Glebe House holds onto its classic looks, its acres and its outbuildings – a perfect package in prime borderland, reports Marsya Lennox
Priced at £1.85 million, Glebe House at Bayton in Worcestershire is in good company with the county set.
Glance at its near ‘neighbours’ on the local housing ladder to see how comfortably it sits in this upper echelon of the regional marketplace.
If £2 million were a prospective buyer’s uppermost limit, there are not that many from which to choose currently.
And setting Glebe House further apart from the ‘crowd’, even this select collection of country homes in Worcestershire, is its long absence from the open market.
The classic, 18th century property has only just emerged in the autumn marketplace having served as home to the current owner for nearly 50 years.
It is an extremely good innings in this brave new world with its mobile population where very few people have the luxury to stay close to their roots.
And it is the lucky, or landed, family that can still visit relatives’ graves in the local churchyard so long after the middle classes got on their bikes to find employment.
The rare appearance of Glebe House on the market in this glorious borderland where Shropshire meets Worcestershire should prompt the alert buyer to get on his own bike.
“Over the years, it has been enlarged,
developed and, in parts,
transformed, creating a house that
works well for a modern family.
The postal address may be Kidderminster, but this is actually rather better than it sounds. Cleobury Mortimer, historic hillside outpost, is two miles, Ludlow only 12 miles and Kidderminster actually 10. This brings Worcester within easy daily reach at 18 and Birmingham, a manageable 27.
During the current owner’s time here, the clock has not stopped for Glebe House.
Though long family ownerships can often fix a property in an earlier era, this has not been the fate of this handsome property.
Over the years, it has been enlarged, developed and, in parts, transformed, creating a house that works well for a modern family.
But this would not be the ‘perfect package’ without some chance for a new occupant to make it their own.
“The property sits within beautiful landscaped gardens and enjoys breathtaking views, although some improvement and modernisation could further benefit this exceptional family home, given the timescale since it was last renovated,” said Helen Lowery of the selling agents, Strutt & Parker.
A new owner will probably update the kitchen, it is expected.
But the raw material is more than good – some 22ft by 18ft of it, more of a dining room at present but perfectly linked to the big garden room, a pleasing near oval shape more than 20ft by 20ft.
The main house provides some 5,085 sq ft of living space, roughly double what most large family expect.
There is a smaller back kitchen and a large utility close to the rear porch, a good study, additional reception room with fireplace and the larger, formal living spaces of the 24ft long drawing room and generous further sitting room with curving glass to the west.
There are some good features that go with the property’s age, not least the perfectly proportioned canopied porch entrance with panelled door and fanlight. Its classically-inspired stone surround creates the ideal contrast to the mellowed red brick – while picking up the sills and architraving of the original multi-paned sash windows.
The high ceilings and soaring windows make this a lightfilled house. Later extensions work well by not mimicking the Georgian original, rather echoing the style with slightly plainer windows.
There is a large basement under the older bit of the house – three rooms in all.
Upstairs is a good spread of bedroom space incorporating living space designed in the 1980s for a gardener and housekeeper.
Above the secondary kitchen and smaller sitting room this provides three bedrooms, two of them doubles, and a bathroom, all easily reached by the back stairs.
There are another five bedrooms that would most likely be classed as part of the main or ‘master’s’ accommodation, served by another two bathrooms and separate WC.
The principal bedroom lies above the drawing room, a magnificent space of 22ft by 18ft plus with fireplace and views, adjoining both a bathroom and potential, large dressing room.
There is much more potential outside in the shape of a two storey coach house with proper staircase, ample storage, garaging and clear scope for redevelopment.
In addition to this, being sold as a separate lot, is the pretty Glebe Cottage, detached, in need of renovation but with three bedrooms upstairs, two reception rooms, kitchen, utility and shower room plus its own walled country garden, all beautifully kept.
This property is subject to a lifetime tenancy for the vendor’s retiring housekeeper.
More important to some incoming buyers will be the 41 acres that go with the house and its outbuildings.
There is permanent pasture surrounding the property and the lovely landscaped gardens with lawn, mature trees, colourful planting, large kitchen garden with potting shed and greenhouse.
There is also a large sheep shed and former pig pens. Family buyers will be glad to read the list of good schools in the area and those within weekly driving distance.
There are local schools in Cleobury, the renowned prep, Abberley Hall is close by as well as Moor Park prep just south of Ludlow.
The other likely target schools would be RGS Worcester, The King’s School, Hereford Cathedral and Shrewsbury.
Details from Strutt & Parker, 01584 873711.