An Elegant and Spacious Residence Set within Private Walled Grounds of Approximately 3.5 Acres with an Historic Mound, Swimming Pool, Garaging, Outbuildings and Kitchen Garden being Located in the Roman Town of Caerleon.
The Mynde consisted of a 19th century property which was transformed in the 1930s into an elegant and imposing property of status. The current vendor has subsequently extended the property resulting in a fabulous family home.
Ornamental plasterwork, wood doors and wide staircase add to the feeling of opulence throughout this most elegant property. A large, solid ledge and brace door opens into the porch with decoratively tiled floor. Double doors lead into the reception hall with luxury cloakroom off, a walk-in coat and boot room and an attractive, wide wooden staircase to the first floor. Leading from the hall is the light sitting room featuring a working open fireplace with ornate wooden surround and fire basket on a marble hearth, French doors out to the garden and a bar area with cupboards and glass shelving. The snug provides a more intimate space and has a contemporary wall-mounted flame effect fire. A reception room, with large bay window seat, is conveniently located next to the spacious dining room also with a large bay window seat. This lovely room has French doors into the conservatory and a large stone Minster fireplace with a gas coal flame effect fire basket. The light and spacious drawing room has wood flooring, an ornate stone Minster fireplace with gas coal effect stove and doors into the conservatory and gardens. The large, bespoke, period style conservatory has a terracotta floor and double doors out to the gardens.
The spacious, light and well appointed kitchen has stone flooring and a range of bespoke cream painted oak floor and wall units with black granite worktops. A complementary island unit provides additional storage and semi-circular breakfast bars at each end. A tiled recess with attractive shelf above houses the cream, four-oven Aga with additional gas hob. There is ample room for a table and chairs with further space for a sofa.
A rear hall has a door out to the courtyard and access to the shelved pantry, boiler room, gun room and large utility with tiled floor, fitted floor units, worktop, sink and space for washing machine, tumble drier and additional white goods. From the utility is access to the garage, cloakroom and two further walk-in storage rooms with fitted shelving. The family room / gym is a good informal space with a brick-built bar and fireplace with a gas, coal effect fire. The study has a bay window and French doors out to the courtyard.
The wide staircase rises to a half landing with an Art Deco style stained glass window and then up to a most spacious landing. The master bedroom suite comprises of an airy bedroom with a large bay window overlooking the lawns, an ornamental wood fire surround with marble hearth and built-in wardrobes. A dressing room provides further fitted wardrobes and the stylish en-suite bathroom has a white suite including two basins, built-in cupboard, bidet and shaped bath with semi-circular glass shower surround above housing a deluge head and body sprays. There is a further suite of two bedrooms with a Jack and Jill shower room and dressing room. Two further en-suite bedrooms both have fitted wardrobes.
The Mynde is approached through a heavy electric gate onto the block paved drive with ample room for the parking and turning of numerous vehicles. The mature and attractive grounds are totally enclosed by the garden wall providing a private setting for the house. The gardens have been beautifully landscaped with low walls, raised borders, ornamental railings and a lovely pergola-covered walk to side of the house. From the terracing to the rear of the house, steps lead down to the formal lawns with specimen trees and an excellent selection of shrubs planted to provide height and interest. There is a large and attractive free form pond with an arched wooden bridge over. A walled kitchen garden has a raised bed system with an adjoining, good- sized rendered potting shed and green house. There is a fenced childrens play area with chipped bark surface. Informal areas of the grounds lead round to the composting area and fenced storage for ladders and other large items. Further outbuildings include a small summer house and sheds to house mowers and other garden equipment. A courtyard directly accessed from the house has an ornamental stone fountain and is an ideal area for outside dining. The pristine garage block of consists of three bays with electric doors and an adjoining workshop.
The Garden Wall and Mound
The property lies within an historically important stone wall built by John Jenkins in 1839 as protection against The Chartists. The mound itself dates back to the Iron Age with evidence of Roman activity and more recently its use as a Norman Motte. Arthurian legend is also associated with this ancient monument. A gradual and relaxed wooded walk up to the top of the mound passes Roman relics including column bases from the nearby baths and additional stonework at the top. As expected, there are superb far-reaching views over the River Usk and countryside beyond.
The Swimming Pool Complex
A wide terrace surrounds the outdoor pool with a slide on one side. The associated building complex includes the plant room, changing rooms with shower, separate toilet, sauna and large reception room with bar area, perfect for entertaining.
The town was the site of one of Britain's three permanent Roman Legionary Fortresses and nowadays the remains of the amphitheatre, barracks, Roman baths and fortress walls can be explored along with the superb Roman Legion Museum. It benefits from ample shops and amenities and is also home to one of the most sought after state schools in Wales with several highly regarded independent schools nearby. Access to the M4 is readily available, leading to Cardiff and Bristol, and the A449 leading to the Midlands. The Usk Valley is home to the Celtic Manor Resort and has many picturesque views and walks. For more information about the town and its history visit the website Caerleon Net.