Guide Price £735,000
Marehay Farm, Gatten, Pontesbury, Shrewsbury, SY5 0SJ
Hidden in one of the most scenic parts of Shropshire, this magical property sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, surrounded by stunning views and countryside. With pretty babbling brooks, two acres of breathtaking gardens and a further three acres of private woodland, it is truly a stunning Shropshire idyll.
Marehay Farm dates back to the 1800s. This extremely impressive three storey home oozes character and charm. Sitting in an idyllic courtyard configuration, with additional buildings comprising The Byre, a modernised two-bedroom annexe conversion, a second barn ripe for an assortment of uses, garage and workshop, together with the pretty courtyard garden. A great south-facing sun trap complete with terrace and large patio, it's the perfect place to sit with a coffee and the morning papers.
This much loved and stunning family home has been renovated to a high standard, with a newly fitted kitchen just two years ago, three Clearview log burners with a fourth in The Byre, and 360 degrees of stunning views. The rooms are all very well proportioned, creating a lovely sense of light and space.
Nearby there are several popular public houses, wonderful walks and bridleways, a shooting range and other country pursuits. The pretty village of Pontesbury is just five miles away, providing an excellent range of facilities including a family-run deli and general stores providing high quality, mostly locally sourced produce. Pontesbury also has excellent public houses and restaurants with other local facilities including a doctors' surgery, florist and DIY store. Excellent state and independent schools are within easy reach. Church Stretton is seven miles and the historic county town of Shrewsbury is just 13 miles.
Marehay Farm is approached via a long driveway sweeping around to the private courtyard. The entrance to this delightful stone built house is via a pretty cottage style ENTRANCE PORCH with quarry tiled floor and glazed paneled door leading to the HALLWAY
Reception Hall -
Sitting Room - 6.86m x 4.80m (22'6" x 15'9") - This room has a lovely warm, welcoming feel, with exposed beams and brickwork, three windows overlooking different aspects of the gardens, inglenook with brick surround and a brick hearth incorporating a Clearview log burning stove. This is an extremely spacious and atmospheric room, a fabulous space for entertaining or just a cozy night in in front of the fire.
Conservatory - 5.36m x 3.91m (17'7" x 12'10") - A glazed door leads to the light and airy CONSERVATORY, this wonderful space has French doors to the front leading out onto a terraced area and to the rear leading out to a wooden bridge that draws you to the idyllic rear gardens. It has a tiled floor and a Clearview log burning stove, making it a versatile space that can be used in all seasons.
Cloakroom - The hallway with under-stairs storage leads to a downstairs CLOAKROOM with white pedestal hand basin, low flush wc and wooden panelling.
Open-Plan Kitchen And Dining Room - 5.8m max x 6.9m (19'0" max x 22'7") - Leading from the hall is the large, fully fitted KITCHEN/DINING AREA. This space has an elegant, bohemian feel, with newly fitted painted wooden kitchen units, oak surfaces, a stunning sky-blue Aga and a double Belfast sink. There is plenty of cupboard and storage space and a window overlooking the rear garden. An open-plan dining area has an inglenook with brick surround and a brick hearth incorporating a Clearview log burning stove. A fascinating feature here is an original bread oven. Double French doors open out onto the pretty courtyard and terrace. With exposed beams and oak floor, this room has a truly quirky, uplifting feel.
Utility Room - 4.17m x 2.16m (13'8" x 7'1") - Door leading through to UTILITY with fitted cupboards, boiler, hot water tank, plenty of storage, windows overlooking side garden and skylights. Plumbing for washing machine/dryer. Back door leading to courtyard.
STAIRCASE rising to FIRST FLOOR LANDING
Master Bedroom - 4.85m x 4.37m (15'11" x 14'4") - A large, bright and elegant room. Window overlooking front garden with stunning views.
En Suite - A tranquil space with bath, pedestal hand basin, wc and window overlooking rear garden. Attractive country-style wooden wall panelling reflects the other bathrooms in the property.
Bedroom 2 - 4.45m x 3.86m (14'7" x 12'8") - BEDROOM 2 is once again decorated to a high standard, spacious, with a window providing views over the front garden and the countryside beyond.
En Suite - With wc and walk-in shower
Bedroom 3 - 5.82m x 2.41m (19'1" x 7'11") - BEDROOM 3 is a double room, with fitted wardrobes and window looking over the rear garden and one of the brooks.
Family Bathroom - A very pretty room with white suite, roll top bath, large walk-in shower, hand basin, wc and wooden panelling, exposed beam, window overlooking rear garden.
