A Unique And Striking Grade Ii Listed Half Timbered Period House Enjoying A Village Centre Location And Offering Extensive Accommodation In Need Of Some Refurbishment, Part Of Which Currently Has Planning Consent As A Post Office And Currently Comprising Sitting Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Three Store Rooms, Office, Post Office/Shop, Cloakroom, Four Bedrooms, En-Suite Bathroom, Shower Room, Gas Central Heating, Off Road Parking And Garden.
Location & Description
The Old Post Office enjoys a quiet setting close to the centre of the well served village of Cradley on the Herefordshire border with Worcestershire. The village itself has a local shop, doctor's surgery, dispensary, church and primary school. It is also conveniently placed for fast access to the major centres of Malvern (5 miles), Ledbury (9 miles) and the cities of Worcester (10 miles by road and local bus) and Hereford (16 miles). Junction 7 of the M5 motorway south of Worcester is just over (10 miles away and there is a mainline railway service running from the nearby village of Colwall (2 miles) and Malvern. Cradley itself lies in the heart of unspoilt rolling countryside so this is the perfect spot for those who enjoy walking or riding. The Worcestershire Way is less than 2 miles away and the village stands in the foothills of the eight mile range of the Malvern Hills.
The property itself is a unique and striking Grade II listed detached half timbered house which is believed to date back over three centuries. Located as it is in the oldest part of Cradley it has historically been one of the most significant buildings in the village and as it name implies until recently was the heart of the community serving the village as its main post office and stores. Although in recent years the Post Office has been closed planning consent designating part of the ground floor for this use is still in force. The house does require some updating and refurbishment. Its generous accommodation offers enormous scope for alternative uses and different lifestyles. Though currently run as a family house it would be equally well suited for those who may wish to work from home or run a business. It should be noted that immediately adjacent to the property there is a recently converted two storey barn, which is in the same ownership and is currently being sold separately. Purchased together the properties could provide accommodation for two families.
Many original features remain including the exposed half timbering to walls and ceilings and fireplaces. Evidence of its recent use as the village shop and post office are also still present with storage rooms, an office and the original shop. The remaining accommodation includes a lounge, dining room, kitchen and four bedrooms one of which has its own en suite bathroom. There is also a separate shower room. The property has gas fired central heating.
Outside there is a mature landscaped garden and a recently laid block paviour driveway that provides extensive private parking. Within the grounds there is an attractive single storey stone outbuilding currently used as storage. This was a former bakery which, together with the shop and post office, served the community of Cradley in the past.
Former Shop - 9.75m (32ft 0in) x 3.66m (12ft 0in) max
Now used for storage only with a large glazed frontage and bay window, pine panelling to dado level and quarry tiled floor. At one end a set of steps leads up to
Office - 2.34m (7ft 8in) x 2.16m (7ft 1in)
This was the former Post Office area which has a window to side aspect and door leading to a storeroom (described later).
Approached via a small flight of steps from the former shop this hall has doors leading to the dining room and to the rear of the property and also leads to a storeroom (described later). Door to
Store - 3.66m (12ft 0in) x 2.44m (8ft 0in)
With sealed staircase to first floor and open access to
Store/Office - 3.66m (12ft 0in) x 3.35m (11ft 0in)
Gas fired central heating boiler, former Victorian range and oven and door to
Large Storeroom - 9.7m (31ft 10in) x 2.01m (6ft 7in)
Single drainer stainless steel sink. This storeroom also links to both the office and inner hall (described earlier) and provides access to the
This area provides access directly into the rear garden as well as doors to the kitchen and cloakroom (both described later). It also has a washbasin and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer.
Low level WC, wash basin and window.
Kitchen - 4.14m (13ft 7in) x 3.35m (11ft 0in)
Floor and eye level cupboards with work surfaces and tiled surrounds. Single drainer stainless steel sink with mixer tap, four ring electric HOB with extractor canopy above, window to side aspect, quarry tiled floor and door to
Dining Room - 4.39m (14ft 5in) x 4.37m (14ft 4in)
The focal point of this room is an impressive inglenook style fireplace with raised plinth and seating, quarry tiled floor, radiator and double glazed window to side aspect. An understairs doorway leads down to basement level where there is CELLAR that has external access. Door leading to inner hall (described earlier) and also to
Sitting Room - 4.52m (14ft 10in) x 4.37m (14ft 4in) max
Fireplace with brick surround and raised plinths, tiled hearth and mantle, two small windows to side aspect, larger window to front aspect. Radiator, three wall light point.
Radiator and window to front aspect.
Bedroom 1 - 4.52m (14ft 10in) x 3.66m (12ft 0in) max
Radiator, two windows to side aspect and arch to a short passageway where there is a window and door leading to
En-Suite Bathroom - 3.58m (11ft 9in) x 2.26m (7ft 5in)
Freestanding Victorian style oval claw and ball bath, close coupled WC, pedestal wash basin, fully tiled shower cubicle and window to rear aspect. Airing cupboard with factory lagged cylinder and slatted shelving.
Bedroom 2 - 4.67m (15ft 4in) x 4.57m (15ft 0in)
Radiator, Victorian grate and windows to front aspect.
Shower Room. - 2.06m (6ft 9in) x 1.83m (6ft 0in)
Tiled shower cubicle, close coupled WC, pedestal wash basin, combined radiator/heated towel rail and Velux window.
Bedroom 3 - 3.66m (12ft 0in) x 2.54m (8ft 4in)
A through room linking the landing to bedroom 4. Radiator, window to front aspect. Door leading to
Dressing Room/Bedroom 4 - 3.66m (12ft 0in) x 2.34m (7ft 8in) max
Window to side aspect.
Immediately in front of the property is a forecourt capable of accommodating parked vehicles. A gated entrance leads on to a newly laid block paviour driveway which not only serves the old Post Office but also the adjacent barn and other properties. Immediately behind is a large area providing private parking. Part of the fašade of the house supports an impressive Wisteria. From the driveway there is access in to the rear garden which consists of a paved seating area, lawn with borders and shrubs. There is also an external tap. Immediately behind the main residence is a
Stone Workshop - 7.32m (24ft 0in) x 2.26m (7ft 5in)
This useful building was once a former bakery serving the village.
We have been advised that mains electricity, water and drainage are connected to the property. We understand that gas is available in the road. This information has not been checked with the respective service providers and interested parties may wish to make their own enquiries with the relevant authorities. No statement relating to services or appliances should be taken to infer that such items are in satisfactory working order and intending purchasers are advised to satisfy themselves where necessary.
We are advised (subject to legal verification) that the property is freehold.
COUNCIL TAX BAND "C" (Herefordshire Council)
This information may have been obtained by telephone call only and applicants are advised to consider obtaining written confirmation.
Strictly by appointment through the Agents Malvern office. 01684 892809.
From Great Malvern proceed north along the A449 Worcester Road. After a quarter of a mile take the first turning to the left signed West Malvern and Bromyard into North Malvern Road proceeding uphill for a short distance before forking right onto Cowleigh Road. Leave the town limits proceeding through Cowleigh Woods for approximately one mile before coming to a T junction with the A4103 (Hereford to Worcester road). Turn left towards Hereford proceeding for just under half a mile taking the second left turn (signed Cradley) opposite Millbank Garage. Follow this route into the village passing the school on your right. The road itself narrows and dips. At the bottom of this dip you will see The Old Post Office on your left hand side.