adjacent

to the main property which is currently used as a gymnasium/laundry room etc in which

is also an external shower area which has been utilised in tandem with the entertaining

area in which is situated the hot tub and patio area. EPC Rating: F

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

Fine & Country Usk 01291 672034 O.I.R.O £749,950


usk 01291 672212

chepstow 01291 626262

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4 2 2 C

3 1 1 D

5 2 3 D

3 1 3 E

UNDY

Very well presented 4 bed house

Views from the rear over the Severn Estuary & beyond

Easy access for commuting to M4/M48

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £355,000

CHEPSTOW

Well presented 3 bed semi-detached house

Within walking distance of Chepstow Town Centre

Outstanding views to the rear

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £235,000

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

LLANDOGO

2/3 bedroomed bungalow in need of some updating

Magnificent views overlooking the Wye Valley

Grounds extending to approx 0.3 of an acre

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £315,000

3 1 2 D

3 1 2 D

4 2 1 C

3 2 3 C

SHIRENEWTON

Well presented detached 3 bed family house

Short drive to M48 motorway network

Attractive gardens to front & rear

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £395,000

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

SEDBURY, CHEPSTOW

Extremely well presented 4 bed detached house

Easy drive to M48 Motorway network

Parking for two cars plus garage

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £315,000

THORNWELL, CHEPSTOW

Attractive detached 3 bed house in quiet cul-de-sac

Very popular area within easy reach of M48 Motorway

No onward chain

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £315,000

3 1 1 D

4 1 1 D

3 1 2 E

5 2 2 G

SEDBURY, CHEPSTOW

Well presented 3 bed semi-detached house

Within walking distance of amenities & schools

Ideal for first time buyer or growing family

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £200,000

THE DANES, CHEPSTOW

Extremely well presented detached 4 bed house

Convenient for M48 motorway network

Walking distance to local schools & Town Centre

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £325,000

CALDICOT

Extended 3 bed semi-detached house

Popular location, close to local amenities

No upper chain

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

£229,950

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

4 2 3 B

4 2 2 D

4 2 2 C

2 1 1 C

LLANVAIR DISCOED

Immaculate Detached Family Home

4 Bedrooms & Study

Village Location 8 miles Usk & Chepstow

Archer & Co Usk 01291 67 22 12

£429,950

LITTLE MILL

Double Fronted Detached Family Property

Good Size Garden with Open Rural Views

Contemporary Double Storey Extension

Archer & Co Usk 01291 67 22 12

£424,950

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

Purpose Built Retirement Flat

Situated on the Third Floor

Excellent Views Over The Usk Castle

Archer & Co Usk 01291 67 22 12

£95,000

Chepstow USK London

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PROPERTIES 19

bedroom

living room etc

Apartment 4, The Mount, Mount Way, Chepstow Price

Fine & Country 01291 629799 www.fineandcountry.com £625,000

bedroom bedroom living living room room etc etc

bathroom

bedroom bedroom living room living room etccentral heating

bathroom

central heating

bathroom

Impressive three bedroomed Penthouse apartment located in the Grade II listed building The Mount,

which is known to have been occupied since c1840 and reputedly originally the garage/covered site of parking a parking

central central heating heating

watch mound related to the nearby Roman bathroom bathroomRoad to Caerleon. garage/covered parking parking

3

1 3 3

GAS

central heating

garage/covered parking

parking

Situated within walking distance of Chepstow Town Centre, which offers a range of

facilities to include restaurants, wine bars, pubs, shops, leisure facilities, road, bus and

rail links. A short drive away is the M48 motorway network for commuting to Bristol,

London, Newport or Cardiff.

The Mount was converted into luxury apartments approximately 10 years ago and

now boasts impressive electronically operated wrought iron gates leading through

magnificent archway into communal courtyard parking area.

The ground floor entrance is via voice entry system leading into an ornate communal

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

entrance hall with sweeping staircase leading to the apartment which comprises

entrance hall, cloakroom, living room, kitchen, lift lobby, dining room, two bedrooms

(both en-suite) and stairs up to the master suite which comprises dressing room, study,

bedroom, snug and bathroom including cloakroom and bathroom.

bedroom

living room etc

Clearview, Chepstow, Monmouthshire

Archer & Co 01291 626262 www.archerandco.com

Price

£395,000

bedroom bedroom

bathroom bathroom

3

living living room room etc etc

central central heating heating

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

This attractive and well presented detached three bedroomed house has been

extended and much improved in recent years by the current Vendors.

