This home isn’t all about the location, although that is pretty special. It’s an unique property for its history and design too. Called The Chalet, the house sits perched on top of a ridge on the outskirts of one Welsh city that happily offers facilities and amenities in one direction and stunning countryside in the other direction.
This five bedroom, detached family home can be found on Ridgeway, arguably one of Newport’s most exclusive streets, and has an abundance of features to impress a potential buyer, with the garden probably the best one.
The area of Ridgeway can be found along a natural ridge that overlooks Rogerstone and the woodland and hills that flow to the horizon, and include two exclusive addresses – Ridgeway itself and Allt-Yr-Yn-Avenue.
Ridgeway is one of the most expensive residential roads in Newport thanks to the views, the tree-lined leafy settling, the large period properties, and the good schools nearby. In the last 12 months there have been only two property sales on the road. Overall, sold prices for detached properties in Ridgeway over the last year were 311% up on the particular 1996 peak of £155, 000 – a lot has changed in 26 years.
But what hasn’t changed is the spectacular rural see from the elevated position this small collection of homes enjoy, and there’s one on the street that stands out from the rest for its 1920s original art deco features and formal, tiered garden with every layer of lusciousness offering a wonderful countryside view.
Called The Chalet, this amazing home bagged its name as a homage to its position on the Ridgeway ridge overlooking what is popularly known in the area as Swiss Valley or Little Switzerland on account of its scenic beauty, and because, in its original form, the house was flanked by two long sloping roofs – very Alpine in its style.
The current owners have done a lot of research about their home and have found out that it was built in 1927 on land which, until then, had belonged to Lord Tredegar. The site had been earmarked for the construction of a cathedral to serve the newly-created diocese of Monmouth, but funds ran out and the project was abandoned.
Instead, a local builder built a house for himself in order, it was said, to demonstrate that he had ‘arrived’. He incorporated some interesting features into the house, such as a gilt window frame brought from Tredegar House because it had been made too small for the intended window there, and mythological stone heads from the old mansion of Cefn Mably.
The house changed hands a couple of times before the current owners bought it in 1985 and each owner during their period at The Chalet have made some changes or built extensions.
One such alteration was the installation of a fine mahogany staircase, which once graced the premises of Saxone shoe shop in Newport – a very fancy flight of steps for a retail unit, even one found in a period property.
The doors towards the dining room and lounge each have a glazed panel featuring an Aesop fable. The fable of the tortoise as well as the hare is depicted within the door to the dining room, and on the lounge door can be found brass and earthenware pots.
These are maybe the most obvious Artistry & Crafts details to spot inside this unique home, but others include a feature ceiling of white-washed beams in many downstairs rooms and an impressive arched doorway from the library to the very spacious lounge that has front and rear views and a bay windows big enough to welcome a grand piano.
The dining room has a very special reading nook clustered around a large picture window that offers a much better look at than any television or even painting can ever offer – real-life wildlife and the changing of the seasons plus wild weather across the expansive view of the countryside below.
Don’t forget when looking up at the ceilings to also admire the original wood wall panelling and dish shelves in the dining room as well as feature fireplaces in that room plus the lounge. The ground floor also offers a study for quiet working or for secretly hiding when there’s housework or gardening to be done, and a garage where the utility area can be found.
The kitchen can be found off the dining room and flows into a sociable and intimate breakfast space that, subject to planning consent and building regulations, could be joined to the kitchen area by the removal of the dividing wall.
Up that fancy and yet robust staircase, not to check on shoe stock for a customer but to check out the particular five bedrooms. The master bedroom comes with an ensuite and added eaves storage, there’s a generous family bathroom and the 2 cloakrooms can also be found up here too.
The central landing is spacious, as a grand house from an era of great design should be able to boast, and from here all the first floor rooms can be accessed. All bedrooms are a good size and if a home office is needed the smallest is at the front of the house, so hopefully less view distractions to keep you from your deadlines.
The house is built on a quiet slope, therefore at the rear it can offer a hidden lower level that houses a workshop accessed from the integrated garage above.
But it’s that glorious garden that will make you want to down tools and wander outside to wholly immerse yourself in the beautiful layers of nature that awaits you, with the constantly mesmerising panoramic country view as the backdrop.
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There’s the first layer of a sunny and characterful terrace next to the house made for alfresco dining and partying – it would be rude to not. Then the central stone steps take you down to layers of lawns and mature shrubs and trees, an ornamental pond, and backyard paths that wander around the nooks and hidden sections that are a constant delight to discover.
Years and years of care and attention has obviously been lavished on this most gorgeous associated with gardens, and the reward has surely been years and years of enjoyment, enveloped by the scenery and transfixed by the watch.
The Chalet will be on the market for offers in the region of £850, 000 with estate agents Crook & Blight, call the Newport office on to find out more. And don’t miss the best dream homes in Wales, renovation stories and interiors, join the Amazing Welsh Homes newsletter , sent to your inbox twice a week.