Grade II Listed, Manor House, Beautiful Gardens Grounds and Lake, Victorian Quadrangle Stable Block with 4 Flats and Outdoor Manege, Impressive Walled Garden with Cottage, Clock Tower, 3 Further Cottages, 3 Farmhouses and Significant Range of Traditional and Modern Farm Buildings, Parkland Paddocks Pasture and Woodland, In all about 427.40 Acres (172.8 Ha)
Situation: An impressive Grade II listed Georgian country house with beautiful gardens, grounds and a lake, a significant range of cottages, farmhouses, stables, traditional and modern farm buildings set within approx 427.40 acres.
Grade II listed Newport House is one of Herefordshire's most important houses and is situated in a secluded and peaceful location in beautiful countryside. The current owners
bought Newport House in 2004 and have worked tirelessly to reinvigorate and refurbish the house and estate to its former glory. With amazing energy and a skilled workforce they have
refurbished the house, in particular the principal rooms, and pieced back together the estate so the house now sits perfectly in the heart of 427 acres.
The estate sits in a stunning rural position about a mile from Almeley. It is well serviced with day to day facilities in the market town of Kington with further opportunities in Hay-on-Wye, Leominster and the Cathedral City of Hereford, just 15 miles to the south. Hereford provides good shopping
and recreational facilities along with train services into London Paddington from 2hours 45 minutes.
There are excellent schools in the area including Hereford Cathedral School, Moor Park and Abberley as well as ones around Malvern and Cheltenham. This particularly beautiful part of Herefordshire comprises wooded rolling farmland with the Wye Valley to the west and the beautiful Black Mountains in the distance. The area offers
a special rural quality of life whilst having a diverse selection of events and opportunities in the vicinity including the literary festival at Hay-on-Wye, the theatre at Malvern and the gourmet
centre of Ludlow, all within easy reach.
Following the present owner's acquisition of Newport House in 2004 with a much reduced acreage of just 28 acres, they acquired the walled garden in 2006 followed by the woodland
and farm land three years later. Despite the extensive works of the previous owners in 2000-
2001 (re-roofing, rewiring the whole house, installing new heating and new bathrooms), the current owners created a new team including a new Head Gardener and Project Manager
who set about a long list of projects that have significantly improved and enhanced Newport House, restoring it to its former glory.
The house is approached up a long tree lined drive giving glimpses of the striking southerly façade of the house. The drive sweeps round to a gravelled parking area to the north of the house with its pillared porch that leads into the elaborate main hall with magnificent oak staircase and gallery beyond. One of the main features of the house is the splendid enfilade of principal reception rooms along the southern façade of the house with their sash windows taking full advantage of the views over the gardens and lake beyond. With their high ceilings, the large family kitchen, leads through to the drawing room, library, dining room and music room - of particular note is the very fine new wood cabinetry and flooring through these rooms. To the rear of the house is the Georgian kitchen, estate office, billiard room and study. The beautiful staircase leads to the galleried landing off which are four large principal bedroom suites along with a laundry and ironing room. In addition on the first floor are 2 one bed flats in the two wings. There are a further 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms on the second floor.
Gardens and Grounds
The listed gardens and grounds are a spectacular feature of Newport House with your eye being drawn over the terrace and ha-ha between yew hedging and immaculate lawns down to the
beautiful stream fed 4 acre lake with walks around. The current owners have continued the work initiated by the previous owner who was a garden designer and created much
of what is embedded today. They have recently redesigned the beautiful parterres that frame the house perfectly. One of the more recent projects in the garden is the fine brick built dovecote that was created in 2016 to cover the pump house
above the bore hole - there are historical paintings showing a dovecote in the 1710s.
The Walled Kitchen Garden
The 2 ½ acre Georgian kitchen garden had probably not been fully productive since the 1940s and having acquired it in November 2006, a major restoration project began. The walls -
almost a quarter of a mile of them - were rebuilt and repointed, the Victorian paths uncovered, the glasshouses rebuilt, the entire garden cultivated and finally in 2014 the former Head Gardener's cottage was restored. The latter is now a charming one bedroom cottage let for holiday rentals. The walled garden is spectacular and to see a working kitchen garden of this size and quality is rare and a very special sight.
