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Hazel Court

Durlow, Nr Ledbury, Herefordshire, England, HR1 4JQ



  • A Superb Equestrian Farm, with scope for business use in enviable & accessible rural location nr Ledbury, Herefordshire.

  • A spacious Detached 5/6 Bed Listed Farmhouse with a range of period features.Kitchen with Aga, Pantry, galleried Lounge,

  • Dining Room, Sitting Room, Study, Cloakroom, Snug, Library, Drawing Room,4 Bath/Shower Rooms, Utility, Cellars.

  • Detached Panoramic rural views across four counties from the properties elevated position.

  • Detached 2 bed Cottage & Traditional Barn with expired P.P. to convert to further accom.

  • Equestrian facilities:11/12 stables (scope for more), Tack/Feed Room, general Barn,5 horse walker, muck heap, 2 mobile Shelte

  • Manege(57m x 33m), 2.5f all weather canter track, uphill grass gallops, Electric security entrance gates, ample Lorry parking
  • No public rights of way or access across this property, Approx. 51 acres ring fenced, post & rail fenced stud paddocks.
  • 51.00 Acres
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bath/Shower rooms
  • Manege
  • Stabling
  • Paddock / Land
  • Tack Room
  • Barn
  • Outbuildings
  • Horsebox Parking
  • Gallops
  • Ancillary Accommodation
  • Horse Walker

Location Map



Hazel Court occupies a glorious location, hidden away in a secluded setting within the parish of Woolhope. The property combines a fine listed farmhouse, detached cottage, extensive equestrian facilities; surrounded by its land in an enviable unspoilt rural setting. The surrounding countryside is characterised by undulating pastureland and wooded hills leading onto Marcle Ridge and Haugh Woods, forming part of the Woolhope Dome, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The views from the property, especially from the top land are exceptional and span four Counties from the Clee Hills, Malverns to the Cotswolds.

An idyllic rural location yet having good road links to the rest of the country (M50 (J2) c.10m, M5 (J8) c. 24m ). Locally the town Ledbury has an excellent range of independent shops, new hospital and a railway station with direct line to London Paddington. Hereford, Worcester and Cheltenham offer more extensive retail, leisure and cultural opportunities.

The region is renowned for its strong equestrian industry. There are racecourses at Hereford, Worcester, Cheltenham (home to National Hunt Racing) Chepstow and Ludlow. The Three Counties Show ground is just 12 miles away; Bromyard Equestrian Centre (13m) has been selected as a 2012 dressage training centre and Hartpury Equestrian College (19m) is host to a variety of national and international events for all disciplines. There are numerous other agricultural and equestrian centres in the region, which are all within sensible driving distances.

The property benefits from excellent out riding, including along the network of bridle paths leading onto Marcle Ridge and through the surrounding woodlands. (Subject to an annual licence). Hunting is with the Ledbury and South Hereford. Other sporting opportunities include golf at Ross-on-Wye and Belmont (Hereford), extensive walking along Marcle Ridge and The Malvern Hills and a variety of water pursuits on the River Wye.

There are primary schools at Ashperton (3 miles) with primary and secondary state schools at Ledbury and Hereford. There are a significant range of well respected private schools in the area which include; Hereford Cathedral, Malvern St James and Malvern College, The Elms and The Downs Prep schools at Colwall. The Monmouth, Worcester and Cheltenham schools are all within driving distance. More information is available on for independent schools and for state schools.
Hazel Court (approx 4,283 ft²)

Hazel Court is a superb Grade II Listed farmhouse dating from the 17th Century which has a wealth of character and charm. The property has been very well maintained and presents an extremely comfortable and spacious 5 bedroom family home.
A traditional entrance porch leads into the main reception hall with an inglenook fireplace inset with wood burner. The Hall opens to 3 further ground floor reception rooms all with period exposed wall and ceiling beams. The drawing room with open fireplace inter connects with the library creating a sense of open space. The farmhouse kitchen is light, well proportioned and fully equipped with an Aga and pantry.

Seamlessly incorporated into the accommodation is an adjoining traditional stone barn which has been carefully converted to create an impressive reception hall with great entertainment versatility. This well proportioned room enjoys a vaulted ceiling with exposed timbers and trusses and fine westerly views. To one side is a galleried landing which leads to the master bedroom suite, which also benefits from exposed trusses.

From the ground floor stair hall, the main staircase leads to the first floor accommodation which includes 3 bedroom suites and two further bedrooms and a main bathroom.

The farmhouse is set within an attractive courtyard and is adjacent to the detached cottage and a small range of traditional barns with an expired planning permission for staff or holiday use.

The Cottage (approx. 935 ft²)
The 2 double bedroomed stone Cottage was converted from the original Granary in 2000. The Cottage retains many period features, is well laid out with its own private small garden to the rear & is very suitable for dependent relatives, staff or rental income.

