3 bedroom detached house for saleWhitbourne, Worcestershire, WR6
- Magical location
- Private and peaceful
- Period features
- Potential to extend, plans available
- Equestrian facilities
- Delightful gardens and paddock
Enchanting cottage in a beautiful secluded location. Including outbuildings you'll get a total of around 2,526 sq. ft. of living space. Adjacent paddock may also be available by separate negotiation.
Lower Sconch Cottage is an attractive period property, originally constructed in the 1700s.
The current owners have installed a superb bespoke kitchen and have stripped the beams throughout.
The large open-fronted garage/general store with spacious studio/office above could be utilised
as further accommodation or for holiday lets, subject to the necessary consents being obtained.
The cosy dual aspect beamed sitting room, in the original part of the cottage, is home to a lovely inglenook fireplace featuring the original bread oven and wood-burning stove.
Outside there is a small fruit orchard of heritage varieties of apple, pear and plum and a stable block comprising a stable and tack room/hay store and which has electric and water supplies.
A level paddock is available by separate negotiation.
Planning permission has been granted for a single storey extension to create a further sitting room
or annexe with en suite bathroom.
Situation: Lower Sconch Cottage enjoys a lovely, secluded rural valley location surrounded by glorious countryside. A small stream runs along the southeast boundary and brings an abundance of wildlife including kingfisher, ducks, moorhens, muntjac, deer and many other animals. Local amenities within the village of Whitbourne include a public house, a community village shop, church, busy village hall, children’s playground and football field. The property is well situated for walking and horse-riding, with many bridle paths in the area, along with woodland and common land. Further shopping, leisure and educational facilities are available in Malvern, Worcester and Hereford including acclaimed independent schooling.
History: Lower Sconch Cottage is an attractive period property, originally constructed in the 1700s and being tastefully extended in the 1970’s when electricity and mains water were brought to the property, and a vehicle access formed. The current owners have recently installed a superb bespoke kitchen, handpainted with Farrow and Ball paint and have stripped the beams throughout. The central heating system has also been replaced with an LPG fuelled system with underground tank. The system can be controlled by tablet or smartphone and has 8 years warranty remaining.
Planning permission has been granted for a single storey extension to create a further sitting room or annexe with en suite bathroom (see Agents Note).
The large open-fronted garage/general store with spacious studio/office above has the benefit of water, electricity and drainage and could be utilised as further accommodation to the main house or for holiday lets, subject to the necessary consents being obtained.
Description: An electrically operated timber gate between brick pillars opens onto a sloping curved driveway, passing the spring-fed pool, and leading to a large gravelled parking area in front of the residence.
A flagstone paved area under a broad covered porch leads into the welcoming reception hall, featuring a well-presented cloakroom and staircase to the first floor. The cosy dual aspect beamed sitting room, which is the original part of the cottage, is home to a lovely inglenook fireplace featuring the original bread oven and wood-burning stove.
Leading from the reception hall is the well-proportioned breakfast kitchen which was recently upgraded with an attractive, bespoke range of contemporary units and granite work tops, all set over a ceramic tiled floor. A bricked recess with beam over is home to a 13 amp ESSE range oven which offers conventional and induction cooking and has an extractor fan over. There is a new integrated dishwasher and freestanding fridge freezer, a new Villeroy and Boch butler’s sink and a bespoke, portable island with a butcher’s block top and storage and concealed waste bins underneath. There is also space for a good size table. The room enjoys a light and airy feel from its dual-aspect windows, whilst French doors lead into the spectacular conservatory with hardwood framing and Pilkington Active glazed panels to the roof, oak flooring and further French doors opening onto a flagstone terrace to the rear overlooking the beautifully maintained rear garden and countryside beyond. A useful utility room with vaulted ceiling provides further exterior access and space for a washing machine and tumble dryer.
The first floor landing acts as a hub for the bedroom accommodation, comprising a delightful master bedroom with built-in wardrobe and timber framed vaulted ceiling plus two further double bedrooms, one with en suite shower room, both being fitted with Hammonds furniture. The well-proportioned family bathroom, with oak floor, benefits from a Jacuzzi style bath with shower over, a range of low level built-in cupboards and an airing cupboard.
Exterior: The front garden is mainly laid to lawn, with extensively planted shaped borders and a large attractive spring-fed pool. The recently built double-bay pen garage with studio/office above, is built in the style of a period coach house. It has a feature cloak and is constructed of reclaimed bricks and tiles, with extensive use of oak and Douglas Fir. Electricity, water and sewer connections are provided to the building. Situated in the front garden are two waterproof electrical power points (240v).
The rear garden features a substantial flagstone terrace with Cotswold style walling around. Steps lead up beneath a timber arch to the main lawned area, which is intersected by attractive gravel pathways, leading to an ancient olive tree as a centrepiece. There is a small fruit orchard of heritage varieties of apple, pear and plum. A timber field gate provides access to the level paddock, which is home to a stable block comprising a stable and tack room/hay store and having electricity and water supplies.
To the side of the cottage there is a substantial single garage constructed of reclaimed bricks and tiles, flagstone floor and extensive use of oak beams. There is access to a boarded storage loft above, with lighting. Access is gained by a pedestrian door at the rear and electrically operated door to the front. Other outbuildings included an aluminium framed greenhouse, metal garden shed, wooden workshop with benches, further small wooden shed, and gazebo.
The property is bounded by a small stream on the southeast which brings an abundance of wildlife to the garden. The entire garden is peaceful and secluded, with lovely field views.
Agents Note: Planning Reference Number P162658/FH Plans and other information relating to the planning application can be viewed on www.herefordshire.gov.uk
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