The property is located in the popular village of Shirenewton and within walking

distance of the local village gastro pub, Shirenewton Primary School the Church of

St. Thomas a Becket which dates back to the 13th Century although was rebuilt and

restored in 1853.

The M48 motorway network for onward commuting to Bristol, London, Newport and

Cardiff is a short distance away as is the town of Chepstow offering a range of facilities

to include shops, restaurants, wine bars, leisure facilities, road, bus and rail links.

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

2 2 1

The accommodation comprises entrance hall, cloakroom, sitting room, kitchen and

breakfast room, three bedrooms and family bathroom. The property is approached off a

sloping driveway offering off-road parking and leading to the garage, with up and over

door, power and light.

The gardens to the front comprise terraced lawns and mature trees and shrubs. Side

access leads to the well enclosed rear garden which comprises raised patio, lawned area,

raised vegetable bed, greenhouse, garden shed, natural stone wall to rear boundary.

GAS

parking


Usk Office

17 Bridge St, Usk NP15 1BQ

01291 672827

GWERNESNEY, USK

An outstanding modernisation of this superb three storey family residence

originally built in 1804. In keeping and sympathetic to the origins of the

period of the build, this exceptional renovation juxtaposes a contemporary

feel with historical features. The attention to period features and continuous

styling throughout ensures each room flows into the next. Much of the

interior is designed by Quails of Usk, the influence of which is prominent in

each exacting detail.

£799,950

LLANGYBI, USK

Nestled within the Usk Valley surrounded by countryside, close to Llangybi

village, this Grade II* listed farmhouse occupies approximately 2.5 acres.

Reputed to be one of the area’s oldest properties dating back to the 1600s,

this superb farmhouse sits at the end of a long driveway with grounds flanking

one side. Retaining some exceptional period features including Inglenook

fireplaces to the main reception rooms, original stone stairwells, exposed

beams, arched studded wooden doors and wood panelling.

£799,950

CWMBRAN

A greatly extended traditional bay fronted semi

detached property located a short distance from

Cwmbran Town Centre. The property offers excellent

family accommodation with a significant ground

floor extension providing the potential for a ground

floor annex or home office.The property occupies

an exceptional plot with extensive parking to the

front and a large long rear garden with outbuilding

providing a gym. The family room, with woodburner,

opens to a large kitchen breakfast room with integral

appliances and French doors to the garden & patio.

NEWPORT

A spacious four bedroom mid-terraced period home,

situated a short distance from Junction 25 of the M4

and close to Newport City Centre. The property has

retained many original features which include: tiled

floors to the entrance porch and hallway, original fire

places and staircase. In brief the property comprises;

three good-size reception rooms, ground floor W/C

and shower room and kitchen. Outside there is a

large enclosed forecourt to the front and to the rear

a private enclosed garden. The property is being

sold with the benefit of no onward chain.

LITTLE MILL

Built only 3 and half years ago by Charles Church

this spacious 4 double bedroom family home is

situated in the popular village of Little Mill. The

well presented L-shaped accommodation now

incorporates an impressive 16 ft master bedroom

with dressing area and en suite and a 22 ft kitchen/

breakfast room with utility. To the ground floor a

spacious entrance hall leads to a downstairs W.C,

a good sized lounge opening onto the garden and

a second reception room. The property occupies a

good sized plot with an enclosed garden,

£299,950 £199,950

£365,000

www.m2ea.co.uk


Abergavenny Office

11 Cross St, Abergavenny NP7 5EH

01873 856388

KINGCOED, USK

Enjoying fine views over the Monmouthshire countryside, this 4 bedroom

detached cottage occupies in the region of 5 acres and lies approximately

2.5 miles from Raglan village. The property is believed to be in the region of

200 years old and benefits from many period features including the original

cider press located within the well maintained gardens. The accommodation

includes a farmhouse style kitchen/breakfast room enjoying views over the

gardens and beyond, separate dining room and lounge with wood burner.

£699,950

LLANVAPLEY, ABERGAVENNY

Situated on the fringe of the picturesque village of Llanvapley is this

beautiful former farm cottage which affords approximately half an acre of

mature gardens. The oldest parts of the cottage are said to date back to

the mid-19th century with the property still retaining some original features

such as the inglenook fireplace. The cottage has since been sympathetically

extended in the 1970’s creating the spacious layout that you see today. The

property has undergone a major refurbishment by the current owners.

