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The Pump House, 4 Gravels Bank
Minsterley, Shrewsbury, SY5 0HG

4 Bedroom Detached Cottage - FREEHOLD

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Property Description

Property Features

  • Open House Day Saturday 18th November 2017 11am - 1pm
  • A Stunning 4 Bedroom Detached Cottage
  • Packed Full of Character Features
  • Set in a Beautiful Rural Location
  • Enjoying Glorious Views
  • Large South Facing Gardens
  • Detached Workshop, Garage and Brick Outbuilding
  • Open to Sensible Offers
  • No Upward Chain

Open House Day

As there is sure to be a huge demand for this stunning property we will be holding an open house day on Saturday 18th November 2017 to give everyone a chance to have a look around. There's no need to pre-register your details with us, just turn up between 11am and 1pm to enjoy a tour of this smashing home. There is sure to be a a lot of interest in this property so we'd advise that you don't miss the open day, but if you really can't make it then please give us a call and we'll try to arrange an alternative appointment for you.

The Property

Set in the beautiful Hope Valley Nature reserve, just south of the popular village of Minsterley, you will find this charming Victorian cottage which has been lovingly restored by the current owners. The Pump House is idyllically situated in a rural location yet is far from isolated, there are neighbouring properties which form the local community and a bus service passes close by giving access to schools and neighbouring towns. Occupying an elevated position, the cottage enjoys wonderful views to the surrounding countryside and Stiperstones beyond.

The cottage is approached from a quiet lane and is accessed through a wooden five bar gate. A large tarmac driveway opens up in front of you and provides ample parking. The first thing you'll notice as you step out of your car is the tranquil setting which greets you, the wind gently rustles the trees as you take in the stunning views and peruse the garden. The property is bordered by a good sized front garden with a neatly appointed pathway providing access to the formal reception area with neatly kept flowers and hedging either side. To the side is a further lawned area and access to the detached garage/workshop.
The rear garden is great size so there's tons of room for the children to run and play, although we suspect they'll make a beeline for the purpose built children's play area. There is also a brick and stone outbuilding which was once a pig sty in years gone by, you may have a different use for it now though. On a sunny day there's probably only one place you'll be found, relaxing on the patio with a well earned glass of wine enjoying the views from your own little piece of paradise.

The property is just as lovely inside as it is out, light, airy, spacious and bursting with character, you'll feel at home right away. While the 'formal' entrance hall is at the front of the property, as is so often the case, the access has evolved over time and the utility room will most likely be your entry point. The utility is much as you would expect, fitted with cupboards, work-surfaces, a sink and drainer, while having space for various white goods, it's a great practical space. The kitchen diner is the real hub of the home, with such a lovely country cottage feel this somewhere cooking becomes a real pleasure, especially as you can enjoy the views while you're doing it. An internal hallway takes you past the smartly appointed bathroom and into the living room. When the sun isn't shining and the garden doesn't seem so inviting this is where you need to be, curled up on the sofa with a good book and the log fire roaring. If you need further reception space you could utilise the study/fourth bedroom which is also located on the ground floor, it's a large and versatile space which really can be used to suit your lifestyle needs.

On the first floor you'll find three further bedrooms. All are accessed from the landing, as is the upstairs WC and airing cupboard. The master bedroom sits to the rear of the property and has the benefit of double fitted wardrobes as well as possibly the best views from the house. Not to be outdone though the second bedroom itself also has superb views, while the third bedroom looks out over the garden and has a rather unique access to the loft space (which may or may not be used as a secret den depending on your age and imagination).

The Location

Minsterley has a population of around 2000 and is situated on the main A488 Shrewsbury to Bishops Castle road in the Rea Valley. 2 miles away is Pontesbury to its north, with Snailbeach and the Stiperstones to its south. For a settlement of its size, Minsterley is a relatively important centre of employment, primarily due to the presence of food producers Greencore and Rea Valley Foods. Village amenities include: a primary school, a cemetery, a public house ('The Crown and Sceptre'- one of the oldest buildings in the village), a petrol station/supermarket (operated by Co-operative), post office, veterinary surgery, firestation with retained crew, florist, and fish and chip shop. The Parish Hall is one of the largest village halls in Shropshire and is the venue for the annual Minsterley Eisteddfod which held its 50th anniversary in 2012. The Rea Brook flows nearby and the smaller Minsterley Brook flows through the centre of the village.

