On a tranquil sloping hillside, surrounded by undulating fields and hedgerows is the prettiest of country cottages peeping out from amongst the trees.

Hidden within the heart of the countryside, this very special 400-year old Grade II listed cottage is not quite as it seems.

On the outside the building is part white-washed, part exposed original stone and oozes charm.

As you approach the front door to the side of the property, it's hard not to pause on the front courtyard terrace, equally as characterful and rustic as the house you are just about to enter.

Llansor mill and 25 acres of land is a three property package currently being run as a rural retreat near Caerleon by Savills for a guide price of £1.15m - aerial photos of the site
There is a trio of character cottages for sale hidden in the countryside
Llansor mill and 25 acres of land is a three property package currently being run as a rural retreat near Caerleon by Savills for a guide price of £1.15m - aerial photos of the site
Approach the site of Llansor mill via a private country lane

Inside the house has the expected quaint cottage period features and character, enhanced by the classic country-style interior design.

The pretty property is called the miller's cottage and the name is the clue to the property's past and why, in the glorious 25 acres of land, there are another two equally delightful homes to discover; the water mill and the studio cottage.

It is the site and buildings of the historic Llansor Mill, near Caerleon in Newport.

Through the rear wooden porch and into the heart of the miller's former home and the first welcoming room is an impressive kitchen diner far bigger than the quaintness of the cottage outside might suggest.

Llansoar mill and 25 acres of land is a three property package currently being run as a rural retreat near Caerleon by Savills for a guide price of £1.15m - this is the miller's cottage
The Miller's cottage is one of three character properties for sale
Llansor mill and 25 acres of land is a three property package currently being run as a rural retreat near Caerleon by Savills for a guide price of £1.15m - aerial photos of the site
Stop and linger at the front entrance courtyard of the former miller's cottage

The white-washed walls and ceilings and the presumably original slate floor perfectly frame the cottage style interiors to be seen here.

The classic country farmhouse kitchen, solid wood table and classic farmhouse chairs and a substantial Welsh dresser are the initial key statement pieces to notice in the room.

The white decor softened by pale heritage colours in shades of green and pink is also warmed by the sizable log burner in the middle of the room.

The cream Aga is surely an essential within a traditional country cottage and completes this sizable and social space.

Llansor mill and 25 acres of land is a three property package currently being run as a rural retreat near Caerleon by Savills for a guide price of £1.15m - aerial photos of the site
Surprisingly spacious kitchen diner boasts classic country cottage features and style
Llansor mill and 25 acres of land is a three property package currently being run as a rural retreat near Caerleon by Savills for a guide price of £1.15m - aerial photos of the site
The bright and cosy lounge centres around a log burner

Next door, the lounge is a cosy room centred around the log burner in the fireplace, with the original beams, doors and lime-wash plaster bringing the rustic feel to the bright and sunny space.

In the corner of this room can be found the twisting staircase to the three bedrooms and shower room.

A utility room and cloakroom and separate snug complete the accommodation in the miller's cottage.

The garden surrounding the miller's cottage is a beautiful outside space to enjoy, surrounded by mature plants and trees, there are secret seating areas to discover and cosy corners to relax.

Llansor mill and 25 acres of land is a three property package currently being run as a rural retreat near Caerleon by Savills for a guide price of £1.15m - aerial photos of the site
The main bedroom has a door that opens out into the garden
Llansor mill and 25 acres of land is a three property package currently being run as a rural retreat near Caerleon by Savills for a guide price of £1.15m - aerial photos of the site
The miller's cottage is surrounded by hidden and private places to eat, socialise and relax

This property is arguably the epitome of a new trend in interior design called cottagecore.

This new trend has been gaining in popularity on social media platforms, especially on TikTok, and is based on an imagined, idealised and romanticised rural lifestyle; a simpler and sustainable life in the country based around a connection with nature and land.

Gardening, crafting and baking are at the core of this traditional home based trend with classic cottage interior design at its heart.

Some interior enthusiasts might claim that this water mill property bundle is hardcore cottagecore, with each property totally embedded with the history of the land, including using its natural power and resources.

There's even a brook floating through the site and not surprisingly past the water mill to make the idyllic country retreat cottagecore daydream even more realistic.