£450,000

MILL STREET, ABERGAVENNY

An immaculately presented and fully refurbished

apartment located within in a popular retirement

complex situated just a stone’s throw from

Abergavenny town centre. This surprisingly spacious

one bedroom apartment has been substantially

updated by the current owner with improvements

to include a complete new kitchen and bathroom,

an updated heating and immersion system coupled

with a full redecoration and new carpets throughout.

We are pleased to offer this property to the market

with no onward chain.

LLANFOIST, ABERGAVENNY

Situated on a most sought after new build

development is this spacious and immaculate family

home. This detached dwelling affords an impressive

breadth of accommodation to include a living room,

an open plan kitchen diner, four generous bedrooms

with the master suite hosting a dressing area with

fitted wardrobes and en suite with a further shower

room located on the second floor. The outside of the

property affords an enclosed and low maintenance

garden hosting a private raised deck area and being

partially laid with artificial grass.

CLYDACH, ABERGAVENNY

Perched on the north side of the historic Clydach

Gorge and enjoying spectacular southerly views

is this most attractive bay fronted property. Over

the last 10 years the property has undergone a

complete refurbishment by the current owner to

include all new electrics, plumbing, windows, &

roof as well as refitted kitchen and bathrooms. The

spacious accommodation comprises a lounge with

wood burning stove, a separate dining room, kitchen

and family bathroom to the ground floor with three

generous bedrooms located on the first floor.

£142,950 £345,000 £249,950

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bedroom

living room etc

Nailery Cottage, Hanbury Close, Caerleon

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

Price

£495,000

bedroom bedroom

bathroom bathroom

4

living living room room etc etc

central central heating heating

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

bathroom

bathroom

living room living room etccentral heating

3 2 4

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

Located within Caerleon village with outstanding panoramic views over the River Usk.

Large lounge with superb views, well maintained gardens and parking to front & rear.

A unique opportunity to acquire a spacious 4/5 double bedroomed detached family

home enjoying outstanding panoramic views over the river Usk, towards the Celtic

Manor and Caerleon Bridge. Occupying well maintained gardens and benefiting from

parking to the front and rear, the accommodation includes 2/3 reception rooms including

a large lounge with superb views and wood burner opening to a central dining room,

garage/covered parking

garage/covered parking

GAS

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parking

parking

a kitchen opening to a breakfast room again benefiting from fine views, a utility room,

modern ground floor WC and a contemporary first floor bathroom.

The property lies within Caerleon village, garage/covered parking parking parking parking close to well known local schools and within

easy access of Junctions 24 & 25 of the M4.

bedroom

living room etc

1a Park Drive, Llangattock, Crickhowell

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

Price

£269,950

bedroom bedroom

2

living living room room etc etc

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

bathroom

bathroom

living room living room etccentral heating

1 1 4

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

Situated in the picturesque village of Llangattock is this most impressive detached property.

In brief the accommodation comprises an open plan living area leading to a spacious

kitchen breakfast room on the ground floor with two double bedrooms and bathroom

to the first floor.

This superbly appointed property was built circa 8 years ago and has been finished to

an exacting standard with such features as under floor heating, TV points in all rooms

and automatic skylight.

garage/covered parking

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

with a large patio area and another private seating area. There is also a large driveway

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

including schooling, parks, canal & restaurants with Crickhowell town centre circa one

GAS

parking

parking

The property enjoys magnificent landscaped gardens hosting a range of shrubs and trees

providing parking for 4 vehicles.

Located in the heart of the village the property is conveniently situated near amenities

mile away. Offered with no onward chain.


24 ADVICE

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

tax-free cash tied up in it. What started off as a scheme to enable people in need to release capital or income

from their home has developed into an integral part of financial planning to be used in a variety of ways

including:

• maintaining your standard of living by supplementing income or replacing capital

• consolidating credit cards, loans and other debts

• paying off an interest-only age restricted mortgage

• home improvements and adaptations

• 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

• mitigating inheritance tax

Equity release is highly regulated and there are many safeguards in place to protect those who take out a

plan, however, it is important that advice is sought from a specialist solicitor and financial adviser with the

relevant experience early in the process.

