Summary of Features
Beautifully presented period family home (3,000 ft²)
5 bedrooms, 4 bath/shower rooms including master bedroom suite
Fully equipped Aga kitchen/breakfast room, opening to dining room
2 elegant reception rooms all displaying fine architectural features
Study/snug, pantry/utility room, boot room, mini wine cellar
Versatile traditional stone barn, great potential for annexe or business use
Cider barn, double garage, double carport with first floor craft room
2 bank paddocks with field shelters (0.85 acres)
Mature gardens including vegetable garden
Tranquil country setting
In all 2.2 Acres
Mileages: Upton Bishop 1 mile, Ross-on-Wye 3 miles, Newent 6 miles, Ledbury 10½ miles, Hereford & Monmouth 14 miles, Gloucester 16 miles, Malvern 20 miles, Cheltenham 27 miles, Bristol 46 miles, Birmingham 56 miles.
Road Links : M50 (Jct 4) 1¼ miles
Railway stations : Ledbury, Hereford & Gloucester
International Airports : Bristol (53 miles), Birmingham (63 miles)
Gayton Lodge occupies a glorious country location tucked away in a tranquil valley within the rural hamlet of Phocle Green. The propertys hamlet location perfectly balances the best of country living situated down a private no through road and surrounded by scenic countryside yet is very accessible and not isolated. The hamlet forms part of Upton Bishop village and is also conveniently just a few minutes drive from the thriving market town of Ross-on-Wye. This part of Herefordshire lies close to the Gloucestershire border 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. The Cathedral city of Hereford and Monmouth are both a short drive away and the M50 & A40 provide convenient links to Gloucester, Cheltenham, Birmingham, Bristol and South wales.
Gayton Lodge is an enchanting period family home (not listed) complemented by versatile traditional outbuildings which are all framed by attractive mature gardens and grounds. This beautifully presented property is believed to date from the 17th century and was originally believed to be two cottages; accounting for the different architectural styles of both timber frame and stone elevations. The property has been imaginatively combined and extended to create a practical and spacious family home of immense character and charm.
The accommodation extends to 3,000 ft² arranged over three floors and benefits from good ceiling heights and ample natural light, for a property of this era. Recent owners have faithfully rejuvenated the house and significant recent works including: full decoration, many quality oak replacement windows, a new boiler and bunded oil tank, new Jotul wood burning stove, upgrading the outbuildings with a new roof on the cider barn and conversion of the craft room.
The ground floor
The reception hall is currently utilised as an informal sitting room and opens to the spacious dining room with flagstone floor, inglenook fireplace inset with wood burning stove. Beyond is the kitchen/breakfast room with vaulted ceiling. These three interlinking rooms create a fantastic spacious area, perfect for modern living and entertaining.
The well equipped kitchen is fitted with shaker style units, central island, 4 oven electric Aga, fridge and freezer. The pantry/utility room conveniently connects to the kitchen.
The elegant drawing room is dominated by a magnificent inglenook fireplace inset with Clearview wood burner and further benefits from impressive ceiling beams and a glazed door opening to the garden. The drawing room incorporates a music area with flagstone floor and leads onto the study/snug. The boot room has a flagstone floor and benefits from a substantial period Belfast style sink and separate W.C.
There are 5 bedrooms and 4 bath/shower rooms arranged over two floors. On the first floor 3 bedrooms connect off a spacious landing. Including the master bedroom suite with vaulted ceiling leading to dressing room and a spacious bathroom. The guest bedroom has an en-suite shower room.
There are 2 bedrooms and bathroom are on the second floor; this area is ideal as a guest or teenagers suite.
There are 3 traditional outbuildings all situated close to the house and comprise:
Stone Barn - currently used as garaging but has great potential to create an annexe or office (subject to planning).
Cider Barn - complete with cobbled floor, original cider press and stone. Beyond is a storage area currently with 2 internal pony stables.
Double Garage and workshop, gravelled parking area beyond.
Open fronted barn Comprising 2 carports and workshop. At first floor level is the craft room which could also create a fantastic home office or guest suite.
The mature gardens and grounds complement the propertys setting and are mainly laid to terrace lawns with impressive stone retaining walls. There are numerous specimen shrubs, sheltered sitting areas and mown grass paths. There is also a vegetable garden and a brook running along the boundary.
Two stock proof fenced paddocks have been created, each with a field shelter. Part has recently been planted with a variety of apples trees. The paddocks extend to about ¾ of an acre.
The property benefits from three access points all with double wooden gates.
Mains electricity & water. Private drainage (Clearwater biodigester), oil fired central heating, wood burning stoves.
Broadband: we are advised super fast broadband is connected.
Hereford County Council: 01432 260000
Council Tax: G - £2,797.70 (2017)
Listing: Gayton Lodge is not Listed.
Primary: Brampton Abbots C of E primary (Ofstead Good)
Secondary: Ross-on-Wye (John Kyrle - Ofstead Good), Newent, Ledbury, Hereford.
Further information is available at www.herefordshire.gov.uk
Independent schools: There are a range of outstanding independent schools across this region. For more information visit: www.isc.co.uk
The nearby villages and hamlets have thriving communities and offer a number of amenities: Upton Bishop (1 mile) has a village hall with numerous clubs/groups, well renowned pub (The Moody Cow), church and bus service. The market towns of Ross-on-Wye, Newent and Ledbury provide a wider range of amenities to meet most day-to-day requirements, with more extensive facilities available at Hereford and Monmouth (quickly accessible via the A40 dual carriageway), Gloucester and Cheltenham.
This area offers a wealth of sporting and recreational facilities, particularly in the Wye Valley where there are many fine walks, fishing and water sporting opportunities. The Forest of Dean, Malvern Hills and Black Mountains are also easily accessible. There are some excellent golf courses nearby including South Herefordshire Golf Club and The Rolls of Monmouth. A variety of sports clubs can be found locally at Ross including football, cricket, hockey and rowing clubs, together with a leisure centre. There is a Ski and snowboard centre at Gloucester.
From Ross: Head north to the A40 roundabout, then east to M50 junction 4. Take 2nd exit onto B4221, continue for 1 mile (passing 2 crossroads) and take next left onto an unmarked roadway at the bottom of Crow Hill, see pointer board. Follow this for 225 meters and take the 4th entrance on your right hand side.
From Ledbury: Head west on A449 towards Ross-on-Wye for about 9½ miles, passing through Much Marcle and the Upton Bishop crossroads. Continue 1 mile after this crossroad and take the next left turn to Phocle Green, continue to the next crossroad (¾ mile) and turn left. Drive for about 300 meters and take the first left turn onto an unmarked roadway at the bottom of Crow Hill, continue as above.
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