Mr Clarke thinks :
Every twist and turn of this home excites, from the CineBar (cheers) to the Garden Room and beyond, it’s spectacular!
Remodelled and redesigned for luxe living, views reach as far as the eye can see but where this home is concerned, all eyes are on its interior and exterior style. Built-in 1820 and listed officially in 2001, the Old Rectory has a splendiferous period frontage, a homage to its past, but is full of modern surprises inside. It is unflinching in its commitment to character. As a bonus, there is a lovely annex which is listed on AirBnB and Vrbo and enjoys a private entrance, double height living space and workshop area. Don't worry, there's plenty of parking for you, your friends and family.
This could be the setting of a wonderful period drama but, once inside the main home, it reveals an exquisitely modern interior, teeming with originality and festooned in character befitting of a lively and celebratory family home. The wide-open hallway runs through to the garden room with solid oak flooring and walls painted in F&B De Nimes. The quality and liquid luxury of Farrow & Ball is present throughout the home and here it is complemented by a Roger Oates stair runner.
Downstairs is packed with a plethora of living spaces. A Gentleman's Club style screening room, washed in F&B’s Downpipe and delivering on style and comfort, showcases a stunning original fireplace painted in tune with the walls and skirting for a super luxe, slightly masculine, über comfortable place to wind down with a movie. A log burner and tiled hearth completes the look, cascading onto wooden flooring and accented by modern industrial furniture pieces. A masterclass in eclectic home design.
Modernity meets thoughtful traditionalism in this home, moving from dark and moody tones to muted coffee palettes (Charleston Grey features in the lounge/snug), all complimented by the original period wide doors and frames and the sumptuous oak panelled flooring throughout. The sitting room is a lovely example of this, which is connected to a double aspect, thoughtfully private study with built-in bookcase, original flooring and Stiffkey washed over the walls. It is grown up and intentional in its lair demeanour.
The kitchen is a modern Poggenpohl design with spectacular mirrored metro tiles adorning the sink nook between the wall-mounted oven and wine cooler. The kitchen's large proportions are still warm and comforting, with a palette of colours that ooze familiarity; the banquette seating a perfect spot for family breakfasts, the island, a picture of showmanship for resident chefs. It is three metres long meaning everyone can get involved come dinner time. A Quooker hot water tap, larder cupboard and marble worktops add to the appeal.
Mrs Clarke loves :
The individual flavour that is infused into each room, a confident design hand has embedded style at every turn.
Out towards the back of the home a garden room that embraces the original form of the Old Rectory, turning the once exterior wall into an interior backdrop, decked in soft stone tiles and framed by wide-open expanses of glass, the garden room is modern but respectful of the home's originality. A perfect dining spot with industrial lamps contrasting the softness of the walls and pale flooring. Bi-fold doors in anthracite open up onto a patio space and connects to a decked seating zone.
Upstairs the charm offensive continues with each room displaying a unique character, whether it is wood-clad walls, cosy tonal shades for relaxing or raw finished flooring for a touch of rusticity. Individualistic and inviting there is a bedroom for every personality.
The family bathroom leads the charge in the design stakes; a free-standing roll-top bath, custom panelling, chandelier and wood effect Italian ceramic tiles, this oozes boutique hotel style.
The Old Rectory is as beautiful on the outside as it is on the in, and having a positive energy rating means this home is kind to the planet. The grey and white facade balancing beautifully against the lush garden area, planting frothing over yet perfectly manicured. From the beautiful gravel pathway at the front with formal flower beds and a low hedgerow, to the lush immaculate garden out the back, descend the steps from your raised limestone patio and enjoy this wonderful outdoor space designed by Cheryl Cummings of Monmouth. Mature trees, a yew hedge, raised vegetable patch and a greenhouse are just a few of the treats to discover here. Less green-fingered? Well, try your hand at pizza making in the built-in wood fired oven near the entertainment space outside.
In a spectacular plot twist, there is a stone-built garage, a cellar ready for renovation and a circular lawn all as part of this truly impressive home. There is nothing the Old Rectory cannot do. You’ll never want to leave.
- Design Features : Bespoke-made double glazing by Anthony James Joinery to combine with the original glazing, the windows are the epitome of updated heritage.
- Setting : Quaint village life meets serious design style.
- Sustainability : Newly installed high spec solar energy and EV charger. Positive EPC rating means a happy planet and happy homeowner.
- Three words : Conservation countryside dreams.
Our favourite part
The ‘Screening Room’ - masculine, moody, modern Victorian.
Shirenewton is the village and community set within Monmouthshire. It’s bijou appearance is big on impact and masters quiet country life with plenty of amenities. From the Shirenewton history Society to the local Playgroup, community is at the heart of the village, culminating in its annual Village Fête held mid-June. Beautiful countryside and ample dog walks come as standard here, perfect for those who enjoy an active lifestyle away from the city. Mountain biking through the forest of Dean of canoeing down the Rive Wye, Shirenewton has an eclectic demographic because of this outdoorsy appeal.
With this gorgeous green setting comes two farm shops nearby. Pick up your fresh loaf, birthday cake and pasties from New Church Farm Shop. Head over to Newhall Farm Shop at Chepstow garden centre for your fresh fruit & veg, delicious deli serving local produce, a fish counter and craft butchers: Neil Powell. It’s the place to get your Christmas Turkey from!
While transport is minimal in terms of links, with a car you are in easy access of Cardiff, Newport and Bristol, with connections to London available from there onwards.
But why leave Shirenewton when you have excellent primary schools and further schools in Monmouth (Haberdashers School in Monmouth, a Boys & Girls School) and at the end of the week can stroll to The Huntmans Hotel on the Usk Road? Got a taste for for a little more foodie action? Head into Chepstow for some award-winning pizza at Stone Rock Pizza or for true Italian at Panevino.
Leafy and lush
- Closest village/town: This is the ideal village life!
- Stores: Two wonderful farm shops within 10 minutes from home!
- Walks: Endless walking in the countryside.
- Tenure - Freehold
- Downstairs - A wondrous selection of expertly designed rooms, thoughtful period touches combined with modern living expectations
- Kitchen - Designed by ProjectOne it is top spec and stylish. Poggenpohl kitchen with mirrored metro tiles, Neff, Siemens and Bosch make up the impressive appliance list
- Living spaces - With so many to choose from you can customise each space to suit your needs. From a gym space, to private study, CineBar room and cosy snug, every mood has a room.
- Annexe - A successful holiday let with open plan living on the ground floor. Did we mention there’s a mezzanine level? It really sets this home apart. Workshop attached with separate entrance.
- Bedrooms - Five bedrooms all with their individual flavour but united in their cosy, rustic vibes for winding down at the end of the day.
- Bathrooms - A magnificent family bathroom with roll top bath sets the scene for the further ensuites
- Outside - Parking for multiple cars. Glorious and gargantuan, this home is matched in its exterior layout. Relaxed dining, veg planting, pizza making or simply sitting out on the circular lawn is all on offer to enjoy.
- What3words - ///leaps.aviators.mixer
- Broadband speed - 70 Mbps (with BT)
- Local authority - Monmouthshire County Council
- Council Tax band - I