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7 bedroom detached house for sale

Bishopstone, Hereford, HR4

Guide Price £1,490,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Old Rectory
  • Flexible accomodation
  • Annexe potential
  • Barns
  • 41 acres approx
  • 7,513 sq ft

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A classic country rectory with exquisite gardens and land, in all around 41 acres.

A gracious old rectory with up to 10 bedrooms, highly flexible accommodation with annexe potential, traditional barns with potential STP, charming gardens and grounds, farmland, woods, pond and orchard. In all approximately 41 acres. EPC=F. 7,513 sq. ft.

Bishopstone House is positioned in a lovely rural location on the edge of the village of Bishopstone , 8 miles west of Hereford. Bishopstone is a small village with a beautiful church, whilst nearby Credenhill benefits from further amenities including a village shop and doctors’ surgery. To the east the renowned cathedral city of Hereford provides a range of services and amenities expected of a County Capital, whilst to the north there is the smaller town of Leominster. Herefordshire boasts a wide range of recreational and sporting opportunities especially on the close by River Wye and the Brecon Beacons whilst the world renowned Hay Festival at Hay-on-Wye is only 14 miles to the west. The area is well sourced with primary schools in Credenhill, Staunton-on-Wye and Stretton Sugwas and various secondary schools including the exceptional Hereford Sixth Form College, winner of the 2016 TES ‘6th Form College of the Year’. In addition there are a number of independent schools in the area, including Hereford Cathedral School, Christ’s College Brecon and Malvern College. The M50 lies to the south east providing access to the West Midlands, the South West and the national motorway network. There is a mainline rail station at Hereford with direct trains to Birmingham (approx. 1hr 40) and Paddington (approx..3h 20) and International airports at Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff.

The House: Stone pillars frame the entrance from which the drive leads to the front façade of Bishopstone House which personifies the classic country rectory.

The substantial flagstone porch leads into the parquet floored hall. Either side of the hall are the drawing and dining rooms both of which are of particularly elegant proportions with high ceilings, as a consequence of this and the tall windows, both rooms are filled with light. The drawing room has French doors leading to the garden as well as a marble fire surround, Corinthian pilasters and a plaster frieze. The dining room also has French doors leading to the north garden, a large bay window and a moulded plaster ceiling with a decorative roundel from which hangs the chandelier. The hall leads to a circular stairwell with an attractive circular stair light above, and through a rear hall to the library and kitchen. The library is a lovely family room with book lined walls, a wood burner, slate flooring and French doors to the garden. The kitchen also benefits from high ceilings and French doors as well as a Nobel range cooker and is divided between the spacious dining area and a rear kitchen fitted with units and work surfaces, Belfast sink and larder. Beyond the kitchen is a large utility room which leads to a spacious storage room and a garage, beneath the kitchen is a substantial cellar.

Upstairs there are four main double bedrooms and two bathrooms; three of the bedrooms are of a substantial size and more formal in nature. A study / fifth bedroom adjoins the master bedroom and has an interconnecting door and would ideally suit for use as a dressing room. In addition there are three further bedrooms on the second floor.

The Annexe: Currently the annexe forms part of Bishopstone House and provides great versatility particularly upstairs and can be used as part of the main house with ease. Separate it would suit an older generation, or alternatively provide useful additional income if let. The annexe has a separate main entrance or can be accessed from the library of the main house. The annexe comprises a hallway leading to a studio with Jetmaster open fire, a sitting room also with open fire and study. From the hall is a games room which has plumbing for white goods and was formerly used as the annexe kitchen. Upstairs there are two large double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom and an additional bathroom.

Gardens and Grounds: The house opens onto the main gardens through a number of French doors. The gardens comprise lawns and herbaceous borders, a terrace immediately to the south of the house provides space for outdoor dining overlooking the croquet lawn. Running south through a row of espaliered trees the garden becomes less formal ending in a Ha-ha, a notable feature being the number of mature specimen trees. To the west of the formal garden is the delightful walled garden with raised vegetable beds, gravel paths, a fruit cage, orchard and hard tennis court. Leading back through the wall to the courtyard at the rear of the house are a number of useful potting sheds and a garage. The walled courtyard to the rear of the house provides parking as well as a Coach House and additional outhouses.

