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Become the master of all you survey with Wyelands villa in Monmouthshire estate; With swimming pool, stable block, coach house and 286 acres of land, this property really has it all.

FACED with dressed stone and set in 286 acres of Monmouthshire countryside, Wyelands is a classical villa, designed by architect Robert Lugar, also responsible for Merthyr Tydfil's Cyfarthfa Castle. His client was George Buckle, High Sheriff of Monmouthshire in 1819, and in the mid 19th century his descendents added a stone conservatory to the south house, in Mathern, Chepstow, and formalised the garden with arcaded balustrades and a square summer house to the south east.

Inside, the house has eight bedrooms, an indoor leisure complex with swimming pool and gym, extensive cellars, domestics' offices and seven reception rooms. The Wyelands sits surrounded by its own gardens and grounds and has that rare commodity of virtually owning its view.

The principal aspect of the house opens up to the south where a flagged stone terrace runs down to lawns with formal beds and walls.

Opening out southwards is a wide expanse of formal lawn with an array of mature oak trees running to park railing and the parkland vista beyond.

To the east lawns continue to a gravel pathway flanked by formal rose beds, steps down to a topiary yew walk and a stone gazebo in French chateau style.

Lying further to the east is an area of thick woodland through which the back drive runs down to the Lower Lodge.

A walled area has been prepared for a hard tennis court. On the west side of the house the lawns, with their parkland backdrop, run round to the entrance front with their circular driveways and a host of lime, oak and beech trees.

A short distance up the drive is the coach house and stable block, with cobbled floors, original stalls and garaging, behind which is a richly planted hidden garden.

This is surrounded by tall, dressed stone walls with a range of vegetable beds, fruit cages and fruit trees interspersed by gravel pathways, and five mature cherry trees to the west wall.

Further to the north the drive leads up to the oval cricket pitch flanked by beech trees and stone walls hiding an agricultural petal framed barn.

The drive continues past a collection of oaks to the beginning of the main line of lime trees leading to the upper lodge and entrance gates.

The upper and lower lodges have both been converted to separate accommodation, with the former offering one bedroom and the latter two.

Wyelands is on the market with Knight Frank for pounds 4.5m. Call 01432 273087 for more information

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RESTLESS: Generations of owners have made their own improvements at Wyelands
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Date:Sep 19, 2009
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