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4 bedroom detached house for sale
- DETACHED FORMER WOODSMAN'S LODGE
- TWO RECEPTIONS
- LEISURE SUITE AND OUTBUILDINGS
- FOUR BEDROOMS, INCLUDING TWO EN-SUITES
- GROUNDS OF APPROXIMATELY 6.5 ACRES (STMS)
- ACCOMMODATION EXTENDS TO APPROXIMATELY 3313 SQ FT
Sitting on the terrace, watching the sun setting over the beautiful Monmouthshire countryside, Geoffrey and Tracey Platts reflect on the many happy memories they have gathered during their family life at Dale Lodge.
In an absolutely perfect rural setting, Dale Lodge has given them the just the right amount of privacy and seclusion, while being ideally placed for access to three major cities.
Once a woodman's cottage, Dale Lodge is still surrounded by land managed by the Forestry Commission and is a truly unique home - and a very careful blend of old and new. With four bedrooms, two reception rooms and a stunning kitchen/breakfast room, as well as a leisure complex, it has been the ideal family home for the couple and their family for many years.
We've really loved living at Dale Lodge, we're surrounded by wildlife and have a beautiful rural outlook, but we're so convenient for nearby cities too - it's been the perfect location for us.
PRIVACY AND CONVENIENCE
On a plot of more than six acres (STMS), with its own paddocks, Dale Lodge is accessed via a gated entrance at the end of a private drive, so it offers the peace and security of a rural home, but with incredibly easy access to local facilities and wider transport networks.
It has been home for Geoffrey and Tracey for nearly 15 years and for them, its unique combination of character, privacy and convenience have made it the ultimate home.
We'd looked at more than 20 places when found Dale Lodge, they explained. This was just what we were looking for. It's very private, but it's not isolated, so it's been perfect for us with a family and busy work life.
Dale Lodge was converted for its current residential use in 1986, so, while it retains its unique historic charm and character, it now has a beautifully appointed interior, which for Geoffrey and Tracey really does give it the best of both worlds.
In the hedge, you can still see the old wooden gate that was the original entrance to the cottage, which is where the original woodman would have come in after walking home over the fields years ago, said Geoffrey.
Being some 250 feet above sea level, Dale Lodge has a beautiful outlook and a very sunny disposition to showcase the stunning interior that Geoffrey and Tracey have created.
The couple engaged an interior designer to advise them on the colour schemes for the main entrance hall and stairs, and also the dining room and master bedroom. The house now has a lovely flowing style, with all woodwork finished in Farrow & Ball products and interior doors set off with Turnstyle Design nickel and ebony marble door furniture.
Life at Dale Lodge often centres on the very spacious kitchen/breakfast room. At the heart of the room is a curved Corian worktop and breakfast island bar, which is ideal for informal family meals.
There is also a separate dining room with French windows into the garden, which is great for entertaining but also doubles up as a family room for Tracey and Geoffrey, who have taken full advantage of its generous proportions to add some comfortable seating and get the most out the room.
At the end of a long cold winter's day, there is nothing better than relaxing in the drawing room at Dale Lodge, in the cosy glow of the log fire. This room is a real favourite with Geoffrey and Tracey and they especially like the way it works so well in different seasons.
The room is very cosy with the fire in winter, but in summer, we can open up the terrace doors to the garden and bring the outside in - it's perfect, they agreed.
Nestled in the heart of Slade woodlands, Dale Lodge is bolstered by the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding countryside and as you approach via its gated entrance, the house seems to blend effortlessly with this striking landscape. Taking in the attractive stone façade and the sound of the ornate fish pond with its cascading water, you make your way into the reception hall where the simple and bright décor offers a fresh and welcoming feel. Leading off the hall, you find the drawing room with its feature stone fireplace, wooden mantle and log burning fire that heighten its cosy appeal. Patio doors allow access and beautiful views over the formal south-facing gardens, while beyond you continue through to a spacious dining/family room, that would make an equally wonderful study or hobby room. Also off the hall there is a light and spacious kitchen/breakfast room that forms the social hub of the house. Offering a wealth of cabinets, the practical layout affords plenty of space for a table and chairs making this an ideal area for informal meals and family gatherings. Additionally, there is feature fireplace that houses the oven, external access and a separate utility room.
Accessed via a turned staircase, the generous landing leads to each of the four beautifully presented bedrooms. The master bedroom and second bedroom each boast the luxury of an en-suite, while bedrooms three and four are serviced by a family bathroom.
Taking advantage of the privacy and space in the Dale Lodge grounds, the family have added a separate cedar wood leisure room, with a comfortable seating area and television and film facilities, plus a six person sauna, two person steam room and a shower room. A six person hot tub adds the finishing touch and, as it is covered, can be used in any season, even when it's snowing.
It is the ideal haven to enjoy watching a good film, or to listen out for badgers in the neighbouring woodlands at night.
We have wildlife in abundance, including woodpeckers, tawny and barn owls and a range of garden birds and the pond attracts a wide range of dragonflies - we never knew there were so many varieties, smiled Geoffrey.
Setting the scene
Enjoying a picturesque woodland approach and set on a plot of approximately 6.5 acres (STMS), Dale Lodge has plenty of space for outdoor life and its established, fully enclosed garden has been a joy for Geoffrey and Tracey. Over the years, they have further improved the garden to add a water feature and pond, which incorporates reclaimed local stone. The grounds also incorporate formal gardens and four paddocks with field shelters and stables.
A terrace can be reached easily via terrace doors from both the drawing room and dining room, so the whole house can be opened up to the garden in summer, which has been perfect for summer parties and barbecues.
Because the garden is so big and it's so private here, we've had some great parties and barbecues with family and friends and it's an especially good place for fireworks - even now our children like to come here for Bonfire night celebrations, they laughed.
Within easy reach
Rogiet enjoys good transport links with its own train station providing access to both Cardiff and Bristol, together with the M4 and M5 motorways. Newport can be reached in less than a 30 minute drive where there is a direct rail link to Paddington Station in London, which takes about two hours. Only a few miles away is the Celtic Manor Hotel and Golf Club where the 2010 Ryder Cup is to be held and on hand there are many outdoor recreational facilities including direct access onto the surrounding forestry. Close by is the attractive market town of Chepstow with its range of shops, supermarkets and leisure facilities.
Turn off the M4 at Junction 23a signposted Magor and from Magor follow the B4245 through Undy to the start of Rogiet. Take the first left into Minnetts Lane and follow for approximately 1 mile to the end where Dale Lodge will be on your left.
For those with satellite navigation the post code for the property is NP26 3US.
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