Hidden away in the Teme Valley, in a tranquil setting this pretty cottage is nestled in amongst traditional orchards and pastureland. The Teme Valley offers excellent walking, horse-riding, and outdoor activities including excellent fishing on the River Teme. A short distance away is the village of Stanford Bridge which provides local amenities including a village hall, church, public house, and popular farm shop complex, which includes a butcher, tea shop, and hair salon. Nearby, Great Witley provides additional local amenities including a post office, petrol station, doctor's surgery and primary school. Upper Sapey Golf Course is a short drive away, as is The Baiting House country pub.
More extensive retail, social and cultural facilities can be found within the cathedral City of Worcester which also enjoys premiership rugby, county cricket and horse racing. The beautiful market town of Tenbury Wells is less than 10 miles away and has a number of individual shops and the wonderful art deco theatre and cinema. The popular market town of Ludlow is within easy reach and boasts several fine Michelin Guide restaurants and a wide variety of independent shops.
Excellent local schooling includes Abberley Hall Preparatory School, the renowned Chantry High School at Martley, RGS and Kings in Worcester and independent schooling in Malvern. For commuting, the M5 motorway can be accessed at Junctions 5 or 6, giving routes into Birmingham or the West Midlands. Train services are readily accessible in Kidderminster, Droitwich, Hartlebury and Worcester, with routes to Birmingham and London.
Secluded and not overlooked, Chapel Cottage is tucked away from the lane and approached down a private driveway with gravel parking area to the frontage. The cottage is not Listed, having been restored and extended during the 1970’s using reclaimed historic timbers from local sources, understood to be on the site of the original “chapel”. The architect supervised reconstruction was undertaken by a renovation specialist. The present owners have since carried out some sympathetic improvements to the property over the period of the last 5 years. This has included a splendid new Hatt kitchen, a new central heating system with period style radiators, and double glazing of the existing windows. The delightful character accommodation is enhanced by some wonderful exposed oak timbers.
A solid oak entrance door leads into the dining and stairway hall, providing a bright and warm welcome with a contemporary feel, with slate floor, fitted shelving and open oak staircase leading upstairs, with feature picture window capturing a lovely view of the garden. An oak door leads into the delightful and cosy sitting room with stone inglenook fireplace with Clearview wood burning stove and solid oak floor. Panoramic views of the garden are enjoyed from the triple aspect windows. The recently refitted Hatt breakfast kitchen has a range of wall and floor mounted cabinets with quartz worktops. Integral appliances include a Beko ceramic hob with electric oven beneath, dishwasher and fridge, and at its heart, a period oil fired Aga. Off the kitchen is a utility room (formerly a larder), and with plumbing already installed to create a cloakroom. Leading out from the kitchen is the rear porch and boot room with “day-to-day” door to the outside.
The characterful first floor accommodation includes a significant landing and study area, originally a fourth bedroom, that could be readily reinstated with the construction of a partition wall. There are three charming bedrooms, two are spacious doubles both with dual aspects, and abundant with exposed timbers. The family bathroom has a white suite including shower over the bath and underfloor heating.
Grounds and gardens
A useful double garage/ timber workshop has power, lighting and water. The delightful wraparound gardens are particularly special, planted with numerous unusual mature specimen shrubs and trees, designed and landscaped by former owners over a period of some 15 years, and includes a grass pathway with glorious well-stocked borders. To the rear of the property is a sunny open lawn area sloping down to a stream, with a feature timber deck providing a wonderful entertaining area. The garden is enclosed by a combination of mixed hedgerow and post and wire fencing. It enjoys wonderful views across a neighbouring orchard and paddock, and across the valley beyond stretching towards Abberley Clock Tower.
House For SaleChapel Cottage, Orleton, Stanford Bridge, Worcestershire
Guide price £525,000 Sale Agreed
A hidden gem! A quintessential period timber framed cottage with magical gardens, in a beautiful and secluded Teme Valley setting
- Idyllic peaceful setting
- Dining hall, sitting room
- Hatt breakfast kitchen, utility room
- 3 bedrooms
- Large study area/potential fourth bedroom
- Double garage/workshop
- In all approximately 1,866 sq ft
- Wonderful mature gardens of around 0.4 of an acre