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2 NEWS

Welsh house prices

hit all-time peak

According to released figures from Principality Building Society, house prices in Wales

have reached an average all-time peak of £186,699.

The society revealed that the new peak in Wales

recorded in December is some £2,000 higher than the

previous highest average in September 2018. Price

growth in Q4 of 2018 slowed down to just 0.3%

compared with the previous quarter at 3.6%, however

the number of house sales in 2018 compared to 2017

remain broadly the same at just over 48,000.

Three areas achieved new record average prices in

December 2018 - Monmouthshire (£290,437), Newport

(£199,046) and Caerphilly (£155,672).

Six local authority areas had annual price increases

of 6% or higher. These were Torfaen (8.7%), Caerphilly

(7.5%), Blaenau Gwent (7.2%), Newport (6.5%),

Monmouthshire (6.1%) and the Vale of Glamorgan

(6.0%). With the exception of the Vale, these areas are

all located in the south-east corner of Wales, indicating

that these local authorities are still reaping the benefits

of the removal of the Severn Bridge tolls with an

increase in commuting to Bristol, where the average

house price is £325,000.

Tom Denman, Chief Financial Officer at Principality

Building Society said: “There are a number of possible

reasons why Welsh house prices are at an all-time high

- interest rates are currently close to their historic low,

the number of people in work is near an all-time high

while average weekly earnings have risen above the rate

of inflation. Welsh Government housing schemes have

also helped would-be property owners onto, and up, the

housing ladder.

We know from a recent survey we did that a quarter

of people in Wales admit Brexit is affecting whether they

buy or sell a home. Brexit has undoubtedly affected the

market but so far hasn’t dampened the market in Wales

as much as England, with the number of property sales

estimated to be on a par with last year. Affordability of

homes in the country compared to areas of south-west

England is likely to have helped growth, along with

supply and demand.”

The three local authority areas that have seen

average house prices fall over the last year are

Pembrokeshire (-1.4%), Denbighshire (-1.9%) and

Neath Port Talbot (-2.4%).

As we go to print on Wednesday the 13th March we know Theresa May has lost her Brexit vote

by a crushing margin of 149 - and is now expected to come out against no-deal.

We await another vote later this afternoon on the next steps forward.

Also later today the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, will announce the government Spring Statement.

Little hope for property market

mentions in Spring Statement

With Brexit a mere two weeks after this year’s Spring Statement,

will there be much in it for the property market?

Given what is happening in the background with

Brexit, many believe that housing will be at the

top of Mr Hammond’s priorities. However, there

is an argument from the industry for a number of issues

to be addressed, particularly revisiting stamp duty.

Guy Gittins, Managing Director at Chestertons, says:

“The high rates of stamp duty are encouraging people

to move less, which has resulted in a big reduction in

the number of property transactions. The Treasury is

now suffering as a result of this as revenue from stamp

duty in 2018 was 10% down on the previous year

while transaction numbers were only 5.5% lower. The

Chancellor needs to reduce the stamp duty rates on the

purchase of a main home to help to encourage more

activity in the market.

After Brexit, assuming we do leave the EU, the

country will need to work even harder to encourage

foreign investment. With this in mind, the Chancellor

should also drop the proposed stamp duty surcharge

on the purchase of residential property by nonresidents

which is currently being consulted upon by

the government. This would send a positive message to

foreign investors at a critical time for the UK.”

According to the National Housebuilding Council

(NHBC), new home registrations in London fell by 10% to


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Monmouthshire County Council

purchases Newport Leisure Park

Monmouthshire County Council has purchased the freehold of the Newport Leisure Park

on Spytty Road in Newport for £21m.

The 141,000 sq ft property includes a dominant 13-screen Cineworld cinema,

xercise4less gym, Home Bargains superstore, Energi Adventure park and a

range of restaurants such as McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut and Harvester.

The large 11-acre site includes 705 free car spaces and links through to the

Newport Retail Park and the Tesco Extra on the Eastern side of the city. Large

amounts of new housing are being developed in the surrounding area which is also

close to the potential new route for the planned M4 link road. The Park is in a prime

location in South Wales

The park has seen significant new investment in the past three years as well as

many new tenants so that it is now fully let.

Alder King acted for Monmouthshire, and KLM and Cooke Arkwright acted for

Otium on the transaction.

Paul Matthews, CEO of Monmouthshire County Council, said: “ We are pleased to

have secured a well-let, long income asset that will provide an excellent annual return

for the Council and help us to sustain our wider service delivery portfolio in the years

ahead. Newport Leisure Park serves a large catchment area in South Wales and taps

into the long-term demand for experiential consumer spend and leisure activities.

It is the latest addition to our commercial investment portfolio following our recent

acquisition of Castle-gate Business and Science Park”

Ashley Blake, CEO of Otium Real Estate, said: “We have invested heavily into

Newport Leisure Park since acquiring it in 2015. Five new tenants have joined the

offer, the park has been refurbished and existing tenants have enhanced their fitouts.

We are delighted that Monmouthshire County Council has had the foresight

to acquire this asset and that the South Wales area will continue to benefit from this

long-term, secure investment following our work to regenerate the park. We have

enjoyed the experience of working with Monmouthshire County Council and wish

them well for the future.”

just 16,069 in 2018, while completions were 14% lower.

Guy says: “We think it is time for the public sector

to become more involved as stakeholders in the

development of new homes. One possible avenue could

be to supply land (but retain ownership) in return for a

profit share from the developer.”

Guy says that there are also other areas of concern,

including:

• Empty properties – “In light of the acknowledged

housing shortage, the government needs to do more

with regard to the re-use of both empty commercial

and residential properties.”

• Council Tax – “The council tax system in England

is in desperate need of reviewing as it still based

on 1991 values which bear no resemblance to

current market values.”

• Right-to-Rent checks – “In light of the recent

High Court decision which ruled that the UK was

in breach of human rights legislation, we would

like clarification from the Chancellor as to the

government’s reaction to this ruling on what has

become a hugely onerous imposition for landlords

and their agents.”

• Help-to-Buy – “Help-to-Buy has been extended to

run until April 2023, however after April 2021 it

will only be eligible to first time buyers (FTBs).

The Chancellor should make eligibility only

available to FTBs with immediate effect as the

original primary aim was to help FTBs onto the

housing ladder.”

• Private rented sector – “The government has

acknowledged that we need more housing supply for

both owner occupation and for rent, but less action

has been taken with regard to the rental market.

The private rental sector expanded from 12% of

UK households in 2006 to 18% in 2016 and will

reach 27% by 2026 if the same rate of expansion

continues. The phasing out of tax relief for landlords

has already had a major impact as many landlords

have sold off parts of their portfolio, thus reducing

available properties and pushing up rents for those

properties that do remain on the rental market.

The Chancellor should re-instate the tax allowance on

finance related costs – if not at 100%, then at least at 50%

to encourage landlords to remain within the market.”

Written by Warren Lewis, propertyreporter.co.uk

www.thepropertydrop.co.uk

01600 717255

info@thepropertydrop.co.uk

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PROPERTIES

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Pencarreg House, Usk, Monmouthshire

RRK 01600 772929 www.roscoerogersandknight.co.uk

Price

£1,200,000

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This impressive group of properties is set in the sought after Usk Valley just a short distance from the pretty

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village of Llangibby and busy town of Usk with idyllic links to the major road networks.

The very characteristic, five

bedroomed, period, Farmhouse

is Grade II listed and has been

very sympathetically extended

and tastefully restored. It has an

attractive and practical layout that

provides beautifully proportioned

rooms throughout enjoying a wealth

of original features including a

beautiful inglenook fireplace, a

secondary stone spiral staircase,

exposed stone walls, timber beams,

lintels, roof trusses as well as

attractive boarded floors. It has oil

fired central heating and doubleglazed

wooden windows and is

set in mature landscaped gardens

with a paved sun terrace and its

own driveway as well as a detached

double garage with adjacent large

carport. The farmhouse is currently

being very successfully let out for

group holidays.

