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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Wilton, Ross-on-Wye, HR9

Guide Price £1,450,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Extensive parking areas
  • Stables and visitor facilities
  • Detached coach house
  • Wooden sash windows with shutters
  • Many original features; bell pulls and console, cornices and exposed beams.

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A rare and exciting opportunity to own and live in a property forming parts of a restored 12th Century Norman castle

Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Sitting Room, Cloakroom, Kitchen / Breakfast Room, Pantry, Utility, Sitting Room, Five Bedrooms Serviced By Two Family Bathrooms And An En Suite Shower Room. Castle Walled Gardens And Parking. Outbuildings, Planning Permission To Renovate The Great Tower For Further Accommodation. 4564 Sq. Ft.

Wilton Castle is a Grade I Scheduled Ancient Monument that for 10 years has been the subject of a loving restoration programme. The current owners have created a beautiful private residence, surrounded by a curtain wall and dry moat which form part of the original castle and then later medieval additions. The five bedroomed castle house has been masterfully restored as have the manicured gardens and landscaped grounds (approximately two acres) adjacent to the River Wye, one of the finest and most beautiful rivers.

Forming part of the grounds and lying within the medieval castle wall lie the romantic ruins of a Tudor manor house with roses climbing through the mullion windows. Views over the River Wye and beyond can be seen from this point and indeed from the main house. The castle house construction includes architecture from Norman, Tudor, Elizabethan, Georgian and Victorian periods and, as a result, there is a wealth of charming original features across all of these eras and there remains scope to further develop The Great Tower which would provide further living accommodation in a quite spectacular building. Plans are being currently drawn up for this and are subject to the appropriate permissions.

A private gated driveway leads to extensive parking areas along with stables and visitor facilities lying within the detached coach house which could be converted with the current owner having obtained outline planning permission. Additionally, since the property was previously licensed for civil marriages, a number of commercial uses may be available (subject to planning permission). Excellent communication links with major roads and rail links provide easy access to airports such as Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff – all about an hour away. Excellent public schools are close by in both Hereford and Monmouth. Wilton Castle was built in the 12th Century to guard the River crossing on the English/Welsh border in an attempt to prevent the Welsh from stealing land and animals. Originally a Motte 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 16th Century parts of the castle walls were used to create an impressive Tudor manor house which was subsequently destroyed in the Civil War. However, the west end of the house was adapted into the current house in the 19th century and further remaining walls, which hint of a three storey handsome building, still remain the backdrop to which is the River Wye. In 1731 Guys Hospital 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 ownership. The castle and buildings were constructed from red sandstone which was quarried from its moat. The castle house has wooden sash windows with shutters and all internal doors are panelled. Other original features include bell pulls and console, cornices to some ground floor rooms and many exposed beams.

The Castle originally had a gate house and 5 towers in the rampart walls which was surrounded by the wet moat. Three towers remain, two of which have been restored. The Great Tower, as previously mentioned, would make the most amazing restoration project that could be incorporated within the castle house to provide three superb en-suite bedrooms and a new glass entrance and a drawbridge. There is also the opportunity to purchase the title of Lord of Wilton Castle.

Accommodation in brief:

• Reception Hall
• Drawing Room
• Sitting Room
• Dining Room
• Kitchen/Breakfast Room
• Galleried Former Chapel Area
• Second Kitchen and Scullery
• Utility Back Hall
• Walk-In Pantry
• Study/Cloakroom
• Five Bedrooms
• Three Bathrooms
• Coach House/Outbuilding

Grounds and Gardens: The grassed grounds are mainly set around the East and West sides of the castle running down close to the River Wye interspersed with mature trees, including Sycamore, Yew, Horse Chestnut, Scots Pine and Beech, along with flower shrubs - including Rhododendron. Lawn areas sit around the Manor House and the ruins of the Great Hall with lovely sitting areas to be enjoyed at different times of the day. There are some delightful and well-stocked borders with climbing roses and mature shrubs. In the Spring snowdrops and daffodils cover the grassed banks of the dry moat that runs behind the castle walls. A castle stream now runs along part of the moat. There is access to the River Wye through a wooden gate. Within the castle walls is the courtyard garden with ornamental hedges and pathways – outside of which are some wonderfully well-stocked beds featuring old-fashioned scented roses, hydrangeas, viburnums and many other rare plants and shrubs. The Courtyard walls have espaliered apple, pear, apricot, plum, fig and medley fruit trees.

The North West Tower has been completely restored and can be used as accommodation or to conduct civil wedding ceremonies. The former East Tower with arrow slits has been converted to a dovecot by adding an internal lining and creating nesting boxes. The single store coach house/outbuilding, of a mainly brick construction, provides storage and WCs for visitors. Access is gained via a pair of wrought iron electrically operated gates along a gravelled driveway to parking areas and the coach house.

Please Note: Some Photographs Were Taken For Submission To Publications In Previous Years.

Property Information

Services: We believe that the property is serviced by mains electricity, water, private drainage and oil fired central heating. There is external flood lighting.

Postcode: HR9 6AD.

Local Authority: Hereford County Council - Tax Band: H.

Viewing: An appointment to view should be made through the Andrew Grant Country Homes Office 01905 734 735,

Tenure: The Grade I Listed property is Freehold and vacant possession will be given on completion.

Fixtures & Fittings: All items in the nature of fixtures and fittings described in these particulars are included in the sale. All other such items are specifically excluded

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27 October 2017

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