IT'S HIDDEN behind high stone walls said to have been built to hold back the Chartists in the year of the Newport Rising, and includes an ancient mound said to be associated with Arthurian legend.
Now the Mynde in Castle Lane, Caerleon, which was built by Victorian industrialist John Jenkins, a home with history in its back yard, is up for sale for £1.95 million.
The mound dates back to the Iron Age with evidence of Roman activity and more recently being used as a Norman hill fort called a Motte, the Savills property agents said.
The elegant home features seven reception rooms, five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a triple garage, swimming pool, summer house and extensive gardens stretching over 3.5 acres.
Property owner, Terry Greenhaf said: "We have lived there for 36 years. We brought up our three children up there.
"They moved to the South Coast of England and we spend a lot of time there with the children and grandchildren.
"It's very much like living in the country. It's a magical place. It is said Arthur has been there, there are records, documents saying that he visited the place and has been there but most of it is the stuff of legend."
Savills property agent, Peter Reilly, added: “It is an exceptionally rare opportunity. The family have grown up and left the home and they are ready for something a little bit smaller.”
The 19th century property transformed in the 1930s features a wide staircase with an Art Deco style stained glass window, several fireplaces, ornamental plasterwork and wooden doors.
The gardens also feature a pond, children’s play area, stone fountain and wooded walk up to the top of the mound passing Roman relics including column bases from nearby baths.
A plaque on the wall of The Mynde says that in 1839 men in South Wales joined the Chartist Uprising and that Mynde House owner John Jenkins, concerned for his property, constructed the Mynde Wall to keep marauding demonstrators out.
The Savills online brochure reads: “The property lies within an historically important stone wall built by John Jenkins in 1839 as protection against The Chartists.
“The mound itself dates back to the Iron Age with evidence of Roman activity and more recently its use as a Norman Motte. Arthurian legend is also associated with this ancient monument.
“As expected, there are superb far-reaching views over the River Usk and countryside beyond."
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