A VICTORIAN rectory set in expansive gardens and grounds is up for sale in Herefordshire with a guide price of £1,290,000.

Greystone House in Winforton, which boasts seven bedrooms and a rich history, is on the market with Sunderlands.

The house has a storied past, being designed in 1861 by Thomas Nicholson, as a Rectory for the reverend Thomas Kearsey Thomas. The well-known diarist Francis Kilvert visited the property whilst attending a Harvest Festival in 1871. In 1931 the house was sold to Professor Thomas Merton, an eminent scientist and inventor who is credited as one of the team who created a black paint which rendered aircraft almost invisible by searchlight.


On entering the property through the front door into the entrance hallway there is a study immediately on the left-hand side with a window to the front and a fireplace, the agents said.

The sitting room houses a fireplace and a window with a full-length sash leading out into the garden from the dining room and sitting rooms.

The kitchen has a door leading directly outside and is well equipped with granite worksurfaces, an electric cooker and an oil-fired AGA. Throughout the ground floor, there are further rooms with utility and wash areas and a useful workshop.

Hereford Times: The house boasts 7 bathroomsThe house boasts 7 bathrooms (Image: Rightmove/Sunderlands)

On the first floor, there are seven bedrooms with bedroom four having a wash hand basin and the master bedroom having a dressing room. There is a large family bathroom and a back staircase which leads down to the rear corridor.

Behind the house is a courtyard giving access to the former coach house, which is now used as a garage with a loft above. There are further outbuildings and store areas, as well as well-maintained gardens with vegetable patches alongside expansive lawns.

Sunderlands said the property is presented in excellent order, having been a much-loved family home for the last 40 years and offers a wonderful opportunity for anyone seeking a glorious piece of Herefordshire.