Situation: Ledbury 6 miles, Hereford 12 miles, Malvern 14 miles, Worcester & Gloucester 23 miles, Cheltenham 28 miles, Birmingham 53 miles, London 143 miles Road Links: M50 (Jct 2) 10 miles, M5 (Jct 8) 21 miles. Railway Stations: Ledbury, Malvern, Gloucester. Airports: Birmingham 57 miles, Bristol 63 miles
The Old Rectory occupies an enviable rural location, tucked away amongst tranquil countryside within the charming parish of Putley, ½ a mile from the parish church and enjoying immense privacy. The property commands truly exceptional and uninterrupted views across the lovely east Herefordshire countryside with the Malvern Hills as an impressive backdrop. The peaceful parish of Putley and neighbouring villages form part of the "Woolhope Dome" which preserves and enhances the high-value landscape of this area. Renowned for its beautiful, unspoilt and timeless appeal, this countryside is characterised by orchards, traditional farms and wooded hills. This area offers a sought-after rural idyll combined with excellent communication links to the rest of the country.
The Old Rectory
The Old Rectory is an impressive and handsome period country house, framed by glorious mature gardens and orchards; extending in all to about 6 acres. It is further complemented by a substantial and well-preserved traditional coach house with immense potential. Constructed of attractive mellow stone under a slate roof; this elegant home (not listed) dates from 1841, extended in 1866 to create a well-balanced home with excellent ceiling heights. The Old Rectory was built in the grounds of the original 17th century Parsonage House; which was demolished in 1830; however it is believed that some of the original timbers were used in the new construction. It is interesting to note that the property has changed hands very little since it was built, testimony to the desirability of this wonderful home. The current owners have been in residence for some 20 years.
The ground floor
Internally the accommodation extends to 3,709ft² with the principal ground floor rooms all flowing off a central reception hall, dominated by an impressive staircase. The elegant reception rooms benefit from open fireplaces and large glazed doors ensure plenty of natural light. The dining room has an exposed oak floor and the drawing room is particularly noteworthy with ornate decorative plaster work and ceiling rose. South facing glazed doors open to the attractive mature garden. The study also has an open fireplace, this room forms a third reception room with its generous proportions. The kitchen /breakfast room is fitted with wood units and tiled work tops, an oil fired Aga and electric cooker with extractor hood. Connecting off this room are the domestic offices including the former dairy with quarry tiled floor and original cold slabs. There is also a utility room with flagstone floor, access to the cellar and a rear entrance hall leading to the secondary staircase.
The first floor
The elegant oak main staircase leads to the first floor with a split landing connecting to the former servant's quarters and the main bathroom. The stairs continue to a large central landing off which lead three double bedrooms, all with fantastic views. Bedrooms 2 and 3 have large walk in cupboards which could be adapted to create en-suite facilities. The master bedroom is graced with a large bay window, two dressing rooms and a bathroom. There are two further bedrooms situated within the former servant's quarters which benefit from the second staircase. The accommodation is charming and comfortable but would benefit from a degree of updating; offering the purchaser the ability to put their own stamp on the house.
The coach house
The detached traditional stone Coach house, with brick detail, extends to 1,262ft² (please refer to the floorplan) and retains numerous original features such as the coach room, tack room, original stalls and cobbled floors. This charming building currently provides ample garaging and storage but also offers considerable scope to be developed, subject to any planning consents. It further benefits from a separate access drive off the country lane.
The gardens & land
The property is framed by fantastic mature gardens and grounds, especially noteworthy are the mature trees, impressive formal clipped hedge which flanks the main entrance drive and the wisteria adorning the southern elevation of the house. The gardens are mainly laid to lawn, inset with specimen shrubs; notable features include a stone summerhouse, rose arbour, attractive pond, sheltered paved patio and seating area vegetable garden with raised beds and greenhouse. To the front of the house and beyond the parking area is access down to the level orchard, which extends to about 4.6 acres. The land benefits from separate vehicular access off the main drive.
Education There is a broad range of both private and state schools in the locality with primary schools at the nearby villages of Much Marcle and Ashperton, Ledbury offering both primary and secondary state schools. Well respected independent schools in the area include; Hereford Cathedral, Malvern St James, Malvern College and The Elms and The Downs Prep schools at Colwall. The Monmouth, Worcester and Cheltenham schools are all within easy driving distance. More information is available for independent schools on www.isc.co.uk and www.herefordshire.gov.uk for state schools.
The small rural hamlet of Putley provides a local community and has a post office at Putley Green. The charming market town of Ledbury provides a comprehensive range of domestic shopping and leisure facilities as well as a Cottage Hospital and railway station. Culturally, Ledbury is host to a poetry festival and there is a renowned theatre nearby in Malvern. More extensive retail and cultural opportunities are available at Hereford, Worcester and Cheltenham. Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff are also within reasonable driving distance. The area offers a wealth of sporting activities, with many fine walks and rides along the Marcle Ridge, The Malvern Hills and the Wye Valley are renowned for their great natural beauty and accessibility.
Mains electricity & water. Private septic tank drainage. Oil fired Aga and central heating. Broadband available.
Local authority / council tax
Hereford County Council: 01432 260000 Council Tax : Band "G" - £2,545.72 (2013)
Right of way
A footpath crosses a corner of the orchard, please refer to the sale plan for the route.
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Fixtures & fittings
Unless mentioned specifically all fixtures & fittings are excluded from the sale.
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