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2 HOME IMPROVEMENT

Kitchens have been the top three

rooms to renovate in recent years

Kitchens have been the top three rooms to renovate in recent years. The average spend is now £10,000,

up 11% on last year, according to recent research from the online home renovation and design platform Houzz.

With 57% going for a full renovation and 67% redecorating.

You can find so much inspiration these days on social media, no other room

in the house has had such a makeover in recent times, it used to be a place

to just prepare food hidden at the back of the house, now it’s where we hold

dinner parties and hang out with the family.

Planning

Choosing a new kitchen is one of the most exciting projects when it comes to

renovating the home. It can also be very expensive, stressful and time-consuming.

From picking the right style to finding a designer and agreeing the layout, there’s a

lot to take on board. It is tempting to rush into a showroom and choose your design,

but before you do that it’s vital that you take plenty of time to consider what it is you

really want.

Breaking down the planning into manageable steps will make the process easier.

Look around your existing kitchen and make a list of all the things you like and

dislike about it. This could be anything from how much storage there is – and where

it is - to the types of appliances and colour scheme. This will help you focus on

keeping or improving particular aspects of your kitchen.

Think about whether the actual space works or if it needs opening up or extending.

The most common building work involves knocking down a wall between kitchen

and dining room, so consider creating a more open plan feel if you have the chance.

Lighting

Lightening is really important when it comes to kitchen design. When designing

your lighting scheme, think of the tasks you may undertake in your kitchen.

Whether preparing dinner, working at a kitchen island, intimate or family dinners at

the dining table. You will then begin to see why getting the right lighting in the right

places can really help make the space a success.

Try to get as much natural light as possible. Working out orientation and how

much natural light your room gets will help you to decide where you will need

additional lights. For example, north-facing rooms are likely to be light-starved; eastfacing

rooms will get little light in the afternoons; while south- and west-facing kitchens

are likely to be naturally bright well into the late afternoon. Installing sky lanterns,

big windows or clever use of mirrors, for example, we help illuminate dark areas.

Features that add value

Housing agents Sellhousefast consulted 34 different estate agents, property

professionals and designers from across the UK to find out how homeowners can

maximise on the value of their property when carrying out kitchen improvements/

renovations.

Spacious and modern storage units (72%) were cited as the feature which adds

the most value to a kitchen, closely followed by fitted energy-efficient appliances

(66%) and then, durable and stylish worktops (60%).

The lowest ranking feature to add value to a kitchen is the use of light/soft colour

paint for walls and ceiling (35%).

The majority of experts did agree that homeowners should aim for a combination

of these kitchen features, rather than just striving to have a specific one, for it to

really boost a property’s value.

Heating

Kitchens are increasingly considered as the beating heart of the modern home.

But, despite them being the central hub of our family life, heating our kitchens

can often prove to be problematic and difficult to get right.

With a lot of wall space taken up by units, work surfaces and a variety of different

appliances, finding the perfect heating solution for your kitchen – and choosing

where to put it – can be problematical.

If you are completely renovating your kitchen space – that is, stripping it right

back to the bare bones and brickwork – it’s a great opportunity for you to consider

underfloor heating.

As much as we love radiators, one of the best ways to add warmth and comfort to

any kitchen is with underfloor heating.

If your remodelling your existing kitchen then modern radiators come in all sorts

of shapes, sizes and a variety of colours and materials that will help you to fit them

into tight and tricky spaces often found in kitchens – where every last bit of space is

precious.

If you’re one of the lucky ones that have a little more space in your kitchen,

making a statement with a striking designer radiator could be the way to go


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Bespoke

If you’re after a one-of-a-kind kitchen, then going bespoke is the perfect solution,

designed specifically with you and your space in mind.

Do your research first, so you’ll have a better idea of what you want before

contacting any kitchen companies. Look at magazines, kitchen brochures,

showrooms and online – Pinterest and Instagram are great sources of inspiration, and

you might even want to take snaps of a friend’s kitchen that you love.

Semi-Bespoke

If the idea of starting from a blank sheet is overwhelming, look for a wellestablished

kitchen company that uses existing ranges as the foundation for its

bespoke kitchens. While these ranges are not strictly bespoke, the furniture is still

built to order and tailored to fit your space and lifestyle.

Or mix it up, by using standard kitchen cabinets with bespoke cabinetry using a

local carpenter to fit into awkward-shaped alcoves, with added details such as a wine

rack. Or search on eBay for old cabinets, a mix of old and new can make the kitchen

look more considered.

Shop around for kitchen appliances. Choosing those included in a complete fitted

kitchen quote is rarely the cheapest option.

It is possible to get a new kitchen from firms such as B&Q, Ikea, Magnet, Wren

or Wickes, and local independent retailers can also offer competitive rates.

At the moment the most fashionable approach is updating cabinet fronts, and an

increasing number of brands are specialising in this service. Superfront create new

doors for Ikea kitchen units, also look at Naked Doors, Dream Doors, Plykea and

Husk.

You could always look at buying a second hand kitchen, The Used Kitchen

Company offer ex-retail display schemes, for a fraction of the original cost.

Customise Your Doors

For a cheap and quick kitchen update, consider just replacing the unit doors —

or give your existing doors a fresh coat of paint. There are plenty of companies about

that will just fit new doors for you, another option is to spray paint doors. Shop

around there are companies who specialise in this.

To add high-end touches, invest in stylish door handles. Go for brass knobs or

leather straps to give a design flourish.

Budget Basis

The good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve the kitchen of

your dreams - there are plenty of affordable, quality ranges out there.

Kitchens are predominantly made up of units or cupboards. A kitchen unit is

made up of a ‘carcass’ and a door, or drawer fronts. The carcass is the part you don’t

see when the door is shut, comprising the sides, shelves, back and base panels and so

on.

Some companies sell entire units, fitted with doors or drawer fronts, while others

sell the doors and carcasses separately. Others supply flat-packed kitchens, where you

or your fitter assemble the whole thing and fix it into place.

It is also always worth asking in builders’ merchants and kitchen showrooms

whether they have any ex-display kitchens available. Even if they don’t at the time,

you can often leave your details for when they do.

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PROPERTIES

Angel Court: something very special is being

created right in the centre of town

This very exciting and select development is well underway and offering a much sought after

combination of large rooms, open spaces and high ceilings.

The former Angel Hotel is located at the end of Church

Street overlooking St Mary church. It was an important

coaching Inn and it now has a very important new lease

of life because it is being converted into two very large

two bedroomed apartments each with balconies set

Angel Court, Church Street, Monmouth

RRK 01600 772929 www.roscoerogersandknight.co.uk

CHURCH VIEW

(Second Floor Penthouse Apartment) £385,000

THE WHITECROSS

(First floor apartment) £315,000

The apartments are being sold on a 999 year lease to protect the well-being and common

interests of all the owners because they share communal areas. A management company

will be set up which is non-profit making and owned and controlled by all the owners

within the development. Annual management charges will apply to cover insurance for

communal areas, cleaning and lighting.

The first of the three properties to be released is:

GLENDOWER HOUSE

Facing the spacious inner courtyard this attractive two storey home has an inverted

layout and on the ground floor there are two spacious double bedrooms, one en-suite,

a family bathroom, utility room and study with access into a private courtyard. On the

first floor the “L” shaped layout has a lounge with Balcony with a Kitchen/Dining area

on the other side of the central staircase. An air source pump will provide full underfloor

heating and domestic hot water. The asking price is £350,000 Freehold.

around an inner courtyard and a spacious two storey

town house. Each property has a private parking space at

the top of the Glendower Street car park just 30 metres

away and there is also a pedestrian entrance off St Mary

Street. Thermal and sound insulation factors are high

Price

£350,000

bedroom bedroom

bathroom bathroom

TERNATA DRIVE, MONMOUTH

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bathroom

bathroom

2 2

bathroom

living room living room etccentral heating

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garage/covered parking

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garage/covered parking

Dedicated to letting properties since 1990

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

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

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

£850 pcm

A three bedroom property situated on the

new development of Kingswood Gate in

Monmouth. Available October.

Agency Fees Apply

and buyers will have the opportunity to choose kitchens

bedroom

living room etc

with a provision sum of £10,000, Bath/Shower rooms

£5,000 and floor finishes £50 per square metre and

colour schemes within the asking price but subject to an

exchange of contract. All mains services are connected.

MAYHILL COTTAGES ,

MONMOUTH

AIR SOURCE

parking

parking

A two bedroom semi detached property

situated in Wyesham, a short walk into

Monmouth Town. Available October.

Agency Fees Apply

parking

£595 pcm

HOOK CLOSE, MONMOUTH

£900 pcm

ST JAMES SQUARE, MONMOUTH

£975 pcm

A three bedroom detached house situated in

a sought after area in Osbaston, Monmouth.

Available October. Agency Fees Apply

A three bedroom three storey end terrace

house with garage situated in a sought after

location of Monmouth over looking St

James Square. Agency Fees Apply

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

www.roscoerogersandknight.co.uk


LONG MEADOW BARN, PHOCLE

GREEN, ROSS ON WYE £865,000

CLARENCE HOUSE, PENALLT

MONMOUTH £765,000

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This outstanding and very spacious bright and airy 5 bed barn conversion is

set within a country estate of impressive former farm properties and buildings

in an idyllic rural location just 3 miles from Ross and the major road networks.

Automated wrought iron gates open onto extensive courtyard and detached

garage and workshop complex. The grounds totalling approx. 8.4 acres

consist of landscaped lawned gardens, sun terraces and two fenced

paddocks partitioned by large Oak trees with stabling and field

shelter/car port.

This brand new, detached, 5-bedroom, high quality, executive home has

attractive countryside views located within the sought-after village of Penallt

just a short drive from Monmouth & easy reach of Chepstow, the major road

networks and the Wye Valley. Built and finished to a very high specification

with high thermal values & top quality fixtures and fittings throughout.

