The Avenue, Ross-On-Wye HR9


Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 7

A beautifully positioned and unique detached victorian house in one the finest residential areas of the town and being within A few minutes walk of town facilities. The house offers extraordinarily light seven bedroom accommodation and stands in mature yet remarkably private gardens.

Enclosed Porch, Superb Reception Hall, Cloaks/Shower Room & W.C., Three Fine Reception Rooms, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Laundry/Utility Room. Fine Cellarage/Basement. First Floor comprises Four Bedrooms, Shower Room, Bathroom and Separate W.C. Second Floor comprises Three Further Bedrooms and Bathroom & W.C. Over 4,000 sq.ft. In total. Secluded Gardens to the East, South & West of House. Double Garage and Range of Small Outbuildings. Fine Views. Prime Residential Area. Easy Walk Town.

Location & Description

Merrivale Place occupies a wonderful location near the junction of The Avenue and Eastfield Road, the finest residential location in Ross-on-Wye. Constructed to an individual design during the 1880s, the house is of Old Red Sandstone construction under a double pitched Welsh Slate roof, and has all the attributes and qualities that one typically finds in prime Victorian property. High ceilings with cornices and coving, large, shuttered sash windows and wonderful proportions. Principal aspects are to the south and east, and the large number of huge windows allows the penetration of a very high degree of natural light. These windows also enable a lovely sylvan outlook from virtually every room.The house has a most welcoming reception hall with superb light Oak flooring, three generous reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room and seven bedrooms on three floors. There is also outstanding cellar accommodation, with excellent standing headroom, offering a wide range of potential uses.Lawned gardens extend primarily to the east and south of the house, and the generous paved approach drive terminates in a circular turning area adjacent to the main door of the property.Only rarely do properties such as this come onto the market. It is hard to believe, with all of its secluded qualities, that one is just a few minutes walk from the heart of the town. In detail the property comprises:-

Totally Enclosed Porch

With impressive, panelled, double doors, the glazing of which enables a tremendous outlook towards wooded Penyard Hill. Large inset matwell, recessed side shelving and two further impressive wooden doors, with large glazed Gothic arch over, opening into the:-

Superb Reception Hall

Beautifully laid to light Oak flooring and being of overall max dimensions approx. 31’ x 15’6. Cornice work to ceiling and fine, deep sash window again enabling an outlook towards wooded Penyard Hill.

Family Room (16'5 x 13'7)

A wonderfully light room having extra deep, shuttered bay windows to both east and south elevations making this a wonderfully light room. Brass picture light and two wall mounted light fittings. Fine library shelving to one corner and additional adjustable shelving to opposite wall. Cornice to ceiling and fitted carpet.

Drawing Room

Beautifully proportioned and being of overall max dimensions approx.

23’ x 14’ into the exceptionally wide, south facing, shuttered bay window. Fine architrave around bay window and cornice to ceiling thereover. Picture rail. Fluted wooden fireplace surround housing the recessed cast iron woodburning stove mounted on a flagstone hearth. Two wall mounted brass light fittings and five arm ceiling light fitting. Fitted carpet. Dimmer switches.

Dining Room (16'3 x 14'1)

Again, a beautifully proportioned room with large wooden fireplace surround, currently housing a recessed electric fire. Wide and deep shuttered sash window to south elevation admitting excellent light. Cornice to ceiling with picture rail beneath. Three wall mounted light fittings and ceiling mounted five arm light fitting.

Cloaks/Shower Room & W.C.

With white suite comprising tiled shower cubicle housing the chrome thermostatic shower, large pedestal wash basin and close coupled low level w.c. Ceramic tiling to walls and floor. Shelving and deep sash window to exterior.

