An Elegant Detached Country Residence Enjoying A Lovely Setting In Large Mature Grounds Bordered By A Brook And With Views Over Open Countryside And Offering Flexible Family Accommodation With Central Heating, Porch, Dining Hall, Sitting Room, Dining Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Cloakroom, Master Bedroom With En-Suite Dressing Room And Shower Room, Three Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Double Carport/Garage, Games Room/Workshop And Extensive Off Road Parking. Energy Rating "F"
Location & Description
Bridge House enjoys a convenient location in the small community of Stiffords Bridge less than a mile from the well served village of Cradley on the Herefordshire border with Worcestershire approximately four miles from Malvern, ten miles from Worcester, eight miles from Ledbury and sixteen miles from Hereford. Cradley provides a range of local amenities including a Doctors surgery, butchers, church and primary school. The property itself is only five minutes drive from the Malvern Hills, ten miles from the M5 motorway at Worcester and about ten minutes drive from two railway stations in Malvern. It is also only a short distance from the Worcestershire Way so this is the ideal spot for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits, notably walking or riding.
Originally dating back to the 1850's, Bridge House is a classic detached Victorian residence (once believed to be a blacksmiths and Court House) which manages to blend its history and period features (including part timbering to walls and ceilings, fireplaces and even a bread oven) with more contemporary improvements that have been carried out in recent years. The result is a comfortable home which, though it might benefit from further investment, retains its essential character.
An open entrance porch leads to a very impressive open plan dining hall, the main features of which are its partly beamed ceiling and walls and an open fireplace with a woodburner. This in turn leads to a contemporary kitchen/breakfast room (with hob, dishwasher and fridge included), separate utility room, cloakroom with WC and an inner hall, off which there is a charming sitting room (with inglenook fireplace) and a separate dining room with Victorian grate. On the first floor a two tiered landing leads to four bedrooms including a master bedroom which has its own en-suite shower room and dressing room. There is also a separate family bathroom and the house has oil fired central heating.
One of the great strengths of Bridge House is its setting in a large mature garden which along its northern flank is bordered by Rundle Brook and to the west and south overlooks unspoilt adjoining countryside. The house has an attractive approach across a gravel driveway that terminates in a wide parking and turning area and leads to a double carport/garage. An added bonus is a separate games room/workshop which is constructed within the grounds of the property. The garden itself makes the most of its rural setting with fine views over adjacent fields, large lawns and some particularly impressive trees.
Constructed of stone with side glazing and light. Solid entrance door leading to
Dining Hall - 7.09m (23ft 3in) x 3.35m (11ft 0in) max
With part beamed ceiling and wall, impressive fireplace with wood burner, high timber mantle and stone hearth. Two radiators, six wall light points, bow window enjoying south facing aspect over garden. Tiled floor continuing into other ground floor rooms. Built in cupboard, part glazed doors leading to utility room and hall (described later). Attractive brace and latch oak door leading to
Kitchen/Breakfast Room - 3.66m (12ft 0in) max (9'8 min) x 4.27m (14ft 0in) max (11' min)
Full range of floor and eye level cupboards with work surfaces, tiled surrounds and pelmet lighting above incorporating one and a half bowl single drainer sink. Integrated DISHWASHER, FRIDGE, four ring electric HOB and extractor canopy. Ceiling downlighting, radiator, former Victorian bread oven, ceramic tiled floor, window to side aspect, brace and latch oak door leading into garden.
Utility Room - 4.67m (15ft 4in) x 3.17m (10ft 5in)
L shaped so maximum measurements only, minimum 10'5 x 8'6
Part beamed ceiling, Worcester Bosch oil fired central heating boiler, pressurised hot water cylinder, plumbing and space for washing machine and tumble dryer. Tiled floor, window to side aspect. Part glazed door leading into rear garden.
Beamed wall and ceiling, low level WC, pedestal wash basin, tiled floor, radiator and window to rear aspect.
Radiator, central heating thermostat, stairs leading to first floor, window to front aspect and understairs cupboard.
Sitting Room - 4.34m (14ft 3in) (min 11'9) x 4.44m (14ft 7in) max
Into an attractive sash bay window to front aspect. The focal point of this room is a brick inglenook fireplace with stone hearth, open grate and steel canopy. Two built in floor cupboards and radiator.
