Comfortable, spacious, traditional 18c farmhouse near Ludlow

Comfortable, spacious, traditional 18c farmhouse near Ludlow

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The oldest part of Comberton Court probably dates back to the 16th or 17th century when it would have been a small, half-timbered cottage, the original end wall of which is still visible inside the house. Its 18c owners, who made money from farming its then 100 acres, added an impressive two-storey Georgian extension, complete with its own oak staircase, while what is now the kitchen was probably a 19c dairy. The whole house has been fully restored with the home comforts of 21st century living but with all the period features lovingly preserved.

The house stands on the edge of the pretty Herefordshire village of Orleton, six miles from Ludlow to the north and six miles from Leominster to the south. It now sits on just two and a half acres (though this is enough for us!) with its own driveway and ample parking space.

Downstairs there are two sitting rooms, a formal dining room, a music room, a breakfast room, a downstairs cloakroom, kitchen and back hall. One of the sitting rooms and the music room both have wood stoves and Sky TV. As the house has been extended at different times, there are no fewer than three staircases. Upstairs, the master double bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, and there are then four more bedrooms, two with double beds, one with twin beds and a single bedroom which also doubles as a study. There's a family bathroom with a shower over the bath.

Outside, there's a large table and benches under a pergola where you can eat overlooking the flower bed and the very large lawn, the far side of which has ten small fruit trees. There is a row of old wooden stables, which provide lots of outside storage space. Our field used to be a traditional Herefordshire apple orchard which we are replanting both with traditional apple trees and with ash trees for firewood, as well as with oak and sweet chestnut trees for future generations. There's a stream at the far end of the field, though as this is securely fenced it's quite safe for children. There is a large vegetable garden behind a hedge where we have an asparagus bed and lots of raspberries. We encourage the local wild life as much as possible and try to garden organically. The place is full of all kinds of birds: so far we have logged 24 different species and are still counting, while the squirrels compete with the birds for the sunflower seeds that we put out.

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  1. We are James and Ann, both retired. After working as a Head of History in a secondary school James then moved to a County Archive Department as Education and Outreach Manager. Ann trained as a social worker and after working mostly with children and families spent the last ten years of her career training other social workers.

    We would now like to spend our time seeing as much of the rest of the world as we can. We are experienced exchangers, having exchanged 40 times in three different continents, and every single one has been a really enjoyable experience. We are happy to go almost anywhere and being retired can be flexible with regard to dates. We cherish our own house and antique furniture and always take the same care of any home that we stay in. We are both non-smokers and it is important to us to exchange with other non-smokers.

    We have a son Matt and daughter-in-law Libby and two little grandsons, currently aged 7 and 5, settled in Adelaide and so are always looking for an exchange of 4-6 weeks to Adelaide, as we do like to have an independent base when visiting the family. We would also be interested in an exchange to another Australian city, say Melbourne or Perth, where our Australian family could join us.

    We're always interested in exchanges to Europe, especially to France, Portugal, Austria or the Italian lakes. We have an exchange arranged to Adelaide for May - June 2020 but are otherwise free. . I always reply to every email and some of our best exchanges have been to places we would never have thought about, so please do email me if you're interested in coming to Comberton.

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Orleton is one of the most attractive villages in Herefordshire, full of black and white timbered houses. There is a village pub, an excellent village shop and post office, together with a school and a doctor's surgery. We're situated six miles south of the town of Ludlow, which the poet John Betjeman called "the perfect historic town", and which is famous for its restaurants, its Spring and Autumn Food Festivals and for its listed buildings. There is a market in the centre of Ludlow most days, and a fortnightly Farmers' Market. You can read more about what Ludlow has to offer at www.ludlow.org.uk.

The surrounding countryside is very beautiful. We're not far from both Wenlock Edge and the Long Mynd - A.E.Housman's " blue remembered hills". The Malvern Hills and the North Cotswolds are both about an hour's drive to the east while the Welsh border is only 12 miles to the west. From there you can get easily to the Brecon Beacons, the Black Mountains and Snowdonia.

From May onwards, there are lots of country activities, such as country shows, food and music festivals, not to mention historical re-enactments and displays of jousting and falconry. Malvern Flower Show in May, run by the Royal Horticultural Society, is nearly as grand as the Chelsea Flower Show! There are great houses to visit such as Hampton Court Castle (which pre-dates Henry VIII's Hampton Court), Berrington Hall, Stokesay Castle, Ludlow Castle and Croft Castle and gardens aplenty. Shrewsbury, which is one of England's finest medieval market towns with over 600 listed buildings and which is the setting for "Cadfael", lies an hour's drive to the north, while you can reach Chester within an hour and a half. Here you can walk round the old city wall, visit the wonderful 11c cathedral and the unique double-storied 17c shops.

If you like the theatre, Malvern Theatre has many pre-London productions and is about an hour away by car. The Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon and the Everyman Theatre at Cheltenham are a little further - about an hour an a half each way, but we do go to matinees at both on a regular basis.

Restaurants
Mortimers, the Jolly Frog, The Roebuck
Cafés
Lots in Ludlow and Leominster
Lèche-vitrine
Ludlow, Leominster, Hereford
Culture
Hampton Court Castle, Croft Castle, Ludlow Castle
Promenades
the Malverns, The Long Mynd
Idées d’excursions
The Black and White Trail, the Cotswolds,

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