Inner Hall

With light Oak flooring continuing from reception hall. Coat hooks, shelving and wall mounted storage cupboards. Large door with cat flap to exterior.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room (16'8 x 13'4)

With huge, shuttered window to north elevation. Extensive range of floor mounted cupboards and drawers with roll edged, Beech effect working surfaces over. Incorporated amidst these units is the single drainer stainless steel sink with chrome mixer tap over. Also incorporated is an Indesit double oven/ grill with four ring ceramic hob over. Tiling behind certain working surfaces. Three capacious shelved cupboards to one corner and deep shelved larder cupboard to second corner. Positioned between these two cupboards is a fine old cast iron woodburning/solid fuel stove, with a flat top to enable cooking thereon if required. Ceramic tiled flooring.

Laundry/Utility Room (12'9 x 8'7)

With deep sash window to north elevation. Extensive fitted floor to ceiling cupboards with shelving. Large hot water cylinder and Grant oil fired central heating boiler together with time switch and programmer. Large white Armitage Shanks Belfast sink with plumbing for washing machine alongside and working surface over. Ceramic tiled flooring. Extensive shelving to one wall with adjustable wooden clothes airer over.

First Floor Landing

With deep sash window enabling outlook across parts of Merrivale towards wooded Penyard Hill. Additional window to half landing. Double doors open to superb shelved, floor to ceiling storage cupboards. A further door leads to a Walk-in Airing Cupboard with extensive shelving.

Bedroom 1 (16'4 x 13'8)

A wonderfully light room with large sash windows to both east and south elevations, each enabling a fine outlook. Sliding doors to built-in shelved, floor to ceiling storage areas. Pedestal wash hand basin, strip light and shaver point. Fitted carpet.

Bedroom 2 (18'7 x 14')

Into the extra wide bay window to south elevation. Sliding doors to built-in, floor to ceiling storage cupboards. Pedestal wash hand basin with mirror, strip light and shaver point over. Fitted carpet.

From the carpeted landing, a panelled door opens through to the:-

Tiled Shower Room

With white tiling to all elevations and Triton Rapide instantaneous electric shower unit together with rail and curtain.

Bedroom 3 (14'1 x 10'3)

With large sash window to south elevation admitting much light. White pedestal wash hand basin with mirror, strip light and shaver point over. Fitted carpet.


With bath having mixer taps and shower head over, together with rail and curtain. Pedestal wash hand basin. Heated towel rail and sash window to exterior with Venetian blind.

Cloaks & W.c.

With close coupled low level w.c. And wash hand basin. High level window.

Bedroom 4 (16'4 x 13'4)

With sash window to north elevation enabling outlook towards beautiful Ross Church Spire. Floor to ceiling wardrobes/storage cupboard to one corner with recessed shelving and cupboard over to opposite corner. Pedestal wash hand basin with mirror and strip light. Fitted carpet.

Second Floor Landing

With fitted carpet and window to west elevation admitting natural light.

Bedroom 5 (of max dimensions approx. 16’ x 11’11)

With sash window to east enabling far reaching outlook. Additional skylight to north elevation. Fitted carpet. Door to built-in wardrobe to one corner.

Bedroom 6 (14'8 x 9'9)

Having sash window to south elevation enabling outlook towards wooded Chase Hill. Sliding doors to built-in wardrobe/shelved storage cupboards. Fitted carpet. Access hatch to roof void.

Games Room/Bedroom 7 (of max dimensions approx. 16’3 x 13’11)

Having windows to both west and north elevations enabling a far reaching outlook. Fitted carpet. Floor to ceiling wardrobe/shelved storage cupboards. Ceiling mounted halogen light bar.

Bathroom & W.C.

A generous room of max dimensions approx. 12’ x 9’6 and having white suite comprising panelled bath with mixer tap and spray head over. Pedestal wash hand basin and low level w.c. Windows to both west and north elevations. Wooden topped shelved storage cupboard. Fitted carpet. Mirror, strip light and shaver point.

Tank/Box Room

With skylight to eastern elevation. Excellent storage space, including shelving and light.


A doorway from the reception hall leads down via stone and brick steps to the Excellent Cellarage which lies beneath the front of the house. This comprises:-

Room 1 (16'5 x 13'3)

With flagstone base, one wood panelled wall and double glazed window to east elevation. Fluorescent light and power points.