Dining Room - 3.43m (11ft 3in) x 4.42m (14ft 6in) max
Into attractive sash bay window to front aspect. Fireplace with Victorian grate, slate mantle and surround and tiled inset. Fitted bookshelving and radiator.
An attractive and spacious landing on two levels with sash window to front aspect.
Bedroom 1 - 3.86m (12ft 8in) x 3.71m (12ft 2in)
Radiator, two built in wardrobes and sash window to front aspect.
Bedroom 2 - 3.71m (12ft 2in) x 3.66m (12ft 0in)
Radiator, built in wardrobe with overhead storage cupboards and six drawer dressing table. Sash window to front aspect.
Bedroom 3 - 3.66m (12ft 0in) x 3.17m (10ft 5in)
Radiator, two windows to side and rear aspects overlooking main garden and fields beyond.
Master Bedroom 4 - 4.42m (14ft 6in) max (11'6 min) x 3.96m (13ft 0in) max
The main feature of this room is an attractive raised vaulted ceiling with exposed roof timbers. Radiator, range of fitted wardrobes, window overlooking main garden to fields beyond.
En-Suite Dressing Room - 3.12m (10ft 3in) x 1.83m (6ft 0in) (serving bedroom 4)
Radiator, south facing window to side aspect and door to
En-Suite Shower Room
Fully tiled with large tiled shower cubicle, low level WC, pedestal wash basin, tiled floor, fluorescent shaving light, ceiling downlighting and chrome heated towel rail.
Panelled bath with fitted cupboard. Close coupled WC, pedestal wash hand basin, radiator, fitted corner cupboard. Double glazed window to rear aspect.
There are two approaches to Bridge House, one pedestrian the other vehicular. The first is via a pedestrian gate that leads to the front of the house where there is a small enclosed gravelled and walled courtyard containing mature borders, well established Hydrangea and an attractive Honeysuckle that is supported by the fašade of the house. However the main entrance is via a gravel driveway bordered on each side by low dry stone walls, mature trees and shrub borders. This opens into a large gravelled turning and parking area capable of accommodating many vehicles and leading to a double CARPORT/GARAGE 22' x 21' of brick and timber construction alongside which there is a FUEL STORE 12' x 5'10. Also externally attached to this carport is an additional LOG STORE. Adjacent to this is a separate GAMES ROOM/WORKSHOP 27'5 x 12'4 of solid stone and brick construction, glazed at each end with power and lighting connected and double entrance doors (capable of accommodating garden machinery). The main grounds lie to the sides and rear of the house. They are laid to large areas of level lawns enclosed by shrubs, walls and hedging. Adjacent to the carport is a soft fruit and vegetable section. There are paved and gravelled seating areas close to the house itself and at the far end of the garden are some particularly striking and impressive trees which are a major feature of Bridge House. These include Cedar, Conifer, Oak, Maple and Willow to name just a few. Running along the northern boundary of Bridge House is Rundel Brook. Steps from the garden provide direct access to the brook itself. From nearly every part of the grounds there are vantage points allowing views across adjacent open countryside.
We have been advised that electricity and water are believed to be connected to the property. Drainage is to a private system. Central heating is provided by way of an oil fired system serving radiators. 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 "F" (Herefordshire Council)
This information may have been obtained by telephone call only and applicants are advised to consider obtaining written confirmation.
It is understood that Bridge House was partially flooded in the exceptional storms of 2007. Since then remedial work has been carried out to reduce any future likelihood of such a rare event and to minimise any impact on the property.
Strictly by appointment through the Agents Malvern office. 01684 892809.
From Great Malvern proceed north along the A449 Worcester Road towards Malvern Link. After a short distance bear left into North Malvern Road and after no more than 300 yards take the first fork to the right into Cowleigh Road (towards Bromyard). Follow this route out of town and through Cowleigh woods for approximately one mile to the main junction with the A4103 Hereford to Worcester Road. Turn left towards Hereford following this route for almost a mile where the road dips and bears sharply left. The Red Lion Inn is on your left hand side. As the road begins to straighten and rise Bridge House will be seen on the right hand side.