Landscaped gardens, paved drive and double garage.

WHITECLIFF VILLA, COLEFORD £435,000

WELL FARM, GROSMONT

ABERGAVENNY

£499,000 THE OLD POST OFFICE, PENRHOS, RAGLAN £249,500

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This detached 4 bed country house enjoys a rural

outlook close to the village of Newland & the

renowned outdoor pursuits in the Forest of Dean.

Set on 3 floors with a wealth of original features, it

has been upgraded but has huge potential for

further changes to be made. An extensive gated

courtyard provides car-parking & accesses a triple

garage, a double carport & an additional detached

storage building. Enclosed level lawned gardens

with woodland set behind all totalling 0.6 of an acre.

A very attractive, 5-bed, South facing period

farm house. Sensitively updated to retain a

wealth of features, providing well-proportioned

family accommodation. Attractive cottage

garden & private parking. Situated in the heart

of this picturesque village, sought after for its

thriving, vibrant community. PV panels

generating income from electricity production.

This very nicely presented semi-detached

2-bed cottage enjoys a rural location on the

outskirts of Raglan. Dating back to 1860s, it has

been upgraded and modernised sympathetically

to incorporate its original features. The mature

grounds and gardens benefit from outstanding

far reaching views across open countryside

and benefit of a substantial summer house,

private driveway and single garage.

3 Agincourt Square • Monmouth • NP25 3BT

Call: 01600 772929

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


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PROPERTIES

Five Star Luxury

Retirement Lodges

for residents over 45 years old

Swallow Lakes is a family-owned development set amongst the outstanding

Gloucestershire countryside with excellent views all year round. The park is

open 12 months a year so lodge-owners can enjoy a relaxing countryside during

any preferred season. There are a wide range of luxury lodges for sale in a variety of

models as well as the option of choosing a desired plot to order a personalised, ideal

bespoke lodge. The park is situated between Gloucester and Ross-on-Wye in the

quaint village of Longhope with local amenities including a library, post office and

local shops as well as a good collection of village pubs.

The parks offer brand new, full furnished luxury lodges which are available to buy

from as little as £120,000. All lodges are licensed for use 365 days per year.

Swallow Lakes is a gated community for residents over 45 years only and has

patrolling wardens Mike and Mandy Smith on call 24 hours a day to help and assist.

Our Lodges

We offer a wide range of lodges for sale and offer the option of choosing your

desired plot to order the lodge of your dreams.

Alternatively we have luxury lodges arriving every month showcasing the latest

designs, which are ready for immediate occupancy so you can start enjoying a new

lifestyle at Swallow Lakes.

• All lodges are brand new & fully furnished with 10 years warranty

• 2 & 3 bedroom lodges available

• Made to your own specification if required

• The park is maintained to our very high standards & fully serviced.

Live In Luxury

Brand new bespoke designs, fully furnished with fully functioning kitchen and

bathroom suites.

Secure and Safe Development

Private and secure access to the development for your own peace of mind.

Beautiful Countryside views

Take in the amazing views of the Gloucestershire Countryside as well as relaxing

by the peaceful lake.

Nearby there are excellent transport links to major roads and the M5 and M50

motorways, with rail links to London only a few miles away. The park is situated next

to the Dick Whittington Park which is a great place to visit with children with the

park featuring a massive play barn, climbing wall and ice cream parlour.

The historical city of Gloucester is just over a 20-minute drive from the park and

is a great place to explore. The rich heritage of the city can be discovered by visiting

the many interesting museums or

participating in a walking tour. The

docks are a popular free destination

where visitors can enjoy interesting

views and a range of modern facilities

while wandering around a remarkably

complete example of a Victorian

port. If you are ready to settle down,

relax and enjoy the easy life…

Gloucestershire really is the destination

for you and your park home.

Swallow Lakes, Longhope

Little London

Longhope

Gloucestershire

GL17 0PH

Tel: 01452 223 811 / 01242 500 900

Email: info@swallowlakes.co.uk

Web: swallowlakes.co.uk


Lodges from

£34,900

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all set within the heart of Gloucestershire countryside.

We have a choice of 3 developments all featuring a choice of beautiful homes. Court

Farm Estates offer luxury park homes for the over 50’s and is the ideal location for

owning your very own ‘home from home’ away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

All our developments have great transport links and are close to all the facilities you

might need.

£10,000 off a showhome until 1st October

Swallow Lakes

Aston Court

Norton Park Lodges

Farm Park, Swallow Lakes, Little London

Nr Longhope Gloucestershire GL17 0PH

www.swallowlakes.co.uk

Aston Court Park, Aston-on-Carrant,

Tewkesbury GL20 8HL

Tel: 01242 500 900

Email: info@astoncourtparkhomes.co.uk

www.astoncourtparkhomes.co.uk

Norton Park, Tewkesbury Road,

Norton, Gloucester GL2 9LH

www.nortonparklodges.com

Call: 01452 223 811


8 THROUGH THE KEY HOLE

Palace and its

crowning glory

Sharon Chilcott takes a peek behind the scenes at Grade 1 listed Mathern Palace near the Severn Estuary.

Ancient Mathern Palace may have had a

chequered history but it’s now a charming

country home set in around seven acres of

delightful gardens and grounds, originally laid out by

wealthy Edwardian writer and garden designer Henry

Avray Tipping.

Tipping, the Architectural Editor of Country Life,

can be credited with rescuing the medieval gem from

near-ruin in 1894. At the time, he described how lead

had been stripped from roofs, interior woodwork and

fittings had been destroyed or removed, the chapel

had been converted into a dairy and the kitchen into

a stable. He completed a thorough transformation,

restoring, remodelling and enlarging the main house

and laying out the Arts and Crafts-style garden which

incorporates the romantic ruins of some of the buildings

and the remains of medieval fishponds, converted into

ornamental ponds. “We have a lot to thank him for,”

says its present-day owner, Helen Carter.

This unique Grade 1 listed residence cast its spell

over Helen and her husband Philip back in 2014, when

they made it their home and set about turning it into a

bespoke wedding venue, moving to Mathern with their

daughters Amy and Leah from a farm in Bedfordshire.

For more than half a century before this, Mathern

Palace had been used as a corporate guest house, first

by the owners of Llanwern steelworks, then passing

into the hands of British Steel and the Corus Group, a

subsidiary of Tata Steel. During that time, it had been

well maintained and in about 2011 had undergone

a major refurbishment programme. However, the

look and feel “needed softening”, says Helen and the

commercial kitchen was one of the first things that just

had to go. Now the stunning space, a former chapel, has

been transformed into a contemporary family kitchen

with granite-topped units, a three-oven electric Aga set

under the stone mullion windows at one end and a 17-

foot central island framed by an original stone archway.

Meanwhile, the gardens, in Edwardian times the

palace’s crowning glory, were in a sorry state. “When we

got here the garden was really overgrown and we had

to make a bit of an attack on it,” says Philip. Sharing

the work between them, the couple decided to try and

return it to how it looked in Tipping’s day, referring to

pictures from the time and talking to one of the former

gardeners to gain more of an insight into what it had

formerly looked like.

Now they can proudly survey the results of their

endeavours from the garden gazebo, one of their

favourite spots and one of the additions Tipping made

to the property. The first floor room, with oak mullioned

windows along three sides is now licensed for weddings

and is a popular choice. It gives views over the carefullytended

lawns and flower beds, topiary yew hedging

and sunken rose garden and, now that Helen and Philip

have tamed the trees and bushes, it also offers glimpses

of the Severn estuary.


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Another room which the couple gravitate to,

especially in summer, is the cosy snug, which also gives

lovely views out to the gardens. This charming and

homely room, dominated by a decorative Eighteenth

Century Robert Adam-style fireplace is also licensed for

weddings. Double doors open to a stunning library, with

fitted shelves stacked with books, a central, round table

and a window to the side of the house. The room has

a lovely ambience and makes a great work and study

space, says Helen.

In winter, it’s a larger reception room which finds

favour – the parlour with its imposing Tudor-style stone

fireplace. Another attractive room, says Philip, is the

former billiard room in the west wing, often used by

Mouseman table ever made. This room, too, is licensed

for weddings, along with the reception hall at the

bottom of the main tower, an atmospheric room with

flagstone floors, a curved ceiling and French doors

opening to the gardens. A stone spiral staircase in the

tower leads up to a first floor guest suite and, on the

second floor, a bedroom with an en-suite and another

with a bathroom opposite. When the Carter family

moved into the palace, their daughters chose a floor

of the tower each. The palace also has a large master

bedroom suite with its own sitting room and two further

generously sized en-suite bedrooms.

It’s in the square, stone-built tower with its arrow

slit windows that the palace’s ancient character and

heritage is most apparent. “The base of the tower is 52

inches thick and it gets narrower as you go up,” says

Philip, remarking on how it has withstood the test of

time, including the 1607 Monmouthshire tsunami

which wrought havoc across the area and flooded the

neighbouring church, coming eight feet up the walls.

The tower, parts of which date back to the 14th

Century, is the oldest vestige of the original palace,

which was established on land next to the parish church

of St. Tewdric and owned and used by the Bishops of

Llandaff. When the palace was first built is unclear but,

says Helen: “There is mention in the paperwork of a

refit of a cooker hood in 1333 and it is probably the

same age as the church, which dates from the 1100s.”

Through the centuries the residence was rebuilt and

added to by a succession of bishops until it fell out

of favour in the 1700s and was subsequently let for

farming, which is when it deteriorated into a state of

neglect. Later, after Tipping’s tenure, it was used to

house WW1 Belgian refugees, then turned back into

a family home before being sold on to steel makers R.

