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.
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.
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