The Old School, Hanley Castle, WR8 0BJ

3 Bedroom Detached
£600,000 Guide Price
£600,000 Guide Price

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  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Reception Rooms


  • Detached Former Victorian School House
  • Transformed Into A Highly Individual Family Residence
  • Village Setting Only A Mile From Upton Upon Severn
  • Fine Views Over Adjacent Open Countryside Towards The Malvern Hills
  • Three Bedrooms And Two Bathrooms
  • Level Landscaped Garden
  • Extensive Off Road Parking


A Most Striking Detached Former Victorian School House Now Transformed Into A Highly Individual Family Residence Enjoying A Village Setting Only A Mile From Upton Upon Severn With Fine Views Over Adjacent Open Countryside Towards The Malvern Hills And Offering Very Spacious Three Bedroomed Accommodation With Study, Sitting Room, A Magnificent 37'x 19' Drawing Room/Dining Room, Kitchen, Utility Room, Two Bathrooms, LPG Central Heating And Night Storage Heaters, Extensive Off Road Parking And A Level Landscaped Garden. Energy Performance 'G'

Location & Description

The Old School enjoys a convenient position less than a mile from the bustling riverside town of Upton upon Severn where there is a fine range of amenities including shops for everyday needs, a sub-post office, medical centre, library, three churches and the famous marina. Educational needs are particularly well catered for at secondary level within Hanley Castle itself and at primary level in the neighbouring village of Hanley Swan. Upton upon Severn has a deserved reputation for its clubs and societies, its annual point-to-point meeting and notably for its jazz, folk and music festivals that take place throughout the summer. It is an active town. Situated on the outskirts of the popular village of Hanley Castle, the property has immediate access to countryside walks and in particular the malvern hills. Within Hanley Swan there is a local store and the house has good access to the more major centres of Worcester (nine miles) and great malvern (six miles). Junction 1 of the M50 motorway, south of Upton is only about three miles away. There is a particularly highly regarded local village pub within walking distance.

Built in the 1890's to provide education for the children of Hanley Castle and the surrounding area this fine detached property retains its Victorian architecture and character. This is particularly highlighted by the original school bell which is still in place. In 1981 it was closed by the local education authority and was converted into residential accommodation. The result is a striking house that will appeal to potential buyers looking for a property "with a difference". Undoubtedly, its most impressive feature and the main focal point is its magnificent drawing room which doubles as a dining room and measures over 37 feet in length by 19 feet in width. This has a number of interesting points of interest notably a fine wood block floor, beamed ceiling with supporting columns, panelling to dado level, an impressive fireplace and a large bank of windows that provide a view across the surrounding countryside to the malvern hills. From this room there is access to the large ground floor accommodation including a kitchen, study/office, utility room, a newly installed and refitted wet room and a sitting room. Two separate staircases lead to the first floor accommodation. The first of these is from the sitting room and leads to a bedroom. The main staircase is from the drawing room and opens out onto a landing that serves two bedrooms, one of which has its own bathroom and WC. Heating is provided by two alternative systems. An LPG boiler serves radiators to several of the rooms backed up by strategically placed night storage heaters. The property also benefits from photovoltaic cells which provide an annual tax free income of approximately £810 along with the benefit of free electricity when the sun shines. Externally the property does not disappoint. The house is approached through a pillared entrance and a laid gravel driveway. There is plenty of off road parking including two points for charging electric cars. The mature garden is level and has lawn area with raised vegetable bed, walled boundaries and some interesting attractions, notably a fine water feature. From the rear of the property there are westerly views across the unspoilt adjoining countryside towards the Malvern Hills in the distance. It is a lovely setting.

Reception Hall - 8ft (2.48m) × 4ft 11in (1.24m)

Part glazed arched wood front entrance door, quarry tiled floor. Overhead cupboard housing meters. Entrance to Living Room via a part glazed door and to

Office/Study - 8ft 8in (2.48m) × 8ft 8in (2.48m)

Timber panelling to dado level, windows to front and side aspects. Night storage heater, range of fitted drawers and work surfaces incorporating eye level book shelving. High vaulted ceiling.