Set against the scenic backdrop of the Shropshire Hills, Church Stretton is small market town with a population of around 3500. The town is also fondly referred to as 'Little Switzerland', you will understand exactly why from the second you start to get closer as you drive down the A49 into Church Stretton. Day or night you will be mesmerized by the beauty of the South Shropshire hillside as it gradually appears with its ominous splendour. If it is night time the twinkle of little houses nestled in the hills, with billowing smoke from the chimneys, will have you curious with whom might be living there and make you wish you were sitting next to the open fire looking out over the hillside. If it is during the day, you may catch sight of some hardy hikers scaling the top of Caradoc, The Ragleth, or the Longmynd, or perhaps a daring mountain biker will be catapulting down the fast array of mountain bike routes that makes this part of the world so desirable for bikers and hikers alike. Church Stretton has direct access to over 20 square miles of National Trust land. It is a haven for many who love the outdoors, paragliding, gliders, fell runners, photographers, artists, all flock to experience their love of the outdoors and capture it how they know best in this wondrous town. Perhaps this is all a little too energetic for you? Maybe if we come down from the hills you can have a leisurely stroll through the beautiful Rectory woods, and enjoy the stunning bluebells which have been photographed time and time again in all their glory creating magical pieces of art. All of which can be bought as a memorable keepsake in the form of postcards, greetings cards, pictures and photos from the National Trust shop, or in some of the shops in the town centre. Boasting many award winning coffee shops, quintessentially English tea rooms, cafes, restaurants, bars and public houses. Quaint little shops selling anything from brick-a-brac, to flowers, sweets, handmade chocolates, ice cream, vintage clothing, gifts, jewellery and so much more. On a more practical level, you also have some fantastic day to day facilities. A doctor’s surgery, 2 dentists, a leisure centre with swimming pool, a Primary and Secondary school, a library, tourist information centre, garages, petrol station, Co-op Supermarket, Spar Convenience store, banks, takeaways, and many other local businesses, independent stores, DIY shops and kitchen facilities. There are a huge amount of bus routes taking you to surrounding towns and villages meaning you are as connected as you can be, not to mention the train station with direct routes into Shrewsbury and Ludlow.

Surrounded by the beautiful and unspoiled Shropshire Hills and countryside you will find the small market town of Bishops Castle. Packed full of amenities, this quirky, individual and popular town has many things to offer to couples, families and people looking to retire. Bishops Castle is an all-rounder with something to suit everyone. The town has a natural draw for musicians, artists, crafters and photographers, so there are often a variety of events and entertainment that take place to reflect this, although there is plenty to cater for other interests. From blues and roots festivals, the SpArc theatre, to classical concerts at the nearby Walcot Hall. A summer carnival will keep the youngsters entertained, and there are also two ale trails for the beer connoisseur. The surrounding countryside is put to good use by the local walking and cycling clubs. In day to day living terms the town offers all the convenience you would need of, three supermarkets, a high street bank, clothes shops, a post office, a butcher, a deli, a bookshop, cafes, restaurants, coffee shops, and pubs. If you have friends visiting there will be plenty to show them, in the form of the local museums, frequent evening entertainment, two breweries including the countries oldest licenced brewery that also offers tours, bed and breakfasts and a hotel to ease any accommodation concerns. If sports are more your thing, there is a leisure centre and swimming pool, a football team, a rugby team, a lawn tennis club, a bowling club, cricket team and further sports groups. Bishops Castle also has a primary school and a secondary school , a medical centre, community hospital, opticians, dentists, hairdressers and beauticians.

Shrewsbury, the birth place of Charles Darwin, is a vibrant and lively town with a very cosmopolitan yet traditional atmosphere. The town’s 660 listed buildings are complimented by a host of trendy and sophisticated bars and restaurants, the medieval streets do however still retain many classic public houses and dining establishments. Built on the River Severn the town hosts the annual Shrewsbury Flower Show which is one of the largest and oldest horticultural shows in the country attracting over 100,000 visitors. Home to 4 shopping centres, 2 significant retail parks and countless independent retailers the town is an excellent place to enjoy some retail therapy. If you prefer to spend your time soaking up a little more culture the Theatre Severn provides many varied productions and entertainment, or perhaps a visit to the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery or Shrewsbury Castle would be more fitting. Other places of note are ‘The Quarry’ a 29 acre riverside park, the largely unchanged Medieval Market place, Shrewsbury Abbey, the 9 bridges crossing the river Severn most notably the English and Welsh bridges, the Lord Hill’s Column – the largest free-standing Doric column in the world and the Shropshire Agricultural Showground which hosts one of the county’s most important agricultural shows. The town has many sporting and recreational facilities including Shrewsbury Town Football Club, who play their home games at the purpose built New Meadow stadium, Shrewsbury Rugby Club, Shrewsbury Rowing Club and Shrewsbury Motorcross Club to name but a few. There are also a number of popular golf clubs in and around the town, a good selection of Gymnasiums and Health Clubs and a thriving running scene.

Accommodation List

Entrance Hall -

Sitting Room - 3.68 x 6.66 (12'0" x 21'10") -

Inner Hallway -

Kitchen Diner - 3.60 x 4.04 (11'9" x 13'3") -

Utility - 1.63 x 4.41 (5'4" x 14'5") -

Bedroom Four / Study - 6.16 x 2.79 (20'2" x 9'1") -

Bathroom -

Cloakroom / Wc -

Bedroom One - 3.60 x 3.75 (11'9" x 12'3") -

Bedroom Two - 2.70 x 3.58 (8'10" x 11'8") -

Bedroom Three - 3.19 x 2.34 (10'5" x 7'8") -


We are informed the property is of freehold tenure.


We are informed the property is connected to mains electricity, water and private septic tank drainage.


The property has the benefit of oil fired central heating.

Council Tax

Shropshire Council - Band D.


Enquiries via British Telecom indicates the property has an estimated broadband speed of 300MB Fibre. Interested parties are advised to make their own enquiries via BT or their own broadband provider.

Nearest Towns

Bishops Castle - 9 miles
Shrewsbury - 13 miles
Church Stretton - 19 miles
Welshpool - 14 miles

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