Harvington House - Fine & Country


Harvington House - Fine & Country

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Harvington House

5 Dunstall Court | Croome D’abitot | Severn Stoke

Worcestershire | Wr8 9az

Harvington House

To live in a home that began life as a Robert Adam stable and coaching

block for the elegant Neo-Palladian mansion Croome Court is a unique and

enchanting way of life. Harvington House is one of the seven converted

homes in Dunstall Court, a completely private and rectangular courtyard

alongside Croome Court. The stately home, now run by the National Trust,

has the distinction of being the first architectural project by Lancelot

‘Capability’ Brown, whose garden designs ensured that the main hall

became an integral part of a landscape intended to be seen as through the

eyes of an artist. In Harvington House you can enjoy the delight and

privilege of being surrounded by scenery that an English poet of the time,

Richard Owen Cambridge, declared was so beautiful that he hoped he

would die before Brown so that he could ‘see heaven before it was

improved.’ John and Jackie have never tired of the thrill of living in such a

place steeped in history and natural beauty.

“I still get great pleasure every time I drive into the park,” says John. “I pass

through the imposing London Arch onto the winding parkland road and

opening up before me is the most incredible view of the Malvern Hills and

the realisation that the stunningly beautiful setting I am in is the creation of

perhaps the greatest landscape gardener. Dunstall Court once housed the

coaches, horses and grooms of the Sixth Earl of Coventry and today we are

part of the historical story, living in its rebirth as a modern home finished to

the highest specification that seamlessly blends modern comfort with the

best features of what was a time of pure proportion and balance in


“The house, with its graceful rooms, high ceilings, sash and half-moon

windows, epitomises the best features of the period,” says Jackie. “The two,

floor to ceiling arched windows in the spacious drawing room immediately

give the room a sense of style, whilst the marble fireplace and chandelier

add an extra sophistication. The house has some quirky aspects and one is

the round window set high in the wall between the drawing room and hall,

a topic for endless conjecture and part of the fun of living here. Another

individual feature is the raised galleried dining area in the kitchen which is

a room where cook and family can share conversation together. It’s a

brilliant house for entertaining; particularly at Christmas when after lunch

you can walk straight into a magical frosty wonderland resembling a scene

from Narnia.”

Harvington House

“For me one of the main joys of the kitchen is the view,” adds John.

“Through the north facing window we look into the copse that abounds

with a wide variety of birdlife and to spot woodpeckers is a common

occurrence. I have come down early in the morning to see roe deer strolling

through the cedars; it’s an enthralling experience to live so close to all this

wildlife. The west windows face onto the communal courtyard garden that

catches the late afternoon sun and with the soft rays mellowing the red

brick walls it is a tranquil place to enjoy a glass of wine. Our friends are

always enchanted by the entire experience of our home and overnight

guests are easily accommodated in the en suite bedrooms. If we really want

to impress we can entertain them in the Rotunda, a folly situated on a

ridge and shrouded by trees within a shrubbery. It is very gothic and


“We loved the house as soon as we viewed it but add to that the fantastic

honour of the freedom to wander and use the entire park at all times

makes it a paradise,” says Jackie. “We both get immense pleasure from

our surroundings and on a sparkling morning I can choose a favourite walk

from a palette of over a hundred acres. To wade through a field bursting

with the vivid brilliance of wild flowers and cross the Chinese bridge to the

still waters of the lake, taking in the captivating views around every corner,

is uplifting to the spirit and at the end of the walk I can call in to the

National Trust café for a morning coffee.” John adds “My best time is after

dark when you can see the twinkling lights of Great Malvern or take the

opportunity of an organised bat walk and watch them feeding off the

insects hovering over the lake or in the autumn and winter when an

atmospheric misty and moody landscape can hold you in its thrall.”

“Another advantage is that the world is on our doorstep, Worcester,

Cheltenham and Birmingham are within easy reach and we are only a

short drive from the delightful and picturesque Pershore, where there is a

direct rail service to Paddington. The nearby M5 provides first rate road

links, in fact with its excellent security, the house could perhaps be an ideal

second home. We have been highly privileged to live at Harvington House

within its eighteenth century elegance and its historic landscape setting.” *

* These comments are the personal views of the current owners and are included as an insight

into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on without

verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent.”

