The Story The hunting lodge and tower - known as Kemeys Folly has been painstakingly renovated with a contemporary twenty-first century extension added. When describing the outcome of the project, presenter Kevin McCloud, said: "They chose the difficult route - the double jeopardy route in this case - of both restoration and new building. They commissioned some architecture and bought back to life a local landmark. The result is first-class really." The original tower now contains a hidden library-cinema room on the ground floor. The master suite with sitting platform, dressing room and ensuite bathroom takes up the entire first floor. There are two further bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms on the second floor. New additions to the building include a huge open-plan family room, dining room and kitchen-breakfast room, a play room-bedroom, two bedrooms and two ensuite bathrooms. At the very top of the tower there is a roof terrace offering breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. On a clear day it is possible to see as far as the Bristol Chanel. Despite the incredible makeover of the main building there is still scope for further development. There are numerous outbuildings in the 24 acres of land that have not been touched as well as a pool house that could be renovated.
Setting The Scene Despite the prominent positioning of Kemeys Folly its private countryside location ensures passers-by are blissfully unaware of this wonderful property. Situated in-between the country lanes between Langstone and historic Caerleon, the property is accessed via remote double gates leading to a generous parking area. The Folly's striking beauty is apparent upon entering into the grounds with sweeping panoramic views. From the parking area the principle residence, stables, pool house, boiler room are easily accessible.
Ancient Woodland With so much land, outdoor living is an immense pleasure at Kemey's Folly. Summer barbecues are held in front of the dramatic building and children would love to run on the grassy areas. Lovely woodland walks, where there are lots of wildlife, including deer. The Usk Valley Walk takes you right past the Follys woodland. Despite its very natural surroundings, the property enjoys good access to Bristol, Cardiff, the M4 and London and it takes just 15 minutes to get into Newport, with its supermarkets and shopping areas.
Accommodation Kemeys Folly is a Grade II Listed former hunting lodge with origins dating back to circa 1712. The Folly was rebuilt in the early 20th Century and converted into a residential dwelling for TE Watson, the High Sherriff of Monmouthshire and has been the home of the present owners for the last five years. However, a remarkable transformation has taken place during their occupancy and Kemeys Folly and its subsequent additions has been the subject of much fascination and media attention. Featured on Channel 4's Grand Designs programme and considered an architectural success, the property combines both historic and functional contemporary living. Designed by award winning architects Davis Sutton, the property incorporates a beautifully appointed and highly specified interior and is situated on an elevated and level ridge with breathtaking 360° views taking in nine counties. Enjoying an east-west orientation, the outlook includes the Severn Estuary and North Somerset to the front, with the Usk Valley and the Brecon Beacons to the rear. There are 24 acres of historic woodland and pasture offered with the property, including the prerequisite equestrian facilities as well as formal gardens, terraces and a swimming pool complex that requires some attention, but would add further value. The significant footprint offers excellent versatility with live/work opportunities and the open plan areas provide superb entertaining space, yet still affording intimacy with the cinema room/library and additional reception room. The current arrangement features three high quality bedrooms within the main body of the Folly, including a master suite with dressing room, en-suite and large sun terrace offering an outstanding vista. The two remaining bedrooms also both have en suite facilities. The principal living areas and remaining bedrooms are contained within the ground floor of the Folly and the newly constructed wings. These elements include underfloor heating with Pilkington K Glass windows and a high quality cinema room and audio/video entertainment system that is available throughout the whole house, including the historic Folly.
Entrance Hall Tiled flooring, stone and oak staircase to first floor. Mirror concealed cloak cupboard. Double doors into understairs cupboard. Door into contemporary extension.
Glazed Hallway Impressive glazed windows along front wall with views. Tiled flooring, contemporary lighting. Stone exposed wall with decorative recess. Door into: Open Plan - L Shaped Kitchen/ Dining/ Family Room Kitchen/ Dining Area 35' 2" x 20' 5" ( 10.72m x 6.22m ) Window to rear and bi-folding doors, with breathtaking elevated views leading to sun terrace. Extensively fitted with a luxurious specification. Wall height units including integral Neff Combi/Micro Oven and warming drawer, combi steam oven, 2 pull out wire tray pantry cupboards. Further integral appliances include, tall freezer, tall fridge, low level fridge, 5 ring hob, wine cooler and dish washer. Central unit with extensive drawer space and breakfast bar. LG Hi-macs worktops, stainless steel sink and drawer with mixer top over. Downlighters. Family Area 23' 1" x 16' 6" ( 7.04m x 5.03m ) Corner full height windows to side and bi-folding doors to front with far reaching views. Concealed wall cupboards. Space for Plasma TV Screen. Cinema/ Library Room 17' 9" x 15' 8" ( 5.41m x 4.78m ) Tall windows to front with shutters. Panelled walls, built-in bookshelves and cupboard. Original feature stone fireplace with