Set in 7.5 acres of mainly fenced

pastureland accessed separately

from the looped driveway with the

benefit of a two bedroomed detached

bungalow with an adjacent heated

swimming pool. Set well back is

a newly constructed steel framed

portal barn (25m x 12m) which

could have a variety of uses i.e.

stabling, an indoor ménage, storage,

garaging or workshops.

Dedicated to letting properties since 1990

We offer a professional service tailored to suit landlords individual needs.

For a quality service at sensible prices speak to our letting team.

27 DIXTON CLOSE, MONMOUTH £950pcm

A spacious Four/Five Bedroom detached

bungalow with far reaching views situated

within easy walking distance of Monmouth

town centre. Agency Fees Apply

32 CLAYPATCH ROAD,

MONMOUTH

£625pcm

A two bedroom bungalow situated in Wyesham.

Available April. Agency Fees Apply

17 CATHERINE’S CLOSE

MONMOUTH

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

www.roscoerogersandknight.co.uk

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£750pcm

A mid terrace three bedroom property situated

on the Rockfield development. Available April.

No Pets. Agency Fees Apply

23 ST THOMAS SQUARE,

MONMOUTH

A retail unit available to let on St Thomas

Square Monmouth. Agency Fees Apply

£450 pcm

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WOODSIDE HOUSE, MONMOUTH £1,350,000

THE GABLES, USK VALLEY £940,000

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Located in its own valley facing the Monnow Valley, these two properties

enjoy very high levels of privacy yet are only 3½ miles west of Monmouth.

The 5 bedroom country house is set on three floors with a lower ground floor

annex together with a detached 2 bed contemporary bungalow. There is a

garage complex and a stone barn with planning permission to convert to

a 3 bedroomed holiday let. The grounds total approx. 23 acres of mainly

pastureland with some woodland, an orchard and landscaped mature

gardens set around the properties.

Set in a sought after village location is this individually designed,

6 bedroom, executive home of more than 4700 ft2 including a full sized

snooker room. Taking advantage of its elevated aspect with outstanding

views of the surrounding Usk Valley. Constructed and finished to a high

standard and set in beautiful, professionally landscaped grounds. Self

contained one bedroom annexe.

HAWTHORNS, MONMOUTH £595,000 18 THE GARDENS, MONMOUTH £560,000 WILDFELL COTTAGE, SYMONDS YAT WEST £349,950

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This very elegant and spacious 4 bed period town

house is a flat walk into the centre. Built in 1880 and

very tastefully extended and restored to retain its

many original features. The beautifully landscaped

gardens have sun terraces that enjoy excellent

levels of privacy and attractive views across the

Wye Valley. It is semi-detached with the huge

benefit of off road parking, a garage and a carport

set behind the house off Dixton Close.

With 1900 sq ft, 4 bedrooms and an impressive

multi level layout enjoying light bright spacious

living spaces with an elevated aspect and rural

views across the town which is just a walk away.

It is a low maintenance house with high energy

efficiency and has gardens to front and back, off

street parking and an integral garage.

Viewings are highly recommended.

Set in wooded slopes high above the Wye Valley

with breath-taking views across the river Wye

towards Ross, this very pretty 3 bed stone

cottage has been tastefully restored and

remodelled with a wealth of character. Attractive

terraced gardens with paved sun terraces,

summerhouse, greenhouse, outbuilding

and off road parking.

3 Agincourt Square • Monmouth • NP25 3BT

Call: 01600 772929

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


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The Gardens, Tutshill

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

Price

£699,950

Constructed in 2015 to a very high standard with underfloor heating throughout the

ground floor. The property briefly comprises of reception hall with full height ceiling to

first floor giving access to ground floor wc, living room and kitchen/dining/family room

offering a stunning social space with integral access to double garage.

To the first floor are five bedrooms, the master of which with en-suite and walk-in

wardrobe with bedroom 2 also benefiting from en-suite facilities as well as separate

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2 The Gardens comprises of a well appointed detached family home situated within

this particularly popular residential location.

family bathroom. Outside the property is situated within a generous plot with large

gravel off road parking area and lawned gardens offering a private sunny aspect. Being

situated in Tutshill a number of facilities are close at hand to include local primary and

secondary schools, shops and local butchers 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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Open 7 days per week

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Chepstow Office Tel: 01291 629292

UPPER COOMBE MILL, LLANVAIR DISCOED

• IMMACULATELY PRESENTED CONVERTED MILL

• 6 BEDROOM, MASTER WITH EN-SUITE & DRESSING ROOM

• OPEN PLAN LIVING/DINING/FAMILY ROOM

• SPACIOUS KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM

• SITUATED IN AROUND 4 1/2 ACRES OF GARDENS AND WOODLAND

• E.E.R - C

£850,000

MAPLE LODGE, CRICK

• INDIVIDUALLY DESIGNED DETACHED FAMILY HOME

• FIVE GENEROUS BEDROOMS, THREE WITH EN-SUITE

• KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM

• SPACIOUS LIVING ROOM

• STUDY AND FAMILY ROOM

£725,000

WOODCROFT CLOSE, WOODCROFT

• INDIVIDUALLY DESIGNED DETACHED FAMILY HOME

• FOUR BEDROOMS MASTER WITH EN-SUITE

• LIVING ROOM OPEN PLAN TO DINING ROOM

• FAMILY ROOM AND STUDY

• NO ONWARD CHAIN

£575,000

ST LAWRENCE PARK, CHEPSTOW

• IMMACULATELY PRESENTED DETACHED THREE STOREY

• FIVE BEDROOMS, TWO WITH EN-SUITE FACILITIES

• TWO RECEPTION ROOMS

• FULLY UPDATED KITCHEN/DINING ROOM & UTILITY ROOM

• DETACHED DOUBLE GARAGE AND PARKING

£499,950

ORCHARD RISE, PWLLMEYRIC

• DETACHED SPLIT LEVEL MID CENTURY PROPERTY

• 4/5 BEDROOMS MASTER WITH EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM

• 2/3 RECEPTION ROOMS • MODERN KITCHEN

• TWO BATHROOMS

• GARAGE AND PARKING

£475,000

PARK VIEW, CHEPSTOW

• DECEPTIVELY SPACIOUS FAMILY HOUSE

• 4/5 BEDROOMS

• BATHROOM PLUS SHOWER ROOM

• SPACIOUS LIVING ROOM

• KITCHEN & BREAKFAST AREA LEADING TO CONSERVATORY

£415,000

ST LAWRENCE PARK, CHEPSTOW

• SUPERB SEMI DETACHED PROPERTY

• GENEROUS OPEN PLAN LIVING/DINING/STUDY AREA

• HIGH END KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM INSTALLED 2018

