Period country house with traditional buildings ready for conversion

Published June 4th, 2013


Berrys and Bowen Son & Watson have launched for sale a Grade II detached country residence and range of traditional buildings with planning consent for conversion to three dwellings in an idyllic location near Oswestry.

Great Fernhill Farmhouse and Traditional Buildings Whittington Road, Gobowen is set within gardens and grounds extending to 3.61 acres (1.46 hectares) and is approached over a private driveway with farmland on both sides.

The property is being offered for sale as a whole or in lots as required with the following guide prices:

House and garden £495,000

House, garden and barn 3 £565,000

Barns 1, 2 and 3 £220,000

Barns 1 and 2 (L-shaped range) £150,000

“This property offers great flexibility as a family home with the opportunity to develop the barns for further accommodation,” said Sarah Reece who is handling the sale for Berrys at Shrewsbury.

The house was originally constructed in the mid 17th century and currently offers spacious accommodation over two floors and has attics and a barrel vaulted brick cellar. The property is distinctive by the substantial brick chimney stacks to the front elevation and internally by the open-well staircase rising from the ground floor to the attic with a moulded handrail and carved newel posts.

The proposed scheme for conversion of the buildings adjacent to the farmhouse will create a unique residential complex. The dwellings will enjoy large gardens and views over open countryside.

Great Fernhill Farmhouse contains a wealth of traditional features including exposed beams, tiled floors and fireplaces.

Accommodation briefly comprises: Entrance hall with quarry tiled floor, kitchen/breakfast room with quarry tiled floor, exposed beams to ceiling, fitted kitchen units with worktop, ‘Noble’ oil fired range, stainless steel sink. The utility room off has tiled floors, exposed beams to walls, fitted units with inset Belfast sink and mixer tap and space and plumbing for washing machine and condenser drier and door off leading to boiler room .

The ground floor also has a large sun room, a shower room with walk-in electric shower, drawing room with quarry tiled floor and exposed beams, living room with exposed beams to walls, fireplace with stone hearth, brick surround and timber mantle housing solid fuel burner. A door off the base of the stairs leads to the cellar with brick barrel vaulted ceiling.

On the first floor there are three bedrooms and a family bathroom with ‘Whirlpool” bath, separate shower cubicle with ‘Mira’ electric shower, low level flush w.c and wash hand basin with built in vanity unit. A further landing leads to two further bedrooms, one with a large walk-in wardrobe. Stair off the first floor landing lead to four attic rooms.

Outside, the gardens are mainly laid to lawn interspersed with mature shrubs and trees. There is an orchard to the side of the property and a gravelled entertaining area to the rear. From the gardens there are views out over open countryside with small spinneys and patches of mature woodland completing this most idyllic location.

A brick and slate outbuilding bordering the parking area could be used as a workshop or for storage and there is a lean-to store building connected to the property with separate coal/log store.

The courtyard range of traditional buildings is constructed of brick under slate roofs with timber frames. The proposed scheme will create an attractive residential complex of three, four-bedroomed homes.

Additional pastureland adjoining the property may be available by negotiation.

Detailed planning permission (ref: 10/05268/FUL) and Listed Building Consent (ref: 11/03869/LBC) for the conversion of the traditional agricultural buildings into three residential units, garage block and the provision of an access track has been granted by Shropshire Council. The planning consents are excluded from Community Infrastructure Levy and Affordable Housing Levy.

Viewing is by appointment through the joint selling agents Berrys, telephone 01743 271697 email:, or Bowen Son & Watson telephone 01691 622534 email:

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More about Sarah Reece

Chartered Surveyor
Tel: 01743 267068
Mobile: 07770 405765

Sarah joined Berrys in 2003 having obtained an honours degree in Rural Estate Management from Seale Hayne. She was appointed partner at the Shrewsbury office in 2017 and her work focuses on property sales (farms, land and equestrian properties), valuations (for banks, lending institutions and private clients), agricultural landlord and tenant law, compulsory purchase and compensation and general rural property advice including Basic Payment Scheme applications. Away from work Sarah’s interests are horse riding, racing and farming.