Thomas and Baldwins Ltd.

The palace is approached through the remains of an

early 15th century gateway, on either side of which is a

cottage designed by Tipping and named Tom’s Cottage

and Ben’s Cottage, after historic gardeners. In the

grounds there is also a four-bedroom cottage called The

Gatehouse and there are stores, garaging and stabling.

wedding guests as informal reception room but also

licensed for wedding ceremonies. Like the whole of the

west wing it was renovated by Tipping, who used it as

a drawing room for his elderly mother. The remainder

of the west wing comprises a half-panelled hallway, two

ground floor bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and

two first floor bedroom suites with a corridor leading to

the garden gazebo.

Possibly the most impressive of all the main rooms

in this large country residence is the banqueting hall

with its high, wood-panelled ceiling, leaded stone

mullion windows and period marble fireplace. It hosts

an enormous solid oak refectory table, specially made

for the room and which Philip says is the longest

Get the Lifestyle

Helen and Philip are preparing for their next

historic renovation and bespoke wedding project

and so they have put Mathern Palace,

Chepstow, Monmouthshire on

the market for £3million

with Moon and Co,

10 Bank Street,

Chepstow,

Monmouthshire

01291 629292

www.thinkmoon.co.uk

Photos:

Virtual360Photography.co.uk

Sharon Chilcott


Usk Office

17 Bridge St, Usk NP15 1BQ

01291 672827

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PONTHIR

NEW INN

• Double garage

• Utility room

• Panoramic views

• 4 Double bedrooms

• 5 Double bedrooms

• South facing garden

• 2.8 Acres

• 2 Ensuites & family bathroom

• 2 Bath/shower rooms

• Period features

• Over 3000 sq ft

• 4 Receptions

• 2 Receptions

• Vaulted kitchen/breakfast room

• Ideally located for Ponthir School

• 3 storey accommodation

• Direct access to the M4, Bristol &

Cardiff

• Large entrance hall

• Triple aspect kitchen/breakfast

room

• Utility room & cloakroom

Guide Price £450,000 - £475,000

£750,000

MONKSWOOD

• Sitting room/dining room opening large

kitchen breakfast room

• 3 Bedrooms

• Dressing room & ensuite shower room to

master bedroom

• Family bathroom

• Driveway providing extensive parking

• Large rear garden with rural outlook

USK

• Complete modernisation required

• 3 Bedrooms

• Kitchen/breakfast room

• Courtyard

• No chain

• Grade II listed

PONTNEWYNYDD

• Requiring some updating

• Kitchen/breakfast room

• 3 Bedrooms

• 1st floor shower room

• Large rear garden with hardstanding

• No chain

£295,000 £225,000 £119,950

www.m2ea.co.uk


Abergavenny Office

11 Cross St, Abergavenny NP7 5EH

01873 856388

LLANVAPLEY

• Situated in the picturesque village

of Llanvapley

• Approx in the region of 4.5 acres

• Well presented stone fronted

cottage

• Attached original three story

former mill

£650,000

• Main house has three bedrooms

• Driveway provides extensive

parking

• A four bay garage

• Well kept mature gardens with

bordering brook and field

• Large vegetable garden

• Conservatory

GOVILON

• Situated in the village of Govilon

• Former commercial premises with

change of use granted

• Well-presented stone fronted

ex village pub

• Residential accommodation

comprising of three bedrooms

and a master en-suite

£395,000

• Large rear garden

• Ample space for further

conversion to residential

accommodation

• Utility & Boiler room

• Mountain views

• Modern kitchen and formal dining

room

• Close to Abergavenny and

Crickhowell

ABERGAVENNY

• Detached Bungalow

• 4 Bedrooms with Master En Suite

• 2 Shower Rooms

• Open Plan Family Room

• Parking For Several Vehicles

• Walking Distance Of Nevill Hall Hospital

GOYTRE

• Detached Bungalow

• 3 Bedrooms

• Bathroom & Separate Cloakroom

• Garage & Driveway

• Generous Gardens To Rear

• Cul - De - Sac Location

GOVILON

• Detached family home requiring some

updating.

• Large lounge with bay window

• Dining room opening to Conservatory

• 4 Bedrooms

• Occupying a corner plot with Driveway &

Garage

• No Chain

£360,000 £285,000

£299,950

www.m2ea.co.uk


12 RETIREMENT LIVING

Welcome to Brockington House, Hereford,

the latest addition to Dormy Care Communities

Officially opened on the 5th August, Brockington House is a new state of the art luxury care home with

all the facilities of a five-star hotel. This new nursing home offers 24-hour care and support as well as dedicated

dementia care – giving peace of mind to all that this really is a home for life.

The 70 ensuite rooms are all

furnished to a high standard,

including tv, personal phone line

and falls monitoring nurse call system.

Many of the rooms have patio doors

opening on to beautifully landscaped

grounds that are safe and enclosed.

Upstairs offers fabulous views of the

Malvern Hills, Hereford Cathedral and

beyond. The home also offers companion

suites designed for couples to stay together,

with a separate lounge and bedroom.

From the moment you walk in, a

warm welcome awaits. A coffee lounge

offering complimentary refreshments

including delicious home-made cakes,

a fully stocked all-inclusive bar, beauty

salon for hair and nails and a little shop

for those extra essentials are all on offer.

A wide choice of beautifully furnished

lounges and choice of dining rooms are

spread throughout the home as well

as several quiet lounges and a library.

Upstairs a gym designed for older

people with a visiting personal trainer is

included in the weekly cost.

The home offers a range of daily

activities, seven days a week, to include

trips out in our own transport, visiting

entertainers and various group sessions

and clubs - you really can be as busy as

you wish!

Fine dining is at the heart of

our home and using locally sourced

produce the chefs will create fine dining

menus that suit all tastes and dietary

requirements. For those who prefer

lighter bites then a separate snack menu

is offered daily.

To find out more drop in to the

home in Hafod Road or contact us -

enquiries@dormycare.co.uk,

01432 623308.

Dormy Care Communities operate

three other homes, Foxhunters in

Abergavenny, Bramshott Grange in

Liphook and Pine Martin Grange,

Wareham. www.dormycare.co.uk

Opening in

Hereford

August 2019

Couple Suites

Available

24 hour

nursing care

A home from home environment with round

the clock care for those who need it.

Brockington House offers an all inclusive

package for peace of mind.

To arrange a visit or find out more:

Please call us on: 01432 623307 or visit: www.dormycare.co.uk

alternatively you can email us on: enquiries@dormycare.co.uk


PROPERTIES 13

bedroom

living room etc

3 Nantyderry Cottages, Nantyderry, Abergavenny Price

m2 Estate Agents 01873 856388 www.m2ea.co.uk £230,000

bedroom bedroom

bathroom bathroom

2

living living room room etc etc

central central heating heating

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

bathroom

2 1

bathroom

living room living room etccentral heating

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

An attractive Grade II Listed mid terraced cottage offering well-presented accommodation

retaining features which contribute to its character.

The property is located in a popular hamlet between Abergavenny and Usk in the Lower

Usk Valley and is within 1 minute walk of the village pub/restaurant. Accommodation

briefly comprises to the ground floor: Sitting room with lovely original brick fireplace

housing a multi fuel stove, stairs to first floor. Dining room, kitchen with fitted base and

wall cupboards, Butler style sink, space and plumbing for washing machine, dishwasher,

cooker with extractor hood over and fridge freezer. Quarry tiled floor and stable style

garage/covered parking

garage/covered parking

parking

parking

parking

door to outside. The bathroom has a bath with electric shower over, shower screen, low

level W.C., pedestal wash hand basin and chrome heated towel rail. On the first floor

there are two bedrooms both with built in wardrobes. To the rear of the property the

garden is mainly laid to lawn with a gravelled seating area that has well stocked flower

beds. This property also comes with a shed which provides plenty of useful storage

space. Being offered with no onward chain, viewing is recommended.

GAS

22 Maryport Street, Usk

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

Price

£279,950

bedroom bedroom

2

living living room room etc etc

bedroom bedroom

1 1

bathroom

bathroom

living room living room etc etc

central heating

central heating

Well presented Grade 2 listed cottage with many character features in a sought after location within Usk town.

Located on this poplar treelined and cobblestoned street

within Usk town, this grade 2 listed mid terrace cottage

lies in a level location within a short distance of Twyn

Square & local amenities. The property benefits from

many characters features including Sash style windows to

the front elevation, latch-gate doors, inglenook fireplaces

and cottage style courtyard garden.

The accommodation comprises: to the ground floor: a

spacious lounge with part exposed stone wall, inglenook

fire place, turned staircase and exposed ceiling beams.

A kitchen/breakfast-room with integrated oven & hob

opening to the rear garden lobby leading to the modern

bathroom with period style tiling. To the first floor: a

landing with exposed stone wall and timbers, original

garage/covered parking

doors leading to 2 double bedrooms, the master having

brick shed. garage/covered The parking property parking parking parking benefits from gas fired central

parking

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

an original exposed stone fireplace. Outside: to the rear,

a private easily maintained flagstone and brick courtyard

garden enclosed by walling with raised bed and lean to

heating via a combination boiler and is offered for sale

with no chain.

GAS


OPENING HOURS

Monday - Friday 9-5

Saturday 9.30-12.30

Call for Sunday hours

Tel: 01600 719605

01600 714415

Mob: 07515 155546

Wyeside

Commercial Centre

Hadnock Road

Monmouth NP25 3QG

The Yard

Architectural - Antiques - Collectables - Salvage

Would you like your own retail

space for your items in a

busy and unique

environment?

Affordable rents, friendly

and fun team of

other antique enthusiasts.

Call us for more information

on renting a bay

at The Yard

Weekly changing stock - treasures galore

MOVING? DOWNSIZING?

