A GRADE-II listed, 160-year-old Monmouthshire cemetery property – deemed perfect for occupiers looking for a quiet life – has been snapped up at auction.

The ecclesiastically styled, block-built carved stone faced cemetery lodge, which dates from 1854, in the grounds of Chepstow cemetery, was sold by Newport-based Paul Fosh Auctions.

The property, which created national interest when it went up for sale on behalf of Monmouthshire County Council, sold for £165,000 after being listed with a guide price of £150,000 plus.

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The new owners, who are three experienced property professionals from the local area, fought off a range of other bids in the auction room last week to secure the building.

They said they shared a love of historic buildings and were delighted to have secured the Chepstow building.

They now plan to renovate the unique cemetery lodge for use as an Airbnb property.

The two-bedroom property, with three downstairs rooms – one of which has been used as a bedroom – has been modernised previously but has scope for further work.

One said: “It’s an absolutely gorgeous 18th century building which deserves the very best in terms of restoration.

“We plan to bring the building back to how it should be and make it into a truly wonderful place with wood-burning stove and original style cast iron radiators.”