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Abbotswood Lodge, Buckshaft Road, Gloucestershire GL14 £579,000

  • Morris Bricknell

    Gloucester Road, Ross On Wye, Herefordshire

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Bedrooms: 5

An historic and appealing five bedroom detached family house occupying A dominant location and commanding far reaching views across thousands of acres of mature woodland.

Porch/Conservatory, Spacious Reception Hall, Outstanding Drawing Room with fireplace, Kitchen/Breakfast Room with appliances, Snug, Library/Study. Galleried Landing, 5 Bedrooms (2 En-Suite) & Family Bathroom & W.C. Beautiful Views. Landscaped Gardens. Pergola & Sun Terrace. Large Driveway. Garage & Outbuildings

Location & Description

Abbotswood Lodge stands in the well established residential area of Ruspidge, close to the heart of the Forest of Dean, which itself lies between the Severn Estuary to the south and the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the west.

Originally constructed as the Lodges to nearby Abbotswood House and built in approximately 1840, the Lodge was subsequently significantly extended in 1906, and it is largely this major extension which forms the greater part of Abbotswood Lodge today.

The original mansion was constructed for the noted Crawshay family, significant iron and steel entrepreneurs in the early 19th Century. The mansion was destroyed by fire in the late 1970's.

One of the many attributes of Abbotswood Lodge is its generous room sizes and ceiling heights, and lovely large sash windows to the main rooms which not only allow spectacular views, but also admit a great deal of natural light.

More recently, the current owners have constructed a superb conservatory to the north western elevation, and alongside same is a vine covered pergola and superb sun terrace, ideal for alfresco dining.

The brick paved approach path conveniently delineates the fine lawned garden from the shrub and herbaceous garden, whilst to the south of the latter is the productive vegetable section. There is also a garage and several sheds and workshops towards the southern boundary. For those to whom connectivity is important, the property has recently been connected to fast fibre broadband.

To those looking for a beautifully proportioned and well maintained family property, we strongly recommend a thorough inspection. In detail the property comprises:-

Conservatory/Entrance Porch approx 13'5 x 8'9

Having double glazing to all sides enabling a beautiful, far reaching outlook across woodland comprising principally deciduous trees. Exposed stonework to one wall.

Reception Hall

Having attractive original wooden polished flooring, coving to ceiling and galleried landing over.

Cloakroom & W.C.

With white suite comprising close coupled low level w.C. And wash hand basin. Pine door to shelved floor to ceiling storage cupboards.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room approx 16' x 14'1

A wonderfully light room with typical Victorian high ceiling and two, deep, sash windows enabling unspoilt outlook across woodland and the Forest of Dean. Extensive range of floor mounted cupboards and drawers incorporating a host of appliances including stainless steel fronted oven, automatic dishwasher, sizeable larder fridge and sizeable deep freeze. Additional range of complementary wall mounted cupboards included glass fronted display cupboards and plate rack. Excellent four ring mains gas hob with extractor hood over. Granite effect working surfaces incorporating the cream single drainer sink with chrome mixer tap over. The mains gas combi boiler is located within a cupboard in this area, to provide hot water and central heating. Additional side window with venetian blind. Coving to ceiling. Picture rail. Ceiling mounted LED spotlights. Vinyl flooring.

Drawing Room approx 19'5 x 14'1

Max dimensions approx. 19'5 x 14'1 into the superb, wide, bay window to front elevation. The deep sash windows not only enable a wonderful far reaching view, but also admit a very high degree of available light. Additional side window allowing yet further light penetration. Beautiful, fluted, wooden fireplace surround with wooden mantel over and cast iron grate with hood above. Fine marble hearth. Original stained flooring. Picture rail and cornice.

Snug/Dining Room approx 20'4 x 14'

A room of immense character, being part of the original 1840 Lodge. Massive exposed ceiling beams and timbering, exposed stonework to one wall and brick fireplace housing the recessed wood burning stove. Multi panel glazed door admitting exterior light and allowing egress to exterior.

Louvred double doors open through to the:-

Library/Study approx 13' x 11'10

Having extensive book shelving to all walls, making it a superb library facility for the many people requiring same. Double glazed, multi panel door admitting light and enabling direct exterior access. Ceiling mounted LED lighting in addition to conventional pendant light.

Galleried Landing

A wonderfully light landing with double glazed window enabling far reaching outlook. Coving to ceiling. Picture rail. Louvred double doors open through to the Airing Cupboard. Access hatch to insulated roof void.

Bedroom 1 approx 14'6 x 12'2

Being a wonderfully light room with two huge sash windows to front elevation enabling tremendous outlook. Picture rail. Fitted shelved cupboard unit with glazed door, Louvred fronted, floor to ceiling fitted wardrobes, the two central louvred doors enabling access through to the:-

En-Suite Shower Room & W.C.

With suite in white comprising quadrant corner shower cubicle with Triton instantaneous electric shower. Close coupled low level w.C. And wash hand basin with storage beneath. Tiling to all walls. Dimplex down draught heater. Strip light and shaver point.

Bedroom 2 approx 14' x 11'10

With sash window to north west elevation having splayed reveals. Roller blind. Picture rail. Double doors open through to:-

En-Suite Bathroom & W.C.