Do you have some interesting items that

you wish us to sell?

We are always looking for quality stock.

For a free no obligation visit at your home or

business please contact Brenden on 07515 155546

or email recyc@live.co.uk

Country pine

furniture

Antique and

period furniture

One off statement

pieces for your

home or business

Reclaimed

salvaged items

Garden ornaments

and furniture

Flagstones & tiles

Troughs & Planters

Lighting

Doors & mirrors

Fixtures and

fittings


PROPERTY PHOTOGRAPHY

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PROPERTIES

bedroom

living room etc

3 The Orchard, Staunton, Coleford, Glos

Powells 01600 714140 www.powellsrural.co.uk

3 The Orchard is a standout modern family of just 3

similar properties at the rear of an exclusive cul-de-sac

in the village of Staunton. It has an open-plan kitchen/

diner, an exceptionally generous master bedroom, three

further double bedrooms and four bathrooms.

Price

£450,000

bedroom bedroom

Immaculately presented and light and airy throughout,

living living room room etc etc

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

the carefully chosen décor gives the property a calm and

tranquil feel inside and out. This property would suit

those looking for a modern family home with superior

finishing touches.

4

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

bathroom

living room living room etc etc

bathroom

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

garage/covered parking

parking

central heating

2 4 2

Attractive, high specification modern family home in the centre of a highly desirable village.

Eco friendly air source heat pump and underfloor heating

garage/covered parking parking

to the ground floor and bathrooms. Double garage with

internal door into the entrance hall and off-road parking

Located at the rear of a small cul-de-sac that has just

three other similar properties.

AIR SOURCE

parking

House Price Data - Forest Of Dean

Average price paid

£233,086

Current average value

£241,706

Sales

1,174

Value change

£-8,562

-3.42%

Property value data/graphs for Forest Of Dean

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

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

Detached £305,746 £238 3.6 £311,352

Semi-detached £177,390 £214 2.9 £191,132

Terraced £147,830 £216 2.6 £174,286

Flats £105,659 £183 1.7 £101,023

Value Trends in Forest Of Dean

450,000

Current asking prices in Forest Of Dean

Average: £321,664

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

Houses £100,500 £179,934 £277,304 £397,241 £493,243

(5) (108) (213) (159) (30

Flats £96,921 £101,986 £322,500 - -

(7) (4) (2) - -

All £98,412 £177,150 £277,724 £397,241 £493,243

(12) (112) (215) (159) (30)

400,000

Current asking rents in Forest Of Dean

350,000

300,000

250,000

200,000

150,000

100,000

50,000

2015

2016 2017 2018 2019

Detached Semi-detached Terraced Flats

Average: £1,233 pcm

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

Houses £1,075 pcm £731 pcm £914 pcm £1,049 pcm -

(2) (8) (7) (1) -

Flats £441 pcm £477 pcm -

(5) (1) - - -

All £622 pcm £703 pcm £914 pcm £1,049 pcm

(7) (9) (7) (1) -

Information from Zoopla at time of print


LLANDOGO, MONMOUTH

RAGLAN, USK

2.8

acres

2

acres

Bigsnap

• Family home in a rural woodland setting with no immediate neighbours

• Rustic open plan kitchen and dining area with Aga

• Three bedrooms and a recently upgraded family bathroom

• The total plot measures approximately three quarters of an acre

• Gated entrance and ample off-road parking | EPC Rating: E

Guide Price £525,000

TREGARE, RAGLAN

The Warrage

• Grade II Listed historic five bedroom country residence

• Situated in a rural location but just a short drive to Raglan and it’s amenities

• Land in excess of 2 acres to include formal gardens, stables and a paddock

• Superb location with glorious countryside views and views of Raglan Castle

• High specification fixtures and fittings complement character features

• Income generated from 2 additional barns

Guide Price £975,000

THE HENDRE, MONMOUTH

White House Cottage

• Fantastic rural development opportunity

• Located between Raglan & Monmouth

• Existing three bedroom cottage in

generous plot

• Potential for replacement dwelling (STP)

• For Sale by Private Treaty | EPC Rating G

Guide Price £200,000

GWEHELOG, USK

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

The Old Post Office

• Grade II Listed, quaint semi-detached

character cottage

• Three double bedrooms

• Ground floor bedroom with en-suite wet

room

• EPC Rating: G

Offers in Excess of £395,000

ROCKFIELD, MONMOUTH

Woodgate House

• Brand new four bedroom family home with International Construction

Warranty

• Open plan, luxurious, kitchen, dining and family room

• Master bedroom with en-suite

• Attractive garden with countryside views

• Detached garage and ample off-road parking area | EPC Rating: C

Offers in Excess of £580,000

Kingslea House

• Attractive, attached, curtilage listed family home

• Situated in a convenient and accessible location on the edge of town

• Four / five double bedrooms

• Master bedroom suite with en-suite bathroom and dressing room

• Potential for dual family living arrangements

• Ample off-road parking | EPC Rating: F

Guide Price £685,000

www.powellsrural.co.uk


usk 01291 672212

chepstow 01291 626262

archerandco.com

3 1 3 D

5 2 3 E

4 4 3 E

3 1 1 D

CALDICOT

Extended 3 bed semi-detached house

Gated driveway entrance, ample off road parking

No onward chain

WOOLASTON

Well presented five bedroomed substantial family home

Magnificent views from the rear garden

No onward chain

ST BRIAVELS

Individually designed 4 bed detached family home

Ample parking & double garage

No onward chain

ST BRIAVELS

Charming cottage style 3 bed attached property

Attractive well landscaped gardens

Garage & driveway parking

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £275,000

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £600,000

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £550,000

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £270,000

3 2 2 D

5 4 2 C

4 3 3 C

4 2 3 D

GARDEN CITY, CHEPSTOW

Immaculately presented detached house

Elevated position commanding fine views

Easy access to M48 for onward commuting

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £350,000

CHEPSTOW

Well presented modern three storey town house

5 bedrooms plus 3 en suites & family bathroom

Easy drive to M48 for commuting

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £365,000

CHEPSTOW

Extremely well presented detached four bed house

Recently refurbished to a very high standard

Ample driveway leading to double garage

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £425,000

TUTSHILL, CHEPSTOW

Mature extended semi-detached home

Corner position, popular area, south garden

Versatile with ground floor bed suite/office

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £460,000

3 1 2 E

5 1 2 D

2 1 1 D

5 2 3 D

CHEPSTOW

Semi-detached family home in need of some updating

Convenient for M48 Severn Bridge for commuting

No onward chain

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £265,000

CALDICOT

Extended semi-detached 5 bed house

Driveway providing ample off road parking

Within 5 miles of M48 for onward commuting

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £250,000

THE TRIANGLE, CHEPSTOW

Well-presented two bedroomed end of terrace house

Easy access to M48 for onward commuting

No onward chain

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Guide price £215,000

DEVAUDEN

Recently refurbished 5 bed detached house

Attractive well enclosed landscaped gardens

Within 6 miles of M48 motorway network

Archer & Co Chepstow 01291 62 62 62

Offers over £575,000

3 1 1 E

3 1 1 E

3 1 2

4 3 3

USK

Well Presented Semi Detached Family Home

Convenient Level Position

Quiet Cul de Sac

Archer & Co Usk 01291 67 22 12

£242,950

GWEHELOG

Well Presented 3 Bed Family Property

Gardens to Front & Rear

Panoramic Views to the Rear

Archer & Co Usk 01291 67 22 12

£235,000

GLASCOED

Superbly Presented Attached Barn Conversion

Quiet Rural Location

Completely Refurbished to a High Standard

Archer & Co Usk 01291 67 22 12

£495,000

TREDUNNOCK

Stunning Architect Designed Barn Conversion

4/5 Bedrooms (2 En Suites)

Excellent Parking Facilities Garage/Workshop

Archer & Co Usk 01291 67 22 12

£765,000

Chepstow USK London

Associated Park Lane office


PROPERTIES 19

bedroom

living room etc

2 Blackbarn Close, Usk

Archer & Co 01291 672212 www.archerandco.com

Price

£242,950

bedroom bedroom

3

living living room room etc etc

bedroom bedroom living room living room etc etc

central heating

bathroom

1 1 1

bathroom

bathroom

GAS

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

parking

This well presented semi detached family property is conveniently situated in the

popular former market town of Usk having the benefit of a quiet cul de sac location

with level easy access to all local amenities such as shops, schools and regular

municipal bus services.

A Baxi Bermuda gas fire situated in the lounge provides hot water for both domestic and

central heating use and the property has the benefit of full double glazing.

Well presented semi detached family home

in a convenient level position in a quiet cul de sac.

bathroom bathroom

central central heating heating

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

garage/covered parking

garage/covered parking

parking

parking

The property lies within convenient vehicular access of the A449 giving further access

to the M4 at Newport and the M50 and the Midlands via Monmouth.

Front garden laid mainly to lawn with flower and shrub borders, side access to the rear

garden with gate thus providing a safe environment for children and pets alike. Rear

garden with paved patio area and raised shrub borders, single car garage is situated in

the block opposite the property.

bedroom

living room etc

Hill Barn, Glascoed NP4 0UA

Archer & Co 01291 672212 www.archerandco.com

This particularly spacious well proportioned stone

built barn has been converted and refurbished in a

contemporary manner to the highest standards.

Hill Barn is attached at one corner to Hill House, however,

it gives the impression of being detached and has spacious

Price

£495,000

bedroom bedroom

and well proportioned accommodation throughout with

bathroom bathroom

many unusual and unique features which the Agents feel

3

living living room room etc etc

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

bathroom

3 2

bathroom

living room living room etccentral heating

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

Superbly presented attached barn conversion quiet rural location completely refurbished to a high standard.

can only be fully appreciated by an internal inspection.

