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Banker converted Grand Designs Welsh folly is on the market for £1.85m

A banker who grew up on a Welsh council estate is selling the converted Welsh folly, which appeared on TV Grand Designs in 2009, for £1.85m.

Located on 24 acres of land, expired property purchased by a couple Dean Barry and his wife – PR guide – Sarah.

They have completely restored the madness and expanded it to include a contemporary curved structure with open plan living space.

This converted Welsh folly, which appeared on TV’s Grand Designs, is for sale for £1.85m through Fine & Country estate agents.

Grand Designs took the couple on their DIY journey when they returned to Wales after working in London.

The pair bought the Newport plot of land for £1million, but refused to talk about how much they spent on the mission when asked by presenter Kevin McLeod.

The couple only mentioned that they made sure that the amount spent on the detailed renovation was kept within limits.

Authentic Madness has been fantastically restored and described by Grand Designs head Kevin McCloud as “first class”.

The converted folly is situated in the Welsh village of Kemeys Inferior, Newport, and has a substantial contemporary extension.

The Folly is a large open lounge with lots of lighting, seating and plenty of storage

To keep prices down, the homeowners purchased a kitchen from a well-known name that is slightly more than custom

Dean defined, “Because of the size of the property, you could spend an unlimited amount of money here.

‘We don’t take it for granted. It’s something I feel really privileged to live in. It’s something we’ve worked so hard for and we deserve to be the guardians.

Kevin said on the show: “They have brought new life to a local landmark and the result is first class.”

The unusual property is approached via a wide driveway and electronically controlled security gates on a reasonably country lane

The property has a large glass extension that curves out from the aspect of the renovated folly, offering ample space for the household.

Although the follies again date back to the 1700s, the modern glass extension is very different and bears few modern traces.

The property has good access to hyperlinks making it attractive to commuters as it is less than three miles from the M4.

The living area is zoned for entertaining and entertaining, with a dining table that can comfortably seat a dozen or so friends

The converted Folly has six bedrooms, 5 of which are en-suite

This large double room has a four-poster mattress, several decorative bay windows and an authentic restored ceiling.

Originally the Sheriff of Monmouth’s stone-look lodge, the property sits on a hilltop overlooking the Usk Valley.

In addition to 6 bedrooms – 5 of which are en-suite – the finished property includes a cinema room and glass annexe.

Outside there are formal gardens, several outbuildings and a nondescript leisure building with an indoor swimming pool.

The property has good access for hyperlink commuting as it is less than three miles from the M4.

Trains to London run from Newport and Bristol Parkway, just over 30 miles away.

The property is approached via a wide driveway and electronically operated security gates onto a rustic lane in the village of Kemeys Inferior, Newport.

The total value of property bought in Newport in the last 12 months is £229,443.

This compares with an average of £356,271 for the nation as a whole, according to Zoopla.

Outside there are formal gardens with panoramic views over the surrounding countryside and some outbuildings and stables.

The grounds encompass landscaped and patio areas, offering an area for entertaining households and partners throughout the summer season.

Across the garden from principle construction is a large indifferent leisure structure with indoor swimming pool and conversion services

Originally the Sheriff of Monmouth’s stone-look lodge, the property sits on a hilltop overlooking the Usk Valley.

Property sales are handled by Fine and Country estate brokers.

Advertising literature for the property defined it: “The front gardens are partially walled and consist of large lawns with wide stone steps leading to the impressive front entrance.

“On the other side of the lawn is a large separate recreation building with an indoor swimming pool and changing rooms.

‘From the driveway and back to a large paddock is a great modern stable with shed.

Great hacking on your doorstep with miles of drives and walks in the surrounding lanes and nearby Wentwood Forest. The rest of the terrain is made up of a beautiful patch of old growth forest.

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