Guide Price £1.9 Million For Sale
A rare 17th Century Fortified House set in landscaped gardens with about 72 acres.
For sale as a whole or in two lots
- Dining Room
- Kitchen/Breakfast Room
- Sitting Room
- Games Room
- Family Room
- Wine Cellar
- Drawing Room
- Five bedrooms
- Three bathrooms
- Fine Gardens
- Swimming Pool
- Tennis Court
- Farm Buildings
- Land In all about 72.66 acres
For sale as a whole or in two lots
Thomas Swift, the vicar of Goodrich and father of
Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver’s Travels, built
Newhouse Farm in 1636. A staunch royalist, he bankrupted
himself in gifting his coat sewn with 300 pieces of gold
to Charles I. The house is truly Y shaped, radiating
north, south-east and south-west, bar a later addition
incorporating the rear hall and rooms above and below.
It was restored and rebuilt in 1857 and in the 1960’s, the
house was divided into three dwellings occupied by farm
workers after which it was abandoned for a number of years
prior to it being bought in 1978. Over the following 10 years,
the house was comprehensively refurbished. The roof
was raised and reroofed. New plumbing, electrical wiring,
central heating and under floor heating installed in various
rooms such as the family room, hall, games room and office.
Windows were replaced and walls insulated.
Beautiful gardens were created and the swimming pool and
tennis court constructed. All the trees and woodland around
the garden and on the land were planted at this time, the
landscape previously being somewhat sparse.
Equidistant between the market towns of Ross on Wye
and Monmouth, Newhouse Farm is in the small hamlet of
Marstow. All the nearby towns have excellent shopping
facilities, with Monmouth having a Waitrose. The area
is renowned for its great choice of schools be they at
Monmouth (The Haberdashers), Hereford or further east
towards Malvern or Cheltenham.
Communications are particularly good with the M50 and
A40 providing fast access to Cardiff to the south west and
linking the M5 and the Midlands to the east.
The area is famed for its recreational facilities be it on the
River Wye, golf courses at Ross or Monmouth and wonderful
walks and cycling in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.
Lot 1 – The house, gardens,
grounds and paddocks amounting
to about 16.85 acres.
The tree lined tarmac drive sweeps up to the house. The
original fortified front door is sheltered by a porch supported
by Doric columns, one dated 1636, the other inscribed TSS,
Thomas Swift’s initials. The Hall has an open fireplace,
panelled walls and main staircase as well as the staircase
to the lower ground floor. There is a door to the garden
opposite. The Drawing Room has a panoramic bay window,
open fireplace and links, via the Butler’s Pantry/Utility Room,
to the Kitchen with its large inglenook fireplace, Aga and
back stairs. Off the rear hall there is a separate cloakroom,
stairs to the lower ground floor, office and Pantry. Stairs from
the hall lead down to the Family Room and through to the
Games Room with an external door and Wine cellar, beyond
which is the boiler room and staircase returning to the back
Off the first floor landing is a small Study. The Snug is an
attractive room with an open fireplace, a hidden staircase to
the top floor and Library off, which is above the porch. The
Drawing Room has greater views from its panoramic bay
window, as well as an open fireplace
There are also two bedrooms off the rear landing and two
On the top floor there are three bedrooms and a bathroom
off the central landing, with the back stairs leading directly
into one of the bedrooms. The significant roof space is also
accessed from this landing.
The attractive terraced walled gardens surround the house.
A central feature is the glass summer house standing on
the main lawn, which is edged with deep rich borders. The
swimming pool is a secure area and the tennis court is
outside the main garden.
Above the garden is a maturing woodland, mainly of cherry
and oak planted around 1990.
At the top of the drive is a garage and the useful
multipurpose modern portal framed farm building with its
workshop, stock pens and ample storage areas.
There are three paddocks. Leading from the farm building
is one grass paddock. Below this and accessed off the
lane and divided by the Luke brook with its bridge crossing,
is a further grass field. Beyond the garden and accessed
either off the drive or the field entrance is a further paddock
planted with some specimen trees including a liquid amber.
The three paddocks total just over 10 acres.
Services, Wayleaves and Rights
Mains water and electricity. LPG central heating.
Fibre broadband. Private drainage.
There are various footpaths that cross the land, details of
which can be provided
Fixtures and Fittings
The fitted carpets, light fittings, curtains and blinds are
included in the sale. Other contents may be available
Directions (HR9 6HF)
From Ross and the M50, continue on towards Monmouth on
the A40. Turn right on to the A4137 towards Hereford. Take
the next right to Marstow. Follow this lane all the way down
through the hamlet and at the bottom of the hill the turning
into Newhouse Farm is on the left hand side on a slight righ
Viewing strictly through the agents Bengough Property and Knight Frank.