• 3 BEDROOMS MASTER WITH EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM

• NO ONWARD CHAIN

£295,000

GARVEY CLOSE, THORNWELL

• WELL PRESENTED PROPERTY IN CONVENIENT LOCATION

• TWO DOUBLE BEDROOMS

• KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM OPEN TO LIVING ROOM

• GARDENS AND PARKING

• NO ONWARD CHAIN

£174,950

Magor/Undy Area

Tel: 01633 745396

Chepstow Lettings Office

Tel: 01291 624881

ARCHWAY COURT, CHEPSTOW

• 1ST FLOOR 1 BEDROOM FLAT

• LARGE LIVING ROOM

• KITCHEN/DINING AREA

• BEDROOM WITH EN SUITE

• AVAILABLE NOW • EPC RATING E

£525.00 PCM

BEAUFORT PLACE, CHEPSTOW

• MID LINK PROPERTY

• TWO BEDROOMS

• ALLOCATED PARKING

• CLOSE TO TOWN CENTRE

• AVAILABLE 8TH APRIL • EPC RATING D

£650.00 PCM

MOOR STREET, CHEPSTOW

• 2ND FLOOR 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT

• LIVING /DINING ROOM

• SECURE CAR PARK WITH ELECTRIC GATE

• AVAILABLE 29TH APRIL

• EPC RATING D

£600.00 PCM

GROVE COTTAGE, LLANGWM

• REFURBISHED THREE BEDROOM DETACHED COTTAGE

• PRIVATE GARDENS AND GENEROUS DRIVEWAY

• FANTASTIC RURAL LOCATION WITH STUNNING VIEWS

• COMMUTABLE TO BRISTOL WITHIN AROUND 30 MINUTES

• AVAILABLE NOW • EPC RATING D

£850.00 PCM

LAWRENCE CRESCENT, CAERWENT

• SEMI DETACHED 3 BEDROOM PROPERTY

• KITCHEN & 2 RECEPTION ROOMS

• BATHROOM WITH SHOWER

• PARKING AND ENCLOSED REAR GARDEN

• AVAILABLE NOW • EPC RATING D

£900.00 PCM

LARKFIELD PARK, CHEPSTOW

• DETACHED THREE BEDROOM HOME

• SEPARATE LIVING ROOM

• MODERN OPEN PLAN KITCHEN DINING ROOM

• CONSERVATORY TO REAR

• AVAILABLE NOW • EPC RATING D

£995.00 PCM

BEACON HILL BARN, TRELLECH

• THREE BED DETACHED BARN

• OPEN PLAN KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM

• THREE RECEPTION ROOMS

• DOUBLE GARAGE

• AVAILABLE 8TH MAY • EPC RATING D

£1300.00 PCM

CONE CASTLE, WOOLASTON

• DETACHED STONE BUILT HOME

• TWO SEPARATE RECEPTION ROOMS

• THREE SPACIOUS BEDROOMS

• RURAL OUTLOOK

• AVAILABLE NOW • EPC RATING D

£1300.00 PCM

www.thinkmoon.co.uk


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THROUGH THE KEY HOLE

Forest cottage celebrates wood

Sharon Chilcott visits a traditional Forest of Dean cottage where the owners have

put down strong roots and trees and timber have had a strong influence.

The symmetrical, stone built façade

of New House, with its brightlypainted

red door, is comfortingly

welcoming – just like the cosy interior,

where wooden floors, doors and

panelling contribute to its warmth and

traditional styling.

One of the older properties on

Woolaston Common, near Lydney, it was

built in 1876 as two, adjoined, two-up,

two-down houses. Yet today, with the

addition of a 1960s kitchen extension,

it provides such charming, well laid-out

three-bedroom accommodation that

it is hard to imagine it otherwise. You

certainly can’t see the join!

Roger Southee, who has lived at New

House for the past 27 years explains:

“The man who built the house was

initially hoping to get permission for a

pub, but there were already about six

pubs in the village! So, because of the

property market at the time, he decided

to divide it into two houses. If you look

closely you can see where there was

another front door.”

Roger and his wife, Carol, took on

the cottage in 1992, when the now

neat grounds were full of brambles and

thistles and the property itself was in

dire need of ‘TLC’. Already living nearby,

they had decided they needed more

room for their three young boys, so

they arranged a part-exchange with the

owner. She moved to their small, modern

estate house with its small, easily-tended

garden whilst they took on a renovation

project set in an overgrown, 2.15-acre

plot, complete with tumble-down sheds.

It had to be done – the couple had

moved to Woolaston Common nine years

earlier and were so impressed with the

local school and village life that they

weren’t about to move away. And even

now, having put New House back on

the market, they’re intent on finding

somewhere else as close as possible.

Roger says: “It seems once you move

here you never leave! When we came in

1983, we ended up in a chain in which

everyone was moving within the village!”

Whilst the move just up the road to

New House was initially Carol’s idea,

she admits now that she did not realise

how much work they would be taking

on – renewing floors, replacing doors

and windows, repairing the chimneys,

repointing the stonework, installing

radiators and upgrading the kitchen.

And that was just inside. “Outside, there

was no garden, there were no trees,

just brambles right up to the side of the

house and piles of rubbish and thistles

everywhere,” says Roger.


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Within three years or so their hard

work had already made the house much

more “liveable” and since then, Roger

and Carol have continued making

improvements, most recently upgrading

the family bathroom and putting in an

en-suite for the master bedroom. The

result of their hard work and care is a

beautifully presented cottage, full of

character and personal touches and

with a really homely feel. There are

two reception rooms at the front of the

house, each with a feature fireplace;

a large dining room; a fitted kitchen

and utility/boot room and downstairs

cloakroom. Upstairs there are three

double bedrooms, the master with an

en-suite. There is also a contemporary

family bathroom.

Outside, the couple cleared the

brambles, knocked down old sheds

and pig pens, dug up the concrete and

managed to tame the grass to make

lawns. They made a formal garden to

the front of the house and planted the

grounds with specimen trees, including

magnolia and red beech, which are all

now well-established. A lovely garden

to relax in, this is also a productive one

– there’s a kitchen garden to the side of

the house, with raised vegetable beds;

an orchard planted with apple, pear and

other fruit trees and growing up the front

of the house is a thriving grape vine.

It’s also a garden which provided the

all-important space the couple wanted

for their three energetic

sons. They built them

a basketball pitch and

allowed them to take over

an old barn in the garden,

where they spent hours

doing up old cars. Some

of the land is fenced off to

form a paddock, currently

grazed by a neighbour’s

sheep, which has been a

great venue for all sorts

of happy family events –

picnics in the copse, “rip roaring” parties

and times when the local scouts used it

for games.

“This house has made a fantastic

family home,” says Roger, who will find it

hard to tear himself away from the place,

particularly now that, with the help of

his sons, he has built himself a “man cave

cum workshop”. Called The Black Pig,

the purpose-built, full-insulated building

at the end of the garden has water, power

and wifi connected and is warmed by

a wood burning stove. It’s where Roger

retreats to indulge his love of wood,

making beautiful wooden chopping

boards and mirrors from reclaimed

windows.

Some of his “window mirrors” are

displayed in the house and Roger’s

interest in wood and particularly

Canadian white pine is evident

throughout the property. He has even

planted one of the pine trees in the

garden. All is explained by the fact that

he made his career in the timber trade.

It’s why he took such

care to install bespoke

solid wood windows

and when it came to

the kitchen, he sourced

Canadian white pine from

the Ottawa Valley and had

the units specially made

by local bespoke joiner

Tudor Rose Carpentry. The

couple also chose to install

a wooden floor in the

dining room and Roger found reclaimed

wooden doors, which he stripped,

sanded and polished for the reception

rooms. The couple stripped the wooden

doors to the built-in alcove cupboards in

the snug to reveal their original beauty

and they removed layers of old paint to

uncover the original wooden panelling

on the staircase. At the same time, they

also opened up the area under the stairs

to create an ingenious, quirky nook.

In the snug, now Roger’s favourite

room, the couple replaced the ugly tiled

fireplace with a lovely Victorian cast

iron one, over which is displayed one of

Roger’s “window mirrors”. In the living

room, the couple have made a feature

of the working fireplace with a lovely

wooden mantelpiece and tiled surround

which was a reclamation yard find. The

hallway has also had a makeover, with

Roger building a lovely curved arch

to frame the entrance doorway. In the

bedrooms, Carol has made good use of

her skills as a talented needlewoman.

She has made pretty blinds and soft

furnishings and, for one of the guest

bedrooms, a lovely hand worked

patchwork bedcover and an embroidered

map of New House which is displayed

on the wall above the bed.

Everywhere in this homely and wellloved

abode there are personal touches,

features, paintings and ornaments which

hold a story, a treasured memory, a piece

of family history. It will be hard for Roger

and Carol to tear

themselves away,

but they are both

agreed that it’s time

for a new family to

put down roots and

make memories at

New House.

Sharon Chilcott

Get the Look

The smart, new family bathroom was sourced

from Lydney Bathrooms and Kitchens, Lydney

Industrial Estate, Harbour Rd, Lydney

01594 841924 www.lydneybathrooms.co.uk.

