Plots of opportunity to build a brace of dream canal side homes in the glorious South Wales countryside

ADJACENT plots of land backing onto the scenic Monmouthshire and Brecon canal could provide the perfect location to build a pair of stylish dream homes.

What’s more much of the paperwork has been completed as the land comes with full planning permission to build two detached executive homes.

Angie Davey, of Newport-based Paul Fosh Auctions who are selling the plots, said: “Detailed plans have been agreed so that the new owner can get straight on and build the executive homes in this brilliant location which backs onto the canal, amid glorious countryside.

“These two adjacent building plots, at The Willows, Twyncarn Road, Pontywaun, near Crosskeys, are being sold as a single lot at auction with full planning permission to create the detached executive houses.

“Situated within a sought after area the properties will back onto the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and will also be within walking distance of the renowned Cwmcarn Scenic Drive.

“Each property will provide a lounge, open plan kitchen and dining room area, utility, cloakroom, two en-suites, family bathroom and four bedrooms. Outside will include rear garden, parking for two cars and an integral garage. The Vendor has provided structural foundations/design calculations and drawings, details of which are included in the legal pack.

“Pontywaun is an area near to Crosskeys which is well known for its stunning scenic walks and mountain bike trails. Although the area is surrounded by countryside there are good transport links via the A467 and train stations at Crosskeys and Newport City which is approximately 9.5 miles away.”

Full planning permission has been granted for the two detached houses. Planning ref: 21/0837. Contact Caerphilly County Borough Council for further information

The two plots, which are listed with a single guide price of £185,000-plus, are being offered online at the Paul Fosh Auctions sale which starts at noon, on Tuesday, April 9, and ends from 5pm on Thursday, April 11.

Extreme athlete Monmouth property auctioneer Paul Fosh set to hang up his snow gear after completing his latest Arctic ultra

EXTREME freezing temperature adventurer Paul Fosh is set to hang up his snow shoes, his sub zero gear and pack away his pulk after completing his latest adventure in the Arctic wastes amid life-threatening sub zero conditions.

Paul has returned home to Monmouthshire after enduring almost unimaginable conditions while taking part in the annual Montane Lapland Arctic Ultra.

Icy explorer Paul, owner of Newport-based property and lettings business Paul Fosh Auctions, is elated that he managed to overcome all obstacles to finish the gruelling event.

The determined 57-year-old successfully completed the 500km, about 315 miles, trek pulling all his gear, food and clothes in a pulk, in a challenge against himself and the elements.

The event started from the village of Overkalix, in the region of Norbotten, Sweden, on Sunday, March 3 and finished 10 days later.

Paul, who has competed in a range of ‘ultra’ events over the years, speaking on his return said: “That’s probably it for me now. I’ve done what I set out to do and will now take it a bit easier. These events take a toll on you personally, family and others around you and I’m not getting any younger.”

Paul, a man who has spent his life in property, is aiming to raise thousands of pounds for Wales-based homelessness charity, Llamau, by completing the event.

The extreme athlete, who has experienced highs of ultra success and some deep lows of disappointment in previous years having to pull out due to injury and illness, was determined the initials DNF (Did Not Finish) would not be chalked up against his name this time.

“It’s not something I said or discussed before I set off this time but it’s certainly something that was at the forefront of mind as the miles of snow and ice stretched out in front of me.”

And conditions could hardly have been worse at the start with conditions too warm!

“The temperature was in the positive instead of minus so that meant that the deep snow, which is much easier to travel over when it’s frozen, was very soft and powdery. Pulling the pulk over, or as it happens, through that was like hauling it through sand. Very draining and demanding. That went on for the first day and a half which meant having to wear snow shoes, which I don’t usually wear and which alters your gait and walk, made it doubly difficult.

“Happily temperatures soon dropped to near minus five, minus ten, which made it a little bit easier and better for getting the pulk to slide over the surface.”

Paul, who didn’t sleep for the first forty or so hours and afterwards only when it was dark, managed to get into a rhythm after the challenging start  and was able to enjoy his surroundings including incredible displays of the Northern Lights.

“Despite the torture and agony of the event and the various extremes the wilderness does have its beauty, the Northern Lights being one and the utter peace, calm and tranquillity, being another.”

