Sometimes a property can offer the best of both worlds, remote yet not isolated, full of character but also full of modern convenience.
This former farmyard barn nestled in a stunning and tranquil countryside spot in Monmouthshire has all aspects covered.
From a support building to the farm to a gorgeous dream home called The Great Barn at the Great House Farm site, the renovation project has championed the building’s character while creating a contemporary home inside.
It successfully blends old and new and the property comes with five acres of land including a fenced four acre paddock with a field shelter, a yard and a barn that contains three stables.
So there’s a barn for the living and one for horses.
In the case of the former, the L-shaped property is part of a small barn complex so the remote location provides the incredible views and the peaceful setting but there are a handful of neighbours so the new owner won’t get lonely.
The barn has many stand-out features to admire – including an original stone facade that oozes character and warmth.
Embedded into one stone walls is a wall of windows and doors that run most of the length of the ground floor living room – more than 12 metres in fact.
For any homeowner who loves to be immersed in rural views and feel a strong connection between the inside and outside of their home, this room is a jewel in this property’s shining crown.
The beautiful beams create not only instant character in the room but a visual flow to the log burner in the fireplace.
The use of this robust and tactile wood for the windows and doors too creates multiple natural frames surrounding each garden view.
Add the wood flooring, which hides a heating system underneath, and the room is vast but cosy.
Raising the ceiling height not only increases the sense of space but allows the exposed ceiling beams to be fully appreciated.
This pivotal ceiling design in this room is further enhanced by the clever placement of spotlights on top of the beams to up-light the ceiling above and illuminate the beams and space above.
Between the beams, the ceiling and the bank of countryside views running along an entire wall, it’s hard to know where to look first. The eyes are being spoiled by so many incredible features.
But if a visitor can peel themselves away from this ultra-inviting space they will discover a study next to the solid oak front door.
And there’s no need to worry about a desk and storage in here as the space has been well planned and fitted with bespoke furniture to ensure everything a busy worker requires is immediately to hand.
According to the estate agent selling the property, there is a good broadband connection provided with speeds of around 10mbps.
As the property moves into the other wing, there is a master bedroom to discover and admire.
Sometimes the conversion of a former farm building doesn’t live up to expectation, but this has the “wow” factor right from the moment you step in.
The hall has been opened up into the roof space to create a double-height room.
The extra width as well as height afforded to the hall creates an open and spacious feel – further enhanced by the double doors in the reception rooms.
Some people might claim that space has been sacrificed that could have created an extra room above. But you never get a second chance to make a first impression, so shouldn’t every hall and entrance be given the same amount of thought on design and decor as the rest of a house?
The Great Barn’s hall’s proportions certainly makes a wonderful, almost mini cathedral-like, impression with the extra space afforded to it.
The use of the same flooring and colour tones throughout also ensure a smooth flow between hall space and the adjoining reception rooms.
And, so, to the master bedroom suite.
At one end there is a separate dressing room and ensuite that oozes character with a touch of luxury.
The choice of natural materials such as wood and slate is a nod to the it’s rural environment.
Plus, the inclusion of the tactile and warm-toned brick effect wall tiles within the shower cubicle brings texture and warmth.
The spacious free-standing contemporary bath is surely the most relaxing spot to unwind in the whole house.
At the other end of the site, there is either another bedroom with its own walk-in wardrobe. This space could be used as a nursery, but currently it is set up as a gym complete with a mirrored wall.
The barn is a split-level property, so up a small flight of stairs brings you to the cool and contemporary kitchen breakfast room.
The space has all the modern appliances needed – including some fancy touches, such as the instant hot water tap and a bread proving drawer.
The kitchen is a sleek and modern space, boasting high gloss cupboards, gloss floor tiles and a pale colour palette to ensure it feels opulent as well as contemporary.
The room opens out onto an internal and private courtyard – so you won’t be overlooked when you’re relaxing in the hot tub.
The remaining three bedrooms are all ensuite and all have charming elements – from a vaulted ceiling into the roof space to a door out to the surrounding garden.
Outside, the property is hugged by vast and panoramic views of the Monmouthshire countryside.
Yes, the home is remote but it has a few close neighbours.
The M48 is a 20 minute drive away – giving good access to Bristol, Newport and Cardiff – so it’s not totally out in the sticks.
The Great Barn is on the market for a guide price of £875,000, give Fine & Country Chepstow a call on 01291 629799.