Get the Lifestyle

Roger makes wooden window mirrors, in evidence around the house and

also wooden cheese boards and chopping boards under the brand Black Pig

Enterprises which he sells at craft fairs, but mostly gives away as gifts.

New House, The Common, Woolaston, near Lydney is on the market for £675,000 with Ferrino and Partners,

47 High Street, Lydney 01594 811111 www.ferrino.co.uk

Carol used a curtain tieback as an

inspired alternative to a door handle in

one of the reclaimed doors.


Usk Office

17 Bridge St, Usk NP15 1BQ

01291 672827

NANTYDERRY

This elegant manor house with its grand Georgian façade sits within 34

acres of grounds, behind a curved stone wall and is approached by a tree

lined drive. The historic property enjoys panoramic views across to The

Skirrid and Sugar Loaf mountains. A Grade II listing has ensured much of the

Georgian period design remains. In particular the panelling beneath the

shuttered windows, wide internal doors, 12ft high ceilings, deep skirting,

picture rails, decorative coving and exceptional fireplaces.

£3,750,000

PENYCAEMAWR

Located near Usk beneath Wentwood Forest, 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 more recent years the

property has benefitted from the addition of a conservatory/garden room

and conversion of the garage to provide a self contained 1 bedroom annexe.

Offers Over £700,000

LLANTRISANT

Situated in this popular village, this modern 5

bedroom detached family home offers generous

family accommodation over 3 levels. The well

planned accommodation comprises: an entrance

hall with contemporary turned staircase and WC,

Study, good size lounge & large dining room

opening to the garden. A spacious kitchen benefits

from integral appliances and central island provides

a breakfast bar. To the 1st floor 4 double bedrooms

(3 with ensuite shower rooms) and well-appointed

family bathroom.

USK

An exceptionally well presented 3 bedroom semi

detached property situated in this popular level

location off Maryport Street within easy access

of Usk Town. The property has recently benefited

from extensive renovation which has included

rewiring & replumbing along with a new central

heating system, replastering & redecoration. The

accommodation now comprises: an entrance hall,

large lounge leading to a superb modern open plan

kitchen/diner with patio doors to the rear garden. To

the first floor are 3 bedrooms.

USK

A well maintained and presented 4 bedroom family

home situated in this popular development lying on

the fringe of Usk town within easy access of local

schools and the A449. The property has benefitted

from an extension providing a large lounge and

master bedroom with en-suite along with an

attached car-port. The property comprises in brief:

An entrance hall with WC, a spacious lounge,

separate dining room, breakfast room that has a

pleasant outlook over the rear garden and an open

arch leading to the kitchen.

£480,000 £265,000

Guide price £350,000 - £365,000

www.m2ea.co.uk


Abergavenny Office

11 Cross St, Abergavenny NP7 5EH

01873 856388

CAERLEON

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

family home. 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, 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.

£495,000

GWERNESNEY

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

ABERGAVENNY

A spacious semi detached property located in a

quiet residential cul-de-sac just a stones throw

from the town centre, river walks and Linda Vista

Gardens. The accommodation comprises two

double bedrooms with built in wardrobes, a lounge

diner, kitchen and first floor family bathroom with the

property also benefiting from gas central heating

and double glazing throughout. To the rear there is

an enclosed garden with a gated entrance leading to

the rear parking area which provides one allocated

parking space and additional visitor space.

ABERGAVENNY

A spacious two bedroom apartment located within

in a popular retirement complex situated just a

stone’s throw from Abergavenny town centre.

Further accommodation comprises a large lounge

diner, bathroom & kitchen with the apartment also

benefiting from a large storage cupboard & separate

airing cupboard. The development benefits from

having lifts, communal lounge and gardens, a

laundry room with a guest suite available for visitors.

The development also boasts parking for residents

and recently updated intercom entry system.

LLANDOGO, MONMOUTH

A well appointed mid terrace property situated within

this popular rural location in the heart of the Wye

Valley. Accommodation includes a modern kitchen/

breakfast room with integral appliances leading to a

lounge with patio doors to a courtyard garden. To the

first floor are two bedrooms, the master bedroom

having a balcony off enjoying views with a modern

bathroom. There is an open garden to the front of

the property with off road parking. Being offered with

no onward chain, viewing is recommended. There is

a good bus service and road and rail links nearby.

£179,950 £165,000 £135,000

www.m2ea.co.uk


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PROPERTIES

SG Rayner Homes - Independent developers of

modern executive style dwellings in a rural location

The Penallt site comprises of

two modern executively styled

homes of an appealing traditional

character and design.

The new dwellings front onto a

country lane which connects Penallt to

the Monmouth/Chepstow Road (B4293).

Easy access is available by road to the

A40 at Mitchel Troy/Monmouth, which

directs connects to the M4 & M50.

The M48/M4 is also easily accessible at

Chepstow.

Clarence house accommodation is

set out over two floors. The ground floor

accommodation includes a spacious

Clarence House - nearing completion…

kitchen with open plan dining room,

sitting room with bi-fold doors to outside

patio terrace, a Family Room/Study,

along with central staircase situated in a

Reception Hall. This floor also includes

a utility room, separate cloakroom.

Externally there is a double garage with

up and over electric doors and separate

access to the garden area.

The first-floor accommodation

accessed via the central staircase from the

Reception Hall lead to a central landing

providing access to the master bedroom

with dressing room & en-suite shower

room. Three further first floor double

Bedrooms, one with an additional ensuite

Shower Room and a separate family

Bathroom & Shower / wet Room.

All SG Rayner homes are created

using the very best materials, “No two

homes are the same and we source and

use the best materials for our clients”

says Taryn Rayner. “Depending on our

clients’ requirements, timescales and

planning permissions we can deliver

pretty much on anything! As an example

of our quality promise all of our kitchens

are hand crafted on site using high grade

materials. We make sure wiring is in

place for a variety of technological uses,

and think about internal and external

technologies throughout the design

process”.

Penallt has a good range of local

amenities including Babbington

Meadows recreation area, tennis club,

Pelham village hall and popular public

house, The Inn at Penallt.

More information is available on

the village website www.penallt.org.

uk. Further facilities such as a village

shop are situated a short distance away

at Trellech with more comprehensive

facilities and amenities situated at

Monmouth.

NOW AVAILABLE

FOR VIEWING

OPEN DAY

6pm till 9pm

To register interest for the next phase,

or viewings please email

taryn@sgraynerhomes.co.uk

Tuesday 12th February.

Please join us for drinks and canapés at

Beaufort Lodge,

Pentwyn Monmouth Lane,

Penallt,

NP25 4SF

Monmouth,

NP25 4SF

Penallt Village

Monmouthshire

www.sgraynerhomes.com

RSVP: sales@sgraynerhomes.com


PROPERTIES 13

bedroom

living room etc

6 Abergavenny Road, Usk

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

Price

£337,500

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

The internal layout has been opened up to create a lovely light and airy kitchen/family room to the rear.

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

3

bathroom

bathroom

bathroom

central heating

central heating

central heating

2 2 1

Dating back to the 1920’s this exceptional family home has been modernsied to an exacting standard.

A downstairs w.c has been incorporated into the under stairs space in the entrance hall

and a cosy sitting room faces the front. Two double bedrooms can be found on the first

floor both with feature cast iron fireplaces, the original third bedroom is now a study

area with stairs leading to a loft conversion master bedroom. It is worth noting that both

the planning permission and structure is in place to create a large dormer window to

GAS

garage/covered parking

the main bedroom. The superb family bathroom boasts a claw foot freestanding bath,

corner shower cubicle, w.c and pedestal sink. Outside there is a garage and parking to

the front with a well planned large tiered garden to the rear backing onto farmland.

