Cowles House
Cowles House, Hope Mansell, Ross-on-wye, Herefordshire, HR9 5TL
Attractive country house complemented by 2 detached stone barns offering great potential; all in a peaceful rural setting. Gardens & lake, 1.75 Acres in all
  • Superb Country House With Lots Of Potential
1.79 Acres Offers Over £830,000
Key Features
  • Generous Grade II Listed Country House (2,955 sq ft)
  • 5 bedrooms, 4 bath/shower rooms, 4 reception rooms
  • Spacious fitted Aga kitchen breakfast room with adjoining utility & study
  • 2 detached stone barns offering great potential (1,458 sq ft)
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Floor plan for this property is available on application.

Summary of Features

Generous Grade II Listed Country House (2,955 sq ft)
5 bedrooms, 4 bath/shower rooms, 4 reception rooms
Spacious fitted Aga kitchen breakfast room with adjoining utility & study
2 detached stone barns offering great potential (1,458 sq ft)
Attractive gardens, lake, ample parking with double carport

In all 1.75 Acres


Mileages: Drybrook 2¼ miles, Ross-on-Wye 5½ miles, Monmouth 12 miles, Gloucester 15½ miles, Ledbury & Hereford 17 miles, Cheltenham 23 miles, Cardiff 50 Miles, Birmingham 63 Miles
Road: M50 (Jct 4) 6½ miles, M5 (Jct 11a) 19 miles
Railway: Gloucester, Hereford & Newport (36 Miles)
Airport: Birmingham 70 miles


The rural hamlet of Hope Mansell lies in a secluded and quiet farming valley, on the northern fringe of The Royal Forest of Dean and south east of the market town of Ross-on-Wye. This rolling, scenic farmland forms an attractive area, close to the River Wye AONB and within easy access of the A40, which links Ross with Gloucester/M5. Surrounded by farmland and rolling wooded hills, this area provides for a tranquil setting and idyllic lifestyle yet with good access to principle towns and cities, and good communications links for road and rail nearby.

Cowles House

This enchanting period country property is Grade II Listed and believed to originate from the 1680's, with subsequent additions. The house is full of character with the original house being timber framed and steeped in history, having once been the village post office. It now provides a very comfortable family home set in generous gardens and grounds, including a lake and separate vegetable garden with a private entrance drive, double car port and period stone outbuildings, this property provides a lovely family home yet with potential for further development.

There are 4 double bedrooms each with en suite facilities and a spacious 5th single room, which acts as walk through link between the two landing areas on the first floor.
The reception rooms provide ample space for quiet enjoyment of the house. These include a snug TV room next to the kitchen, entrance hall with wooden stairs and galleried landing, sitting room with Inglenook fireplace, dining room with adjoining garden room.
The heart of the home is the large fitted kitchen which includes an Aga and a Rangemaster cooker. With double aspect and morning sun, this is also the breakfast room and the informal living area.
There is a back door with porch leading from the kitchen to a large sheltered patio area. Adjoining the kitchen is a small study and a very useful utility room with WC. A rear set of stairs from the kitchen lead to the master bedroom and landing, with access to the other bedrooms.
The property benefits from an elevated position and is surrounded by mature gardens, with both herbaceous borders and lawns, together with a woodland area, orchard and vegetable garden. The small lake is bursting with life during the growing season.

The Outside

There are two prominent, period stone barns adjacent to the entrance drive and parking area, a double carport adjoins the smaller storage barn. The larger stone built barn has a slate roof and is vaulted with 2 full height central doors. This provides lots of storage space and currently a workshop area with storage loft above. This barn has a ground floor area of some 700 sq ft and has great potential for alternative use, be this vehicle storage, office or residential conversion (subject to planning). Both barns appear to be in good structural order.

The garden is an appealing aspect of this home and features a well-stocked orchard, vegetable garden, two greenhouses and spacious lawned area's with herbaceous borders.


Mains electricity & water, private drainage (septic tank), oil fired central heating & Aga. Gas hob on Rangemaster cooker.


Available and connected

Local Authority

Herefordshire Council: 01432 260000.

Council Tax

Band "G" (£2,925 Estiamated 2018/19).


No EPC required as the property is Listed.


This property is Grade II Listed.

General Information



Walford, Weston under Penyard & St Josephs (Ross-on-Wye). Secondary: John Kyrle (Ross-on-Wye, Monmouth & Hereford. For further information on local schools, visit


There are a range of excellent independent schools in this area, including Haberdashers Monmouth & Hereford Cathedral. For further information visit:


Drybrook is a short drive away and has a good butcher, post office, doctor's surgery, chemist and supermarket. The local market town of Ross-on-Wye has 3 supermarkets, doctors and dental surgeries, theatre, cottage hospital & library. Monmouth provides 3 Supermarkets including Waitrose, an M&S food hall & many independent traders. The Mill Race nearby at Walford is a well-known gastro pub, featured in the Michelin guide.


Golf courses at Ross-on-Wye and Forest Hills. Racing at Cheltenham, Chepstow & Hereford. Fishing & canoeing on the Wye. Cycling, Riding, walks and climbing in the Royal Forest of Dean. Rugby, Rowing, Tennis & cricket clubs are available in Ross on Wye. There is a local cricket club at Goodrich.


Postcode: HR9 5TL

From Ross: Head East on the A40 towards Gloucester for about 4 miles, passing through Western Under Penyard. On reaching Ryeford, take the first right turning off the A40 signed to Pontshill. Continue on this road for 0.9 miles and take the second left turning, opposite Pakefields Country House. Now continue for 1¾ miles, passing through a number of farms and the main hamlet of Hope Mansell, passing the church and village hall on your left side. Continue up the hill past all the houses and you'll find Cowles House on your right after about ¼ mile, just over the brow of a hill


By prior appointment only via Grant & Co Estate Agents on 01531 637341

Agent Notes

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1. They have no authority to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property. 2. These particulars have been prepared in good faith to give a fair overall view of the property, do not form any part of an offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact. 3. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive. It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents. The Agents have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise. Fixtures & Fittings Unless mentioned specifically all fixtures & fittings are excluded from the sale.

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