stone hearth. Decorative coving and ceiling roses. From Kitchen: 17' 9" x 15' 8" ( 5.41m x 4.78m ) Door into glazed hallway with doors off to: Cloakroom Contemporary suite consisting of low level WC and vanity basin set under LG Hi-macs worktop. Display shelf. Extractor fan. Downlighters. Tiled Flooring. From Hallway door into: Utility Area: Consisting of: Boot Room 5' 8" Extending into wardrobe (9'2") x 14' 6" ( 1.73m Extending into wardrobe (9'2") x 4.42m ) Downlighters, part glazed door to sun terrace and garden. Doors off to: Laundry Room Fully glazed door to sun terrace. Fitted with floor and tall storage units with laminate work surfaces over. Space for washing machine and tumble dryer. Extractor fan, Downlighters, Tiled Floor. Drying & Plant Room Hot water cylinder, pipework for underfloor heating and radiators. From Glazed Hallway: Play Room/ Bedroom Six 14' 8" x 13' 9" ( 4.47m x 4.19m ) Wall height windows and glazed door to front with views. High level window to front. Downlighters. Tiled floor. Bedroom Four 14' 10" x 13' 10" ( 4.52m x 4.22m ) Corner tall windows to rear with fully glazed door leading onto sun terrace. Internal high window with electric blinds. Downlighers. Tiled floor. Door into: En-Suite 8' 6" x 5' 8" ( 2.59m x 1.73m ) High window. Contemporary bath suite consisting of 'P' shaped bath with shower over and glazed shower screen. Vanity basin with cupboard under. Low level WC. Ladder style towel radiator. Tiled walls and floor. Bedroom Five 16' x 12' 1" ( 4.88m x 3.68m ) Tall window to rear, high level window with electric blinds to front. Stereo system. Door into: En-Suite 8' 7" x 5' 8" ( 2.62m x 1.73m ) High level window to front. Contemporary bath suite consisting of 'P' Shaped bath with shower over and glazed shower screen. Vanity wash basin with cupboard under. Low level WC, Ladder style towel radiator. Extractor fan. Tiled walls and floors. Downlighters. From Entrance Hall: Main staircase leading to: First Floor Landing Half landing with leaded window, deep stone sill and shutters. Decorative coving. Door into: Master Suite 17' 8" x 16' 10" ( 5.38m x 5.13m ) Sleeping Area 17' 8" x 16' 10" ( 5.38m x 5.13m ) Two tall leaded windows to front with far reaching breath taking views. Magnificent decorated ceiling. Original stone fireplace with wood burning stove and stone hearth. Step up to: Seating Area 7' 11" x 7' 8" ( 2.41m x 2.34m ) Two original leaded windows to sides and french doors leading onto glazed and walled sun terrace with breath taking elevated countryside views. Door into: Dressing Room Central skylight. Fully fitted with wardrobes, extensive drawers, rails and shelves. Stereo System. Door into: Luxurious En-Suite 10' 2" x 9' 11" ( 3.10m x 3.02m ) Tall corner windows with breath taking countryside views. Roll top bath with central mixer tap and shower attachment. Double shower cubicle with shower over and hinged doors. 'His and Hers' vanity basins with cupboards under. Low level WC. Ladder style towel radiator. Extractor fan. Tiled walls and floors. Stereo system. Downlighters. From Landing: Stone staircase leading to: 2nd Floor Landing Arrow leaded window with shutters and stone sill. Stone Staircase to 3rd floor. Doors off to: Bedroom Two 14' 11" x 11' 5" ( 4.55m x 3.48m ) Two Leaded windows to front and one leaded window to side, all with shutters. Stereo system. Downlighters. Door into: En-Suite 8' 6" x 5' 9" ( 2.59m x 1.75m ) Contemporary bath suite consisting of 'P' shaped bath with shower over and glazed shower screen. Vanity basin with cupboard under, low level WC. Extractor fan. Tall radiator. Tiled walls and floors. Downlighters. Bedroom Three 13' 10" x 10' 2" ( 4.22m x 3.10m ) Leaded window to side. Downlighters. Door into: En-Suite 8' 5" x 5' 10" ( 2.57m x 1.78m ) Leaded window to rear. Contemporary bath suite consisting of 'P' shaped bath with shower over and glazed screen. Vanity wash basin with cupboard under. Low level WC. Towel radiator. Tiled walls and floor. Downlighters. From Landing: Stairs to: Roof Tower Stone exposed walls and arrow leaded window. Door with glazed inset panel. Outside Grounds The property is accessed via electric remote double gates to a circular gravel drive, leading to gravel parking area. Sitting in approximately 24 acres of ground including sloping woodland which lies to the rear and side of the property, paddock and outbuildings. The gardens are mainly laid to lawn with established trees, shrubs and spacious sun terrace area with panoramic views. Stone open ended outbuilding with windows to sides. Boiler House Containing the Bio Mass heating system which is fed by wood pellets. This system heats the water tank which in turn heats the underground pipes into the plant room, from where hot water is distributed to radiators and underfloor heating. Stables Gated access from driveway. Four stables - gate from stables leading to fenced paddock with additional gate from road. Separate fenced area ideal for dog enclosure. Pool House: The detached building is currently divided into two rooms and could be converted to living accommodation, subject to necessary planning consents. Pool Area 46' 6" x 27' 3" ( 14.17m x 8.31m ) Currently the pool is drained and unused. Four high level windows. Large window to side. Three sets of patio doors to garden. Storage Area 27' 3" x 10' 10" ( 8.31m x 3.30m ) Three high level windows. Patio door to railed decked terrace with beautiful views across countryside. Vanity basin with cupboard under. Timber beamed ceiling. DIRECTIONSExit the M4 at junction 24 and take the A48 towards Langstone/Chepstow. After approximately 0.5 miles turn left into Catsash Road, continue over the mini roundabout and turn right at the T junction at the end of this road. Go up a steep hill and take the second left signposted to Coed Y Caerau and continue on this lane for approximately 1 mile where Kemeys Folly can be found on the left hand side.