This charming country house is set in some of Herefordshire’s most beautiful countryside.
Situated close to the village of Kilpeck, Dippersmoor Manor is surrounded by some of the most beautiful undulating Herefordshire countryside. The house and its ancillary buildings sit in over 180 acres of well kept gardens and grounds and offer wonderful views across to the Black Mountains.
Grade II listed, Dippersmoor Manor dates back to the early 15th century. There is evidence of a Pele tower, which suggests the property may even date back even earlier. In the 1920s, the house was inhabited by the writer Gwen McBryde, who wrote her Guardian Country Diaries there, observing the surrounding farm life, animals and plants. She died in 1958, leaving Dippersmoor Manor to her daughter Jane, who in turn left it to her godson Hexie Millais, great-grandson of the Victorian artist Sir John Everett Millais.
The house and surrounding countryside is also described in one of the stories by the renowned author and medievalist scholar M R James who often visited Dippersmoor in the 1920s.
Dippersmoor Manor is approached through a charming sheltered rose garden. The ground floor is well laid out and the accommodation comprises a drawing room, library, dining room, sitting room, kitchen and breakfast room with a terrace, a study and a cellar. Many of the reception rooms feature original oak panelling and exposed beams.
On the first floor, the master bedroom with ensuite dressing room and bathroom can be found, alongside a further four ensuite bedrooms. On the second floor, there is potential for a further bedroom.
The gardens and grounds at Dippersmoor are particularly beautiful. The immediate gardens are interspersed with borders, immaculate lawns and a pretty kitchen garden. Beyond, are the orchards, pond and pasture, all of which have wonderful views over the farm and undulating countryside beyond. There are also some delightful woods on the land including the mature mixed Dippersmoor Wood at its core along with further woodland to the south west.
To the south east of the house is the impressive tithe barn and two smaller properties which provide additinal accommodation. The Grade II listed Stable Cottage is a pretty brick and timber cottage with kitchen/sitting room, 2 bedrooms and bathroom. Granary Cottage, converted in 2005, has an excellent open plan sitting room and kitchen on the ground floor, and two ensuite bedrooms upstairs.
Kilpeck is a charming village with an excellent local pub and one of the most famous Norman churches in the country. Everyday shopping facilities can be found in Hereford (10 miles) and the attractive market town of Ross on Wye (13 miles), Monmouth (15 miles), Ledbury (25 miles), Gloucester (31 miles) and Cheltenham (38 miles).
The surrounding area offers a wealth of recreational opportunities including golf at Hereford, Ross on Wye, Monmouth and Abergavenny; racing at Chepstow and Cheltenham and water sports on the River Wye. The countryside also offers glorious walks and hacking opportunities and the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts takes place at Ross on Wye every May.
The guide price is £1.25 million. For further information please contact Knight Frank on 0143 227 3087.