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Croes Vaen
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You could buy a house designed by the architect behind the V&A and Buckingham Palace

The charming country manor in Wales could be all yours – if you’ve got £1.7 million to spare

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham
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On the face of it, this property looks like a nice but somewhat typical British country house. It’s quaint. It’s pretty. It’s leafy. What’s so special about it? Well, as it turns out, quite a lot.

The property is called Croes Vaen and it’s a farmhouse in north Monmouthshire, Wales. It was designed by Sir Aston Webb – in other words, the same guy responsible for some of the UK’s most famous landmarks. Webb designed the likes of the London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and Admiralty Arch, not to mention a little ol’ place called Buckingham Palace.  

Croes Vaen was built around 1890 to house the manager of the nearby Hendre Estate (where the main mansion was also designed by Webb). But just because CV has a bigger, fancier neighbour doesn’t mean it isn’t also a fascinating piece of design. The Grade II-listed site is a stone-built masterpiece described as being built in an ‘Arts and Crafts Tudor style’. And, excitingly, it’s up for sale. 

More than just very fancy and historically interesting, Croes Vaen is also a pretty nice place to live. The farmhouse sits surrounded by 72 acres of pastures, orchards and woodland. The building itself has two floors, with three reception rooms, six bedrooms and two bathrooms. Here are a few more pictures of the place:

Croes Vaen
Photograph: Rightmove
Croes Vaen
Photograph: Rightmove
Croes Vaen
Photograph: Rightmove

Despite being in the countryside, Croes Vaen isn’t totally isolated, either. It’s just four miles from Monmouth and three miles from the English border, with decent road links to the Midlands, South Wales and London.

If you’re wondering how much the farmhouse will set you back, well, the ‘guide price’ for the house plus 15 acres of land is £1.2 million ($1.6 million). If you want the other 52 acres too, the entire property could cost as much as £1.7 million ($2.2 million). Which is, whichever way you cut it, quite a lot of cash.

But still, if you are tempted by the idea of relocating to your very own country manor? You can find out more about the property here.

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