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Wonderful lifestyle opportunity with this delightful detached late 17th Century grade II listed 3 bed country home with two adjoining 2 bed cottages providing both the space for the largest of family gatherings and a generous income. (currently over 30k, running on a part time basis). Set in approx 1 acre of landscaped gardens and orchard with a large studio/entertainment barn, assorted outbuildings, stunning rural views located in a tranquil location 8 miles north of Hereford.
White House: Rain Porch – Entry Hall – Sitting Room – Dining Room – Study/Snug – Kitchen/Diner – Utility – Boot Room – Downstairs WC – 3 Double Bedrooms – Family Bathroom – Separate WC
‘Founders’ Middle Annexe: Entry Hall – Open Plan Sitting/Dining Room – Kitchen – 2 Double Bedrooms – Shower Room
‘Symonds’ End Annexe: Entry Hall – Downstairs WC – Open Plan Sitting/Dining Room – Kitchen – 2 Double Bedrooms – Bathroom – Attached Open-Fronted Store
The Old Barn: Open Plan Space with Front Raised Deck – Rear Shower Room – 2 WC’s – Integral Workshop – Attached Greenhouse
Grounds: Driveway – Garage – Timber ‘Shack’ – Shed – Machinery Store – Orchard – Wildlife Pond and Professionally Landscaped Gardens
Litmarsh Farm offers a unique period property retaining all its character charm with exposed beams and inglenook fireplace. A truly inviting home well able to satisfy the most diverse of family requirements - from a large country house recreated by easily reinstating the Dining Room doorway between White House and Founders middle annexe, whilst still retaining the end annexe cottage for multigenerational living or sumptuous self-contained guest accommodation. Or in its current incarnation as 2 Holiday Lets, the wisteria- draped 16th Century timber frame cottages offer a ready income to support a lovely home in the country. It is all set among landscaped gardens with at its heart The Old Barn offering a magnetic entertaining space and inviting the discovery of cleverly concealed private courtyards and shaded retreats.
Enjoying a quiet rural setting amid softly rolling farmland, Litmarsh lies an equidistant 1.5 miles between Marden and Bodenham; both villages offer local shops with post office, pubs and Ofsted “Good” primary schools, with bustling Bodenham further providing GP, vibrant village hall, tennis courts, golf course and even sailing club. While the full city amenities of Hereford or market town of Leominster are both just under 8 miles.
Rain Porch – Flagstone steps rise up to the shelter of the timber frame Porch with its characteristic pantile roof.
Entry Hall – Set at the foot of the wide staircase the Hall retains its original flooring of flagstones that run on into the Sitting Room.
Sitting Room – An inviting room delighting in exposed beams and a tall window, with the secondary-glazing common to all the front facing windows, frames lovely views into the deep front gardens. The focal feature is certainly the exposed brick inglenook fireplace with statement timber lintel and red tile hearth, home to a wood burner. To its side a deep alcove is fitted with bookshelves.
Dining Room – With exposed timber wall framing the Dining Room with laminate wood flooring offers an intimate space for dining and has a full-height niche fitted with open display shelves and an under stairs cupboard. A wall covering of mere plasterboard conceals doorway access into Founders Annexe, readily allowing the two properties to marry again.
Study/Snug – The carpeted Study with window offering views across the front gardens to the corner wildlife pond, retains a small exposed brick fireplace alcove with coloured tile hearth and offers a malleable space; ideal for Home Office or informal family Snug.
Kitchen/Diner – The large country Kitchen with red quarry tile flooring is fully fitted with an array of storage behind cream Shaker doors including twin units with pull-out wire baskets, all warmly contrasted by wood-effect laminate countertops. It has space for fridge/freezer and a cooker using electric & LPG bottled gas set under a stainless steel hood. While the stainless steel sink with integral drainer sits beneath one of twin windows overlooking the Mediterranean courtyard beds before The Old Barn. The long run of units continues to the side beneath another window looking towards the Orchard and around to the cheery orange, Rayburn oil-fired range creating a cosy spot for dining on a wintery night.
Utility – Fully fitted to match the Kitchen with stainless steel sink and countertops. The Utility units conceal an integrated Dishwasher, space for a washing machine and benefit from tall Pantry unit and tray chubby.
Boot Room – With External Door opening into the rear gardens and beside the private gravel courtyards of the Holiday Lets, the Boot Room provides ample space for the hanging of coats and divestment of muddy boots, while opposite lies the Downstairs WC.
Bedroom 1 – The carpeted Double Bedroom enjoys a window overlooking the expanse of the front gardens and features the exposed beams of the house’s gable end framing.
