* A historic 4-bedroom country house of superb scale and character, set within stunning grounds in the heart of the Shropshire countryside. With extensive outbuildings, beautiful gardens, and generous accommodation throughout – a truly exceptional country home with a fascinating heritage * Hall * Downstairs WC * Lounge * Second sitting room * Dining room * Breakfast kitchen with Aga * Conservatory * Utility * Cloakroom * Cellars * Generous master bedroom with large dressing room, en suite, and separate WC * Three further double bedrooms * Two house bathrooms * Outbuildings including garage, studio, workshop, and store * Tennis court * Extensive grounds with beautiful gardens to front * Gated driveway *
Approached via a sweeping private driveway shared with just one other property, this evocative 4-bedroom country house is discreetly positioned away from the main road in quiet Stableford, a peaceful Shropshire hamlet sitting between Wolverhampton and Telford. Thought to have acquired the name ‘Hayes Bank’ after Colonel Hayes, a Royalist commander who built this rural sanctuary in the 1650s, the property boasts later Georgian and Victorian additions with a modern kitchen extension and conservatory. The house has a rich history, evident in places in the fabric of the building; a sandstone plaque depicting crossed swords hints at the property’s military associations and the elegance of Victorian and Georgian architecture is represented throughout. Twentieth-century literary heritage can also be found here: the author P.G. Wodehouse is thought to have begun his writing career in this very house as a young adult, his family having lived here at the turn of the century. A wealth of period features imbues the property with unparalleled character, including bay windows with original panelled shutters, seventeenth-century timber flooring, local Coalbrookdale fireplaces, and perfectly aged supporting timbers. The exceptionally generous accommodation encompasses several reception spaces: a beautiful formal drawing room in the oldest part of the building, a second sitting room with a wonderful inglenook fireplace, and a large dining room. The traditional breakfast kitchen is of an excellent size, added in the 1990s and opening to a charming conservatory, overlooking the beautiful front gardens. A two-room dry cellar, utility, and cloakroom offer further space on the ground floor and four double bedrooms can be found across the two upper storeys. Exceptionally spacious, the superb master bedroom enjoys a large dressing room and an en suite with separate WC, in addition to a house bathroom to each floor. The second bedroom exudes period elegance and two further bedrooms with abundant character are provided on the second floor, displaying centuries-old supporting timbers. Beautiful grounds surround the property including various patio areas, picturesque lawns, and a courtyard to the side, offering considerable gated parking before the extensive outbuildings. Partially dating from the early days of the house itself, the outbuildings include storage, garaging, and both studio and workshop space, with exceptional potential for further conversion or alternative use. A hard tennis court can also be found to the rear, with the existing fencing in a good state of repair.