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Tue 5 November 2019
Go directly to Jail, do not pass GO, do not collect £200, we’ve all had that sinking feeling during a game of Monopoly, but this property will have you looking forward to the prospect.
McCartneys have been instructed with what is probably a once in a lifetime opportunity - to acquire one of the most significant, interesting buildings in Montgomery. The Old Gaol dates to 1832 and was the County Gaol for Montgomeryshire. Following planning permission in 1982, it now forms seven flats located over three storeys. The grade II listed, freehold property has been owned by Mid Wales Housing Association for nearly 40 years and now offers huge potential to update the flats and create an exciting investment property, or for an ambitious purchaser to embark on their very own Grand Designs adventure!
The building we see today is the centrepiece of a former cruciform gaol. The governor’s residence still stands, as does part of one cell block walls.
The grandiose gateway was added to the Montgomeryshire County Gaol after the Prison Act of 1865 and whilst not included in this sale, being a separate property now developed into an extraordinary home, it still impresses today as it greets you. There are access rights for walking through the archway to The Old Gaol, providing an exceptionally dramatic approach.
There is further access by foot or vehicle turning right at the Gateway and parking available on the tarmac area by the main door.
The seven flats are certainly far more welcoming than its former living quarters. It’s recorded that in 1832, each sleeping cell was to contain:-
1 chamber pot, 1 bedstead, 1 canvas mattress filled with straw, 2 blankets and 1 rug.
With bathrooms, kitchens, good sized bedrooms and reception rooms boasting enjoyable views, it’s certainly an arresting place.
The first thing that hits you is the peace and quiet, with a plethora of bird song being the only thing to fill the air. As you approach the main entrance, the Towering building cannot fail to impress. The Communal Reception Hall is spacious, with an original old door believed to be to the cellar, (currently sealed off) and introduces you to the winding staircase, of a good width and with substantial sized landings. The natural light that floods in is a constant throughout.
From the Reception area there are doors for the 3 one bedroom ground floor flats. One providing external access to the garden and another with views through the gatehouse archway towards Montgomery Castle. Flat two is particularly striking, with a classical vaulted concave ceiling, arched windows, views through the Gatehouse Archway, door leading to the garden, and the impressive size, we assume that this must have been the Governor’s accommodation. Flat three has its kitchen ‘snuggled’ into the curve of the round ‘Tower’ shape building and bestows a very quirky feel.
Ascending the winding staircase to the first floor landing from which there are views to Montgomery Castle, there is access to the 3 first floor one bedroom flats. Sash windows offering views to the gardens, over the town, and to the gatehouse archway can be appreciated. There are high ceilings and lots of natural light which makes it all feel very airy. In Flat six, the shape of the building has been used well, with the kitchen fitted into the corner, providing ample space.
The final climb to the second floor brings you to Flat 7. This is the only two bedroom flat, boasting views to Corndon Hill and Montgomery. It has nine windows which are a huge feature, with three in the Living Room it has dual aspect views. Again bestowing the wonderful natural light, prevalent throughout the building, into this pleasing apartment.
Outside there is a tarmac parking area, gardens and grounds encircling the building.
Let us not forget the origins of this extraordinary property, which are evident as you walk around. The old cell block wall is now weathered giving it a distinguished presence and at first floor level still encompasses two of the original barred windows.
Continuing your walk around the garden, an old narrow prison gate is built within the wall and stepping through takes you to the garden area assumed to have been used by the Governor.
This remarkable property is offered for sale at offers over £200,000 and can be viewed on our website.For more information please contact our Newtown Office on 01686 623123.