Travelling out of Wales through Monmouth along the A40 and M50, it's highly unlikely you have ever spotted an anonymous looking country gate at the side of the road.
And if you had, maybe you would dismiss it as just another gate leading to just another field, but this gate is definitely far more than that.
It leads to a hidden oasis of history and an island of tranquillity in the form of a beautiful Georgian country mansion and grounds.
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Called Pencraig Manor, this Grade II listed beauty is a handsome house, standing in a commanding position on a gentle hillside boasting sweeping views of the stunning Wye Valley below, north of Monmouth.
Now that's definitely a special spot to build a special country pile, with a manicured lawn stretching out from the house to the very edge of the garden before it falls away down the wooded slope to the river bank.
It's like an 18th century lawn garden version of a modern infinity swimming pool, but the water in this view is the famous and much-loved River Wye.
The river meanders down the central portion of the expansive vista, flanked with fields and treetops that pepper the undulating land to the hills in the distance.
Yes, it's truly mesmerising.
And after a stroll around the very well-mannered lawns, it's down to the woodland on the slopes to get immersed in nature before landing at the river bank for a day fishing or a peaceful picnic and good book; bliss.
The house achieved a Grade II listing in 1987, with the present house said to date back to around 1780 with later additions and extensions dated about 1840.
The estate agent states Pencraig Court was formerly a hotel, restaurant, wedding venue and even used as a school during the war.
It is currently a family home offering so much space you might need a length of string, breadcrumbs or at least a bell not to get lost within the sprawling innards of this mansion.
There are four floors, numerous reception rooms, a plethora of smaller service rooms to suddenly find, and 11 ensuite bedrooms to choose from, so navigating your way will take some time.
The glorious Georgian masterpiece demands attention as soon as it emerges from the gardens, as you venture down its private lane.
When you first arrive you are met with a grand snapshot of a sweeping vehicle turning area, stone steps down to the lawn with the view and a house with an impressive four columned porch at the centre of its typically symmetrical Georgian facade.
The bold red front door says please approach and come in to explore, so it would be rude not to.
Inside is a maze of posh rooms and practical rooms, with high ceilings and space and a good number of huge Georgian windows, their size and frequency depending on the grandeur of the room.
The house quietly but frequently offers you understated Georgian elegance at its finest.
The 35 foot hall is a delightful and impressive welcome, with the hoped for original sweeping staircase present and correct in the centre of the space.
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Stroll under a charming gold arch that draws you to the base of the stairs , the shape mimicked by the sizeable arched window on the stair's half-landing, and you stand at a crossroads.
A glimpse of the morning room straight ahead tries to tempt you forward, a door to a vast side wing that includes the kitchen is calling you to the right, but wander to the left for the best spaces of this home.
The first room is a double dining room with a huge bay window that you instantly want to go towards, as the views of the Wye Valley peep over the dining table.
Through an archway to a secondary dining room - handy when the house was a hotel to accommodate the guests from the 11 ensuite bedrooms.
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This portion of this grand 26 foot room has a pretty period marble fireplace to enjoy, as well as a continuation of the fancy detailed cornicing that can be spotted in many rooms.
The classic high Georgian ceilings add to the sense of light and space and in this home are said to be over 11 foot high.
Next to the substantial dining room is the drawing room and this space is totally all about the views.
There's a triple aspect thanks to a trio of floor to ceiling multi-paned sash windows ensuring the views of the incredible location are a constant source of wonder.
One of the sets of windows includes French doors out to the terrace that surrounds this grand frontage of the house, and offers freedom to roam the private landscaped gardens and woodland that comprises about 3.59 acres.
The morning room next door is still a grand space with high ceilings, period windows with carved wood surrounds, and cornices, but it feels cosier and more relaxed than the grander spaces next door.
Back to the stairs and the side wing of the house has more practical rooms that support the function of the house.
The large kitchen still has the hooks in the ceiling from where produce was hung, but the space has moved on from that era in the past with, of course, a range of modern appliances required in the present.
There's an office, pantry, laundry room, bedrooms for the staff, storage rooms, a garage and a potting shed at the end of this wing of ground floor accommodation.
Of course there's a cellar, all great country houses should have a cellar, but there's also two floors of 11 ensuite bedrooms, many of them with eye-catching period features and some with the best views of the Wye Valley that can be found on this site.
Outside there are two smallholding paddocks, a kitchen garden, a greenhouse and a stable block, but closer to home is income potential.
Next to the main house is a pretty cottage annexe providing an 18 foot sitting room, kitchen, three bedrooms and a bathroom; even the cottage at this property is palatial.
The agent states that the cottage is currently used for seasonal airbnb with high occupancy and an income figure available should a potential buyer want to view it.
How a new owner uses the space to suit their needs or decorates the house to reflect their taste is a personal matter.
But there's no doubt they will be living in one of the best spots to enjoy one of the Wales', and arguably the UK's, most famous natural wonders, the beautiful Wye Valley.
Pencraig Court is for sale for a guide price of £1,650,000 with Fine and Country, call their Ross-on-Wye branch on 01989 764141 to find out more.
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