Front Facade
454.48 sq m
Excess of £1,500,000(€1,700,511)

Main StreetTatenhill, Burton-On-trent, Staffordshire, DE13 9SD


    Key features

    • Seven bedrooms
    • Three reception rooms
    • Outbuildings & dovecote
    • Gardens, tennis court and brook
    • Set in about 2.81 acres

    A beautifully proportioned Queen Anne House with wonderful gardens and grounds (further land maybe available by separate negotiation).

    About this property

    • The front of the Old Rectory faces west. It is laid out over three floors with elegant, symmetrical, beautifully proportioned light and spacious rooms. The house has been carefully maintained over the 320 years of its existence and retains the majority of its period features, including the particularly impressive oak staircase over all three floors, oak panelled doors and reveals, open fireplaces and large sash windows with window seats.

      To the front of the house is an enchanting walled garden with a pathway leading to the original eight panelled oak door with fluted pilasters to the frieze and a cornice running into the apron of the window above. The central hallway extends the depth of the house and from which, the wide staircase rises up two flights, crossing the rear windows to reach the first floor landing.

      To the rear of the main hallway, there is a door that gives access to the three room cellar. The current owner has planning permission to re-open the now bricked over original window spaces. There is further door from the hallway, giving access to the York stone terrace at the rear of the house.

      To the right of the central hallway is an impressive double drawing room with sash windows to both the front and rear, an Adam fireplace, originally from Branston Hall, and original poured plaster cornice and oak wooden flooring. To the left of the entrance hall is the dining room with sash windows overlooking the front walled garden, an Adam fireplace, also from Branston Hall, and Victorian pine floor.

      The second left off the main hallway takes you into an elegant, sunny morning room which faces east. This where the very large inglenook fireplace is sited. It has a Hollington stone floor with a 12.5Kw Clearview log burner. The morning room gives access to the original rectory building, which is now single storey, with storage above, housing a rear hallway used for day to day access, the kitchen, a downstairs cloakroom and utility room. The east end of this building was extended in 1964.

      The utility room gives access directly out to the garden. The current owner has architectural plans to remove and replace the 1960s extension with an ultra modern glass building, connecting it to the dovecote. However, please note, that planning permission has not been applied for, although the plans were drawn up in consultation with English Heritage. The drawings are available at request.

      On the first floor, the master bedroom neighbours a bathroom with a wetroom and adjacent dressing room. A door could be opened from the bedroom to create a master suite. There are two further large double bedrooms on the first floor, one with an en suite wetroom, the other with an en suite bathroom, which can also be used as a family bathroom as it has a second entrance off the landing. The staircase continues up over two flights to the second floor with a large landing, which gives access to three further double bedrooms, a single bedroom with plumbing in place to convert into a bathroom, a further family bathroom, and a large media or games room with a woodburning stove.

      The current owners have undertaken a meticulously sympathetic restoration of the property over 12 years, to include complete re-wiring, re plumbing, and re-decoration. The house is beautifully presented and stands in stunning formal and informal gardens. An attractive courtyard provides an excellent range of outbuildings including and dovecote and former coach house. Further land extending to 2.55 acres (coloured in green on the plan) could be available, this would be subject to a development uplift clause.

      Outside
      A most attractive walled courtyard sits to the side of the house with a former coach house providing garaging and loft storage space. The coach house also includes a small stable/ tack room, and a larger stable with a new Loddon sliding partition. To the opposite side is a further red brick building currently used as a further garage, with a two storey section used for storage. Both buildings are very useful and could be converted to other uses. To the third side is the original two storey dovecote, with its own separate listing, with a coal and log store underneath on one side, and further storage for garden equipment on the other side.

      To the rear of the house is a wide paved terrace with steps, leading to sweeping lawns surrounded by herbaceous borders and flower beds with views beyond. The expansive gardens boast a woodland area, an orchard, an attractive brook and a number of both mature and specimen trees, roses, honeysuckle and wisteria. Of particular note are the two magnificent copper beach trees. Furthermore, at the end of the garden, is an En-Tout Cas tennis court.

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    The quintessential Queen Anne old rectory.

