Village just across the Gloucestershire border named one of the 'poshest' in Britain

The village square at Shirenewton, near Chepstow
The village square at Shirenewton, near Chepstow -Credit:Google Maps

A village just across the Gloucestershire border in Wales been named one of the 'poshest' in Britain. Shirenewton in Monmouthshire, close to Chepstow, was among the 48 desirable locations in The Telegraph's new list.

The rankings were based on research provided by Savills, based on a combination of house prices, lifestyle amenities, connectivity, and aesthetic appeal, WalesOnline reports. It's not the first time Shirenewton has appeared in the annual list, but there were several attractions that impressed judges this time around.

These included its impressive views and village activities such as its famous Christingle service and yoga. Oddington in Gloucestershire was also on the list.

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The Telegraph said: "Shirenewton is the biggest of three villages the others being Mynyddbach and Earlswood in between the Usk and Wye valleys in the Monmouthshire hills, with views that stretch down to the Severn Estuary."

Mike Watkins, partner at Mr and Mrs Clarke estate agency, added: "It has a sense of community that rivals other villages. "You make friends mainly through the dog-walkers of the village, and at the crossroads of the three villages."

The average house price in and around the village is £556,956, according to The Telegraph, with Rightmove adding that the majority of sales last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £772,500. For those on the lookout for a new abode, the current property market is brimming with stunning options, including three homes each commanding a price north of £1 million.

A particular highlight is a five-bedroom detached residence nestled in "one of the most sought-after villages in Wales, just a ten minute drive from the Severn Bridge".

With an asking price of £1.75 million, the estate agents' listing gushes: "Surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens with stone walls, mature trees, shrubs, and a fruitful garden, this property exudes elegance and tranquillity...The property enjoys lovely views of hills, fields, forests and from its elevated position even the original Severn Bridge, the Bristol Channel and beyond."

Also up for sale is another slice of luxury living, a four-bedroom barn conversion tagged at £1.1 million. The estate agents are quick to point out the allure of its setting, noting in the listing: "Being situated in Shirenewton a range of local facilities are close at hand in nearby Chepstow and Monmouth, to include primary and secondary schools, doctor and dental surgeries, as well as a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants."

"There are good bus, road and rail links in the nearby towns, with the A48, M4 and M48 motorway networks bringing Bristol, Cardiff and Newport all within commuting distance."

The village pub, the Tredegar Arms, is listed as 'permanently closed', but it has been transformed into an Indian restaurant and bar named Sultan Shirenewton. This establishment, which opened its doors about a year ago, proudly refers to itself as "the crown jewel of Shirenewton's culinary scene".

A short 15-minute stroll away, the Carpenters Arms pub has recently reopened, providing a warm and inviting spot for a pint. One recent visitor shared their experience on Google reviews this week, stating: "Recently popped in for a swift half. Nice to see a traditional country pub with an open fire and a welcome for everyone and their dogs. Not a gastro monstrosity."

Another patron chimed in with: "Live music on Sundays... Amazing Ales and brilliant atmosphere... Cosy pub with an open fire also dog friendly and child friendly."

Shirenewton is conveniently located near a popular walking route known as the St Pierre Wood circular. This trail spans four kilometres around the southern end of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

One walker who reviewed the route on AllTrails commented: "Easy walk to do, plenty of wildlife."

"Good for all the family and for people who are less able. Lovely views. At one point you can see the River Severn."

Other walkers have recommended the route for being both dog- and pram-friendly.