Oaklea is located approximately 2 miles south of the village of Longtown, spectacularly located in west Herefordshire on the border of England with Wales enjoying unrivalled views over the surrounding countryside. At the foot of the hill is the River Monnow, nestling in the foothills of the imposing Black Mountains on the far side of the valley. The historic village of Longtown, approximately 2 miles to the north has a variety of amenities including a village store and post office selling local produce, village hall, public house and primary school. The nearest secondary school is Fairfield Secondary School at Peterchurch, which is well regarded. More extensive shopping and leisure facilities are to be found at Ewyas Harold with facilities including a post office, dentist, doctor, butcher, vets and public houses. The Brecon Beacons and Golden Valley are on the doorstep offering outdoor leisure pursuits including fabulous walks, cycling and horse riding. There is also ready access to the famous Offas Dyke path. For those travelling out of the county, there is easy access into Hereford with its railway station or alternatively the Abergavenny railway station. The M50 motorway is easily accessible just outside Ross on Wye, connecting through to the M5 and wider motorway network. Bristol is just 37 miles away via the Severn Bridge, having Abergavenny en route with a food festival amongst the attractions of this increasingly popular market town, under 10 miles from the property.
Oaklea is an impressive detached family home, built in 1937 by the vendor’s parents. This is the first time the property has ever come to the open market, and represents a superb opportunity for the new owner to develop the site and enjoy country living at its best. The property occupies a plateau on the edge of the hill, being built of brick with pebble-dash elevations. This much loved family home is currently run as a successful holiday letting enterprise, with well laid out accommodation over two floors. Period features include wooden panel doors, exposed floorboards, sash windows and period open fireplaces. The entrance hall features exposed wooden floors and leads to one side into the dining room, also with the exposed wooden floors, open fireplace and double aspect. On the far side of the hallway is the sitting room, also double aspect to enjoy the amazing views through the bay window. The room has exposed wooden floor boards and a fine stone fireplace surround with wood burner. At the rear of the ground floor is a study and cloakroom together with a kitchen which is well fitted with a range of base units, electric oven, hob and extractor above and double aspect. Stairs rise to the first floor with a separate WC on the half landing. The master bedroom is a good double with a deep bay window with direct views to the Black Mountains. There are three further bedrooms , two of which are doubles and one single currently housing bunk beds. The bathroom completes the accommodation to the first floor.
Grounds and gardens
Oaklea is approached from a quiet country lane through a pair of wrought iron gates onto a tarmac drive leading down to the property with plenty of parking to one side. The gardens are well laid out having extensive hedgerows which have been beautifully maintained. Immediately to the side of the property is a large expanse of flat lawn bordered by mature hedges and a variety of specimen mature trees, all designed to provide a wonderful area to eat al-fresco and to enjoy the stunning direct views to the Black Mountains. To the side of the property is a small outhouse and a tree lined walkway leads up the top lawn. This is completely enclosed by mature hedgerows with a lovely large area of flat lawn ideal for recreational purposes. To the far side of the main drive is a further area of lawn leading down to the principle outbuilding, a large detached single storey barn which currently provides for excellent storage.
Planning permission has been obtained from Herefordshire County Council ref: 192553 for the conversion of this existing redundant building from a storage barn to residential. This permission was granted for three years from the 11th December 2019. This barn could therefore provide excellent additional ancillary accommodation or has the potential to be able to provide a useful income through holiday lets. It should be noted that the permission is for a stand alone dwelling allowing it to be sold off separately, if required.
Accessed from a separate driveway is a small paddock leading down to a large detached dutch barn, open at one end for storage with a further enclosed storage barn at the rear. Steps lead up to a mezzanine level with, to one side a lean-to store. Just above the dutch barn is a freestanding field shelter providing additional storage.
To one side and below Oaklea lies the main land offered for sale with the property, divided into three connecting paddocks all laid to permanent pasture. The land is gently sloping down the hill and has been used in recent time for grazing sheep. The land is bordered by mature hedgerows and interspersed with a variety of mature trees.
Behind the house, on the opposite side of the lane is a separate parcel of land, extending to about 12.58 acres (5.09 ha) of more steeply sloping paddocks divided into two enclosures and bordered by mature trees. In all the land extends to approximately 25.61 acres (10.36 ha).
House For SaleOaklea, Walterstone, Hereford
Guide price £735,000 Sale Agreed
An attractive country house with captivating uninterrupted views to the Black Mountains.
- 4 bedroom house in stunning location
- On the open market for the first time since being built
- Barn with P/P for a 3 bedroom dwelling
- Dutch barn and outbuildings
- Outbuildings offering an opportunity for addtional income
- Wonderful views of the Black Mountains
- In all about 25.61 acres of land
- In total approx 2770 sq ft