This renovated rectory in the Shropshire Hills is a project that has been completed with all the bells and whistles.

The bells are the original system that upstairs had for calling downstairs when they required service .

The whistles are ones of admiration it would get for a restoration job well done.

Stanton Long House is in Stanton Long, Much Wenlock, set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Corvedale.

It is believed to date from the early 1700s, though it has been added to over the centuries.

The original oak floorboards, staircase and brick and quarry-tiled floors still remain, as do some fine fireplaces.

Accommodation in the house is laid out over three floors.

It begins with a spacious entrance hall with access to the reception rooms, kitchen and to the cellar.

The largest reception spaces are the drawing and dining rooms. Both have ornate fire surrounds and south-facing bay windows that open to a brick terrace with garden views.

In the comfortable sitting room there are purpose-built cupboards either side of the fireplace with wood-burning stove.

This room has views to the front and of fields.

The breakfast room contains an open fireplace, handmade units and the servants bell system.

An opening leads to the kitchen with a continuation of the same traditional handmade units.

These have granite worktops and integrated appliances including a fridge-freezer, dishwasher, Aga and separate oven and hob.

The kitchen leads on to a utility.

A door from the dining room offers access to a studio.

Beyond this is a scullery which is accessed from the outside.

On the first floor there are three bedrooms and the family bathroom.

The master bedroom has bespoke built-in wardrobes and the en suite is fitted with the original restored cast iron bath and walk-in shower.

Another staircase leads to the second floor where there are two more bedrooms, a third bathroom and a landing that is large enough to act as a study area.

Stanton Long House is approached over a gravel drive which leads to a courtyard parking area in front of the partially converted Coach House.

This has garaging, a workshop and a storage area upstairs. Planning permission has been granted for this to be turned into a two-bedroom annexe.

Behind the Coach House is another courtyard with an L-shaped arrangement of stone outbuildings which have been recently refurbished.

The grounds surrounding the house extend to 3.2 acres.

There are almost as many “rooms” in the landscaped gardens as there are in the property as formal areas are separated into individual compartments with yew hedges in between.

Less formal and wooded parts of the garden include mature trees and a pond.

The pretty village of Stanton Long is in the heart of the beautiful Corvedale as it runs west from Much Wenlock towards Craven Arms.

The surrounding countryside has fine views over the dale, the River Corve and Brown Clee Hill.

Nearby Ditton Priors has a range of amenities, while a good selection of further facilities can be found in the town of Much Wenlock.

Slightly further afield is the historic town of Ludlow, a favourite with foodies because of its famous festival and many fine restaurants.

Local schools include William Brookes secondary school at Much Wenlock, Thomas Telford School in Telford, Wrekin College at Wellington, Shrewsbury School and Shrewsbury High School for Girls.


AGENT: Strutt and Parker

TEL: 01584 873711


GUIDE PRICE: £1,100,000