Situated in a elevated position just a short walk from Usk centre, with all its amenities

including local supermarket, shops, doctors, dentist, pubs and eateries.

parking

bedroom

living room etc

Weslyn, Rhonas Road, Clydach, Abergavenny Price

m2 Estate Agents 01873 856388 www.m2ea.co.uk £249,950

bedroom bedroom

bathroom bathroom

3

living living room room etc etc

central central heating heating

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

bathroom

bathroom

living room living room etccentral heating

1 1 1

garage/covered parking

GAS

central heating

garage/covered

central heating

parking

Detached bay fronted property renovated to a high standard and situated two miles from

garage/covered parking

Gilwern village centre with Outstanding views across the Clydach Gorge.

Over the last 10 years most attractive bay fronted property has undergone a complete

refurbishment by the current owner to include all new electrics, plumbing, windows,

& roof as well as refitted kitchen and bathroom.

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. The outside of the property affords a decked seating

parking

parking

parking

area to the fore which is ideal for taking in the views with a level lawn situated to the

side elevation. There is a stone built outbuilding for storage with steps leading up to the

rear garden which has been landscaped and tiered.

The village of Gilwern is located just over 2 miles away hosting a range of amenities

including schooling, shops, pubs, doctors and fish and chip shop. Further amenities are

available in the near by towns of Abergavenny, Crickhowell and Brynmawr.


14

PROPERTIES

bedroom

living room etc

Ivy Cottage, Lower Road, Yorkley

Archer & Co 01291 626262 www.archerandco.com

Price

£215,000

bedroom bedroom

living living room room etc etc

bedroom bedroom

living room living room etccentral heating

garage/covered parking parking

refurbished by the current Vendors to a high standard and offers light and airy accommodation.

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

The accommodation includes open plan living/dining room with exposed stone walling,

fitted kitchen also with exposed stone walling plus two bedrooms and modern family

bathroom.

Being in an elevated position, there are fine views stretching over the Royal Forest of

Dean which offers a myriad of opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. Located on

the edge of the village of Yorkley, a village in West Gloucestershire which includes the

2

bathroom

bathroom

1 1

bathroom

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central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

This charming, very well presented older period two bedroomed semi-detached cottage has been

parking

settlement of Yorkley Slade it also boasts two pubs, a sub post office, shops and local

school.

The town of Lydney is approximately 2.5 garage/covered parking parking parking

miles

parking

distant offering a wider range of facilities

to include restaurants, shops, schools and leisure facilities with Chepstow and the M48

motorway approximately 13 miles for commuting to Bristol, Newport or Cardiff.

bedroom

living room etc

Fir Cottage, The Chase, Woolaston, Glos

Fine & Country 01291 629799 www.fineandcountry.com

Price

£700,000

bedroom bedroom

living living room room etc etc

bedroom bedroom

living room living room etccentral heating

garage/covered parking parking

this charming and unique country cottage has been extended and refurbished to a high standard and stands

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

in grounds of approximately four acres, which include landscaped gardens and formal paddocks.

4

bathroom

bathroom

2 2

bathroom

GAS

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

Located in delightful rural countryside with views over fields and woodland towards the River Severn,

parking

A gated entrance leads onto a sweeping tree lined

driveway culminating in ample parking area and generous

car port. The original cottage dates back to c1900s with

the extension being added in the 1970s.

The property also benefits from CCTV. Situated on the

edge of the village of Woolaston which lies on the north

side of the Severn Estuary, approximately 5 miles from

Chepstow and the M48 motorway. The village is well

placed to serve those who work in the Forest of Dean,

Chepstow, Bristol, Newport and Cardiff.

The accommodation comprises conservatory, utility/boot

room, kitchen/dining room, living room, three bedrooms,

en-suite bathroom and two en-suite cloakrooms, together

with an annexe/teenage retreat with open plan lounge/

kitchen/breakfast room, bedroom and en-suite shower.

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

The vendor advises that the annexe has been run as a

successful holiday let for the past four years, providing

extra income.


usk 01291 672212

chepstow 01291 626262

archerandco.com

3 2 1 D

4 2 2 D

4 2 2 B

4 2 4 C

CHEPSTOW

Beautifully presented 3 bed detached house

Brick paviour parking for several cars plus garage

Easy access to M48 motorway network

ROGIET

Immaculately presented 4 bed detached modern house

Driveway parking plus garage

Close to M4 & M48 motorway for onward commuting

THORNWELL

Very well presented modern detached family home

4 bedrooms plus en-suite to master bedroom

Easy access to M48 for commuting

CHEPSTOW

Substantial individual split level detached house

Elevated position with breath-taking views

No upper chain

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £315,000

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £365,000

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £335,000

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £660,000

5 2 3 C

3 2 2 C

3 2 2 D

3 1 1 D

PWLLMEYRIC, CHEPSTOW

Beautifully presented detached 5 bed house

Easy access to M48 for commuting

Ample driveway parking plus double garage

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £695,000

CHEPSTOW

Very well presented 3 bed detached family home

Ideally located for commuting

Driveway parking plus garage

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £320,000

CALDICOT

Completely refurbished 3 bed dormer bungalow

Very popular location within walking distance of Caldicot

town centre

No onward chain

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £319,950

LYDNEY

Detached 3 bed house of great character & charm

Good sized gardens to front & rear

Approx 20 minutes to M48 for commuting

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £365,000

4 2 1 N/A

3 1 2 D

4 1 3 D

5 3 3 E

MOUNTON, CHEPSTOW

Picturesque Grade II listed 4 bed property

Located within the grounds of Mounton House Park

No onward chain

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £495,000

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

WOOLASTON

Modern detached 4 bed family home

South westerly facing well enclosed landscaped gardens

Driveway parking for 2-3 cars

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £365,000

VINEY HILL

Substantial detached five bed house

Edge of village location

Set in approaching half an acre of gardens

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £550,000

5 3 3 C

4 2 3 F

2 1 1 C

4 2 2 C

LITTLE MILL

Prestigious 5 Bed Family Residence

Flexible Contemporary Accommodation

Two Single Garages

Archer & Co Usk 01291 67 22 12

Offers over £445,000

USK

Spacious 4 Bed Semi Detached Property

3 Reception Rooms, Two Bathrooms

Good Size Gardens

Archer & Co Usk 01291 67 22 12

£475,000

USK

Purpose Built Retirement Flat

Situated on the Second 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

Chepstow USK London

Associated Park Lane office


Chepstow

01291 629799

Usk

01291 672034

Monmouth

01600 775930

Abergavenny

01873 858990

Ross-on-Wye

01989 764132

LLANBADOC, NEAR USK

One of a small and exclusive group of exquisite modern homes, with gated

security entrance. conveniently situated close to Usk. Built for the vendor in

the early 2000's and completed to an exacting specification with high ceilings

and a host of luxury fittings. Perfect for entertaining or a large family there is a

most impressive hall, 3 main reception rooms and huge, quite amazing family

area with lounge, dining, superb kitchen and orangery. Four large bedroom

suites, sitting room/playroom and 3 car garaging with studio/bed over.

Landscaped garden. EPC Rating: E

Fine & Country Chepstow 01291 629799 £1,250,000

LLANISHEN

This exquisite country cottage dates back to c1860 and has been beautifully refurbished

and extended to provide spacious, versatile family accommodation to include a one

bedroomed self-contained annexe (comprising kitchen, living room, bedroom and

shower room). The main property comprises two reception rooms, kitchen/dining room

and utility, cloakroom, six bedrooms and three bathrooms. In an elevated position with

superb views and standing in gardens and grounds of approx 3.5 acres, including an

outdoor heated swimming pool, the cottage is delightfully rural yet easily accessible from

the M48. Ample driveway parking and double garage. EPC Rating: E

Fine & Country Chepstow 01291 629799 Guide price £800,000

Newport

01633 927277

Cardiff

02921 690690

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

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

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

Fine & Country Chepstow 01291 629799 £550,000


Regionally

40 offices

throughout

Wales and the

South West

TRELLECH, MONMOUTH

Impressive 7-bedroom country family house commanding far-reaching views.

