ULLINGTON HOUSE, WORCESTERSHIRE

For sale at £965,000

Offered for sale for the first time in 23 years, Ullington House is an outstanding example of a Grade 2 listed English country farmhouse, tucked away at the end of a long driveway with views to all sides and surrounded by beautiful lawned gardens and paddocks extending to approximately 4 acres in total.

The property is accessed from Buckle Street, a rural Roman road and lies within the parish of Pebworth, a three time gold award winning village and national finalist in the Britain in Bloom competition.

With five double bedrooms and 4 bath or shower rooms, this is a property that offers the perfect mix of space, seclusion, privacy, and stylish country living with a wonderful array of period features including hand made leaded light windows, exposed beams, and fireplaces fitted with wood burning stoves.

An overview of the property follows and we also invite you to view the accompanying floorplans, selection of photographs, and bespoke video tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

KITCHEN / DINING ROOM 20’ 5” x 15’ 9” 
This really is the quintessential English country kitchen, the heart of the house complete with 2 oven Aga, bespoke solid wood fitted kitchen, granite worktops and quarry tiled floor. The perfect space for cooking and entertaining all year round. 

UTILITY ROOM 
Fitted with kitchen units and granite worktops, sink, washing machine, dryer, and currently a large American style fridge freezer. Also contains a fully serviced floor standing oil fired boiler 

SNUG 14’ 1” x 8’ 1” 
A cosy winter retreat or year round TV room with wood burning stove, original exposed stone wall and stone mullion window surround retained from an earlier period. Window overlooking lawned garden 

GARDEN ROOM 11’ 8” x 8’ 9” 
A wonderful breakfast room perfectly aligned to catch the morning sun and with double doors to paved patio and barbecue area and views of the garden 

RECEPTION HALLWAY 
With original flagstone floor and exposed beams, this light and bright hallway provides access from the formal front door and attractive entrance porch. 

DOWNSTAIRS CLOAKROOM 
With WC and wash basin 

DRAWING ROOM 15’ 9” x 15’ 8” 
Beautiful dual aspect room with original inglenook fireplace and wooden salt cupboard set into the side. Large wood burning stove, exposed central ceiling beam, solid oak flooring, and two built in window seats overlooking gardens. 

SITTING ROOM 15’ 8” x 12’ 2” 
Currently used as a music room with grand piano, this room also features dual aspect windows with built in cupboards and window seats with views to gardens, solid oak flooring and an open fire with period fire surround. 

STAIRCASE TO FIRST FLOOR 
Featuring exposed timbers and extra wide landing with original leaded light window 

BEDROOM 1 15’ 10” x 15’ 9” 
Spectacular master bedroom with original exposed ceiling beams and solid wooden floor, fitted wardrobes, fireplace (disused) and views to two sides over paddocks and Cotswold hills. 

EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM 
Period style white suite with pedestal wash basin, WC and shower cubicle. Electric underfloor heating and ladder style towel radiator. Window to side. 

BEDROOM 2 15’ 10” x 12’ 3” 
Dual aspect double bedroom with views over open countryside 

EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM 
Contemporary fitted white suite with built in hand basin and WC, double size shower cubicle, ceramic tiling to walls and floor and ladder style towel radiator.

SEPARATE LANDING 
With airing cupboard, hot water tank and shelving. Access to a useful loft space which is boarded with shelving and a velux window.

BEDROOM 3 13’ 9” x 10’ 4” 
Dual aspect double bedroom with views over wildfowl pond and patio area. Includes fitted wardrobes, desk and dressing table.

BATHROOM 
Family bathroom with bath and shower over, separate corner shower cubicle, window to side, electric underfloor heating.

STAIRCASE TO SECOND FLOOR 
With exposed beams and landing with leaded light window.

BEDROOM 4 15’ 8” x 14’ 7” 
Beautiful dual aspect double bedroom with exposed beams and views over gardens and open countryside

BATHROOM 
Featuring exposed beams, bath with power shower over, WC and hand basin.

BEDROOM 5 12’ 3” x 10’ 6” 
Dual aspect double bedroom with views over paddocks and countryside. Exposed ceiling beams.

SEPARATE OUTBUILDING COMPLEX 
Externally includes 4 vehicle carport and storage shed for garden machinery. Internally includes spacious recreation / entertaining room with large screen plasma TV and built in sound system, downstairs WC, and double doors to patio. Stairs to first floor versatile open plan home office area with solid oak flooring, electric heating, fitted desk area, multiple electrical sockets and space for a further 5 workstations if required. Alternatively these areas have potential for conversion to additional living accommodation (subject to planning consents).

SUMMER HOUSE 
Set within lawned gardens, a beautiful natural space for quiet relaxation or entertaining.

GARDENS AND GROUNDS 
Ullington House comes complete with a wonderful balance of formal lawned gardens and patio areas wrapping around the house, as well as two paddocks, one with ridge and furrow and one further paddock reaching down to the road. We understand that planning permission for the construction of stabling has previously been granted but is now expired. The grounds also feature a historic cart wash, a coppice with dew pond, a wildfowl pond with visiting ducks, and a selection of fruit trees (apple, pear, and damson).

