This exceptional Grade II Listed house has extensive written history and is believed to have originally been constructed in the 15th Century as an open hall house. It was further believed to have been the summer residence of the Abbots of St. Augustines of Bristol, now Bristol Cathedral having been donated to the Abbey much earlier by the Earl of Berkeley in the 12th Century.
During both the 15th and 19th Century the property has seen some substantial additions and considerable alterations to include the beautiful period detailing, fine chimneys, porches and beams that you see in abundance today. The Victorian era helped to make the house more user friendly and the late Victorian era added a timber framed wing matching beautifully with the ‘H’ shaped house. The quality of the workmanship is evident throughout and the property has been blessed with a plethora of stunning period features.
Ashleworth Manor takes the prime position on the cusp of this beautiful rural village, set back from the road it is equally as aesthetically pleasing from both the front and the rear. The long term owners have spent much time and energy maintaining this beautiful period gem, both internally and externally, having created wonderful gardens which enhance both the overall charm and the views from the many windows.
The extensive accommodation of some 6,721 square feet is predominately split over two floors with a generous loft area above. It offers a pleasing array of more comfortable rooms and is surprisingly light given the period of the build, with many of the windows being near floor to ceiling. As you would imagine of a house of such historical importance, it is bathed in period charm including superbly impressive beams, doors, windows and fireplaces, none more so than the incredible entrance hall/sitting room. This large double aspect room is atmospheric with generous ceiling heights, wonderfully carved beams and central stone fireplace, the rooms flow beautifully with woodblock flooring throughout. To one side of the hall you will find a generous dining room with views of the front garden which in turn leads through to the kitchen/breakfast room. The kitchen has a range of fitted units, integrated appliances and large breakfast bar area. This is backed up by a utility/boot room with external access, a north-facing cold store complete with slate storage, and an adjacent flower room again with slate tops and back door, this room also has an inter-linking door to the adjacent annexe although the main access is through a private external door. A unique strong room is ideal for storing fine goods and valuables.
To the opposite end of the house is a further reception room currently used as a study with incredible features and stunning ‘dragon beams’ which support the four corners of this jettied building. It is double aspect providing a wonderful vantage point over the formal gardens and a back staircase to the first floor.
Rising to the first floor you will find five generous bedrooms with three bathrooms. All of the rooms have incredible views over the private gardens to both the front and rear and the surrounding farmland. Of particular note is the main bedroom which is incredibly spacious with double aspect windows and dressing room facilities together with period features including a cross beamed and arched ceiling and stone fireplace.
The top floor of the house is currently used for storage but would be an ideal children’s floor and could easily accommodate more bedrooms and bathrooms subject to obtaining the necessary permissions for the changes. There is also a further access to the annexe bedrooms which would allow full integration of the annexe into the main house should you wish.
The annexe wing incorporated in the later part of the Victorian era has been superbly joined to the main house and completed in the same style as the original building, seamlessly linking the two pieces together. It has been let out for many years by the current owners and offers complete independence from the main house with separate parking, access and gardens. It formally offers three bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and sitting room but could easily be re-incorporated into the main house as there are various internal links.
Ashleworth Manor is situated on the edge of the rural village of Ashleworth. The village itself enjoys a friendly reputation with an active church, public house, school and other amenities. Ashleworth Manor enjoys views over its own grounds which surround the house and up to the steeple of the village church. There is a sports and social club with cricket and football fields and a National Trust maintained Tithe Barn from the mid 15th Century.
Ashleworth is only 8 miles from the Cathedral city of Gloucester, 9 miles from Tewkesbury and 13 miles from the Spa town of Cheltenham. With Worcester to the north and Bristol to the south there are also good transport links with railway stations at Cheltenham and Gloucester together with an air strip at Staverton and international airports at both Bristol and Birmingham.
The property is approached by electrically operated cast iron gates onto the driveway which provides parking for many cars.
The majority of the front garden is laid to lawn with some mature trees surrounding. To the rear you will find a beautifully maintained cottage style garden with a lovely patio surrounded by floral herbaceous beds and backed by substantial yew hedging.
The formal gardens are laid out in an arboretum style with a number of specimen trees including silver birch, willow, pine, copper beech, hazel, yew and horse chestnut. Many of these have been planted by the current owners with some planted before their period of ownership giving a range of mature, young and evergreen foliage. The rear lawn is mainly flat rising to an elevated section to the rear. It is bordered by estate fencing giving a vantage point to the adjacent paddocks.
The paddocks themselves surround the house and the formal gardens and are split informally into three sections with inter linking gates. Within the paddocks is a rustic workshop and store as well as an open sided stone machine shed.
Adjacent to Ashleworth Manor are a range of buildings and fields also included in the sale. These give protection and control of the view in front of Ashleworth Manor. They are the former kitchen gardens of the Manor and much of the Victoriana remains with a large partly walled garden including vegetable beds and fruit cages, brick stable block with adjacent timber greenhouse as well as a range of store rooms, cart houses and machine sheds. These are currently being used as a village art studio and sit in a small courtyard with independent vehicular access as well as a wooden stable block with four internal stables, tack room and large double garage.
The property has historically flooded, albeit there have been substantial rectification methods installed subsequently – please contact the agent for more information
There are footpaths that cross the land – please contact the agent for more infomation
Listed Manor House
Rural Village Setting
10.25 Acres 7 Bedrooms
4 Reception Rooms