Any girl or boy scout who has ever enjoyed a sing-along outside a campfire will be familiar with the legend of Old Smokey.
It is the sad tale of a culinary catastrophe whereby a meatball rolled off the top of cheese-covered old smokey and right out of the door.
Old Smokey Farm is the name of this delightful country home in Cropthorne on a small ridge overlooking the River Avon and with views across the rolling countryside towards Bredon Hill.
Situated within landscaped grounds and located at the end of a no-through lane, it is ideally placed for riding out along an adjoining bridleway, leading to a collection of other bridleways and onto Bredon Hill.
At the front of the house there are double front doors which open to a reception hall with flagstone flooring exposed beams, understairs storage and stairs to the first floor with stained glass window.
The hall also has access to a guest cloakroom with toilet and basin in a vanity unit.
The dining room has views to the front and back of the property, flagstone flooring, exposed beams to the ceilings and wall, exposed brick and stonework. It also has a range of built-in shelves.
Double doors continue through to the drawing room which is a superb vaulted, double height room with exposed trusses and timbers to the ceiling and walls.
To one end there is an imposing inglenook fireplace with open fire, exposed stone and brickwork. There are views to the front and back of the property, including full height glazed doors and windows,
A communicating door leads to the garden room which is split level with part flagstone floor and an area with exposed brickwork. Glazed double doors open to the back of the property. The remaining space is carpeted with glazed bi-folding doors to the front. There is also exposed stonework.
Next to the garden room is a kitchenette with units under a wooden work surface set to two walls, wall cupboards over and glazed display cabinets. There is a four-ring hob with electric oven under, inset Belfast sink and space for a fridge. It has tiled splashbacks and slate flooring.
A hallway leads to a cloakroom with toilet and pedestal basin.
There is also a shower room with shower cubicle.
On the other side of the main reception hall is the kitchen/dining room, which is spacious with slate flooring throughout and fitted with a range of solid wood kitchen units under granite work surfaces, inset Belfast double sink, matching wall cupboards over and a larder cupboard.
Appliances include an inset Neff four ring hob, built-in dishwasher, stainless steel oven with matching microwave oven over, fridge and low level freezer.
There is a central island with brick chimney breast over and oil-fired Aga with further storage cupboards and drawers either side, tiled work surfaces and preparation sink. There are also exposed beams.
A large opening continues through to a family room with a very special feature – a brick-built well with glazed table top over.
The room has glazed double doors to the front of the house, slate flooring continued from the kitchen, exposed beams and a cast iron stove with open fireplace and ornamental mantle over.
A rear hall leads to a utility with more storage and space and plumbing for washing machine. On the first floor the landing has a Velux window to the roof and there is access to storage.
The master bedroom suite overlooks the gardens and the surrounding countryside, exposed beams and built-in wardrobes.
In the en suite bathroom there are is a suite comprising a roll top ball and claw bath, toilet, basin, large walk-in double shower and a wooden floor. There are also exposed beams to the ceiling and a range of built-in wardrobes running the full length of the room.
Another opening continues to a dressing room with range of built-in wardrobes, exposed beams to the ceiling and Velux window to the front.
Bedroom two has views to the front and back and access to eaves storage space.
Bedroom three has built-in cupboards.
In the bathroom there is a panelled bath with shower over and pedestal basin. There is a separate toilet.
Stairs lead from the garden room up to bedroom four. This is a sizable space with exposed beams and vaulted ceiling.
It has an en suite fitted with a white three-piece suite including a panelled bath with tiled surround, wash basin on a vanity unit and toilet. It has exposed beams to the ceiling.
Outside, a pair of double wooden gates from Smokey Lane open to a gravel driveway with parking for several vehicles.
At the front of the property there are attractively landscaped gardens laid to lawn with ornamental pond with stone water feature.
A gravel driveway leads from the front to the stable block with tack room, cloakroom, three loose boxes and a store room.
Gardens and grounds surround the property to all sides and have been laid predominantly to lawn with gravel driveways leading round to the back of the house. Concrete hard standing offers scope for further buildings.
There is a closed livestock pen, a greenhouse and timber shed.
There is a possibility of acquiring more paddock land adjoining the property.
Cropthorne is approximately 12 miles south east of Worcester. Its ancient orchards sweep down to the river and offer clear, unbroken views across the vale to the Malvern Hills in the distance.
The village has a primary school that serves it and neighbouring Charlton. There are also two pubs, a playing field with a village hall and children’s play area.
AGENT: John Shepherd/Andrew Grant
TEL: 01789 292659/01905 734735
GUIDE PRICE: £995,000