Schools near Abergavenny Monmouthshire

Secondary Schools There are several very good schools within easy reach of Abergavenny.  The girls and boys boarding Haberdashers schools in Monmouth have a fantastic reputation and achieve high Oxford and Cambridge entries.  Our daughter and granddaughter both went to the girls school and our granddaughter is now reading English in Oxford. Charles was head of department in the boys school for a number of years. Monmouth schools run a private Continue Reading

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