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Former pub opposite a famous Welsh castle that's now a family home with planning for four new houses in its garden

Wales Online logo Wales Online 04/05/2021 Joanne Ridout

Some people end up buying a property that has already figured in their lives in some capacity - a building that they may have never dreamt of actually owning or even living in one day.

When a property comes to the market that you have a past affinity with, it can be a tempting proposition.

When the former Chepstow Castle Inn public house went up for sale local resident Doug Mayo knew all about the building - he played darts and pool there; but for the rival pub's Three Tuns team, located just across the road.

But the distinctive Georgian townhouse turned pub has featured regularly in Doug's life, not just when he was competing against their darts and pool teams.

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The pub, nestled into one of Chepstow's prettiest locations opposite the majestic castle and near the River Wye that divides Wales from England, has had a long and interesting history and Doug knows most of it, at least from the last 50 years or so.

He says: "It was called The Castle Cafe in the 1960s, and all the bikers used to meet here, it changed name to The Castle Inn for the 1970s and '80s.

"In the late 1980s Enterprise Inns purchased it and turned it into a nightclub - the licensing department for the council told me that it had been Monmouthshire's busiest pub and club.

"I knew the property very well as I used to be the postman here back in the early 1980s too."

a large brick building with a clock tower in front of a house: Former chepstow castle pub now a nine bed home for sale with planning for houses in the garden for sale POA with House & Home Property Agents, Chepstow © House & Home Property Agents, Chepstow Former chepstow castle pub now a nine bed home for sale with planning for houses in the garden for sale POA with House & Home Property Agents, Chepstow a living room filled with furniture and a fire place: Former chepstow castle pub now a nine bed home for sale with planning for houses in the garden for sale POA with House & Home Property Agents, Chepstow © House & Home Property Agents, Chepstow Former chepstow castle pub now a nine bed home for sale with planning for houses in the garden for sale POA with House & Home Property Agents, Chepstow a dining room table: Former chepstow castle pub now a nine bed home for sale with planning for houses in the garden for sale POA with House & Home Property Agents, Chepstow © House & Home Property Agents, Chepstow Former chepstow castle pub now a nine bed home for sale with planning for houses in the garden for sale POA with House & Home Property Agents, Chepstow

Doug and his wife bought the pub in September 2018 with the intention of getting 'change of use' planning permission to turn it from public house to family home.

To the couple it was an opportunity to swap country life for town dwelling and as Doug can trace his family back six generations as Chepstow residents, it felt a natural move.

Of course, there was some immediate renovation work to be done to change the former boozer into a brilliant, spacious home and the couple have already secured change of use to residential, had plans drawn up for a full refurbishment, removed the bar and brought in some family home furnishings.

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The Grade II listed property has three floors, a bonus cellar and the potential to create up to five bedrooms once a new owner has moved in and allocated the spaces to fit their lifestyle and day-to-day needs.

What they will immediately inherit is currently a huge reception room at the front of the property that used to be the main bar that can boast a cosy atmosphere despite its size thanks to exposed stone walls, ceiling beams and a fireplace yearning for a roaring open fire to greet you during the chilly autumn, winter, and sometimes spring, months.

a living room filled with furniture and a large window: Former chepstow castle pub now a nine bed home for sale with planning for houses in the garden for sale POA with House & Home Property Agents, Chepstow © House & Home Property Agents, Chepstow Former chepstow castle pub now a nine bed home for sale with planning for houses in the garden for sale POA with House & Home Property Agents, Chepstow a close up of a fence: Former chepstow castle pub now a nine bed home for sale with planning for houses in the garden for sale POA with House & Home Property Agents, Chepstow © House & Home Property Agents, Chepstow Former chepstow castle pub now a nine bed home for sale with planning for houses in the garden for sale POA with House & Home Property Agents, Chepstow

Plans on how the main house can be totally transformed into a luxury five-bed family home are available from the estate agent selling the property, but include creating two reception rooms either side of the original pub entrance and a huge kitchen diner at the rear with French doors out into the garden.

Upstairs, the proposals map out three bedrooms on the first floor including a master suite, plus two further bedrooms on the second floor.

There will be some demolition work required to create this fully renovated abode and more can be seen on Monmouthshire County Council's website via planning application reference DM/2019/01922.

As well as the complete transformation of the historic house, the sale of the former pub comes with planning granted, according to the estate agent, for four further dwellings in the vast beer garden and pub car park, tucked away at the rear and hidden from the hustle and bustle of the town's activities surrounding it.

Doug says: "We have left the planning application of the former pub simple - whoever purchases it can implement their own ideas; be it converted to flats, run as a B&B, or as a shop, there are many options for its use."

Any proposals to run the property as a commercial unit as well as residential, or splitting into separate units, will need planning permission of course, but the planning for the development of the pub's rear garden is approved and in place.

Doug says: "The site is classed as a brownfield site, it has been quite a complex process with archaeology, highways, ecology and many more different surveys undertaken. The process has taken a little longer than anticipated.

"But when you sit in the garden it is very secluded and quiet and it will be a lovely place to live."

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Currently, the estate agent lists the approved plans for the brownfield site at the rear is for two, four-bed detached properties and two, four-bed semi-detached, all of which will have private gardens plus use of a communal parking area for up to 18 vehicles.

One of the detached new homes will be a three-storey house with open-plan kitchen dining room and a master suite on the top floor, with the other detached property designed as a two-storey with all four bedrooms on the first floor.

Both semi-detached homes have four bedrooms and an open-plan kitchen diner.

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More details on the approved planning for the additional properties can be seen on Monmouthshire County Council's website using reference DM/2019/01921.

The estate agent states that there is a section 106 agreement with a financial contribution of £35,076 towards affordable housing for Monmouthshire.

The medieval town of Chepstow, as well as offering a characterful place to live that oozes history and architectural charm within a conservation area, is well positioned for travel to Newport, Cardiff and across the now toll-free bridge to Bristol.

Of course, Chepstow castle, considered to be the oldest surviving post-Roman stone fortification in Britain, is a constant and breathtaking monument to the area's history.

But Chepstow is also considered to be the gateway to the area of outstanding natural beauty that is the stunning Wye Valley, so when the country is calling you, the answer is on the doorstep.

And it's the call of the country that has Doug and his wife now putting the former pub with property potential on the market.

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Doug says: "We have been living here since we purchased the site, to see if we would enjoy living here.

"My wife loves it in town, but me not so much, although I have to admit that the views of Chepstow Castle are some of the best in the entire town.

"I have spent most of the last 40 years living in the hills above Tintern and miss it very much - hence our reason for selling the whole site. We are currently living here on site and the neighbours couldn't be nicer, but I just miss the country life."

To find out more about this property and its potential, including the price of the package, contact estate agents House & Home Property Agents at their Chepstow branch on 01291 418418.

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