Paul, who finished 12th in the 500km race out of an international starting line up 19 ice-hardened athletes in just over eight days, said the relentless training and deprivation of 12 hour training days ahead of Ultra events, including dragging car tyres around the trails in the Forest and Dean and Monmouthshire, had helped him make up his mind about his future.

“I think my age and the sheer torment, agony  and relentless punishment of the training and the events themselves has caught up with me now. I was absolutely elated, ecstatic, to have been able to complete this one and to come out on a high. I gave everything and made sure that there was no unfinished business left out there in the Arctic waste.

“I felt very disappointed, disheartened, with some previous failures and this was something that was at the front of  my mind as I ate up the miles in the wilderness. I took things steadily, going at my own pace, knowing that by successfully completing this event I could pack away my gear for good and take life a little less easier.”

But Paul, a keen photographer, hasn’t given up involvement in the events entirely as he is looking to offer his services as a volunteer in the future and also to become an official lens man for the event.

Paul stressed that raising funds for Llamau is ongoing and is urging people to continue to donate to the appeal

“Llamau is an incredible charity. If you have five minutes, please take a look at their website and work that they do, it is truly life-changing.”

No stranger to the extreme demands of Ultra events Paul, who is a long time supporter of Llamau, has competed in a variety of extreme challenges in the past.

Paul competed in 2015 in the Likeys Ultra in Canada when he was one of just eight to finish, coming fourth out of the 24 that entered. He also completed the 300-mile Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra in 2016.


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Road to sell in South Wales has £0 guide price at auction

A Gwent road could prove a route to success for an enterprising investor.

The unassuming, single track tarmac road may seem unremarkable but it could be a canny buy for an investor.

Angie Davey, of Newport-based Paul Fosh Auctions, are selling the access road at Cwm Lane, Rogerstone, with a £0 (nil) reserve.

Angie said: “The lane gives access to eight to ten residences together with agricultural fields and a water pumping station belonging to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water.

“We are informed that the vendors received a one off payment of £600 from Welsh Water for the grant of access over the land in 2023 to adjoining land which they were investigating for possible future works.

“The vendor has also informed us that the agricultural land adjoining the road is being promoted for development in the Local Development Plan. The road may present an opportunity to afford cycle and or pedestrian access to Cwm Lane, if successful, subject to planning.

“The lane is located to the east of Cwm Lane in the village of Rogerstone which lies within approximately three miles to the west of Newport City and one mile from junction 27 of the M4.

“The lane has a nil reserve as it can be hard to value a stretch of road. We’ll just have to see how much interest is generated and what the lot achieves when it goes to auction.”

The road with potential, along with some eighty other lots, is being offered online at the next Paul Fosh Auctions sale, which starts from 12 noon on Tuesday, April 9 and ends from 5pm on Thursday, April 11.

Investors invited to unwrap the potential of a parcel of land on outskirts of Cardiff

A parcel of land in a desirable village location near the city of Cardiff has come on the market.

The pocket of scrubland property in a cul de sac at Cefn Bychan is in the highly sought after location of Pentyrch on the western outskirts of the city of Cardiff.

Being sold by Newport-based Paul Fosh Auctions, Sean Roper of the property auctioneers, says the land may well have potential for a number of alternative uses.

“The  site is mainly rectangular in shape and could be ideal for a number of uses including development or tourism-based use such as a holiday let or for extra land for adjoining properties/neighbours.

“The village of Pentyrch lies to the north-western edge of Cardiff and is ideal for access to the A470 and the M4 and Cardiff City Centre.

“We are aware that previous planning for a detached dwelling was refused. Any interested parties should make their own enquires regarding any future planning with the local planning department.”

The land, which has a guide price of £54,000-plus, is included in a catalogue of some eighty properties which are being offered for sale online at Paul Fosh Auctions April sale which starts at 12 noon on Tuesday, April 9 and ends from 5pm on Thursday, April 11.

New owner could reap tasty rewards by investing in historic property with a productive past

AN eye-catching  South Wales Victorian terraced house hides an exceptional secret when viewed from the street.

The outwardly smart and appealing end terraced house was once the hub  of a thriving market garden business serving the then busy sea port town of Newport.

