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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Gravel Pit Lane, Rowney Green, Birmingham, B48

Guide Price £775,000

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Tenure: Freehold

An Impressive And Highly Unique Family Home In 0.79 Acres Of Captivating Gardens Overlooking Idyllic Woodland Affording Total Privacy And Tranquillity In A Beautiful Yet Accessible Village.

Entrance Hall, Cloaks Cupboard, Dining Room (currently, Play Room), Drawing Room, Sun Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility, Pantry, Master Bedroom, En-Suite, Closet, Bedrooms 2, 3, 4 and 5 (Double Bedrooms), Bedroom 6/Study, Two Family Bathrooms, Dressing Room, Linen Closet, Four Car Garage (ideal for conversion), Multiple-Car Parking, 0.79 Acres of Mature Gardens, Woodland Setting, 3652 Sq Ft. EPC = E.

Situation: The Bishop's Croft lies on a quiet, leafy country lane surrounded by native woodland in a beautiful section of rural Worcestershire. The peaceful and friendly village of Rowney Green is known locally as 'Worcestershire's Best-Kept Secret' for its stunning views and walks, friendly community, excellent village facilities, community pub and coffee shop, tennis and basketball courts, children's play area, array of equestrian centres, five village alpacas, delightful chapel and a nature reserve maintained by the Woodland Trust. The village is highly accessible, situated just ten miles south of Birmingham yet enjoying an enviable position in the beautiful county of Worcestershire. The further urban conurbations of Worcester, Redditch, Bromsgrove and Solihull offer extensive cultural, retail, commercial social and leisure facilities.

The area is blessed with excellent schooling and within easy reach of the very popular independent schools Bromsgrove, RGS, Kings Worcester, Malvern College, Dodderhill, Solihull, St Martins, King Edwards, Elmhurst, Blue Coat, Al-Furquan, The Priory, Edgbaston High School for Girls, and St George’s. Prep schools Eversfield, Abberley Hall, Ruckleigh, Hallfield, Norfolk House and West House are all within easy reach. The area is also well provided by Birmingham’s King Edwards grammar schools as well as the Alcester and Stratford grammars in neighbouring Warwickshire.

Description: The Bishop's Croft sits to the east of Gravel Pit Lane in an elevated position overlooking verdant woodland. The property enjoys 360 degrees of privacy. It is a highly unique property, having begun life as a beautiful Art Deco cottage with grounds which originally spanned the entire woodland between Gravel Pit Lane and Chapel Lane and incorporated the Old Chapel in the valley. Art Deco features can still be seen today in the glorious curves to the master bedroom and dining room. The Bishop's Croft became a prominent house in Rowney Green during the 1950s when it was extensively enlarged by its Swiss owners to include two separate bedroom wings to the east and west elevations. The house continued to grow during the late twentieth century when a large Drawing Room and Sun Room were added to create the expansive family home it is today. The Bishop's Croft presents a fascinating opportunity to own an exclusive property in a highly regarded village which showcases a captivating selection of British architectural styles with huge potential to become an incredible contemporary woodland residence. The current owners have full architectural plans for a ‘Grand Designs’ style project, remodelling the property to create an ultra-contemporary luxury home. (Plans available to view upon request).

The hallway is accessed beneath a canopy porch, installed by the previous Swiss owners to offer relief from the glorious southerly sunshine. A generous, parquet-floored entrance hall with adjoining cloakroom leads off to the principle reception rooms and upstairs accommodation. Directly ahead, the dining room (currently in use as a playroom) has curved original Deco windows overlooking the beautiful lawned, elevated terrace where the current owners have situated a hot tub and dining area, maximising the extraordinary views of the grounds.

The generously-sized Kitchen benefits from a very large window which overlooks the woodland of silver birch and willow trees. There is a splendid display of colour visible from this window throughout May and June when mature rhododendrons explode into flower. Giant rhubarb plants can also be spotted around a small neighbouring mere, lending a tropical atmosphere to the property during the summer months. A further door from the kitchen leads onto the lawned terrace, allowing easy access for al fresco drinks and dining. An adjoining pantry offers excellent ancillary storage. The kitchen units and large utility room would benefit from remodelling, allowing future owners the potential to redesign these spaces to their own specifications.