The water mill itself is a three-storey stone structure, just as attractive as the miller's cottage, and it even has a couple of the building's round grinding stones outside to impress any visitor.

Llansor mill and 25 acres of land is a three property package currently being run as a rural retreat near Caerleon by Savills for a guide price of £1.15m
From the outside the water mill itself looks quite cute but it has hidden levels

Built on a slope and next to the Sor Brook, this pretty property can be accessed at the front up a set of exterior steps and straight into an impressive living room which oozes character that is not necessarily evident from outside.

The ceiling has been opened up into the roof space to create a double-height space showcasing beams and rafters.

A clever design addition within this roof space is the mezzanine level, creating extra floor space.

By using glass and metal and painting the lower ceiling under the mezzanine white means the addition is not intrusive or imposing, rather it slots neatly into the space, effortlessly flowing into the design of the room.

Llansor mill and 25 acres of land is a three property package currently being run as a rural retreat near Caerleon by Savills for a guide price of £1.15m
Inside the water mill and the space has been opened-up to create height and a mezzanine added
Llansor mill and 25 acres of land is a three property package currently being run as a rural retreat near Caerleon by Savills for a guide price of £1.15m
The main bedroom has its own balcony

Another brilliant bonus at the water mill is the balcony off the second bedroom that allows you to stumble out of bed with your first coffee of the day straight outside.

The benefit of the slope, apart from ensuring that the stream was running down to the mill at pace back in the time when it was a working mill, is that it now has a bonus floor.

A hidden basement and extra bedroom can be found on the lower ground floor, adding extra storage and sleeping space to the footprint of this charming and historic building.

On to the third property in this mini hidden hamlet and arguably the cutest of the three; the studio cottage.

As with the sister homes, this cottage oozes character from the flagstone floors to the white-washed rough plaster walls, from the leaded windows to the exposed ceiling beams.

And again the internal design makes the most of the space with the main living room ceiling gone and the space opened up into the roof creating a double-height space that makes the cottage feel larger than it is.

Llansor mill and 25 acres of land is a three property package currently being run as a rural retreat near Caerleon by Savills for a guide price of £1.15m
Arguably the studio cottage is the cutest property
Llansor mill and 25 acres of land is a three property package currently being run as a rural retreat near Caerleon by Savills for a guide price of £1.15m
Opening the living room up to the roof creates double-height room that adds a sense of space as well as character
Llansor mill and 25 acres of land is a three property package currently being run as a rural retreat near Caerleon by Savills for a guide price of £1.15m
The kitchen is cute and classic cottage style

The log burner adds character as well as warmth and the exposed ceiling in the kitchen and bedroom on a crog-loft style mezzanine, ensures the classic cottage features can be found throughout this little property.

But this truly unique property package hasn't finished with just the trio of rustic homes, there's a quirky round house hiding on the far boundary of the land waiting to welcome anyone wanting a quiet shelter amongst the 25 acres of land.

The straw bale eco round house has far-reaching views and a reticulated ('eye in the middle') roof. Inside there is integral seating, a bed platform and a stove. What a cool and quiet special spot to sit and relax.

Llansor mill and 25 acres of land is a three property package currently being run as a rural retreat near Caerleon by Savills for a guide price of £1.15m - aerial photos of the site
About 25 acres of land is part of the property package
Llansor mill and 25 acres of land is a three property package currently being run as a rural retreat near Caerleon by Savills for a guide price of £1.15m
Hidden amongst the land is the eco round house, perfect place for some peace

Of course, if the site has a large slice of Monmouthshire countryside and three historic properties as part of the pretty package, the price is going to reflect the bundle on offer.

Currently the site is for sale for a guide price of £1.15m, but what if three generations of a family had enough funds if they sold their individual properties and pooled any savings to all move to this private valley?

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It could be the perfect whole family retreat and the site has proven its credentials on that unique selling point as it is currently being run as an actual rural retreat run by the charity Llansor Mill Trust.

The retreat has the perfect location to escape the noise and be cocooned surrounded by the countryside - as soon as you travel over the stone humped-back bridge and through the trees it is like crossing the threshold to tranquility.

For further details about Llansor mill contact estate agent Savills on 029 2036 8919.