Charming Grade II listed detached home set on an historical estate, with private gardens and access to approximately 35 acres of communal grounds including a tennis court.
Dower House is situated in a lovely peaceful position on the historical Besford Estate, the home of Besford Court, a country manor house that is enveloped by 35 acres of beautiful parkland grounds including stunning formal gardens, a communal tennis court, community hall and extensive open spaces. Besford Court is a Grade II* listed building, originally built around 1500, and is stated to be the 'last, great, gothic English country house'. For many years it was a Catholic school and then converted into luxury apartments around 2001. This beautiful and sought after area is surrounded by lovely countryside. The historic Croome Estate may be found some 2.6 miles to the West, with its restored "Capability" Brown Park and palladium Mansion. Besford is four miles from the market town of Pershore which offers a good range of shopping, leisure and educational facilities. Trains run from Pershore station to London Paddington taking about two hours. 6 miles away is Upton-upon-Severn, famous for its festivals, marina and gastro pubs. The City of Worcester is 10 miles North. The neighbouring village of Defford offers a local pub, sailing on the River Avon and active village hall. The area also gives access to Cheltenham and its Racecourse (21 miles South), Broadway (16 miles), Stratford-upon-Avon (23 miles) and Great Malvern and The Malvern Hills (15 miles). The M5 motorway (accessed via J1 of The M50 or J7 at South Worcester) provides for ready access to Birmingham and the International Airport (41 miles) and the M40. The M5 South also provides for commuting to Cheltenham, Gloucester and Bristol (61 miles). The newly opened Worcestershire Parkway Railway station, situated to the east of Worcester and only 4 miles from Besford, is intended to increase the capacity to London as well as reduced journey times. This will have a significant impact on Worcestershire's accessibility to the Capital and other regional centres.
Dower House offers an opportunity to purchase a charming detached home, originally thought to be the Presbytery to Besford Court, with parts believed to date from around 1550 and the early 17th century. The timber frame and painted brick property retains many character features including working fireplaces, leaded light windows, exposed beams and timber floors. The property retains many character features including working fireplaces, leaded light windows, exposed beams and timber floors. The ceilings are of good height with vaulted ceilings to the majority of the first floor. The property was at one time the home of the artist Jill Hudson and there are several examples of her work on the walls. To the front the property has a lovely open aspect over lawns to the front of Besford Court, whilst at the rear the outlook is over the gardens. The property is approached on foot from the garage and workshop block into the rear gardens. These are mature and mainly lawned with patio area, and extend to approximately 0.4 of an acre. In addition to the private gardens, Dower House enjoys the maintained 35 acres or so of grounds including a tennis court and community building.
Square Footage: 2952 sq ft
Acreage: 0.43 Acres
On entering the Besford Court estate (Dower House can be seen in front of you, to the right of the stone wall), take the
driveway straight ahead, following this round to the right
and around the rear of the property. The garages to
Dower House will be found on the right, with a pedestrian
gate into the rear gardens.