Ross-on-Wye

£950,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 6
A substantial country house in a commanding position offering huge potential

Situation

Great Howle Farm stands in a wonderful elevated position near the hamlet of Howle Hill, about 3 miles south of Ross on Wye. The River Wye meanders through the beautiful valley to the west and there are some spectacular views to the south across unspoilt farmland and wooded hillsides towards the Forest of Dean. This area of South Herefordshire is extremely pretty with the Wye Valley and surroundings offering huge scope for outdoor activities including fishing, golf and horse riding. Immediately on the doorstep there are plenty of excellent walks to enjoy the captivating countryside.

It is a few minutes' drive into Ross on Wye which offers an excellent selection of shopping and leisure facilities whilst a little further afield, Hereford, Ledbury and Gloucester are easily accessible. Further to the east, and about 25 miles distant is Cheltenham, the gateway into the Cotswolds.

The area is extremely well provided for with a variety of state and private schools, both primary and secondary, including Monmouth School, Hereford Cathedral School, the Elms Prep School in Colwall, Malvern College, Malvern St James School, Cheltenham College and Cheltenham Ladies College.

Road communications are excellent with the M50 being just 4½ miles away providing swift access up to the M5 with links to the north and south connecting to Birmingham, Cheltenham and beyond. The A40 from Ross on Wye provides a dual carriageway connection to Cardiff and South Wales.

Great Howle Farm

Believed to date from the 16th Century, Great Howle Farm was originally a traditional farmhouse and over the years gentrification has transformed a more modest home to a country house of some stature with a number of sympathetic later additions. Built of local stone beneath pitched and gabled tiled roofs, the house presents a very substantial family home which now requires modernisation but presents a wonderful opportunity to create a splendid residence. The extensive accommodation has a very versatile layout with good sized rooms throughout and some notable internal features including exposed timbers, panelled doors, cast iron radiators and fine fireplaces.

The front door opens into a large reception hall off which are good sized reception rooms. The vast drawing room features a central fireplace whilst the dining room is perfectly placed with a connecting door to the large kitchen/breakfast room. The ground floor is completed by staircase hall, study, rear hall, office, utility room and cloakrooms. There is a good wine cellar.

The upper accommodation of Great Howle Farm is split over two floors and offers perfect scope to create some lovely bedroom suites with the current layout providing eight bedrooms, a dressing room and six bathrooms. In addition, on the top floor there is a vast games room.

Outside

Great Howle Farm has a most impressive entrance with brick walls and tall pillars flanking substantial wrought iron gates that open to a driveway which leads straight to the front of the house. A branch of the drive leads off to the garage and the property has a secondary entrance in the northern corner of the grounds. This useful entrance has a further track which leads down to the house and garaging.

The substantial garage block is a most impressive recent addition to the property. Built of stone elevations beneath a tiled roof, the building is crowned by a clock-faced cupola and is connected to the house by a carport where the two driveways meet. The ground floor provides garaging for many vehicles plus storage and workshop areas whilst the extensive first floor offers scope for numerous uses, has eight rooflights and a doorway to the rear which leads straight out onto a large terrace and the garden.

The mature grounds at Great Howle Farm provide a lovely setting for the house. Near to the house are some lovely terrace areas with a carp pool inset. Beyond here, extensive lawns are interspersed with areas of shrubbery, closely clipped ornamental hedges and a wide variety of specimen trees. There is a productive orchard.

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