Gloucestershire Echo - - OPEN HOUSE -

ONCE judged to be the showiest of all coun­try homes in the county of Worces­ter­shire, the grade II listed 19th-cen­tury Chateau Imp­ney – built in the elab­o­rate style of a French chateau – is un­ques­tion­ably im­pres­sive.

It’s been a lux­ury ho­tel un­der var­i­ous own­er­ships since the 1920s, and now a part of the es­tate in Droitwich is for sale.

Ravens Crest, a grade II listed five-bed­room Dower house, is ac­cessed along a pri­vate road and set within its own 9.1-acre grounds.

It was built orig­i­nally in a French re­nais­sance style by lo­cal in­dus­tri­al­ist and salt­works mag­nate John Corbett – known as ‘the salt king’ – for his wife, Han­nah El­iza O’meara who was of mixed French/ir­ish de­scent and had been raised in Paris. She wanted some­where more man­age­able than the chateau, so Raven’s Crest, then known as The Chalet, was built in the park.

On the ground floor there is a draw­ing room with stone fire­place. There is ac­cess to a gar­den room, a fam­ily snug with wood burn­ing stove, kitchen/break­fast room with Aga, util­ity room, boot room and a games room open­ing out onto one of sev­eral ter­races.

A spi­ral stair­case leads to five bed­rooms, all with en-suite bath­rooms, in­clud­ing a mas­ter suite with walk-in wardrobes.

Raven’s Crest has an in­door swim­ming pool with chang­ing rooms; a sta­ble yard and large pad­docks.

■ The prop­erty is for sale through Sav­ills, Stow on the Wold, with a guide price of £2.5mil­lion, sav­ills.com

Raven’s Crest in the grounds of Chateau Imp­ney

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