GWYN JAMES

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LEGAL

25

Legal Indemnity Insurance

Legal Indemnity insurance is a specific type of insurance policy used in conveyancing transactions

where there is a legal defect or title problem, e.g. lack of planning permission or building regulation

approval or a lack of a right of way; the list is endless.

Legal Indemnity Insurance is being used more and more in conveyancing as a

way of getting a transaction to the point of completion more quickly than would

be possible if whatever defect is being insured against were resolved.

A legal Indemnity Insurance Policy provides cover against any loss suffered by the

insured as a result of any lawful action taken against them in respect of the defect,

including, for example, any resulting loss of value of the property or any legal costs

incurred in defending an action.

It is important to understand that insurance does not cure the defect, in fact, it

effectively prevents this since any attempt to correct the defect would most likely

invalidate the cover provided by the insurance policy. It is usually a condition of such

a policy that no enquiries or negotiations regarding the defect have taken place with

any third parties.

It is particularly important to bear in mind that, in relation to indemnity insurance

for lack of planning or building regulation consent, the insurance policy will not cover

against bad workmanship.

The cost of indemnity insurance depends on the defect being insured against and

the level of cover. The more valuable the property, the more expensive the policy.

Most policies will remain in force forever, regardless of who owns the property,

but if the policy is not index linked, it may not keep up with the increase in value of

the property and may need to be increased on sale, which would attract an additional

premium.

If you instruct your conveyancer to buy an indemnity insurance policy there are

new rules in force which affect what they must tell you, such as whether they are

contractually bound to use or recommend a specific insurer and whether they receive

any incentive for recommending a particular insurer.

You also need to be provided with objective, relevant information to allow you to

make an informed decision as to whether indemnity insurance is the right option for

you. If you agree to an indemnity insurance policy, then you are accepting that you

will be purchasing a property with a legal defect.

Legal Indemnity Insurance can provide benefits to the house buying and selling

process but should be viewed more as a remedy rather than a cure.

For more information please contact Okells Francis Law:

Telephone – 01989 762009/01594 842242 Email – office@okells-law.co.uk

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renters - to to take advantage of their latest

pot of Government-backed funding.

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

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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

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the funding include cavity wall insulation,

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of circumstances or income.

Paul Simpson, who heads up Evolve’s Energy

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residents to get in touch and find out what

we can do to make your home warmer and

reduce your heating bills. ECO 3 funding

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Acting now will not only bring you the

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most heat is lost (through the roof), the loft

space can be heavily insulated to prevent

heat escaping, ensuring any heat you pay

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Funding can also be used to upgrade

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30 PROPERTY SERVICES

How much value does

a loft conversion add

to a property?

If we cannot build out sideways, perhaps we should try

building upwards? That is the thought process which more

and more British home-owners are going through.

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1) Make a hard-headed assessment of whether a loft conversion is a better option

than other ways of extending your property. If other options, such as ground-floor

extensions, are open to you, weigh up the costs and benefits of the various options. Talk

to a local estate agent on how much value a loft conversion would be likely to add.

2) Check whether you will need planning permission. A good start is to visit the

planning page of your local borough’s website. In some areas, e.g. conservation areas,

you will need planning permission for some kinds of loft conversion.

3) Decide whether you want the simplest possible loft conversion or one

incorporating a dormer window. The latter are significantly more expensive

and may require planning permission. They will certainly add more value to your

property and may be the best option for your family.

4) Remember that loft conversions take away existing space as well as adding new

space. If you have been using an attic for storage you will have to find somewhere

else to put your clutter. You may also have to sacrifice a small bedroom on your

landing to make space for the stairs accessing your new loft conversion.

5) Get quotes from more than one contractor and check out their previous work in

the area. There are plenty of reputable specialist firms but it is important to reassure

yourself that you have chosen the best one.

6) Budget for possible overspend. “You will need a contingency fund of around 10

per cent for any problems that might come to light once work starts,” says Robin

Chatwin, Head of Savillls, South West London.

7) If your loft conversion is going to be used mainly as an extra bedroom, make

sure to install an en-suite bathroom. Nobody wants to clatter down the stairs in the

middle of the night to use the bathroom.

8) Take a realistic view of how long the building works are likely to take. “The good

thing about loft conversions is that the majority of the work can be accessed from the

roof which minimises disruption,” says Lisa Simon, Head of Lettings at Carter Jonas.

But you will still need to allow a minimum of six weeks, probably longer.

9) Make sure that your loft conversion satisfies the relevant fire safety regulations.

