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Built in 1961, Fernhill sits in an incredible position with panoramic views across the Vale of Usk, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, seven miles to the south of Monmouth. Built at an elevated position, the house has a striking profile, with timber stilts and a mono-pitch roof. The layout of the first floor is designed around breathtaking views; the primary living space arranged in a lateral layout, incorporating two walls of floor-to-ceiling glazing. Externally clad in cedar, the house feels wholly embedded within its immediate landscape.
Internal accommodation measures 2,697 sq ft across two floors. The division of space across the house has been cleverly conceived and designed with great flexibility and ease of mobility in mind. The two storeys of the house are interlinked by an internal staircase, but both operate as self-contained living spaces; perfect if a separate annexe is required.
The main living areas are configured with large picture windows framing the superlative views from every aspect. The living room is a cosy space with a large log burner and a set of sliding glass doors leading directly onto the front balcony; a wonderful position to admire the abundant wildlife within the neighbouring 350-year-old oaks.
Interlinked with the dining room is a generously proportioned galley kitchen with a long granite worktop and an oil-fired Aga. A ribbon of glazing frames the backdrop and a pretty sloped rockery to the rear of the house. A second external door leads out from the kitchen, onto the upper levels of the garden, this is a lovely spot for alfresco dining under the canopy of the surrounding trees.
A reclaimed gymnasium floor of solid beech runs underfoot throughout the hallway from the kitchen and into a wide-open landing; a beautifully bright centre to the house lit naturally from the oversize skylights overhead and a further set of glazed doors, allowing light and air to flow through the centre plan. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms sit on the opposite side of the upper floor, the master with an en-suite, separate dressing room and access out to the upper levels of the garden.
The ground floor of the house is currently organised as two self-contained living spaces, each with one bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room area. A hydraulic wheelchair lift has been installed at ground level and a number of access-related design details, such as wide doorways throughout the upper floors, and comprehensive Pressalit support systems installed in the bathrooms (all can be easily removed if not required).
The gardens at Fernhill wrap the house, with many areas of interest both on sloped and flat ground, extensive mature planting and scope for further development. Surrounding woodland offers the privacy of a natural backdrop and tucked away in a tranquil corner of the upper terrace, is a hot tub location and a timber-frame sauna room. A series of steps lead down from a lovely elevated seating area on a timber-clad terrace to the lower level of the house and the generous driveway. A large double garage/workshop with easy access from the road is positioned below.
Whilst offering an idyllic rural retreat, Fernhill is well-positioned, 11 miles from the Severn Bridge, exactly half-way between the local towns of Monmouth and Chepstow. Onward journeys to Cardiff and Bristol can be made in 35 minutes. The Georgian city of Bath is approximately 45 minutes by car, and the Medieval city of Hereford lies 30 minutes to the north.
A good selection of primary and secondary schools fall within the catchment area and three Michelin-starred restaurants are also nearby: The Crown, The Walnut Tree and The Hardwick. Three excellent local Free-house pubs are within ten minutes of the house.
The village of Llanishen offers community, privacy, country walks, a village shop and a freehouse pub.
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor
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