Church House Barn, Richards Castle, Ludlow, SY8 4ET


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  • Bedrooms: 4
Church House Barn

A Detached Barn Conversion Complete with Self Contained Holiday Cottage

A unique Grade 2 listed, detached, 4 double bedroom Barn conversion in an idyllic hillside location overlooking the village of Richards Castle approximately 2 miles from the market town of Ludlow.

The barn was converted by the present owners in 2007 from a derelict shell after lengthy consultations with English Heritage, Herefordshire Conservation, Border Archaeology and Herefordshire Planning department to achieve a sympathetic renovation of such an important building. The result provides the perfect blend of ancient and modern. Parts of the barn are believed to date from the 17th Century and wherever possible the original oak beams and stonework have been retained and have been combined with 21st Century standards of insulation, oak hardwood joinery and double glazing. Much of the original stonework of the barn is thought to have been plundered from the ruins of the adjacent Richards Castle. The building itself follows a gentle arc shape and is thought to be built on the ramparts of the old settlement of Richards Castle.

The barn is situated along a quiet no through lane which leads to Hanway Common, The Mortimer Forest and stands in the grounds of the old Church House and is accessed off the lane though a five bar gate into a large courtyard parking area. Views from the garden look across to the neighbouring St Bartholomew's Church with its ancient Bell Tower.

Additional views from the garden look towards Clee Hill, The Malvern Hills and The Cotswolds. The garden and grounds in total amount to approximately 1 acre.

The barn is currently set up to provide flexible accommodation and includes an attached two bedroomed holiday cottage which is 5 star rated.

The owners, along with the Architects, have cleverly designed the accommodation in such a way that installing a simple doorway in the ground-floor utility room will convert the property back into a four bedroomed family home should the new owners wish. Each bedroom has its own En-suite.

Services: - The barn has full oil-fired central heating with individual radiator thermostats in each room. Mains Electricity, Private water & Drainage.

Local Authority Herefordshire County Council

Tenure - Freehold

The accommodation comprises as follows:-

Dining Hall/Sitting Room 36ft x 17'6ft

The main door opens into a stunning triple aspect, south facing, Dining Hall/ Sitting Room with high vaulted ceiling with original beams and stonework overlooking the courtyard garden. A large double door Clearview wood burning stove sits on a reclaimed stone hearth. Exposed stonework and reclaimed wide solid oak flooring complete this magnificent room which has floor length oak windows and French doors to the garden.

An original door found in the barn has been retained and leads through to the large Kitchen/Diner/Family Room 25'6ft x 17ft.

This room provides a comfortable sitting and relaxing area with open views to the kitchen. This is believed to be the oldest part of the house and retains the original beams separating the old stable and piggery and original exposed stonework. The kitchen itself is fitted with Shaker style units with beech work tops with Belfast Sink providing a built in double door fridge/freezer and dishwasher. A three oven electric Aga is installed which can be operated via a remote programmable timer. Natural Indian Flagstone flooring. A solid oak stable door leads to the garden. Off the kitchen is a large

Laundry/Utility Room 7ft x 6ft'1

Complete with plumbing for a washing machine, space for a tumble dryer, WC and sink.

On the first floor leading from the Dining Hall and accessed by an open plan solid oak staircase is the Master bedroom suite comprising:-

Master Bedroom 16ft x15ft

This room overlooks the sitting room through oak screening formed from the original hay-feeders, vaulted ceiling and original beams. The room incorporates a window formed by the original hayloft. An original beamed open doorway leads through to a dressing area with built in double wardrobe with oak doors and velux window to the front of the property. The dressing area leads through to

The En-suite Bathroom 13ft 6in x 7ft 6in

Complete with roll top cast iron bath, walk in double shower Turkish VitrA Sanitary ware and taps, a bespoke oak sink stand and Mandarin Stone limestone floor & wall tiling. A double glazed velux window gives views across adjacent farmland.

Accessed by a second open plan solid oak staircase from the Kitchen/Family Room is-

Bedroom 2 17ft x14'7ft

A large dual aspect room with vaulted ceiling and roof storage area. Views to the front courtyard gardens and rear views across farmland to Clee Hill. Off the bedroom is a second

En-suite shower room 7ft 6in x 4ft.6in

Complete with shower, WC and built in Sink, Turkish VitrA Sanitary ware with oak cupboards and Limestone flooring & wall tiling, original oak beams and velux window.

Currently the barn has a self-contained holiday cottage which adjoins the main barn. This comprises as follows: -

A solid oak stable entrance door leads to an open plan

Kitchen/Diner/Sitting Room 31ft x 16ft 6in

A stunning room with a Clearview wood burning stove sits on a reclaimed flagstone hearth. Vaulted ceiling, exposed stone walls and beams. Wide oak floorboards extend throughout the ground-floor. The kitchen has Shaker style units with a Belfast sink, built in fridge and dishwasher together with a Neff Hob & Oven. Off the kitchen is:-

Ground floor Double Bedroom 3 13ft 6in x 11ft

With views to the front courtyard garden and complete with built in wardrobe cupboard. Off this bedroom is a

Wet Room Shower/En-suite 6ft 8in x 6Ft 8in

Complete with shower, WC and sink with hand-built Oak washstand VitrA sanitary ware and Mandarin Stone Limestone flooring & Wall Tiling.

From the kitchen a wide open plan staircase leads to the master bedroom:-

Master Bedroom 4 17ft x 14'7ft

Dual aspect with exposed beams, vaulted ceiling and dormer window constructed from the original hayloft and rear views over farmland to Clee Hill. Off this bedroom is another En-suite

En suite 6ft 6in x 3ft 6in

Complete with WC, sink with handmade oak washstand. Limestone tiling

Outside, the barn has a large gravelled driveway with parking for several cars. There is a large

Garage/Utility/Storage/ Log Store/ Freezer area 14ft x 17'ft.

Plumbing for second washing machine with power & lights

In the grounds, there is a large

Garden Office/Studio 11ft x 12'6ft

Dual Aspect Complete with Double glazing, French Doors, Power, Lights & Wi-Fi. Ideal for a working from home Office, Studio/Workshop or general relaxation area

Immediately in front of the barn is a formal courtyard area. The main garden area to the side is laid to lawn with various fruit trees, several individual seating areas and hammock taking advantage of the distant views and views to the Church, Bell Tower and a BBQ area with stone slab. At the northern side of the garden is a small wooded area leading down to the lane. In all approx. 1 acre

The property is located in the small village of Richard's Castle, approximately three miles south of Ludlow and surrounded by stunning countryside. Richards Castle has a local pub, two churches and a thriving community village hall and is just 1.5 miles from the neighbouring village of Orleton which has a doctor's surgery, a church, a village post office and store, and an excellent primary school (a leading school within the area) and two further pubs.

Ludlow is approximately 2 miles away and is renowned for its great food and drink, with several excellent restaurants and pubs, while every year it plays host to the Ludlow Food and Drink Festival. There is a good choice of schooling in the local area, with the independent Moor Park School located close to Richard's Castle.

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