Mr Clarke thinks :
Gilwern Farm enjoys all the pleasures of country life and is the perfect home for the family with older children and, ahem, differing social calendars.
They say it’s all about location, so if vast open fields with views that stretch as far as the eye can see is your thing, Gilwern Farm is the Welsh vantage point you want. Chocolate box cottage charm, this five-bedroom, five reception room, three-bathroom and converted barn is spacious and yet completely cosy and charming.
Set in Ponthir, Gilwern Farm oozes peace and quiet but, with a distinct identity and a close community in proximity, that feeling of connection is never far away. Enjoy private access to a country footpath. A couple of pubs are within walking distance, so is the village hall, school and local shop. All the history and hustle the village of Caerleon has to offer is just a few minutes away.
For a home that is steeped in original barn riches and designed just enough that you can still see its natural beauty, this house delivers. It is characterful, charismatic, quaint and with just a hint of quirkiness. At just over 800sqm the original farmhouse, extension and barn conversion have been brought together through seamless design. The layout has been considered to take what is naturally beautiful whilst remaining functional and flexible to create a wonderfully rustic family home.
The result is a unique, open space that allows each room to flow into the next. The large kitchen leads into the converted barn as a lounge and dining area, with a mezzanine overhead, leading to the second floor of the original house and the second staircase into the reception rooms and the kitchen.
Authentic is the adjective that springs to mind on first encountering this property. There is something so honest and grounded about Gilwern Farm that you are transported by its aforementioned charm and old-world sense of whimsy and then, once over the threshold, your mind wanders into another world, namely of exploration and inquisitiveness. You want to roam, you want to touch, you want to break bread over the central kitchen island and snuggle down by the fireplace in one of the many lounges.
Mrs Clarke loves :
Rustic, charming and maintaining a sense of intimacy, despite its lofty heights.
The number of cosy sitting spaces makes for a plentiful choice when choosing an aspect to admire and presents a need for naming conventions. You could be welcoming people into the Cwtch, a reading room or office opportunity, the Den, an open and bright space with doors opening out to the rear garden, or the family room, set off from the kitchen and leading into a light, bright and airy dining space. Original stone hearths and fireplaces come as standard, the lower ceiling setting a comforting balance from the vast height of the converted barn lounge space in the opposite wing of the house.
Meandering from room to room, through oak doors, and past the dinky, panelled cupboard under the stairs, Gilwern Farm offers traditionalism with comfort and seamless design, for those with an appetite for farmhouse living.
The kitchen connects all. It is the beating heart of Gilwern Farm. Handmade by London-based Chalon, this open plan free-standing kitchen is impressive, a chunky and solid structure, encompassing a colour-block island with dangling pot rack, an AGA with companion hob and oven, black Zimbabwe granite tops and a ceramic tiled floor with feature tumbled granite tacos. A large built-in pantry completes the kitchen. It is a sturdy and robust kitchen space, ageing like a fine wine in this oak cask property of country pleasures. Its the perfect space for intimate family gatherings or parties that spill out into the barn or the wooden decking.
The barn conversion has made way for a wondrously open and expressive lounge for hosting and entertaining numbers both large and small. The oak roof structure has been retained, along with the stone internal walls which gives almost a chalet appeal (minus the cladding), as if relaxing, apres ski. Window seats, flagstone flooring, and a spiral staircase complete the look, the stairs winding up to a mezzanine level that overlooks the impressive barn lounge.
Upstairs five double bedrooms make the most of the eves of the home with the main bedroom boasting an en-suite and dressing area with double doors opening out onto a balcony. The further four bedrooms are no less impressive, some with south-facing sun time and others exploring the views to the west and east.
This home is at one with its setting and this extends outdoors onto the timber deck, where evenings spent sipping wine and reflecting on a day's work with never get boring. Feature lighting spotlights the deck, a cottage garden is defined by a lawn and raised borders and the driveway has space for up to six vehicles, for the petrol heads out there. There is ample space in and out.
- Design Features : A statement free-standing hand-crafted kitchen with Belfast sink and solid oak worktop island. The AGA is a head-turner too.
- Setting : Ponthir is a small village not far from Caerleon and within easy driving of Newport.
- Three words : Handmade kitchen robustness.
Our favourite part
The way the farmhouse has been transformed and enjoys the beauty of barn conversion and cottage life.
Historic vibes with a modern twist
The historic Roman village of Caerleon is a highly sought-after place to live, not only due to its rich heritage but also for it’s great schools, places to eat and road links to the M4, Usk and Cwmbran for commuters.
Caerleon was the site of one of Britain's three permanent Roman Legionary Fortresses, and many believe it to be the location of King Arthur's Camelot. In 830 AD Nennius listed Cair Lion as one of Britain's 33 cities. Nowadays it's a thriving town, where past and present combine to delight both visitors and residents. Artsy vibe with the Ffwrwm Arts & Crafts Centre and statues all around the historical centre.
You are just on the outskirts of Newport, sitting on the River Usk. There are loads of great pubs, the Priory Hotel, Ye Old Bull. Great restaurants like The Snug & Red Fort owned by Faisal are our favourites.
We love to live here because of the mix of old and new in the village and the amazing community.
There are four schools in Caerleon - Caerleon Lodge Hill Junior School, Caerleon Endowed School, Charles Williams Church in Wales Primary School, and Caerleon Comprehensive School.
Being located a stone’s throw away from the Celtic Manor Resort, there’s plenty to see and do at the world famous five-star luxury resort, including golf, the Forest Jump tree top course and its spas.
Pretty and well connected
- Supermarket: Mini Sainsburys or a big brother version 10 mins away
- Pubs: The Hanbury
- Walks: The Fosse for walks or the common
- Living Spaces: 5 large downstairs rooms from a cosy cwtch room to a spacious family room and barn. Potential to be converted into cinema rooms, additional bedrooms, playrooms, or studies.
- Sleeping Spaces: 5 bright double bedrooms including a master bedroom hosting an en suite and double doors with balcony.
- Kitchen: Bespoke, open plan kitchen handmade by Chalon. Featuring a solid oak counter top, black Zimbabwe granite worktops, black double oven Aga and companion Aga gas hob and electric oven adjoined by a utility room, boot room and spacious pantry with plenty of storage.
- Outdoors: Driveway for 6 cars. Large wooden deck overlooking open fields with private access to public footpath, raised borders and lawn. Walled patio area to rear with BBQ area.
- Tech Spec: A multi-room, multi-source sound system.