Traditional Barn (approx. 1,300 ft²) with expired Planning Permission (DCSE0009/1265/F)
Planning permission has previously been granted to convert a traditional stone barn and adjoining outbuilding to holiday lets or staff accommodation. The approved plans comprise a kitchen with dining area, 2 double bedrooms and an upstairs sitting room to maximise the fabulous views. Architect drawings are available for inspection on request. This permission has now lapsed.

Equestrian Facilities.
Hazel Court is currently run as a successful Stud & racehorse training yard, & has previously been used as an eventing yard. It benefits from extensive equestrian facilities, including 11 stables and over 5,780 ft2 of covered space, outdoor training facilities, grass gallops, superb pastureland and excellent out riding. Hazel Court is an ideal environment for training horses, there is considerable scope to add further stabling with existing outbuildings. A significant proportion of the land and yard is visible from the house. This beautifully situated property will appeal to a wide range of buyers both equestrian and for lifestyle.

Summary of Features:
• 11/ 12 internal Stables, in two interconnecting yards, tack & feed rooms
• Yard 1 – Stables of block construction (3× 12’ x 12’/4× 14’ x 10’6)
• Yard 2 – Monarch stables (4 × 12’ x 12’), Store/ foaling box (13’ x 14’5)
• Modern General Purpose Barn -11.4m x 18.3m (37’5 × 60’ ft) with concrete floor & internal gating (potential to create considerable further stabling)
• Outdoor Manege (57m x 33m) sand and fibre surface, post and rail fenced.
• Claydon 5 horse walker, muck heap, rug holders, diesel tank, 2 mobile field shelters
• Uphill Grass Gallop
• 2.5 furlong circular all weather Canter Track, sand & fibre surface.
• Ample parking and access tracks to the land.
• Excellent & extensive out riding

In all about 51 acres ring fenced and consisting of undulating pasture with good access tracks. The fields are stock fenced and all have water supplies. The in bye fields are post & rail fenced. The land has been registered for Single Farm Payment and all the entitlements that exist will be transferred with this sale (believed to be 18.60 units).
NB – There are no public rights of way or access across this property.

Local Authority
Hereford County Council : 01432 26000.
Council Tax
Hazel Court – Band “F” – £2,139.12 (2011/12)
The Cottage – Band “A” – £ 987.29 (2011/12)

Single Farm Payments
All Entitlements will be transferred with the sale of the property.
The current SPS Recorded Eligible Area is 18.6Ha (46.13 acres) & the 2011 Gross payment received was £4673.74.

Mains electricity.
Private water (2 private shared bore holes – one supplies the land & outbuildings and one supplies the house (fully filtered with water softener).
Private drainage via Septic Tank.
Oil fired central heating.

From the M50 exit at Junction 2 and take the A417 to Ledbury, follow the ringroad towards Ledbury and take the A438 towards Hereford. At the Trumpet cross roads, proceed straight remaining on the A438 towards Hereford. After about 1.4miles take the left turn sign posted Durlow Comman, continue along the country lane for about 1 mile and Hazel Court will be found on the left hand side.
Ledbury 6 miles, Hereford 9.5 miles, Malvern 14.5 miles, Worcester 23 miles, Cheltenham 28 miles, Birmingham 50 miles, London 130 miles.
Railway Stations: Ledbury (Birmingham New Street 60 minutes), Gloucester 23 miles (London Paddington under 120 minutes), Cheltenham.
International Airports: Birmingham, Bristol 66 miles

Fixtures & Fittings
Unless mentioned specifically all fixtures & fittings are excluded from the sale.

Plans, Areas and Schedules. For reference only. Any error or mis-statements shall not annul the sale or entitle either party to compensate in respect thereof.

Rights of Way –The property is offered for sale subject to and with the benefit of any rights of way, both public and private, all wayleaves, easements and other rights, whether or not specifically referred to. All prospective purchasers are advised to clarify matters relating to easements, rights of way, wayleaves, etc. with their solicitor or surveyor.

Viewing: Strictly by prior appointment with Sole Agents Jackson Equestrian on 01928 740555 or 01432 344 779.

JACKSON PROPERTY for themselves and the vendors of the property, whose agents they are, give notice that these particulars, although believed to be correct, do not constitute any part of an offer of contract, that all statements contained in these particulars as to this property are made without responsibility and are not to be relied upon as statements or representations of fact and that they do not make or give any representation or warranty whatsoever in relation to this property. An intending purchaser must satisfy himself by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of the statements contained in these particulars. The agent has not tested any apparatus, equipment, fixture, fittings or services and so cannot verify that they are in working order, or fit for their purpose, neither has the agent checked legal documents to verify the freehold/leasehold status of the property. The buyer is advised to obtain verification from their solicitor or surveyor.