VIDEO TOUR

FLOOR PLANS

LOCATION

SITUATION

Ullington House is situated in a perfect rural location approximately 4 miles from the North Cotswold boundary and just 15 minutes drive from world renowned Stratford Upon Avon with its historic town centre, boutique shops, bars, restaurants, riverside entertainment and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. 

Within 10 minutes drive in the opposite direction are the beautiful Cotswold towns of Chipping Campden and Broadway, plus the famous Broadway Golf Club, one of the finest members’ golf clubs in the Cotswolds with wonderful views across the Vale of Evesham to the Malvern Hills & Black Mountains. 

Nearest local shops and services can be found at Bidford On Avon (3 miles) or Honeybourne (2 miles). 

Pebworth (1.5 miles) has a wonderful village primary school, historic church and village hall. 

For those looking for easy access to London a two minute drive will take you to Honeybourne station from where there are regular trains running direct to London Paddington in 1 hour 50 minutes. Motorway access is via M40, M42, or M5, all of which can be reached in under 30 minutes. Birmingham international airport is approximately 45 minutes drive. 

Approximate distances to nearby places of interest are shown below. 

Honeybourne station 1.3 miles

Pebworth First School 1.5 miles  

Cotswold District (Northern boundary) 4 miles 

Bidford On Avon doctors surgery 4.5 miles 

Broadway Golf Club 6 miles 

Chipping Campden 7 miles 

Broadway 7 miles 

Evesham 7 miles 

Stratford Upon Avon 10 miles 

Royal Leamington Spa 21 miles 

Birmingham airport 21 miles 

Cheltenham 23 miles 

Birmingham City Centre 29 miles 

ULLINGTON HOUSE
A CONSERVATION ARCHITECTS PERSPECTIVE

Ullington House is late 17C (around 1680) with a late 19C (around 1880) rear wing.

The original house is two storeys and an attic.

The ground floor windows are stone mullioned with hoodmoulds. The first floor windows are timber casement windows (three lights each) and the attic has three gabled dormers (two lights each).

The house was listed Grade II on January 27th 1984 as late 17C.   In 1988, the time of my first visit, Ullington House Farm included the farm house and a range of agricultural buildings which themselves were not listed but nevertheless were within the ‘curtilage’ of the listed building.

This group formed an open-sided courtyard (U plan) which at the time was in poor condition and in certain areas quite derelict.  Nevertheless, the buildings were deemed sufficiently architecturally and historically significant to justify conversion from redundant agricultural use to domestic use.

Although my original photographs and historical statement no longer exist, I have a clear memory of deciding with the developer and the Council’s Conservation Architect at Pershore that the buildings and their surroundings would be treated with the utmost respect and sensitivity. 

The feeling was that the converted buildings would still retain a sense of their agricultural origins and character.  In this respect the conversions were entirely successful and indeed much admired.

The U plan courtyard was bounded by a stable block with attached pigsties to the Northwest; milking sheds and cattle sheds to the Northeast; a magnificent timber framed threshing barn to the Southwest, with a triple cart shed enclosing the East corner of the yard.

The U plan courtyard was bounded by a stable block with attached pigsties to the Northwest; milking sheds and cattle sheds to the Northeast; a magnificent timber framed threshing barn to the Southwest, with a triple cart shed enclosing the East corner of the yard.

The pigsties, stable block, cattle range and cart shed date from various periods of the 19C.  The barn (timber framed) is early 17C whilst the house (stone) is late 17C.  This suggests to me that the house was rebuilt in stone to replace an earlier timber framed house.

The group exhibits many interesting internal and external architectural features.  The local yellow bricks (like a London Stock) and matching tiles of the stable block and pigsties are probably not unique but form a very rare combination.  The tiles, with their canted corners, were all carefully taken off, sorted and re-laid to their very geometrical pattern.

The feature that makes Ullington House Farm so special, compared with other similar groups in Worcestershire, is the cart wash.  It was filled with rubble and debris when I ‘discovered’ and identified it in 1988.  Like a pond, it is naturally fed and is served by a cobbled ramp.   Thus it is defined as a ‘back in’ cart wash.  There may well be other local examples of cart washes but the only one I know of is in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.  This is situated close to the Arts & Crafts Museum by St James’ Church and is a ‘drive through’ cart wash by the side of the road.  Ullington was for private use whereas Chipping Campden was probably for public use.

That Ullington House Farm has been an agricultural site before the age of any of the buildings now in evidence is suggested by the existence of mediaeval ridge and furrow land to the East.

The instruction of 1988 to restore the farmhouse and convert the agricultural buildings, together with further projects (tractor sheds, garages, stables and so forth) have all been under my commission.  Therefore it is fair for me to state that I have been Ullington House Farm’s architect throughout its period of post-agricultural development.   Thus I am proud of my role in saving these wonderful buildings in a very recognisable form for future generations.

SIMON HERRICK   BSc, DipArch, RIBA

May 10th 2016

CONTACT

For further information and enquiries regarding the sale of Ullington House please contact:

Simon Shiers – Director
MCS Investment Property Ltd

T: 01789 722 500
M: 07786 461963
E: simon@mcs-ip.com
W: www.mcs-ip.com

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