Savills | Aston Munslow, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9ER | Properties for sale
13.39 Ac(5.42 Ha)
Guide price £1,850,000

Aston MunslowCraven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9ER

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Coach House
  • Tennis Court with views over the Corvedale
  • Wealth of history and period features
  • Copper beech tree lined drive
  • Stabling and Paddocks

A Grade II* listed imposing country house with fine views of the Corvedale.

About this property

  • Approached by a Copper beech tree lined drive, Aston Hall is a classically beautiful country residence with magnificent views, and a wealth of history and period features. The original solid oak front door leads into a porch which in turn leads into an impressive entrance hall which has an attractive large inglenook fireplace. To the left of the hall is the grand drawing room with original shutters, wood burner and an eye-catching ornate marble fireplace, a room ideal for entertaining.
    Beyond the drawing room is a cosy sitting room with inglenook fireplace and the original bread oven. The formal dining room is a delightful oak panelled room with oak floors, original working shutters, and working fireplace. There is also a morning room and a secondary every day dining room with a wonderful square atrium allowing light to flood in.
    The family kitchen is filled with light having French doors on to a courtyard area, high ceilings and exposed oak beams. There is a 4-door oil fired Aga, double Belfast sink and attractive units with a useful pantry and large adjoining boot room.
    The staircase rises elegantly to the first floor which has striking oak floor boards throughout and which have been restored to an exemplary standard.
    The principal bedroom is linked to a dressing room, an en suite bathroom and, behind this, a storage room. Also off the landing is the main spare room, a delightful panelled room with concealed fitted cupboards, a fireplace and en suite bathroom. A corridor leads round to the back landing, off which the back stairs run up to the attic and down to the sitting room. There is another bedroom and bathroom and a corridor linking the spare room to 2 further bedrooms that have a Jack and Jill bathroom positioned between them. There are a wealth of period details throughout the house with the internal panelled doors being of great note.
    The back staircase is carved and extremely ornate. The back stairs rise up to 2 further bedrooms and lead into the attics providing extensive further storage space.

    Coach House
    To the rear of the house is a courtyard beyond which is the coach house, an attractive stone building which provides secondary accommodation.
    The front door leads into a hall with a kitchen to the right and stairs rising up to the sitting room. There is also a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor. Stairs lead to the second floor where there is a further bedroom.
    The coach house is ideal for a dependant relative, staff accommodation, visiting guests or a holiday let income, subject to planning. Beneath the coach house are 2 garages. To the right is a workshop and potting shed with further outbuildings beyond.

    Outbuildings
    Aston Hall offers an extensive range of good outbuildings with stabling and barns with hay lofts. The buildings are extremely flexible and could be used in a number of ways, and act as a natural buffer providing privacy to the rear of the Hall. There is also a good quality workshop which has an independent 3 phase supply of electricity. To the rear of the stables is an enclosed yard ideal for further stables or parking a horsebox.
    There is a covenant prohibiting the use of some of the barns as residential dwellings.

    Gardens
    The front door leads out to a private garden, enclosed by what are believed to be the original Georgian walls, with wide paved
    paths flanked by lawns. Steps descend to a lower croquet lawn, again flanked by walls and established herbaceous borders. Beyond this is a rose bed with the ground
    dropping down to a lower lawn enclosed by rhododendrons.

    To the east of the house are two unusual original outside privies (one of them is listed) with a 3-seater WC. To the west of the house is a large walled garden housing the tennis court, greenhouse and a number of fruit and specimen trees. The hard tennis court enjoys glorious views across the Corvedale. There is also a young and productive orchard providing plums and apricots.

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Country House perfection

Tony Morris-EytonProperty agent

Local information

  • Aston Hall is situated in the heart of the Corvedale enjoying spectacular farreaching views to The Brown Clee Hill, and sits on the edge of the popular and attractive village of Aston Munslow which has a village shop and a restaurant pub.
  • The nearby market town of Ludlow is distinguished for its many fine restaurants and delicatessens and holds one of the UK's best food festivals every year.
  • The Corvedale road links to Much Wenlock and Telford beyond where there is a full range of amenities and access to the national motorway network via the M54. To the north is the county town of Shrewsbury, again with a full range of amenities and regular trains to London.
  • Excellent private and state schools including Shrewsbury School, Shrewsbury High School and Prestfelde in Shrewsbury, Moor Park in Ludlow, and William Brookes in Much Wenlock, are all within easy reach.
  • History
  • Overlooking the Corvedale, from which Aston Hall's stone was quarried, Aston Hall cuts a striking image steeped in history. The property was held by the Smith family from 1492 to c.1914, providing a charming and long standing ancestral seat. The Smith family's most notable member, John Smith, acted as the Baron of the Exchequer under Henry VIII, and was the first Smith to take Aston Hall as his residence.
  • Whilst much of the current house is 17th Century, there is evidence that the undercrofts date back as early as the 13th Century. Glimpses of the home's rich history can be found in the ornate Jacobean staircase and the ancient skewed fireplace.
  • In the early 20th Century, Major John Benson and his wife took over the residence. A remarkable account preserved by the BBC and written by Robert Wilson, a child sent to live with the Benson's during the War, paints a vivid portrait of the Major's rural family lifestyle at Aston Hall. Ranging from anecdotes of Major Benson's seasonal shoots, to the production of ‘the most delicious pork pies' Robert Wilson ever tasted. Distinguished guests of Major Benson include British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, in the 1930s.

Additional information

  • Directions: From Bridgnorth take the B4368 Ludlow road heading west. Proceed through the village of Munslow and continue into the village of Aston Munslow. Proceed past the Swan Pub on your right hand side. Approximately 200 yards after this, the stone gates to Aston Hall can be found on your right.
  • EPC Exempt