Situation - mileage
Newent 2 miles, Ross-on-Wye 7½ miles, Ledbury 10 miles, Gloucester 12 miles,
Monmouth 16 miles, Cheltenham 17 miles, Hereford 21 miles, Bristol 46 miles
Road Links: M50 (Jct 3) 3 miles
Railway Stations: Ledbury, Cheltenham & Gloucester
Airport: Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff
The property occupies arguably one of the most exceptional and secluded positions in West Gloucestershire. Set at the end of a private 1/3 mile drive and surrounded by farmland, the property offers the rare qualities of complete peace and tranquillity. The first glimpse of the house from the meandering drive is simply magical and this elegant house enjoys outstanding elevated views from all aspects. The panoramic views towards the Malvern Hills are particularly spectacular. This part of Gloucestershire lies close to the Herefordshire border and is characterised by wooded hills, orchards and traditional farmland. The property is conveniently just a few minutes drive from the thriving market town of Newent and the area is renowned for offering a sought-after rural quality of life combined with excellent communication links to the rest of the country. Cheltenham, Gloucester, Monmouth, Ross-on-Wye and Ledbury are all easily accessible.
Description - overview
The house is an exceptionally attractive and totally unspoilt period gem; complemented by a beautifully presented selfcontained cottage all framed by mature gardens and grounds, which incorporate a formal lake. The property is further enhanced by a range of traditional brick outbuildings which offer great potential for further use. The entire property is surrounded by its own land which extends to about 32 acres and enjoys a quite remarkable private position.
The house is Grade II listed and dates from the late 17th century; it has an exceptionally pretty and classical front façade adorned with sash windows and a fine entrance porch with fluted Doric columns. The house is mentioned in The Buildings of England (Gloucestershire 2); formally Sir Nikolas Pevsner's Architectural Guide.
The current owners have lived at the property for some 25 years and have sympathetically maintained and updated the property to create a fantastic family home of immense charm and character. Recent works include converting the adjoining Granary into a superb self-contained cottage; currently let as a luxury 4 holiday cottage.
The Granary has been carefully designed to give the option of incorporating it within the main house, thereby providing additional accommodation if required.
The main house accommodation extends to 3,035ft², which is arranged over three floors and in summary comprises; 3 reception rooms, study/office, 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
Throughout the house there are many architectural details, enhanced by high ceilings. Original features include large sash windows with shutters, flagstone floors, exposed wide oak floorboards and period fireplaces. There is also a beautiful fine carved oak staircase within the central reception hall, which is specifically mentioned in the property's Listing.
The views from all the principal rooms are fantastic; especially noteworthy is the view enjoyed by both the drawing room & sitting room which overlook the partly walled main gardens, which lead down to the formal lake with the property's farmland beyond and a backdrop of mature woodland. The drawing room also has a fine carved marble fireplace inset with decorative slips. The family kitchen/breakfast room benefits from an oil fired 4 oven Aga inset to a fireplace with large exposed supporting beam, creating an attractive focal point to this lovely room. Conveniently located off the kitchen is the sitting room. The dining room has glazed doors opening to the attractive east lawn, flanked by impressive stone walls and an ornate aviary. There is also a good working office space/
study with phone line/broadband, boot room, cloakroom, back hall and extensive vaulted
cellars with flagstone floors with extend to 704ft².
The elegant oak staircase leads to the first floor landing; which is lit by a large sash window which overlooks the lake. Connecting off the landing is the master bedroom suite, which comprises a double bedroom, dressing room with fitted wardrobes and a bathroom. There is also a guest bedroom with a period fireplace and a generous family bathroom on the first floor. On the second floor there are 3 further double bedrooms with scope to create a shower room if required.
The self-contained cottage benefits from separate access via a spur off the main drive; converted from a former granary barn the accommodation is flexible and comprises an open plan ground floor dining hall with glazed doors to a private garden terrace. This room opens to a fully equipped kitchen/breakfast room with electric Aga. Both rooms benefit from underfloor heating. The stairs lead to the first floor spacious sitting room which enjoys superb country views. Further steps lead to a charming double bedroom with exposed trusses and period fireplace. Adjoining is an en suite bathroom with fine
quality fittings. The cottage provides great versatility either as guest accommodation, for dependent relatives or continuing as a luxurious holiday cottage.
The gardens & grounds
Mature gardens and grounds frame the property and include the main west facing lawn, flanked by a high period brick wall and well-stocked herbaceous borders. The lawns lead down to a wild flower area and beyond ornate wrought iron gates and the attractive lake. To the east of the property is a further lawn; partly enclosed by impressive stone walls and with an ornate aviary to one side. There is also a fully enclosed private garden for the cottage comprising a lawn and paved terrace.
The barns & outbuildings
The substantial and attractive traditional brick barn is positioned well away from the main house and approached off the entrance drive; this building has been well preserved and is in excellent condition, it is currently utilised for storage. It offers considerable scope for diversification, subject to the necessary planning consents. Adjoining the barn is a further period brick bothy with first floor. Beyond is an open fronted agricultural storage barn.
Within a cobbled courtyard to the back of the house is a double garage with cellar below; with a further garage (9.6 x 4.5m) and a workshop (9.6 x 3.5m); behind the walled east garden.
The land comprises mainly gently undulating fields; latterly in arable use on a short term arrangement. There is also about 9 acres of mixed broadleaved woodland which forms the western boundary.
Mains electricity & water. Private drainage to septic tank. Oil fired central heating. Broadband available.
The house is Grade II Listed.
Forest of Dean District Council 01594 810000
Please see the site map for full details.
GENERAL - schools
Primary: Gorsley & Newent.
Secondary: Gorsley, Newent & Ross-on-Wye.
Further information is available at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk
Independent: Gloucester, Monmouth (very accessible via the M50/A40 dual carriageway), Cheltenham, Hereford & Malvern all have some excellent Independent schools.
Further information is available at www.isc.co.uk
The market town of Newent offers a good range of shops to satisfy most day to day domestic requirements including a health centre, banks, library and leisure centre.
Ross-on-Wye and Ledbury also provide further amenities; while Gloucester, Monmouth and Cheltenham offer more extensive retail, leisure and cultural facilities. The property is
conveniently within easy walking distance of the Kilcot Inn.
There are many outdoor activities in the popular Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, which are within easy driving distance. There are a range of sports clubs close by in Newent. The area is synonymous with the equestrian industry; particularly dressage & Hartpury College is less than a 20 minute drive.
By prior appointment only via Grant & Co Estate Agents on 01531 637341
Aerial Drone Tour
An aerial drone tour of the property is available on request