A fine, listed grade II, seven bedroom period house together with A most spacious three bedroom additional dwelling which, together with gardens, paddocks and outbuildings comprise A most versatile miniature country estate extending in total to approx. 18.6 acres.
Main house - 7 bedrooms grannexe - 3 bedrooms
Jourdens lies on the outskirts of the village of Longhope, just south of noted May Hill, the971’ summit of which is visible from many miles around owing to its famous clump of 99 trees which stand on the top of the hill. This lovely rural spot is approximately equidistant between the villages of Longhope and May Hill, and is just west of Dursley Cross.The market and tourist town of Ross-on-Wye and the M50 are some 7 miles to the northwest, whilst the Cathedral City of Gloucester lies approx. 7 miles to the southeast. Motorway connections are thus available within approx. 20 minutes drive, whilst the airports of Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff are all within about an hours drive, with the smaller Staverton Airport even closer. The area is well known for its sporting opportunities, and there are several excellent Golf Courses within 30 minutes drive, and Salmon fishing is available on the River Wye. In addition to an excellent range of local schools, there are noted Public Schools in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Monmouth, Hereford and Malvern, all within striking distance.Listing and History
The property is a Listed Grade II House, having been built between 1841 and 1851, probably by the barrister Richard Sipon. It is significant that the railway service from Ross to Gloucester was built in about 1855, making travel to London remarkably easy from the then local Longhope Station! The current vendors have researched all the owners since that time, and these have included a Church of England Clergyman, a Wine & Spirit Merchant and a Master Mariner who owned and very successfully operated three trading ships from bustling Gloucester Docks. An earlier dwelling on the site was probably constructed by Huguenots who settled on the side of May Hill and established a business making glass, hence the nearby hamlet known as Glasshouse.Description
Although constructed in the mid Victorian era, the façade of Jourdens has many Georgian characteristics. These include the smooth, lined render, hipped slate roof, brick chimneys, symmetrical façade and central Venetian fan light between the Doric columns of the front porch. Together, these features result in an exceptionally attractive Georgian style facade. The principal aspects are to the southeast and southwest, the house thus receiving a high degree of available sunlight, and also allowing a beautiful outlook across the lawned gardens towards a periphery of superb mature trees, which also flank the long approach drive. Most of the sash windows have splayed reveals, and the four reception, seven bedroom accommodation has a lovely ambience. There is a cellar beneath part of the ground floor, and this is accessed via a hatch alongside the driveway.The Grannexe
Typically, a Granny Annexe is modest in scale with just one or perhaps two bedrooms. Here, one has a most generously proportioned and luxuriously appointed, three bedroom dwelling extending to approaching 1500 sq.ft. Moreover, with huge double glazed windows and French doors, one has exceptionally light accommodation overlooking a gravelled courtyard to one side and decking, lawn and orchard to the southeast. The 15’ ground floor master bedroom has a superb en-suite shower room & w.c., whilst the two further double bedrooms share a full scale bathroom & w.c. Furthermore, the 17’ kitchen is particularly well appointed, and has French doors which open directly onto the decking on the southeast elevation.All in all, an appealing and very well appointed further dwelling.Outbuildings and Grounds
The grounds in total extend to approx. 18.6 acres and completely encircle both dwellings. The lawned gardens lie principally to the south of the main house, with orchard, fields and paddocks extending to the east, north and west of the main buildings.There is a wide range of outbuildings, some substantial, and these lie largely to the periphery of a grass and gravel Courtyard and include, the Former Dairy, The Smithy, The Old Barn, The Carriage House, above which is a 30’Club/Hobbies Room, There is also a Wooden Stable Block and Two Hooped Polytunnels. In addition there are also various small buildings, Chicken and Goose runs and a lovely large Pond. Two Small Streams also bisect the Paddocks, whilst scattered towards the periphery of certain other paddocks are a number of beautiful mature deciduous trees including Oak.Agents Conclusion
It is often the case that a property of quality has four or five aspects to commend it, but lacks other, often required characteristics. Jourdens, on the contrary offers almost all of those assets in a single holding. A beautiful main house, a substantial second dwelling, outbuildings, mature garden, acreage, views, streams and a pond, mature deciduous trees, seclusion yet accessibility. Jourdens has them all!Local Authority and Outgoings
Forest of Dean District Council, Council Offices, High Street, Coleford, Glos. GL16 8H Telephone: Fax: Outgoings: G (Main House) A (Annexe) Council Tax Band EPC rating: ‘D’ (Full EPC Rating available)Directions
If approaching from Ross-on-Wye, leave the eastern outskirts of Ross at the mini roundabout close to Ross Fire Station, proceeding on the A40 towards Gloucester. After passing through the villages of Weston-under-Penyard and Lea, continue through the hamlet of Box Bush and on approaching Longhope, keeping left on the curving A40. Shortly after passing the Stanton Kitchen Showroom on the left hand side, carefully take the 3rd driveway on the left with the small sign Jourdens on the stone wall flanking the driveway entrance. If approaching from Gloucester leave the western outskirts of Gloucester at Over, proceeding along the A40 towards Longhope. Keeping on the A40, continue through Longhope, and shortly after the summit of a climb, take the 1st driveway on the right after passing the 90° right turn known as Dursley Cross.To View
Strictly and only please by prior telephone appointment through Morris Bricknell Chartered Surveyors, Stroud House, 30 Gloucester Road, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 5LE. Tel: The person dealing with this sale is Norman Bricknell who may be contacted out of hours on .Money Laundering Regulations
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