4 Bedroom Detached House (Now Sold)
Cwmcarvan, Monmouth, NP25 4JP
Set in the rolling countryside of central Monmouthshire, this property is located between Monmouth (with its excellent state and private schools only 6 miles/10 kilometres away) and Raglan (excellent shops and pubs, 6/10 kilometres miles away). Even though the A449 - with its easy link to the M50 and M4 - is just 3 miles away, there is no road noise at the property.
The Porch (approximately 6 x 6 feet/1.82 x 1.82 metres)
The stone-built porch with tile roof acts as the main entrance to the house. It has a large, thick wooden front door with hardwood surround, both internal and external lights, a glazed window, shoe racks and coat hangers and a doormat which, via another substantial wooden door leads to the kitchen.
The Kitchen (approximately 14 x 24 feet/4.26 x 7.31 metres)
A traditional farmhouse kitchen with single-level flagstone floor, beamed ceiling, front door into porch and stable door opening out onto garden. Traditional leaded-light windows (made by the craftsman at Lincoln Cathedral) allow good light access and insulation. The AGA (runs on clean LPG) is the main heat source and cooker in this kitchen. An electric cooker is also installed. Storage is provided by the bespoke set of pine kitchen cupboards with American Red Oak worktops all made and fitted by local craftsman, Dirk Driessen. He also made and fitted the hardwood drainer and Belfast sink stand. There is a window seat close to the AGA. There are two sets of power points. At the other end of the room is a dining area which has a large dining table & chairs and antique, floor-standing, LPG central heating radiator. A stable door allows direct access to the garden and flagstone path. At one end of the room there are three oak plank steps leading to a small lobby; at the other, a stone step down into the utility room and larder.
The Utility Room & Larder (approximately 14 x 8.5 feet/4.26 x 2.59 metres)
This room has a concrete raft floor and double (garage-style) doors opening on to the garden. There is a window-light in the ceiling and a leaded-light window in the far wall. This currently houses fridges, freezers and other food storage on shelves and in cupboards. There are power points and plumbing for washing machines, tumble-dryers. A Pulley Maid airer/dryer. has been installed for clothes drying. The LPG boiler for hot water & heating is located here and another Belfast sink.
At the far end of the kitchen, there are three oak steps and a small lobby (approximately 4 x 3.25 feet/1.21 x 1 metres) which leads to the downstairs wc.
The Downstairs WC (approximately 7 x 3.25 feet/ 2.1 x 1 metres)
The red ceramic tiles on the floor were recycled from the original tack room and stabling area. The toilet has a high level syston. There is a hand basin with brass taps. A towel rail is positioned on the back of the oak plank door. Heating is supplied by a central heating radiator.
Leading off the lobby, behind another oak-plank door is the entrance to the living room.
The Living Room (approximately 13.5 x 15.5 feet/4.11 x 4.72 metres)
A large, light room oak plank floor and double-glazed units set into traditional casement window frames and doors. A stone, inglenook fireplace with an oak beam houses the remnants of a bread oven and is currently equipped with a Jotl multifuel wood-burner. The chimney is currently sealed but unlined so could be used for an open fire. The cupboards to either side of the fireplace provide useful storage and are nineteenth century or older as is the covered spiral staircase behind the latch door. Window seats and a glazed door overlook the lawns. There are two wall-mounted central heating radiators and power points for electricity.
Behind the latch door, a spiral staircase leads to the first floor landing. Through another latch door and up a similar staircase takes you the loft bedroom.
Loft Bedroom (approximately 16 feet x 14 feet/4.87 x 4.26 metres)
This 'under-the-eaves' bedroom has a wealth of beams, chimney breasts and other features including a dormer window set into the angled roof and a window by the stairs. Both are double-glazed. The far wall of the room is a traditional pine-built divider behind which lies the loft storage room. Twin power points are installed.
The Loft Storage Room (approximately 6 feet x 14 feet/1.82 x 4.26 metres)
This room provides a huge amount of storage space as well as the location of the header tank for the hot water system. It has a window on the far wall.
Bedroom One (approximately 14 feet x 11.5 feet/4.26 x 3.5 metres)
A double bedroom with double-glazed casement windows looking over the lawn. There is a working fireplace in one corner, a central-heating radiator and twin power points.
Bedroom Two (approximately 11 feet x 9.5 feet/3.35 x 2.89 metres)
A double bedroom with built-in, cottage-style cupboards (measuring 11 feet) providing storage and hanging space along one wall. A double-glazed casement window looks out onto the lawn. There is a twin power point and a central-heating radiator.
Bathroom (approximately 11 feet x 7 feet/3.35 x 2.1 metres)
Rhino-floored with a victorian bath with ball and claw feet. The leaded light window overlooks the lawn and has a window seat. There is a chrome towel rail, a wc with porcelain syston, a cottage-style built-in basin unit with an extractor fan.
Bedroom Three (approximately 15 feet x 13 feet/4.57 x 3.96 metres)
The second largest bedroom has built-in, cottage-style cupboards (13 feet) for clothes storage along one wall and a double-glazed casement windows looking onto the lawn. There is a hayloft door feature (useful for moving furniture in and out) and an antique (1920's) floor-standing central-heating radiator. A remote burglar alarm control panel is located by the bed with phone and power points.
The property is approached via a cattle grid and a track which meanders down through three fields (about 400 yards/365 metres). The property is clearly visible from the track as it descends. To the left, there are excellent views of Blorange in the Brecon Beacons.
Milking Parlour (approx. 32 x 12 feet/9.75 x 3.65) & Barn (approx. 43 x 16 feet/13.1 x 4.87 metres)
The first building you come to is the barn with its red tin roof and stone walls with arrow-slit windows. We converted the milking parlour twenty years ago into an office and storage. It has stone walls, a concrete raft floor, double-glazed, floor-to-ceiling, mullioned windows, insulated pan-tile roof and electric heating with mains electricity. A telephone line is still installed but would need to be reactivated. The main barn building was maintained as a ruin but now has planning permission (4 years to run) for a three-bedroomed holiday let (plans available). 'Change of usage' may be possible following the completion of the conversion but the buyer must rely on his own inquiries. There is a large store room incorporated into the barn building. Thick wooden doors and padlocks keep everything secure. The area in front of the buildings has the remnants of the concrete from the old stock yard which provides parking for four cars. The fencing and large double gate allows vehicle access.
Orchard (approximately 0.05 acre/0.02 hectare)
To the left of the track is a triangular strip of land which connects the barn to the rest of the property. This is planted with a handful of apple and pear trees. The whole area is fenced off with a gate at the end nearest the house.
Garden (approximately 0.3 acre/0.12 hectare)
The garden is secured by a five bar gate and high hedges with fences all round. The northern side of the house is skirted by a fast-running stream. The speed of this old mill stream prevents any flooding in even the wettest of seasons. The stream is overgrown on both banks with a variety of native trees. There is a spring on the opposite bank which can be accessed via a small stone bridge. There are two raised beds for growing vegetables. Flower beds face the stream on both sides of the house.
Ty Bach (approximately 4 x 4 feet/1.2 x 1.2 metres)
Half way along the southern hedge, there is an ancient, long out-of-use and overgrown stone-built ty bach or earth closet which is watertight and currently used a winter wood store.
Garden Shed (approximately 7 x 6 feet/2.13 x 1.82 metres)
The modern, wooden garden shed to keep mowers and other equipment. An LPG storage tank which was updated three years ago is situated close by.