The name Cadbury is synonymous with Bournville. But even a family as dedicated to the model business they had created as they were liked to get away from it all.
They just didn’t go very far.
Beaconwood Lodge is in the Lickey Hills. It was built in 1904/5 as the lodge to the summerhouse of George Cadbury.
It is at the end of a long private drive, overlooking its own meadow. The lodge has never been on the open market before and is for sale leasehold with just over 93 years left to run.
It is being sold by the Bournville Village Trust which is owned by the Cadbury family.
Today it is a much larger house than it was when it was first built as the vendors have extended and converted the original stables to provide accommodation within the main house. There is yet more opportunity to convert the courtyard of work and store rooms that link the house and garage (subject to planning permission).
Inside it has three receptions rooms with an open fire to the drawing room and gas-fired log burner in the sitting room.
Bay windows in the drawing and dining rooms , and the master bedroom upstairs mean that wonderful views can really be appreciated.
The tasteful, modern kitchen is fully fitted and open plan to the breakfast room.
There is also a nice study on the ground floor and another sitting room beyond the kitchen/breakfast room and utility.
Upstairs are five bedrooms, two bathrooms (one of them an en suite) and a storage room.
The long driveway leading up to the house has gardens to the right and the meadow to the left.
Well kept lawns are sheltered by mature hedgerows.
There is a patio area to the west side with a summer house.
The gently sloping meadow leads on to the orchard.
On the eastern side of the land is a coppice of mature trees.
Restrictive covenants are in place on Beaconwood Lodge and the neighbouring countryside that prevent the erection of new buildings, mining, garaging and felling of trees in order to preserve the location in which the house is set.
The land extends to 3.66 acres.
Beacon Lane leads up Beacon Hill in the rural Lickey Hills Country Park .
It is just 10 miles from Birmingham City Centre and about two miles from Barnt Green.
The village has good local facilities including shops. There are also a choice of local schools as well as many sporting clubs.
Barnt Green Sailing Club is only a short distance away from Beacon Hill.
AGENT: Knight Frank
TEL: 01905 723438
GUIDE PRICE: £775,000