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A Stunning Extended 5 Bedroom Victorian Detached House Set on the Banks of the River Wye, rich in period detail and beautifully refurbished, set upon prestigious Hampton Park Road within the leafy conservation area.
Ground Floor: Porch – Hallway – Drawing Room – Snug – Open-Plan Kitchen/Dining Room – Office – Lower Hall – Downstairs WC – Utility Room – Main Bedroom With Dressing Room & Ensuite
First Floor: Four Further Double Bedrooms – Family Bathroom – Attic
Grounds: Patio and Gardens – Outbuildings – Driveway with Ample Parking – Adjacent Spinney
Recently renovated and extended to take full advantage of its southerly aspect overlooking the river, this beautiful home has both character and style in spades. The property now offers luxurious, modern living in a truly gorgeous position, combining Victorian beauty and appeal with space and light. The newly-built Kitchen/Dining Room and ground floor Main Bedroom suite, along with extensive sandstone patio and sweeping steps are opulent additions. Almost all of the windows have now been replaced, like-for-like, with handsome timber double-glazed sashes. With new Bathrooms throughout, the original floors have been exposed on the ground floor with the entire first floor also recently re-carpeted. The acquisition of the adjacent spinney offers a number of potential options with the newly-enlarged footprint of the property.
Nestled in this privileged location in the heart of Hereford, the house and gardens nonetheless retain the feel of being firmly in the countryside, overlooking not only the river but open farmland with views to Dinedor Hill. Varied country and riverside walks are numerous, right on the doorstep. Amenities are all close at hand, including a local Post Office and Tesco Express along with pubs and corner shop in the neighbouring community of St. James. The City Centre is a mere ten-minute walk away. Renowned Wye Leisure in Fownhope is also less than ten minutes by car. Educational provision is extensive, offering the full range from Ofsted “Excellent” and “Good” primary schools, Bishops Bluecoat Secondary School and the highly-regarded Sixth Form College to Hereford Cathedral School which offers private education from nursery to A Level. The Nuffield and County Hospital are both close at hand.
Porch – A lit, Victorian-tiled Porch welcomes you in with its original double doors and the renovated front door beyond with new, etched glazing.
Entrance Hall – The hall boasts original, exposed wooden floors with all stripped pine doors leading off and a cast-iron radiator. The pretty staircase rises to a quarter landing above. Beyond, the ground floor, a stone step drops to the lower hall with quarry tiles. There is a useful cupboard under the stairs.
Drawing Room – The generous Drawing Room leads off the hall providing a luxurious space for relaxation and entertainment. Once the original kitchen and adjoining parlour, the fireplace and wall have been removed to reveal a malleable space which could easily lend itself to a grand dining room. The large traditional bay window and two further sashes all have bespoke Roman blinds, making a perfect cinema room.
Snug – Opposite lies a cosy Snug, framed by the original open fireplace and the west-facing bay window with leafy views over the garden. This is a warmly inviting and intimate space for board games or reading after dinner. New, traditionally-styled cast iron radiators retain the charm of this room.
Open Plan Kitchen/Dining Room – The original French doors of the house now lead directly to a fabulous, open-plan Kitchen/Dining Room with oak parquet floors. With a southerly aspect overlooking the river, this has become the perfect setting to enjoy this splendid location each and every day. The generous, aluminium Cristal-style doors can all be thrown open for a truly impressive entertaining space. Exposed bricks from the original house now form a link from old to new. Remote-controlled Velux windows offer light and ventilation at the touch of a button.
The classic, handmade kitchen by The Shaker Kitchen Company of Cheltenham offers a discreet and well-provisioned space for cooking on a grand scale. Pantry fridge and dishwasher are built-in. A Villeroy & Boch double butler’s sink is at home in a generous island with bar seating for five or six. Opposite is a deep, Carrara marble worktop aside a Steel Cucine range cooker. Cast-iron radiators add period charm.
Pantry – From the Kitchen, a step drops to a large and open, tiled pantry. Here, a second butler’s sink is perfect for use when entertaining. There is an American fridge/freezer and vast storage including several full-height larders. This is also home to the breakfast station. A remote-controlled Velux roof-light floods the entire space with light.
