A historic former farmhouse, adjacent cottage, pool complex & triple car garage with
studio/office over, which occupy A glorious, elevated cliff top location, yet are within
minutes walk of ross town centre. This spectacular location commands A stunning
panoramic outlook across the famous horseshoe bend of the river wye.
Rectory Farm lies under half a mile south west of the stone built Market House in the centre of the charming tourist town of Ross-on-Wye. Despite this proximity to all the facilities of the town, Rectory Farm is discreetly tucked away at the extreme end of a single track lane, and all parts of the complex are set around three sides of a most attractive, paved courtyard.For those concerned with strategic location and accessibility, the M50 motorway and associated dual carriageway are accessible within approx. 5 minutes drive.
Outlook and views
Rectory Farm is uniquely set amid the classic Ross picture postcard image viewed from the local town bridges, and encompassing the Gazebo Tower, the spire of St. Mary's Church, The Prospect and The Royal Hotel. Positioned atop a cliff top promontory, it has an unobstructed panoramic view of the entire horseshoe bend and surrounding countryside, including Ross Boat House to the east and the cricket and football pitches to the west. Further afield, the view also takes in Wilton Castle and continues all the way to the Welsh Mountains.
The original farmhouse cottage and outbuildings, thought to date from at least as far back as the early 1600s, also included the original tithe barn for St. Mary's Church. Though the barn was deemed unsafe in the late 1980s, its original timbers can still be seen in the structure built to replace it. Ross-on-Wye was the birthplace of English tourism, and the year 2020 sees the beginning of a year-long river festival celebrating the republication after 250 years of William Gilpin's book 'Observations on the River Wye'. Well-heeled aristocratic folk and aspiring middle classes used to board boats at The Hope and Anchor Inn, to take a guided tour down the River Wye to observe both the picturesque and the nascent early industrial activity associated with water driven mills on tributary streams entering the River Wye.
The final approach to the property is into an exceptionally attractive courtyard, flanked on three sides by buildings which comprise a) Rectory Farmhouse with six bedrooms, b) Swimming Pool complex comprising a 31 ft swimming pool, steam room, jacuzzi, W.C. And shower, c) Stable Cottage, a spacious, additional three-bedroom dwelling, d) The triple car garage block with home office/studio over. We shall briefly describe each of the above, the specific layout and dimensions being shown on the floor plans.
A) Rectory Farmhouse
This is l-shaped in layout and comprises four reception rooms, three of which enjoy the spectacular aforementioned outlook over the River Wye. The fourth reception room is the 15 ft dining room, adjacent to which is the large kitchen/breakfast room and adjacent laundry/utility facility, with cloaks and W.C. Just off the main reception hall. The first floor offers galleried landing, six bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus the mezzanine balcony overlooking the pool. Three of the bedrooms enjoy the stunning outlook. The farmhouse extends to almost 4,000 sq.ft; taken together with the pool complex, it extends to over 5,000 sq.ft.
B) Pool Complex
Since acquiring the property in 1984, the current owners have undertaken a wide range of construction/improvement works at the property. One of these works was the construction of the pool complex. This comprises a most impressive, heavily beamed structure with extensive glazing to both front and rear elevations, with French doors opening directly onto the terrace overlooking the river and also the courtyard to the opposite side. The structure is of overall principal dimensions 48 ft x 22 ft, with the pool itself being 31 ft x 15 ft. To the far end is the jacuzzi, shower and W.C., whilst to the opposite end is the steam room, together with an appealing spiral staircase leading up to the mezzanine balcony thereover, giving direct access from the master bedroom in the main house. The superb ceiling height and extensive glazing means that this is a lovely light pool and leisure area.
C) Stable Cottage
Stable Cottage flanks the north-eastern side of the main house, vehicular access being obtained via a spur to the right of the main approach drive. Stable Cottage comprises a 39 ft x 18 ft open plan living room/kitchen/dining area on the first floor, whilst the lower ground floor comprises a spacious 13 ft reception hall, three bedrooms, (one en-suite), a family bathroom and a W.C.
D) Fine Brick Paved Courtyard and Triple Garage with Home Office/Studio over
A most attractive, paved courtyard, with shrubs and young trees to certain borders, and a central stone cider press around which extends a circular in/out driveway. The garage block is of overall dimensions approx. 32 ft x 20 ft, being accessed by three individual, up and over doors, but with a wonderfully open space internally; a marvellous and secure facility for those with vintage/special cars, or indeed the pursuit of other interests. Positioned to one side of the garages is the lockable pool equipment room, whilst situated under a double-pitched roof at first-floor level, above the garages, is an excellent open-plan room providing superb potential as a home office or a games room.
E) Gardens, Grounds and Sun Terracing
The gardens lie to the north east and south east of Rectory Farm, principally comprising a large, gently sloping area of lawn fringed by, and interspersed with, a variety of trees and shrubs; species include Cherry, Weeping Willow, Conifers and others. In addition to this portion of garden, there is a considerable further section which extends in a north-easterly direction toward the churchyard and grounds of The Royal Hotel. Extending along the whole of the façade of Rectory Farmhouse is a superb paved sun terrace of max. Dimensions approx. 125 ft x 18 ft. Views from the whole of this area are quite outstanding, and extend across the Wye Valley towards the Welsh Hills in the west.Note. The tremendous views from Rectory Farm are enhanced by its position atop the old red sandstone cliff. A word of warning, boundary fencing is in place to discourage curious young adventurers from venturing onto the cliff.
Mains electricity, gas, water and drainage are connected.outgoings: 'H' Council Tax Band Rectory Farm 'A' Council Tax Band Stable CottageEPC rating: 'E' (Full EPC Rating available)
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Leave the centre of Ross from the stone built Market House proceeding southwards from the town on the B4228 towards Walford. After just ¼ of a mile, carefully turn 90° to the right, just in front of the Prince of Wales pub, proceeding along Ashfield Park Road. Continue slowly along this lane, past Ross Tennis Club. Continue straight on past playing fields to the left, and at the end of the lane, Rectory Farm approach drive will be just slightly to your right. Continue gently downwards and into the paved courtyard.
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