Room 2 (16'5 x 13'8)

Again having flagstone base and fluorescent light. Adjacent to the latter room is the Wine Storage Area with two massive stone slabs, flagstone base, light and power. This is connected to the Cellar Approach being of overall max dimensions approx. 18’6 x 7’9 and again having light and power, and door to exterior stone steps. Virtually the whole of the cellar area has excellent standing headroom.

At the top of the cellar steps is a most useful Cloaks/Storage Room complete with skylight and window to west.


Wrought iron double gates mounted on fine stone gate pillars open on to the Most Attractive, Brick Pavior Driveway which widens out to form a Circular Turning Area to the east side of the property.

From here, wide stone steps lead up to the Principal Entrance which has beautiful delicate stone carving alongside the Fleur de Lis windows at high level.

Flanking the east side of the driveway is a Neatly Trimmed Lawn, this lawn being of overall max dimensions approx. 90’ x 45’, and towards the south eastern corner of the site, the lawn gives way to a Goldfish/Lily Pond, alongside which is an area for al fresco dining/sitting. A mixed Holly and Laurel hedge surrounds this area, together with other shrubs including Bamboo, Pampas Grass, Azalea and others. Positioned close to the eastern boundary is a large and impressive Victorian Conifer, of which there are two further examples in the gardens, whilst to the north western corner of this lawn is a Mature Weeping Ash Tree.

The brick paviors extend part way along the south side of the dwelling where it gives way to a widening Tarmacadam Drive which terminates in a turning/parking area, and also gives access to the Attached Double Garage of max internal dimensions approx. 17’ x 16’6. This has up and over door, windows to west elevation, personal door to north elevation, light and power points.

A Shaped Shrub Bed flanks the southern façade of the property, species here include Viburnum, Fatsia, Photinea, Holly, Yew, Japonica and others.

The garden is delineated by a Substantial and Attractive Laurel hedge, whilst an ancient Wisteria climbs midway along the elevation of the house itself. Alongside one of the fine Victorian Conifers a patterned wrought iron pedestrian gate mounted on stone pillars opens onto the pavement adjacent ‘The Avenue’.

To the south western corner of the garden is a Further Level Lawn, and this is of overall max dimensions approx. 60’ x 45’. Shrubs and trees fringing this area include Rhododendron, Buddleia, Skimmia and others, whilst close to one corner are some old Apple trees.

A wrought iron pedestrian gate alongside the garage gives access to the Private Domestic Garden. This is of overall max dimensions approx. 70’ x 35’, and is delineated from the aforementioned lawn by a Mature Beech hedge. This area of garden is partly given over to a Vegetable Section, beyond which are Apple and Cherry trees, and an Aluminium Framed Greenhouse approx. 8’ x 6’.

Flanking the north western corner of the rear of the house is a part paved, part gravelled, part concreted area on which there are several spots which receive afternoon/evening sunshine, and outbuildings in this area include a Brick Built Workshop. This stands under a mono pitched slate roof, and is of internal dimensions approx. 8’6 x 6’6 and having window, small skylight, worksurface, shelving and both light and power. Flagstone base. Nearby is the Stone & Brick Built Woodstore approx. 9’ x 6’, whilst adjacent is a Former Outside W.C. Currently used for storage. Nearby, a wrought iron gate and balustrading enables access down stone steps to an exterior door from the cellar. There is a cold water stand pipe on the wall of the workshop. Positioned directly adjacent to the outside door from the inner hall is a Covered Lean-to Porch approx. 9’6 x 5’ which has an attractive mosaic paved base and exterior light.


Mains electricity, water and drainage are connected.


Council Tax Band ‘G’.

EPC rating: ‘F’ (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 .


Leave the stone built market house in the centre of Ross, proceeding southwards on the B4234 towards Walford. After less than ½ mile, immediately after passing the Prince of Wales pub on your right, take the left turning into ‘The Avenue’. Merrivale Place is the last property on the left before bearing right into Eastfield Road.

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Morris Bricknell

Gloucester Road, Ross On Wye, Herefordshire

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