Gracious old Rectory with 2 bedroom annexe and also second dwelling potential set within 7 acres
Bishopstone House is positioned in a lovely rural location on the edge of the village of Bishopstone 8 miles west of Hereford. Bishopstone is a small village with a beautiful small church, whilst nearby Credenhill benefits from further amenities including village shop and doctors surgery. To the east the renowned Cathedral City of Hereford provides a range of services and amenities expected of a County Capital, whilst to the north there is the smaller town of Leominster.
Herefordshire boasts a wide range of recreational and sporting opportunities especially on the close by River Wye and the Brecon Beacons whilst the world renowned Hay Festival at Hay-on-Wye is only 14 miles to the west.
The area is well sourced with primary schools at Credenhill, Staunton-on-Wye and Stretton Sugwas and various secondary schools including the exceptional Hereford Sixth Form College, winner of the 2016 TES 6th Form College of the Year. In addition there are a number of independent schools in the area, including Hereford Cathedral School, Christs College, Brecon, and Malvern College.
The M50 lies to the south east providing access to the West Midlands, the South West and the national motorway network. There is a mainline rail station at Hereford with direct trains to Birmingham (approx. 1hr 40) and Paddington (approx. 3 hrs 20) and International airports at Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff.
Stone pillars frame the entrance from which the drive leads to the front façade of Bishopstone House which personifies the classic country rectory.
The substantial flagstoned porch leads into the parquet floored hall. Either side of the hall are the drawing and dining rooms both of which are of particularly elegant proportions with high ceilings, as a consequence of this and the tall windows both rooms are filled with light. The drawing room has French doors leading to the garden as well as a marble fire surround, Corinthian pilasters and a plaster frieze. The dining room also has French doors leading to the north garden, a large bay
window and a moulded plaster ceiling with a decorative roundel from which hangs the chandelier.
The hall leads to a circular stair well, with an attractive circular stair-light above, and through a rear hall to the library and kitchen. The library is a lovely family room with book lined walls, a woodburner, slate flooring and French doors to the garden. The kitchen also benefits from high ceilings and French
doors as well as a Nobel range cooker and is divided between the spacious dining area and a rear kitchen fitted with units and work surfaces, Belfast sink and larder.
Beyond the kitchen is a large utility room which leads to a spacious storage room and a garage; beneath the kitchen is a substantial cellar.
Upstairs there are four main double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a single bedroom. Three of the bedrooms are of a substantial size and more formal in nature. A fifth smaller bedroom adjoining the master bedroom has an interconnecting door and would ideally suit for use as a dressing room.
In addition there are three further bedrooms on the second floor.
Currently the annexe forms part of Bishopstone House and provides great versatility particularly upstairs and can be used as part of the main house with ease. Separate it would suit an older generation, or alternatively provide useful additional income if let. The annexe has a separate main entrance or can be accessed from the library of the main house.
The annexe comprises a hallway leading to a studio with a Jetmaster open fire, a sitting room also with an open fire and study. From the hall is a games room which has plumbing for white goods and was formerly used as the annexe kitchen. Upstairs there are two large double bedrooms, one with en suite bathroom and an additional bathroom.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The house opens onto the main gardens through a number of French doors. The gardens comprise lawns and herbaceous borders, a terrace immediately to the south of the house provides space for outdoor dining overlooking the croquet lawn. Running south through a row of espaliered trees the garden becomes less formal ending in a Ha-ha, a notable feature being the number of mature specimen trees. To the west of the formal garden is the delightful walled garden with raised vegetable beds, gravel paths, a fruit cage, orchard and hard tennis court. Leading back through the wall to the courtyard at the rear of the house are a number of useful potting sheds and a garage.
The walled courtyard to the rear of the house provides parking as well as a Coach House and additional outhouses.
Set apart from the house to the west are the farm buildings which comprise both traditional and more modern farm buildings set in a traditional farmyard. In particular the large brick barn would be suitable for conversion to a variety of alternative uses including holiday lets, party barn or studio. The Dutch barn would be ideally suited for conversion to stables.
The property benefits from a right of way through the land to the north to allow access on foot or by horse to the quiet lane leading to the Church of St Lawrence. From here extensive bridleways and footpaths can be reached.
Square Footage: 7516 sq ft
Acreage: 7.65 Acres
From Hereford proceed west on the A438 until reaching the crossroads at Bridge Sollers. Turn right here signposted to Bishopstone and Mansell Lacy. Proceed on this road for a short distance before turning right signposted to Bishopstone and Kenchester. Continue on this road and just after entering the village of Bishopstone, pillars will be found on the left leading to the drive to Bishopstone House. The left hand pillar is signed.