    Tony Morris-EytonProperty agent

    Local information

    • The Old Rectory stands in a commanding position next to St Michael and All Angels Church within the picturesque village of Tatenhill on a plot in excess of three acres.
    • The house has an unspoilt outlook both to the front and rear. To the rear of the property the views reach across to Battlestead Hill and the National Forest. The front of the property overlooks its own land, including the enormous King George V Silver Jubilee Atlas cedar tree.
    • While the village has a small friendly community with a village hall, pub and bowling green, there are good local amenities including shops and schools in the nearby villages of Branston and Barton under Needwood. Private schools in the area include Repton and Denstone, with private preparatory schools including Repton Preparatory School (Foremarke Hall), St Wystans and Lichfield Cathedral School. In the state sector there is an excellent primary school in the neighbouring village of Rangemore, and walking distance from the Old Rectory is the brand new John Taylor Free School, which is a senior school.
    • The village is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in the Midlands yet has excellent access to the M1, M6, M6 toll, M42, A50 and other major trunk roads, providing good communication links with all of the Midlands and beyond.
    • The Old Rectory is within easy commuting distance of London. Virgin Trains stop at Lichfield Trent Valley station on the West Coast Main Line, which is only a 15 minute drive from the house. There is excellent parking and the 07.08 fast service arrives in London Euston in just 1 hour and 9 minutes. The return is equally as fast at peak times. Northern cities such as Manchester and Liverpool are easily accessible, and Birmingham City Centre is 30 miles away.
    • More locally, there are cities such as Derby (16 miles), Nottingham (32 miles) and Leicester (30 miles). East Midlands Airport is 20 miles away, and Birmingham Airport, 30 miles.
    • The local town of Burton on Trent provides excellent sporting facilities, including gyms, a rugby club, Branston Golf and Country Club, football clubs and two rowing clubs. There are very active cycling clubs in both Burton and Lichfield. The FA National Football centre, with world class sporting facilities, is located four miles away in the beautiful rolling countryside, and there are two large hotels on site. Tatenhill Airport is located adjacent to St George's Park. This is a private airfield which is in daily use, being the home of East Midlands Air Ambulance. The area is renowned for equestrian interests and there are several livery yards in the immediate vicinity, most notably Eland Lodge, which has a full cross country course as part of the facility.
    • There is a public bridleway that starts at the driveway of the Old Rectory and heads off on an ancient Roman track into the Staffordshire countryside. The Old Rectory is also 20 miles from the Donington Park Motor Racing Circuit. There are very active theatres in Derby, Birmingham, Nottingham and Leicester, and in addition, there are with numerous local amateur dramatic and choral societies.

    Additional information

    • The Old Rectory is an exquisite Grade II* listed Queen Anne house with beautiful gardens and grounds along with outstanding views of unspoilt countryside. It is considered to be one of the most elegant houses of its period in the Midlands and was a finalist in Country Life's Britain's Finest Parsonages, winning the West of England region.
    • The Old Rectory was built in circa 1704 for Sir William Binckes, the then Dean of Lichfield. Village tradition says that it was built as his hunting lodge and the enormous inglenook fireplace in the old kitchen would be testament to that. In 1706 Queen Anne annexed the Tatenhill parish, along with the Rectorship, to the Deanery, as it was Duchy of Lancaster land. The Parish remained with the Deanery until it was severed in 1873, and in 1953 the Church sold off the rectory. A list of all rectors since 1344 is included in the sale.
    • The house is Grade II* listed, is of special architectural interest, and is particularly noted for the fluted Doric stone pillars to either side of the front doorway. The window above, with its carved stone surround, the mellowed brickwork, boxed sash windows and stone quoins is very characteristic of this period of architecture. In the opinion of highly regarded British architectural historian and current Surveyor of the Fabric of Westminster Abbey, Ptolemy Dean, the house was almost certainly designed by the father and son architects, Smith of Warwick. The Old Rectory carries their signature design traits, and the staircase is almost identical to the magnificent staircase found in Stoneleigh Abbey, which is a known Smith of Warwick building.
    • Directions: From Lichfield take the A38 heading in a north east direction and after approximately 10 miles use the left hand lane to leave at the Branston Junction. At the roundabout at the end of the slip road take the first exit on to Branston Road and from there take the first exit at the following roundabout and the second exit at the smaller roundabout immediately after. Continue along Branston Road for just under a mile and shortly after entering Tatenhill village turn right on to Main Street at the crossroads. The Old Rectory will be on the right hand side immediately after the church.
    • EPC Exempt