A FAIRYTALE ENDING.
FAttached to the end of this 15th-century house, near Abergavenny, is an imposing castellated fairytale tower which has a reputation for providing an ideal romantic break.
Grade II listed and believed to be Elizabethan, the current owners have turned the two-storey turreted tower into a successful holiday let business over the past 10 years. It has been featured in the press as one of the top three romantic retreat holiday lets in the UK.
So, whatever you have done to annoy your partner, a stay in this fairytale tower could be the perfect way to seek forgiveness.
Inside, the tower - which currently houses a four-poster bed - oozes a wealth of period features including distinctive large mullioned windows that overlook a private guest section of the walled garden, the perfect place to recite poetry to your partner if you're still in the relationship "dog-house".
Chandeliers, oak beams and a stone fireplace combine to produce the atmosphere of Elizabethan times. It might not even be a surprise to find Queen Elizabeth I enjoying a warm mulled wine in front of the roaring open fire.
Up the impressive hand-carved oak staircase reveals an en suite bathroom.
Elegant feature tiles, ornate black marble wash stand and basin and soft lighting create a luxurious and relaxing atmosphere.
There is, of course, the obligatory double ended roll-top bath; perfect for sharing a romantic bubble bath and glass of something fizzy.
Outside, the home is surrounded by about 1.5 acres of pretty, landscaped gardens, offering opportunities for hand-held walks and picnics on the lawn.
Loved-up couples staying in the fairytale tower will probably think the location of Twr Mihangel is pretty special too. Just down the road from the home, literally within stumbling distance, is the historically renowned Skirrid Inn, reported to be the oldest and most haunted pub in Wales.
Slightly further afield there are a number of award-winning restaurants just waiting to light the candle centrepiece on a quiet table for two.
The tower is nestled within the foothills of the Black Mountains and just within the Brecon Beacons National Park, so plenty of opportunities to walk off the dessert.
The bonus of purchasing this fairytale tower is that it comes with a historic Grade II listed home attached, located on the edge of the medieval Monmouthshire village of Llanvihangel Crucorney.
If the buying budget can stretch to almost PS1m, then a new owner can enjoy living in this detached five bedroom home, which has been sympathetically renovated by the current owners, without the headache of updating it.
The core of the refurbishment was to restore and enhance the historic period features while updating the property to be ideal for living in this century.
Pass under the solid stone front doorway to be greeted by the undulating flagstone hallway which must have seen thousands of feet throughout the centuries.
The main sitting room of the home does not disappoint, with the expected solid stone inglenook fireplace featuring a substantial log burner and wall candle sconces; very medieval.
The chunky wood ceiling beams and solid wooden floor add almost as much warmth to the atmosphere as the fireplace.
The mullioned windows are framed by thick stripped-back wood sills and wall panels.
The kitchen has been sympathetically refurbished to create a welcoming space that offers all modern facilities, but highlights the remaining original beams and quarry tiled floor.
The choice of classic deep blue and green colours on the walls, handmade units and the range oven combine with traditional touches such as the dresser with plate rack, Belfast sink and ceiling rack to produce a flavour of the past. There's even a handy walk-in pantry.
On this ground floor, as well as the tower's sitting room and kitchen, there's a study and a utility room, fondly known as the scullery.
Upstairs, apart from the tower bedroom, there are four further bedrooms.
The master bedroom includes an en suite shower room, and the main family bathroom continues the traditional look of the interior design with the choice of roll-top bath complete with gold claw feet and classic-style mixer taps.
And the cherry on the top of this fairytale property cake is that a new owner, according to the estate agent selling the property, will have the option of purchasing the 'Lordship and Ladyship of the Manor' title, by separate negotiation.
| Twr Mihangel is on the market with housenetwork.co.uk for PS975,000. Call 01245 249110 for further details
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|Publication:||Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Aug 25, 2018|
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