The Elms Smallholding, Stonehall Common, Nr Kempsey, WR5 3QQ

3 Bedroom Detached
£350,000 Guide Price
£350,000 Guide Price

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  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • 2 Reception Rooms


  • A Detached Early 1900's Period House Requiring Refurbishment
  • Very Convenient Location Less Than 10 Minutes From The M5
  • Wonderful Setting With Views Over Common Land
  • 7.5 Acres Of Garden, Paddock And Meadow
  • Lounge, Dining Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room
  • Three Bedrooms, Bathroom, Shed/Workshop


A Very Well Situated Detached Rural Property Located Less Than 10 Minutes Drive From Junction 7 Of The M5, And 6 Minutes Away From The New Worcestershire Parkway Railway Station. The House Is Thought To Have Been Built In The Early 1900's. It Enjoys A Wonderful Setting With Views Over Common Land And Offers Generous Accommodation In Need Of Updating. Currently Comprising A Hall, Lounge, Dining Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Three Bedrooms, Bathroom, A Substantial Shed/Workshop And Seven And A Half Acres Of Garden, Paddock And Hay Meadow. Energy Rating 'E' This property has not been on the market for over 60 years. The Elms Smallholding should not be confused with another property on Stonehall Common called The Elms which was sold in 2007. For Sale By Public Auction At Stanbrook Abbey, Callow End, Near Worcester At 6pm On Thursday, 7th November 2019. Guide Price £350,000 - £450,000

Location & Description

The property enjoys a very convenient location less than three miles from the well served village of Kempsey, approximately five miles from the city of Worcester, seven miles from the riverside town of Upton upon Severn and less than ten miles from the cultural and historic spa town of Great Malvern. It is therefore handily placed for those who enjoy outdoor life, walking the dog or country pursuits. There are a number of noteworthy landmarks close at hand including the Malvern Hills, the Severn Valley (including a busy marina at Upton upon Severn) and the Three Counties Showground. The renowned theatre and cinema complex at Great Malvern together with the many facilities in the city of Worcester offer a wide variety of cultural ameneties. As well as the proximity of the M5 Junction 7, reached from the East and so avoiding busy roads, there is also the exciting new development of the Worcestershire Parkway railway station scheduled to open in late 2019. This will provide an improved direct service to London as well as allowing direct access to the Cross Country train network, removing the need to change at Birmingham or Cheltenham

Despite the name of the property, The Elms is not actually a smallholding and it is not worked agriculturally except for hay. The house comprises a traditional two storey brick built detached dwelling, which was extended in the 1970's and then again in the early 1990's. The result is a spacious home which, although in need of updating and refurbishment, offers enormous scope for further extension and transformation into an idyllic family home. Standing as it does in the heart of Stonehall Common, it enjoys a wonderful rural setting, surrounded by unspoilt countryside. It also has commoners' rights. The Elms is offered with seven and a half acres of garden and orchard together with a fenced paddock and hay meadows. From two of the fields there are a fine views of the Malvern Hills towards the south west (see photograph). Within the curtilage there is also a large single storey brick shed/workshop, which could potentially offer scope for conversion into alternative uses (subject of course to planning consent being granted).

Ground Floor

Entrance Hall

Part glazed front door, quarry tiled floor, door to dining room (described later). Further door to

Lounge - 20ft (6.2m) × 10ft (3.1m)

Fireplace with tiled hearth, double glazed windows to both front and rear aspects. Door to large under stairs cupboard.

Dining Room - 14ft (4.34m) × 12ft (3.72m)

Brick fireplace, built in cupboard, electric storage heater, quarry tiled floor, under stairs cupboard, double glazed windows to front and side aspects. Door leading to stairs to first floor.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room - 14ft (4.34m) × 11ft 10in (3.41m)

Range of floor cupboards with work surfaces incorporating single drainer stainless steel sink, plumbing and space for washing machine, quarry tiled floor, night storage heater, double glazed windows to rear and side aspects and part glazed door leading outside.

First Floor

Stairs from the ground floor lead to the first floor where they divide and lead to two separate landings.

Front Landing

Access to roof space, double glazed window to front aspect.

Bedroom 1 - 11ft 10in (3.41m) × 10ft (3.1m)

Double glazed window to front aspect.

