With seven double bedrooms, five reception rooms and more than 10 acres of land, you could be forgiven for thinking that Woodhall Farm is a home of royal proportions.
Indeed – you may be right.
For it is said that this Grade II-listed farmhouse has possible connections to Good Queen Bess herself.
If the stories are to be believed, Woodhall Farm was actually owned by Elizabeth I and she could well have stayed there.
But even if these local legends cannot be substantiated, this former hunting lodge and Court house is still fit for a Queen, even in the 21st century.
Located in a rural idyll in Worcestershire, Woodhall Farm sits at the end of a long, gravelled driveway, where there is ample parking for a number of vehicles, plus a triple bay timber car port.
The home itself is generously proportioned at 4,667 sq ft and it comes with large gardens, paddocks and grounds, including a water-filled ancient moat that forms the garden boundary.
Because of the flexible layout, part of the property could easily be annexed to provide accommodation for an elderly relative, teenager or young adult, or even be used as a holiday rental.
But whatever you decide to do, this is a home that offers huge potential.
Refurbished sympathetically, the farmhouse retains many original features, including flagstone floor, internal well and water pump, latch and brace doors, and exposed timbers with meat hooks.
With five reception rooms, there’s more than enough space for a family or to entertain guests. The impressive drawing room has duel aspect and
boasts period sash windows, original flagstone floor and an inglenook fireplace with wood-burning stove.
The farmhouse kitchen, with doors to the gardens, is where you’ll find the original well. It has been capped by a glass cover, so that you can see deep into it, and next to it is the old water pump, making a rather attractive feature. Of course, there is a plumbed water supply nowadays.
The kitchen is a large space (26ft 4ins by 11ft 9 ins) with slate floor, a large Aga and fitted cupboards and worktops. At one end, the family uses the room as an informal dining area.
Upstairs, you’ll find seven double bedrooms and three bathrooms.
If rural living is what you are after, then the agricultural community of Wichenford could be your ideal location. Steeped in history – the small parish, just six miles north west of Worcester, dates back to the 1100s.
You’ll be able to produce plenty of your own fruit and vegetables at Woodhall Farm – the land is already productive, with ancient orchards of perry, pear and apple trees – and there is a lot of room for growing vegetables and rearing livestock.
There are maturely planted gardens and lawns – ideal for opening to the public for the biennial Wichenford Open Gardens scheme – plus attractive brick-paved terraces, and mature gardens to the front and side. The remaining land is split into a number of fenced pasture paddocks.
There are a number of traditional brick-built outbuildings that adjoin the farmhouse, as well as a number of stores, but if you’d prefer to develop your own agricultural building, there is planning consent for one to be built on the land.
It might be a rural retreat but there are excellent commuter links, being just off the B4204. Junction 7 of the M5 14 miles away, Redditch is 24 miles away, while Birmingham is 43.
* Woodhall Farm has a guide price of £875,000. For more information, call agent Grant & Co on 01531 637 341 or go to www.grantco.co