The property has the benefit of LPG gas central heating

with underfloor heating to the ground floor and radiators

garage/covered parking

LPG

parking

parking

to central the central heating first heatingfloor. This combined with the double glazed

garage/covered parking parking

sealed units enable heating cost to be maintained at a

minimum.

The property has excellent commuting facilities to Bristol,

Cardiff, Newport and beyond.


Chepstow

01291 629799

Usk

01291 672034

Monmouth

01600 775930

Abergavenny

01873 736515

Ross-on-Wye

01989 764132

NEWNHAM-ON-SEVERN

A substantial three storey period house in the old part of this very popular

riverside village and suitable for a large family, B&B or guest house (subject to

consent). Listed and of considerable character the house dates from the

Seventeenth Century, with later additions. There are 4 reception rooms,

including a traditional 28ft first floor drawing room and up to 9 bedrooms,

most with en-suite facilities. The surprisingly large, partly walled, private

gardens include two 2 storey outbuildings with potential for holiday lets etc.

EPC Rating: Exempt

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

LYDNEY

A fine opportunity for a Grade II listed family home of character and substantial

subsidiary income from four self-contained holiday flats. Well situated in an elevated

setting close to the Forest of Dean and enjoying superb views over the nearby town of

Lydney to the distant Cotswolds. The renovated and refurbished period house has three

reception rooms and four bedrooms together with an independent self-contained

apartment with living room, kitchen, bedroom and shower room. The four remaining

holiday lets are contained within a two storey coach house standing within the beautiful

mature gardens. EPC Rating: N/A

Fine & Country Chepstow 01291 629799 Guide price £1,000,000

Newport

01633 927277

Cardiff

02921 690690

BLAKENEY

This unique and individual property of great charm and character, the original part dating

back to c1850, was originally a Foresters cottage built of Forest Red Stone which has

been extended and refurbished over the years to provide the versatile accommodation

it now offers. The accommodation comprises conservatory, study/bedroom four,

kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, ground floor wet room, living room, three first floor

bedrooms (master with en-suite) and separate wc. Approached off a driveway leading

to ample parking. The gardens and grounds extend to approximately 0.57 acres.

Outbuildings include a studio with attached storage area and stone built one

bedroomed cottage with planning to extend. EPC Rating: F

CAERWENT

Being sold for the first time in 28 years, this well presented four bedroomed detached

house offers well-proportioned accommodation and has been a much loved family

home for the present Vendors during that time. Situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac

in the popular historic village of Caerwent, the accommodation comprises entrance hall,

cloakroom, study, dining room, living room, conservatory, kitchen, utility room, four

bedrooms (master and bedroom three with en-suites) and Jack 'n' Jill family bathroom.

There is ample driveway parking and double garage together with attractive landscaped

gardens. EPC Rating: C

Fine & Country Chepstow 01291 629799 Guide price £535,000

Fine & Country Chepstow 01291 629799 Guide price £500,000


Regionally

40 offices

throughout

Wales and the

South West

COED MORGAN, ABERGAVENNY

A detached country house with panoramic, uninterrupted countryside views

across the Usk Valley towards Clytha Castle. Originally a cottage dating from

the late 1800s, this lovely property has been extended and improved to

provide a 4-bedroom home offering much character and period features.

Outside are two wooden stables, a double detached garage and ample parking

for several vehicles. Set in circa 2 acres including gardens, paddock and an

elevated terraced area from which to enjoy the beautiful location. EPC Rating:

F

Fine & Country Abergavenny 01873 736515 £650,000

SKENFRITH

Dating back to the 17th Century, this attractive Grade II listed house offers wellproportioned

reception rooms with many period features and enjoys countryside and

castle views throughout. The interiors are beautifully decorated to enhance the original

character, with features such as exposed ceiling beams and sash windows. The five

bedrooms are arranged over two floors; three bedrooms on the first floor enjoy views

towards to the castle and the largest two bedrooms have feature fireplaces. With a

central lawn area, the pretty rear garden features a vegetable patch, gravel pathways and

terraces. Garage, off-road parking and a useful stone out building with power. EPC

Rating: N/A

Fine & Country Monmouth 01600 775930 £560,000

Nationally

225 offices across

Great Britain

Internationally

Plus 75

offices globally

5000

professional

associates all

around the world

ST BRIAVELS

This appealing detached cottage offers versatile accommodation in an idyllic and tranquil

setting on the edge of St Briavels village with spectacular views over the Wye Valley and

Forest of Dean. Approached off a quiet country lane with extensive driveway entrance

providing parking for several vehicles. Approximately 8 miles from Chepstow and the

M48 motorway network giving good access to Bristol/London and Newport/Cardiff. The

accommodation comprises vestibule/boot room, dining room, living room, kitchen, utility

room, four bedrooms, family bathroom and shower room. Gardens and grounds

extending to approximately a third of an acre. EPC Rating: F

BISHTON

Detached family residence, set in the beautiful village of Bishton, which has been

modernised by the current owners whilst still retaining many features including fireplaces

and exposed beams. The accommodation comprises living room, cloakroom, open plan

kitchen/dining room, utility room, ground floor shower room, five bedrooms (master

with en-suite) and family bathroom with separate wc. Home office/bedroom six over

the double garage which could be turned into an annexe if required (subject to the

relevant permissions). Enclosed gardens with wonderful views of open fields to the rear.

Double garage and driveway provide off road parking for several cars. EPC Rating: E

Fine & Country Chepstow 01291 629799 Guide price £495,000

Fine & Country Newport 01633 927277 Guide price £475,000


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PROPERTIES 23

bedroom

living room etc

Blakeney Hill, Blakeney

Fine & Country 01291 629799 www.fineandcountry.com

Price

£1,000,000

bedroom bedroom

living living room room etc etc

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

to c1850 has been a much loved family home for the present Vendors over the past garage/covered 20 years.

parking parking

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

4

living room living room etccentral heating

1 2 1

bathroom

bathroom

central heating

garage/covered

central heating

parking

This unique and individual property of great charm and character, the original part of which dates back

The property was originally a Foresters cottage built of Forest Red Stone which has

been extended and refurbished over the years to provide the versatile accommodation

it now offers.

Situated on the edge of the popular village of Blakeney some 23 miles from Cheltenham,

16 miles from Gloucester and 14 miles to Chepstow and the M48 offering onward

commuting to Bristol, Bath, London and Cardiff. The Vendors tell us when they first

saw the property it could only be accessed by a small footpath.

parking

They say when they went through the garden gate, turned around and saw the truly

spectacular views and knew from that moment on the property was exactly what they

were looking for and have enjoyed many years since watching the seasons change over

the landscape.

The accommodation comprises conservatory, study/bedroom four, kitchen/breakfast

room, utility room, ground floor wet room, living room, three first floor bedrooms

(master with en-suite) and separate wc.

AIR SOURCE

bedroom

living room etc

Severnways, Driffield Road, Lydney, Glos

Archer & Co 01291 626262 www.archerandco.com

Price

£439,500

bedroom bedroom

4

living living room room etc etc

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

bathroom

1 2

Luxurious single storey family home, completely refurbished & extended.

From the outside this is an attractive 1950’s bungalow set well back from the road

behind a boundary wall and deep foregarden. Inside it has been completely refurbished,

remodelled and cleverly extended to provide luxurious single storey family living of

considerable style. The new extension doubles the size of the original property and

provides the new master bedroom suite and the outstanding open plan living kitchen,

with high ceilings and largely glazed walls overlooking the rear garden. The thorough

refurbishment includes new wiring, plumbing, double glazing etc to provide a virtually

new home with the character, and the large garden, of a more mature property.

bathroom

living room living room etccentral heating

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

garage/covered parking

central central heating heating

bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

sinks in the main bathroom. Well situated on the edge of town this exceptional property,

ceilings and wide windows garage/covered to the parking parking garden, parking utility parking room and fitted cloakroom. There are

GAS

parking

parking

Luxury touches include oak doors throughout, tiling by Mandarin Stone and the two

suitable for a family or a very comfortable retirement includes a good reception hall,

sitting room, superb 27’ x 15’ open plan living/dining/kitchen with the stylish vaulted

four excellent bedrooms including a master with an en-suite and a luxurious family

bathroom. The generous level gardens are fully enclosed with a gated drive entrance to

ample parking and a useful new storage shed in the rear garden.


24

PROPERTIES

bedroom

living room etc

Meander, Newland, Coleford, Glos

Parrys 01600 713030 www.parrys.com

The detached bungalow has been updated by the current

owners to include full insulation, a new boiler, re-wiring,

new windows, wooden doors and restored wooden

flooring. The property offers good family accommodation

with a modern kitchen, fitted with a Belling electric

cooker with double oven and 5 ring induction hob, and

Oak worksurfaces.

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

Charming and well cared for 4-bedroom bungalow in pretty rural setting

on the edge of the popular village of Newland.

The dining room which has triple aspect, provides pretty

views towards the church and can easily accommodate

an extensive dining table. Leading on from dining room

there is cloakroom, study/breakfast area, spacious sitting

room which feature fireplace and woodburner.

There are double doors leading on from the lounge into

the sunroom which itself then opens out to fantastic views

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 2 2

of the countryside and patio area. From the inner hallway,

there are three double bedrooms with vanity units, one

large single bedroom and modern family bathroom with

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separate shower unit and roll top bath.

There could be scope to extend into the roof subject to

the necessary planning permission.

parking

Fun, Flavour & Foraging for all the family

at The Forest Showcase Food Festival

Book in advance by visiting our website www.forestshowcase.org

From the nutritional and healthy,

to the indulgent naughty but nice,

The Forest of Dean comes alive on

Sunday 6th October with its Annual Food

Festival held at The Speech House Hotel.