Bedroom 2 - 13ft 5in (4.03m) × 11ft 10in (3.41m)

Double glazed windows to front and side aspects. Built in wardrobe with cupboard above.

Rear Landing

Night storage heater and double glazed window to rear aspect.

Bedroom 3 - 14ft (4.34m) × 11ft 9in (3.41m)

Night storage heater, three double glazed windows to side and rear aspects.

Bathroom - 10ft (3.1m) × 7ft 4in (2.17m)

Coloured suite comprising panelled bath, close coupled WC, pedestal wash basin, electric storage heater, airing cupboard with lagged copper cylinder, immersion heater and slatted shelving. Window to rear aspect.


A short driveway across Stonehall Common leads to a gated entrance and into a small grassed yard where there is a substantial single storey brick barn/workshop.

Shed/Workshop - 28ft (8.68m) × 10ft (3.1m)

This substantial brick building is sub-divided into two sections, individually measuring 10' x 21'10'' and 10' x 7' respectively. Also off the yard is a former garage of timber construction. Though providing useful storage it is probably no longer suitable for accommodating contemporary vehicles.

Garden and Land

Two small pedestrian gates lead into the garden which lies to the rear and side of the house. This is laid to lawn with a variety of well established shrubs, ornamental and fruit trees. The property benefits from the fertile loam soil of the area and in the past has supported a very productive kitchen garden. The remaining land comprising fenced and hedged paddock and hay meadows is accessed via a gated entrance off the main driveway.

For Sale By Auction

Information for prospective bidders at auction Bidders registrations Potential buyers are required to register their details before bidding. At registration you will need to provide your full name and address and the solicitor/legal representative who will be acting on your behalf. You will also need to prove your method of payment of the deposit and that you have necessary proof of identify to comply with money laundering regulations. You are advised to register prior to the date of the auction at one of the offices and you will need to bring your proof of identify with you to the sale where you will be allocated a personal bidding number which will enable you to bid. A bidders registration form is available upon request. Please bring this along to one of our offices at least 48 hours prior to the auction or ensure that you attend the auction registration desk at the auction venue at least 30 minutes before the advertised start of the sale. There is no charge for registration. The auctioneer reserves the right to refuse a bid where registration has not taken place and to offer the lot to the under bidder. Proof of identity In compliance with Money Laundering Regulations bidders are required to provide photographic identification and evidence of residency. Buyers must provide the following: 1 .Photographic identify document such as a current passport or UK driving license AND 2. An original utility bill, building society or bank statement, council tax bill or any other form of identity document (excluding credit card statements and mobile phone bills) that has been issued within the last 3 months and provides evidence of residency at the correspondences address stated on the registration form. If the bidder is acting on behalf of another party they will be required to provide the documents above for themselves and for the named buyers for whom they act, as well as providing a letter of authority from the buyers authorising them to bid on their behalf. If the bidder is acting on behalf of a company, the above documents will still be required together with written authority from the company and a copy of the certification of incorporation. It is advisable to ensure that this process is satisfactorily completed and approved well before the sale. Deposits A deposit payment, which is payable on the fall of the hammer, is calculated at 10% of the purchase price (or £3000 whichever is greater). Buyers should arrange to bring either a bankers draft/counter cheque, building society draft or debit card to the sale room to cover their maximum bid. Personal and company cheques will not be accepted unless agreed by prior arrangement even if you are well known to us and have bought from us previously. If you wish to pay by personal or company cheque you should contact us at least 3 working days prior to the auction. A £20 fee will be charged (payable in cash only) upon acceptance of any personal or company cheque to cover the bank chargers for special clearance. Buyers may pay deposits by either Maestro or Visa debit cards (not credit cards). Transactions must be in person and cannot be accepted over the telephone. Buyers should note that cash will not be accepted for deposit payments. Important all buyers are advised to inspect all available legal documentation prior to bidding and you will be deemed to fully understand your liabilities if successful. Liabilities could include stamp duty, land registry fees and VAT which may become payable upon completion in line with any property transaction whether it is be auction or private treaty. If you are in any doubt you should seek advice from your own professional advisors. AUCTION GUIDE PRICE An indication of the seller's current minimum acceptable price at auction. The guide price or range of guide prices is given to assist consumers in deciding whether or not to persue a purchase. It is usual, but not always the case, that a provisional reserve range is agreed between the seller and the auctioneer at the start of marketing. As the reserve is not fixed at this stage and can be adjusted by the seller at any time up to the day of the auction in light of interest shown during the marketing period, a guide price is issued. The guide price can be shown in the form of a minimum and maximum price range within which an acceptable sale price (reserve) would fall, or as a single price figure within 10% of which the minimum acceptable price (reserve) would fall. A guide price is different to a reserve (see below). Both the guide price and reserve price can be subject to change up to and including the day of the auction. RESERVE PRICE This is seller's minimum acceptable price at auction and the figure below which the auctioneer cannot sell. A reserve price is not disclosed and remains confidential between the seller and the auctioneer. Both the guide price and the reserve price can be subject to change up to and including the day of the auction. Solicitors/Legal Pack The solicitor acting on behalf of the vendors in the sale of The Elms Smallholding, is Mr Jeremy Crowshaw of Russell & Co, Holland House, Church Street, Malvern WR14 2AH. Tel: 01684 892000. He will be providing a full legal pack prior to the auction which can be sent to prospective buyers upon request.


