Savills | Elmley Lovett, Droitwich, Worcestershire, WR9 0PS | Property for sale
8,409 sq ft(781.22 sq m)
Price on application

Elmley LovettDroitwich, Worcestershire, WR9 0PS

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Grade II Listed Queen Anne Country House
  • Beautifully Positioned with Wonderful Views
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Separate Coach House with secondary accommodation
  • Stunning Formal Gardens
  • In all about 140 acres - Available as a Whole or in 2 Lots

An exquisite Grade II Listed Queen Anne country house beautifully positioned in idyllic gardens and grounds with wonderful views over its own picturesque farmland..

About this property

  • THE OLD RECTORY (LOT 1 - ABOUT 20 ACRES)

    Having not been offered to the market since 1981, this is a truly exciting opportunity to acquire an impressive Queen Anne country house which is positioned majestically, surrounded by its beautiful gardens and parkland grounds with views across its own farmland.

    The elegant Grade II listed Queen Anne country house, a former Rectory, is approached along a graveled drive lined by mature trees leading to a parking and turning area at the front
    of the house.

    The front elevation, which faces north, is full of architectural character synonymous of the early 1700s period for first class architecture. Constructed with brick with painted quoins
    under a tiled roof and with large sash windows, the house has a welcoming presence with a subtle sense of grandeur and symmetry. The large paneled front door is beneath an ornate
    shell porch canopy, above which is a molded pedestal tablet.

    There are a number of sensitively constructed later additions. The southern elevation is equally pleasing architecturally and of note are the full height sash windows on the ground floor and a more recent addition of an orangery.

    Inside, The Old Rectory continues to impress with a reception hall leading to the nicely proportioned and elegant principal reception rooms of the drawing room, dining room
    and study – all with high ceilings, fireplaces, decorative ceiling cornices and sash windows providing wonderfully light rooms and allowing your attention to be drawn to the views over
    the gardens and grounds.

    The kitchen is well appointed with an Aga and open to the more recent addition of the orangery providing a modern-style living space with dining and sitting areas. The terrace and gardens can be accessed directly allowing them to be enjoyed seamlessly, particularly for informal entertaining. The family kitchen or “hub of the house”, so frequently sought in a country house, is certainly created in this regard also providing the link access to the capacious, vaulted family sitting room, domestic rooms, office and indoor swimming pool.

    From the reception hall the principal staircase sweeps up gently to the first floor and second floor attic. The stairs rise to a large and open landing on the first floor from which the large principal bedroom suite is located with a bathroom and dressing room. There is a further bedroom with ensuite bathroom and an additional bedroom and separate bathroom. The bedroom accommodation has the benefit of good ceiling height and large sash windows.

    On the second floor, accessed via the continuing principal staircase, a large play room landing leads to four excellent bedrooms, which are far from secondary as one might expect, with well-proportioned rooms, good ceiling height and excellent natural light from numerous windows. Of the four bedrooms, one has an ensuite bathroom and there is an additional bathroom to serve the other three.

    FARMLAND AND SPORTING (LOT 2 – ABOUT 120 ACRES)

    The farmland extends to approximately 120 acres and forms much of the very pretty view from the house to the south. The land is gently undulating and is a well-balanced mixture of pasture and woodland.

    The current owner has taken great pride in the management of
    the land, establishing additional woodland and maintaining existing woodland including a crop of cricket bat willow. The land is currently let under an annual grazing agreement to a local farmer.

    The land is registered with the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) and a subsidy is claimed under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). The current owner has created a good family shoot, previously run in hand and enjoyed by family and friends. Latterly, the shoot has been let on an annual basis as part of a larger shoot, the tenancy for which expired in February 2021.

Who wouldn't be proud to own quite such a striking house? Set in beautiful grounds with 140 acres of glorious countryside.

