School Road, Ruyton XI Towns


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  • Bedrooms: 4
Four Bedrooms, Grade II, Dining Hall, Living Room, Kitchen and Pantry, Ground Floor Wet Room, Bathroom, Conservatory, Open Garage

Situation: Ruyton XI Towns is a large village 11 miles north west of the county town of Shrewsbury, and lies on the River Perry. Dating back to the 12th Century and constantly changing hands between the English and Welsh, the town derives its name from the need at the time for eleven local townships to band together to prevent invasion. Around this time Ruyton Castle was built by John le Strange and united the manors of Ruyton, Wykey and Felton. Modern day Ruyton provides amenities normally associated with a village of this size; St John the Baptist C of E Primary School, the Joule's Brewery run Talbot Inn, Leaman Garage and Ruyton XI Towns Village Store & Post Office and a florist.

The A5 rests just 2 miles west of the village which links through to the M54 and national motorway network. International airports can be found at Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool. Mainline services are available from Shrewsbury and Gobowen railway stations. Arriva buses operate a regular bus service between Oswestry and Shrewsbury (no. 576).

Believed to date back to the early 17th century, the main house is timber framed with rendered infill and partial brick rebuilding with a raised pitched roof predominantly covered by slate tiles. The property was originally a 2 bay, thatched, farm house with records showing local farmer, William Birch, living there in 1800. The double storied porch and the third bay were added later. At some stage it changed use and became the local blacksmiths and remained so right up until the mid-1950s. It was then changed back into a village house with the current custodians residing here for the past 39 years.

Providing a spacious arrangement of living accommodation over two floors, Smithy House retains many character features. Vestibule with double doors, quarry tiled floor and carved double doors to dining hall; quarry tiled floor, deep stone Inglenook fireplace, wattle and daub exposed panel, exposed framework, beamed ceiling. Dual access through to the sitting room with its similar deep Inglenook fireplace with dog grate, quarry tiled floor, beamed ceiling and three double glazed windows. The living room has two double glazed windows, a fireplace with open gate, glazed panel and matching door to the conservatory with a sandstone base, French doors to garden, uPVC double glazed windows and sealed unit double glazed window. The kitchen can be accessed from both sides and has a stable door to garden, wood fronted cupboards, provision for appliances, central heating boiler, airing cupboard and walk in pantry with shelving. There is a wet room which has been adapted with rails, a wash basin, WC and shower. The stairs ascend from the rear off the dining hall to the first floor landing with exposed floor boards, cupboard and landing windows. Two steps ascend the main bedroom with fitted wardrobes, wooden floor boards, exposed frames and two windows. Bedroom two has a deep wardrobe recess. Bedroom three has a shaped chimney breast and two front facing windows. Bedroom four has a side window and roof light. Finally, the bathroom with a corner bath, wash basin and WC.

Outside, there is a central gate with path to the front with covered front beds behind the front sandstone boundary wall. The driveway is to the left-hand side with double gates, wide border running parallel, open fronted brick/block garage, integral freezer store to the rear off the house. An ivy covered arch opens to a path leading across the rear of the house and around the conservatory, private gardens extend off this with a lawn separated into two sections by wide beds containing specimen trees and an abundance of shrubs and flowering plants, mature leylandii trees to the side and fruit trees to the end of the garden. The plot covers approximately 0.25 acres.

Directions: From Shrewsbury, follow the A5 until you reach the Shotatton crossroads (Kenton Jones Kitchens). Turn right signed for Ruyton XI Towns and follow this road for approximately 3 miles into the village. Turn left at the Cross into School Road where the property is on the right-hand side.Acreage:0.26

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