Summary of Features
Superbly presented period cottage (2,516 sq ft)
2-3 double bedrooms, 2 bath/shower rooms
Stunning country kitchen with range cooker
2-3 receptions, entrance hall, 2 utility rooms
Large native garden, magical setting
Ample parking & 2 good garden outbuildings
Mileages: Ledbury 5 miles, Malvern 10 miles, Tewkesbury 10½ miles, Gloucester & Worcester <16 miles, Cheltenham 19 miles, Hereford 20 miles, Bristol 48 miles & Birmingham 52 miles
Road: M50 (Jct 2) 3 miles, M5 (Jct 8) 13½ miles
Railway: Ledbury, Malvern, Ashchurch (Tewkesbury) & Worcester (Parkway) 18½ miles
Airport: Birmingham 58 miles, Bristol 59 miles
In all about 1.57 Acres.
Bridge Cottage is situated in the sought after and rarely available rural location of Whiteleaved Oak, which is 5 miles east of Ledbury and 10 miles south of Malvern, on the southern edge of the beautiful Malvern Hills. This area is renowned for its scenic and unspoilt rural appeal and is surrounded by woodland and farmland. Whilst rurally situated, the property is not isolated and benefits from excellent road and rail links to the larger commercial centres of Gloucester, Cheltenham, Hereford and Birmingham.
Bridge Cottage is a superbly presented country cottage, originating from a small timber framed cottage believed to date from the mid 1700's, which has been extended into and incorporates the adjacent outbuildings. This now presents a stylish and immaculate home in an amazing setting with oodles of outside space and surrounded by woodland at Whiteleaved Oak, a fabulous and peaceful location. A cherished and comfortable home which embraces it's setting and will welcome the next owners.
This property is built across sloping ground and there are small steps up through several rooms from bottom to the top of the cottage, which is elongated and one room wide. This layout makes good use of the living space and provides lots of natural light from a long south facing elevation, which gives a wonderful garden outlook.
A front door leads off the small country lane to the entrance hall and reception rooms, from the north side of the cottage. Steps from the gravel drive join a pathway to the south-facing front of the cottage and a second, everyday entrance. This opens to the kitchen, in the centre of the dwelling, which is the heart of the home. A spacious kitchen/diner with lots of natural light to enjoy the fitted units, granite work surface and Nobel range cooker. The double entrance door opens directly to a generous patio and draws the garden into the home.
A ground floor studio workshop sits beyond the kitchen and benefits from a super double-glazed southern elevation and stone flooring. This room has ample scope for a variety of uses and would make a spacious 3rd bedroom, with pipework for en-suite facilities.
Two reception rooms sit either side of the entrance hall and garden utility room. The lower sitting room is within the original cottage and provides a cosy winter snug with Clearview wood burning stove. The upper sitting room has a more contemporary feel with tiled flooring and full double-glazed south elevation looking across the garden.
Each reception room has a stairway leading to separate ends of the first floor, with a large double bedroom at either end. The second bedroom accesses a ground floor shower/WC off the entrance hall. The Main bedroom is very spacious and benefits from a large en-suite bathroom with separate walk in shower. The stairway leading to the master bedroom passes a landing with a storage room to the side and then crosses a mezzanine floor, providing an excellent study/home office workspace.
Adjacent to the cottage is a magical garden of about 1½ acres in total. This open space has a more formal country garden adjacent to the patio and house, with rose beds and a vegetable garden.
A wilder, more native open garden lies beyond and is delineated by a small brook emanating from a nearby natural spring. This brook runs the length of the garden and encourages a plethora of wildlife throughout the year.
The garden provides a rich variety of habitats and is adjacent to the original private coach drive from Bromsberrow Estate to Hollybush Church, now a walkway with public access, and an excellent route from which to explore Whiteleaved Oak.
This cottage was formerly owned by the Estate and gains its name from the private road bridge for the old coach drive, which sits just below the cottage.
Within the garden there are two excellent outbuildings, which provide ample storage and a workshop. The upper building houses a good pizza/bread oven for home baking. There are also several log stores with a natural supply of wood from the grounds.
Mains electricity & water. Private drainage (treatment plant). Oil-fired central heating. Propane gas hob to range cooker.
Good broadband is connected, c. 17 mbps download.
Band "E" (£2,203 for 2020/21).
Malvern Hills District Council: 01684 862151.
This property is not Listed.
Primary: Eastnor, Castlemorton, Welland and Malvern. Further information is available at: www.worcestershire.gov.uk and www.herefordshire.gov.uk
Secondary: Hanley Castle and Malvern. Further information is available at: www.worcestershire.gov.uk and www.herefordshire.gov.uk
Independent: Colwall, Malvern, Gloucester and Cheltenham have some excellent independent schools. Further information is available at: www.isc.co.uk
The historic, nearby market town of Ledbury has a thriving community and offers a good range of local amenities with many independent shops, restaurants & pubs, as well as a church, two doctors' surgeries, cottage hospital and theatre. A wider range of amenities can be found in Malvern, including Waitrose & M&S, with further cultural & retail opportunities easily accessible in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Birmingham, which are easily accessible.
The surrounding area offers a wide range of outdoor sports and activities, with the spectacular Malvern Hills, Castlemorton Common and Wye Valley within easy access. Many fine walks can be accessed directly from the property and locally. The Three Counties Showground at Malvern holds a wide variety of year-round events. Malvern is also home to a renowned Theatre. The market town of Ledbury hosts a well-known annual Poetry Festival and also has a popular Theatre. Eastnor Castle is only a short drive away and is open to the public from spring through to autumn.
The Malvern Hills are literally on your doorstep.
From Ledbury: Head east on the A449 Worcester Road, after 1 mile take the first right turn onto the A438. Continue 3.2 miles, passing through Eastnor and on to Hollybush. Pass through the Malvern Hills and as you drop downhill, take the first right turn at a very small crossroad (if you get to the church, you've missed the turn). Continue on this single track lane for 0.8 miles, take the first right turn and head up hill for 0.1 miles. Pass under the low bridge and this property is next on your left.
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