Your builders should be up to speed on this important area, as will the planning

authorities, but you will sleep easier at night if you acquaint yourself with the relevant

regulations.

10) Remember to inform your insurers if you have added an extra bedroom to your

property. This is a standard requirement of many house insurance policies. You only

need to look around you to see that loft conversions have become an intrinsic feature

of modern Britain. The best conversions both add financial value and create versatile

living spaces – a true win-win.

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31

The changing motivations

of window buyers

Windows are one of the most important elements of a property affecting the way our homes look, feel and

function. So the decisions we make when the time comes to replace our windows have considerable implications.

The decision process of replacing windows is

not always a simple one. In fact, the factors

motivating home-owners to replace their

windows is changing all the time. Here, we take a

look at the modern approach to window buying,

considering how home-owners’ attitudes are changing.

The old school

Some time ago, the priorities of window buyers

were clear. The top priority of buyers was cosmetics, with home-owners vying to

maximise the kerb appeal of their properties.

The second main concern for window buyers in the past was ease of maintenance.

This is one of the main reasons behind the move towards UPVC frames. Estimates

from the Building Research Establishment (BRE) place the life expectancy of today’s

new UPVC windows at a minimum of 35 years.

The new school

Today, however, the home’s aesthetic looks are more evenly balanced with other

practical considerations.

One factor has risen in prominence faster than any other in recent years, and that’s

the matter of efficiency. With growing concerns about the environment and rising

energy bills, home-owners are keener than ever to reduce their energy usage in the

home. Double and triple-glazed UPVC windows offer

supreme levels of energy efficiency, simultaneously

saving money and the environment.

There is also research to suggest that buyers of

homes are influenced by the inclusion of energy

efficient windows, helping to boost property value and

a deciding factor from one property to another.

As the British Plastic Federation makes clear, UPVC

is actually recyclable – another worthwhile tick in the

box for those who consider the environment to play a large role in their selection of

new windows.

Security is another current top concern when fitting new windows. Particularly

in older homes, windows can be an easy target for thieves, and they don’t always

have to be open to look inviting. Window buyers today are looking to secure new

designs which serve to keep intruders out for good. Information from the Police helps

to highlight the role that locks, as well as double and secondary glazing can play in

keeping your home secure.

Of course, the traditional values we hold towards windows remain important to

all of us. The way our homes look from the outside is important, as is the amount of

work required to keep everything in shape. Today, though, these age-old values are

being joined by new, practical considerations. Fortunately for those on the look-out

for replacements, modern windows are capable of ticking all the boxes.


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BREXIT

Is Brexit stopping you

making that next move?

There is an increase in buyer’s who are fed up with Brexit and want to just get on with it.

According to the report, as sellers continued to market their homes in December,

the supply of available housing increased by a fifth (20 per cent) from 35 in November

to 42. This is the highest level seen for the month of December since 2014.

Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark said: “This month’s findings

prove that despite the current political climate, people still want to move. There

is movement in the market with demand from house hunters up 13 per cent yearon-year,

and the supply of available properties also rising. Although the number of

sales agreed hit a 12-month low, this is something we always see in December, with

Christmas festivities typically taking priority over any plans to buy or sell.

While many are adopting a ‘wait and see’ strategy until there’s further clarity over

what Brexit might mean for the market, there is choice for those who want to buy

now, and there are people on the market looking for new homes.”

As politicians continue to argue and we seem no closer to a resolution,

businesses are making contingency plans and families are stockpiling pet food,

tea bags, some people are attempting to buy and sell homes.

It seems that estate agents are reporting a jump in viewings compared to this time

last year, and the property portal Rightmove said the number of people browsing on

their website in this first fortnight is up 5% from last year, with an average 4.5m visits

a day. A lot of this is probably new year’s resolutions, but there is an increase in buyer’s

who are fed up with Brexit and want to just get on with it.

NAEA Propertymark has released data covering the housing market for December

2018 and revealed that, despite Brexit woes, the supply of properties available to buy

increased to the highest December levels seen for four years.

Successful buying and living together

Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, and love is in the air. But property buyers shouldn’t

allow their hearts to rule their heads when it comes to wise joint purchases and living arrangements,

says Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Search.

First time joint purchases

However compatible you think you are, living with

somebody full time can be challenging. Everyone needs

their own space on occasions, and whatever the budget,

my recommendation would be to try and find even the

smallest space that can be called your own. Man (or

woman) sheds are a great way of creating some extra

space, and dedicating a spare room to one person or the

other, rather than to joint junk, can be a good idea.

