An extraordinary project for a family looking for a large, historic house set amid its own fields, woodlands and gardens, with distant views of the Brecon Beacons
It doesn’t take much imagination to see the potential of this gorgeous house, and if you’re prepared to put in the hard yards there’d be ample rewards for your efforts.
Summer Court is located near the village of Lyonshall, three miles from Kington in Herefordshire, and it’s believed parts of it date back to the Tudor period. In fact, the oldest part of the house has what agents call the ‘domestic quarters’ with a larder, pantry, utility room and store room.
There are numerous traditional features inside the property. For instance, the drawing room has its original sliding shutters and an open fireplace.
Two staircases lead to the first floor, where you’ll find six bedrooms – two of which have their own dressing rooms. There are also two bathrooms on this floor.
Bring the home up to scratch on the inside and it will look just as stunning as its surroundings, which consist of 20 acres in total, with formal terraced gardens to the front, a walled garden with a vegetable plot, and an old grass tennis court. There’s woodland to the north side of the house
and several grass fields, which allow for the extensive views that encompass both the distant Brecon Beacons and Hay Bluff.
Several outbuildings close to the house, which include the stables, tack room and coach house, form a characterful courtyard. Behind this is a Dutch barn.
If 20 acres at £750,000 isn’t enough for you, then for an additional £600,000, a further 37 acres is available. This would include an additional three-bedroom house called Summer Court Cottage, built in the 1950s, for which there’s a restriction that those living there must work in local agriculture or forestry.
The property is close to plenty of walking and riding tracks. It’s also within reach of several towns, being just 10 minutes from the market town of Kington, within half an hour of Leominster and Hay-on-Wye (where the famous Hay Festival is held every year), and just over half an hour from the county town of Hereford.
Many people who move house like everything to be just right from the word go. But Summer Court is for someone who relishes the challenge of restoring a historic place back to its former glory, and ending up with a truly special home that would reward the hard work tenfold.
AT A GLANCE
Summer Court : A large house with 16th-century origins, wide views, and bucketloads of potential
Bedrooms: Six in total – two with their own dressing rooms
Land: Around 20 acres with the option of adding a further 37 plus a cottage
Location: Less than 30 minutes from Hay-on-Wye and Leominster, and just a little further to Hereford
Price: Guide price of £750,000
Agents: Balfours, tel: 01743 353511 or visit: www.balfours.co.uk
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