Dingle Court, Pedmore - The Meticulous Conversion of a 'Gentlemen's Residence'

Ivy Cottage, 18c Dingle Road, Pedmore is the last property available in this meticulously re-developed Gentlemen’s Residence that was originally built in the 1920s and sits on one of Stourbridge’s most sought-after roads and is surrounded by professional neighbours.

The History Behind Dingle Court

Oak Lodge is a fine example of an inter-war individually built home, general referred to as a ‘Gentleman’s Residence’. This was the first house to be built in Dingle Road, while it was still know as New Road. The land was acquired from the Old Swinford Hospital Charity that was founded by the will of Thomas Foley (1616-1677) dated 27th January 1671, by the Edwards family, local business people.

The Foley family is one of the most important families in the history of Stourbridge. From their iron forges and mills powered by water on the River Stour and other rivers and streams, the Foley family built up substantial fortunes which were supplemented by marriages into wealth and influential families. Thomas Foley was said to be so impressed by a sermon given by the Puritan divine Richard Baxter on the proper use of wealth that he immediately founded a charity school for poor boys, the now much acclaimed Old Swinford Hospital School, and one of the most impressive architectural features of Stourbridge. Virtually the whole of Pedmore was set aside by Foley to form part of the endowment for his school.

The sale of the land, by Paul Henry Foley, a descendant of Thomas Foley to build Oak Lodge, was used to enhance this charity. It was sold for £276-7 shillings on 12th September 1924.

Captain Edwards and his family lived in the house for 50 years, before it was sold in the 1980s.

Oak Lodge is a classic Arts & Crafts house which has retained its architectural integrity with qualities that exemplify this distinguished period. The Arts & Crafts Movement, founded by William Morris, sought, in the face of grim industrialisation in the 19th Century, to create new and more beautiful environments in which people might live and delight in fine craftsmanship wrought with intrinsically attractive building materials.

Ivy Cottage (18c Dingle Court)

The development has seen the original house sympathetically restored and divided into three outstanding residences all retaining their original period features. Ivy Cottage benefits from high ceilings, original plaster roses, leaded windows and thermally insulated exterior walls.

It has the advantage of having completely new fitments throughout, new services and manufacturer’s warranties while retaining its integrity and beautiful external features, being in one of the top roads in Stourbridge. It has its own off-road gated parking for two cars.

Internal Features:

  • LochAnna British hand-built kitchens with granite work surfaces .

  • NEFF kitchen appliances; including gas on glass hob, oven slide & hide, fridge and freezer and dishwasher.

  • Chrome electrical sockets and switches with USB connections.

  • Cable WiFi & Television.

  • PIR security alarm.

  • Marble fireplace.

  • Hudson Reed bathrooms.

  • Carpeted throughout with Karndean kitchen & bathroom and laminate reception & cloaks flooring.

  • Oak doors and original chrome on brass door fitments on ground floor.

  • Complete rewiring, gas central heating.

  • New independent smart metering utilities for each house; water, gas and electricity.

  • Complete re-plastering throughout and decoration using Crown paints with washable finish in kitchens.

External Features

  • Electric car charging units, double power sockets, water taps and exterior lighting.

  • Private gardens, fully landscaped including original rockery sheds with rear access.

  • Bespoke hand-made Oak porch.

Other Benefits:

  • Construction completed by builders accredited by Federation of Master Builders [FMB] and UK Trades Confederation Quality Assured.

  • 10 years new build warranty.

Our Time at Dingle Road: Two Decades

We have very much enjoyed living in this comfortable and unique family home with its abundance of period features. Living in Dingle Road, one of the top 3 streets in Stourbridge has been an absolute joy with friendly, professional neighbours (businessmen, doctors, dentists and actors) who are welcoming and helpful.

It is a quiet, private street of large detached houses that command a premium set within a locality of outstanding schools that provided an excellent education and learning environment for our sons who all went on to university and to professional jobs themselves. 

There are fine villages and beautiful countryside close by that we have enjoyed immensely. The location has been ideal for us for shopping with a vast choice of large stores as well as easy access to Merry Hill, Birmingham, Worcester and Solihull. 

As professional people we have found the transport network ideal for travel by road, rail and airport enabling us to maintain a work life balance.

To view the listing on the Lex Allan Grove property pages CLICK HERE - Ivy Cottage is listed at £345,000 and with the current Stamp Duty holiday, there is a £2,250 saving by buying now.

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Call our Hagley Office on 01562 270270 for more details or to book a viewing.