The Old Falcon in Church Street, Bidford On Avon, near Alcester, is an old coaching inn that can boast a number of famous customers.
William Shakespeare is reported to have drunk here then snoozed under a nearby crab tree to sleep it off. His patronage is commemorated in a stained glass window of him in the dining room.
King Charles II is also said to have addressed his followers on the eve of the battle of Worcester in December 1651 from the steps of the inn.
The Old Falcon forms a large wing of the building which is on the corner of Church Street and High Street
It has a wealth of period features including a Blue Lias stone exterior, leaded windows with handmade glass, exposed beams and roof timbers, original elm doors, fireplaces and stone mullion windows
Stone steps lead up from the high street to the front door which opens into an entrance lobby and reception hall with a wide staircase up to the first floor landing. A further staircase leads down to the cellar.
A drawing room features stone mullion windows overlooking the old market place, inglenook fireplace and exposed beams.
The dining room has exposed Blue Lias stone walls and windows to the front and back.
Beyond the dining room is a kitchen/breakfast room with fitted wooden units with worktop above, integrated appliances and stone mullion windows overlooking the gardens. There is a breakfast area to one side. A doorway leads out to the rear porch and garden beyond.
There is also a utility room and guest cloakroom
On the first floor is a spacious landing area with windows to the back.
The master bedroom has leaded stone mullion windows, walk-in wardrobe, fireplace and spacious en suite bathroom
There are two further bedrooms on this floor and a family bathroom.
On the second floor is a fourth bedroom with en suite bathroom, a sitting room which can be used as an occasional bedroom and another bedroom/study.
Outside there are cottage style gardens with a generous terrace leading off the kitchen and well stocked with raised beds surrounded by floral and herbaceous borders.
The gardens extend to a lawned area where a pathway leads through to a doorway at the end of the garden accessing the parking area and double garage.
The driveway leading off Church Street belongs to The Old Falcon but two other properties with garages to the rear have rights of way and are responsible for a proportion of the maintenance.
The Old Falcon is situated in the centre of the historic village of Bidford on Avon which has a thriving community, fine parish church, pubs, restaurants and shops for day to day requirements.
It is within 10 minutes’ drive of Stratford-upon-Avon and Evesham which offer a more extensive range of shopping and leisure facilities.
Honeybourne station is close by with a rail service to London and there is also a train service from Stratford to London.
There is an excellent range of state, private and grammar schools in Stratford, Alcester and Warwick.
AGENT: Knight Frank
TEL: 01789 297735
GUIDE PRICE: £720,000