The spacious house with outbuildings and workshop has expansive grounds, which stretch beyond the rear of the property, previously cultivated for the production of a variety of produce.

Sean Roper, of Newport-based Paul Fosh Auctions, is handling the sale of the intriguing property at 21 a Woodland Road, Newport.

Sean said: “The spacious, bay fronted, end of terrace property overlooking leafy Woodland Park is steeped in the history of this once thriving port town.

“The house benefits from an exceptionally spacious rear garden area which was previously used as a market garden. The substantial garage/workshop was formerly used as a plumbing workshop and there are further very useful outbuildings.

“I’d say that the property could be ideal as a wonderful family home with its fantastic large gardens or it may also suit a developer with scope to develop the rear garden, subject to planning.

“There was previous planning on the site for a detached dwelling in the garden which has now lapsed. Any enquiries regarding this need to be made to the local authority.

“The house itself retains many attractive features including period doors and floors and various tiled areas. It also benefits from gas central heating.

“This not only presents a unique opportunity in itself with the buildings, outbuildings and expanse of land but it is situated in a highly sought after residential location close to local amenities, schools and convenient for both the city centre and M4 motorway.”

“The house has an entrance hallway, lounge, dining room, kitchen and Landing, three bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor. There is also an attic space. It has a forecourt and parking bay, rear gardens that measure approx. 459 m2 (4,944 sq ft) with laid lawn, patio and large planted borders.

“There’s a substantial garage with first floor storage area ideal for workshop, a further storage unit and outside w/c and another storage unit.”

The property, which is listed with a guide price of £150,000-plus, is included in the Paul Fosh Auctions catalogue of some eighty lots which go for sale online from Tuesday, April 9 and ends from 5pm on Thursday, April 11.

City garage for sale at £1 could be the bargain of the year

A south Wales city lock up garage has gone on the market with a rock bottom price of just £1.

The unit, with enough room for a car and has additional storage space with separate door, could prove to be a cost-effective answer to storage headaches.

Sean Roper, of Newport-based Paul Fosh Auctions who have listed the lot in its April sale, said the garage could prove to be the bargain of the year.

“The lock up, which we’ve listed with a guide price of just £1, is at the eastern end of East Grove Road in the city of Newport. It’s close to residential houses and flats. If you’re in the market for cheap storage then don’t miss out on this opportunity.

“I’d say the garage and additional unit could be ideal for vehicle storage or other storage solutions that people may require or for a person in trade needing more space.”

The garage is included in the Paul Fosh Auctions online property sale which starts at 12 noon on Tuesday, April 9 and ends from 5pm on Thursday, April 11.

Listed former South Wales valleys chapel has huge potential

THE substantial historic grade II listed former Chapel Ainon dating back almost 140 years is as if time has stood still with the only thing now missing being the congregation.

The former South Street chapel, in the village of Ynyshir near Porth, in Mid Glamorgan, was built in1886.

Now with worshippers gone the chapel which retains many attractive features including its ornate cast iron painted balustrade, intricately carved wooden pews and period pulpit is for sale.

Sean Roper, of Newport-based Paul Fosh Auctions said: “This is a commanding building by anyone’s standards. It has a stunning first floor gallery with seating, fitted pews and pulpit and additional deacon’s seating.

“There is a sizable vestry area to the rear which benefits from kitchen and w/c facilities. There is also a small basement area.

“In total the former chapel offers  some 2, 972 sq ft (276.11 sq m) of internal space. There’s a forecourt to the building and a side access to the vestry.”

Chapel Ainon, which is listed with a guide price of £28,000-plus is included in Paul Fosh Auctions online sale which starts on Tuesday, April 9 and ends from 12 noon on Thursday, April 11.

‘Hollowed out’ South Wales valleys terraced house could provide blank canvas for developer

IF you like your renovation projects stripped back to the bare essentials then this South Wales valleys project could be right up your street.

With a guide price of just £18,500-plus the shell of a terraced house is on the market with Newport-based Paul Fosh Auctions.

Formerly a two bed home, 167 Lewis Street, in Crumlin, near Newbridge and a few miles from the city of Newport, requires the full treatment if it is to be brought back to a habitable condition, says Gemma Vaughan, of Paul Fosh Auctions.

