This extended and beautifully presented four-bedroom farm cottage is set in just over 11 acres with approximately 10 acres of grazing land/paddocks, stables, useful barns and impressive equestrian facilities.
The vendors have used the property as a livery yard and also for training race horses and dressage horses. It is equipped with a floodlit 30m x 40m manège with an all-weather surface, a five-bay Claydon horse walker, 12 stables and paddocks with stock-proof fencing.
An ideal property for anyone wishing to keep horses or run a livery yard, the land and buildings could also be run as a smallholding. It is thought this is how the property originated, as one of a number of smallholdings made available for rent by soldiers returning from the First World War.
The property enjoys a delightful situation on the edge of the popular village of Portskewett, with views towards the Severn Estuary. It is close to the M4 corridor and the M48, making it well positioned for commuters. The vendors have appreciated its proximity to Chepstow Racecourse, to the David Broome Event Centre and to the motorway network for travel to racecourses and equestrian events across the UK.
Portskewett village has local amenities including a convenience store, public house, doctor's surgery, pharmacy, church and primary school. A secondary school, leisure centre, supermarkets and further shops can be found in Caldicot, about a mile away. The historic market town of Chepstow, with its shops and facilities is about 5 miles away.
Step inside:- - The early twentieth century property started out as a traditional two-up, two-down cottage. Acquired by the vendors some 24 years ago, it has been updated and extended into a lovely home which retains some charming character features, including the pine doors to the bedrooms, exposed pine floorboards, original staircase and period black cast iron fireplaces in the dining room and two of the bedrooms.
The vendors have added a two-storey kitchen/bedroom extension to one side, a single storey bedroom extension to the other and, most recently, a delightful conservatory which provides a large and comfortable living area.
The conservatory has become the heart of this home. It has reflective glass, practical and hardwearing Karndean wood effect vinyl flooring and a Stovax wood burning stove. "It makes a lovely place to sit. You can look out and see all the paddocks and the horses and view the old Severn Bridge in the distance. There are doors to a large patio area, which gets the evening sun and is a lovely place to eat out in the summer."
The conservatory is open plan to the attractive kitchen, which has high quality, hand-made, Shaker-style wall and floor units, black granite work surfaces and a flagstone floor. There is a three-oven gas Aga, a double Belfast sink, a range of integrated appliances and space for a large upright fridge/freezer. In the adjacent utility room, there is another Belfast sink, plumbing for a washing machine and space for a drier. Off the utility room is a pantry.
Next to the kitchen is the pretty dining room, a light and airy room formed by knocking two rooms into one. In a brick-built feature fireplace at the far end of the room there is an Esse, gas, woodburner-style stove. At the other end of the room, the original cast iron fireplace can still be used for an open fire. The room has wood laminate flooring.
A door from the dining room leads through to a small inner hallway, where stairs lead up to the first floor. Accessed off this hallway is a spacious ground floor bedroom with a dressing room and a modern en-suite shower room, French doors from the bedroom open to the garden.
The downstairs accommodation is completed by a cloakroom/wc, which has a large storage cupboard and a Victorian-style radiator. Throughout the downstairs there are attractive, oak, ledge and brace doors with black metal door furniture. All the windows in the house are double glazed and with the exception of those in the single storey extension, the frames are hardwood.
Upstairs there is a principal bedroom with a modern ensuite shower room. There are two further bedrooms and a family bathroom with a most luxurious, free-standing roll top bath.
Outside - The property stands in level landscaped lawned gardens and is approached from the road through wooden electric gates.
A driveway leads up to the property and to a red brick building alongside, thought to date from around the same time as the cottage. Whilst part of this building was originally a milking parlour, it now comprises a double garage and eight stables opening onto a stable yard plus a first-floor granary, used for storage.
The equestrian facilities further comprise a separate tack room, four stables in a three-bay, open-fronted barn, an all-weather manège and a horse walker. Two adjoining steel frame barns are used for vehicle storage and general storage. A Dutch barn is used for hay. The land is divided into paddocks with stock-proof fencing. The site includes an area of woodland and it is bordered by mature woodland on two sides.
Disclaimer:- Cropthorne Farm has separate titles on two of the barns and is part share owned by an additional third party other than the original vendor.
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