The accommodation itself is particularly well appointed.

On entering the main reception hall there is the

immediate recognition of quality chrome service

sockets and door furniture with most internal doors

having Regency style surrounds and reeded door cases

with bullseyes to corners that are repeated throughout

the property itself. There is the benefit of TV, telephone

and hard wired communication cabling throughout

most of the property which are brought together at a

central point in the reception hall main cupboard. Any

intended purchaser will be able to benefit from such

wiring that would be very difficult to retro fit. There is

also hard wired speaker cabling to the living room and

four bedrooms should you wish to have piped music

throughout the property. The bathrooms are provided

for with under floor heating as well as radiators. The

quality of the finish and fittings are very high, and we

are sure you will not be disappointed with the

accommodation of which we would recommend your

full personal inspection which more fully comprises:

reception Hall – 2.26m x 4.58m One double power

point. Radiator. Coving to ceiling. Four recessed

spotlights to ceiling. Mains wired smoke alarm. 1.58m

wide door opening with Period panelled door with

wrought iron hinges and glazed panels with arched

glazed Georgian fan light over. Feature circular oriole

window to drawing room. Door to deep and useful ‘L’

shaped understairs cupboard with light, cupboards and

MCB fuse board.

Drawing room – 5.95m x 5.38m Seven recessed

spotlights to ceiling. Ceiling light point. Picture rail. Fine

grained Period style marble fire surround. Two wall light

points. Eight double power points. Three lamp sockets.

Communication /TV/ Satellite points. Venetian style sash

window with fan light over. 1.58m wide door opening

with Period panelled door with wrought iron hinges

and glazed panels with arched glazed Georgian fan light

over leading to courtyard.

Inner Hall – 1.86m x 3.66m. Staircase off. Single

radiator. Telephone point. Double power point. Three

recessed spotlights to ceiling. Mains wired smoke alarm.

Wall mounted central heating thermostat. Alarm siren.

Door to deep and useful ‘L’ shaped understairs

cupboard with shelving and light. Access doors to the

rear of the utility area to kitchen. Water stop tap point.

Cloakroom/w.c. – 1.87m x 0.6m Ladder style heated

towel rail. Duo flush low level w.c. Modern square sink

unit with pillar stand mono mixer tap and vanity

mirror/light. Extractor fan. Ceiling light point. Covings to


Dining Kitchen – 5.39m x 5.5m overall. Raised Dining

Area – 3.4m x 2m with feature handrail, balustrading and

steps from the kitchen. Radiator. Two double power

points. Wall light point. Ceiling light point.

Kitchen in neo-classical style offering modern amenities

with the retention of some Period features including

dogs tooth cornicing, solid marble/granite roll top

working surfaces. Split into two distinct areas of Utility

area with space and plumbing for washing machine and

tumble dryer. Range of display cabinets and pan


Kitchen/catering area ‘Tecnik’ range cooker with

stainless steel hood with pull out spice drawers to sides.

Stainless steel sink unit with mono mixer tap & waste

disposal unit. Integrated dishwasher. Central heating

programmer. Wall mounted ‘Ariston’ LPG central

heating boiler. Over cupboard up-lighters. Twelve

recessed spotlights to ceiling. Extractor fan. Coving to

ceiling. Ceramic tiled floor. Eight double power points

plus fuse spurs for appliances. Communication point.

TV aerial point.

Landing – 2.2m x 3.0m Full depth of the stairwell being

5.8m. Two recessed spotlights to ceiling. Mains wired

smoke alarm. Two double power points. Two telephone

points. Satellite point. Radiator. Main incoming feed for

BT line. Nine pane sash cord window to front.

Master Bedroom – 6.3m x 5.6m A pair of matching

nine pane sash cord windows to front. Two radiators.

Six recessed spotlights to ceiling. Two ceiling light points.

