Hall | Drawing Room | Dining room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Conservatory | Study | Utility room 5 Bedrooms | 2 Bath/shower rooms | Second floor 3 bedroom flat with seperate access
Garaging | Outbuildings | Gardens
EPC rating E
About 6 acres (2.4 ha)
The Avenue is on the edge of the sought after village of Ashford Carbonell off a quiet country lane. The village is enormously popular with a primary school, a church and an active village hall offering many recreational and leisure opportunities for all ages. Just four miles away is the historic market town of Ludlow offering all the everyday facilities one would expect and is famed for its vibrant festivals, listed buildings and more recently for its well-deserved gastronomic reputation.
Communications in the area are good with the A49 being picked up approximately a mile away which links Shrewsbury in the north to Hereford in the south. Ludlow is on the main Cardiff to Manchester railway line with trains running at regular intervals. The surrounding countryside really is some of South Shropshire's finest and provides a range of walking and riding pursuits.
The Avenue is an interesting and historic country house set in the centre of six acres of grounds. Originally dating from the 17th century, the house has been significantly extended and elevated to become three storeys benefiting from the following
• Local sandstone facade
• Stunning hardwood leaded windows
• Extensive and flexible living space
• Its own avenue driveway of mixed hardwoods and surrounded by gardens
• About six acres
• A good range of outbuildings including garaging, a Dutch barn and a cattle shed
• Stunning views to the Clee Hills and of orchards and pastures in rural Shropshire
• Superb feeling of privacy whilst still being a core part of Ashford Carbonell
The Avenue is entered through a stone porch leading to a Victorian tiled hallway from which the principal receptions lead off. To the left is the drawing room with oak beams and a working fireplace, well lit by two oak framed windows and views across the pasture and down the avenue drive. To the right is the dining room, also with a working fireplace and with views on two aspects, which leads through into the kitchen. The kitchen has fitted units and an alcove which backs onto the sitting room fireplace that would offer space for a range. To the side of the kitchen is a conservatory looking out over the garden and the pasture beyond. From the other side of the kitchen the back passage leads to a study, back staircase and utility room with WC and back door access.
The front staircase leads from the hall to secondary steps leading both to the front and the back of the house. At the front is the master bedroom and a further bedroom with another front bedroom leading off. These all enjoy views over the gardens and driveway to the pasture and the avenue beyond. Turning into the landing at the back of the house are a further two bedrooms, airing cupboard, family bathroom and separate shower room.
Stairs from the landing lead up to the second floor which is a three bedroom apartment, currently utilised as a self catering holiday apartment with independent external access via a craftsmen built staircase. The spacious accommodation comprises three bedrooms, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom, and could easily be re-incorporated into the main house.
The Avenue is approached via its own driveway which sweeps through the grounds bordered by pasture and lawns. A mature avenue of trees adds a great sense of drama with a mix of horse chestnut, lime, sycamore, beech, copper beech and turkey oaks. A secondary driveway forks off to the side leading to the garaging which is set discreetly behind a tall hedge, while the main body of the drive continues under the boughs of the avenue to open up a view of the front of the house.
An impressive weeping ash nearer the house completes the avenue and links it to the more formal gardens that lead to the parkland fence and pasture beyond. A garden gate to the side of the house opens up to a further garden with well maintained beds that have a good mix of planting. In this part of the garden there is also a pond with a waterfall feature, and behind the mainly hawthorn hedge is a kitchen garden.
In the back field is a Dutch barn constructed of steel and covered with corrugated metal and a block built cattle shed. Directly behind the house is a stone built storage shed made of the same subtly toned stone as the rest of the house.