Steppe Farm in Harvington, Worcestershire, could certainly be described as a “forever home”.
Even though it dates back to the 15th century, it has only changed hands five times.
The Grade II listed property was built around 1480 , and originally belonged to the Packingtons, a notable family within the area.
According to architectural authority Nikolaus Pevsner, the building was added to in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The current owners have improved, updated and maintained it beautifully. Its most stunning features remain the lovely timber flooring and beams to the walls and ceiling.
The main house includes a generous entrance hallway, three main reception rooms, a study, breakfast kitchen and a conservatory.
In the sitting room, a flame effect gas fire is set in a brick hearth.
The focal point of the living is a fireplace with log burner set in a stone hearth, and a Victorian-style door to the study where there is a Victorian open fireplace with marble hearth. This latter also room has a door to a bootroom with toilet and basin.
The dining room has two sets of double doors, one into the spacious conservatory with attractive views of the garden, the other into a scullery.
Windows to two sides let light flood into the breakfast kitchen, which has a gas Rayburn and a comprehensive range of fitted units. Off the generous landing, there are four beautiful bedrooms. Two of them have en suite bath or shower room and there is also a house bathroom.
In the master bedroom, which formed part of the original house, the beams reveal its cruck frame and unusual carved timbers.
Within the curtilage is a detached former dairy which has been converted into a one-bedroom annexe. This has its own access by car and on foot.
Steppe Farm has electrically operated gates and a driveway with parking for numerous vehicles , though there is also a double carport made from oak.
The mature gardens have trees and shrubs, purpose-built vegetable beds, outbuildings and garden stores.
In all, the land covers nearly half an acre.
The house is in Worcester Road in Harvington, a pretty hamlet within the parish of Chaddesley Corbett. Other well-known local buildings include Harvington Hall, an Elizabethan manor house famous for its seven priest holes.
Harvington itself offers a good range of local amenities including The Dog pub.
There are a number of renowned schools close by , such as Winterfold School, Bromsgrove School, Old Swinford Hospital School, Stourbridge, and The Royal Grammar School and King’s School in Worcester.
AGENT: Fisher German
TEL: 01905 726 220
GUIDE PRICE: £595,000