Located within a Monmouthshire conservation area in the quaint rural village of Mathern three miles from Chepstow, this two-bed cottage is a Grade II listed gem packed with period character and charm and light-filled rooms, plus a mature garden with outbuilding, off-road parking and a double garage.
With its charming and distinctive facade, this beautiful and historic end of terrace cottage instantly mesmerises.
The Grade II listed character-packed home is one of an exclusive row of period properties known as Model Cottages, located in a conservation area within the pretty Monmouthshire village of Mathern, just outside Chepstow.
These picture-perfect stone and mock-Tudor cottages were built in 1891 as homes for the workers on the nearby Wyelands Estate, and add an extra layer of historic character to the quaint village.
The two-bed house oozes character inside and out, combining all its period features into a chocolate-box cottage that offers a truly amazing abode, from the delightful external veranda at the front to the original delights inside that include panelled doors and architraves, deep skirtings and a quarry tile floor.
The cottage is a special and well-loved home that is rarely on the market - the current owners have happily lived at the house for almost 50 years.
But the property is practical as well as pretty with off-road parking for two cars and a double garage, plus mature, stone-walled front and rear gardens.
Mathern is a charming place to live, offering the classic rural village combination of historic church, village hall and popular local pub. There's a local petrol station and Chepstow Garden Centre on the fringes of the village, all easily accessed by car from the cottage.
The village is only about three miles away from the market town of Chepstow for further amenities and for journeys further afield a junction to the M48 is just a short drive through the adjacent country lanes.
The cottage is surrounded by glorious countryside with walks and activities to tempt you to explore, with the addition of the Wales Coast Path passing through the village. But coming back to this most beautiful of homes will always be the best part of the day.
The much-loved, comfortable home that has not been on the market for almost 50 years instantly embraces with an inviting hall that includes original character features to notice and admire, such as panel doors and architraves, raised skirting boards and a period staircase.
Under the carpet is the original quarry tiled floor just waiting to be revealed to add another layer of period character.
Either side of the central hall is a large, light and lovely reception room where relaxing in front of the stone feature fireplace in each space is a proposition hard to refuse.
The cosy sitting room on the right can boast the addition of the bay window, with views of the garden and village beyond joining the light that cascades into the generous and social space. The bay window is the perfect spot to add a window seat and create a most attractive reading nook.
The dining room opposite can boast two character windows as well as a fireplace and cosy atmosphere. It is currently being used as a downstairs bedroom, showing its versatility as a reception room that can be allocated almost any function and happily accept it, if formal dining is not required.
The kitchen at the rear of the cottage is a space that easily persuades visitors to linger for longer, with the breakfast table the place to sit and keep the cook company.
There's ample storage and also ample opportunity for a new owner to put their own stamp on the space, subject to complying to listed building regulations.
Off the kitchen is a small boot room, before the house flows out into the rear garden via a back door. It's a compact bonus area that could easily be a utility space, although currently it is a peaceful place to sit and watch the wildlife enjoy the garden.
Storage is not an issue in this cottage because as the hall bends to the left to the rear of the house, a bonus pantry emerges to store kitchen equipment as well as coats and footwear. If this room is not required, the space could even lend itself to becoming a peaceful and private home office.
The ground floor shower room at the end of the hall is a sizeable space that, once remodelled to a new owner's requirements, could easily accommodate a bath.
Upstairs and, as well as more storage to discover on the landing, the cottage offers two double bedrooms. The principal bedroom in particular oozes character, with a period fireplace and a ceiling that extends up into the loft space.
Views across the front garden to the pretty village and countryside beyond from the window will be enhanced with the addition of a comfy chair to create the best place in the cottage to watch village life go by.Outside
- Step outside to be completely enthralled by the historic exterior design of the cottage that deservedly earned it a Grade II listing as well as a classic chocolate box cottage' description.
From the front garden the stunning mock-Tudor and stone facade can boast fancy woodwork, a carved stone plaque embedded into the render, and tactile stone walls - all crowned by a red tile roof and towering, decorative chimney stacks. Extra visually pleasing features include character windows and a delightful front veranda that is yearning for seating so it can offer alfresco dining experiences, as well as late night hot chocolate and early morning coffee moments.
The pleasant cottage-style rear garden offers an expanse of lawn and mature planting enclosed by a charming stone wall that pays homage to the property's beautiful exterior. At the end of the garden is a cute bonus outbuilding split into two spaces, one being used as a utility room and the other for garden storage. Like the neighbouring properties, this outbuilding could be extended to connect it to the main house to add extra usable indoor accommodation, subject to planning consent.
The house is so pretty it leaves a lasting visual impression, but the property is practical too, offering off-road parking for several vehicles as well as a modern double garage.
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