A Distinguished Detached Four Storey Victorian House Of Considerable Historic Interest Enjoying An Elevated Setting On The Upper Western Slopes Of The Malvern Hills With Fine Views Across Herefordshire And Towards The Welsh Mountains And Currently Comprising Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Study, Laundry, Six Bedrooms, Box Room/Office, Three Bathrooms, Extensive Cellars, Gas Central Heating, Off Road Parking And Hillside Garden. Energy Rating "E"
Location & Description
The Royal Spa Lodge enjoys a convenient position on the western slopes of the Malvern Hills between West Malvern and Upper Colwall. It is handily placed for access to the very popular and well served village of Colwall (about a mile) and to the cultural spa town of Great Malvern (approximately two miles) where there is a comprehensive choice of shops and banks, Waitrose supermarket, the renowned theatre and cinema complex and the Splash leisure pool and gymnasium. Transport communications are very well catered for. There are mainline railway stations at both Colwall and in Great Malvern. Junction 7 of the M5 motorway at Worcester is about ten miles away, Junction 2 of the M50 at Ledbury, approximately nine miles and Junction 1 of the M50 south of Upton upon Severn, approximately twelve miles. The area is well served by a wide choice of schools at both primary and secondary levels and in the state and private sectors. In Colwall there are two fine preparatory schools (The Elms and The Downs) and in Malvern, Dyson Perrins and The Chase secondary schools as well as Malvern College and Malvern St James Girls' School.
The property itself is a distinguished and striking four storey Victorian house which is believed to date back to approximately 1865. Its early history is linked to Malvern's first concert hall (effectively the town's first theatre) which saw many performances by famous Victorian artistes, notably the opera singer Jenny Lind who had particularly strong links to the area. Indeed there is still an original stage doorway from the courtyard of Royal Spa Lodge in existence. This was the direct link to the hall itself. From its commanding position the house enjoys a wonderful view to the west across West Malvern Road towards Herefordshire and beyond to the Welsh mountains.
It is acknowledged that the property does require some updating and investment but its generous accommodation has all the potential to adapt to alternative lifestyles. It is already an ideal family house but it could also accommodate those who wish to work from home or perhaps run a small family business or guest house.
At basement level there is a covered parking area which leads to two large cellars and to a former wine store. The ground floor can be accessed internally from the cellars or alternatively via a set of external steps. At this level there are two large reception rooms, a kitchen, study, laundry room and bathroom. On the first floor a landing leads to two principle bedrooms, one of which has its own en suite bathroom. There is also a second bathroom and a small office that can double as an occasional bedroom. On the top floor there are four further bedrooms. The house has gas fired central heating.
Outside and at the front of the property there is raised terrace from which one can admire the view across Herefordshire. This leads via the side of the house into the rear garden. This enjoys a hillside setting. Though a little neglected in recent years it can be restored back to its former glory. Immediately behind the house and accessed either externally from the courtyard or alternatively from the kitchen is a covered rear passage way which provides useful storage.
Approached from the main terrace at the front of the house via an original solid timber front door which has a glazed crescent fanlight above, the hall has cornicing to the ceiling, radiator, telephone point, stairs leading to first floor (described later), door down to cellar and archway to rear hall (also described later)
Drawing Room - 5.88m (19ft 3in) (6.88m maximum) x 4.07m (13ft 4in)
Original Victorian fireplace with tiled surround and mantle, tiled inset and hearth. Multi-fuelled stove. Two radiators, cornicing to ceiling and centre rose, picture rail and bay double glazed window to front aspect enjoying view over Herefordshire.
Dining Room - 5.88m (19ft 3in) (6.88m maximum) x 3.71m (12ft 2in)
Original Victorian fireplace with white marble surround, mantle and tiled inset. Two radiators, cornicing and centre rose to ceiling, picture rail and double glazed window to front aspect with view over Herefordshire.
Doors leading to Study and Laundry (described later) and to
Kitchen - 4.51m (14ft 10in) x 2.7m (8ft 10in)
Floor and eye level cupboards with work surfaces above. One and a half bowl single drainer stainless steel sink, eye level OVEN and GRILL, four ring gas HOB, spaces fridge and for dishwasher, double glazed window to side aspect, radiator, quarry tiled flooring and solid timber door leading to Rear Passageway and Storeroom (described later).