Exceptional and versatile accommodation which includes 4 reception rooms

and conservatory. The grounds extend to circa 9.3 acres and include paddock

land and extensive outbuildings. EPC Rating: E

THE NARTH, MONMOUTH

Charming 18th century former forester's cottage which has been carefully and

sympathetically modernised and extended to include a detached double

garage with a separate room above. The cottage is set within its own 3 acres

of paddock, lawn and wild flower meadow which includes a stable block. EPC

Rating: E

Nationally

225 offices across

Great Britain

Internationally

Plus 75

offices globally

Fine & Country Monmouth 01600 775930 £1,150,000

Fine & Country Monmouth 01600 775930 £675,000

5000

professional

associates all

around the world

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

LLANFRECHFA

A superb opportunity to acquire a Equestrian 5 bed particularly well appointed 5 bed detached farm

house set in approximately 14 acres of excellent pasture land in an idyllic rural surrounding with far

reaching rural views from every aspect. This equestrian property has been particularly well

maintained & tastefully appointed & the accommodation we understands dates from circa 1800. The

property has the benefit of 3 receps, a particularly well appointed kitchen, utility room, g/ floor

cloaks/shower & to the 1st floor 5 beds & a spacious family bathroom also with shower. Externally

the property has a steel portal barn which houses 5 Monarch stables including 2 foaling boxes, 1

wash box & a secure tack room. To one side of the barn lies a professionally installed schooling

arena & apart from the approx 14 acres the house stands in well ordered mature gardens. EPC

Rating: E

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

Fine & Country Usk 01291 672034 £875,000


CROSS ASH, ABERGAVENNY

PENALLT, MONMOUTH

The Cedars

• Single storey dwelling with character

• In need of complete renovation/refurbishment

• Potential for a replacement dwelling

(subject to necessary planning consent)

• Beautiful rural private setting and position

• Total plot approximately 1 acre

Guide Price £275,000

DIXTON, MONMOUTH

Whispers

• Edge of village location

• Open plan kitchen and dining room

• Five bedrooms with two en-suites

• Detached double garage and workshop

• Gardens in excess of half an acre

• With a field measuring approximately 1.2 acres

Guide Price £635,000

THE NARTH, MONMOUTH

Dixton Close – Building Plot

• Very accessible to A40 at Dixton Roundabout

• Walking distance of all town facilities and

amenities including both private & state

educational establishments

• Single detached building plot for five

bedroom ‘Eco’ House

• Updated & Improved plans shown

compared with original consent

Guide Price £215,000

MITCHEL TROY, MONMOUTH

SPECIALIST RURAL PROPERTY AGENTS

• Rural Residential • Country Houses •

• Farms & Land • Smallholdings •

• Equestrian Properties •

• Development Sites •

• Leisure & Commercial Property

Please contact us for a free

no-obligation Marketing Appraisal

01600 714140

enquiries@powellsrural.co.uk

Powells

CHARTERED SURVEYORS • LAND & ESTATE AGENTS

Telephone: 01600 714140

Valley View

• Offered with no onward chain

• Excellent position within premium

Wye Valley village

• Renovated to a very high standard

• Close to local countryside walks

• Pretty enclosed garden

Guide Price £334,995

GLEWSTONE, ROSS ON WYE

The Comonin Garage & Bungalow

• Mixed-use residential and commercial site

• Three bedroom bungalow in need of renovation

• Potential for redevelopment subject to planning

• Total plot size approaches half an acre

• Fantastic location close to the A40 Southbound

Guide Price £350,000

School House

• Fantastic open plan kitchen, dining and family room

• Pleasant outlook to the front and the rear

• Total plot approximately 0.3 of an acre

• Ample off road parking

• Planning permission granted for a 2 storey annexe

Guide Price £475,000

www.powellsrural.co.uk


PROPERTIES 19

bedroom

living room etc

13 St Cybi Avenue, Llangybi, Near Usk

Archer & Co 01291 672212 www.archerandco.com

O.I.R.O

£399,950

bedroom bedroom

living living room room etc etc

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

bedroom bedroom

garage/covered parking parking

Llangybi and has been completely refurbished and modernised by the occupying owners to a high standard.

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

4

bathroom

bathroom

living room living room etc etc

bathroom

central heating

central heating

central heating

2 2 2

garage/covered parking

This particularly well presented spacious detached family home is conveniently situated in the popular Village of

A fully automatic free standing Worcester oil fired boiler situated in the garage provides

hot water for both domestic and central heating use and this combined with the UPVC

double glazing enable heating costs to be maintained at a minimum.

The property has the benefit of a double extension to the rear which provides the

extended living space in the kitchen and the master bedroom with en suite to the first

floor. It is the Agent’s opinion that to fully appreciate the many original and unique

features contained within this property an early internal inspection is essential.

Situated at the end of a quiet cul de sac the property has good size gardens to three sides,

the rear garden being tied with large paved patio area and lawns and a side pedestrian

gate enables this space to be a safe environment for both children and pets alike.

Llangybi is placed twixt Caerleon and Usk where excellent road links can be found to

the A449 and the M4 giving access to the larger urban environments of Cardiff, Bristol

and beyond and from the A449 to Monmouth and the Midlands etc.

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parking

bedroom

living room etc

Whispers, Penallt, Monmouth

Powells 01600 714140 www.powellsrural.co.uk

Price

£635,000

5

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

bedroom bedroom

living room living room etc etc

central heating

bedroom bedroom living living room room etc etc

bathroom

central heating garage/covered parking

bathroom

A beautifully presented, spacious and versatile single storey family home with 5 bedrooms.

Situated on the edge of a cul-de-sac, on a corner plot measuring in total approximately garage/covered 1.8 parking acres. parking

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

Bi-fold doors open out on to delightful, well-maintained gardens surrounding the

Whispers is an extended, light, bright and airy five bedroom, detached single storey

family home. It has a beautifully presented modern interior, boasts two en-suite

bedrooms and a spacious, open-plan kitchen and dining room.

bathroom

central heating

2 3 2

property. Whispers also has a field attached to the gardens bringing the total plot to

approximately 1.8 acres.

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PROPERTIES

bedroom

living room etc

Ysgubor House, Trellech, Monmouth

Parrys 01600 713030 www.parrys.com

The fully equipped kitchen/breakfast room has a centre island with country styled

cupboards, marble work surfaces and a range cooker. Adjoining the kitchen via double

doors is the conservatory with a tiled floor and pretty views over the garden. Accessed

via the kitchen is a good sized utility room with space and plumbing for white goods.

The sitting room with a feature fireplace, also accessed via the kitchen, leads to a further

reception room currently used as a games room by the current owners. A substantial

Price

£1,150,000

bedroom bedroom

This beautifully maintained 3 storey country home offers exceptional and versatile accommodation including

garage/covered parking parking

4 reception rooms to the ground floor in addition to a substantial conservatory added by the current owners.

bathroom bathroom

7

living living room room etc etc

central central heating heating

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

bathroom

5 3

bathroom

living room living room etccentral heating

garage/covered parking

dual aspect lounge offers a feature open fireplace and provides access to the impressive

conservatory. A study, cloakroom, boot room and boiler room can also be found on the

ground floor. The entrance hall and stairs lead to 5 bedrooms and the family bathroom

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

on the first floor. The master bedroom and guest bedroom have en suite shower rooms.

The stylish family bathroom has a white suite with a separate walk in shower. Stairs lead

to a further 2 bedrooms on the second floor.

OIL

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

parking

parking

bedroom

living room etc

Mill House, Monmouth

RRK 01600 772929 www.roscoerogersandknight.co.uk

Price

£295,000

This property may well suit business usage for example, Veterinary surgery, Dentists or

even a Doctors because it is so conveniently situated just a short walk from the centre

of town, subject of course to local authority permissions being granted.

We are told that this interesting town house was once owned by the former May Hill

sawmills that used to be on the other side of the Wye Bridge back before the duel

carriageway was constructed, and that the front wing was where the wages were paid.

bedroom bedroom

bathroom bathroom

3

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

garage/covered parking

bathroom

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

parking

central heating

2 1 2

This very characteristic 3/4 bedroomed semi-detached, town house is both spacious and very individual

garage/covered parking parking

and sits on a generously sized plot with extensive garaging and parking.