Seven double power points. Three lamp sockets. Three

double communication sockets. TV aerial point. Double

door fitted wardrobe with light.

En-suite Bathroom – 2.49m x 3.46m Panelled bath

with mixer tap and handset shower. Duo flush low level

w.c. Vanity wash hand basin with pillar style mono mixer

tap. Cubicle shower with thermostatic mixer shower.

Full ceramic tiling to floors. Wall tiling. Ladder style

heated towel rail. Coving to ceiling. Extractor fan. Two

ceiling light points. Vanity light. From the master

bedroom there is a second door to the Inner Landing

& Second Staircase.

Inner Landing – Two recessed spotlights to ceiling.

Mains wired smoke alarm. Linen cupboard with fitted

‘Ariston’ pressurised cylinder delivering mains pressure

hot water throughout the property.

Bedroom No 2 – 5.4m x 5.6m Nine pane sash cord

window overlooking the park. Six recessed spotlights

to ceiling. Ceiling light point. Six double power points

plus two communication sockets. Two lamp sockets.

Fitted wardrobes. Chimney breast with central arch and

recess. Coving to ceiling. Radiator.

En-suite Shower room – Duo flush low level w.c.

Ladder style heated towel rail. Ceramic tiled floor and

wall tiling. Cubicle shower with thermostatic mixer

shower. Feature circular marble sink with pillar style

mono mixer tap. Vanity mirror and cupboard.

Shaver point/vanity light. Two ceiling light points.

Extractor fan. Covings to ceiling.

From the main staircase and first floor landing, the

staircase continues to the:

Second Floor Landing – 2.2m x 3.0m Exposed beams.

Part sloping ceiling. Radiator. Double glazed Velux to

rear. One double power point. TV aerial point. Three

recessed spotlights. Mains wired smoke alarm.

N.B. on this floor there are some Listed beams that

have been boxed in.

Lobby – 1.4m x 2.6m Radiator. One double power

point. Exposed beams. Recessed spotlights.

Shower room – 1.4m x 2.08m Cubicle shower with

thermostatic shower unit. Duo flush low level w.c. Wash

hand basin. Radiator. Ceramic floor tiling. Wall light point.

Ceiling light point.

Bedroom No 3/Library room – 4.6m x 4.47m Two

double glazed Velux windows to rear. Central beams

and exposed beams. Radiator. Four double power

points. Communication socket. Telephone point. Six

recessed spotlights. Door to:

Secondary Staircase/Second Floor Landing - 1.96m

x 1.2m Double glazed Velux window over. Radiator.

Exposed beams. Four recessed spotlights. Mains wired

smoke alarm. N.B. The staircase has half landing and

spotlight. Storage cupboard off with light.

Bedroom No 4 – 4.4m x 2.3m plus recess. Radiator.

Four recessed spotlights. Double glazed Velux window.

Telephone point. Two double power points. Loft access.

En-suite Shower room - 1.9m x 2.88m plus depth of

cubicle shower with fitted thermostatic mixer shower.

Wash hand basin. Low level w.c. Radiator. Shaver

point/light. Double door fitted wardrobe with light. Two

ceiling light points. Extractor fan.

Parking/Plus Single Garage in separate block

Tenure – Freehold

Mains Services – Mains water. Mains Electricity.

Drainage to communal private drainage system. LPG

gas on private/metered LPG gas supply (to confirm).

Service levy charge includes

Electricity – sewage system

Yearly maintenance of sewage system

Gardening – communal areas

Outside lighting – electricity supply, light bulbs, etc.

Yearly maintenance of electronic gates

General maintenance as and when required

(Distances: Worcester 9miles, Pershore 5miles, M5(Jct7) 7miles, M5(Jct8) 10miles)

Approaching the main entrance to Croome

Court is a treat in itself. A small copy of a

Roman victory arch with the finer and more

refined ionic order mock pillars having finely

carved volutes and bases, surmounted by a

Tuscan Capital with bulls head carvings linked

with ribbon and bows protecting and framing

the central arch reminding us of the memorial

structures of the Romans. A mix of classical

styles centred to which are the substantial

wrought iron gates which are operated and

opened from the very 21st Century security

pad. Through the arch the tree lined driveway

can be glimpsed and as the gates open you

know a treat is in store for you.

