Jacobean gem has a pretty parkland.
Byline: JAYNE HOWARTH
IT'S the chance to get your hands on a piece of Jacobean manor house with parkland garden, yet still have easy access to Redditch town centre and the wider conurbation.
Lower House is a Grade II listed property with a wealth of original features and although over the years its various owners have added features - the most obvious being the Victorian facade - this halftimbered house is full of charm and character.
And in the last few days, the house has been reduced by PS30,000 and is on the market for PS595,000.
As befits any property that was built as a manor house, this imposing home does not lack space and comprises about 3,700 sq ft of living accommodation and includes four reception rooms, six bedrooms and a cellar.
Set within just under an acre of parkland gardens and grounds, this handsome house is approached formally onto the driveway from Far Moor Lane and Longhope Close cul-de-sac. This leads to a parking area that can accommodate several vehicles. While a side access takes you round to the Victorian elevation and the formal entrance to the home, the "everyday entrance" is via a porch into a rear hall and the dining room.
If you enter via the formal entrance, you're welcomed into a vestibule porch, which leads into a reception hall that the marketing agents describe as "magnificent". First impressions count.
The hall - now used as a dining room - is a large and light room that has an authentic inglenook fireplace, ceiling beam and tiled floor. From here, an inner hallway leads to a cosy study and cloakroom, plus a useful storage area. The triple aspect living room is off the dining room and is bright and airy, fitted with a slate fireplace and wood burner.
Across the hallway is the sitting room, which is bursting with character, thanks to its minster fireplace with wood burner and exposed beams. A door leads to the sun terrace and gardens.
The kitchen is country style. The L-shaped room has the original ceiling beams is fitted with a range of cream coloured, rustic-style cupboards and base units, a range cooker, space for a washing machine and tumble dryer and for a table and chairs. A glazed door leads to the garden.
The cellar is currently being used as a snooker room and makes for a superb additional reception room.
Five of the bedrooms are located on the first floor and are all described as "elegant and splendidly proportioned". Three are similar sized, while bedroom five is directly off the fourth bedroom, which makes them a little smaller. However, the master bedroom is particularly noteworthy, with its panelling and striking timber work.
The first floor also accommodates a large family bathroom and a separate shower room. The sixth bedroom is in the vaulted attic.
The charm continues on the outside of the property with its large gardens set out in a parkland style. The grounds have east west orientation and include a large gravelled area, lawns and mature borders with shrubs and flowers. A separate orchard area is enclosed by post and rail fencing and there is gated access to Far Moor Lane. | |Agents - Andrew Grant | | Telephone - 01527 66161 | | Guide price - PS595,000