Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire


Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 6
Substantial Grade II listed Manor House together with two 3-bedroom cottages in land over 2 acres including a quintessential sub-tropical show garden


The property is situated in beautiful Worcestershire countryside in the historic Norman village of Astley with St Peter's church and Astley and Dunley village hall. In nearby Areley Kings there is a village shop, post office, pharmacy and vets. At the end of the lane is the popular Astley C of E Primary School which is within the catchment area for the renowned and highly regarded Chantry School at Martley, there is also an excellent range of Independent schools nearby. It is well placed for the local towns of Stourport on Severn, Bewdley and Kidderminster together with the Cathedral City of Worcester around 12 miles away. With excellent road and rail links? the M5 motorway junction 5 or Junction 6 and Kidderminster train station with services to Birmingham and also a direct service into London Marylebone.


Astley Towne House is a substantial timber framed former working farmhouse originally from the late 16th, early 17th century. The current owners of almost 30 years have painstakingly maintained the listed building with recent replacement of windows with oak framed leaded lights and new roof and attic timbers amongst other works. The three floors and basement / cellar extend to 4422 square feet or thereabouts of family accommodation and are full of period features with oak panelled rooms, arched oak latched doors, extensive wall, floor and ceiling timbers and large inglenook fireplaces. The character of the property is brought out in abundance in its current presentation with the owner's collections of period curiosities in several rooms. This is delightfully contrasted with a high specification contemporary breakfast kitchen. There is also a former period barn recently converted into two three-bedroom cottages providing for additional family accommodation or rental revenue. The property itself sits in over 2 acres of landscaped gardens which include a feature sub-tropical garden, extensive vegetable patch, grotto and a more traditional lawned area with tennis court.

The everyday entrance to the property is to the rear through a canopy porch then enclosed porch to a hall passage having a utility room, guest cloakroom and spacious breakfast kitchen off. This delightful double aspect room includes a contemporary range of gloss grey base and wall cabinets, granite work surfaces and central island, a classic three oven oil-fired Aga, separate electric hob/oven with extractor and integrated dishwasher. The grand central dining room features extensive ceiling and wall timbers, large inglenook fireplace with basket grate and stone flags floor. The delightful well-proportioned double aspect sitting room has light oak wall panelling, solid plank flooring and feature fireplace with cast log burning stove. From the formal front entrance door there is a further reception hall with stairs to the first-floor, a delightful library or simply a snug or family room with feature corner fireplace. There is also a study to the other side of the hallway. From the reception hall stairs lead to a generous landing giving access to the master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, guest bedroom with ensuite shower room, two further bedrooms and family bathroom. A second staircase descends to the rear reception hall. On the second floor there are two attic rooms of generous proportions. Off the dining room on the ground floor, stairs lead to a usable cellar/basement area popular as a games room and has a feature bar.


To the other side of the rear courtyard through self-contained small gardens there are two attached cottages that have been converted from a period brick and tiled barn. The first cottage of 1360 sq ft has a bright contemporary feel with reception hall and cloaks/utility room off and stairs to the first-floor. The main living area is a spacious open plan with French doors to the rear courtyard garden and a fully fitted kitchen with electric hob, oven and extractor and integrated dishwasher and fridge freezer. The first-floor accommodation features two spacious principal bedrooms each with ensuite facilities and on the second floor a further bedroom also has ensuite bathroom, walk-in wardrobe space and side eaves storage. The second cottage of 1106 sq ft features a warm traditional feel with a study off the reception hall and double doors leading to an open plan living room. The sitting area features a traditional brick fireplace with timber mantel and stone hearth and feature LPG gas stove fire. The fully fitted kitchen is with oak faced base and wall cabinets, electric hob/oven and integrated washing machine and Neff dishwasher. To the first-floor there are three bedrooms, the master with ensuite facilities and a family bathroom.

Gardens and grounds

The property is approached via wrought iron gates over a gravelled drive which provides parking and turning area and gives access to a separate timber garage. The main feature of the gardens is a jungle-like, sub-tropical experience that is listed in the directory of charity gardens and has featured in a number of television programs. There are winding paths, that includes bananas, bamboo, palms and many other rare, exotic plants. There are a number of quirky follies including a stumpery garden, a woodland temple, a spacious tree-top, high safari lodge, a unique rotatable neo-classical summerhouse, stone columns with statuary, large metal sculptures and a spectacular subterranean grotto based on Greek mythology with water features and shell mosaics. There is also a more traditional lawned area with tennis court.

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