Church Lane, Mitcheldean, Abenhall

Guide Price £1,250,000

5 Bedroom Detached House For Sale in Church Lane, Mitcheldean, Abenhall

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This elegant, well proportioned five-bedroom period home is set in beautiful, established gardens and grounds of approximately an acre overlooking peaceful countryside and an historic church. The extensive accommodation includes morning room, sitting room, study, two linked Amdega conservatories, kitchen, utility room, cloakroom, five bedrooms, shower room plus family bathroom. Features include panelling below windows and wooden shutters, ceiling roses and cornicing, stone and slate fireplaces. The property also benefits from ample parking and outbuildings including a garage and workshop. There is no onward chain.

Description - This much-loved, five-bedroom Grade II listed period home, set in beautiful, established grounds overlooking peaceful countryside and an historic church is being brought to the market for the first time in 43 years and is chain-free.

It's a rare find indeed for a family looking for an elegant, well-proportioned Victorian property in idyllic surroundings, yet close to local amenities and well-regarded state and private schools.

For the current vendor, it has been a special family home: "No-one visits without saying what a lovely place it is."

The property is surrounded by open fields, next to the pretty Church of St Michael which serves the parish of Abenhall in the Forest of Dean. The house, which dates from the 1840s, was built as a rectory. There is evidence to suggest it was built by (or for) James Davies, rector from 1837, on land that was formerly part of the manor of Abenhall and for its completion, Queen Anne's Bounty granted £200 in 1846.

The imposing, Grade II listed property is approached along a private drive which leads past the church wall and through the lovely grounds to a large paved parking area. The house, built from grey sandstone with a slate roof, has a symmetrical facade, with two gabled wings and a crenelated central porch.

Step inside:- - Either side of the large central hallway are a morning room and a sitting room. Both these spacious and elegant reception rooms have views over the beautiful, well-tended grounds at the front of the house. Original features in these high-ceilinged rooms include panelling below the windows and wooden shutters.

During the vendor's time at the property, a programme of renovation has included reintroducing period-style features in keeping with the era of the property, including ceiling roses and cornicing. In the morning room, which has windows to the front and side of the property, there is a stone fireplace with an attractive cast iron grate. In the living room there is a handsome slate fireplace. Further down the entrance hall, there's another formal room, which has variously been used as a dining room and a study and which has a cast iron grate set into the wall.

The large kitchen, at the rear of the property, has a comprehensive range of wall and floor units with worktops. There is a central island, space for a breakfast table and a Rangemaster cooker set into the chimney breast. Alongside the kitchen is a utility room with fitted cupboards and leading off from this room is a downstairs WC. Stone steps from the utility room lead down to a wine cellar underneath the house.

This well-cared for property combines a mix of formal and relaxed entertaining space, thanks to the visionary addition of two linked Amdega conservatories, with tiled floors and underfloor heating. These run along the side of the property. One, accessed through double doors from the sitting room, provides a lovely place to relax and enjoy the gardens. The other, opening from the kitchen, makes the perfect place for family dining. The two conservatories are joined together, with double doors to the garden opening from the middle. "The conservatories certainly made a real addition to the house and they are what I will miss most. They mean you can enjoy the garden whatever the weather. I spend all the summer out there."

From the entrance hall, an original oak staircase leads up to a large landing. Off this, there are five bedrooms and a family bathroom. The two largest bedrooms are at the front of the house and each has one window to the front and one to the side, with panelling underneath and original shutters. One of these rooms has views towards Plump Hill and down the Flaxley Valley. The other, the bedroom currently used as the master, has views over the property's orchard and the church. It has a shower room right next door, accessed via the landing.

Unusually for a listed property, many of The Old Rectory's windows are double glazed, this work having been undertaken as part of a renovation project before the house was listed in 1985.

Explore the Area:- - Abenhall is a small and tranquil rural settlement in the picturesque Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, lying between Mitcheldean and Flaxley. Originally a mining and iron making centre, it is notable for its 14th century church, built of local red sandstone, which has age-old links with freeminers.

The Gloucestershire Way, a long-distance walking route through the Forest of Dean, Severn Plain and Cotswolds leads along the lane in front of The Old Rectory and the property is surrounded by a vast network of paths giving access to mile after mile of beautiful woodland. For those who enjoy the great outdoors, there are many activities available in or near the Forest of Dean, from canoeing on the River Wye to mountain biking on forest cycle tracks. Close by is Plump Hill, an 11-acre nature reserve managed by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, ideal for birdwatching and wildlife spotting.

Mitcheldean, less than a mile away, is a thriving community with old timbered houses and narrow streets and a medieval church. Once a centre for the brewing industry, the original brewery, The Mews, is now occupied by several local businesses.

Mitcheldean provides good local amenities, including pubs, a Co-op, butcher, hairdressers, a pharmacy and several fast food outlets. There is also a community library and a doctor's surgery. The town has a primary school and its senior school, Dene Magna, is an Academy School which received an outstanding Ofsted report in 2012. Dene Magna has a sixth form and there is a choice of other sixth form options in the area.

From Abenhall, there is good access to the city of Gloucester (13 miles) where there is the co-educational independent day school The Kings School, for ages 3-18. For further independent school options, it's about 15 miles to the Haberdashers' Monmouth boys' and girls' schools. There are also excellent grammar schools in Gloucester and Cheltenham.

Outside - Well-tended grounds of about one acre provide a glorious setting for this beautiful former country rectory. A grand, wide flight of steps leads from the front down to a level lawn. "This area was once a tennis court and then during the war it was dug up for potatoes. We salvaged it and rebuilt the steps and planted it up."

Around the side of the house there is a secluded terrace enclosed by shrubs and hedging and there are paved areas in front of the linked conservatories. The established borders feature rhododendrons, azaleas and pieris japonica. Specimen trees include a pretty cherry tree and a lovely magnolia grandiflora. The peaceful and private grounds, which also include an orchard with apple, fig and pear trees, are enclosed by beech hedging on two sides, with walls forming the other boundaries.

Alongside the property there is a range of useful outbuildings, including a coal shed, a wood shed and a former dairy, now used for storage, which can all be accessed via a covered passageway from the utility room. There's also an original lean-to shed and a red-sandstone building incorporating the former stables (the historic cobbles and loose boxes remain) and what was once the space for a horse-drawn carriage but has now been converted into a workshop/garden store and garage.

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Property Features

  • Elegant, well proportioned grade ii listed period home
  • Five bedrooms, three reception rooms
  • Two linked amdega conservatories
  • Beautiful gardens & grounds of approx an acre
  • Ample parking, outbuildings & garage
  • No onward chain

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