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Clawdd Farm sketched by Sue Bentley in 1985
Sketch of Clawdd Farm, 1985, by Sue Bentley

Clawdd before 1979
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Following the death of Colonel Cecil Lyne, Clawdd was sold by auction in 1979. The particulars advised: In addition to its obvious attractions as a private residence the property could conceivably have potential for many other uses most particularly in the catering trade.
On three floors, the accommodation comprised:-
GROUND FLOOR: entrance hall, study, lounge, dining room, kitchen, butler's pantry, store room/boot room, pantry, cloakroom, rear hall with access to cellar, main and secondary staircases
FIRST FLOOR: six bedrooms, boxroom, landing, rear landing, bathroom and separate WC
TOP FLOOR: self contained flat with two bedrooms, bathroom, sitting room and kitchen.
3 acres of mature gardens, 3 acres of rough paddocks and 13 acres of agricultural land, double garage, garden shed, fuel store, wood shed, WC and a range of stabling with four loose boxes, harness room and feed house.

The property was purchased by Janet Hughes who at that time had been running the Copper Kettle in the heart of Caerleon. Clawdd Farm now became a very successful bed and breakfast business. Janet told us, "When I bought the house it was in imaculate condition. All the wood was pitch pine from Canada."

The Complete Healthy Holiday Guide 1988The 1988 Healthy Holiday Guide contained this description: This beautiful Edwardian farmhouse, set on 19 acres of hillside in the peaceful Vale of Usk, is, self-confessedly, 'cluttered within and without': its exterior bristles with folly-like projections - including a round turret, numerous dormer windows and porches galore - while its interior is, to quote from the Clawdd Farm brochure, 'cluttered with odd objects like Janet cooking in her kitchen'. You have been warned.
But do not think, however, that this cosy haphazardness bespeaks anything hit and miss about the food: Janet (who has the Management Diploma of Hotel and Catering Institute) is a lady of precision when it comes to food preparation, and accommodates vegetarians, vegans and people on other special diets (such as that for psoriasis sufferers - she is one herself) with assiduous care. All guests are consulted beforehand about any special preferences they might have, and her meals - prepared with organic and wholefood ingredients wherever possihle - are imaginative and served in generous portions.
It is an indication of the unruffled calm that informs the Clawdd Farm ethic that the proprietors list among the local attractions 'watching the river rise and fall' (there is, apparently, one of the highest tides in the world). Those in search of more, energetic pursuits might care to use the nearby grass ski-slope, while fishing, walking and pony-trekking can all be enjoyed nearby.

Clawdd was probably seeing more activity than at any time previously. The stables at the foot of the drive were converted into self catering accommodation, and the following photos show the house and gardens at that time...

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The Stables at the foot of the drive in the process of being converted into self accommodation units
The stables were renovated and converted for use as self accommodation units...

Aerial photograph of Clawdd Farm

Front elevation of Clawdd Farm

Clawdd with a dusting of snow. It is said that Colonel Lyne lived in the room at the bottom of the turret and that he slept in his old army bed there.

Guests relaxing in the garden

In 1995 Clawdd was up for sale again. This time it was purchased, along with other properties and land along the Bulmore Road, by the Celtic Manor.

Clawdd is now just over 100 years old... what does the next 100 years have in store for it?

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