AN historic Monmouthshire pub that was once owned by Henry VIII is up for sale.

The White Hart Village Inn at Llangybi, near Usk, has witnessed some of the United Kingdom's most historic events.

The 12th century inn is being sold through leisure property specialists Fleurets for a guide price of £465,000.

The building was originally occupied by Cistercian Monks, however in the 16th century it was owned by Henry VIII as part of Jane Seymour’s wedding dowry.

A century later, the public house reputedly served as Oliver Cromwell's headquarters in Gwent, and in recent years, researchers have identified the White Hart as the location referred to in TS Eliot's famous poem ‘Usk’.

The property was acquired by the Pell family in 2007, who have sympathetically restored the property and uncovered a number of original features, including a 12th Century fireplace and numerous 16th Century fireplaces, alongside original Oak beams, Tudor carvings and plasterwork.

In addition the property has its own Priest Hole behind one of the fireplaces.

The pub’s freehold, which has AA 2 Rosette status is reportedly being sold by the family to enable them to concentrate on other business interests.

Kevin Conibear, who is handling the sale, said:"The history and wealth of original features surrounding the White Hart is phenomenal, which in itself makes the property a tourist destination in its own right.”

“Our client has restored the property to an outstanding level and the large bar and restaurant areas, in addition to letting bedrooms and extensive outside trade areas make this a superb business opportunity".