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10 bedroom detached house for sale

Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8

Sold STC £5,500,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Immaculately restored detached Grade II listed period property
  • Private and peaceful setting
  • Income-producing detached cottage
  • Swimming pool
  • 120 acres of land including pastureland and woodland with shooting rights

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Situated in a highly sought-after, peaceful and private setting yet easily accessible to the motorway network.

A unique opportunity to purchase a superbly renovated Grade II listed detached building of great historical importance in a unique setting, with amazing far-reaching views. Around 18,601 sq ft plus cellarage and outbuildings including stabling. Detached income-producing two bedroomed cottage. Around 120 acres in total including pastureland and woodland with shooting rights.

Superbly placed for access to Bromsberrow Heath 1 mile, Bromsberrow 2.5, Ledbury 4, Malvern 12, Ross-on-Wye 13, Gloucester 16, Hereford 19, Cheltenham 20, Worcester 21, Birmingham 52, London 117, M50 (J2) 2, M5 (J8) 14 (all mileages are approximate).

Situation: Haffield House is situated in a highly sought-after, peaceful and private setting accessed along a 700 metre long serpentine drive off the A417 between Junction 2 of the M50 and Ledbury. There are several small villages and hamlets within the beautiful Herefordshire countryside that surrounds the property. A shop at nearby Bromsberrow Heath (1 mile) sells a wide range of groceries including local produce, offers a dry cleaning service, and has a café and a vintage furniture department. Around 2.5 miles away is the village of Bromsberrow which has a primary school and village hall.

The market town of Ledbury (4 miles) is famous for its medieval town centre and offers an abundance of facilities including highly individual shops, restaurants and eateries, a cottage hospital, and primary and secondary schooling. Further shopping and leisure facilities are available in the cathedral cities of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester. There are many recreational opportunities within this area of Herefordshire including golf courses at Hereford, Malvern, Ross and Dymock; racecourses at Ludlow, Worcester and Cheltenham; and syndicated shooting, trout and salmon fishing on the River Wye and its tributaries. There are glorious walks and rides through the surrounding countryside and over the Malvern Hills. Well-renowned independent schools are available at Worcester, Malvern and Cheltenham.

The rural setting with easy access to the motorway network via the M50 (2 miles away) and direct train links from Ledbury (4 miles) to Worcester, Hereford, Birmingham New Street and London Paddington makes this a highly desirable residential location.

Historical Note: The Haffield Estate was created in 1813 by John Biddulph. In 1817, the well-known architect Sir Robert Smirke designed Haffield House for Sir William Gordon, a British Army Major-General. Smirke’s works include incredibly high-profile public buildings such as The British Museum, The Inner Temple, The Oxford and Cambridge Club, and Eastnor Castle. Much of the house was built from Haffield breccia stone which was quarried on site. It was designed as an ‘unpretentious Greek Revival house’ and features a chunky Doric porch and a six columned portico on the southern aspect, much of which is reflected in Smirke’s earlier works. There is an Iron Age hill fort within the wooded grounds. The ramparts enclosed an irregular area of 8 acres.

The Restoration: The current owners brought the property in 2016 and immediately fell in love with its Georgian splendour. They spent time with the previous owners in order to fully appreciate the house and its impressive history. They respectfully incorporated this understanding into a complete sympathetic renovation of this beautiful residence and worked closely with conservation officer Sarah Lowe and other local master tradesmen in order to achieve a cherished and welcoming family home.

The house has undergone a complete transformation and is now immaculately presented. The wealth of period features throughout have been restored to the highest standard, and the property decorated in a contemporary yet sympathetic style with an individual feel to all rooms, and the highest quality of fittings used throughout. Huge windows let in lots of light, and three specially-built chandeliers now grace the three main entertaining rooms. The extraordinary quality of the property is reflected in its inclusion within Pevsner’s The Buildings of England (Herefordshire), 1963. These include marble fireplaces in a minimal Greek Revival style, and in the drawing room there is an ornate carved wooden mid-18th century fireplace from Bowood House, Wiltshire, described by Pevsner as “a lush chimneypiece”. The staircase hall features a handsome staircase with a cast iron balustrade and anthemion decoration.

