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By Helen Le Caplain

An historic hunting lodge that was transformed into a luxury home and featured on Channel 4 property show Grand Designs is on the market for a cool £1.95m.


Nestled in 24 acres of its own land, Kemeys Folly, in Langstone, South Wales, boasts six bedrooms, five bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen, diner and lounge and a cinema room.

The master bedroom, which takes up an entire floor of the tower, opens up to its own roof terrace while a huge glass extension which runs across the top of the ridge offers stunning views of the nine counties it overlooks.

If the rolling views of the Welsh countryside whet prospective buyers’ appetites, then viewers also have a chance to explore the leisure building, pool house, stable block, two acres of paddock and an all-weather menage.

The original building dates back to the 1700s and was owned by the Sheriff of Monmouth.


Now the luxury building, which featured on Grand Designs nine years ago and impressed host Kevin McCloud, is up for sale.

Current owner Dean Berry paid £830,000 for the tower in 2005 and work on the property began in earnest in January 2007.

Dean ploughed time and money into the project to ensure the grade II-listed was painstakingly restored alongside his ultra-modern architectural touches.

Dean said: “We were very fortunate to be introduced to the property by a family friend.

“It was very clear that this was a unique property and unlike anything I had seen before.

“The wow factor hit me straight away. The opportunity to own a small castle in this part of the world was something I couldn’t turn down.


“The chance to be able to build in this location, semi-rural but with great access to the motorway network, and to be able to put a stamp on an area of such natural beauty was amazing.

“Having the folly itself stand proud and be restored is brilliant, but then having the wonderful glass extension that stretches all the way across the ridge is great.

“My favourite part of the property has to be the views. The jewel in the crown has to be the view from the top of the folly.

“You can see nine counties from here. It’s one of my favourite places and we’ve had lots of parties out here.”


Joe Parry from Fine & Country said: “Kemeys Folly is a unique property that would make an amazing family home in the Welsh countryside.

“The original building was a hunting lodge, today it’s the ultimate in peace and quiet with 24 acres of its own land.

“We expect the future buyer to be a young family who want a historic home that is perfect for modern living.”