The Forest Showcase is an event with

a lot more going on than most food festivals…

featuring the best fresh produce from

over 100 top local & artisan producers,

from gourmet burgers to award winning

chutneys, cheeses and wines.

This year our theme will be foraging,

and you can join local foragers as they

take you on a family foraging walk

through the beautiful Speech House

woods. As you walk, you will identify

and gather a range of wild foods

including spices and fruit, turning what

grows in your garden into store cupboard

ingredients.

The cookery theatre will bring you

a variety of cookery demonstrations

from some of the area’s top chefs. These

include a variety of diets designed from

the experts. Rob Cox, head chef at The

Tudor Farmhouse will be preparing

a couple of dishes from their current

menu. The ingredients you foraged won’t

be going to waste as Yvette Farrell owner

of the Forest of Dean Cooking School

will be using them and Gareth, head chef

of Speech House, will be showcasing

some of the Hotels finest food.

Also returning this year will be our

very popular free Parent & Child cookery

classes. Places are limited & you can

book your place on these classes & the

forage on the Forest Showcase website.

After your forage, you can sit down

and relax, listening to our live music and

eating our hot tasty food. There will also

be some refreshing drinks such as cider

and beer there too!

Children’s activities with

entertainment will proceed throughout

the day from Jitterbug Circus such as arts

and crafts and tips on vegetable growing.

And don’t forget the free food!

The Forest Showcase

will be held in the Speech House

Hotel grounds, in the Forest of Dean,

Gloucestershire, on Sunday 6th

October from 10am. Tickets can be

purchased in advance to avoid the

queues from the website

www.forestshowcase.org


Holywell Close, Monmouth - £270,000

Superb three-bedroom detached property • Convenient edge of town position • Beautifully fitted open plan Kitchen/Dining Room

Bi-fold doors leading out to rear garden • Driveway parking to front and additional private access to rear • EPC Rating - D

Rockfield, Monmouth - £390,000

Double-fronted detached family house • 4 bedrooms, en suite to Master • Popular residential area of Monmouth

South-facing rear garden

• Off-road parking with double garage • EPC Rating - C

2 Agincourt Square,

Monmouth NP25 3BT

Sales: 01600 713030

Lettings: 01600 775936

21 Nevill Street,

Abergavenny NP7 5AA

Sales: 01873 858990

Lettings: 01873 859237

01873 858990


Sales - Monmouth

Large

Garden

Sales - Monmouth

Amenities

right on the

Doorstep

Sales - Monmouth

SUITABLE

FOR CASH

BUYERS ONLY

Sales - Monmouth

Off Road

Parking

South Road, Coleford £140,000

IA THREE BEDROOM, semi-detached NON STANDARD

CONSTRUCTION house in a CUL-DE-SAC location close to

COLEFORD town. EPC - E

Lancaster House £155,000

NO ONWARD CHAIN!!! This penthouse positioned two

bedroom top floor apartment with 10’ high ceilings and

private parking in the heart of the Monmouth town centre.

EPC - D

Mitchel Troy Common £175,000

A rare opportunity to purchase this attractive stone barn which is

situated in the lower field of Hazeldene and has been reinstated.

Offers potential for a number of uses subject to the necessary

planning permission. The barn is sat in approximately 4 acres.

EPC - Exempt

The Downhams £220,000

This 3 BEDROOM property provides lounge, kitchen,

CONSERVATORY, GOOD SIZED bedrooms with COUNTRYSIDE

VIEWS to the front and family bathroom. There is a LAWNED

GARDEN TO FRONT and FULLY ENCLOSED rear LOW MAINTENANCE

garden to the rear of the property plus OFF ROAD PARKING!

Sales - Monmouth

Well Presented

& Extended

Detached Bungalow

Sales - Monmouth

Garage &

Off Road Parking

Sales - Monmouth

Corner

Plot on

Cul Du Sac Position

Sales - Monmouth

Converted

Church

Mary De Bohun Close £240,000

Monkswell Close £299,000

St Thomas Road £315,000

Llansoy £625,000

Peter Alan are delighted to offer for sale this superb opportunity to

purchase this extended and very well presented modern detached

bungalow situated at the end of this quiet cul-de-sac. NO CHAIN!

EPC - B

The ground floor accommodation briefly comprises a lounge,

kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, 1 ground floor bedroom and

3 further bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Outside there is a block paved

shared driveway which leads to a detached garage and pathways

to the private rear garden. EPC - D

The ever popular Field House Farm area of Monmouth is located

just a 5 minute walk into town as well as good access to shops,

local schools and bus routes. Planning permission has been

granted to extend for further bedrooms if required (STPC). EPC - D

pablack are delighted to offer for sale Capel Newyedd which is a

superb detached converted and extended chapel set in this sought

after semi rural location with stunning views across the rolling

Monmouthshire countryside with far reaching views towards the

Black Mountains. MUST BE VIEWED! EPC - E

Sales - Chepstow

Price

Reduction

Sales - Chepstow

Superb

Location

Sales - Chepstow

Sort

After Location

Sales - Chepstow

Price

Reduction

Parklands £260,000

Orchard Farm Close £255,000

Mount Way £410,000

Piercefield Avenue £380,000

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. GARAGE! EPC - E

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

Superb modern four bedroom detached family home which has

been updated & improved and must be viewed to be appreciated.

Situated at the end of this quiet highly sought after cul de sac which

is in the catchment area for The Dell Primary School. EPC - C

Superb modern detached three/four bedroom family home which is

situated in the highly desirable location approximately a mile from

Chepstow town centre. Situated at the end of a cu-de-sac. Updated

& improved and must be viewed! **PLANNING FOR GARAGE** **

NO CHAIN** EPC D.

Sales - Chepstow

New to

Market

Sales - Chepstow

Sort

After Location

Sales - Chepstow

Ideal

Family Home

Sales - Chepstow

New to

Market

Firbank Vinegar Hill £599,950 Nurtons Cottage £480,000

Enjoying a semi-rural location with south westerly facing gardens,

an exceptionally well presented 4 bedroom detached bungalow

offering generously proportioned accommodation. The property is

on the edge of the village, just off Vinegar Hill, and the gardens

enjoy a good degree of privacy. EPC - D

Stunning detached property which is set in this beautiful location

of Tintern. Built approximately in the 1650’s and still has some

original features but has been vastly updated, extended &

improved tastefully by the current owners. Set in approx 2 acres of

wooded hillside! EPC - C

Martins Road £337,500

Superb four double bedroom detached family home

located in this popular cul-de-sac within the historic Roman

village of Caerwent. Updated & improved accommodation.

Convenient location. MUST BE VIEWED! EPC - C

Martins Road £337,500

Superb four bedroom detached family home located in

this popular cul-de-sac within the historic Roman village of

Caerwent. Well presented accommodation. DRIVEWAY &

GARAGE! Convenient location. MUST BE VIEWED! EPC - C


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bedroom

living room etc

Mitchel Troy Common

pa black 01600 714355 www.pablack.co.uk

Price

£700,000

bedroom bedroom

living living room room etc etc

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

living room living room etccentral heating

garage/covered parking parking

a detached holiday let/granny annex and an optional large barn with paddock (separate negotiation)

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

extending in total to approximately 5 acres.

5

2 4

bathroom

A superb opportunity to purchase this fantastic substantial family home with

bathroom

GAS

central heating

garage/covered central heating parking

parking

The main residence has been renovated and extended

to a high standard which provides superb family

accommodation. Comprising of entrance hall, kitchen/

dining room, utility room, shower room. lounge, study/

bedroom five and a conservatory to the ground floor.

Four further bedrooms (master and bedroom two with

en-suite) and a family bathroom to the first floor. The

main rooms enjoy views overlooking the attractively laid

out and well-tended gardens and distant countryside

views.

The house is faced in local stone with brick quoins and

window reveals, beneath a slate roof with the benefit

of Upvc wood grain effect double glazed windows and

doors. Internally the house has slate flooring with under

floor heating.

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

bedroom

living room etc

Wallwern Wood, Chepstow

pa black 01291 630876 www.pablack.co.uk

Price

£450,000

bedroom bedroom

living living room room etc etc

bedroom bedroom

living room living room etc etc

garage/covered parking parking

‘Romana Grange’ residential area, on the edge of open fields and set just outside Chepstow town centre.

central central heating heating

bathroom bathroom

garage/covered parking parking

4

bathroom

bathroom

bathroom

central heating

central heating

central heating

2 4 2

GAS

garage/covered parking

Open field views! Spacious four bedroom extended detached property with three en-suites in sought after

Must be viewed!

parking

Peter Alan are pleased to offer for sale this fantastic

modern extended detached family home which offers

generous and flexible living space for the whole family.

It boasts a corner position on the edge of Wallwern

Wood, a very popular cul-de sac, with views across

neighbouring fields and a community play park. It also

benefits from a driveway and detached double garage.

The property is well presented offering a large reception

hall leading to a study, downstairs WC, lounge, 2nd

reception room currently used as a study, utility room

and large kitchen/diner which makes the most of the

pretty garden and views. The house also benefits from

a double storey extension which in turn has created a

2nd lounge/reception and extended both bedrooms 2 &

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

3 with the addition of an en-suite shower room each.


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PROPERTIES

bedroom

living room etc

Fern Bank, Whitebrook

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

Price

£495,000

The property, constructed in stone, offers to the ground floor living room with spiral

staircase to two bedrooms, with further access on the ground floor to kitchen, utility

room and ground floor bathroom as well as formal dining room, with another staircase

to the master bedroom. Outside the property is situated within grounds of about half an

acre, predominantly laid to lawn with paved seating areas and low lying stream.

