Travel to and from – commuting

Road links Llanfoist is remarkably well connected to the rest of the UK by road.  Within half a mile of the house  is a network of dual carriage ways.  The M4 is 22 miles away leading to London and Bristol via the Severn Bridge.  London is under three hours traveling time with Bristol only about one hour away.  It is about thirty miles to Cardiff and seventy to Birmingham via the Continue Reading

Services available

Gas The house enjoys a mains gas supply that was installed some fifteen years ago and is therefore in very good condition.  This powers a modern gas  fired condensing central heating boiler which heats both the house and hot water.  The gas also powers a clothes dryer. Water  The water supply to the house is spring water direct from the foot of the Blorange mountain  which starts close to the Continue Reading

A Period home features in the press

Period House mirror

Georgian House Features in the Press Llanfoist House has appeared in a number of publications, some are more about the clothes but some are about the house itself.  These latter I will include first – as and when I remember which was which and where they are in this large house. Period House Screen Stars The home of Charles and Patricia Lester is a showcase for their fabulous textile designs. Continue Reading

house plans


Floor plan

There are five floors in the house.

1.  The cellars – accessed by a door in the hallway.  Stone steps lead down to the main cellar and to the side of this is a wine cellar.

2.  Ground floor – Lounge, traditional original Conservatory, Dining Room, Butler’s pantry, Study, Kitchen, Family room, Utility room, Cloakroom/toilet, pantry, boot room.

3.  First floor – Master bedroom with ensuite toilet, 2nd double bedroom, 3rd double bedroom, Main bathroom, seperate toilet.

4. 2nd Floor – Large 4th bedroom, 5th double bedroom, 6th single bedroom, 2nd bathroom.

5. 3rd Floor – One large U shaped room – that could make two additional bedrooms or keep as is for an additional recreation area.  This attic room is accessed by a traditional staircase – NOT a loft ladder!

Garden in winter

There is something magical about snow – our home in Llanfoist is near Abergavenny in Monmouthshire.

When we decided that we would be selli ng our house we thought it would be rather nice for someone interested  to see what it is like in the winter as well as in the summer.  We do not often have enough snow to cover the ground, but when we do the whole garden changes into a silent white space. This large georgian country house set in it’s own secluded gardens and grounds is currently for sale.  It has been the home of the fashion designers Charles and Patricia Lester for over thirty-five years.

The side of the house freshly painted with snow!

Local beauty spots

Brecon mountain railway

Local scenary to enjoy every season of the year Brecon Mountain Railway – a pleasant way to see some of the local area.   View of the reservoir from the train. Tourist Daisy enjoying the journey on the tourist trail.  We were not sure if she was admiring herself or the scenery.   View from Hay Bluff on a cold day in March.   Brecon Beacons drama – Llanfoist House is Continue Reading

Llanfoist House

period features

  Llanfoist House interior pictures   The Lounge     The lounge looking through to the hallway.   The lounge looking through to the conservatory – the large glass doors open completely making a lovely extension to this room in the sumer months. The windows in the lounge are tall Georgian windows with traditional working shutters.  There are no shutters for the doors leading into the conservatory.    The fireplace Continue Reading

Orchard in Summer

Self sufficiency orchard

 The orchard enclosed for safety for the chickens and ducks   We hope that our very large garden will attract someone to buy the property here in Abergavenny – gardening has always been a passion and there is nothing like going into your own orchard and eating an apple, or pear picked straight from the tree.  The orchard and the entire kitchen garden is surrounded by a high wire fence that Continue Reading

Kitchen Garden Potager

The Kitchen garden is a personal passion.  The best method of growing vegetables is a combination of cottage garden and potager planting, so a formal layout was planned with the beds either long and narrow or small squares.  This makes hoeing easier so that you don’t tread on the ground and compact the soil.  The most vital part of planning this garden was to make sure that it was rabbit and fox proof.  A trench was dug all round and wire netting laid in the trench and taken up over 6 ft high.  The height was necessary because our slug deterants are ducks and foxes eat ducks!  The ducks are allowed in the vegetable part of the garden during the winter (making sure to protect the brassicas) and they do a magnificent job of clearing up all the slugs.  The goose eliminates the buttercups in the mown paths, but he is very partial to the runner beans – so his work is winter work too.