A MAGNIFICENT Wye Valley country house is up for sale, with a guide price of £825,000 plus.

The 1730s Glasbury House and River Wye Activity Centre, in the border village of Glasbury, has been put up for auction.

The house was lived in by a succession of family members from 1738 until 1954. The property was then acquired by Ilford Borough Council and the London Borough of Redbridge in 1963. It was the London Borough of Redbridge who converted the property into an outdoor activity centre.

Glasbury Outdoor Education Centre was run by Redbridge Council for more than half a century to provide outdoor activities for more than 1,800 pupils a year from schools in London and surrounding areas, but the centre was closed in 2015 after cuts in council funding.


It stood empty until April 2019 when it was bought and turned into the River Wye Activity Centre.

The grade II listed period property built in the 18th century is made up of a main building of commercial kitchens, a dining room, lounge, games room, large toilet and shower block on the ground floor as well as toilets and sinks upstairs next to the bedrooms.

As well as the main house, there is also a bunkhouse which sleeps up to 27 people and a single-storey extension was built in 2001 in architectural sympathy with the original coach house.

Located within the grounds is a campsite that can sleep over 300 people. The campsite is a popular destination with families and kayakers during the summer months.

Debra Bisley, of Newport-based Paul Fosh Auctions, said: "Glasbury House, its grounds and facilities, in its unrivalled rural location is surely the ultimate location, right on the world-renowned River Wye, for an outdoor activity centre.

"There has already been stirrings of interest from prospective buyers in the property through word of mouth. I'm expecting great interest in Glasbury House for a number of reasons, not the least of which being the growing demand for no fuss, eco-friendly 'staycation' activity type holidays.”