The property also benefits from a detached Grade II listed stone mill complete with

original press and screw and, subject to the necessary planning permissions, could offer

bedroom bedroom

bathroom bathroom

3

living living room room etc etc

central central heating heating

bedroom bedroom

bathroom

bathroom

living room living room etc etc

garage/covered parking

garage/covered parking parking parking parking

restaurants with a further range of facilities in nearby Chepstow.

bathroom

central heating

central heating

garage/covered parking

parking

parking

central heating

2 1 1

A detached characterful three bedroom cottage situated within the fantastic Wye Valley,

an area of outstanding natural beauty.

garage/covered parking

fantastic opportunities to further develop. The property also offers detached garage

and parking. Being situated in Whitebrook, a number of facilities are close at hand to

in nearby Monmouth, Tintern and Landogo including local shop, range of pubs and

There are good bus, road and rail links with the A48, M48, M4 and M5 morotway

networks bringing Newport, Cardiff, Bristol and Cheltenham all within commuting

distance.

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parking

Average asking prices almost

match what homes are sold for

Homes in England and Wales sold for more than 96% of their asking price in the last year,

according to Zoopla listings data and Land Registry records.

Properties in England and Wales are selling for

96% of their asking price suggesting owners are

being realistic about what their home is worth.

The typical property changed hands for 96.3% of its

original listing price in the past 12 months, with buyers

managing to negotiate discounts averaging just £8,000,

our data has found.

In three areas in Manchester, Yorkshire and Derbyshire,

homes achieved 100% of their initial asking price, meaning

buyers have not been able to negotiate a discount at all.

And even in the worst performing town, buyers were

only able to knock 8.5% off the asking price.

Spokesperson, Laura Howard, said: “This close

relationship between initial listing and final sale prices,

points to a healthy and robust property market in which

estate agents and sellers alike are well-versed in and

realistic about property values.”

Why is this happening?

The fact that buyers are only able to negotiate small

discounts on properties suggests that after a period of

subdued transaction levels and stagnant house price

growth in some regions, homeowners have become

more realistic about their asking price when they first

list their home.

It also chimes with anecdotal evidence from estate

agents that the market is currently populated by serious

buyers and sellers who are keen to get on with a move,

rather than people who are testing the water with either

high listing prices or ‘cheeky’ offers.

What about London?

In London, homeowners in Waltham were achieving

closest to their asking price at an average of 97.9%,

followed by those in Bexley at 97.8% and those in

Barking at 97.1%.

At the other end of the scale, homeowners in

Camden were accepting offers that were 9% below

their original asking price, meaning buyers were able to

negotiate average discounts of £75,000.

The discount was even larger in Kensington, at

£116,000, although this was only 8.3% below the

listing price, while in the City of London, homeowners

were accepting offers that were 8.2% or £75,000 less

than they had originally asked for.

Where are buyers able to

negotiate the biggest discounts?

Buyers in Mountain Ash, south Wales were able to

secure the largest discounts, knocking typical asking

prices down by 8.5% or £6,500.

They were followed by those in Abertillery in Wales

and buyers in Bishop Auckland in County Durham at

8.3% and 8.2% respectively.

The biggest discounts in monetary terms were in

Ascot in Berkshire, where vendors accepted offers from

buyers that were an average of £50,000 or 7.9% below

the asking price, followed by Weybridge in Surrey,

where sellers accepted offers of £40,000 less.

By Nicky Burridge for Zoopla.co.uk


Sales & Lettings Agent

Open 7 days per week

No Sale - No Fee

Free Valuations

Chepstow Office Tel: 01291 629292

AUST CRESCENT, BULWARK

• THREE BEDROOM PROPERTY

• LIVING/DINING ROOM

• KITCHEN

• OFF ROAD PARKING

• NO ONWARD CHAIN

£184,950

MOUNT WAY, CHEPSTOW

• IMMACULATELY PRESENTED PROPERTY

• MASTER BEDROOM WITH EN-SUITE & DRESSING ROOM

• TWO FURTHER GUEST BEDROOMS

• GENEROUS OPEN PLAN LIVING/DINING AREA

• NO ONWARD CHAIN

£449,950

ST KINGSMARK AVENUE, CHEPSTOW

• WELL PRESENTED FOUR BEDROOM DETACHED HOME

• KITCHEN AND FORMAL DINING ROOM

• LIVING ROOM

• OFF ROAD PARKING

• LANDSCAPED FRONT AND REAR GARDENS

£354,950

VALENTINE LANE, THORNWELL

• SPACIOUS DETACHED FAMILY HOME

• FOUR BEDROOMS, MASTER EN-SUITE

• KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM

• LANDSCAPED REAR GARDENS

• OFF ROAD PARKING

£344,950

OAKLEY WAY, CALDICOT

• SEMI-DETACHED THREE BEDROOM PROPERTY

• LIVING ROOM

• KITCHEN/DINING ROOM

• HOBBY ROOM/FAMILY ROOM

• OFF ROAD PARKING

£205,000

MIDSUMMER COTTAGE, BROCKWEIR

• CHARACTERFUL DETACHED COTTAGE

• TWO BEDROOMS, MASTER WITH EN-SUITE

• SPACIOUS LIVING ROOM

• KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM

• COTTAGE STYLE GARDENS AND COURTYARD

£345,000

MOUNT WAY, CHEPSTOW

• WELL PRESENTED DETACHED PROPERTY

• FOUR BEDROOMS, MASTER WITH EN-SUITE

• THREE RECEPTION ROOMS AND CONSERVATORY

• KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM

• DETACHED DOUBLE GARAGE AND PARKING

£484,950

MATHERN WAY, BULWARK

• EXTENDED SEMI-DETACHED PROPERTY

• PLUS ONE BED SELF-CONTAINED APARTMENT

• FIVE BEDROOMS, MASTER WITH EN-SUITE

• TWO RECEPTION ROOMS

• KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM AND SEPARATE UTILITY

£395,000

Magor/Undy Area

Tel: 01633 745396

Chepstow Lettings Office

Tel: 01291 624881

PRESTON CLOSE, CHEPSTOW

• TWO BEDROOM MID TERRACE

• SPACIOUS LIVING ROOM WITH PATIO DOORS

• OFF ROAD PARKING

• CONVENIENT TO COMMUTE TO BRISTOL

• AVAILABLE NOW • EPC RATING C

£650 PCM

VALENTINE LANE, CHEPSTOW

• TWO BEDROOM COACH HOUSE

• FURNISHED

• IMMACULATE THROUGHOUT

• AVAILABLE 24TH OCTOBER

• EPC RATING D

£695 PCM

MOUNTON ROAD, CHEPSTOW

• DETACHED THREE BEDROOM HOME

• LARGE LIVING ROOM

• KITCHEN DINING ROOM

• AVAILABLE 25TH OCTOBER

• EPC RATING E

£1150 PCM

MIDDLE WAY, BULWARK

• THREE BEDROOM MID LINK

• TWO SPACIOUS RECEPTION ROOMS

• GARDENS TO FRONT AND REAR

• AVAILABLE 30TH SEPTEMBER

• EPC RATING D

£750 PCM

ST ANNES CRESCENT, MAGOR

• SEMI DETACHED THREE BEDROOM HOME

• LIVING ROOM AND DINING ROOM

• GARDEN TO FRONT AND REAR, DRIVEWAY TO SIDE

• AVAILABLE EARLY OCTOBER

• EPC RATING C

£775 PCM

ST CHRISTOPHERS HOUSE, BULWARK

• DETACHED THREE BEDROOM

• OPEN PLAN RECEPTION ROOM

• GARDENS FRONT AND REAR

• AVAILABLE 12TH SEPTEMBER

• EPC RATING C

£850 PCM

OAK CRESCENT, WOOLASTON

• DETACHED FOUR BEDROOM FAMILY HOME

• LARGE CORNER PLOT

• LARGE DRIVEWAY AND GARAGE

• AVAILABLE EARLY OCTOBER

• EPC RATING D

£1050 PCM

LARKFIELD PARK, CHEPSTOW

• EXTENDED FIVE BEDROOM FAMILY HOME

• SPACIOUS KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM

• TWO RECEPTION ROOMS PLUS CONSERVATORY

• AVAILABLE 17TH OCTOBER

• EPC RATING C

£1350 PCM

www.thinkmoon.co.uk


Luxury Riverside

Apartments

Available for

Occupation

Now

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

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

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

Please contact the 7Q sales team for more information or to arrange a viewing.

01291 418056 info@severnquay.co.uk www.severnquay.co.uk


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32 FINANCE

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.

mortgages, life insurance and finance specialists

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which is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority


ADVICE

33

Thinking about transferring

your property to your children?

As homeowners get older it’s natural to think about inheritance tax planning or the possibility of having to fund

care home fees and often this raises the idea of transferring the family home to the children.

Of course, it is possible to transfer your home to whoever you wish at any time,

but this decision is not without its complications and risks.

For a property not to be taken into consideration as part of your estate

after you die, you must live a further 7 years after the gift of your home is made.

Should you fail to live that long then the property will fall back into the estate value.

Transferring a home to conceal wealth to avoid paying for care may be viewed as a

‘deliberate deprivation of assets’ and local authorities have the right to investigate any

such transfer and have the ability to reverse transactions or force the recipient of the

property to pay the care fees.

Any transfer of your home must be ‘gift with no strings attached’ – for example if

the homeowner wishes to continue to live in the property then they will be expected

to pay the market rent each month for the property and the child or new owner will

have to declare the rental income and pay tax (if appropriate) on the rent received. If

it cannot be shown that rent has been paid, then the house will remain as part of the

estate even beyond the 7 years.

Once transferred the house becomes an asset of the recipient child or children

which may then be considered in any subsequent divorce settlements, bankruptcy

proceedings or legal action against them. It will also make them ‘second home owners’

in terms of the amount of stamp duty payable should they themselves decide to move

home.