Farm Buildings: Set apart from the house to the west are the farm buildings which comprise both traditional and more modern farm buildings set in a traditional farmyard. In particular the large brick barn would be suitable for conversion to a variety of alternative uses including holiday lets, party barn or studio. The Dutch barn would be ideally suited for conversion to stables.

The Land: The land enveloping Bishopstone House comprises arable and pasture land divided by mature hedges with a number of mature trees giving the land a parkland feel and extends to about 36 acres in all. On the northern boundary is a coppice which surrounds a pond. The property benefits from a right of way through the field to the north to allow access on foot or by horse to the quiet lane leading to the Church of St. Lawrence. From here extensive bridleways and footpaths can be reached.

Services: Mains water and electricity, private drainage, BT connected, oil fired central heating with some night storage in the annexe. The annexe has a separate boiler and electric meter. Council tax is band G. The property benefits from a 3.68kw solar array from which the vendors receive electricity and an income.
Andrew Grant have not tested any service, equipment or facilities, purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise.
Wayleaves, Easements & Rights of Way: The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights, including rights of way, whether public or private, light, support drainage, water and electricity supplies and any other rights and obligations, easements and proposed wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cables, drains and water, gas and any other pipes, whether referred to in the Conditions of Sale or not.
Local Authority: Herefordshire Council, Plough Lane, Hereford HR4 0LE. Tel 01432 260000.
Basic Payment Scheme: The tenant claims BPS and it should be noted that the entitlements are owned by the tenant.
Sporting, Timber & Minerals: The sporting, timber and mineral rights are included in the sale of the property in so far as they are owned.
Tenure: The land is sold subject to a Farm Business Tenancy. Subject to written notice vacant possession could be obtained on the 1st February 2021, the rent is approximately £2570 per annum.
VAT: Any guide prices quoted or discussed are exclusive of VAT. In the event of a sale of the property or any part of it, or any right attached to it becoming a chargeable event for purposes of VAT, such tax would be payable in addition to the purchase price.
Method of Sale: By private treaty.
Health & Safety: Given the potential hazards of a working farm, we would ask you be as vigilant as possible when visiting the farm for your own personal safety, in particular around the farm buildings.
Fixtures & Fittings: Items mentioned in these sale particulars are included in the freehold sale. All other fixtures, fittings and furnishings are expressly excluded from the sale, although some may be available by separate negotiation.
Agents Note: Japanese knotweed is present in one location on the drive. The sellers have a management plan in place. Purchasers must satisfy themselves relating to other areas of the grounds.
Post Code: HR4 7JG
Viewing: Strictly by appointment with the Agents.

Directions: From Hereford proceed west on the A438 until reaching the crossroads at Bridge Sollers. Turn right here signposted to Bishopstone and Mansell Lacy. Proceed on this road for a short distance before turning right signposted to Bishopstone and Kenchester. Continue on this road and just after entering the village of Bishopstone, pillars will be found on the left leading to the drive to Bishopstone House. The left hand pillar is signed.

Bishopstone House – A Short History: The oldest part of the house was built in 1812 as a replacement to the former rectory located next to the church. During excavations a large Roman mosaic floor was discovered which captivated William Wordsworth, a regular visitor, who commemorated the find in the poem ‘Roman Antiquities Discovered at Bishopstone’ a copy of which, inscribed in slate, hangs in the front porch at Bishopstone. A later incumbent, Archdeacon Freer extended the rectory considerably in 1841 also building the lodge house and refurbishing Bishopstone Church.

The present owners’ great grandmother bought Bishopstone from the Church Commissioners in 1923 and therefore the vendors’ children are the fifth generation of the family to live at Bishopstone, this sale will be the first for 95 years.


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