5 bedroom castle for sale

Wilton Castle on the Wye, HR9

£1,495,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Grade I Listed Castle
  • Impressive Ruins
  • Georgian Styled 5 Bedroomed Manor House
  • 3 Reception Room
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Private Driveway
  • Extensive Parking Area
  • Coach House
  • Dry Moat
  • Large Garden and Views

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Very rarely is there an opportunity to own and live in a 12thC Norman Castle. Wilton Castle on The Wye is a Grade I Scheduled Ancient Monument that for 10 years has been lovingly restored by its current owners to produce a beautiful residence surrounded by a curtain wall and dry moat.
The 5 Bedroomed Castle House has been skilfully restored along with manicured gardens and landscaped grounds and adjacent to the attractive river Wye. Within the Mediaeval Castle walls lies the romantic ruins of a Tudor Manor House with roses climbing through mullion windows.
The Castle House includes Norman, Tudor, Elizabethan, Georgian and Victorian periods in its construction with a wealth of charm and original features. A private grated driveway leads to extensive parking areas along with stables and visitor facilities. Very easy access to major roads and rail link with airports of Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff about an hour away.
Wilton Castle was built in the 12th C to guard the River crossing on the English/Welsh border in an attempt to prevent the Welsh from stealing land and animals. Originally a Mott and Bailey Castle this was gradually rebuilt with a stone Castle and a wet moat which for 300 years sheltered a garrison of soldiers. In the 16thC parts of the Castle walls were used to create an impressive Tudor Manor House which was subsequently destroyed in the Civil War. Guys Hospital in 1731 purchased the Wilton Manor and Castle and for 230 years farmed the area with tenants living in the Castle House. Since 1961 the Castle has been in private hands.

Wilton Castle is a perfect venue for select weddings, musical functions and public visitors. The Castle originally had a gate house and 5 towers in the rampart walls which was surrounded by a wet moat. Three towers remain and two have been restored. The Great tower would make an amazing restoration project that could be incorporated in the Castle House. There is also the opportunity to purchase the Title of Lord of Wilton Castle.

The castle and buildings were constructed from red sandstone quarried from its moat. The Castle House has wooden sashed windows with shutters and all internal doors are panelled. Original bell pulls and console. Cornices to some ground floor rooms and many exposed beams. Oil fired boiler with radiators throughout.

The entrance from the path is under an open porch with flagstone top and two timber support pillars and through a six panelled door into:

"Z" SHAPED RECEPTION HALL:
Stairs with winders leading to upper floors. Window to front with views across the ruins to the town beyond.

Door interconnecting the Tower and the Cellar and doors into following:

STUDY/CLOAKROOM: 3.5m x 2.7m average
Window with views into Great Tower courtyard. Bath stone fireplace with oak surround and oak framed slate hearth. Low level WC with high level flush-box, basin set into vanity unit. Consumer units at high level. Central heating control clock. Door into spacious L-shaped Laundry Cupboard with floor to ceiling slatted shelves.

SITTING ROOM: 4.62m x 3.3m
Large sash window with shutters views into Great Tower courtyard. Central cast iron fireplace with inset patterned tiles with marble surround and oak framed slate hearth. Shelved recess with cupboards at low level.

DRAWING ROOM: 7.13m x 4.27m
Large sash windows with shutters to front and rear with window seats and storage under. Two sets of feature recessed shallow arches, one fully shelved and cupboards at low level. Downlighters. Central cast iron fireplace with inset painted tiles, marble surround and framed slate hearth. Feature oak cornice to three sides.

Up stairs with shaped oak handrails to:

FIRST FLOOR LANDING:
Doors into:

FAMILY BATHROOM:
Window to front with views across the ruins to Ross on Wye. White suite comprising low level WC with high level cast iron flush-box all on raised tiled plinth, free standing cast iron lions foot bath, basin set into bespoke vanity unit, shaver point. Ceramic tiling to floor and walls up to dado rail height. Ladder radiator.

MASTER BEDROOM: 6.28m x 3.3m
Window to front with views across the ruins and river, to the town. Central cast iron fireplace with painted slate surround. Oak door into:

ENSUITE BATHROOM:
Window with views into Inner Courtyard. White suite comprising low level WC with high level cast iron flush-box, basin set into bespoke vanity unit, stand alone cast iron bath with chrome shower taps. Original cast iron fireplace with painted slate surround and framed slate hearth. Bespoke full height shelved cupboards with hanging rails. Interconnecting door with Hallway (not used). Inter-connecting door with Tower.

Up stairs with turned balustrades and square newels to:

SECOND FLOOR GALLERIED LANDING:
Part exposed stone wall, oak display shelf. Raked ceiling with roof light. Vertically boarded original doors into:

BEDROOM TWO: 3.65m x 3.9m
Low level part raked ceiling. Window to end. Part exposed beams. Roof access trap.

BEDROOM THREE: 4.68m x 3.2m
Low level part raked ceiling. Window to end with far reaching views. Part exposed beams to ceiling. White basin set into bespoke vanity unit with tiled tops. Door into useful shelved Storage Cupboard with part raked ceiling.

From Reception Hall up three steps to:

INNER HALL:
With feature stained glass panelling at high level.

DINING ROOM: 5.96m x 4.15m
Feature gothic oak window with stained glass panelling at high level, arched mullions and oak shutters with views across the ruins and river, to the town beyond. Central cast iron fireplace with bird motif tiles, ornate marble surround and mantel, framed slate hearth.