The large Drawing Room enjoys a triple aspect to the north, south and easterly elevations and benefits from French doors which lead out again onto the wonderful lawned terrace area. The room has parquet flooring and an original Swiss cast hearth with open fireplace as well as excellent shelving for books. There is a door which leads out onto a further front decked area which the current owners describe as a magnificent sun trap. Further French doors lead into the Sun Room.

Completing the downstairs accommodation is a WC with separate sink area which has recently been refitted with Porcelanosa tiles and a newly painted and carpeted understairs cupboard.

Upstairs, The Bishops Croft is a delight and unexpectedly capacious. The property has two wings offering extensive accommodation. The staircase splits beneath a picture window with views over a lilac and rhododendron-covered woodland glade.

The Sun Room is the most recent addition to this exceptional and individual family home. With eight large windows the room enjoys excellent views over the grounds. The Sun Room is fully heated, allowing the gardens and woodland to be enjoyed for 365 days of the year. The current owners describe this room as the most delightful (and warmest) room in the house and they adore watching the seasons pass from the snug seating area. Patio doors lead out onto the sun drenched front deck and the gardens beyond. The room has triple aspect windows, five large Velux roof lights and a log burning stove.

Completing the downstairs accommodation is a WC with separate sink area which has recently been refitted with Porcelanosa tiles and a newly painted and carpeted understairs cupboard.

The west side of the bedroom accommodation houses three double bedrooms (one with quadruple integrated double-bed bunks), a bathroom and dressing room, whilst the East accommodates a central Master Suite, complete with a large roof terrace which could be transformed into an exceptional rooftop entertaining area for the enjoyment of alfresco drinks in a glorious setting, a family bathroom, a further double bedroom and a single bedroom (currently in use as a study), both with tranquil views over the woodland. The upstairs has been newly re-carpeted.

In the easterly wing, the Master Bedroom enjoys an enviable central position within the house connecting the two wings. Two beautiful 1930’s Art Deco curved windows offer views over the grounds. Further French doors lead onto the large roof terrace which overlooks the Great Pine and the woodland beyond. This large room currently accommodates a 7ft by 7ft Emperor bed alongside additional bedroom furnishings, affording excellent space. A walk-in wardrobe offers ample storage for clothing.

The newly refitted En-Suite Bathroom has Porcelanosa (Boston) tiling, a large dual-ended bath, walk-in ‘waterfall’ shower with integrated vanity storage, pedestal basin and toilet with integrated vanity shelf and automatic sensor lighting. A newly fitted chrome towel rail provides excellent heat, warming the floor. The room enjoys views over The Great Pine, the Four Pines and Hot Tub Terrace.

A further family bathroom resides on the east-wing corridor. It has been newly renovated, with Porcelanosa tiles, a large, glass, walk-in, power-shower enclosure, a crisp new white bath with new mixer taps and shower head, a pedestal toilet and large hand basin. The double-height chrome towel rail has been newly installed and offers excellent heat.

Further down the corridor can be found a single bedroom. This room is currently fitted with shelving, affording a small but highly efficient, well-functioning study for individuals working from home.

Alternatively, the shelving could easily be removed to create a small but adequate sixth bedroom. When the window open, the proximity of this room to the garden and its numerous trees creates a delightful ambiance, connecting this room to the natural world beyond. The delightful chirping of birds can be most enjoyed from this room.

A short way further along the east corridor can be found a charming double bedroom with views over woodland. The dual aspect room is immensely calm and quiet and is currently in use as a nursery due to its excellent position away from other bedrooms. It has also been used as an excellent guest bedroom, affording visitors privacy and tranquillity with the additional benefit of access to its own family bathroom. The accommodation at The Bishop’s Croft is highly versatile and lends itself to all configurations of family life.

The west-wing of the upstairs accommodation lies to the left of the main staircase. Here you can find an essential linen closet and luggage store complete with shelving and hanging storage. Immediately thereafter lies the first of the west-wing’s three double bedrooms. This charming and cosy south-facing room has two windows from which to enjoy the delightful views over the roof terrace and gardens beyond. The room comfortably accommodates a King-sized bed.

