The Old Rectory is situated down a single-track lane in the centre of the very popular village of Great Witley. The village has a flourishing community, with everyday amenities including a primary school, doctor's surgery with dispensary, baroque church, village hall with pre-school, store/post office, petrol station with ATM, multi sports pitch and of course, the stunning Witley Court.
Great Witley falls within the catchment for the highly regarded Chantry High School in Martley and the Abberley Hall prep and pre-prep schools can also be found nearby.
The surrounding countryside is criss-crossed with numerous footpaths to include the Worcestershire Way and there are a number of award-winning public houses in the surrounding villages.
More extensive shopping and leisure facilities can be found in Worcester, together with an excellent range of independent schooling, including Kings and RGS. For the commuter, there is easy access to the M5 motorway network at Junction 5 along with railway stations in Worcester, Droitwich and Kidderminster which provide regular services to Birmingham, London and beyond.
The Old Rectory is undoubtedly one of the principle houses in the area. Steeped in history, the property was commissioned in the early 1800’s by Lord Foley for his third son, to replace the former rectory which had been demolished. The property was built around the same time as Witley Court and it is possible that is was designed by the same architect, James Gibbs, as there are many architectural similarities between the buildings.
The property has seen many important historical visitors such as Queen Adelaide, William IV’s wife and the popular artist, Edward Burne-Jones. The current vendors have enjoyed living at the property for over forty years and have maintained it very well. This captivating property, which is attached at its rear corner, is a brilliant example of supreme craftmanship, with elegantly proportioned rooms and exquisite period detailing throughout. Fine features include high ceilings, coving and cornicing, wooden floors, picture rails, original fireplaces, cast iron radiators, wooden panelling to walls, sash windows and window shutters.
The pretty front facade of the building has beautiful stone quoins surrounding the large bay windows which were added in Victorian times. Acorn finials rest on the parapet and Doric stone columns stand either side of the semi-circular headed doorway. A central tripartite window on the first floor has two windows to either side, all with stone architraves and cornices and a triangular stone parapet finishes off the symmetrical frontage.
A part glazed door with fanlight over gives access to the enclosed porch which leads into the impressive and spacious hallway with its original wooden floor and elegant sweeping staircase rising to the first floor. The formal dining room sits to the front of the property and is a beautiful room with an original marble fireplace housing open fire and large bay window with original wooden shutters. The sitting room also lies to the front of the property and has a fireplace with the most amazing ornate carved surround housing a log burner and beautiful wooden panelling to the walls. Again, this room has the benefit of the large bay window with wooden shutters. The study again enjoys a bay window and is comprehensively fitted with wooden bookshelves and cupboards. A light and airy sun room with exposed brick wall can be found to the rear of the property, overlooking the beautiful gardens. The kitchen is also situated to the rear of the property and is fitted with solid wood base units and a recessed Rayburn cooker with tiled splash back. The ceiling beams still have the old meat hooks and the floor is quarry tiled. Also on the ground floor are both a useful utility room and cloakroom along with a superb heated indoor pool for the keen swimmer or keep fit enthusiast. On the lower ground floor extensive cellarage is split into four brick vaulted rooms, together with a separate wine cellar.
The spacious first floor landing has an enormous feature window looking out over the gothic stone griffins which flank the rear door. There are three well-proportioned double bedrooms, with the master benefiting from a dressing room and a large en-suite bathroom. A superb family bathroom with a stylish and modern suite, including a separate walk-in shower and wall of wardrobes, completes the first floor accommodation.
The sweeping staircase rises again to the second floor where a further four double bedrooms, bathroom with a wonderful claw foot roll top bath and second kitchen can be found.
Grounds and gardens
The Old Rectory is entered via wrought iron double gates onto a gravelled driveway providing parking. The beautifully landscaped and manicured formal gardens extend to around 0.5 acres with various areas separated by neat box hedging. There are broad level lawns with colourful beds and borders, a stunning rose garden, an orchard filled with apple and pear trees and paved terraces for alfresco dining, situated to make the most of the South facing garden. The garden is partly walled and bordered with mature trees and hedging creating a private haven within this popular village.
A further area of lawn flanks the house on its eastern side, bordered by a mature hedge. The Old Rectory also owns a sliver of land to the west of the shared drive, as indicated on the plan.
House For SaleThe Old Rectory, Stourport Road, Great Witley, Worcestershire
Guide price £875,000 Sold
A stunning 7 bedroom Grade II Listed Regency property with exquisite period detailing, sitting in 0.5 acres of formal gardens and nestled in the heart of the popular village of Great Witley
- Sitting room, dining room, study, sun room
- Kitchen, utility room, cloakroom, second floor kitchen
- 7 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
- Extensive cellarage
- Heated indoor swimming pool
- In all approximately 6,845 sq ft
- Magnificent period features throughout