Study - 4.47m (14ft 8in) x 3.24m (10ft 8in)
Fitted book shelving with range of cupboards below, fireplace with tiled surround and mantle, tiled inset and hearth and grate with coal effect gas fire. Radiator, double glazed window to rear aspect.
Laundry Room - 2.11m (6ft 11in) x 1.47m (4ft 10in)
Work surface with tiled surround, eye level cupboards, space and plumbing for washing machine and for tumble dryer, sash window, quarry tiled floor and door to
Panelled bath with shower over, pedestal wash basin with mirror and fluorescent shaving light above, close coupled WC, radiator, airing cupboard with factory lagged cylinder, immersion heater and slatted shelving. Double glazed window.
Approached from the hall via a small basement lobby which leads to a small wine cellar and two larger cellars measuring 6.36m x 3.36m respectively. One of these has the gas fired central heating boiler and a window. The second cellar doubles as a workshop and has a door leading outside to the parking area/car port.
Radiator, stairs to second floor and window to rear aspect.
Bedroom 1 - 4.06m (13ft 4in) x 3.5m (11ft 6in)
Range of fitted furniture including three double and three single wardrobes, dressing table with six drawers, two bedside cabinets and fitted bed head. Radiator, telephone point, double glazed window to front aspect with view of Herefordshire. Part glazed door leading to
En Suite Bathroom
Fully tiled with panelled bath, pedestal wash basin with mirror and fluorescent shaving light above. Low level WC, heated airing cupboard with radiator.
Bedroom 2 - 4.35m (14ft 3in) maximum x 4.06m (13ft 4in) maximum
Fireplace with marble surround, mantle and grate, two double wardrobes, two eye level cupboards, radiator and double glazed window to front aspect with view over Herefordshire.
Office/Bedroom 3 - 2.16m (7ft 1in) x 1.82m (6ft 0in)
Radiator, fitted worktop and double glazed window to front aspect with view of Herefordshire.
Half tiled and having panelled bath, pedestal wash basin, close coupled WC, radiator and two windows.
Bedroom 4 - 5.08m (16ft 8in) x 3.17m (10ft 5in)
Grate, radiator and double glazed window
Bedroom 5 - 4.77m (15ft 8in) x 3.2m (10ft 6in)
Radiator and double glazed window
Bedroom 6 - 4.14m (13ft 7in) x 2.68m (8ft 10in)
Range of fitted floor cupboards with work surfaces and integral wash basin. Radiator and double glazed window.
Bedroom 7 - 3.83m (12ft 7in) x 2.67m (8ft 9in)
Radiator and double glazed window
To the front of the property and at basement level there is a covered parking area that can accommodate one large or possibly two small cars. This has a doorway leading to the cellars. A separate and very impressive pillared and gated entrance opens onto stone steps that lead up to ground floor level where immediately in front of the house there is a large west facing terrace enjoying fine views over Herefordshire. This is enclosed by railings and leads to the side of the property via a set of gates into an enclosed courtyard area. Here there is an original door that is believed to have been the stage entrance to the Victorian concert hall. From this courtyard a doorway leads to a long passageway that links to the kitchen and provides useful storage. At the far end of this passageway there is a small potting shed with hot and cold water and power. Steps from the courtyard lead to the hillside garden which is on three levels linked by steps and includes a variety of rockeries, level lawn, mature shrubs and trees, hedged and fenced boundaries.
We have been advised that mains gas, electricity, water and drainage are connected to the property. The property is connected to fast broadband. 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.
ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE
A full Energy Performance Certificate is available for this property.
COUNCIL TAX BAND 'F'
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Strictly by appointment with the Agent's Malvern office 01684 892809
From the agent's office in Great Malvern proceed south along the A449, Wells Road towards Ledbury. After a few hundred yards take the first fork to the right (signed to Colwall and the Wyche Cutting) along the B4218 Wyche Road. Continue along this route uphill for about three quarters of a mile to the Wyche Cutting where you enter Herefordshire. Almost immediately turn right into West Malvern Road. Follow this route for a short distance where The Royal Spa Lodge will be seen on the right hand side.