If space isn’t at a premium, a room of your own each,

however small, is a huge advantage to happy relations, not just

allowing for solitary time, but also allowing individual’s ‘clutter’ to

accumulate out of sight. One of the main causes of conflict in joint living

scenarios is a lack of tidiness compatibility.

Another solution to this potential problem is to ensure that there’s more

than enough storage for all your joint stuff. Before moving in, a proper assessment

should be made of how much storage is required, add at least 20%, and set about

buying or building cupboards, shelves and wardrobes and drawers. There are

ingenious storage solutions to be found all over the internet and

hundreds of companies who will create customised storage

space, or simply inspire you with great ideas for DIY

versions.

Finally Kon Mari your possessions before you move in

so you’re starting on the right foot!

New couples

Setting up home together in later life, when you

already have a co-living past, is often harder than it is for first

timers, especially for those who find themselves living in a home

previously occupied by a different partner.

If your new partner is widowed, there’s a much greater likelihood

that you will find yourself moving into a home that was previously occupied

by your predecessor, and while it’s important that you make changes to

personalise the house, sensitivity is clearly in order. The most effective method

I can recommend is to suggest a repaint and re-carpet throughout (whether the

house needs it or not!). The joy of this is that pretty much every single item needs


3

What would a no-deal Brexit

mean for the property market?

The official Brexit deadline is roughly eight weeks away. And yet the terms of the UK’s departure

from the EU remain unfixed - an issue that was compounded when a vast majority of MPs

rejected Theresa May’s withdrawal plans.

to rise by nearly 15% from 2019 to 2023, with significant increases expected in the

Midlands and the North West.

While 2018 proved to be a challenging, and sometimes tumultuous time for the

Government, speculation that investors would lose confidence in real estate proved

largely unfounded. According to Halifax’s House Price Index, the average price of UK

houses increased by 1.3% last year – while the rate of growth is slowing, the market

has demonstrated its resilience during a testing period.

Given the proven resilience of UK property, Brexit, in whatever form it may take, is

unlikely to shake investor appetite for bricks and mortar in the long-term. With house

prices set to rise, consistently high demand and the rise of regional property hotspots,

the real estate market looks set to overcome the initial challenges that will be posed by

Brexit.

The current state of political deadlock means that come 29 March 2019, the

prospect of a no-deal – a scenario originally touted as a last resort – is a

growing possibility.

For many years, the UK has been considered a safe haven for property investors,

with demand from both domestic and international buyers driving prices and rental

yields upwards. This, in turn, has fuelled investment into new-build developments

and infrastructure improvements both in London and regional hotspots like Liverpool,

Cardiff and Luton.

Encouragingly, despite Brexit uncertainty, the long-term outlook for the real estate

sector remains positive; according to Savills, house prices in Britain are predicted

to be moved in order to carry out the task, and in the process you can go through a

diplomatic de-cluttering and de-personalising process without appearing callous.

Be careful to distinguish between clutter and emotional-clutter. Be tolerant of

the latter, but try to contain it, and move items that are very personal to the previous

marriage to your partner’s personal space, or at least contain it so it’s not everywhere

you look.

If your new partner is divorced, kid gloves are less necessary. After offering the

ex first refusal on the clutter, build a big bonfire in the garden and encourage your

partner to fuel it with as many old joint possessions as possible!

Singles

It’s so difficult for young singles to get on the housing ladder that there’s an

increasing trend for couples at an early stage in their relationships to buy together.

While it can make good financial sense, there are additional considerations to be

taken on board. It doesn’t sound romantic, but it’s sensible to talk about things that

might not usually be brought up at this stage in a relationship, running all potential

scenarios through in conversation. However strong a relationship is, it’s vital to

consider what would happen in the event of a break up as you won’t be covered by

the matrimonial laws that protect married homeowners. Buying a property together

is a huge commitment to each other and there needs to be a high level of maturity

involved in the decision.

A good solicitor is crucial. I would strongly recommend a specialist conveyancing

solicitor, and to choose one who can guarantee consistent contact with the same

person. In addition to all the usual documents, they should draw up a ‘declaration of

trust’ for both parties to sign that sets out the detail of who has contributed what, and

what happens in the event one or both of you wish to sell.

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