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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Langstone, Catsash, Gwent

Offers in Region of £1,795,000

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Tenure: Freehold

The Story

With its incredible combination of spectacular character and cutting edge design, Kemeys Folly has not only been featured on television but has also been their home and castle

Standing by one of the great glass walls in their unique home, Sarah and Dean Berry can see out across the rolling countryside towards the Bristol Channel and the Severn Bridge.
Their hilltop property, Kemeys Folly, is not only a landmark within its magnificent Welsh surroundings but has also made something of a name for itself as a subject of one of Channel 4's Grand Designs programmes.
"The original building was a hunting lodge, which dates back to the 1700s and was owned by the Sheriff of Monmouth at one time," explained Sarah. "We bought it with a view to carrying out significant work on it, renovating the tower and extending it.
"It was one of those 'love at first sight' moments. We were in London at the time but knew we wanted to move back here to where we grew up.
"Neither of us even knew it existed but when we saw it we wanted it. It was just outstanding."

STRIKING ARCHITECTURE

When Dean was offered a job in Bristol they moved back and rented a cottage while they launched into the project.
They spent time with the planners agreeing on a concept for their Grade II Listed home that everyone was happy with.
"The idea was to keep the original features of the main building, such as the beautiful exposed stonework, but not to mimic what was already there in the extension.
"We wanted to create new sections that helped to tell the story of the building through the years and were an expression of the 21st century - so we went for something that was very modern and striking, using lots of glass."
They also contacted Channel 4 and began to discuss the possibility of bringing in cameras to follow their progress - and were thrilled when the television channel agreed.
"I had always been a massive fan of the programme and felt the building was so amazing that it deserved its moment in time. Filming and working with Kevin McCloud was great fun."

AMAZING SPACE

Today the stunning home sits in 23 acres of its own land and offers exceptional entertaining spaces, as well as inviting family areas.
It has a total of six bedrooms, five of which have en suite bathrooms, including the sumptuous master bedroom, which takes up a whole floor of the tower and opens up on to its own roof terrace.
"This is a really social house, where we have enjoyed spending time with our family and friends. The main living area is incredible - you can just fill it with people and there is always plenty of room."
This very contemporary part of the house, featuring gleaming floors, high gloss units and lots of glass, includes the kitchen, dining area and family room - and doors on two sides of the space can be pulled right back to bring the panoramic views right into the home.
"Then we also enjoy the cinema room, which is in the older part of the building and which has a much more traditional style," said Sarah. "I love it at Christmas when all the family is here and everyone is in there watching a film together."

ANCIENT WOODLAND

With so much land, outdoor living has also been an immense pleasure at Kemey's Folly.
Summer barbecues are held in front of the dramatic building and children love to run on the grassy areas.
"It is also lovely to walk by the woodland, where there is lots of wildlife, including deer. The Usk Valley Walk takes you right past our woodland."
Despite its very natural surroundings, the property enjoys good access to Bristol, Cardiff, the M4 and London and it takes just 15 minutes to get into Newport, with its supermarkets and shopping areas.
"We are moving now because we are downsizing now but living here has been such fun," said Sarah. "Whoever takes Kemeys Folly on now is going to enjoy such an amazing life here."

Folly accommodation

The significant footprint offers excellent flexibility with life/work opportunities and the open plan areas provide superb entertaining space, yet still affording intimacy with the cinema room/library and additional reception room. The current arrangement features three high quality bedrooms within the main body of the Folly, including a master suite with dressing room, en-suite and large sun terrace offering an outstanding vista. The two remaining bedrooms also both have en-suite facilities. The open plan contemporary kitchen works wonderfully for families and entertaining and the views are exceptional. There are a range of quality wall and base units that include integrated appliances, a steam combi oven, wine fridge, double-fridge freezer, sink and ½ plus drainer, Induction hob with a unique extraction fitting over.
A grand linking hallway between the Folly to the remaining accommodation.

Ground Floor Accommodation

The principal living areas and remaining three bedrooms are contained within the ground floor of the Folly and the newly constructed wings. These elements include under floor heating, Pilkington K Glass windows and a high quality cinema room and audio/video entertainment system that is available throughout the whole house, including the historic Folly

Outbuildings

There is a large Pool House with generous pool and changing facilities within. There are four stables that back directly onto a paddock that benefits from a ménage. The Boiler room houses the principle heating system for the home a bio mass boiler.

SETTING THE SCENE:

Despite the prominent positioning of Kemeys Folly its private countryside location ensures passers-by are blissfully unaware of this wonderful property. Situated in-between the country lanes between Langstone and historic Caerleon, the property is accessed via remote double gates leading to a generous parking area. The Folly's striking beauty is apparent upon entering into the grounds with sweeping panoramic views. From the parking area the principle residence, stables, pool house, boiler room are easily accessible.

WHAT'S NEARBY? ()

Caerleon, a charming village with historic Roman ties is only a short drive from the property. There are many pubs, taverns, fine and dining establishments alongside boutique shops in this thriving community. The popular market towns of Usk and Monmouth are also easily accessible via car. The world class Luxury Resort of Celtic Manor is right on your doorstep. Horse Racing of interest? Chepstow Racecourse is within 15 minutes Drive

WITHIN EASY REACH

The M4 Junction 24 is just a 5 minute drive and provides excellent road links to Cardiff and Bristol. Newport train station is around 15minutes away with main line access to London being around 2 hours. Both Bristol and Cardiff international Airport are similar distances, both around a 45 minute drive.

HOW TO GET HERE

From Cardiff head East bound along the M4, Exit Junction 24 of the M4 onto the Coldra Roundabout, Exit Signpost Langstone onto Chepstow road A48. Straight over 1st roundabout near the Hilton Hotel, follow for around 0.5 miles turning left onto Catsash Road. Straight over mini round and follow the road to the T Junction turning Right onto Old Roman Road and follow 0.3 miles turning left onto Coed Y Caerau Lane and follow for aprox 0.5 miles the property will be on the left.

For those with satellite navigation the postcode is NP18 1JR


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  • Severn Tunnel Junction (5.6 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Newport (S. Wales) (5.1 mi)
  • Severn Tunnel Junction (5.6 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Chewton Rose, South Wales

14 St. Andrews Crescent Cathays Cardiff CF10 3DD

029 2243 0205 Local call rate

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