Again with suite in white comprising panelled bath, stand alone corner shower cubicle with Triton Rapide instantaneous electric shower, pedestal wash hand basin and close coupled low level w.C.. Recessed shelving to one corner. Ceiling mounted halogen down lighters. Double glazed window to exterior.

Family Bathroom & W.C.

With suite in white comprising panelled bath, bidet, close coupled low level w.C. And rectangular wash hand basin with chrome mixer tap over and louvred storage cupboards beneath. Strip light and shaver point. Attractive panelling to lower walls. Deep sash window to rear making this a wonderfully light room.

Bedroom 3 approx 13'3 x 11'10

A particularly light room with sash windows to two elevations enabling sylvan outlook. Vanity unit to one corner comprising wash hand basin with drawers beneath. Picture rail.

Bedroom 4 approx 7'11 x 9'6

With double glazed window overlooking yard beneath. Picture rail, coving to ceiling and part glazed door enabling access to deep, shelved storage cupboard with light.

Bedroom 5 approx 17'2 x 14'1

Again, a wonderfully light room with two large sash windows to front elevation. Picture rail. Part glazed door to walk-in wardrobe/walk-in cupboard with high level shelving to ceiling.


Full gas fired central heating is provided throughout from a mains gas boiler location in the Kitchen. TV points are provided to all bedrooms and reception rooms, except the conservatory, from a central amplifier system.


A 20' wide, splayed tarmacadam driveway opens through double wooden gates onto a Generous Tarmacadam Approach/Parking Area adjacent to the front garden, the tarmac driveway also continuing on around the south western boundary and rising gently up to the Detached Brick Built Garage. This is of overall external dimensions approx. 19' x 9' and has up and over door, light, side window and personal door to rear. Nearby are Two Wooden Storage Sheds, one 12 x 8'.And the second Lean-to Log Store being of approx. Dimensions 11' x 4'.

There is also attached to the side of the house a Further Lean-to Workshop of approx. External dimensions 14' x 8'6. Paving surrounds these outbuildings, and between here and the rear door of the property are Two Fuel Bunkers. To the north western boundary is a further Wooden Shed approx. 8' x 6'.

The Principal Areas of Garden lie to the Left and Front of the Property, the Side Lawn Being Very Neatly Maintained, and rising from the tarmacadam driveway up to the Superb Pergola which is adorned with a prolific grapevine. Shrubs flanking this area of lawn include Cotinus, Hebes, Camellia, Hazel, Hydrangea, Fuchsia and many others. Wide stone steps lead up to the aforementioned pergola, whilst flanking this area is an Excellent Paved Sun Terrace being a delightful and most private spot in which to sit out in semi sun, semi shade and gaze at the scene before one. Alongside the sun terrace is a Brick Built bbq and a Fine Magnolia adjacent to steps up to the rear garden (see later). The area of garden directly in front of the house is altogether more intimate, beds immediately in front of the kitchen being an absolute picture with a wonderful parade of Sweet Peas.

Enclosed within a fenced area is a Pond and Wet Garden, complete with waterfall flowing down from a higher level. Paling fences to the sun terrace and pond area with a view to making them safer for young children. Shrubs in and around this area include Hebes, Variegated Eleagnus, Box and many more. Carefully screened behind tall trellis work is the Vegetable Section and Aluminium Framed Greenhouse. Nearby, a further area of flagstone and brick paving, together with Wooden Arbour, is a delightful spot in which to sit out and admire the gardens. Steps behind the garage lead up to the Rear Garden. Here there is a grassy path leading past the rear of the house which leads to a Wild Garden, to the corner of which is a Magnificent Mature Oak Tree. Wrought iron railings and steps lead from this area back down to the main Pergola and Sun Terrace.


Mains electricity, gas, water and drainage are connected. Fast fibre broadband connected.

Outgoings: 'F' Council Tax Band EPC rating: 'D' (Full EPC Rating available)

To View

Strictly and only please by prior telephone appointment through Morris Bricknell Chartered Surveyors. Tel: Out of hours, try Norman Bricknell on .


If approaching from Ross-on-Wye, leave the eastern outskirts of Ross from the Hildersley roundabout (Ross Fire Station) taking the A40 towards Gloucester. Shortly after reaching the outskirts of Lea Village, very carefully take the right turn onto the B4224 towards Mitcheldean. At Mitcheldean take the A4136 towards Monmouth for about 3 miles. At the first set of traffic lights after Mitcheldean turn left into Steam Mills and proceed for about 1 mile. Turn right signposted Coleford, and proceed via the commercial area to the next roundabout. Take the second exit and at the next T junction turn left onto the B4226. Proceed up the hill, with White Hart Inn on the left. Buckshaft Road is the second turning on the right adjoining The Woodlands hotel. The property lies about 500 yards along this road on the left, with the house name clearly displayed on a sign at the entrance.

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Based on 45 transactions covering the past 5 years. Prices are not adjusted for inflation. Data is supplied by the Land Registry.

  • Morris Bricknell

    Gloucester Road, Ross On Wye, Herefordshire

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