Blackmore Gardens in Blackmore Park is a stunning, architect designed, eight-bedroom property with outbuildings positioned within the former walled gardens of the historic Blackmore Estate.
It is located in the popular village of Hanley Swan, between Great Malvern and Cheltenham.
Built in 2003 as a Queen Anne style country house, it was intended as a family home.
However, its size and idyllic position with beautiful views of the Malvern Hills mean that it could also lend itself to a range of alternative uses – subject to necessary consents.
It could be a charming boutique hotel or bed and breakfast with potential for holiday lodges in the grounds.
It would make a tranquil retirement or nursing home.
The fact it is set in 15 acres of south-facing walled gardens with paddock, lakes and perimeter arboretum means that there is scope for equestrian usage.
Or, with its ample garaging, storage and workshops, it could be perfect for housing vintage cars.
The main building has been designed round a large central hall with doors leading to the main receptions.
There is a sitting room and snug to the rear which both have access to the gardens. Next to the snug is the library with views out towards the Malvern Hills.
The dining room sits opposite the large breakfast kitchen where there is a walk-in pantry and ample space for a farmhouse table.
There is also a ground utility with shower room leading off.
Double doors open from the kitchen into an exotically planted orangery which also has doors to the garden.
Beyond the orangery is the pool room housing a 15 metre indoor heated pool, gym and changing area to the side.
To one side and with separate access is a ground floor studio annexe with a bathroom suitable for disabled use.
On the first floor the stairs open to a dual height galleried family room.
The master bedroom has a dressing room and en suite bathroom.
There is a guest bedroom with en suite, two further double bedrooms and a large family bathroom.
On the second floor there are four further bedrooms and a bathroom.
The pool house links to the outbuildings. These are designed as modern stabling and are currently used as a games room and storage but have the potential for further conversion to offices or accommodation. Garaging with workshop space sits at the end.
The house and outbuildings have been designed to the highest standards in relation to energy efficiency and sustainability.
Solar panels assist the heating of the water for the house and pool. Every room has an individual thermostat with underfloor heating and concrete beam floors. The windows to the southern aspect are larger to enhance the views and also to provide passive heating. Storm water is stored in large tanks beneath the south facing patio which, in combination with the lakes, provide the water for the grounds.
The design of the gardens and grounds has been done to maximise usability of the 15 acres while minimising maintenance.
At the heart of the design is the south facing walled garden in which the house is built. A large patio runs along the full length of the house and orangery providing wonderful vistas over the gardens to the Malverns in the west.
The walled boundaries provide warmth and shelter for a range of tropical plants, shrubs and trees.
A lawn – complete with rugby posts – has a gentle slope down to the two smaller lakes.
A pretty bridge leads over the smaller lake, linking the formal garden to the four acre paddock with stock proof fencing.
East of the walled garden is the orchard which has more than 20 different varieties of fruit trees.
To the west is a vegetable garden and small vineyard with the tennis court beyond.
The main lake of approximately one acre sits to the south west and is approached through an area of copses and glades. A wooden shelter overlooks the lake and a path continues around it with a second seating area which looks past a mature willow back to the house.
A professionally designed installed arboretum has been planted around the majority of the boundary. In its shade a curved path meanders through the planting into picnic glades, one with a shelter, and clearings.
The trees provide great privacy; seen from the house and patio they provide a wonderful frame to the grounds themselves.
Blackmore Gardens occupies a peaceful position, situated just four miles south west of Great Malvern with a scenic backdrop of the Malvern Hills.
The location offers good road and rail connections with railway stations at Malvern, Worcester, Tewkesbury and Cheltenham linking the property to London Paddington and Birmingham New Street.
The motorway network is accessed just eight miles away.
AGENT: Allan Morris
TEL: 01684 561411
GUIDE PRICE: £1,750,000