9 bedroom semi-detached house for saleBishopton Lane, Bishopton, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire
Sold STC £680,000
- Grade II listed
- Canal side setting
- Close to town centre
- Development opportunities
- Suitable for alternative uses
- Currently providing a home with an income
- Original fireplaces
- Stunning windows
- Mature Gardens
- 9 Bedrooms
Full descriptionA Grade II Listed property located by the canal in Stratford-Upon-Avon. The property has many original features with seven letting bedrooms all en-suite. There is a superb grand dining room, plenty of parking and lovely mature gardens. The owners have a further two bedrooms, one ensuite, separate bathroom and lounge. There is plenty of scope to continue to run the business or to redevelop. Victoria Spa Lodge was originally a wonderful family home and could easily be used for this purpose again. Grade II listed - EPC exempt
Vendor Interview - This imposing property is a house that is steeped in history, and one that occupies a prime location on the fringes of the historic market town of Stratford-Upon-Avon.
The house dates back to 1837, and was originally built as a spa. The future Queen Victoria is said to have opened The Queens Hotel at Victoria Spa, as it was originally known, shortly before she took to the throne, and her coat of arms can be seen to this day in two of the gables.
The current owners purchased the property just under forty years ago, and for nine of those years it was a much-loved family home. In the early 1980s their circumstances changed and they decided to re-establish the property as a destination for discerning guests; the business has been thriving for the past thirty years.
"We loved this house from the minute we set eyes on it", says Dreen. "Its in the most glorious setting, overlooking the canal, and the house itself is wonderfully spacious, just what we had been looking for. At the time my daughter wanted a pony, which we were able to keep in a nearby field; it has given us all a really wonderful quality of life."
"The guesthouse has been an absolute joy to run", continues Dreen. "We have visitors from all over the world who return again and again, and it has been wonderful to meet so many different people. When we decided start the business we had an extension built so that we could have our own very private area. It was actually built using bricks from the old Stratford hospital, which was constructed at the same time as the house, so its incredibly hard to tell old from new. If the house were to become a family home once more, the extension would make the most wonderful granny annex."
"Our position is quite secluded and so extremely peaceful", says Dreen, "but at the same time everything one could possibly want or need is very close at hand. We have a good park-and-ride service into Stratford town centre, and the railway station has an excellent service into, among other places, central London. Its a superb area for commuters. At the end of the garden we have a gate that take you straight onto the canal path, and so its also possible to take a leisurely stroll or bicycle ride into town."
"We will be sad when the time comes to leave our wonderful home", concludes Dreen. "but it has been a very special part of our lives for the past thirty-nine years and well take away so many happy memories. We have enjoyed living in the house, running the business and all that this wonderful area has to offer. Its just a lovely place to live."
* These comments are the personal views of the current owners and are included as an insight into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on without verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent.
Accommodation - Dating from 1837 the property bears two coats of arms of Queen Victoria who opened the hotel in May 1837. The property is currently being run as a guest house and it has won Small hotel of the year award from the RAC.
Ground Floor - The hallway has the original Victorian tiles and leads you into the Grand Dining room and the stair case to take you to the next floor. The grand dining room has two stunning windows providing a magnificent example of symmetry and providing lovely views into the garden. There is also two open fire places, all the original features are still present, window shutters, coving, picture rails and the original wooden flooring. The kitchen is located next to the Grand Dining room. The owners accommodation has a sitting room, a private and sunny conservatory leading to a secluded outside patio area with mature shrubs as a border. There are also two further bedrooms one with en-suite plus a separate bathroom and office.
The cellar area offers four/five main compartments including wine shelves, quarry tiled floor, mains water and water softener and oil fired central heating boiler.
First Floor - There are five double bedrooms all with original features to include large windows either looking over the beautiful mature gardens or canal views. Fireplaces are found in some of the rooms and each room has a well-designed en suite facility. Room three is where Queen Victoria stayed! There is an additional shower room on this floor.
Second Floor - There are 2 large double bedrooms again with original features including exposed wooden beams and with en-suite facilities.
Outside - There is lovely secluded garden front and back. The front has ample garden with established shrubs and a gravel driveway with plenty of parking. The back has a private and very sunny courtyard. The canal runs behind the back of the property.
Location - Stratford upon Avon is internationally famous through being the birthplace of William Shakespeare and home to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and attracts almost four million visitors a year who come to see its rich variety of historic buildings. Stratford is also a prosperous riverside market town. There are numerous fine restaurants, inns, bars and coffee shops. There is a good choice of public and private schools and excellent sporting and recreational amenities. These include golf courses, swimming pool and leisure centre.
Victoria Lodge is 5 minutes from Stratford Parkway train station which enjoys connections to London, Oxford, Birmingham, Kidderminster and many more. The park and ride bus stop is outside the property. The town is well served by trunk road/motorway with Junction 15 of the M40 motorway 6 miles away. The NEC and Birmingham airport is less than 30 minutes drive. The Cotswolds are within striking distance of the town.
Services - We believe that the following mains services are connected to the property,
Water, electricity and telephone. Oil Central Heating
Local Authority - Stratford upon Avon
Viewing Arrangements - Strictly via the vendors sole agents Fine & Country
Opening Hours - Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Saturday 9.00 am - 4.30 pm
Sunday 11.00 am - 3.00 pm
Directions - The Postcode for the property is CV37 9QY
Agent's Notes - All measurements are approximate and quoted in metric with imperial equivalents and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given and that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed on the brochure.
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