A Grade II listed 160-year-old Monmouthshire cemetery property deemed perfect
for occupiers looking for a quiet life has been snapped up at auction.
The ecclesiastically styled, block-built carved stone faced cemetery lodge, which dates from 1854, in the grounds of Chepstow cemetery, has been sold by Newport based Paul Fosh Auctions.
The property, which created national interest when it went up for sale on behalf of Monmouthshire County Council , sold for £165,000 after being listed with a guide price of £150,000 plus.
The new owners, three local people, fought off a range of other bids in the auction room last week to secure the building . The experienced property professionals say they now plan to sympathetically renovate the unique cemetery lodge for use as an Airbnb property.
The new owners, all with a love of historic buildings, say they are delighted to have secured the Chepstow building.
One said: “It’s an absolutely gorgeous 18th century building which deserves the very best in terms of restoration. We plan to bring the building back to how it should be and make it into a truly wonderful place with wood burning stove and original style cast iron radiators.”
Paul Fosh, owner of Paul Fosh Auctions, said: “There was keen interest in the Chepstow cemetery lodge which carried on into the auction room. We were pleased to have achieved the price that we did for this most unusual property.”
The Grade II listed freehold detached building, built in 1854 with more modern additions added in the sixties and more recently, is positioned at the entrance to Chepstow cemetery. The two bed property, with three downstairs rooms one of which has been used as a bedroom, has been modernised previously but has scope for further work.
Located off Mathern Road in the High Beech area of Chepstow the property, probably once used by the cemetery sexton, has a large enclosed garden to the rear and a parking space to the side along with a conservatory.
The High Beech area is close to the A466 inner relief road with direct access to the motorway network either straight onto the Severn Bridge and M4 to Bristol and the south west and London or via the M48 to the M4 to Newport and Cardiff and beyond.
The cemetery gates are opened and closed for public access at specific times in the day to allow access from the public tending to graves. An additional key for the gates is supplied to the new owners.
The property was sold on behalf of Monmouthshire County Council.
The next Paul Fosh Auctions is on Thursday, March 21st to be held at The Park Inn Hotel, Llanedyrn, Cardiff, starting at 5pm.