James WalkerProperty agent

Local information

  • Positioned privately behind large entrance gates on the edge of the pretty village of Elmley Lovett, The Old Rectory sits enclosed on all sides by its mature gardens and grounds, wonderful views look out over its own farmland and the surrounding countryside.
  • Elmley Lovett is a small rural hamlet, beautifully nestled in the undulating, scenic Worcestershire countryside about 6 miles to the north of the historic Spa town of Droitwich, characterised by the impressive principal house being The Old Rectory and the rather splendid St Michael's Church.
  • The house is conveniently located within 5 miles of junction 5 of the M5 and the midlands motorway network. Droitwich Spa is an historic town with its community origins dating back more than 2000 years. Owing to the large subterranean reserves of natural rock salt and the brine springs which emanate from great depths, the Romans settled here and capitalised on the rich supply of salt, then a valuable commodity. In the early 19th century, the Royal Brine Baths were created and later became renowned for their medical benefits in treating the rich and famous.
  • Apart from its history and period architecture, nowadays Droitwich has a good range of retail options, restaurants and a variety of sporting and leisure facilities to serve its community and surrounding villages.
  • Nearby schools include the award winning RGS Worcester, Bromsgrove School, Malvern College, Abberley Hall and the Elms prep schools. Cheltenham Ladies College and Cheltenham College are also within reaching distance.
  • There is National Hunt Racing at Worcester Racecourse and the world famous Cheltenham Racecourse. Golf at Ombersley and Worcester Golf Club. The Malvern Hills which are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) offer fabulous walks as well as the Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve. For those keen to partake in field sports there is an abundance of opportunity in the area.

Additional information

  • The Old Rectory is surrounded by its grounds and well-presented gardens. To the north, the drive and parking area are enclosed by hedging and shrubs, which open to a level area of lawn to the west, which is well stocked with daffodils in spring and a pair of impressive Magnolias.
  • An opening leads through a neatly clipped, substantial beech hedge to the formal west gardens, which have been purposefully designed and laid out to enjoy throughout the year with herbaceous boarders of mature shrubs, plants and specimen trees to provide colour and variety.
  • The garden to the south enjoys an expanse of level lawn with a terrace beside the house, which links the orangery and the lawns to the west garden. Beyond the lawns to the south is a wonderful ha-ha allowing seamless views across the garden to the parkland beyond. In early spring, a large area just beyond the ha-ha is awash with yellow – Wild Daffodils grow and bloom creating quite a spectacle of glorious colour clearly visible and enjoyed form the house and gardens. Beyond the lawns to the east is a small walled garden with a pond, which creates a sheltered area from which the family room and indoor swimming pool can be accessed.
  • There is a kitchen garden and an impressive dovecote. The dovecote is really quite special and as such is Listed Grade II of architectural importance in its own right.
  • Designed and built by the current owner, The Coach House is positioned to the east of The Old Rectory and is an incredibly useful and substantial building, which compliments the main house architecturally and provides for additional accommodation on the first floor with garaging and storage below.
  • The accommodation on the first floor comprises a large open plan room, suitable for entertaining, with a large fireplace. This would quite easily provide space for a bedroom and sitting room if required. There is a large kitchen and a bathroom. The ground floor consists of three garages with workshop and garden machinery storage.
  • Adjacent to the Coach House is a single storey, period, brick-built former implement building. There are 5 bays for storage and planning permission has been obtained for conversion to residential use.
  • Directions: The house is well placed for commuting to a number of Midlands business centres, and with the M5 nearby, Birmingham is within easy reach for both its commercial and leisure activities along with it international airport. Main train line services run from Worcestershire Parkway Station, with trains to London Paddington from 2 hours 30 minutes. Worcestershire Parkway will also benefit from the HS2 service when it is complete, reducing the journey time to London considerably. M5 motorway (J5) 5 miles, Droitwich Spa 6 miles, Worcestershire Parkway Station (London Paddington) 14 miles, Birmingham International Airport 32 miles, Cheltenham 35 miles
  • EPC Exempt