Office – An internal Office tucked away offers space for work or home administration, with a quarry-tiled floor. This could also be used as a boot and cloak room.
Lower Hall – The lower hall, open to the pantry, is currently home to a large linen cupboard and cloakroom, giving access to a sheltered back porch with cast-iron radiator.
WC – The characterful downstairs WC has been tastefully refurbished with Arcade sanitary-ware and cast-iron radiator, with painted, exposed brick walls.
Utility Room – The laundry houses the large boiler and consumer unit with a large butler’s sink, alongside a washing machine, dryer and large freezer.
Main Bedroom Suite (Bedroom 1) – Beyond the lower hall lies the Main Bedroom suite. This private space has been created on the ground floor with its own patio space and river beyond. The bedroom itself has patio doors and generous proportions. A hand-built dressing room offers comprehensive storage. The adjacent ensuite, with cast iron freestanding bath and separate shower with marble tiles, has a window with full wooden shutters and a remote-controlled Velux roof-light. Traditional, new cast-iron radiators and oak floors throughout complete this beautiful addition to the house.
First Floor – A pretty staircase with two quarter landings leads to four further double bedrooms and family bathroom on the first floor. Three of these bedrooms enjoy dual aspect over the open views, all four with a green outlook. All of the bedrooms have new wooden sash and double-glazed windows and wool carpets throughout.
Bedroom 2 – With dual aspect, this Double Bedroom has room for a desk or sofa, given its proportions. Once the servant’s quarters, there is a nook where the original fireplace was and a built-in wardrobe/cupboard space. There is a small attic above.
Bathroom – The Family Bathroom has been renovated to include a freestanding Burlington bath, Fired Earth vanity and a separate Arcade shower and WC. The original pine floors are exposed with a refurbished cast-iron radiator.
Bedroom 3 – Again with dual aspect, this Double Bedroom has a pretty outlook over the gardens and river.
Bedroom 4 – A Double Bedroom with dual aspect overlooking the garden.
Bedroom 5 – A fifth Double Bedroom; this would also lend itself to a hobby room or larger office for working from home if not required as a bedroom.
Upper Hall – The upstairs hall has a delightful pair of original French doors which lead to the wisteria-framed veranda, overlooking the garden and river. Additionally, there is an extensive and floored attic space above currently used for storage, with a drop-down ladder with easy access from this hall.
A handsome sandstone patio has created a large and versatile riverside entertaining space. This is framed by a cast iron balustrade, handmade locally using reclaimed and fully-restored, ornate Victorian sections. A further viewing deck over the river is perfect for taking early morning coffee while enjoying the birdlife on the river that abounds. Kingfishers are regular visitors, along with frequent sightings of herons, cormorants and other water birds as well as the occasional otter. A narrow set of steps leading down to the riverside gives access for swimming, canoeing and kayaking or fishing.
The garden is mainly laid to grass, bordered by established trees with a gravelled drive and parking for numerous cars. A lean-to offers convenient storage and the possibility of use as a carport. Alongside is a shed and the original coal chute and shelter, with further garden storage at the entrance.
A rarely-used public footpath divides the enclosed garden from the recently-acquired land. This land houses a verdant, undeveloped spinney and is currently used purely as a recreational area adjacent to the river and Eign brook, with a hand-built, rustic fire pit. This land has the potential to be incorporated in to the main garden, if desired. The mature trees are home to a number of bird species, including owls, which gives a backdrop of birdsong at dawn and dusk.
Herefordshire Council Tax Band ‘G’
Gas Central Heating Enabled for Solar Additions
All Mains Services
High Speed Fibre Broadband Available
From Hereford, take the B4224 towards Fownhope (ignore current diversion signs in place). Continue along Eign Road, passing under Eign Rail Bridge. After 200m, the property is found on the right-hand side at the start of Hampton Park Road down a small private drive, marked by a GlassHouse ‘For Sale’ sign. The drive is directly opposite Brookfield Veterinary Practice.
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