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Golden Valley




Glendore [‘The Old Garage’] Turnastone, HR2

Guide Price £295,000 Added on 08/06/2022



SIZE 1,336 sq. ft. (124 sq. m.)


Sale particulars for Glendore were issued by the agent, Bengough



Key features

  • Picturesque cottage in a rural location
  • Historical and at one time the oldest surviving petrol station
  • Close to the Black Mountains
  • Good schools nearby
  • Equidistant between Hereford and Hay on Wye

Property description



Once upon a time two sisters were each determined to build a church. One of the sisters said "I vow my church shall be on this side of the river", whilst the other replied "I'll build mine on the other side before you can turn a stone". Thus the neighbouring villages of Vowchurch and Turnastone were created. Turnastone is one of the smallest parishes in Herefordshire and is at the top of the Golden Valley through which flows the River Dore. Its backdrop is the Black Mountains. There are excellent schools at Peterchurch and Madley, let alone in Hereford which also has excellent shopping facilities, a magnificent Cathedral and a railway station.

Glendore , a Grade II listed building dating back to the early  C19 was used as a petrol filling station from 1919 and was  believed to be the oldest surviving petrol station in England  by 1992. The garage was founded by H James Charles Wilding and taken over by his sons Hedley and Percy. Hedley continued to run the business into his nineties and his son in turn continued the business until recently. There are two petrol pumps in the front garden, one a Wayne and the other an Avery-Hardoll, probably dating from the 1950’s and 1930s respectively.  

The road through Turnastone leads west to the Black Mountains. There are a number of attractive properties in the village, perhaps the most identifiable of which is Glendore  or more commonly called The Old Garage. This charming historical cottage listed along with the pair of pumps was the “heart" of the village as it also included the post box standing as it does by the garden gate and the village shop (The Walls Ice Cream price list of 1985 is still on the wall).  The cottage, last lived in in 2005, remains untouched. Now in need of renovation, flagstones cover much of the ground floor. The fire grate and oven in the sitting room and the fireplace in the shop remain as does the Rayburn in the kitchen. The salting slab is in the larder and the back door out to the garden also links to the storeroom. The stairs from the kitchen lead to a half landing and a room in the eaves with a small door which would have linked at one time to a floor above the storeroom. Off the top landing, with its arched window, are two bedrooms.

At the front of the cottage and either side of the substantial  arched hedge are the petrol pumps. The back garden includes a former pigsty with a log store, storeroom and double seater WC. A strip of land also runs along the north side of the cottage from the road.  

Mains water and electricity.  


Take the A435 Abergavenny Road out of Hereford, turning  right onto the B4348 to Clehonger and then left towards  Kingstone. Remain on the B4348 and before Peterchurch, turn left to Turnastone. The property is on the left-hand side.       




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