Bedroom 2 – A carpeted Double Bedroom also benefitting from a window basking in views over the deep front gardens. It retains an original black cast iron fireplace with white painted mantel surround and very pretty decorative hearth tiles. To the corner opens a Step-In Wardrobe with twin hanging rails, high shelf and space for full-height shoe racking.
Bedroom 3 – A carpeted Double enjoying dual aspect to the side Orchard and overlooking the rear courtyard, to the corner lies a large Airing Cupboard home to the hot water tank surrounded with batten shelving and double cupboard above.
Separate WC – Off the landing behind a folding door opens a Separate WC with Velux and fitted shelving, currently used as a Linen Cupboard.
Family Bathroom – Recently refurbished the lovely Bathroom features full bath, large walk-in shower enclosure with power shower and a run of fitted calypso storage units incorporating WC and basin. The room has both radiator and heated towel rail and is completed with pale grey porcelain tile flooring.
Entry Hall – Beyond the half-glazed Front Door lies the carpeted Entry Hall with Under-Stairs Cupboard and adjacent void ideal for coat hanging.
Open Plan Sitting/Dining Room – The carpeted, open plan living space enjoys dual aspect with recently replaced timber frame double glazed window with window seat below to the front and steps up to a French Door opening into a private dining courtyard giving way to hedged lawn to the rear.
Kitchen – The fully fitted Kitchen has an oven and LPG gas hob, stainless steel sink and a half with drainer and space for freestanding fridge/freezer.
Bedroom 1 – The carpeted Double is set out as a Twin Bedroom with high window to the rear gardens and has a built-in Wardrobe with internal low shelf.
Bedroom 2 – A carpeted Double enjoying high window to the front and exposed wall beams.
Shower Room – With large corner shower cubicle, the room is completed with WC, pedestal basin and vinyl flooring.
‘Symonds Annexe Cottage’
Entry Hall – With tile flooring the Hall offers Under-Stairs Cupboard and leads back to the Downstairs WC.
Open Plan Sitting/Dining Room – A mirror image of Founders’ living space, delighting in the cosy addition of a wood burner set upon a wide slate hearth.
Kitchen – Fully fitted with marble-effect laminate countertop, the Kitchen has a sink and a half; oven and LPG gas hob and space for both washing machine, dishwasher and fridge/freezer.
Bedroom 1 – The carpeted Double is again set up as a Twin, with high rear window and built-in corner Airing Cupboard.
Bedroom 2 – A carpeted Double enjoying front window and exposed beams.
Bathroom – Featuring full bath, good sized corner shower cubicle, WC, heated towel rail and fitted vanity unit with basin.
Attached Open Store – To the end of the cottage lies a single storey, open- fronted Store supporting solar panels to the pantile roof and offering potential for extending Symonds; subject to all relevant permissions.
‘The Old Barn’
Wooden steps rise from the raised topiary beds of the Mediterranean courtyard up to the wide timber Dining Deck before double French Doors open into an unexpectedly expansive space – ideal for the entertaining of myriad family and friends, or a home office, or further accommodation subject to the necessary permissions.
The insulated open plan span of the Old Barn offers beyond a party venue, a dream rumpus room for teenagers or any budding musicians. Integral to the rear lies both a Workshop and Shower Room and toilets allowing for the messily creative pursuit of any hobby imaginable, while to the side is attached a Greenhouse for the more sedately green-fingered.
The generous sweep of the Driveway passes between wide front lawns bounded by lushly planted flower borders and past the old brick Garage offering storage. The abundant landscaped gardens are delineated by short runs of evergreen hedges purposely designed to create individual gardens with lovely vistas, discreet separate areas for guests with both dining courtyards and open lawns, shaded sanctuaries to be discovered or to conceal more functional areas such as the small Orchard producing both eating and cooking apples and 3 varieties of pear including the mouth-watering Doyenne du Comice.
The hedges also screen the more mundane Shed and open Machinery Store so as not to distract from the rear views across open fields from the dining patio with its own screening grapevine.
Herefordshire Council Tax Band ‘E’ for White House
Oil-Fired Central Heating/Double or Secondary Glazed
Mains Electricity, Water
Fibre Broadband Available
From Hereford, follow the A49 north towards Leominster. 2 miles on from the city’s edge, turn right to Moreton-On-Lugg and proceed straight, crossing the railway line. At the junction bear left and in 2 miles bear left again into Walker’s Green. Continue straight another 2 miles and turn right to Litmarsh. The property is to be found shortly on the left.
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