Garden
8,621 sq ft(800.92 sq m)
Guide price £850,000

Apley ParkBridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 5ND


    Key features

    • Grade II* principal portion of country house
    • A fabulous example of perfection
    • Garaging and parking
    • Share of freehold
    • Private garden & 15 acres of communal grounds

    Library House is a principal portion of Apley Park a Grade II* listed important Shropshire mansion.

    About this property

    • ARCHITECTURE
      Apley Park was built by John Webb for Thomas Whitmore in 1811. Webb was a successful landscape gardener who turned to architecture late in life and the mansion was designed to match the grandeur of its setting. Built primarily of Grinshill ashlar in a Gothic style, with the exterior featuring battlemented parapets and mullioned windows. The earliest part of the house, a six bay three storey north wing, was incorporated into the Gothic mansion. Apley is detailed at length by Professor Pevsner's Buildings of England stating that Webb took his cue from Ashridge, Hertfordshire, Sheffield Park, Sussex and Sandleford Priory, Berkshire.


      HISTORY
      Apley Hall has a wealth of history. A home has existed on the site as early as the 13th century. In 1551 Sir Thomas Lucy (Shakespeare's magistrate) sold the Apley Estate to the royalist Whitmore family with close links to Charles I. Indeed it is reported that Charles I said of Bridgnorth, “The finest view in all my Kingdom”. Apley Hall was commissioned by Thomas Whitmore in 1811 just after the Napoleonic Wars and was designed to emulate a romantic castle overlooking the River Severn.

      In 1867 the Hall was sold to the heir and nephew of James Foster, a wealthy ironmaster who employed 7000 men making nails in Stourbridge. In 1896 the parents of P.G. Wodehouse moved from Surrey to Shropshire and became regular visitors at Apley Hall and it is believed to be the inspiration behind P.G. Wodehouse's famous novel, Blandings Castle, and locals surmise that the low walled enclosure at the western end of the stable courtyards at Apley was the fictional home of the Empress. The author died in 1975 aged 93 and wrote that his “Happiest days as a boy were spent near Bridgnorth”. After the Second World War, Apley Hall was run as a state boarding school before falling into disrepair. It was then restored and divided up by Martin Ebelis who created a development of homes of gracious accommodation.

      The Estate has been handed down through generations and is owned by the trustees of the Estate of the 5th Lord Hamilton of Dalzell.

      DESCRIPTION
      Accommodation is formed from the principal rooms of the southern side of the Mansion and is set over three floors with additional Cellars and a large Attic Room. Each room retains much of the original architectural detailing and craftmanship. Of particular note are the Library, Drawing Room and Master Bedroom Suite. The Library is referred to in detail by Pevsner with intricate plasterwork to the ceiling and a square fan-vaulted bay window. The first floor Drawing Room enjoys far reaching views of the garden and towards the river and the Dining Room, a former chapel, is part oak panelled with a carved ceiling and a large mullioned window.

      GARDENS
      The private garden of Library House is laid to lawn and enjoys a Southerly aspect across the Severn Valley. The owner of The Library House also has access to over 15 acres of communal gardens.

      There is a single garage, parking for two cars and visitor parking.

      View payable Stamp Duty for this property

    Stunning architecture and beautiful proportions. This property is simply perfection.

    Tony Morris-EytonProperty agent

    Local information

    • Library House is a principal portion of the great rooms of one of Shropshire's finest and most important country houses, the magnificent Grade II* listed mansion, Apley Park. Standing in the privacy of Apley Estate's glorious rolling parkland with an outlook over the River Severn, the mansion is approached down a long scenic driveway, affording the house an idyllic and peaceful setting.
    • Whilst rural, the house is close to the village of Norton and has easy access to the pretty market town of Bridgnorth (7 miles) for day-to-day amenities. Bridgnorth is famed for the oldest and steepest inland funicular railway which has been operating since 1892 and links the high and low towns.
    • Telford and access to the M54, is 11 miles away and provides onwards travel to the Midlands business centres and the wider road network.
    • Regional Airports include Birmingham, Manchester and East Midlands.

    Additional information

    • Directions: Apley Park is approached along Cheswardine Lane, west of the village of Norton on the A442. The Library House is approached along a sweeping driveway through The Apley Estate park to wrought iron gates of the main courtyard. Parking is located on the left hand side of the Gothic arch which leads to the inner courtyard and The Library House, which can be found after twenty yards on the right hand side.
    • EPC Exempt