Stunning small estate on the Welsh Marches
Great Campston enjoys a stunning location on the Welsh Marches close to the Monmouthshire/Herefordshire border. Surrounded by stunning open countryside with superb views towards the Skirrid, the Sugar Loaf and the Black Mountains.
Nearby are the villages of Pandy, Llanvihangel Crucorney and Grosmont where local amenities are available with more extensive shopping, leisure and recreational facilities a short distance away at Abergavenny. Hereford and Monmouth provide a greater range as expected of county capitals.
The area is well sourced with both primary and secondary schools and at Hereford the exceptional Hereford Sixth Form College, winner of the 2016 TES 6th Form College of the Year.' In addition there are a number of independent schools in the area, including Haberdashers' Monmouth, Hereford Cathedral School and Christ College, Brecon.
Monmouthshire and Herefordshire boast a wide range of recreational and sporting opportunities especially on the Rivers Wye and Usk and in the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains whilst the world renowned Hay Festival at Hay-on-Wye is only 24 miles to the north.
From Great Campston the Campston Lane provides direct and easy access to the A465 Abergavenny to Hereford main road. This leads to the A40 which in turn links onto the M50 providing good communication links to the national motorway network and the Midlands. The A40 also provides links southwards at Raglan leading to the Severn Bridge, Bristol and the M5. There are mainline rail stations to Paddington at Hereford and Newport. There are international airports at Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham.
From Campston Hill the long drive leads down to the attractive stone farm building which provides the arched entrance to the Great Campston courtyard. The formal approach to the portico over the front door is through the delightful well thought out garden, on going inside one finds the drawing and dining rooms either side of the wainscot hall. The drawing room is a light filled room of a good size with parquet flooring and decorative plaster work, of particular note is the marble mantelpiece with Wedgewood jasperware plaques inset. Opposite; the dining room is of similarly good size with parquet flooring, plaster moulding as well as frame and panel wainscoting. Both the dining room and drawing room benefit from double doors directly opposite each other which, when open, create a large entertaining space. The hall then leads to the library, a comfortable room with book lined shelves and a Jetmaster fireplace as well as French doors to the outdoor dining terrace and the garden.
Leading from the hall through an arch one finds the elegant stairwell with the sandstone stairs leading to the first floor. The hand forged wrought iron balustrade is topped with an oak hand rail and extends to the second floor where the stairwell is surmounted by an atrium.
From the stairwell one enters the bespoke Jonny Grey designed kitchen complete with an Aga and substantial handcrafted island to the centre. There are tactile, bespoke units and work surfaces and a notable feature is the two substantial cold rooms fronted with aluminium doors. The kitchen leads to a connected breakfast room and dining area with green oak beams, an open fire and French doors to a loggia providing outdoor dining space. Beyond this is a further room suitable to a multitude of uses such as a playroom, snug or cinema room and also provides a rear entrance.
From the breakfast room a spiral staircase leads to a wonderful wine cellar. Beyond the kitchen is a large utility room with a back door, plumbing for white goods and Belfast sink which in turn leads to a strong room.
Upstairs the first floor comprises 7 bedrooms, one currently being used as an office and four bathrooms all reached from the expansive landing. The master bedroom comprises a spacious suite of rooms including a dressing room with fitted wardrobes, bathroom and shower. Four of the other large bedrooms are of a more formal nature. Of particular note is the decorative Thai tiles in the bathrooms throughout Campston which were imported by the vendor.
The second floor comprises four further bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as a large attic well suited to use as a playroom. There is also a door out to the garden.
Adjoining the house beyond the playroom and a covered arch are a further two store rooms which could provide further accommodation if required.
Gardens and grounds
A notable feature of Campston is the gardens and grounds and great care and thought has been put into the planting and landscaping. Around the house are a number of loggias providing outdoor dining space and shelter and the garden here is partially walled. Close to the house the garden comprises a more formal planting scheme bordering lawns becoming more natural away from the house as it leads into the adjoining woodland. The gardens have been opened to the public for a number of years under the National Gardens Scheme and Campston was known for its wonderful display of tulips. Behind the house there is a large productive vegetable garden with a fruit cage and a hard tennis court.
To the south of the Billiard Room and gardens is a large stone barn beyond which an avenue of trees leads away to the wonderful view of the Skirrid. Further to the south there is a lake which is regularly used for wild swimming in the summer months. To the east there is a small range of brick buildings providing useful storage.
The Billiard Room
Named after a previous owners use for it the Billiard Room is a delightful two bedroomed cottage located in the grounds of Great Campston. The cottage comprises a kitchen and living room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as a useful drying room and storeroom to the side. The vendors currently let the cottage as a holiday rental and as a consequence the cottage generates a useful additional income.
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The Farm and land
Originally a dairy farm the farm is known locally as an excellent stock farm. The farm is let on a 10 year Farm Business Tenancy to a young local couple who farm to a high standard and as a consequence the farm provides a substantial additional income. South facing and gently sloping, the land is currently laid to grass and extends to just about 206 acres in all. Much fencing has been done in recent years and an ongoing programme of reseeding and liming has put the farm in good heart.
There is a large range of agricultural buildings mainly comprising steel portal framed buildings, these would be suitable to an equestrian use if required. The buildings are surrounded by a
substantial apron of concrete.
The farm benefits from a three bedroom bungalow occupied by the tenant farmer and family and the vendors carried out an extensive renovation of the bungalow prior to its occupation.
In addition to the farm there is approximately 70 acres of mixed woodland. There are numerous rides through the woodland and it encompasses much of the northern boundary of the land as well as a small copse running either side of the dingle through which the stream runs.
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