Open Plan Studio - 6.7m x10.5m (21'11" x34'5") - HALLWAY staircase wrapping round to second floor leading to LARGE OPEN PLAN STUDIO - a light, bright and extremely versatile space, with exposed beams, window with balcony and five skylights. The current owner uses this space as a studio and workroom.
The Courtyard - Comprises a large, beautifully restored two-storey STONE BARN. This extremely versatile space lends itself to many options and is a very exciting opportunity.
WORKSHOP/GARAGE - A large timber frame and stone-built space with room for three cars. A side door leads into an extensive workshop with gardeners wc.
Garage - 9.17m x 5.69m (30'1" x 18'8") -
Workshop - 5.69m x 5.03m (18'8" x 16'6") -
The Byre - This pretty conversion lies adjacent to the house and has its own entrance, driveway and garden area overlooking the idyllic views. This
fabulous space adds an exciting twist to the to the main property and once again offers versatility. The Byre has character and charm
Front door leads to MAIN HALL with quarry tiled floor
Cloakroom - Comprising of white suite with white pedestal hand basin, low flush wc.
Open Plan Living/Dining/Kitchen - 9.09m x 4.52m (29'10" x 14'10") - This charming room comprises a fully fitted kitchen; seating area with inglenook with brick surround and a brick hearth incorporating a
Clearview log burning stove; dining and study area. French doors lead out to the pretty garden.
Utility - Side door from kitchen leads off to UTILITY with lots of storage cupboards, boiler, hot water tank and plumbing for washing machine/dryer. Back door leading to outside space and storage shed/wood store.
Conservatory - 5.23m x 2.82m (17'2" x 9'3") - Double doors from living area lead to CONSERVATORY, a fabulous space with wonderful views and double doors leading out to a
A pretty oak staircase leads to a charming landing area and TWO light and airy BEDROOMS both overlooking gardens, finished to a high
standard, each with ENSUITES with walk in showers.
Bedroom 1 - 4.55m x 3.38m (14'11" x 11'1") -
En Suite -
Bedroom 2 - 4.45m x 2.59m (14'7" x 8'6") -
En Suite -
Outside And Gardens - To the FRONT is a gravelled drive with ample parking for four cars, front courtyard garden, with wrap-around stone wall and rose beds. Lovely terrace adjoining the property, with planted shrubs, a great place to sit, read a book and soak up the wonderful views. To the side is a fenced area suitable for a vegetable garden. The REAR GARDENS include two acres of babbling brooks, idyllic wooden bridges, two brook-fed ponds, well-manicured lawns, beautiful well-stocked flower beds, an array of amazing colours, wildlife and views, truly giving any National Trust garden a run for its money. It really is the ultimate English country garden. Overlooking the top pond is a delightful summer house, a fantastic place for BBQs, garden parties and soaking up the breathtaking views with the Long Mynd in the distance. Beyond the gardens are the delightful woodlands extending to three acres in all, a truly magical place with huge versatility and an endless supply of logs for the home's wood burners. The woods are planted with an array of mature trees with several wooden bridges crossing the brooks, all surrounded by open countryside that forms part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Summerhouse - 3.58m x 3.43m (11'9" x 11'3") -
Owners Comment - "We shall be sorry to leave Marehay. We feel it has given us so much - an education from nature, a wonderful sense of peace in each season, and that solid grounding in centuries of history that you would expect in an archetypal English farmhouse. We will miss it terribly."
Directions - A) From Shrewsbury take the Longden Road towards the village of Longden. Proceed through the village and in turn through Longden Common and Pulverbatch. Follow the pretty country road until you reach the sign for The Bridges public house, immediately turn right sign posted to Gatten and Minsterley Ranges. Continue to the brow of the hill and turn right to Gatten. Follow this road for approx. one mile and the gravelled drive to Marehay Farm is on the left.
B) From Pontesbury take the road to Habberley where there is a right turn towards Bridges. Continue over a low bridge with red brick sides, branching right at an un-signposted junction. Continue across cattle grids at Gatten Lodge, past The Hollies on your right, and Marehay Farm is the next on your right.
Note - Good broadband connection
- Sitting In An Area Of Outstanding Beauty
- Stunning Views
- Two Acres Of Idyllic Gardens
- Three Acres Of Woodland
- Two Bedroom Annexe
- Finished To A Very High Standard
- Character And Charm In Abundance
- A Barn Ripe For Conversion
- Viewing Highly Recommended