The Clock Tower
Situated just to the east of the house, the Clock Tower had been converted to a 'private pub' called The Running Spaniel with a large entertaining room, kitchen and 2 cloakrooms. On the first floor, with separate access, is an excellent self-contained flat with open plan sitting room and kitchen and 2 ensuite bedrooms. The flat is currently vacant.
To the north of the house is a timber framed garage block with a machinery store, open fronted garaging for 4 cars & storage above.
The Victorian Stable Block
Just beyond the Clock Tower is the very fine Victorian quadrangle stable block comprising 11 loose boxes, a tack and feed room and workshop. In addition are the following residential units:
3 bedroom Stable Cottage
1 bedroom Corner Flat
3 bedroom Stable Flat
1 bedroom Courtyard Flat
All of these units are let on assured shorthold tenancies.
Further information is available from the vendor's agent.
Further Farmhouses, Cottages and Buildings
1. The Beeches
Currently occupied under a service occupancy by the Head Gardener and his wife, who both work on the estate, the Beeches is located just to the south of the Clock Tower and comprises 2 reception rooms, kitchen and ensuite bathroom
on the ground floor along with three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor.
2. Highmoor Cottage and Estate Yard
Situated to the north east of the walled garden, Highmoor Cottage is lived in under an assured shorthold tenancy and comprises a hall, kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room and bathroom on the ground floor with 4 bedrooms on the first floor. Adjacent to the cottage is an estate yard with a 3 bay Dutch barn, traditional barn and further outbuildings.
3. Old Castle Farm
Occupied under an Agricultural Holding Act Tenancy, the recently refurbished Old Castle Farm extends to approximately 58 acres in the south east of the estate and has a separate access
from the south. At its core is Old Castle Farmhouse with a large kitchen, sitting room, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Adjacent to the farm house is a large range of farm buildings where the current tenants have a dairy herd.
Old Castle Annexe and Buildings Semi-detached to the farm house is a one bedroom annexe along
with a large range of varying sized traditional farm buildings. They are both let to the tenant of
Old Castle Farm under an assured shorthold tenancy and farm business tenancy respectively.
4. Station View Farmhouse
Just to the south of Old Castle Farm is the beautifully maintained 3 bedroom cottage currently let under an assured shorthold tenancy.
5. New House Farm and Buildings
Situated to the south west of the main house on the border of the estate, the traditional brick built 3 bedroom farmhouse has recently been modernised. There is also an excellent range of modern steel framed buildings along with approximately 62 acres of pasture. New House Farm is let to an Agricultural Holdings Act tenant.
6. The Parks
At the head of the old drive to the west of the house, The Parks is lived in under a service occupancy with a kitchen, sitting room,
two bedrooms and bathroom. There is a range of steel framed buildings, some of which are currently used for stabling.
The Land and Woodland
The house is surrounded by beautiful expanses of ancient parkland with stunning mature specimen trees. Close to the house are a series of post and
rail paddocks for horses and livestock.
To the north of the house is 90 acre Highmoor Wood with a well laid out network of rides giving good access throughout for walking and riding. The woodland has been well managed and attracts an abundance of wildlife. There is also a block of woodland below the lake with the overflow stream meandering down the wooded valley. Beyond the woodland, the estate is all down to pasture of which there is approximately 177 acres either in hand or let under a Farm Business Tenancy. The remainder is split between Old Castle Farm and New House Farm under Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies.
EPCs for the cottages are available on request.
Directions: From Leominster on the A4112 towards Hay and Brecon. Turn right on the Hereford to Kington Road (A480) and in the village of Woonton turn left to Almeley. As you enter the village bear left to the heart of the village where you turn right and then left, leaving the church on your left hand side. Continue along this road for about a mile and the entrance to Newport House is on the right-hand sideAcreage:427.4