Four homes sold for £1m or more as prices soar in Forest of Dean

There was a time when the Forest of Dean was considered a cheap place to buy property. No more.

As soon as tolls were removed on the Severn Bridge, an exodus of homebuyers poured into the Bristol Channel in search of more affordable homes. Prices rose, then came the pandemic which fueled another property boom in rural areas as locked-down city dwellers tried to escape to the countryside.

Now house prices have skyrocketed across the board and million pound homes are no longer unusual. Granted, you’ll still get a lot more for your money in the forest where the price of a Mayfair apartment will buy you a whole lot of country. And most high-priced homes are on the fringe.

READ MORE: What an average price of £350,000 means for first-time buyers

But with four family homes for sale in the Forest of Dean selling for between £1m and £2m on Rightmove a minute, how long before seven figures becomes unworthy of a raised eyebrow?

Here’s what you can buy if you win the lottery big and want to stay local.

Goods: Millend, Newland

What real estate agents say: An original 18th century farmhouse nestled on six acres of land in beautiful rolling countryside. The house and its outbuildings have been transformed into an impressive family estate. The original farmhouse, a three bedroom holiday home, office, gym and various outbuildings. It is a house of superior quality, tasteful decoration and furnishings. The accommodation is spacious, the superb modern interior design blends perfectly with the original architecture. The living room has the authentic peaked roof with exposed beams, the superb custom-made kitchen can easily accommodate a large gathering. There are six bedrooms, the main one with its own private terrace and hot tub. There is plenty of fabulous outdoor entertaining space. A truly exceptional property in a peaceful, rural location close to major roads and railways.

How much: £2 million

Real estate agencies: Ferrino & Partners Lydney 01594 784004

Goods:Rock Farm, Westbury-On-Severn

What real estate agents say: Rock Farm is a charming and exceptionally well presented period farmhouse and separate auxiliary twin bedded accommodation. This charming three storey, five bedroom home offers the perfect blend of accessible rural living as there are a variety of barns, stables, storage, fields and paddocks which are combined with a modern, contemporary and stylish family home. spacious. There are plans for two adjoining vacation rentals in a barn to be converted and the transformation of former stables into a three-bedroom house. The traditional porch provides a lovely entrance into the main reception room. This has an exposed beam ceiling, a large open fireplace with a log burner, flagstone flooring, fitted cupboards and an original stained glass window with shutters and a bench below. The gorgeous kitchen/breakfast room has been outfitted with a custom handcrafted Shaker style kitchen and comfortably accommodates a 10 seater table and chairs. The living room has a large arched window with handmade wooden shutters and a window seat. There are three double bedrooms and a large bathroom on the first floor. The second floor has two double bedrooms and a bathroom. There is an al fresco dining area, a secret patio and large stone walled gardens, lawns, mature shrubs, fruit trees and a summer house. There is also a conversion and seven outbuildings and the property sits in just over 13 acres of land, mostly grazing paddocks.

How much? £1,795,000

Real estate agencies: Andrew Grant 01905 939121

This imposing property would cost well over £1million if it were in the Cotswolds, but Blakeney is a popular village
This imposing property would cost well over £1million if it were in the Cotswolds, but Blakeney is a popular village

Property: Swan Lane, Blakeney

What real estate agents say: Past and present merge in this Grade II listed former coaching inn, a beautiful half-timbered property of Tudor origin. Carefully restored and sympathetically updated, this property has been transformed into a charming family home that seamlessly integrates the luxuries of modern living into the fabric of a fascinating historic building. The old Swan Inn is believed to be the oldest house in Blakeney. The property dates from the reign of Henry VII in the 16th century. Original features include exposed timbers, beamed ceilings, paneling, antique doors, imposing open fireplaces, lead glazed windows, stone flagstone floors, oak floors throughout. origin and a two-flight staircase and vaulted wine cellar believed to be the remains of the Saxon house. Monastery. The contemporary comfort of a custom-made kitchen and luxurious bathrooms. four/five bedrooms, three bathrooms and three reception rooms, many of which have unusually high ceilings for a house of the period. With a games/gym room, converted from the garage, plus a first floor lounge with a second kitchen/breakfast room, the property offers plenty of accommodation for the extended family. Swan House is set in approximately 3.5 acres of formal gardens and grounds. There is an orchard, a large semi-wild paddock and a separate smallholding.

How much? £1 million

Real estate agencies: Fine & Country, Chepstow 01291 708027

Goods:Pleasant Stile, Cinderford/Littledean

What real estate agents say: Rare opportunity to acquire this impressive and substantial six-bedroom house with a self-contained three-bedroom ground floor apartment set in professionally designed and mature gardens. The large saloon has engineered wood flooring, various radiators, two large windows to the rear with triple inset sash windows. Stunning views over fields and countryside, Westbury Church, Gloucester Cathedral and the River Severn. A bespoke Italian kitchen has a sash window overlooking the front garden and with views of the forest and woods. The basement living room and a large stone spiral staircase from the living room lead directly to formal terraced gardens designed by Chelsea gold medalist Sarah Eberle.

How much? £1 million

Real estate agencies: Steve Gooch, Mitcheldean 01594 784003

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