A substantial Victorian manor house in an enviable location with a range of traditional outbuildings set in about 5.25 acres.
Kenstone Manor sits in a stunning valley on the edge of the Hodnet Estate famous for its gardens and sporting heritage. The name Hodnet is of Celtic origin and means peaceful valley and the setting of Kenstone Manor certainly lives up to this. To the south are uninterrupted views over the pond and along the valley. To the west the views include the famous Hill Monument of the Hawkstone Estate. Behind the house beyond some pasture is a sheer escarpment covered with mature deciduous forest called Hopley Edge. The setting provides a tranquil oasis and could not be a more stereotypical English pastoral scene.
The nearby village of Hodnet has an active community and includes a Church, doctors surgery with dispensary, village shop, butcher, filling station, village hall, primary school, The Bear Inn and a handful of other small shops in the village. Nearby larger towns of Market Drayton and Shrewsbury provide further amenities and shopping.
Schools in the area are excellent, including the Shrewsbury School, the High School for Girls, Ellesmere College, Adams Grammar School in Newport and the High School for Girls, as well as the Wrekin College at Telford.
While Kenstone Manor may sit so quietly and privately in its sleepy valley, the A53 is very easily accessed to the south of the valley.
Kenstone Manor is a well laid out country house with a flexible range of outbuildings that could be adapted for a number of uses. It is thought that the house may have originally been a part of the Hawkstone Estate. Over recent years, the current owners have carried out numerous restoration projects, replacing windows, doors & frames and skirting to name a few, as well as various works to the outbuildings, replacing like for like using traditional materials and methods wherever possible.
The rooms are laid out to cater both for formal entertaining in the traditional reception rooms at the front of the house which enjoy the best of the views, and for family living in the range of rooms at the back of Kenstone Manor. Whilst the accommodation as it stands offers great family space, there is still scope to improve and potentially extend.
The house has high ceilings throughout and many of the Victorian features have been preserved including the original dark oak staircase and tiled hallway. Tall windows allow the outstanding beauty of the area to be enjoyed from within the house.
In all the accommodation provides light airy rooms for formal entertaining, well lit by casement windows. Many of these rooms take advantage of the wonderful views that Kenstone Manor sits in amongst.
Kenstone Manor itself forms one side of a rectangular courtyard, the remainder of which is a mix of red brick and sandstone traditional agricultural buildings. Many of these buildings have benefited from recent renovation work including re-roofing, refacing in sandstone and many new doors and windows, all safeguarding the integrity of this flexible range of buildings. With the appropriate planning permission these buildings could be converted to a number of different uses.
Kenstone Manor is approach either by the sweeping drive to the front of the house of by a separate rear drive into the courtyard accessed from Clays Lane. A series of well maintained lawns with box hedges and sandstone walls for borders immediately surround the house to the west and south and a paved terrace outside the sitting room together provide a practical space from which to enjoy the stunning scenery around Kenstone Manor.
The land lies both to the south across Clays Lane with a paddock with working water troughs and stock proof fencing next to a large pond set on the edge of a glade while to the west across the lane is further land and ponds, which we believe attracts a variety of birds and other wildlife.
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