The Old Rectory at Dorsington in Warwickshire is a real money spinner, but it is all in a good cause.
The Grade II listed rectory’s gardens are so stunning they have been regularly opened to the public for the last 30 years as part of the National Garden Scheme.
This year they made £21,500 for charity, making it one of the most profitable in the country.
There is certainly plenty to look at. A gravelled path across the front garden leads to the metal gate once used by the vicar to go to St Peter’s Church.
Next to the drawing and dining room is a lawn with deep herbaceous borders and mature beech hedges. An abundance of roses and vines ramble over the house.
A wonderful rose arch leads down to an area with a variety of fruit trees. Next to this is the extensive kitchen garden with individual beds framed by box hedges containing a variety of fruits and vegetables. In addition there are further rose beds and herbaceous borders
An old greenhouse shelters very mature, productive vines
A walkway of espalier fruit trees and box hedging leads to the tennis court. A two acre paddock has mature fruit and walnut trees.
To the north boundary is a tall brick wall supporting a further range of fruit trees. At the side of the house a brick building contains a coal shed, wood store, workshop and potting shed with covered access to the kitchen.
The Old Rectory is built of blue lias limestone with brick wings. Throughout it has French windows and shutters, tall ceilings and panelled doors with architraves, flag stone floors and traditional fireplaces.
In the 19th century an extension was added.
An open timber gabled porch leads to the front door and reception hall.
Inside there is a drawing room with French windows to the garden and fireplace with marble chimney piece.
Other reception rooms include a dining room with French windows to the garden and a sitting room with leaded light bay window and fireplace with wood burning stove.
A rear hall has flagged floors and a staircase.
There is a kitchen/breakfast room with open truss ceiling and exposed timbers, a range of fitted cupboards and pine dresser, four oven AGA and walk-in pantry
It is supported by a utility. There is also shower room with toilet and access to the cellar.
The main staircase has slender turned balusters.
On the first floor there is a master suite with shower room. It has a door onto a balcony looking out over the garden
The guest bedroom has an en suite shower room.
Bedroom three has access to a bathroom with bath and shower.
Next to bedroom four, which could be used as a study, is another bathroom. There is also another separate toilet.
On the second floor are two more bedrooms and steps to an attic room with large boxroom beyond.
The Old Rectory is in Dorsington, which is a conservation area on the edge of the Cotswolds and just seven miles from Stratford-upon-Avon.
The village has its own Victorian church and green. It is surrounded by The Heart of England Forest where more than a million trees have been planted since 1996.
Primary schooling can be found in both Welford on Avon and Pebworth. Other schools in the area including the grammars at Stratford-upon-Avon and public/private schools at Warwick.
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