Church Street, Leintwardine

£475,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 6
Court House it is a substantial family home ( of over 3,000 s.f.), a large house with a cottage feel. In recent years it has undergone extensive refurbishment to add very modern facilities to a historic setting. The house currently has a dual family use giving enough space, with 6 bedrooms and two kitchens for a range of occupants young and old.

Property Description

Court House is set at the centre of the lovely Herefordshire village of Leintwardine. One of the oldest houses in the village (grade II listed) it was completed in its current form in 1585. It probably was a Court House given its size and central location but has had a variety of uses over the centuries including a village shop and post office. It still houses the old safe.

Today it is a substantial family home (of over 3,000 s.f.), a large house with a cottage feel. In recent years it has undergone extensive refurbishment to add very modern facilities to a historic setting. The house currently has a dual family use giving enough space, with 6 bedrooms and two kitchens for a range of occupants young and old.

The rooms are large and include: substantial family room with a designer kitchen, sitting room, dining room and further back kitchen/ utility newly refitted with range cooker (Everhot) and ground floor bathroom, also access to a cellar. On the first floor are four bedrooms and a bathroom. The largest bedroom is currently a sitting room/ music room which can be entered using a lift from the family room below. The second floor provides two further substantial attic bedrooms.

Outside is a flexible gated courtyard with parking for up to three cars. In the courtyard is a small Victorian two storey building which is currently used as a workshop on the ground floor and bedroom accommodation (for someone able to get up ladder) above. To the side of the outbuilding there is a path to a secret garden. The garden has been transformed from a bramble wilderness to a beautiful country garden by the current owners complete with a Crane garden room and the old privy converted for tools. The garden is completely private with a lovely setting next to the Church.

Canopied porch under which is a period front door opening into:

Reception hall with a quarry tiled floor. Period doors lead into the sitting room on the right and the family room on the left.

Sitting room. (18'9 x 14'7). Despite its size this room is snug with a large fireplace with newly fitted Clearview log burner, beams and wood panelling (said to have been removed from Wigmore Abbey) complete the look and feel. A further period door leads to an inner hallway where you can find the safe, the downstairs bathroom, access to the cellar, access to the dining room and the stairs.

Downstairs Bathroom. This bathroom has a secondary glazed window to the rear elevation and a modern white suite of WC, large handbasin, and a P shaped bath with shower over and glass shower screen. There is also space and plumbing for a washing machine with shelves over.

Cellar. (17'4x 16'1). The cellar is accessed via stone and brick steps. It is tanked and very useful as a work shop and for storage. In the old walls you can see Tudor and Roman brick.

Dining Room. 177 x8'8. This room has a period feel. It has a leaded window (secondary glazed) to the west elevation and a smaller secondary glazed window to the rear elevation. The room is timbered to walls and ceiling with part wood panelling. The room can seat up to 14 for a dinner party. A door leads to the back kitchen/ utility and another large ancient door to the family room.

Back Kitchen/ utility. (11'11 x 8'8). Just newly fitted out by the current owner this room is a fully functioning kitchen with a an Everhot Range cooker and large American type fridge/ freezer. Both will stay. There is a large sink with a flexible hose tap and plumbing for a washing machine or dishwasher.

Family Room. (20' x 165) Back through the dining room and down three steps to the largest room in the house. The room has a wonderful exposed stone fireplace with a modern Morso wood burning stove as a centre piece. The floors are oak and the walls and ceilings are beamed. The ceiling has a special mention in the listing. The kitchen area was fitted by a kitchen designer with a range of bespoke units, feature tiles and solid wood or granite work surfaces. There is a fitted dishwasher and fridge hidden from view behind oak doors. The six-ring gas hob is a Siemens, the extractor and double oven are Neff. The double oven is new.

The rest of the room can be used as seating area or for dining, the current owners use it for both. There is enough room to seat 8 around the kitchen table. In the corner of the room is an unusual feature, a lift. The lift is a Stiltz lift, when not in the room all that can be seen are two poles and the space is useable below. The lift was fitted by the current owners and had listed planning consent. It does not damage the fabric of the building and can be easily removed and sold if it is not wanted. Finally, there is a door out to the entrance hall and front door.

First Floor

The stairwell is beamed with a leaded secondary glazed window to the rear. The first floor landing and hallway are spacious with beams through-out and doors leading off to all rooms and a staircase to the second floor. Upstairs, (apart from the bathroom) is fully carpeted in a neutral light brown shade).

Bedroom 1 ( 18'7 x 16'10). This room is large and airy with two secondary glazed windows to the front and side elevations. The room has large beams and a fire-place with a Coalbrookdale hearth and C17 wooden surround (mentioned in the listing). The room is currently used as a music and siting room. The lift comes into the corner of the room within a bespoke cupboard which was fitted by the lift suppliers. When the lift is not in place there is a large walk in cupboard. If the lift were not required this would make for a good walk in wardrobe. The room has a further walk in wardrobe accessed by the door. This is currently used as an ironing room and linen cupboard, it could however be converted to a small ensuite tapping into the services from the kitchen below.

