- Excellent equestrian property
- Set in 54 acres
- Courtyard of stables
- Supporting outbuildings
- Arena, gallop and canter track
- Outriding into Forest of Dean
- Annexe accommodation
- Lovely rural location
- Superb 4 bed farmhouse
An outstanding opportunity to purchase an attractive Grade II Listed stone farmhouse, together with an extensive courtyard of traditional stables, two self-contained apartments, grass gallop, all weather canter, arena, modern outbuildings, and approximately 54 acres of land.
Church Farm, as the name suggests, lies opposite a pretty village church together with just two other individual properties at Abenhall. The property is quietly situated amongst rolling countryside and enjoys a lovely outlook over its own gardens and land. The surrounding area offers some excellent outriding as well as outdoor pursuits, particularly in the Forest of Dean which covers some 42 square miles. A good range of local services are available at Mitcheldean (1 mile), with more extensive facilities at Ross on Wye (7.9 miles), Cheltenham (20 miles), Gloucester (13 miles), Hereford (20 miles) and Bristol which is approximately an hour away.
The house itself offers an all too rare opportunity to purchase an unspoilt Grade II listed period farmhouse, together with an outstanding range of traditional stone barns and stables, which create a very attractive courtyard to the side and rear. There are currently 14 loose boxes with associated tack room, kitchen facilities a useful workshop, feed store, a 4-bay cart shed which provides garaging and a two-storey traditional barn. Supporting the equestrian theme, the current owners have also created an all-weather 400-metre flexi ride canter track and a waxed surface arena, and an 800-metre grass gallop. More modern buildings include a four-bay Dutch barn and a portal frame building.
Although ideal for equestrian use Church Farm could offer a variety of uses and there may well be potential to convert some of the buildings subject to approval.
Immediately to the rear of the house, one of the barns has already been converted to create two one-bedroom holiday apartments which are fully furnished and could provide a very useful income.
The house itself is initially approached from a small lane and then by its own private driveway which leads to a large parking and turning area to the side and rear of the house. From here, a pathway leads to the front door, which opens into a reception hall with wood block flooring and doors to an impressive dining room ideal for entertaining, with dressed stone fireplace and shuttered windows to the front and side. A comfortable sitting room also has shuttered windows to the front, a fireplace and glazed doors to a contemporary conservatory with a vaulted glass ceiling and bi-fold doors opening to the gardens. An inner hall gives access to a wonderful walk-in larder with slate cold slabs and original shelving and to the kitchen/breakfast room which forms the main hub of the house. A fireplace houses a two-oven electric Aga and there are a range of working surfaces along with fitted cupboards and appliances. The kitchen is supported by a good-sized utility or laundry room, a cloakroom and rear porch with doors to the courtyard. In addition, there is a large office which provides a quiet place to work.
From the reception hall an attractive staircase leads up to a large landing on the first floor with views towards the church. The master bedroom offers plenty of space and enjoys a dual aspect, fireplace and en suite bathroom. There is a separate guest suite, with a decorative working fireplace, some lovely views to the west and steps down to a well-appointed shower room. There are two further bedrooms, one currently used as a dressing room, and a separate bathroom. In addition, the house benefits from solar panels that create 3.5 kilowatts of power.
The gardens are a good size lie to the front and side of the house with formal lawn areas, well stocked mature herbaceous borders and a kitchen garden all enclosed by original stone walling which incorporates rare bee boles.
A separate drive provides access to the rear of the outbuildings and passes the six-bay Dutch barn (95x24) and leads to the four-bay steel framed barn (60ft 40ft). From here access can also be gained to the full-size 40m x 20m all-weather arena, with viewing platform and shelter, the canter track and grass gallop. There are several small enclosures close the house and stables for turning out with the remaining land following the course of the valley and includes a small area of mixed woodland. In all the land extends to approximately 54 acres as shown on the attached plan.
Services and Considerations mains electricity, mains water, private drainage, oil fired central heating and solar panels. It is not our company policy to test services and domestic appliances, so we cannot verify that they are in working order. Any matters relating to rights of way should be checked with your solicitor or surveyor. Council tax band G. EPC n/a. Tenure freehold.
From Ross on Wye, proceed on the A40 in an easterly direction for approximately 5 miles, passing through Weston under Penyard and at Lea bear right onto the B4224 signposted to Mitcheldean. Continue for a further three miles and at the T junction turn right continuing on the B4224. Continue through Mitcheldean, along Hawkers Hill Road and at the small roundabout bear left and immediately right into Abenhall Road, signposted Flaxley and Westbury on Seven. Continue for approximately 1/2 mile before turning left into church lane and Church Farm will then be found on the right-hand side opposite the church.
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