Through gothic archway and pair of bespoke part glazed doors giving access to the impressive Great Tower stairwell with new cut stone steps and original exposed stone walls. Opening with archway with secondary access to Cellar. From the first level there is access to:

GALLERIED FORMER CHAPEL AREA: 2.76m x 2.45m
Accessed via a bespoke oak staircase and balustrading with oak boarded floor and carved panelling to wall.

Interconnecting door into Master Bedroom en-suite. Door into East Wing lobby with pair of doors into cupboard. Part glazed door with glazed panel above into:

FAMILY BATHROOM:
With window overlooking castle garden. White suite comprising low level WC with high level cast iron flush-box, basin set into bespoke vanity unit, lions foot bath set on raised plinth. Ceramic tiling to floor and walls up to dado tiled height.

Doors into:

BEDROOM FOUR: 3.85m x 3.53m
Window with window seat with views across the Courtyard gardens. Cast iron original fireplace with painted slate surround. Picture rail, exposed beam.

BEDROOM FIVE: 4.56m x 2.58m
Window overlooking castle garden. Glazed panel at high level into Tower. Part exposed trusses. Arrow slit window into Tower. Cast iron small bedroom fireplace. Part exposed stonework.

From ground floor Inner Hallway door into:

UTILITY/BACK HALL: 5.42m x 2.58m
Pair of raked topped part glazed doors and window out to Castle Gardens. L-shaped granite worktops with bespoke pine cupboards and drawer set under. Double Belfast sink with pillar tap. Plumbing for washing machine. Space for cooker. Plate glass floor over original well. Raked ceiling with two roof lights and exposed beams. Consumer unit at high level. Door pull consul. Flagstone floor throughout into:

WALK-IN PANTRY: 2.7m x 2m
Small window with views to the garden. Raked ceiling, exposed beams, original meat hooks and shelving at high and low level.

From Utility/Back Hall through stone arched opening, through pair of arched vertically boarded doors into:

KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM: 5.86m x 3.68m
Two windows with oak sills with attractive views out to castle walled gardens. Granite tops along one wall with inset Belfast sink and pillar tap with bespoke painted cupboards and drawers under. Built-in dishwasher. Oil fired two ovened AGA set into original fireplace recess with painted stone surround and mantel at high level and brick archway above. Matching purpose built dresser unit, cupboards and drawers at low level set under worktop, display shelves and cupboards over. Bespoke panelling to large corner fridge with glass shelving. Flagstone floor. Low voltage downlighters. Through original oak door and frame into:

SCULLERY/BAKERY: 4.58m x 2.49m
With protruding door and staircase to upper floor. Part glazed door out to castle garden. Original fireplace with brick surround and broiler, flagstone top and arch topped bread oven. Flagstone floors. Coat hanging space. Gothic arch into Galleried stairwell with oak balustrading overlooking door from stairs down to dungeon. Exposed stone walls and vaulted ceiling. Deep storage shelf. Flagstone floors. Through door into:

GARDENERS TOILET: 2.8m x 1.8m average
Window at high level. Low level WC, small Belfast sink on brick supports. Part exposed beams and stonework to ceiling, flagstone floor. Leaded light window.

CELLAR: 6.2m x 5.8m average
"Ideal De Dietrich" oil fired boiler providing central heating and domestic hot water via large Santon Premier tank. Sealed system with vessels and boiler controls. Brick floor, exposed stone walls and beams. Stone steps leading down.


From inner hallway up restored cut stone steps to:

THE GREAT TOWER:
With first floor access to Castle House and beds 4 & 5. Oak staircase leading up to gallery of former chapel with balustrading. Pair of glazed oak doors leading out to verandah with oak balustrading with views across the Great Tower courtyard. Exposed stone arches, walls oak beams and trusses. Remains of cut stone spiral staircase leading up to the ramparts which has been re-roofed. Exposed. Circular and feature windows and glazed panel to stairwell.

THE GROUNDS AND GARDENS:
The grassed grounds are mainly set around the East and West sides of the Castle running down close to the river with interspaced mature trees including Sycamore, Yew, Horse Chestnut, Scots Pine and Beech and flowering shrubs including Rhododendron. There are lawns set around the Manor House and the ruins of the Great Hall with attractive sitting areas and interspaced well stocked borders and mature shrubs. Further grassed banks flank the sides of the remains of THE DRY MOAT that runs behind the castle walls. There is access to the River Wye through a wooden gate.
Within the castle walls is the courtyard garden with ornamental clipped low box hedges and a pathway on four sides outside of which are a range of well stocked beds with old fashioned scented roses, hydrangeas, viburnums and many other rare flowing plants and shrubs.
DOVECOT:
This former East Tower with arrow slits was converted to a Dovecot by adding an internal lining and creating nesting boxes.
COACH HOUSE/OUTBUILDING: approximately 15.25m x 3.65m
Single storey and mainly brick construction with wooden windows, double and single doors and window all under a lean-to slate roof providing storage and a part converted into toilets for visitors. Vehicle access is through a pair of wrought iron electrically operated gates along a gravelled driveway to parking areas and The Coach House.

Vehicle access is through a pair of wrought iron electrically operated gates along a gravelled driveway to parking areas and The Coach House.

SERVICES:
Mains electricity, water, private drainage and oil fired central heating. External flood lighting. Herefordshire County Council Tax band I.

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