Tuesday, 25 October 2011 12:22 PM
Fancy living the life of a 17th century gatekeeper?
That's what's on offer from our property of the week – No.I the Gatehouse.
Sitting guard over Grade I Listed Westwood House (which doesn't come included in the £229,500 guide price unfortunately) the Gatehouse is a great but slightly odd property.
You get one of the two gatehouses on show in a compact home with three floors and a spiral staircase.
The first floor includes a sitting room with an open fireplace and kitchen. The second and third floors are en-suite bedrooms, although the third floor is windowless. In total there's approximately 714 square feet of internal space.
It is the quirky design, view and position of the Gatehouse which provides the property with its considerable charm.
The estate was built on the site of a former nunnery in around 1600 after the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII.
Initially Westwood House acted as a hunting lodge, but new wings were added around 1660 and the property became fully residential.
Views out across the countryside are magnificent, especially in the small area of garden with its clipped yew and ancient railed wall which is on the side of the house.
Located in the rural Worcestershire countryside the Gatehouse is a mile from the reasonably sized town of Droitwich Spa which sits just off the M5 and about 20 miles from the centre of Birmingham.
If you fancy yourself a potential gatekeeper then our property of the week is available via Hamptons International and further details can be found here.
Property provided courtesy of Rightmove.co.uk.
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