Rockbourne, Symonds Yat West, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire

Recently Sold

Property Features

  • 5 Bedroomed Detached Arts and Crafts-Style Villa
  • 3 Reception Rooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Workshop/Garden-Tool Sheds
  • Detached Luxury Barn
  • Wine Cellar
  • Landscaped Gardens, Mature Woodland & River Frontage
  • River Valley Views

Property Summary

Set in a secluded elevated location above the River Wye, this is a unique, charming & spacious 5-bedroom Arts & Crafts-style villa with landscaped gardens, mature woodland and river frontage with fishing. It has been carefully restored and tastefully extended to capitalize on its unique location and exceptional views of the river valley, whilst maintaining the character of the original home and benefitting from easy reach of the A40 and the motorway network beyond.

Full Details

The outbuildings include a workshop, garden-tool sheds, wood stores and a wine cellar. The attractive large oak barn, currently used as a sport and leisure centre with sauna and shower, offers potential for several other uses.

Vaulted ceilings in the upper storey of this two-storey property provide light and airy rooms, and the double-glazed hardwood windows take full advantage of the views. Oak, maple or pine floors, original chestnut or oak doors, some with stained glass windows, combine to maintain Rockbourne’s original architectural character.

The entrance via a glazed covered porch with Ruabon quarry tiles, is through the original front door with leaded light over into:

Leaded light windows to side with triangular glazed panel above. Mason patterned tiled floor, vaulted ceiling, and part-glazed door to:

MUSIC ROOM: (4.08m x 2.79m + 3.66m x 2.17m)
The main entrance hall, L-shaped with vaulted ceiling, large south-facing Velux window and high-level triangular glazed panel. Fitted book shelves and glass-fronted storage space above. Original inglenook fireplace with wrought iron grate and tiled hearth and original oak surround flanked by matching panelling and built-in pew-style seats to each side of the fireplace. Doors to:

BOOT ROOM: (1.83m x 1.7m)
2 power points, window to back.


Window to front. Panelled bath with Victorian-style mixer-taps and shower attachment, low-level WC and pedestal wash basin with tiled splash-back, glass shelf and light over. Shelving to one side and chrome ladder-style towel rail. Part-glazed door with stained glass into:

MASTER BEDROOM: (4.95m x 4.12m)
Vaulted beamed ceiling. Windows on two sides facing garden, river and hills. Chimney breast with cast-iron enamel stove (decorative only) on tiled hearth. Part-glazed external door to covered VERANDA (5.08m x 1.73m) enjoying outstanding views over the river and wooded hills beyond. Telephone point and internet connection. Outside power point.

From the Music Room the wide galleried hall leads to stairs down to lower level and doors to:

BEDROOM 2: (4.96m x 3.86 narrowing to 2.58m)
Vaulted double-beamed ceiling. Large storage cupboard above en-suite. Double aspect with windows overlooking the river valley and wooded hills and French doors to:

BALCONY: (5.08m x 3.12m)
Wide south-facing sun-trap with wrought-iron balustrade views of the garden and woodland with steps down to garden.

Double shower cubicle with sliding glass door and side panel, tiling to all walls and Mira mixer valve with adjustable head-on rail. Tiled top shelf with glass basin and mixer tap, storage shelf under and mirror above. Low-level WC, chrome ladder-style towel rail.

BEDROOM 3: (3.71m x 3.67m)
Two sets of windows with fitted blinds and lovely views overlooking river valley and woodland. Vaulted ceiling.

Window to back. Clawfoot bath with Victorian style mixer-tap with shower attachment and mixer-valve with fixed rain-style shower-head over. Tiling to two walls. Roca low-level WC with concealed flush box. L-shaped vanity unit with tiled top, glass basin with mixer-tap. Glass shelves and chrome ladder-style towel rail. Access hatch to roof space. Airing cupboard with slatted shelves, fitted cupboard housing hot-water tank and internal stop-cock.

LIBRARY/BEDROOM 4: (4.08m x 3.89m)
Two sets of double windows, two sun-scoops. Chimney breast, cast-iron fire-surround and mantelpiece and tiled hearth. Range of fitted book shelves. Small Velux window and triangular glazed panel at high-level lighting the wrought-iron spiral staircase to:

GALLERY: (3.34m x 1.69m (2.57m x 1.78m))
Large Velux window, access to eaves storage space. Turned pine balustrade with decorative spindles.

STUDY/BEDROOM 5: (4m x 3.4m)
Double aspect with windows facing south and French doors facing east on to BALCONY (also accessed from Bedroom 2). Two double fitted wardrobes, access hatch with fitted extending ladder to large boarded roof-space.

