A special place in the grounds of New Wardour Castle
History - The Hexagon stands in the grounds of New' Wardour Castle, a Grade I listed Palladian-style country house, was built for the Arundell family in 1769, to replace the original Castle. The gardens were drawn up by George Ingham in 1773 and further modified by Capability Brown between 1775 and 1783.
Built circa 1770 and believed to have been either the brewery or game larder to New Wardour Castle, The Hexagon is an enchanting hexagonal house and has a wealth of period features, including stone mullion, leaded windows and a combination of stone and oak floors. It was converted into a house in the Victorian era and has been renovated and improved to a high standard by the current owners.
The triple aspect kitchen/breakfast room, known as the kitchen parlour, was added circa 1880 and has traditional stone floors, bespoke shaker-style cabinetry under oak work surfaces, a fitted dresser and integrated appliances. Wide, curved stone steps lead down to a double-height library/dining room on the lower ground floor, with large double doors opening onto a secluded courtyard. From here, one can access an inner lobby, leading through to the dual aspect principal bedroom, which has an en suite bathroom. Completing this floor is a useful laundry, with a Butlers sink and plumbing for a washing machine and dryer. There is also internal access to the garage.
The first floor comprises an inner hall, accessing two further bedrooms that share a Jack and Jill' en suite bathroom. One bedroom is dual-aspect and one has a working fireplace. The entire second floor is dedicated to the stunning hexagonal drawing room, with a fireplace and views of the front lawns, temple garden and courtyard. Multiple exposed ceiling beams converge on a central roof lantern.
A particular feature of the property is the Temple House, located on the far side of the rear courtyard. It is a delightful stone building with a lead roof, that is recorded as being used as a dairy for the main castle. Fully renovated by the current owners, who worked closely with the local planning officers, it boasts the original double doors (dating from 1760) and magnificent Purbeck stone work surfaces. A restored roof lantern floods the building with light. The doors open onto a covered stone terrace, overlooking the beautiful temple garden which, in the Spring, is a wildflower meadow.
A secluded courtyard offers alternative access to the house, via the library, and also to the garage. This elevation is draped with wisteria and magnolia. A flat area of lawn, with borders of old fashioned roses, peonies, gooseberries, raspberries and redcurrants sits to one side of the house, along with a fig tree. To the other is a deep, densely planted herbaceous border, running to the rear entrance of the castles' chapel.
Set within the magnificent grounds and parkland of New Wardour Castle, The Hexagon sits in a peaceful location to one side of the main house and is approached from the lane up a long drive through mature parkland. Unusually, the property comprises about 1.4 acres of private freehold grounds.
The surrounding Wardour Estate extends to approximately 50 acres of parkland. There are numerous footpaths across the estate, enabling access to extensive walks, including to Old Wardour Castle, an English Heritage 14th century ruin.
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Completely unique and one of the most charming residences I have seen in my time doing this job - it is very special.James McKillopProperty agent