Reasons for buying this farmhouse all stack up; Birds are not the only ones who will feel right at home in this property in rural Warwickshire, says Alison Jones.
Any house hunters who appreciate period features will be 'cooing' over an unusual residence that forms part of Old Hazelwood Green Farm, in Preston Bagot, Henley-in-Arden.
There is a listed dovecote in a Tudor chimney stack in the Grade II listed farmhouse, which dates back to the 15th century.
Other original elements include exposed beams and open fires, many of which have been complemented by more recent additions, like wonderful oak doors and staircases, slate floors and recently updated bathroom suites.
Hand-made, oak-framed, leaded windows allow natural light to pour into the property.
These various additions and extensions have resulted in a spacious and well balanced property with a versatile single storey wing.
Electrically operated gates open to the private driveway which leads to a south facing courtyard at the front.
Included within the grounds are a variety of useful outbuildings, stores, garages and workshops. They are situated around an ornamental pond with further gardens to all sides of the property. There are several paddocks and fields which also include a Dutch barn and a brick built hovel.
On the ground floor of the house is a slate floored entrance hall and a reception hall with impressive stone inglenook fireplace and flagstone hearth, more slate flooring, log effect gas fire and exposed beams to the walls and ceiling.
The drawing room has views to the front and back of the property. It has a central brick-built fireplace with flagstone hearth and floor-standing electric stove. Exposed beams line the walls and ceiling.
An 'L' shaped sitting room also has windows to the front and back. A focal point is the stone fireplace with flagstone hearth, exposed stonework and a glazed door to the back garden.
There is slate flooring in the dining room and wonderful exposed beams to the walls and ceiling.
In the kitchen/breakfast room there are cupboards and units, integrated appliances and ample storage. It has slate floor tiles and windows overlooking the garden.
The breakfast area is to one side with the door leading to the garden and access to both the utility and pantry.
There is also a guest cloakroom fitted with a single Corian worktop with basin and a toilet.
The utility room has slate flooring and another worktop and sink. It also has space and plumbing for a washing machine and dishwasher.
In the larder there is tiled shelving and ample space for a fridge freezer.
Linked to the main house via the sitting room but also having its own entrance, there is a self-contained wing.
This consists of two double bedrooms, a family bathroom, kitchen/breakfast room and cloakroom. This versatile part of the house could easily be incorporated into the main living accommodation (subject to planning consent) or used for annexe accommodation or a guest suite.
On the first floor there is a wonderful master bedroom suite which has a bedroom area with exposed beams and a range of fitted furniture. There is also an en suite bathroom, en suite shower room and study with access to loft storage beyond. Built-in wardrobes and cupboards run the full length of the hallway within the main bedroom suite.
Bedroom two is a double bedroom with fitted wardrobes, dressing room area and en suite bathroom with a tiled surround and floor.
Bedroom three is another double bedroom with dressing room area, en suite bathroom and separate shower room.
There is also a large spacious landing, which used to be a separate bedroom, with vaulted ceiling, wonderful exposed beams to the walls and ceiling as well as a stained glass bay window with a view to the back of the property.
The house has great scope for further enhancement and development not only of itself but also the outbuildings, subject to necessary planning and consents being obtained. Planning permission has been granted for a two-storey extension to the property.
Outside in the south facing courtyard, there is parking for several vehicles with an ornamental paved and raised flowerbed to the centre and koi carp pond.
There are two garages both with useful storage.
An enclosed walled garden has a raised pond and pump water system. Lawns to the back lead away to an ornamental pond, mature fruit trees, ornamental shrubs, trees and plants.
At the back of the house there is a paved sun terrace with an outlook over the gardens and onto the surrounding fields. Private fields surround the house to three sides. The property has enclosed paddocks with livestock pens, full water supply, field shelter, brick built stores, wildlife ponds, orchards and woodland with separate vehicular access from the lane, as well as a large Dutch barn, lean-to and hovel barn.
Old Hazelwood Green Farm is set off the quiet lanes of South Warwickshire, convenient for access to the local towns of Henley-in-Arden, Warwick and Stratford upon Avon.
The village of Preston Bagot has long been considered one of the most desirable areas in Warwickshire in which to live, being some 1.5 miles from Henley-in-Arden and nestled amid unspoilt countryside.
Nearby Claverdon has a primary school, community store, doctor's surgery, fine parish church, pubs and nearby, the Ardencote Country Club which has full leisure facilities.
Henley-in-Arden is a pretty and popular town with a good range of shopping and recreational facilities.
Schooling in the area includes a range of state, private and grammar schools.
There are a number of golf courses in the area and race courses.
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|Publication:||The Birmingham Post (England)|
|Date:||Nov 27, 2014|
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