Full details of the restoration can be found on: Very briefly, the work carried out included:

The house was fully rewired. The water pressure was increased. Underfloor heating was fitted in the kitchen and bathrooms. Also installed were a centralised audio visual system, Cat 5 HDMI cables and phone sockets throughout, and a high complex security and camera system.

All floors were refurbished and new carpets fitted throughout.

All pipework in the building was taken out, and a far more efficient biomass system installed with a gas-fired back up boiler. All heating, water, plumbing and sewerage pipework was replaced.

Every single radiator in the home was replaced with a modern copy.

The roof was taken off and a breather membrane installed. The slates were replaced, new battens established and chimneys replaced. The decaying rainwater system was replaced with guttering by Rainguard that had a strong likeness to the original and complemented the Georgian style of the building.

The render on the face of the building was replaced with St Astier natural hydraulic lime as a sub-coat with a top coat of Mono St Astier lime finish. To minimise future maintenance the finishing render was pigmented with the finished colour. Further, the weathered stone blocks were replaced. All 103 of the windows were refurbished.

The outbuildings and stables were gutted and all roofing was replaced.

The grounds surrounding the property were also transformed, including the driveway, paths and patios, using a local Cotswold stone.

The cellar was sand blasted throughout and refurbished.

The flagstones in the main entrance were protected under the listing but were chipped and unable to be restored. Under the advice of the conservation officer these were relocated to the boot room and the ones in the front hall replaced with exact replicas.

The original kitchen, in keeping with homes of this period, was small, and planning permission was granted to extend it. A quality, solid oak Chalon Kitchen was fitted. The traditional style emulates the classic elegance of 18th and 19th century English furniture.

The original layout with 14 bedrooms was altered to create luxurious suites.

The focus on the remaining work was to repair fixtures themselves, or if this wasn’t possible, produce exact replicas. In this manner, all 28 fireplaces were restored. Each door, all the hinges, handles and locks, the shutters, the central bannister, and the stairs were all replaced or restored. Double locks were placed on all windows and other security measures taken to update the property into a well-protected home.

The Accommodation: Haffield House sits in a wonderful, private and secluded position at the end of two long drives and surrounded by its own land. The 700 metre long main serpentine drive sweeps through historic rolling parkland to a gravelled parking area opposite the classical east façade, which has a projecting columned porch.

The house is extremely well laid-out with a series of excellent reception rooms accessed from the impressive staircase hall. These include the interconnecting drawing room and library which have huge windows make the most of the far-reaching southerly views.

The drawing room features the 18th century fireplace previously mentioned, as highlighted by Pevsner, and has two Doric columns and fitted book shelving. The beautiful wooden floor in this room continues into the library, which has a marble fireplace and a bay to the eastern aspect. The equally high-ceilinged dining room also has an east-facing bay window, a wooden floor and a marble fireplace. A hallway leads past a superb cloakroom to the kitchen, which has been extended and now benefits from a prep kitchen and a wonderful, light and airy dual aspect breakfast room that itself leads through to a useful freezer room. The bespoke Chalon kitchen has solid oak units with marble tops, a ceramic sink and a feature walnut dresser. Integrated appliances include an electric Aga, a fridge, Miele microwave and coffee machine. The central island has storage under and a second ceramic sink. The prep kitchen has four integrated Fisher and Paykel ‘dishdrawers’ and a double ceramic sink, with units matching the main kitchen.

Opposite the kitchen is a sitting room which has a large window letting in lots of light. To the rear of the staircase hall is a bright and airy study with a west facing window, a marble and tiled fireplace, fitted book-shelving, and a door leading into a store room and strong room. Finally in this part of the ground floor are a good-sized linen room, boot room and excellent, very practical dog room, which has a tiled floor, base units with a marble top and a ceramic sink with an extending spray tap, a washing machine, a dog bath and a door to outside.

