Summary of Features
Delightful, extended country cottage (1,941 sq ft)
3 double bedrooms, master with en-suite, 2 shower rooms
Spacious open plan kitchen/dining/family room
Sitting room with wood-burner, study, large conservatory
Large detached garage/workshop with room over
3 timber stables with paddocks, ample grounds & parking
Excellent renewable energy features
In all about 3.21 acres.
The Ridges is situated in a secluded rural location within the parish of Little Cowarne. This part of Herefordshire lies within the scenic Frome Valley, renowned for its timeless and unspoilt pastoral appeal. The property enjoys a high degree of peace and tranquillity, whilst being conveniently placed for the nearby market towns of Bromyard and Ledbury and the Cathedral cities of Hereford and Worcester.
This charming and well presented, part-timbered, extended cottage offers spacious accommodation with the building dating from c. 1750.
The large open plan fitted kitchen/dining/family room is a super and practical space for everyday use and entertaining. There is also a useful utility area and a modern, ground floor shower/wet room.
The cosy sitting room has a wood-burning stove set within a stone inglenook and a door through to the large conservatory, opening to the patio and garden. An adjoining study/reception room links to the master bedroom and stairs to first floor.
The master suite (ground floor) benefits from a large en-suite bathroom with fitted, solid oak wardrobes, separate shower, and has French doors opening to a large private paved terrace.
Two further double bedrooms on the first floor share a shower room; all with attractive exposed floorboards and timbers/beams.
Renewable energy heating and electricity supply are supported by on site renewable energy systems; an air source heat pump, solar thermal hot water and solar photo voltaic panels. There is a pressurised water system and thermal store.
The property is privately situated in an elevated position surrounded by its own gardens and land, with terraced and lawned areas.
The gardens are maturely planted with trees, shrubs and flowering plants along with an orchard offering a variety of fruit trees, mini arboretum (previously a paddock), raspberry canes and vines.
A substantial garage/workshop with a large room to the first floor was completed in 2007 and has great potential for an annexe, holiday let or Airbnb, subject to the necessary consents. There is also a second, useful utility room to the rear of the house, accessed externally via the patio.
A timber stable block sits nearby to the garage, 3 boxes (12 x 12) with a concrete apron. This is an older building but perfectly serviceable.
There is ample parking with a tarmac driveway and easy access to the paddock land.
The property is a registered smallholding and has historically been used for both livestock and equestrian purposes.
Mains water and electricity. Private drainage (septic tank). Heating via air source heat pump. Both solar thermal for hot water, with option of immersion heater and solar PV panels. Double-glazed throughout. Mains water supply to the land.
The septic tank was renewed in 2007 and benefits from a compliant drainage field (soak away). The tank will be emptied prior to completion.
The property benefits from economical and efficient energy production; an air source heat pump, solar thermal & solar photo voltaic panels which are subject to government support payments (except solar thermal).
The Lacanche range cooker, American fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine are included in the sale.
Standard broadband connected. We are advised that fibre supply will be available in the area shortly (for connection by the purchaser).
Band E (£2,298.24 2019/20).
Herefordshire Council: 01432 260000.
This property is not Listed.
The property is a registered smallholding, CPH 17/023/0030.
Please note, the lanes to the property are single-track.
Right of Way
The final section of the entrance drive is via a shared right of way over the neighbouring property, with a modest maintenance contribution. This drive was recently resurfaced and is in excellent condition.
Primary: Pencombe, Burley Gate, Bredenbury. Further information is available at: www.herefordshire.gov.uk
Secondary: Bromyard. Further information is available at: www.herefordshire.gov.uk
Independent: Malvern, Worcester, Hereford, Gloucester and Cheltenham have some outstanding independent schools. Further information is available at: www.isc.co.uk
Burley Gate (3 miles) has a community shop/post office, and the neighbouring village of Bishops Frome has two public houses plus the Hop Pocket rural craft & farm shop. The market town of Bromyard offers a good range of facilities to meet most domestic requirements. More extensive retail and cultural facilities are available at Ledbury, Malvern, Hereford and Worcester.
Many fine walks and cycle routes are available in the Frome Valley, Bromyard Downs and through the Brockhampton Estate (National Trust), with the Malvern Hills only a short distance away. The area offers a range of outdoor pursuits and sports clubs. Bromyard hosts a variety of local festivals and there are numerous arts, crafts and farmers' markets held in and around the area throughout the year. The Three Counties Showground at Malvern holds a wide variety of year-round events.
The region is renowned for its strong equestrian industry. Kings Equestrian Centre (5 miles) is host to a series of year-round competitions. The Three Counties Showground and Hartpury College are within sensible driving distances.
From Burley Gate/A417: head east on the A465 towards Bromyard for 2 miles. At the brow of the hill just before Stoke Lacy, turn left at the small crossroads, signed to Little Cowarne. Continue 1.1 miles and take first right hand turn, travel down the small lane for 0.3 miles and take first left turn, up a narrow tarmac lane (by cottage on your left). Proceed 150 metres and the property entrance will be directly ahead of you, do not fork right.
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