Chapel Road, Abergavenny
- One of the finest examples of a late Victorian residence located in a prime residential area on the outskirts of Abergavenny town
- Substantial family home with an abundance of character and elegance befitting of both the era and a house of such standing
- Features include ornate fireplaces, moulded plaster ceilings and architrave and intricate stained glass windows
- Presented to an exacting standard with much attention to detail and high quality fittings including oak floors, brass door furniture and switch plates
- 4 reception rooms including impressive morning room with bay window and views towards the Blorenge Mountain. Drawing room with square bay window and glazed door to the garden
- Impressive bespoke Edwin Loxley oak fitted kitchen incorporating family area with space for sofas. Open plan to the dining room with handmade oak dresser and cupboards
- Magnificent staircase leading to first floor with 5 bedrooms, including principal bedroom with superb views, marble fireplace and en-suite
- Staircase from the first floor leads to the original maids’ quarters on the second floor, configured as a 6th bedroom and loft storage
- Standing in circa .8 of an acre of beautiful gardens comprising lawns, specimen trees, vegetable garden and veranda, ideally positioned to enjoy the splendid views
- Entered via stone pillars leading to semi circular driveway, flanked by lawn and mature shrubs. Double garage with pitched roof, ample parking
Property SummaryA fine example of a late Victorian dwelling located in one of the most sought after residential areas on the fringe of Abergvenny town, within a short distance of open countryside. Built in attractive yellow Beaufort brick with sandstone quoins under a tiled roof in 1895 by Charles Oswin Cotton, who was Chief Engineer of the Great Western Railway, as his retirement home. This impressive period house has the grandeur and elegance of another era combined with the comfort and style of a much loved family home catering for the requirements of modern day living.
Enter via solid wooden painted front doors, set into an ornate carved sandstone stone archway, into an entrance lobby with the original wrought iron door bell and stained glass double doors. Step into the grand reception hall with carved wooden architrave, pillars and archways, period plaster and carved wooden ceiling complemented by an original cast iron fireplace set on a slate hearth. The principal reception rooms are located off the hall; the light and welcoming morning room with bay window to front affording glorious views towards the Blorenge Mountain, the centrepiece of this delightful room is a Burmese teak fireplace with over mantle bevel edged mirror and carved display cabinets either side; the impressive drawing room with square bay window overlooking the garden, moulded plaster ceiling and door to the side garden and terrace. To the rear of the hall is a comfortable sitting room with doors opening out onto the terrace with views towards Deri hillside and beyond.
It is often said that the kitchen is the ‘heart of a home’ and if ever there was an example of a kitchen/family room, that typifies the hub of family life, this is one. A bespoke kitchen with oak cupboards set under granite worksurfaces with granite splashbacks and a co-ordinating large island unit housing the ovens and hob. An aesthetically pleasing and comprehensively fitted kitchen designed with ample space to both cook and relax with ample space for sofas too. A walk in pantry offers ample storage and a door to the side of the kitchen leads to a utility/laundry room and W.C. The kitchen/ family room is enhanced by a cream Mandarin Stone travertine floor which continues through to the dining room, open plan to the kitchen and fitted with a hand made oak dresser and cupboards, perfect for both displaying and storing crockery and glassware, a beautiful room to either enjoy a family lunch or more formal dinner.
The ground floor accommodation is completed by a generous study and former ‘Gentleman’s’ cloakroom, with marble washstand and original tiled walls and mosaic tiled floor, accessed from the main hall. A door from the hall leads to a large wine cellar with two separate rooms and painted flagstone floor. The magnificent, original solid oak staircase with carved newel posts, handrail and balustrade, rises from the entrance hall to the first floor.
At half landing level is an intricate stained glass window. The staircase continues to the first floor landing where the four generous principal bedrooms, with views towards the Blorenge Mountain or Deri, together with bath/shower rooms are located. To the rear of the main landing is an inner landing, where the original maids’ lodgings were located, being a 5th bedroom on the first floor and a staircase leading to a second floor 6th bedroom and loft storage.
The quality and grandeur of the ground floor is mirrored in the principal bedrooms with the same attention to detail including fine examples of plasterwork and fireplaces amongst other period features.
The entrance to The Rowans is between two stone pillars leading to the tarmacadam driveway, flanked by lawns and mature shrubs. The driveway leads to the front of the house in a semi-circular design with ample space for parking, to one side of the driveway is a double garage with pitched roof. Bordered by stone and brick walls, providing much privacy, the beautiful gardens have been designed for enjoying with level lawns extending to the front, side and rear of the house, all with views towards the surrounding mountains and countryside. The landscaping includes a terrace adjoining the house and to the front, a veranda, an ideal place to enjoy a morning coffee or evening glass of wine. There are 3 trees of note, all subject to Tree Preservation Orders, a Copper Beech and Beech trees to the front and an enchanting Monkey Puzzle Tree to the rear.
A productive vegetable garden with an aluminium greenhouse forms part of the original walled garden and beyond, tucked away in a corner providing privacy and seclusion, is a timber summerhouse. The gardens are well kept with gravel pathways and stone edged borders and a variety of interesting planted beds. A second vehicular access is located to the side of the garage.
Abergavenny is an historic town located on the banks of the River Usk and bordering the Brecon Beacons National Park. The town is nestled between the Blorenge, Sugar Loaf and Skirrid Mountains and within a mile of the town centre are recreational walks through the beautiful countryside and along the Monmouth- shire & Brecon Canal. A wide range of local amenities include shops, primary and secondary schools, banks, doctors, dentists, a library and a general hospital. Abergavenny has a leisure centre with swimming pool, a cinema, theatre and the area is well known for its many high quality restaurants. Abergavenny has become renowned for its annual Food Festival, attracting over 20,000 visitors to the town over the bustling weekend which showcases Welsh produce, crafts and cookery demonstrations.
The town has a mainline railway station and good road links for commuting; the property is situated within easy reach of the commercial centres of south Wales via the Heads of the Valleys road and the A40/A449 linking to the M4, M5 and M50 motorways for Cardiff, Bristol and the Midlands.
Mains gas, electricity and water.
Monmouthshire County Council
Please note that the Council Tax banding was correct as at date property listed. All buyers should make their own enquiries.
One of the stone entrance pillars is leaning, the vendor is in the process of obtaining the relevant consent to carry out remedial works. A covenant on the property restricts the use to a family dwelling house e.g. the house cannot be used as a Bed & Breakfast business. Full details available from the selling agents.
Fixtures and Fittings
Unless specifically described in these particulars, all fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale though may be available by separate negotiation
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