If versatility is key and your budget is a hefty £3m, what can the Welsh property market offer you?

Of the sprinkling of dream homes for sale within this eye-watering price bracket that can only attract millionaires, one country estate has a lot to say for itself.

Nestled within Wales’ most expensive county and within a stunning river valley that is one of the location jewels of the area, The Cedars is a home that delivers on location.

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The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Combination of old and new house at this country mansion




In an elevated position within the beautiful Usk Valley, Monmouthshire, the substantial and handsome house stands proudly within 16 acres of this slice of rural paradise.

The gardens are landscaped lawns and avenues of trees, including the one that flanks the long driveway that leads from the main road to this special home.

Of course the house has a fancy electronic gateway to the estate that is both intriguing and impressive to the passing motorists and, of course, the driveway is sweeping and tree-lined. And some cars may even turn into this driveway to enjoy all that this home has to offer – and it’s a lot so surely it can be classed as potentially the best party pad in the area?

As the driveway meets the house, the welcoming ornamental fountain and turning circle terrace sets the scene of a mansion of stature, as well as a place for party guests to park.



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Every grand country house deserves a grand, sweeping driveway



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Nested in the countryside with glorious views



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Party pool area

The distinctive house is late Victorian at its heart, extended in the late 1970s to offer two additional wings and more recently extended to create a sun room at the rear.

With six bedrooms in this main house as well as additional, versatile spaces that could become slumber zones, there’s plenty of space for party guests should the socialising extend into the early hours.

And what a party it could be, surely centred around the outdoor pool area that has such an engaging, surrounding rural vista, it might put you off your Tom Daley style diving off the board, or your Adam Peaty inspired breast stroke.

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There’s a handy BBQ area and also a pool house which, although a home office is an option for this space, might be more welcomed by guests if it was transformed into a poolside bar. And if you fancy creating your own party garden at your home, check out this £500 B&Q vouchers competition we’ve got running, although it won’t get you a swimming pool.

There’s so much space out here that a party marquee of vast proportions is a possibility and it sparks the imagination of the agent selling this abode into suggesting it could be a wonderful wedding venue, with the right licences and planning in place of course.



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Seven stable block



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Lake area with the best views

In fact the suggestions for this versatile estate just keep coming, with an equestrian facility another business idea and there’s certainly room for that. There’s a block of seven stables, three paddocks and a stunning lake area that has arguably the best countryside views and certainly the best place for a picnic.

Also within the grounds, and near enough to the main house and pool to be an integral part of this property package, is a separate coach house – ideal as a multi-generational annexe, somewhere to rent out as a home or a holiday let, or somewhere extra that the party guests can crash for the night.



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Three bed coach house in the garden



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Coach house living room



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Coach house kitchen

The coach house has a spacious lounge, kitchen diner and ground floor shower room and upstairs three bedrooms and a bathroom.

Then to the main event. Up the front steps to the stone porch and through the solid wood door gets you into the main home that has space at its heart – and in every wing and limb that come off it.

The entrance is not a suffocating hallway but rather an open-plan space across the whole of the central section of the house and a place to stand and admire the grand staircase that beckons you upwards. Resist it and have a good rummage on the ground floor first.



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
The grand entrance in the main house



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Open hallway into spacious dining room



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Lounge with multiple country views

To the left of the stairs is a substantial dining space open to the entrance hall. At the moment the table and chairs set is quite modest, but this space can invite the whole of a football team, including subs, coaches and support staff, to comfortably dine in here if the table was magically extended into a banqueting table.

And that grandness is no more than this house deserves, because the new wings either side of the central, older house have added a huge amount of open and semi-open spaces, including the lounge next door to the dining room which has multiple views out of its family of windows.



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Lounge and dining room flow out into the more recently added sunroom



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
The new kid on the block – the sunroom



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Rear of the house shows off the new sunroom

And, like the dining room, the lounge opens out into the more recently added sunroom, which spans a large section of the rear of the house and creates a space to enjoy the country setting even when the weather is being a beast.

Back to the central entrance hall and the opposite new wing can offer access into the kitchen diner and also into a games room that is a welcome addition to this party house, offering an additional place to entertain when the pool area is not an option.



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Indoor games room

There’s no problem getting a snooker table and bar in here because this room, as with the majority of this house, is a very generously sized space and even has a handy ensuite cloakroom so the game doesn’t have to stop for too long if someone needs to use the facilities.

Off the games room is a study, although how much work might actually get done in here with the socialising next door is anyone’s guess – who wants to work when there’s a party happening in the room next door?



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Stylish kitchen



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Island unit is always a winner

The rear wing of the property houses the kitchen diner and it’s a contemporary and tactile mix of warm wood tones and sleek, white gloss with accents of granite and limestone to add an extra layer of tactile, natural surfaces.

There’s a sociable dining area at one end to keep the cook company while the master chef masterpiece is under construction. This eating area also flows out into the rear sunroom.



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Mix of textures and surfaces gives the kitchen a tactile feel



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Dining area flows out into the sunroom too

But if the party is just too full on, or there is the desire to slink away from all the open and broken plan sociable spaces, there is a separate sitting room off the kitchen that, with doors out into the garden, is an idyllic spot to enjoy indoor outdoor moments of relaxation.



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Separate and quieter lounge with doors out into the garden

Relaxing into sleep is something this house can offer in abundance too. Over the two upper storeys the first floor boasts three ensuite bedrooms and two additional bedrooms that share a ‘Jack and Jill’ bathroom.

One of the bedrooms can boast its own dressing room and one competes with this longed for additional facility with its own private balcony overlooking the property’s land and nature’s landscape – which bedroom would you prefer?



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Six bedrooms in total in the main house



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Four bathrooms in the main house in total

But neither of these bedrooms on the first floor is the master according to the estate agent, for that you’ll need to climb to the second floor and find it nestled in the eaves, boasting a bathroom ensuite that is five star hotel standard.

The high-end interior design continues on these bedroom and bathroom levels, as does the oodles of space and the versatility of the house.

Next to the principal bedroom is the sixth and final bedroom, but if half a dozen bedrooms is twice what you need, this room could become a dedicated dressing room and walk-in wardrobe to create a whole floor dedicated to the master suite.



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Master bedroom on the top floor



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Master bedroom ensuite is a centre of luxury

The versatility continues with any of the bedrooms that could be a spacious home office or, if planning allows, a whole wing of the home could become a self-contained annexe to join the garden coach house as additional accommodation.

The Cedars is a country Monmouthshire estate that could become whatever the new owner can envisage, from a home for many to enjoy, to a home and letting business, to a home with a multi-sourced income stream.

Or it could just be a private home to savour and enjoy in wonderful seclusion, with just the horses in the paddocks, the fish in the lake and the birds in the sky as company.



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Handy utility room bigger than some people’s kitchen



The Cedars estate near Llanbadoc, Usk Valley for sale for £3m with Fine and Country Newport and Usk
Handy basement within the older section of the house

The estate is on the market for £3m with Fine & Country Newport and Usk, call them on 01633 927 277 to find out more including information on the open house taking place on Saturday, May 21. And if you want to read more about the best dream homes in Wales, renovation stories, house prices and interiors then join the Amazing Welsh Homes newsletter which is sent out to your inbox twice a week.