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Detached house for sale

Buildwas, Telford, Shropshire, TF8

Under Offer £750,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Beautiful Grade I Listed property
  • Offering a multitude of uses
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Bowling green
  • Views over Buildwas Abbey
  • In all about 23 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A Grade I historic house offering a multitude of uses set in the lee of Buildwas Abbey.


The Abbot's House is situated two miles south of historic Ironbridge, in the village of Buildwas which is referenced in the Domesday Book. It sits on the south banks of the River Severn within a beautiful wooded valley in the heart of the Shropshire countryside.
Buildwas is situated close to the county town of Shrewsbury with its shopping, amenities and schooling, with Telford and the M54 giving access to the Midlands' business centres and national motorway network. Local independent schools include Shrewsbury School, Shrewsbury Girls School, Wrekin College and Old Hall School, with Thomas Telford School, Abraham Darby Academy and William Brookes School in the nearby town of Much Wenlock.

The Abbot's House at Buildwas Abbey is believed to date back to the 12th century and is built of sandstone ashlar. A remarkable Abbot named Ranulf, who ruled from 1155 to 1187, raised the Cistercian Abbey of St Mary and St Chad to a position of prominence. A small community of monks made their income by charging tolls for passing travellers on the bridge over the River Severn.

The Abbey was closed in 1536 by Henry VIII during the dissolution of monasteries and the estate passed to Lord Powys who made it his home. There is a wealth of history within the walls, with vaulted ceilings and Caernarvon arched door heads and fireplaces, Victorian wooden frames with fireplaces, quatrefoil and trefoil upper lights and motifs, such as the portcullis and the Prince of Wales' feathers, are present among stylised foliage and geometrical ribs. It has been home to Ironbridge Power Station's sports and social club since 1963 and now offers an excellent opportunity to develop into an outstanding family home, restaurant or small boutique hotel.


The Abbot's House has variously been described as Abbey House, Abbey Lodge and more recently the Abbey Sports and Social Club. Over the years, the house has evolved but stills retains a medieval feel with wonderful panelled walls and stone mullioned windows. The house could easily be adapted to either private use or as a restaurant or small boutique hotel.
The rooms are largely laid out with a series of large rooms currently used as bars, dining areas and a billiards room. The first floor could easily be reconfigured for family bedroom accommodation. In addition there are two stone outbuildings.

A particular feature of the property are its lovely gardens which have been beautifully maintained with a wide array of colour and maturity with both formal borders, shrubs and mature trees. Providing a lovely back cloth to these beautiful gardens is the form of Buildwas Abbey which is maintained by English Heritage.

There is approximately 20 acres of land which is currently run as a semi wilderness, with a series of walkways around it and leading to the banks of the River Severn. These woods also have a great wealth of mature ancient trees.

Please note that the site is designated as a Scheduled Ancient
Monument and due to the site's significance and its multiple
statutory designations any works carried out are likely to require
both Scheduled Monument Consent and Listed Building Consent. Agents Note: Please note that this property is subject to an additional payment of VAT upon the purchase price which will be
payable upon completion.

Square Footage: 9,156 sq ft

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Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
25 June 2016

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