August 11, 2022

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The beautiful home that will make you think twice about what living in a bedsit is like

When you hear the words ‘bedsit’ or ‘house of multiple occupancy’ (HMO) and you might think of a drab and dreary period property that has been carved up unimaginatively into small, squashed units.

There may even be visions of a very basic standard of kitchen and bathrooms, or worse.

Of course, not all bedsits within a HMO are uninspiring. This pretty period house in the Stow Hill area of Newport not only offers a tenant space it offers them character, comfort and stylish interiors.

Of course, a new owner of this semi-detached house does not have to continue its journey down the HMO route.

According to the estate agent selling the property, it could easily become a family home again with the two ground floor bedrooms returning to their original functions as reception rooms when the house was built.

But if the house does stay in its current configuration, there are six bedrooms up for rental.



a small house in a garden: Front veranda is a special spot to enjoy the garden tucked away from the road


© Photography by Phil Darmanin Photography / Nexa Cardiff / rightmove
Front veranda is a special spot to enjoy the garden tucked away from the road



a living room with a sink and a mirror: Stunning front door and window stained glass is an attractive first impression inside


© Photography by Phil Darmanin Photography / Nexa Cardiff / rightmove
Stunning front door and window stained glass is an attractive first impression inside

Approaching the period house and the pretty wrought iron work decorating the front veranda is a hint of the attractive original features hiding inside.

On a summer’s evening imagine sitting under on the veranda with a glass of something cold and watching the world go by.

Although located on a main road, the pair of semis are tucked far back from the street and this little beauty is hiding behind a well established, large hedge.

When you discover that the property is just a few minutes walk from St Woolos Hospital, it’s current layout as a HMO becomes clearer, probably in its most recent history it is being used by staff at the neighbouring medical centre.



a close up of a sink in a small room: The entrance hall can boast gorgeous floor tiles and ample space


© Photography by Phil Darmanin Photography / Nexa Cardiff / rightmove
The entrance hall can boast gorgeous floor tiles and ample space



a living room with a tiled floor: The inner hall showcases a period staircase


© Photography by Phil Darmanin Photography / Nexa Cardiff / rightmove
The inner hall showcases a period staircase

Enter the house and the gems of original features within greet you immediately.

Past the glorious front door with an abundance of feature stained glass panels and into the first of the spaces oozing with character.

It’s probable that not many HMO’s can boast a separate entrance hall with stained glass windows and a beautiful Minton floor tile hallway.

This bonus room is so spacious it can easily accommodate two storage cupboards and the feeling of space is enhanced by the high ceilings.

In this space there is feature coving and panelled internal doors to delight and these features continue to appear and add to the charm throughout the house.

Through to the inner hall and this character-laden house continues to show off with a carved detailed staircase complete with smooth banister that looks so inviting to slide down.



a bedroom with a large bed in a room: The front bedroom was once the front sitting room and can be again


© Photography by Phil Darmanin Photography / Nexa Cardiff / rightmove
The front bedroom was once the front sitting room and can be again



a living room filled with furniture and a fireplace: Plenty of period features to delight


© Photography by Phil Darmanin Photography / Nexa Cardiff / rightmove
Plenty of period features to delight

Into the first of the ground floor bedrooms and the spaciousness continues.

This welcoming room can compete with the hall for features to take your fancy, from a fireplace and storage and shelving in the alcoves to a ceiling rose and stepped coving.

The duo of windows not only let light flood the space but can also boast character, surrounded by wood panels below them.

This room was clearly the posh parlour back in the day, when the best room was situated at the front of the house and only used to entertain and impress visitors.

Back to the current day and the lucky tenant in this room might have to give way to a family lounge.



a bedroom with a bed in a room: Another ground floor bedroom that oozes character


© Photography by Phil Darmanin Photography / Nexa Cardiff / rightmove
Another ground floor bedroom that oozes character



a stove top oven sitting inside of a wooden floor: Not likely to feel cold in bed in this room but likely a new owner with a family would turn this space into a snug


© Photography by Phil Darmanin Photography / Nexa Cardiff / rightmove
Not likely to feel cold in bed in this room but likely a new owner with a family would turn this space into a snug

Into the next bedroom on this ground floor and this room can boast its share of unique elements too.

