Photo shows general aspect of Courtyard
5 Dunstall Court | Croome D’abitot | Severn Stoke
Worcestershire | Wr8 9az
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
“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
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.
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