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Sale particulars for Wern Wen, Craswall, as issued by the agents, Grant & Co.


Wern Wen, Craswall, Hay-On-Wye, Herefordshire, HR2 0PP

4 bedroom property for sale







An enchanting traditional farm enjoying a superb rural position with spectacular views towards The Black Mountains.

34 1/2 Acres

Hay-on-Wye 9 miles, Abergavenny 14 miles, Hereford 16 1/2 miles, Ross-on-Wye & Monmouth 23 miles, Cardiff 42 miles, Bristol 60 miles Road Links: M50 (Jct 4) 24 miles, Severn Bridge/M4 41 miles Railway Stations: Hereford & Abergavenny

Wern Wen occupies a magical and secluded rural setting in west Herefordshire; tucked away down a long private drive in the beautiful unspoilt Monnow Valley. The farm enjoys truly spectacular views over the surrounding countryside towards the Black Mountains; notable ridges include The Black Hill and The Cats Back, Black Darren and the Skirrid. The surrounding scenery has probably not changed since Wern Wen was built and is amongst the most stunning and unspoilt in the British Isles and immortalised by Bruce Chatwin in his famous novel “On the Black Hill”. The bustling mediaeval market town of Hay-on-Wye lies to the northwest and the cathedral city of Hereford lies to the East. The A465 (12 miles) links to the A40 dual carriageway; providing access to the M4/South Wales & Bristol.

The property combines an enchanting period farmhouse situated in the centre of its own land and further complemented by versatile outbuildings including an impressive traditional barn with great potential.

Wern Wen
Wern Wen is a delightful period stone farmhouse with an attractive front facade adorned with a wrought iron porch and wisteria. The farmhouse was constructed in the 1800’s; although it has earlier 12th century origins. The farmhouse today provides an extremely comfortable and well-presented home. Internally the farmhouse is practically laid-out and retains considerable character and charm including flagstone floors, exposed beams and deep windowsills.

The accommodation
The accommodation extends to 1,720ft2 and notable rooms include the sitting room with wood floor, open fireplace, window seat and an external door which opens to the garden. The dining hall has a flagstone floor and is conveniently situated next to the kitchen; in addition there is a third versatile room currently utilised as a study but could also be a third reception room. The kitchen/breakfast room has shaker style base units, Belfast sink, electric cooker and hob and oil fired Rayburn which is inset into a former fireplace. The property benefits from a large utility/boot room with fitted units, natural slate floor and an external door. Beyond is a shower room/cloak room. Leading off a central landing are four bedrooms all with fantastic views and a main bathroom. Planning permission has been granted to create a two storey extension to the southwest of the house; incorporating the adjoining stone store to create a first floor master bedroom suite and enlarge the current kitchen.

The gardens
The farmhouse is framed by attractive gardens which are mainly laid to lawn inset with well-stocked herbaceous beds, mature shrubs and an abundance of roses.

The outbuildings
The property benefits from a substantial traditional stone barn (15.5 × 5.6m) with second floor and lean-to (9.4 × 4m) currently utilised for stabling and storage. It also offers considerable development potential and would be ideally suited to holiday accommodation (tapping into the areas strong tourist industry), subject to the necessary planning consents. There is also a versatile agricultural barn (28 × 10m), timber storage barn (8.8 × 5.5m).

The land
The land predominately comprises of gently sloping pastureland and a small area of mature deciduous woodland including some impressive oak and ash trees. The pastureland is stock fenced and many of the paddocks benefit from high hedges. Close to the house and buildings are a number of smaller paddocks; ideal for horses. There are also two hard standing pads for yurts on the farm.

General information – Education
Education There is a primary school at Michaelchurch Escley (3 miles) and the state secondary school is the well- respected Fairfield High School at Peterchurch. The Steiner Academy is at Much Dewchurch (25 minute drive). Hereford and Monmouth offer excellent independent schools. More information is available on www.iscis.co.uk for independent schools and www.herefordshire.gov.uk for state schools.

Local amenities
The small rural villages of Craswall and Michaelchurch Escley offer well respected inns (The Bull’s Head at Craswall and The Bridge Inn at Michaelchurch) in addition the villages between them also offer a primary school and a cricket/sports ground. They are then supported by the larger villages of Peterchurch, Longtown and Ewyas Harold with more comprehensive facilities. The bustling border town of Hay-on-Wye lies to the north and is famous for its annual literary festival. Hereford to the east offers more extensive shopping and recreational amenities. The spectacular surrounding countryside is popular with walkers with Offa’s Dyke Path nearby as well as offering good out riding.

Local authority
Herefordshire County Council: 01432 260000

Council Tax
Band “E” – £1,825.47 (2013/14)

Mains electricity, private water (borehole) and drainage (bio disc). Oil fired central heating. Broadband available.

Single farm payments
The property is registered for Single Farm Payments (SFP).

Environmental Stewardship Scheme
There is a Higher Level Stewardship Agreement covering much of the holding.

Permission has been granted for the “Construction of a two-storey extension” (Ref: DCSW2005/3505/F).

Rights of way
Public footpaths cross the property; please refer to the sale plan for the routes.

Agents notes
Property Misdescriptions Act 1991 The Agents and their client give notice that: 1. They have no authority to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property. 2. These particulars have been prepared in good faith to give a fair overall view of the property, do not form any part of an offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact. 3. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive. It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents. The Agents have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise. Plans, Areas and Schedules Based on the Ordnance Survey and are for reference only. Any error or mis-statement shall not annul the sale or entitle either party to compensation in respect thereof.

Fixtures & fittings
Unless mentioned specifically all fixtures & fittings are excluded from the sale.

By prior appointment via Grant & Co on 01531 637341





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