The house is set mainly on two floors and the layout of the accommodation offers the

potential for being modified. It is in need of some updating which could embellish

a number of attractive original features which include ornamental fireplaces, panelled

wooden doors and picture rails. The attached single storey extension links with the

spacious double garaging and double car port. All mains services are connected

including mains gas for central heating with radiators throughout. No upper chain.

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MITCHEL TROY, MONMOUTH

£490,000

Exceptional natural stone-fronted 6-bedroom executive home over 3 storeys.

4 reception rooms and well-equipped kitchen with separate utility/dining area.

Situated in a popular village enjoying delightful countryside views.

EPC rating C

GARWAY, HEREFORDSHIRE

£415,000

Detached 2-bedroom barn converted to a very high standard in rural location.

Welcoming, spacious accommodation offering open-plan living and dining.

Features include oak flooring, exposed beams and rotating wood-burning stove.

EPC rating C

Are you

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MAMHILAD, PONTYPOOL

£399,950

A delightful semi-detached period cottage in an enviable semi-rural location.

Sympathetically extended and updated. Character features include inglenook

fireplace and bread oven. Meticulous south-easterly garden with splendid views.

EPC rating E

ABERGAVENNY

£325,000

Detached 4/5-bedroom family home on a small development on the edge of town.

At the head of a cul de sac wth lovely views overlooking the park/play area.

Low maintenance rear garden and off road driveway parking.

EPC rating C

21 Nevill Street

Abergavenny

Monmouthshire NP7 5AA

abergavenny@parrys.com

01873 858990

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Monmouth

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combining traditional personal attention with innovative marketing. The Davis & Sons team invites you to consider our

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Putting your house up for sale is a BIG step. Davis & Sons offer a free sales consultation for all potential vendors.

This is an obligation free opportunity for you to use our professional sales staff to understand the market for your property,

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NEWPORT

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Investing in Newport

In 2018 Newport was identified as Britain’s fastest-moving property market.

Rightmove identified the average time to sell a house was 52 days.

According to new data from mortgage finance

specialist, One77 Mortgages, average house price levels

for those buying in Great Britain with a mortgage are

9% higher than cash buyers.

Using data from the Land Registry, the finance

company analysed how much higher or lower the

average mortgage house prices was compared to those funded by a cash purchase.

Scrapping of the Severn Crossing tolls have been a key contributor, where both

individuals, families and investors can purchase large detached home around

Newport in the same price bracket as a small terraced property in Bristol.

The increasing number of new-build homes, easy transport links and the fact Newport

city centre has had a dramatic makeover in recent years are all factors making it a great

place to live and invest. You can achieve great yields from an investor point of view

and also the City now offers everything for a family and also the young professionals.

Although placing 18th in Great Britain, Newport is also home to the highest Welsh

gap in mortgage and cash buyer house prices at 16%.

With interest rates remaining at affordable levels and house prices at not so

affordable levels, it’s no surprise that mortgage sales volumes across the nation are

138% higher than cash sales volumes. However, despite slower market conditions

nationally and the ease of dealing with cash buyers over those with a mortgage, the

average house price for cash buyers is still 9% lower than mortgaged average house

price levels.

Chris Davis of South Wales estate agency

Davis & Son’s had this to say: “Newport is

an excellent Investment and both rent and

prices are bucking national trends. “There’s

never been a better time to invest, with

fantastic investments opportunities all across

the county starting from £47,000 with

apartments giving some of our clients a 10%

return, get in touch to find out more”.

Davis & Sons

Estate Agents

Newport past 12 months

Still on the way up - Price paid and average value increased since 1st March edition

Average price paid

£177,538

Current average value

£185,320

Sales

2,558

Value change

£3,411

1.88%

Property value data/graphs for Newport

Current asking prices in Newport

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

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

Detached £311,385 £218 3.8 £290,322

Semi-detached £179,922 £185 3.1 £175,598

Terraced £133,921 £161 2.9 £132,261

Flats £113,611 £181 1.8 £100,505

Value Trends in Newport

450,000

Average: £249,105

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

Houses £113,575 £134,903 £195,425 £350,162 £531,815

(10) (285) (801) (400) (108)

Flats £111,005 £130,152 £184,986 £45,000 -

(56) (93) (11) (1) -

All £111,395 £133,734 £195,284 £349,401 £531,815

(66) (378) (812) (401) (108)

400,000

Current asking rents in Newport

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: £633 pcm

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

Houses £455 pcm £552 pcm £687 pcm £1,013 pcm £1,287 pcm

(16) (59) (66) (14) (4)

Flats £457 pcm £650 pcm £481 pcm £763 pcm -

(52) (39) (4) (2) -

All £456 pcm £591 pcm £675 pcm £982 pcm £1,287 pcm

(68) (98) (70) (16) (4)

Information from Zoopla at time of print


Sales - Monmouth

No

Onward Chain

Sales - Monmouth

NEW

Sales - Monmouth

NEW

Sales - Monmouth

No

Onward Chain

Kings Fee £170,000

Howells Place £175,000

Ridgeway £219,000

St Mary’s Street £280,000

Peter Alan are pleased to offer this very well presented three

bedroom mid terraced property which has been updated &

improved! Situated in this sought after location which is close to

local shops and road links as well as being close to Monmouth

town centre and schools. GARDEN! DRIVEWAY! NO CHAIN! EPC D

Peter Alan are please to present this stunning one bedroom first

floor luxury apartment with private outdoor decked space for

entertaining and Alfresco dining in a superb building comprising

of four flats set in the heart of the Monmouth town centre. EPC D

Ideal family home boasting Countryside views consisting of three

bedrooms, downstairs cloakroom and conservatory, private rear

garden with mature shrubs and trees and excellent Countryside

walks from the doorstep. No onward chain!!! EPC TBC

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

Sales - Monmouth

No

Onward Chain

Sales - Monmouth

No

Onward Chain

NEW

PRICE

Sales - Monmouth

Sales - Monmouth

NEW

OPEN HOUSE

Kemble Road £320,000

Lansdown Road, Abergavenny £399,950

Duchess Close £360,000

Kymin Lea £145,000

This great family home is located in 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.

Monmouth offers great transport links making it an ideal for those

families that commute. EPC B

This Grade II Listed penthouse apartment within a Victorian building

which was converted into apartments in 2013, is just a short walk from

the town centre and has been extensively refurbished by the present

owners to include well-proportioned accommodation laid out over two

floors and includes a sun roof terrace with 360 degree views. EPC D

This well maintained and presented detached bungalow

with generous gardens and plenty of off road parking. The

accommodation is spread over two floors and is set in a light and

airy atmosphere. Two Reception rooms and a conservatory/sun

room overlooking the private and peaceful garden. EPC E

***OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY 23RD MARCH 10-11AM Please call

to book your viewing slot 01600714355*** Are you looking for

a first time buy or INVESTMENT property that has been FULLY

MODERNISED, located at the end of a quiet CUL DE SAC? Look

no further. EPC C

Sales - Chepstow

Updated

and improved

Sales - Chepstow

Popular

Location

Sales - Chepstow

Extensively

Updated

and Improved

Sales - Chepstow

Potential

Summer House Lane £280,000

Rockfield Crescent £345,000

Rockfield Way £340,00

Parklands £269,500

CALL TO BOOK A VIEWING!** Peter Alan are delighted to offer

for sale this superb modern extended, updated & improved three

bedroom semi-detached home which is situated in this sought after

location on the outskirts of Chepstow. Easy access for commuting!