We have been advised that mains electricity and water are connected to the property. Drainage is to a private septic tank or cess pool, which has been emptied annually, that lies just to the north of the dwelling within the curtilage of the property. However, it is believed that this system, though perfectly functional, does not actually conform to current environmental standards. Buyers are advised to seek advice on this as the property will be sold at auction with the current drainage system as it stands. The vendors will not accept responsibility for its replacement. The property is currently connected to wired broadband but fibre is also available. This information has not been checked with the respective service providers and interested parties may wish to make their own enquiries with the relevant local authority. No statement relating to services or appliances should be taken to infer that such items are in satisfactory working order and intending occupiers are advised to satisfy themselves where necessary.

Agents Notes

Intending purchasers will be required to produce identification documentation and proof of funding in order to comply with The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds Regulations 2017. More information can be made available upon request. John Goodwin FRICS has made every effort to ensure that measurements and particulars are accurate however prospective purchasers/tenants must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the accuracy of the information provided. No information with regard to planning use, structural integrity, tenure, availability/operation, business rates, services or appliances has been formerly verified and therefore prospective purchasers/tenants are requested to seek validation of all such matters prior to submitting a formal or informal intention to purchase/lease the property or enter into any contract.


We are advised (subject to legal confirmation) that the property is freehold.

Council Tax

COUNCIL TAX BAND "E" This information may have been obtained by telephone call only and applicants are advised to consider obtaining written confirmation.

Energy Performance Certificate

The EPC rating for this property is E (41).


By appointment to be made through the Agent's Malvern Office, Tel: 01684 892809

MISREPRESENTATION ACT, 1967 - JOHN GOODWIN - Conditions under which Particulars are issued:
John Goodwin for himself and for the Vendors or lessors of this property whose agent he gives notice that:

  1. The particulars are set out as a general outline only for the guidance of intending purchasers or leasees and do not constitute, nor constitute part of, an offer or contract.
  2. All descriptions, dimensions, references to condition and necessary permissions for use and occupation and other details are given in good faith and are believed to be correct but any intending purchasers or tenants should not rely on them as statements or representations of fact but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of them.
  3. No person in the employment of John Goodwin has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatever in relation to this property.


From the city of Worcester proceed south along the A38 (Bath Road) to the outskirts of town passing the Harvester Inn on your left and the Toby Carvery on your right. Just after this at a major island, turn left towards the M5. Follow the dual carriageway for quarter of a mile and at the next island turn right (signed towards Norton and Kempsey). Continue to the next island, bearing right towards Hatfield and Kempsey passing St Peter's Garden Centre on your left. Carry on through Norton for approximately half a mile, turning left (signed Stonehall Common and Hatfield). Continue for a further 1.25 miles (through the village of Hatfield). As the road opens out onto Stonehall Common take the second driveway to the right (this is The Elms - look for two buildings either side of a gated driveway). If you get to the Stonehall Common village sign, you have gone too far.


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