5 bedroom detached house for sale
Court House Farm, Caldicot
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- 15TH CENTURY FARMHOUSE WITH ORIGINAL FEATURES
- STEEPED IN HISTORY
- FOUR RECEPTION ROOMS AND SIX BEDROOMS
- LARGE FARMHOUSE STYLE KITCHEN
- DAIRY ROOM
- GAMES ROOM WITH BEDROOM ABOVE
- ACCOMMODATION EXTENDS TO APPROXIMATELY 4100 SQ FT
- SOUTH FACING GARDEN
Sitting round the kitchen table enjoying family meals or relaxing by a roaring fire, Janet and Bill Ward have so many fond memories of their time at Court House Farm.
The seven-bedroom property, which dates back to 1326, has been their home for some 25 years now, and, as well as being a successful bed and breakfast operation for a while, has also been a perfect place to raise a family.
This has been a lovely old house to live in and we have been very happy here, said Janet. Even though it needed work, the very first time I saw it I fell in love with it.
We wanted a big old house with room for all the family and we could see this would be ideal - and it has been great; a very warm and comfortable place in which to live.
The Grade II listed property came with a wealth of history attached to it, and many period features still in tact.
It was the farmhouse for Caldicot Castle and when the court was held at the castle this is where everyone would stay, explained Janet. The house has been extended in the past. In the 1700s it had a 'new' extension!
Interesting features still visible in the property include fireplaces in two of the bedrooms, as well as a Claygate fireplace, flagstones and beams.
We also have a built-in dresser in the kitchen, which is listed in its own right, as it is so old, she added.
A WARM WELCOME
The kitchen still has a farmhouse style and is very much the heart of the home. Here the Wards can seat up to 12 people around the table for a lively meal.
People tend to come straight into the kitchen and then don't get any further! she said. We have a walk-in pantry in the kitchen, which is great for keeping lots of food in.
She continued: The other room we use a lot is the sitting room. This is where we often sit in the evening. We have a coal fire in there that we light in winter - this makes it very cosy.
When it comes to entertaining, however, the Wards have created a special party place. A former storage area with a hay loft above was converted by their sons into a bar with a bedroom above.
My son used to joke that all you need is somewhere to have a drink and to go to sleep! she said. But it was great for them when they were younger - and they still use it now. One of them came back to have his 40th birthday party there recently.
And she added: What is also good is that you can't hear any noise from the bar in the main house!
The couple no longer run a bed and breakfast at Court House Farm but suggest it would be straightforward for someone else to start the operation up again.
We were able to have three bed and breakfast rooms and still have four bedrooms for ourselves, Janet pointed out. The guests could use the drawing room in the evening and we could be in the sitting room or dining room.
Bedrooms are comfortable and embody much of the character of the house.
I love my own room - it has a fireplace and space for a sofa so I can go in there to relax, she said.
And she added: There is plenty to enjoy about this house. It is ideal for a family and could be great for bed and breakfast once again.
The farm house has a central hallway with reception rooms on both sides and a kitchen/breakfast room located to the rear. The property is approached via a solid oak front door, which is listed into a spacious reception hall. The drawing room to the right of the hall has a bay window to the front with aspect to garden. Off this room is a second kitchen with bathroom which lends itself to being a self-contained accommodation. The lounge which also has a bay window to the front and boasts a superb claygate listed open fireplace with hearth. The dining room has an original Victorian fireplace also with bay window to front. The kitchen is of a typical farm house style with matching cabinets, Belfast sink and cooking range. There is a rare listed built in welsh dresser. The clay gate open fireplace, which completes the character filled kitchen, is reputed to have a priest's hole further up into the breast.
Ascending the oak staircase to the first floor landing and through the timber doors you will come to five sizable bedrooms and a spacious family bathroom. Two of the bedrooms have original Victorian cast iron fireplaces, along with timber doors and beamed ceilings. The family bathroom is of good size. A steep timber staircase leads from the landing to the second floor with an additional bedroom.
SETTING THE SCENE
The fairly flat lawned garden to the front of the property is of a south facing nature and is enclosed by timber fencing. The gardens are mature with an abundance of trees and bushes, together with a wide range of fruit trees, including a substantial fig and walnut tree. Parking to the side of the property allows for several vehicles.
Court House Farm sits in half an acre of grounds, including its driveway and its gardens.
We have a very large garden at the front of house, which still feels very private. It was field really when we arrived but is now very mature, with fruit trees, said Janet.
A seating area has also been created in the front garden. This is where the couple also enjoy summer meals and outdoor entertaining.
The large lawn is perfect for parties and for children to play out on.
WITHIN EASY REACH
The village has a good range of amenities, according to the couple, who also enjoy heading into Chepstow. Within the area are lots of places to walk, cycle and enjoy the sights. These include, of course, Caldicot Castle.
Caldicot is a short distance from the M4 motorway and therefore allows the city of Bristol to be reached in approximately 40 minutes, and the city of Cardiff in approximately 25 minutes. Ideally placed to those who require schooling at Monmouth and is a short distance from the pretty historic towns of Abergavenny and Usk. For golfers there are several courses within a short drive, including the Celtic Manor golf course, the scene of the 2011 Ryder Cup, and Tredegar Park Golf Club.
From junction 23 of the M4 motorway take the second turning on the roundabout heading for Rogiet (4 miles). Proceed along Caldicot bypass and at the second set of traffic lights turn left onto Woodstock Way passing the leisure centre and school on the right hand side. At the t-junction turn right onto Sandy Lane and then first left into Castle Lea. Turn right into the first cul-de-sac and the property is located on the right hand side.
For those with satellite navigation the postcode is NP26 4GZ
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