Open Plan Drawing Room - 38ft 1in (11.78m) × 19ft 5in (5.89m)

A fine room with a number of interesting features including a beamed ceiling with pillared supports, timber panelling to dado level, fitted book shelving that enables the room to double as a library, impressive cast iron fireplace with surround and mantle, marble hearth and wood burning stove (the vendors have recently been recommended to line the chimney and replace the stove). Wood block flooring set to herringbone pattern. Two radiators, glazed double doors and windows overlooking and leading to the front and rear gardens, one of which enjoys a fine view over countryside to the malvern hills in the west. Stairs to first floor. Doors leading to hall and kitchen (both described later) and also to

Sitting Room - 16ft (4.96m) × 19ft 9in (5.89m)

Brick fireplace having wood burning stove set on raised brick hearth with brick and timber surrounds (this chimney is lined). Panelling to dado level, two modern night storage/convection heaters, beamed ceiling, wood block floor set to herringbone pattern, south facing windows and two glazed doors leading into the garden. Stairs to first floor. Door to

Kitchen - 18ft 6in (5.58m) × 8ft (2.48m)

This room can also be accessed from the drawing room. It has a range of pine units including two stainless steel sinks with cupboards below. Three stack each of three drawers. Two base cupboards, timber work surfaces with pine surrounds to dado level. Four ring electric induction hob, Miele Oven, space and plumbing for dishwasher. Quarry tiled floor, modern night storage/convection heater, windows to rear aspect with view towards Malvern Hills and to south aspect. Access to roof inspection hatch.

Rear Hall

Having quarry tiled floor, door leading to utility room (described later) and also to

Shower Wet Room

Rainfall overhead shower with tiled floor and Aqua boarded walls. Underfloor heating. Low level WC, pedestal wash basin, window to front aspect. Downlighters and inspection hatch to ceiling. Chrome heated towel rail. Extractor fan and heated mirrored cabinet.

Utility Room - 10ft (3.1m) × 6ft 4in (1.86m)

Having stainless steel sink with mixer tap. Plumbing and space for washing machine. Work surfaces. LPG gas central heating boiler. Fitted shelving, pine ceiling with downlighters, window and part glazed door overlooking and leading to rear garden with view to the Malvern Hills in the west. First floor Access to the first floor is via two separate staircases from the sitting room and from the drawing room. The main staircase from the drawing room leads to


With velux window and built in cupboard. Doors to

Bedroom 1 - 18ft 11in (5.58m) × 16ft 6in (4.96m)

Sloping ceilings and exposed roof truss. Three radiators, Velux window, access to roof space and windows to rear aspect with fine westerly view of Malvern hills. Range of fitted wardrobes.

Bedroom 2 - 12ft 8in (3.72m) × 12ft (3.72m)

Sloping ceiling, radiator, window to front aspect, exposed roof truss and door to


Large panelled bath, vanity wash basin, shaver point. Built in heated airing cupboard with slatted shelving and large immersion heater servicing the en-suite fan. Velux window, extractor and downlighters.

Separate WC

Low level suite, extractor fan and downlighters.

Bedroom 3 - 15ft 10in (4.65m) × 17ft 10in (5.27m)

Approached from the secondary staircase via the sitting room, this has a large roof truss, access to roof space and a south facing window enjoying views to countryside.


An attractive and recently created pillared entrance opens on to a laid gravel driveway that serves the old school. The driveway provides parking for several vehicles with two electric car charging facilities and is bordered by yew hedging, a high brick wall and a flagstone path. The borders containing shrubs and climbers on the façade of the house itself. A paved pathway leads to the south facing garden lying to the side of the property. This is laid to lawn with raised planters and a most impressive ornamental pond and water feature. Also within this garden there is a wisteria on the façade of the house. It is enclosed by a high brick wall. A gated access leads to the main rear garden. This is level and west facing with fine views across the adjoining countryside towards the Malvern Hills in the far distance. The main features include a fine lime tree, mature hedging, well established shrubs and a paved area running alongside the house. There is also an external tap. The garden also benefits from a large shed with power and vehicular access directly into the rear garden.


We have been advised that mains electricity, water and drainage are connected to the property. A bottled LPG system supplies the central heating boiler. This information has not been checked with the respective service providers and interested parties may wish to make their own enquiries with the relevant authorities. No statement relating to services or appliances should be taken to infer that such items are in satisfactory working order and intending purchasers are advised to satisfy themselves where necessary. The vendor has made us aware that there is currently superfast broadband connected to the property.

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 G (19).


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.

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From Upton upon Severn proceed north along the B4211 towards Hanley Castle and Callow End. After 1/2 mile take 2nd right hand turn signed B4209 towards the Malverns and Hanley Swan. The property is on the right hand side after a short distance as indicated by the agents for sale board.


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