This “magnificent” home for sale is centuries old and may have once been the village rectory.  

St Arvans Court, in St Arvans near Chepstow, is Grade II listed and is thought to date back to the early mid-1700s, with some additions in the Georgian era. 

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The house from the rear. (Fine & Country)

According to Cadw - the historic environment service of the Welsh Government - it has the “appearance of a rectory”, and may have acted as such until the present rectory was built in the 1880s. 

The exterior of the house shows period character, with sash windows and Tudor style drip moulds, gable stacks and Welsh slate roofs, plus a grand Georgian porch. 

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The circular sitting room. (Fine & Country)

Inside, there are more character features, including an open stone fireplace, a circular sitting room, cornicing and original shutters. 

Entering the property, the hallway has a ceiling arch and solid wooden doors to the reception rooms, one of which is the circular sitting room, complete with a fireplace and two alcoves, and the other being a formal dining room with decorative plasterwork, a feature fireplace and a revolving dumb waiter. 

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The dining room, which has a dumb waiter in one of the alcoves. (Fine & Country)

At the back of the property is the original Jacobean part of the house, where the recently refitted kitchen sits, featuring beamed ceilings as well as modern amenities. 

The kitchen leads through to the breakfast/dining area, which also has exposed ceiling beams and a large stone fireplace with a log burner. 

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The breakfast area, in the oldest part of the house. (Fine & Country)

Moving through to more modern areas of the house, there is a study/home office and a gym with a sauna, as well as a utility room and a WC. 

A Georgian staircase with turned spindles and a mahogany handrail leads upstairs to a family living room, which has oak flooring, a fireplace with a decorative wood surround, and two sets of French doors to a balcony which runs the length of the house. 

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The gym, which has a sauna. (Fine & Country)

There are three bedrooms on this level, the principal of which has an en-suite bathroom and a dressing area, as well as an arched window. 

The other two bedrooms feature a cast iron fireplace and French doors to the balcony respectively. 

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The principal bedroom. (Fine & Country)

On the second floor, there is a door to a self-contained apartment, which comprises an open-plan lounge and kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom. 

The attic has two double bedrooms with exposed A-frames, one of which has a curved window and the other with a porthole window, with the two rooms sharing a bathroom.

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One of the attic bedrooms. (Fine & Country)

Completing the house is a barrel-roofed cellar with a flagstone floor, which can be accessed from the garden or the breakfast area. 

The grounds are made up of 0.8 acres of gardens, with old stone walls and a tall hedge creating privacy. 

At the back of the house, there is a large lawned area and a sheltered patio, as well as an arbour and a lavender bed. 

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The balcony overlooks the gardens. (Fine & Country)

To the side of the property is a raised vegetable garden, while at the front there is a rare deciduous Sequoia tree and mature Wellington, plus a driveway leading to “ample” parking and a single garage. 

The property is being sold by Fine & Country for a price of £1,750,000.

The agent said: “St Arvans Court is an attractive and exceptionally well-presented property, which benefits from three elegant reception rooms, a large, recently fitted family kitchen with a charming breakfast/dining area, seven bedrooms, a home office and a gym with a sauna.

“The historic house is thought to be Jacobean in origin, with an imposing Georgian addition at the front. It is remarkable for its lovely period features, which include a balcony along the full length of the back of the house and a unique circular sitting room at the front. 

“The lovely property has been home to the vendors for the past 25 years and in that time they have lovingly refurbished, modernised and maintained it.”