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Ancient Severn Estuary Church with Planning for Sale

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Are you looking for the quiet life? Well here's your chance to grab a rare opportunity to acquire an idyllic Grade II listed 12th century church with the added bonus  of planning permission for conversion to a residential dwelling.

Tranquil former Whitson Church, situated in the picturesque hamlet of the same name on the Gwent Levels, is being sold by Paul Fosh Auctions for a private vendor.

The historic property is listed with a guide price of £135,000 when it goes up for auction next month.

Original parts of the eye-catching ancient building, which is mentioned in local history records where it is noted for its fine tower and  ‘pinnacle’, date back as far as the 12th century with later additions including a 15th century tower.

The Grade II listed property, currently derelict inside and missing much of its roof,  is approached via a new driveway with work already commenced on the installation of a small bridge over a reen (ancient drainage channel).

The planning permission obtained in December last year is for the development of a two bedroom dwelling with open plan living area, kitchen to the ground floor, two bedrooms and bathroom to the first floor and further accommodation within the tower.

Whitson is situated on the Caldicot levels where there are a number of farmsteads and houses. The city of Newport is approximately 7 km away with its wide range of amenities and shopping facilities including the Friars Walk Shopping Centre. The M4 motorway is easily accessible offering easy access for commuters to both Cardiff and Bristol.

The graveyard adjoining the property is not included in the sale but there is an area near the building which the vendors say could be used for a garden.

Sean Roper, of Newport-based Paul Fosh Auctions who is handling the sale, said:

“The church is in the village of Whitson which is situated on the serene Caldicot Levels where there are a number of farmsteads and houses.

“The distinctive property is close to the sea wall and the Severn Estuary. The city of Newport is approximately seven km distance with its wide range of amenities and shopping facilities including the Friars Walk shopping centre.

“The M4 is easily accessible, offering easy access for commuters to both Cardiff and Bristol especially. This is a true one-off property which is already creating a great deal of interest on both sides of the Severn Estuary. Prospective  purchasers can see the potential for this property with the benefit of planning permission for conversion to a awesome, away-from-it-all  two bed home.”

The church along with some sixty other properties are being offered for sale at Paul Fosh Auctions with bidding starting on Tuesday February 1 and ending from 5pm on Thursday February 3.