From galleried landing in Music Room, stairs down to:

At foot of stairs: under-stairs cupboard and glass-fronted fitted cupboard with slate top. Pair of Art Deco-style chestnut doors with inset stained-glass panels facing each other - one to kitchen and the other into:

LOUNGE: (6.86m x 4.38m average)
Feature three-sided picture window with valley views and window-seating with storage under. Large open fireplace with raised stone hearth, cast-iron fire-basket and back plate. Fitted cupboard with connections for home technology including WiFi. Painted exposed beams. Fully-glazed bi-folding doors and side panels with the option to open out into:

Running the length of property, mainly glazed to capitalize fully on the outstanding views and laid out as follows:

SITTING AREA: (4.3m x 2.86m)
Pair of Velux roof-lights, double-glazed windows to side and French doors with glazed side panels to wide and impressive wrap-around hardwood 14.5m long DECK with wrought-iron railings and window boxes. Outside power point.

ATRIUM and DINING AREA: (6.89m x 2.86m)
Covered area with internal stained-glass panel to Lounge, fitted cupboard housing air-source heat-pump unit and built-in hand-crafted desk with drawers, then opening out to the atrium with doors to deck and pitched glazed roof over.

Pair of large Velux roof-lights. Windows overlooking garden and dovecote with fitted blinds and oak worktop and unit below with inset circular stainless steel sink, mixer-tap and matching drainer, drawers and cupboards under, Neff five-ring gas hob. Breakfast bar with shelves under. Step down to main Kitchen area:

KITCHEN: (5.32m x 3.4m)
Matching oak worktop to one side with inset butler sink, mixer-tap, oak draining boards to both sides and green slate splash-backs. Set under are drawers and cupboards with space and plumbing for dishwasher. Matching island with oak and green slate worktop and drawers and cupboards under. Tall unit with integrated Neff double oven with cupboard and drawers. Space for an American-style fridge/freezer. Chimney-breast with inset two-oven oil-fired AGA. Doors into:

Window and fan. Shelving to walls and laminate worktop with space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer under.

Part-glazed external stable door with matching glazed side panels. Fitted shelving to one wall. Tiled floor. Door into:

Window. Low-level WC, wall-mounted wash basin, shelf and tiled splash-back and window sill. Tiled flooring. RCD unit at high level.

Set to one side, steps lead down to a recently constructed:

BARN: (8.94m x 4.92m)
The south-facing impressive oak-framed, glass-fronted and fully insulated BARN with slate roof and exposed trusses is open-plan and accessed via two pairs of fully glazed doors with two large Velux roof windows and double-glazed panels in the wall to the side. Kitchenette with laminate worktop with space for fridge under, inset stainless steel sink with drainer and mixer-tap, stainless steel splash-back and cupboards. Sauna and shower with tiling to all walls and Mira electric unit with adjustable head-on-rail, and storage space above. Outside power point.

The Barn is currently a sports and leisure facility but has the potential for several other uses.

From the roadside parking area, the secluded gated drive leads to a further parking area and steps down to a stone-paved sun-terrace above which towers the purpose-built DOVECOTE with a copper roof and below it a small WINE STORE: 2.2m x 1.32m, a GARDEN STORE: 2.2m x 1.32m and an OPEN WOODSTORE. There are further garden storage sheds and covered areas for storing wood. Two custom-made matching wrought-iron external staircases lead down from the 14.5m deck to the gardens and a wisteria, honeysuckle, jasmin and rose-covered Pergola over a paved path leading to the WORKSHOP: 2.76 x 2.3m and the cork-lined OFFICE/STOREROOM (6.30m x 2.3m): converted from a large early-20th century water-tank and formerly used as a recording studio with stable-doors and double-glazed sash windows, fitted cupboards and work surfaces.

These have been professionally landscaped with lawned and paved terracing including a croquet lawn and a wide variety of shrubs, flowering borders and mature specimen trees. An ornamental pond with fountain, is stocked with goldfish, shubunkins, tench and orfe. There is a greenhouse, soft fruit-cage area and a large terraced orchard which bursts into wild garlic and bluebells in the spring and provides apples, pears, cherries and plums in season. Beyond the orchard is a gate which leads into an attractive private woodland area of approximately 2 ½ acres consisting mainly of ash and beech, with a footpath which winds down to the lower lane and approximately 55 metres of river bank along the Wye, with ancient mooring rights 50m further up-river.

Mains water, private drainage, oil fired AGA, air-source pump providing central heating and domestic hot water and PV panels. Council Tax Band: G, EPC Rating: D

Owners benefit both from the air-source heat-pump RHI incentive for a further 13 (approx.) quarterly payments of £445 each, together with 19 years (approx.) of grant for 16 PV panels amounting to £560 pa (approx.). Both payments are non-taxable and index-linked.