Gemma said: “The property is in stripped back state which allows the new owner to really see what they are getting; a blank canvas upon which to place their design ideas and to create a new home.

“The property has previously been extended and has now been hollowed out and taken back  to bare bricks and so will require full refurbishment. On the  ground floor the property offers an open plan lounge diner with a former bathroom area. There is space for two bedrooms on the first floor while there is attic space on the floor above.

“There’s a garden with various buildings at the back with  useful rear access. There are brilliant views across the unique industrial heritage site of the former Crumlin Navigation Colliery buildings in the valley at the rear.

“Once complete the property could achieve some  of £650 – £700 per calendar month depending on the standard of the work. The terraced house is ideally situated for access to Newbridge town centre with its shops and train station and there are great link roads to Newport and the M4 motorway.”

This property along with some eighty other lots is included in the next Paul Fosh Auctions online sale which starts from Tuesday, March 5 and ends from 5pm on Thursday, March 7.

Ramshackle bungalow with a £nil price tag near national park offers scope for development

This barely recognisable South Wales valleys bungalow may be overgrown and derelict but the awesome location is stunning and what’s more the auction price is £nil.

Sean Roper, of Newport-based Paul Fosh Auctions, says although undergrowth has enveloped the building its position in the Upper Dulais Valley is a major attraction.

“And the guide price of £nil is also making many prospective buyers stop and take a good look at the particulars and exactly what is on offer in this otherwise barely visible lot.

“Viewing has proved to be a challenge as we have had to cut a path through overgrown brambles, bushes and bracken, just to  reach the derelict bungalow which is in a dilapidated and unsafe condition. We’ve not been inside and wouldn’t advise prospective buyers to do so due to the dangerous condition of the building.”

Sean, who visited the site this week and saw it emerge after ground clearance from years of overgrowth, said: “It’s the ramshackle nature, added to its position on the edge of the stunning Bannau Brycheinog national park, that is proving a great attraction to many of the early viewers.

“Located in the village of Dyffryn Cellwen, in Neath Port Talbot, 5 Heol Bryn Seion, could offer a wealth of opportunities for a new owner going in with their eyes wide open.

“This is a marvellous opportunity to acquire a derelict bungalow on a plot which measures some 572 sqm (6156 sq ft). Although rural, the village of Dyffryn Cellwen is close to the A4109 and there are great road links to Neath, Swansea and the M4.

“The fact that the place has a guide price of £nil and may well be bought for a matter of a few pounds simply adds to the attraction. What a nil guide price means is that the amount the lot reaches over the course of the online auction is what it’ll sell for when the hammer falls plus any associated auction costs.

“The final selling price could be just a few pounds. Ultimately, it all depends on the interest that there is and what bidders are prepared to pay  for the property.

The bungalow is included in a diverse catalogue of some eighty lots being offered online in the next Paul Fosh Auctions which starts from 12 noon on Tuesday, March 5 and ends from 5pm on Thursday, March 7

Flat in former South Wales synagogue could make ideal student accommodation

Although this sad flat looks as those it’s previously been occupied by Vivian and his fellow Young Ones Uni colleagues once refurbished it could be perfect for student accommodation.

The ground floor flat, in a former Synagogue, at Cliff Terrace, Treforest, Pontypridd  converted into flats, is being sold by Newport-based Paul Fosh Auctions.

The entire property was previously sold by Paul Fosh Auctions.

Gemma Vaughan, who is handling the sale for Paul Fosh Auctions,  said: “Listed with a guide price of  just £16,000-plus this one bedroom basement flat, although in poor decorative condition, would appear to offer ideal student accommodation once re-equipped and done up.

“The flat, which does require a fair amount of remedial and renovation work, is located within short walking distance of the Treforest campus of the University Of South Wales, a host of shops, restaurants and Treforest train station.

“The property has a bedroom, lounge, former kitchen area and bathroom area. It could also suite those looking for a simple buy to let investment or for a project to renovate and resell.

“Once all the renovations are completed typically one bedrooms flats in this vicinity, close to the town and the university, can achieve in the region of £600 – £650 pcm rental depending on the standard of finish.”

The flat along with some eighty other lots are included in the Paul Fosh Auctions sale which starts from 12 noon on Tuesday, March 5 and ends from 5pm on Thursday, March 7.