MUST BE VIEWED! EPC C

Peter Alan are delighted to offer for sale this superb updated &

improved four bedroom detached immaculately presented family

home. Situated in this sought after cul-de-sac location of Rockfield

Crescent. A beautifully presented detached family home in a

secluded position! MUST BE VIEWED! EPC D

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

IN NEED OF MODERNISATION Peter Alan are delighted as sole

agents to present to the market this THREE BEDROOM property

located in the highly sought after village of Mathern. The property

further boasts two reception rooms, front and rear gardens and

boasts countryside views to the rear. EPC E

Sales - Chepstow

New

development

site

Sales - Chepstow

New to

the market

Sales - Chepstow

Bungalow

Sales - Chepstow

Reduced

Price

Little Hervells (POA) Orchard Farm Close £255,000

**PART EXCHANGE CONSIDERED**STAMP DUTY INCENTIVES**

A brand new 4300sqft luxury detached home in its own private

gated grounds. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms,

basement pool, internal lift accessing all floors, detached garage,

Hi-specification finishes. Not to be missed. EPC TBC

Peter Alan are delighted to offer for sale this superb semi-detached

three bedroom family home located in this sought after cul-de-sac

location and set on a larger than average plot. Updated & improved

accommodation with fantastic sized garden, driveway and garage.

MUST BE VIEWED!! EPC D

Mount Pleasant £220,000

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

Western Avenue £200,000

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


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bedroom

living room etc

Coed Cwrt, Penhow

pa black 01291 630876 www.pablack.co.uk

This superb property boasts a double gated entrance to

the driveway which can accommodate several vehicles.

Boasting impressive views over surrounding countryside

to the front.Benefiting from three reception rooms and

a conservatory to the ground floor as well as a stunning

15’0 x 33’9 luxury high end Narduzzo kitchen breakfast

room which is a fantastic feature to the property. There

Price

£1,100,000

bedroom bedroom

4

living living room room etc etc

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

bedroom bedroom

PA Black are delighted to present this truly stunning detached family residence

situated in the highly sought after location of Penhow.

bathroom

bathroom

living room living room etc etc

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

garage/covered parking

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

are four double bedrooms three with luxury Narduzzo property benefits from being sat in approximately 0.75

en-suites with the master bedroom also boasting a

dressing room. There is also a further family bathroom.

The property has been finished to a magnificent standard

even down to the wood work which is all handmade

in Oak by a local carpenter. Beautifully situated in a

truly stunning semi-rural location, this spacious family

bathroom

parking

central heating

3 4 2

of an acre of well-maintained gardens and grounds.

Detached double garage and car ports. Short drive from

the A48 providing easy access to the M4 at junctions

23a and 24. Offers a superb opportunity for horse lovers

also near the entrance to Wentwood forest with miles of

glorious riding.

GAS

parking

bedroom

living room etc

21 Monk Street, Monmouth

pa black 01600 714355 www.pablack.co.uk

Price

£1,100,000

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

living room living room etc etc

garage/covered parking

bathroom

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

parking

parking

central heating

2 2 2

Steeped in over 200 years of history, this period property enjoys a sought-after location

in the inviting town of Monmouth.

garage/covered parking

Significant kerb appeal and an interior that has been stripped back to reveal plenty

of original features - including sash windows, shutters and fireplaces - only add to its

charm. The traditional layout encompasses a farmhouse-style kitchen with a convenient

utility and a stable door with access to the courtyard. A dining room and comfortable

lounge with a fireplace complete the ground floor.

Upstairs, an original wood floor corridor connects four bedrooms, two of which feature

cast iron fireplaces. For bathing, there is a family bathroom with a roll-top tub and a

separate shower room.

Outside, the courtyard provides a quaint space for entertaining. Along the side of the

property is a shared gravel driveway and private garage, on the site of what was once

Old Monmouth Road by which horses and carts would pass onto Dixton Road.

Within strolling distance of some of the best private and state schools in the area, shops,

eateries and leisure facilities, with excellent commuter links close by, the location for

viewers looking for an authentic townhouse is unbeatable.

With sensitive renovation, this property has immense potential as a characterful family

home.

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parking


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Buying a house with Solar Panels?

There are over 1.5 million houses with solar panels in the UK and we are installing them faster than any other

European country. It’s likely that if you are looking to buy a property, sooner or later you will come across one with

solar panels. Therefore there are a number of key issues which should be considered:

When were the panels installed? - this is a key

question because the age of the system will usually

dictate the ‘Feed In Tariff’ payments you can expect to

receive and as the panels and various parts of the system

have a finite life it will also give you an indication

of how long until the panels or parts will need to be

replaced. Early panels were installed in 2011.

Who fitted the panels? - The mortgage companies

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who is on the approved list and have an MSC certificate

to prove work has been done to a required standard.

This can be a problem with early installations as the

register of installers was not in place. Even if you are

not having a mortgage yourself be mindful that when

you come to sell, having a property which cannot be

mortgaged may seriously reduce your market.

What is the Feed in Tariff? - The FIT (the amount

paid by the Government via an energy supplier) has

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and agreements were initially for 25 years. Today’s rate

is considerably lower at 13 pence & agreements much

shorter. The tariff remains with the system i.e. the

property owners cannot take it with them, so any buyer

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now ‘sell back’ their tariff to companies who will make

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Does the Property owner own the solar panels or

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What if you are selling a house with solar panels?

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HOME IMPROVEMENTS

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New windows and doors the key

to adding value to your home?

We are a nation of home improvers. A survey by the insurer Hiscox last

March amply demonstrated this - with 15% of homeowners choosing to

improve rather than move - a fivefold increase on five years before that.

If chosen well, windows and doors won’t only be an excellent first impression of your homes exterior, but they

will play a huge role in adding character and security, which in turn adds value.

Another positive factor for having new double or triple glazing installed, rather other home improvements

is the speed and ease at which it can be achieved. Loft conversions and extensions can be hard work, arduous and

messy.

So whether you’ve just decided to put your home on the market, or just looking to give your home a refresh,

consider carefully your choice and the positive impact on the value of your home.

This Glevum blog will explore how windows and doors effect a house’s value. It will provide you with the

knowledge and insight into the key considerations that you should to think about so that you can make the most

informed decision.

Effects of double and triple glazing

According to housing experts, the installation of double or triple glazing throughout your home, can add as

much as a 10% increase to your home’s value. There is not only this financial gain, as the added levels of security

could even help reduce your insurance premiums.

Glevum’s made to measure windows and doors with double or triple glazing can almost completely eradicate

drafts. The modern products that Glevum install are made to keep cold air out and warm air in.

Double or triple glazing will also increase your energy efficiency status and can make your home more sellable. It

is not unusual to find that new double and triple glazing can be up to 40% more energy efficient than old or failing

products! There are literally hundreds of thousands of homes in the UK

where double glazing was installed to replace old wooden windows 20 or 30 years

ago. The energy efficiency of these bares no comparison with the products of today

and many are starting to fail or deteriorate.

Reducing environmental impact of your home

New double and triple glazing windows and doors can not only decrease the loss

of energy from your home, but they are also an environmentally friendly solution,

reducing by up to 28% the carbon dioxide emissions into the environment. A typical

home with triple glazing could save up to 47 tonnes of CO 2

.

Peace of mind

Upgrading your windows with Glevum windows and doors means they come

backed with a 10 year (insurance backed) guarantee, offering valuable peace of mind

and a guarantee that can be relied upon. A guarantee can also be passed on to the

person buying your home upon payment of a fee to transfer the remaining term of the

guarantee. The quality of the Glevum guarantee and our aftercare service is often a

factor in why existing customers keep on coming back to us.

Stylish and practical - how to make sure of this

As consumers, our number one priority when purchasing new windows and doors

is often the value and savings that they can offer. Don’t underestimate thought the

importance of the look of the finished product, style is always key. Even if you like

bold or striking colours not everybody else might! Make sure you ask yourself this

question.

But you should never have to choose one feature over the other - style and

practicality of your windows and doors can be combined and result in a complete

product. The exterior of your home is not only what is seen by all, but also what is

seen by you every day. You should be proud of your homes exterior as it becomes an

extension of you. You should also have every faith that the windows and doors you

choose are of high quality.

So, in conclusion whether you are looking to sell (and make the property more

readily saleable), increase the value of your home or just improve its security, energy

efficiency and comfort, is it time that you upgraded?


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