There may be an unwritten agreement with a child for the homeowner to live at

the property for the rest of their life, but unforeseen events may change that position.

For example, should the child die the house will be transferred in accordance with the

terms of their own will (or the intestacy rules) – perhaps going to their spouse or the

grand-children. Whilst it may have been agreed that the original homeowner live in

the house for the remainder of their life, this may not be what the spouse or grandchild

want (or indeed any subsequent partner of the widowed spouse). The new

‘owner’ may wish to sell the property, mortgage it or offer it as security for a business

– all of which puts the original homeowner’s wish to live at the property at risk. There

is no legal right for the original homeowner, no longer on the deeds, to remain in the

home which means eviction is always a potential risk.

There are numerous issues to consider before deciding to transfer a home to

someone else and it is always advisable to take independent legal advice in order to

ensure there is a full understanding of the risks. Once the house has been transferred

away the homeowner will give up any right to determine what happens to it and the

transfer cannot easily be reversed.

If you would like more information or for a no obligation discussion, please

contact Okells Francis LawLLP on either 01989 762009 or 01594 842242 or email us

on office@okells-law.co.uk

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34 FINANCE

Buying on a retirement estate as a couple

The demographics of retirement living are changing. Historically, widowhood was most likely

to be the trigger to buying on a retirement estate; but today, Cognatum reports that new purchasers of

their properties are as likely to be couples as singles.

John Lavin of Cognatum says, “There’s a growing

trend for couples to make the move to a retirement

estate while they are still relatively young. They are

reassured by the fact they can make the move

together, allowing them to settle into a new home, and

a new location. This is in many ways unsurprising, as

the concept of retirement has changed over recent years.

Now it is about having time to enjoy a life free of day to

day career and family obligations; and it makes sense to

enjoy that time as a couple.

“However, making the decision to move is only

the first step. One partner may have a greater desire to

move than the other, one partner may not feel ready to

downsize or move into an environment they consider to

be for the ‘elderly’, or there may be disagreement about

where and what they are looking for.

“While the good sense of a move is generally clear,

it’s easy to find reasons to delay. The best thing couples

can do is to keep an open mind and look at as many

different options as possible, ahead of making a move.

The trigger to make the move can come suddenly, and

as in many situations the more informed you are the

better. The internet should be used as a starting point

only – try not to conduct your investigations from an

armchair, only by getting out to see places will you get a

proper picture. The feel of a place, and the atmosphere

are as important as the square footage and the facilities.

“It’s sometimes the case that the older partner will

be the main driver of the idea to move to a retirement

property, possibly following a health scare. Their main

concern is to protect their partner – from the difficulties

of running an existing property without help, from not

having enough support, or from having to make a move

on their own should they become widowed – loneliness

can be a big fear. There is mutual comfort in knowing

that both partners are settled, hopefully both for the

long term, but there is an added layer of reassurance

and security if not.

“The word ‘community’ can be off-putting for some

independent souls, but in retirement, when there are

more hours of the day for leisure, a community that

includes like-minded people can be a big positive,

especially when couples have been used to spending

the working day with other people. That’s why

the demographic and atmosphere of a retirement

community is so important. Go to lengths to discover

what kind of lifestyle the other owners enjoy – if you

have similar interests and view of life, a community is

a wonderful thing. It is of course important that you

establish that both partners will be happily occupied.

“The key to success in moving to a retirement

property is that both partners are able to have what

makes them happy; be that easy access to a golf course,

a nearby amateur dramatics society, or good walking

and pubs. Neither partner should feel that they are

making too much of a sacrifice, although compromise is

always inevitable. The most important thing is to choose

a home that allows you both the lifestyle you want to

enjoy.”

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FINANCE

35

Cooper Associates named

Best Mortgage Office in the UK

Cooper Associates Mortgages achieved double success at the 2019 ESTAS awards, where they were named Best

Mortgage Office in the UK and Best Regional Mortgage Broker in the South West.

This follows-on from their success in 2017 and 2018 when they also

received both awards.

The ESTAS award ceremony took place in London and were hosted

by TV property expert Phil Spencer. The awards determine the best mortgage

brokers, estate agents and conveyancers in the UK through an independent

customer feedback scheme, whereby the winners are determined solely by client

feedback.

Jonathan Southgate, Mortgage Adviser at Cooper Associates Mortgages and

based in Magor, commented:

“We are thrilled to be recognised both regionally and nationally at the 2019

ESTAS awards. The ESTAS are very special to us, as all of the winners are selected

purely on feedback received from clients, who are asked a series of questions

about the service they received. We thank each and every one of our clients who

took the time to vote for us, we really are incredibly grateful.”

Jonathan provides advice within all areas of mortgage and protection planning

and prides himself on delivering a first-class service to all clients, offering

a flexible, whole-of-market, fee-free service. If you’re in need of securing a

mortgage or re-mortgaging, Jonathan offers no-obligation appointment where he

can advise you on the best course of action.

Please call 01291 445 695 or email jonathan.s@cooperassociatesltd.com

Are you paying for

mortgage advice?

Ask us about:

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• Whole of Market coverage

• Face-to-face advice

• No obligation appointments

01291 445695

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Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

Cooper Associates Mortgages is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct

Authority and is on the Financial Services Register (493369).


36 HOME IMPROVEMENTS

DIY Upholstery is easier than you think

Monmouth Fabrics

“I bought the chairs from a friend for £50. They had already been recovered once

in red fabric, but had good sturdy high backs and wooden legs to match the table

I had already refurbished from a local reclamation yard earlier in the year. I’d not

found what I wanted all summer and similar chairs were hard to find and expensive. I

knew I had a friend Joanne who could do the reupholstering for me (although this is

a service Monmouth Fabrics offer), so I just needed some fabrics to match my living

room fittings. Which are quite eclectic!

Bev at Monmouth Fabrics helped me pick fabrics that would be hardwearing and

suitable for heavy use. I first went to the shop and looked at all the pretty fabrics

downstairs, lack of experience meant I chose some curtain fabric not realising there

was another floor full of samples, look books and ideas galore. Plus fabrics that were

actually suitable and fit for purpose. A mistake I definitely would have made if I had

ordered online.

With a coffee I flicked though for about an hour before settling on my final

choices.

Delivery was less than a week later, and off to Jo the chairs and fabric went. Bev

knew exactly how much I’d need (at what felt like a glance) and ordered the perfect

quantity leaving just a little left over by request, with which Jo made cushion covers

for me.

I now have something completely unique to me and fitting for my room. I feel

great that I’ve purchased my fabrics from a fabulous local business and am lucky to

have talented artistic friends to help with the execution. The whole project was cost

effective and bespoke.”

For more information on the fabrics call Monmouth Fabrics on 01600 775531 or

visit the store at 120-122 Monnow Street, Monmouth.

For more details on the reupholstering contact Suzy on 01600 717249.

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HOME IMPROVEMENTS

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Ever considered upgrading your

existing Conservatory?

A roof upgrade could be the answer!

A roof upgrade from Glevum is proving a more popular option than ever.

Perhaps you are facing the issue of your conservatory being too hot in summer and too cold in winter?

Or maybe you want to keep your existing conservatory, but it’s time for a freshen up?

Other customers opt for a solid roof upgrade to create that feeling of an extension.

The extensive range that Glevum offers gives you the

ability to upgrade and improve. Whether you want

a combined glazed and solid roof, a tiled roof

with full rectangle glass panels or a modern lantern roof.

A conservatory roof upgrade from Glevum can help to

enhance any style of property, from the traditional to the

modern.

So, why should you consider a

roof upgrade and what are the benefits?

A Glevum roof upgrade can be hugely beneficial to your home no matter which

style you choose. From lowering your heating bills in winter with improved energy

efficiency, to making the space comfortable and cosy all-year-round. As they are

available in a range of finishes and options, you are bound to find a style to suit your

property and complement the existing colour. Conservatory roof upgrades are a

fraction of the price of a new conservatory and are very quick and easy to install.

So, what Conservatory Roof Upgrades

can Glevum offer?

LivinROOF

The LivinROOF is purposely designed for the replacement of tired glazed

conservatory roofs. It has been designed to combine a glazed and solid roof seamlessly.

It helps to create a living space that you can use all-year-round, offering flexibility,

thermal efficiency, strength and rigidity, like no other solution on the market.

It can incorporate one, or several glazed panels that allows daylight to penetrate

deep into your room, making the space instantly brighter. The glazed panels can be

inserted to replace any of the aluminium roofing panels, in any shape enabling you to

maximise the natural light in your room to produce a very contemporary design.

Internally the LivinROOF is stunning, delivering a magnificent vaulted ceiling and

incorporates an internal pelmet around the perimeter. If a vaulted ceiling isn’t for you

then there is an option of a suspended ceiling, allowing you to continue the ceiling

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UltraROOF 380

The UltraRoof 380 overcomes the issue of your conservatory being too hot in

summer and too cold in winter. Moreover, it creates a beautiful vaulted plastered

ceiling inside – and on the outside a stunning lightweight tiled finish.

For those who want a solid roof but still want to retain an element of light

within the room, the clever configurable technology in the UltraRoof 380 allows the

installation of multiple glass panels or Velux Windows – this can help project light

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Internally the UltraRoof 380 is beyond comparison. Around the perimeter of the

ceiling sits an internal pelmet which can be used to insert spotlights or speakers. At

the apex of the roof you can choose to add a flat panel, enabling you to insert lighting

of your choice.

The UltraRoof 380 is a proven favourite and will provide comfort and peace of

mind for many years to come.

UltraSky Lantern

bedroom or bathroom, the UltraSky Lantern Roof will

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roof can be white, anthracite grey or satin black to help you match or contrast the

external finish.

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