Bedroom 3 12'11 x 11'1. Turn out of bedroom 1 and bedroom 3 is on the left. This is a double room with period fireplace similar to bedroom one. This room also has two secondary glazed windows, one to the side elevation and one to the rear.

Bedroom 4 9'x7'6 is accessed directly from the landing at the top of the stairs. This has secondary glazed leaded window to the rear elevation and walls are timbered. This room would make a good office.

The first floor bathroom is also accessed from the landing at the top of the stairs. This bathroom was converted by the current owner into a shower room for convenience. It has a large glazed walk in shower with large shower head and hand held facility. The shower is an electric acqualisa which can be controlled from inside or outside the cubicle. There are two matching ceramic basins and a WC. The water tank is in a cupboard opposite the door.

Bedroom 2 18'9 x12'8. This room is the quietest and warmest room in. The house. It has a single leaded secondary glazed window to the front elevation and a similar fireplace to bedrooms 1 and 3. The advantage of this room is that it has a full wall (c12'8')of newly fitted wardrobes containing a range of hanging space, shelving and shoe storage.

Next to bedroom three feature oak stairs lead up to the second floor. The second floor rooms are in the roof space and therefore mansarded but full of original timbers showing the original Elizabethan construction. This floor has exposed pine floor boards through-out.

Bedroom 6 (16' 10)is to the left. This room is a double room with a small dormer double glazed window. Roof storage is accessible from this room and could be made into a serviceable wardrobe area if required.

Bedroom 5 (29'5x15'9) is to the right of the stairway. This room has double glazed windows to the front and rear elevations. The room has three parts to it divided up naturally by the roof structure. The front third is used as an office. The desk sits on a slightly raised plinth which enables views south out to the hills. Cupboards and drawers have been fitted by the current owner to support office use, but they could just as easily be used for toys or jumpers. The middle section is used as a dressing area with newly fitted wardrobes and the space at the end of the room is used as a bedroom.

The Garden

The property fronts directly onto Church Street, looking south down the High Street towards the River Teme. The west elevation is on the High Street with a side gate access for pedestrians up to a little paved seating area by the back kitchen and double opening gates into the court yard. The bunded oil tank (replaced by the current owner), the boiler and wood store are tucked away at the end of the yard. Facing the road is a small Victorians stable building. This has double barn doors a newly concreted floor and power and light. The ground floor could be used as a garage or workshop. A substantial ladder leads up to a lovely room above. This room goes into the roof space with exposed brick and stonework. It has a sash-window facing into the courtyard and is currently used as a large bedroom but in its current condition could easily be used as an office or studio.

A pathway leads round the side of the little barn to the garden. The current owner rescued it from an overgrown vegetable patch. It has several trees including two apple trees and an ash tree, two large vegetable beds made of sleepers, three areas of lawn, an ornamental pond, crazy paving pathways, stone edged borders. The garden is walled to three sides and sits beneath the Church tower. There is a newly paved terrace on which sites a new Crane garden room with an integral shed.

The Future

Set at the centre of Leintwardine the Court House has had a long past, possibly back to Roman times. The current owner had a number of plans for it, but infirmity has meant that these plans will now not go ahead under current ownership. In 2018 the owner applied and received planning permission and listed building consent to convert the barn into an annex with bathroom and kitchen facility. At the same time planning was given for the garden room which means that the works have commenced so there is no time pressure to complete works to the annex. Also as part of this permission the owner planned to convert bedroom 6 on the second floor into a bathroom and dressing room.

The owner has received listed building consent for works to the yard to have it paved and opened up further for more regular parking. The yard lends itself very well to an electric car charging facility.

The property lends itself to use by a large family (maybe across the generations as now) or it could by converted into a small luxury B&B.

The owner has received listed building consent for works to the yard to have it paved and opened up further for more regular parking. The yard lends itself very well to an electric car charging facility.

The property lends itself to use by a large family (maybe across the generations as now) or it could by converted into a small luxury B&B.

Services

Location

Leintwardine is a picturesque village on the River Teme providing wonderful facilities for a lockdown. The village shop and garage 200 metres from the house provides for all requirements, and there is one of the most popular butchers in north Herefordshire opposite the back door. The fish and chip shop was also open throughout the lockdown and in better times there is the lovely Lion gastro- pub and acclaimed Sun Inn. The village also has a large surgery, junior school and village hall. Wonderful walks are easily accessible from the village along the rivers Teme and Clun and into the surrounding countryside.

Directions

From Ludlow proceed in a northerly direction along the A49. After about two miles, at Bromfield, turn left on the A4113 signposted Knighton/ Leintwardine. On entering the village, follow the road through, and Church Street can be found on the left hand side opposite the butchers shop, Court House is located on the corner on the left hand side.

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