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A Striking and Substantial 4 Double Bedroom Period Stable Conversion, situated in a highly sought after location in Colwall on the lower western slopes of the Malvern Hills.
Kitchen/Dining Room – Study – Sitting Room – Reception Hall – Pantry – 4 Double Bedrooms – Bathroom – Shower Room – WC – Private Garden with Parking
Caves Folly is a unique property unlike any other, with a fascinating history. Built around 1896 it was a grand stable block for the race course that featured in the village in the early 20th century. It was built for Roland Cave-Brown-Cave, who married into the prominent Bright family of the Barton Court estate in Colwall. He was also behind the construction of the Colwall Park Hotel. The property is situated on the prestigious Evendine Lane, close to the village green.
It has an impressive appearance with many fine architectural details. The substantial construction features thick stone walls, a wide brick lined central arch, brick quoins and brick and stone windows. There are decorative hung tiles to the first floor floor and a protruding first floor half timbered gable above the archway, with beautifully carved fox and hound knee braces. The hipped roof has clay tiles and features an impressive central leaded vent, flanked with brick chimneys stacks. To the side, there is a one and half storey lean to, which could be extended over, subject to consent. Adjoining that is a new timber clad single storey extension on the ground floor, which was completed in 2020, creating a large modern kitchen/diner. On the other side of the property there is an adjoining stone storage barn belonging to the neighbouring property, whose property is attached to the other side of the barn, therefore creating a buffer between the two dwellings.
In the backdrop of the property is the Herefordshire Beacon also known as British Camp, an Iron Age hill fort from the 4th century B.C. There are numerous footpaths close by with several leading directly on to the Malvern Hills. The immediate area has wide grass verges, quiet lanes and is popular with walkers, horse riders and cyclists.
Colwall is a well-served village boasting two public houses, post office, village stores, hotel, a fine butchers shop, green grocers, two cafes, doctors’ surgery, pharmacist, pre-school, two renowned preparatory schools, primary school, churches, Thai restaurant, village hall, library, historic cricket ground, football pitch and train station. There are also visits from a mobile fishmonger and fish & chips van.
Further town amenities and shops can be found at the nearby Spa town of Malvern (4 miles) or the historic market town of Ledbury (4.5 miles), including Waitrose supermarket at Great Malvern. The City amenities of Worcester, with motorway access is via junction 7 of the M5 are 13 miles. Slightly further afield are the Cathedral cities of Hereford (20 miles) and Gloucester (21 miles). Trains run from Colwall direct to Worcester, Hereford, Birmingham & London Paddington.
Malvern town centre 4 miles, Worcester and M5 Motorway (J7) 13 miles, M50 Motorway (J2) 8 miles, Birmingham 42 miles (distances approximate).
The property is approached via large timber gates within a high stone wall, these open into a gravelled parking area within the garden. There are double doors at the central hall, within the archway, or access directly to the kitchen dining room via bi-fold doors.
The kitchen/dining room is a delightful bright modern space with a double aspect and lantern roof light. There are three-pane bifold doors, a large picture window overlooking the garden and oak effect laminate flooring. The kitchen area has glossy pale grey fitted base and wall cupboards, with a wood block counter top and upstands. The counter top extends with a wide peninsular with inset composite sink and mixer tap, and space and plumbing for a dishwasher below. There is a breakfast bar with pendant light and hatch to loft space above. There is space for an American style fridge freezer, an electric hob and oven, and a stainless steel extractor hood. There is a combination of wall lights, pendant lighting and downlights, as well as modern radiators, uPVC double glazed windows. There is ample space for most dining tables and chairs, plus a socket and aerial for a wall mounted TV.
From the kitchen dining room there is an inner hall leading to the dining hall, on the right there is a walk-in pantry/cupboard with shelving and automatic light. Next door, is a reception room/study, carpeted, with a dual aspect and a utility area with a combination boiler and plumbing for a washing machine.
The central dining hall/reception is within the original archway of the building. It has laminate flooring, a wall of windows to the front with fitted shutters, exposed stone walls on both sides, and to the rear, glazed French doors flanked with tall windows and an arched window above. The ceilings are nearly 11ft high and have exposed chamfered beams and braces, and a central pendant light. Timber open-tread stairs rise and turn to the first floor.
Next door is the sitting room with oak effect laminate flooring. It has a substantial central stone fireplace with inset Clearview wood burning stove, and log store and desk to the side. There are windows on three sides and arched glass double doors between the dining hall, making it a superb entertaining space when opened.
The first floor landing has timber balustrades painted floorboards, slot windows and exposed beams. This leads to each of the upstairs rooms.
Like all of the bedrooms, the main bedroom has lovely high ceilings. It has painted floorboards, a pendant light, and a dual aspect with views towards Colwall Green. There is a walk-in wardrobe with fitted shelving and hanging rail. Next door is a shower room with a walk-in mains feed shower with glass screen. There are fitted cupboards, a WC and ceramic tiles to walls and floor. There is a central spotlight fitting and extractor fan.
There are three further bedrooms with front facing aspects, high ceilings, pendant lights and picture rails. At the end of the landing is a separate WC, next door to a bathroom with free standing bath, modern wall tiles, painted floorboards, and vanity unit with inset basin and light above, and storage below.
There is a large gravelled parking area opposite the kitchen diner with a retaining stone wall and lawn beyond. There is a stone garden wall at the lane side, mature conifer hedge at the end of the garden and timber panelled fence at the side. There is a large expanse of level lawn with a mature apple tree and magnolia. There are two timber sheds nearer the house and a timber play shed behind the parking area. There is a raised patio by the French doors to the dining hall, a further patio outside the kitchen both of which have fantastic views of the Malvern Hills.
Malvern Hills District Council Tax Band ‘E”
Gas-Fired Central Heating
Partially Double Glazed
All Mains Services
Fibre Broadband Available
From the centre of Colwall, proceed along Walwyn Road towards Ledbury. Shortly after the bridge over the railway line (with traffic lights), the Elms Preparatory School will be on your left and a football pitch on your right. Pass the old primary school on the left, take the next fork left, so the village green is on your right. At the end of the T-junction you will see the property opposite. Turn left onto Evendine Lane and park on the right just beyond the timber gates to the property.
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