A fine Grade II listed Regency House set in magnificent parkland and woodland
Shrawley is a popular and highly accessible rural village to the West of the River Severn, just outside of the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (aonb). Local amenities can be found in Ombersley (2.7miles) and Great Witley (4.8 miles) and include a village shop, post office, fuel station, public house, doctors surgery, dentist and primary schools. Nearby is the historic English Heritage property Witley Court and its magnificent Baroque Church. More locally is a village shop and post office at Holt Heath (0.6 miles).
A wide range of educational, leisure and cultural facilities are available in Worcester (7 miles), Malvern (14 miles) and Birmingham (26 miles) all of which are easily accessible. The towns of
Stourport-on-Severn (6 miles) and Droitwich Spa (7 miles) also high street shopping and choice of supermarkets. The historic cathedral City of Worcester boasts excellent shopping and first-class sporting facilities. There is premiership rugby at Sixways, county and international cricket at New Road and horse racing on the banks of the River Severn whilst a wide array of music and theatre can be enjoyed at nearby Malvern. Worcestershire offers an excellent choice of schools both in the private and public sector. These include Great Witley Primary School, Abberley Hall, The Kings Schools, The Royal Grammar School, Bromsgrove School, Malvern St James, Malvern College and The Chantry.
The M5 motorway is accessed at either Junction 5 Droitwich or Junction 6 Worcester North (both are approximately 8.5 miles). Birmingham International Airport is approximately 36 miles distant. Worcester has a mainline train station with direct trains to London Paddington, Birmingham New Street and Bristol. Kidderminster and Droitwich also run direct trains to Birmingham with Kidderminster offering direct trains to London Marylebone.
Wood House is a fine Grade II listed country house of notable importance built in the Regency Gothic style. The house has a white stuccoed brick façade beneath a hipped slate roof and distinctive arched windows. There are Gothic glazing bar sash windows and hood moulds to the ground floor windows. Internally many of the original period features have been retained including ornate cornicing, central ceiling roses, fireplaces, original working shutters and a distinctive principal stairs. Wood House provides versatile living accommodation with well proportioned rooms and high ceilings. All the rooms have large window openings providing beautiful views across the gardens and parklands whilst allowing light to flood in.
The accommodation briefly comprises an elegant and welcoming hall with doors to the principal reception rooms. The dining room is an intimate yet dramatic room with windows to the front and side and a wonderful fireplace. The drawing room and sitting room are equally impressive with wonderful proportions, handsome fireplaces and gothic sash windows framing views across the gardens and parkland.
The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with a comprehensive range of base and wall units and a large island unit with oven, induction hob, sink and butcher’s block. A particular feature is the magnificent four oven Aga. Scope exists to extend into the adjoining laundry to create a spectacular kitchen/breakfast/family room. A boot room, which is essential for rural family life, adjoins the laundry.
An elegant staircase leads to the first floor bedroom accommodation. The principal bedroom suite comprises a superb bedroom leading to a well fitted dressing room and beautifully appointed bathroom. There are five excellent bedrooms on the first floor, three en suite, and a family bathroom. The Vernon Room, used as a morning room or reading room and named after a reputable predecessor, is located on the first floor to benefit from the morning sunlight and to escape busy family life! On the second floor are four bedrooms.
To the east of the property is the former stable yard and coach house, which offer ample storage space for machinery and the general equipment required for the maintenance of the gardens and grounds. There is plenty of scope for additional accommodation of varying types, which of course will be subject to the necessary consents.
Wood House stands in private gardens mainly laid to lawn and surrounded by white painted iron railings. A pair of elegant white metal gates open to a gravel drive which runs along the front elevation of the house and on to the former stable block/garaging. The formal gardens to the front are principally laid to lawn with beautifully maintained yew hedges, well stocked beds and specimen ornamental trees.
A formal garden lies to the rear of the property comprising paving, box hedging, topiary shrubs, an ornamental pond with fountain and an elegant gazebo.
To the east of the property is a large walled, former kitchen garden with espaliered fruit trees, herbaceous borders, lawns and a productive vegetable area. Adjacent to the walled garden, to the north, is an orchard and a range of glasshouses and coldframes.
Wood House stands within stunning historic parkland interspersed with mature hardwoods and extends to about 45 acres. An avenue of oaks links the house and parkland to the woodland and lakes to the north east with the grove woodland gardens accessed on the south east. The woods and lakes extend to about 100 acres and together with the parkland provide a majestic backdrop to Wood House. The woods, which are of exceptional historical and ecological importance, are designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (sssi) in view of the presence of a rare indigenous small-leaved lime coppice. There are also a number of magnificent oaks, some of which were used for the panelling of the rebuilt House of Commons after the second World War. In April and May the woodlands are thickly carpeted with bluebells. The woodland is serviced by many estate tracks and is dominated by interconnected spring fed lakes which are stocked with tench, carp and other coarse fish.
Square Footage: 7661 sq ft
Acreage: 168 Acres
From London take the M40 north onto the M42 and then the M5 south and leave the motorway at Junction 5 signposted for Droitwich. Carry on along the A38 until reaching the A4133, signposted Tenbury Wells, and proceed through the village of Ombersley until reaching Holt Heath. In Holt Heath and turn right onto the B4196. After about two miles, the village of Shrawley will be found. The entrance gates to Wood House are located on the right hand side, opposite the War Memorial, where the road bears round to the left. Proceed along the drive to the white gates which will open automatically.
From Birmingham take the M5 south and leave the motorway at Junction 5 signposted for Droitwich. Carry on along the A38 until reaching the A4133, signposted Tenbury Wells, and proceed through the village of Ombersley until reaching Holt Heath. In Holt Heath and turn right onto the B4196. After about two miles, the village of Shrawley will be found. The entrance gates to Wood House are located on the right hand side, opposite the War Memorial, where the road bears round to the left. Proceed along the drive to the white gates which will open automatically.
From Bristol take the M5 north. At Junction 6 proceed north on the A449 towards Kidderminster and after about 6.5 miles turn off for Ombersley. In Ombersley turn left onto the A443 and proceed to Holt Heath and turn right onto the B4196. After about two miles, the village of Shrawley will be found. The entrance gates to Wood House are located on the right hand side, opposite the War Memorial, where the road bears round to the left. Proceed along the drive to the white gates which will open automatically.