The next bedroom, the ‘Blue Room’ enjoys a bright and cheerful dual aspect over the grounds and lane. This light-filled room confidently houses a King-sized bed alongside a full suite of bedroom furnishings.

A further turn along the west corridor leads onwards to a further trio of rooms: the very large ‘Bunk-Bed Room’, a second family bathroom and a small dressing room. Light streams into the corridor via two overhead porthole lights making the space feel bright and airy.

The second family bathroom has, at its centre, a huge family-sized bath. The overhead power shower is screened by a glass panel-screen. There is a large pedestal basin and toilet. The primary window opens onto woodland views. This bathroom offers excellent family bathing facilities for the west wing.

Adjacent to this is a small dressing room with extensive hanging rails. There is a window allowing access to natural light. This room is large enough to accommodate a small cot and when not in use as a storage room, has been used as a tiny nursery for the babies of visiting guests.

The final room in this trio is familiarly referred to as the ‘Bunk Room.’ The current owners designed and commissioned a bespoke quartet of bunk beds to fit the rear wall of the bedroom providing an excellent space for playing, movie watching and sleepovers. These four, small-double (4ft x 6ft 3”) bunk beds were created and installed, in situ, by a highly-regarded local carpenter and will comfortably accommodate eight sleepers. Cupboard doors provide access to an extensive under-bed storage area.

An accredited electrician installed individual reading lights and electrical points for each of the four beds providing personal power access and light to each bunk. The top two bunks are open to each other whilst the bottom two bunks are separated by screen with small porthole opening. This bedroom offers exceptional family accommodation and would be a delight for either children or teenagers.

Finally, the property has a large four car integrated garage which has lighting, central heating and four large windows installed. The garage would transform exceptionally well into extensive ancillary accommodation. It would work very well as a large family room, games room, play room, cinema room or gym due to its direct border onto the Entrance Hall. The space has also been considered as a self-contained annexe for guests, resident relatives, teenagers or au pairs. Additionally the space would lend itself very well to conversion into a large office suite for businesses working from home with separate access retained.

The Bishop’s Croft has extensive accommodation with outstanding potential to become an exceptionally prestigious home in an unparalleled woodland setting.

Outside: The property is approached off a quiet country lane through a gated entrance onto a gravelled, border-lined driveway offering plenty of off road parking and access to a large garage which could easily accommodate up to four cars. A large, lower level lawned garden to the front offers excellent space for a full range of garden pursuits. In the 1920s and 30s was used as a croquet lawn and later, for lawn tennis and the original croquet lawn-roller can still be found resting under the laurel hedging which borders the lane. This wonderfully mature laurel hedge offers exceptional climbing, hiding and den-building opportunities due to its spacious interior branches. There are further hedges of beech and copper beech bordering the lower croquet lawn. A delightful decked area to the front of the property complete with flower-borders and small lawn connects the house with the lower croquet lawn. To the rear of the property, the tiered garden is mostly laid to lawn and offers two lower viewing platforms from which to enjoy the woodland views. The ‘Hot Tub Terrace’, complete with lavender border and newly-filled shrub beds, is a charming, private fenced space offering the perfect place for children to play and for summer entertaining. A brick-built staircase followed by a series of small stone steps leads down to the lower garden. The bluebells are resplendent in May. The ‘Four Pines’ to the east of the garden offer notable architectural structure to the otherwise natural garden and mark the beginning of a woody corner ideal for forest play and composting. At the northern corner of the garden lies the ‘Bottom Garden’, a shady, grassy woody glade used for Bonfire Night gatherings and den building expeditions. Just above this is a small brick-built structure, a useful platform for Bonfire Night BBQs.

It has recently been laid with patio slabs with the intention of constructing a large two-storey playhouse on the foundations. New ‘post and rail’ fences have been installed along the woodland perimeter to maximise views whilst solid ‘panel fences’ have been installed alongside the woodland footpath to maximise privacy on the Hot Tub Terrace. The elevated position of this wonderful property offers truly delightful woodland panoramas, a tangible sense of serenity and harmony with the natural environment.


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