There’s a roaring log burner in the fireplace, again built-in alcove storage that has been stripped to reveal the beauty of the wood grain and the floorboards have been sanded.

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Surely if this property is restored as a family home this room is likely to be a lounge or formal dining room.

Into the rear of the house and the heart of the home for whoever is living here, because it is a significant size that can easily welcome a large group of people to enjoy a meal or a chat around its sizeable table.



a kitchen with an island in the middle of a room: Kitchen diner continues the spacious rooms sizes


© Photography by Phil Darmanin Photography / Nexa Cardiff / rightmove
Kitchen diner continues the spacious rooms sizes



a kitchen with a dining room table: The exposed stone and brickwork adds extra character


© Photography by Phil Darmanin Photography / Nexa Cardiff / rightmove
The exposed stone and brickwork adds extra character

The charm of the house continues into this more modern space with the floor tiles and wood worktops bringing the visual warmth and noticeable features to the white farmhouse-style units and smooth white walls.

Arguably the most engaging feature in this sociable kitchen diner is the section of exposed stone and brick wall that reminds anyone visiting the room that the home is from a vintage era.

And the space continues off the kitchen diner with a pantry that then leads to a utility room that has a backdoor out onto the rear courtyard garden.



a kitchen with a sink and a refrigerator: There's a handy pantry off the kitchen


© Photography by Phil Darmanin Photography / Nexa Cardiff / rightmove
There’s a handy pantry off the kitchen



a close up of a sink: There's a handy shower room off the entrance hall just check there's no-one at the front door before you come out with your towel on


© Photography by Phil Darmanin Photography / Nexa Cardiff / rightmove
There’s a handy shower room off the entrance hall just check there’s no-one at the front door before you come out with your towel on

The surprising space on offer includes a bonus shower room via a door in the entrance hall which sees the lovely tiled floor continue into the room.

However, don’t forget to check there is no-one at the front door before you vacate the shower; it could be an embarrassing situation to meet someone in the entrance hall with just a towel on.

So the ground floor can offer a versatile space either as a HMO option or multiple family rooms.



a bedroom with a bed in a room: As a HMO there are six bedrooms and as a family home there are four as two revert back to reception rooms


© Photography by Phil Darmanin Photography / Nexa Cardiff / rightmove
As a HMO there are six bedrooms and as a family home there are four as two revert back to reception rooms



a sink and a mirror: Two bathrooms in total


© Photography by Phil Darmanin Photography / Nexa Cardiff / rightmove
Two bathrooms in total

Up the character staircase to the first floor and there are four further bedrooms, a main bathroom and an additional, separate toilet.

Each room has stripped floorboards and some can even boast a fireplace, so the period interior design is not confined to just the ground floor.

The biggest bedroom on this level is at the front of the property and mimics the size and shape of the bedroom below it and the remaining three are all doubles.



a kitchen with a sink and a refrigerator: The utility room off the pantry leads to the rear garden


© Photography by Phil Darmanin Photography / Nexa Cardiff / rightmove
The utility room off the pantry leads to the rear garden



a small house in the background: The front of the house has the biggest garden but there's a cute courtyard at the back


© Photography by Phil Darmanin Photography / Nexa Cardiff / rightmove
The front of the house has the biggest garden but there’s a cute courtyard at the back

The estate agent selling the home states that the property is a short walk from Newport city centre and train station, as well as the neighbouring hospital, and is offered with no onward chain.

So whether you are a landlord looking for a rental with stylish bedsits or someone on the hunt for a charming period home with a budget of £295,000, give Nexa Cardiff a call on 029 2013 0000 to find out more about this pretty property and possibly renting it out.