In the west wing, peacefully situated at the end of the hallway, is a very well-proportioned gym with two large windows, exposed beams and an attractive fireplace. The remainder of this wing has been designed for use as ‘gentleman’s quarters’, although its use remains flexible to meet the needs of the ingoing purchaser, and incorporates: a snooker room with two large windows, a wooden floor, a fireplace with a wooden surround, and exposed beams; a bar with a floor to ceiling window, a feature exposed beam and base units with a granite top, a stainless steel sink and a wine fridge; a dual aspect, south facing reading room with wonderful views, an open fire in a marble surround and exposed beam; a south facing study with a floor to ceiling window affording stunning views; and a cloakroom.

There is extensive cellarage to the lower ground floor which includes a wine store and further useful storage, and which houses the biomass boiler and gas-fired back up boiler.

As previously mentioned, the former layout of fourteen bedrooms has been altered to create luxurious bedroom suites, all with individual decorative themes and offering quality accommodation for family, guests and staff. The master suite is outstanding, and comprises an excellently proportioned, dual aspect master bedroom with a fireplace and three large windows (south and east facing) offering fantastic views; sumptuous his and hers bathrooms and dressing rooms, a separate cloakroom and a south-facing sitting room.

Part of the first floor is ideal for use as staff accommodation if needed, comprising two bedrooms, a sitting room/kitchen fitted with units incorporating a washing machine, electric cooker, ceramic hob and extractor, and a bathroom having a roll top bath with shower attachment, a WC and wash hand basin. There is a very large utility room fitted with units and a central island all with marble tops, a washing machine, tumble
drier and a larder cupboard, and a door into a cupboard housing a hot water tank and controls. Adjacent to this is a linen room.

There are four further double bedrooms on the first floor, one of which is en suite. The shower room adjacent to bedroom six has two shower cubicles, a WC and wash hand basin, while bedroom five’s en suite has two freestanding, roll top, claw footed baths with shower attachments, along with a WC and basin. There is also a fully wired cinema room. The second floor bedrooms have been designed as children’s suites,
with double bedrooms having interconnecting doors to their own sitting rooms, and each having its own en suite, but again the use of this floor is flexible to meet the needs of a purchaser.

The house sits in a commanding position surrounded by glorious gardens. To the south there is an impressive portico with six supporting Doric columns. From the lawns on this side of the house there are outstanding views towards May Hill and the Forest of Dean. The expansive lawns and ha-ha lead down to the park with its many fine specimen trees and onto the beautiful Wellingtonia avenue. Near to the house is an outdoor swimming pool with a pool house, both of which are awaiting restoration. This area is enclosed by traditional estate fencing and rose bushes, with herbaceous borders. The previous owner had a tennis court.

To the east of the house, adjacent to the gravelled parking area, is a quarry waterfall and cliff garden. The central orchard has productive trees. To the rear of the house are the stables and outbuildings, which have been fully renovated and include four loose boxes, tack room and storage above. Adjacent is the coach house which provides garaging and further storage.

The estate extends in total to approximately 120 acres with all the farmland down to permanent pasture. Some of this is currently let out (see Agent’s Note 1). In addition there is some managed mature mixed woodland which is licensed for shooting. Formerly an element to Haffield House was the small sporting estate, which ran a number of pheasant drives from the woodland delivering a fun family shoot. The land also offers wonderful riding and walking over the land and through the woods.

The property was featured in the Herefordshire Living Magazine in April 2019:

The video can be viewed on: agllp.co/haffieldhousevid

Haffield Lodge: Haffield Lodge is a detached two bedroomed lodge house at the head of the main drive. It was extensively refurbished by the vendors when they bought the property and has been rented out since 2017. The accommodation briefly comprises a fitted kitchen with pantry, a large sitting room with an open fireplace, two bedrooms and a family bathroom. Outside, the property has a spacious lawned garden and parking for two vehicles. It is currently rented on an Assured Shorthold tenancy for £800 per month. The tenancy is understood to be on a month-by-month basis and can be ended with two months’ notice from the vendor.


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To view this property or request more details, contact:

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