Cradley, Malvern

£1,600,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 6
An impressive Grade II listed country house with incredible views to the Malverns

Situation

Coombe Farm stands in a commanding location, on the edge of the hill with the most wonderful southerly views to the Malvern Hills. There are panoramic views over the beautiful unspoilt neighbouring countryside, and Coombe Farm enjoys a quiet and private position.

The nearby village of Cradley is approximately 1.5 miles to the south, a thriving small community with a primary school, village hall, The Butchery (selling local meats as well as day to day provisions) parish church and public house. Further afield, the cathedral City of Worcester offers extensive shopping and leisure facilities, as well as being the cultural focal point of the county with the cathedral as its focal point together with the theatre. Worcester is also home to Worcestershire County Cricket Club and Worcester Warriors Rugby Club and, with the city straddling the River Severn, there are other aquatic leisure pursuits to enjoy. The area is extremely well provided for with a range of excellent state and private schools, including The Downs, Malvern St James and Malvern Colleges and, in Worcester, The Kings School and RGS.

For the commuter, there is easy access to the M5 at Junction 7, and trains run from Malvern Link Station to Birmingham (from 56 minutes) and to London Paddington (from 2 hours 25 minutes).

Description

Coombe Farm is an extremely well presented period country home, listed Grade II and constructed of a combination of painted stone and timber framework. The earliest part of the building dates from the 17th Century and in recent years the adjacent barn, which is listed Grade II in its own right, was linked by the present owners to the main house further extending the property.

The accommodation is extremely well laid out with the principal rooms orientated to the south to enjoy the stunning views. Internally the accommodation extends to 4,790 sq ft, and there is the potential to create a self-contained annexe at the rear of the ground floor, where there currently exists a bedroom suite of bedroom, sitting room with adjacent shower room. As this has its own access via the rear door and courtyard, it could be readily adapted to suit a dependent relative.

The interior has many fine features including exposed wooden floors, beams and ceiling rafters together with lead light multipane windows, numerous fireplaces, exposed timber framework, some vaulted ceilings and a variety of wooden doors. Coombe Farm is entered via an impressive reception hall, setting the scene for what is to follow throughout the house with an impressive vaulted ceiling, exposed timber beams and featuring two delightful stained-glass windows together with a picture window onto the courtyard.

The drawing room is a most impressive entertaining room with a high vaulted ceiling, superb deep bay window with floor to ceiling windows and at the far end a raised fireplace set into the chimney breast. A door to one side leads through into the snug with a set of stairs leading up to the first-floor study.

Other rooms of note on the ground floor include the large dining room having a fireplace with wood burning stove, and at the far end of the ground floor is the comfortable sitting room, which leads through into the well fitted kitchen breakfast room, having a range of fitted low level cupboards, an exposed timber screen separating the kitchen area from the dining area, with the addition of a two oven Aga and wrap around windows to enjoy the views.

Stairs rise from the inner hallway to the first floor, where the landing leads through to the master bedroom suite, entered via a well fitted dressing room having a wall of wardrobes and built in dressing table with a door leading through to the attractive master bedroom enjoying windows to three sides and the most wonderful views to wake up to. Completing the suite is a well-appointed bathroom with separate bath, shower and twin basin set into a vanity unit. The second bedroom is also a suite, made up of a double bedroom with an exposed timber screen leading through into a large dressing room with potential to make an en-suite bathroom if required. In the rear wing of the house are 3 further double bedrooms and the family bathroom.

Gardens and grounds

Coombe Farm is approached from the quiet country lane with the gravel driveway gently descending the hill through to an expansive parking area adjacent to the property with a three car garage. Steps lead up to a large paved terrace, surrounded by extremely well planted flower borders, making this an ideal area to enjoy al-fresco dining. A gravel pathway sweeps around the front of the house, with, to the left-hand side, a dry-stone wall and, nestling within the flower border, steps lead down to the cellar.

Immediately to the front of the house are expansive beautifully planted flower borders with a variety of climbers including an impressive wisteria. A raised terrace provides further seating areas to soak up the amazing southerly views, interspersed with saddle stones and leading through to the wide stone steps up to the front door. To one side is a tropically themed garden with central cylindrical stone water feature leading through to the outbuildings including the garden room, a Mediterranean themed room with low level plant troughs and fully glazed atrium with superb views down the valley. The remainder of this building comprises a garden store and garage.

Beyond the close formal gardens, there are expansive well-tended lawns which slope gently away and are surrounded by a variety of specimen trees. Above the house, and to the side of the driveway, there are various walkways to explore the gardens and to enjoy the views from various vantage points. At the top of the drive, a gate leads onto a separate driveway leading through to the stable block, located adjacent to the lane and formed of three timber stables, tack room and store. In front of the stables is some hardstanding and there is parking to one side for a horse box. Beyond the stables is a large level lawn which could be ideal for a children's recreation area. These lawns, along with the main garden, slopes down to the principal paddock enclosed by a combination of post and rail fence and mature hedgerows and gently descends the hill through to the main focal point being the large pond. Teardrop shaped, the pond is surrounded by an area of level lawn and is a haven for wildlife including the resident swan. Throughout the garden there are a variety of superb specimen trees and in all, the land extends to 4.7 acres (1.9 hectares).

Adjoining Coombe Farm is a further parcel of land, extended to a little under 11 acres, which could be made available by separate negotiation. Further details available upon request.

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