As you proceed along the drive it bears to the

right and the most magnificent of views with

the parkland opening in front of you, the

Georgian Gothic church of St Mary Magdalene

is seen on your right hand side and in the

distance the Malvern Hills open in full view in

front of you. Stop and look below! The river

will be seen at the foot of the slope. It is the

key to the Croome landscape and was created

to mirror the course of the River Severn a mile

to the west. As you proceed further the

magnificent trees impress, the main house itself

comes into view and, of course, the fine red

brickwork of the Robert Adam design stable

block within which ‘Harvington House’ forms

part comes into view.

A landscape designed by Capability Brown,

buildings designed by some of England’s most

famous 17th & 18th Century architects with

the fine workmanship of the period, including

Robert Adam bringing his delicate brand of

Neo Classicism to Croome’s garden buildings

and the interior of the house itself.

Parking and garaging is slightly away from the

property. The building within which ‘Harvington

House’ is located is of attractive and fine red

brickwork made from clay fired on site from

the excavations to create the water features

with Cotswold stone base, horizontal

protruding brick fenestration at first floor,

under a steep pitched tiled roof. The southern

archway with courtesy carriage lights protect

the entrance into the main courtyard itself.

Harvington House’ is then to be seen

immediately on your left hand side.

What becomes immediately noticeable is the

finer quality of the brickwork and stonework

on the inside of the courtyard compared to

the brickwork visible on the southern

approach. The ground floor window and door

openings have semi-circular openings with

Georgian style fan lights and the fine rubbed

brickwork arches symbolic of the period. There

are Cotswold stone horizontal fenestrations

and sills, the first floor windows having fine

brick lintels and nine pane sash windows, with

plain Cotswold stone cornice and pitched slate

roof over. Well planned and well presented

accommodation is arranged over three floors,

comprising: Reception Hall. Drawing Room.

Inner Hall with Cloakroom. Kitchen with raised

Dining Area. First Floor – Two Double

Bedrooms. Two En-suites. Second Floor –

Landing & Study Area. Two further Bedrooms.

En-suite & Shower Room.

“Simply an exquisite property in a rare setting.

150 Acres of protected landscape, six passes to enjoy the National Trust Grounds plus

the facility to continue to enjoy the grounds at your own leisure with family and friends

after the public have gone home. To be able to walk through a landscape with a history

and an abundance of architectural delights with the changing of the weather and seasons,

there is never going to be two days where the walks, views and atmosphere will be the

same. To be able to enjoy your own home within such a historic setting is most unusual.

The relationship with the National Trust is a very special one. Here is the opportunity to

enjoy space with the protection and management of the immediate environment being

looked after by one of England’s most loved and supported public institutions. If you are

seeking second home or holiday home we would recommend your consideration of this

wonderful property.”

Agents Notes: All measurements are approximate and quoted in metric with imperial equivalents and for general guidance only and whilst

every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not

been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given and that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general

information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed

on the brochure. Printed 23.11.12

Dunstall Court is situated on the historic Croome Court Estate and was the original

stable block for Croome Court. Croome Court is an outstanding rural location, to the

west of Pershore, and the courtyard enjoys communal garden and far reaching views

over the estate, which is now managed by The National Trust. The market town of

Pershore provides a range of independent shops, library, health centres and cottage

hospital, together with educational provision from nursery/pre-school through to High

School. Recreational facilities include cricket, football and rugby clubs, leisure centre with

swimming pool, Number 8 Theatre & Arts Centre, the historic Abbey and surrounding

park, and the River Avon. There are road links to the larger centres of Worcester and

Cheltenham and there are two M5 access points at Worcester. Pershore also has a

railway station on the London Paddington line.

Croome Court and

Surrounding Grounds

Croome Court and

Surrounding Grounds

Tel 0800 0787 370

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