Superb country house in delightful, mature, part wooded grounds with studios, coach house, tennis court, former golf course and Grade II listed barn for conversion.
Underwood Hall forms part of a larger Estate which has been in the same family ownership for over 100 years. Approached via dual driveways from a quiet lane, the property sits in an elevated, rural location on the outskirts of the village of Westley Waterless. The position is quite remarkable. One is immediately struck by the quiet, yet its location provides convenient access to the A11 (M11), Cambridge and more locally Linton and Saffron Walden. Of rendered elevations beneath a slate roof, the original property (then known by the family as The Cottage) is thought to have been Victorian. It has been considerably extended in various phases over the last six decades or so and now provides an incredibly rare opportunity for someone to buy an elegant and versatile, spacious country house nestled within its mature gardens and grounds, all with further potential. Returning for a moment to the additions, in the 1970s the house was extended on both sides, but to a greater extent on the right, vastly increasing the square footage here over two floors and incorporates a stunning, beautifully proportioned drawing room, two studies on the ground floor and the principal suite above with bathroom, shower room and two dressing rooms. In addition, a porch was added to the front elevation, at another stage, a children's wing was created to the rear and latterly a purpose built shoot/games room was built and linked to the rear of the house with cloaks areas and bar. Delightful features throughout include panelled doors, deep skirtings, architraves, cornicing, sash windows and a variety of open fireplaces (marble, painted and a particularly impressive carved wooden surround in the games/billiard room).
The accommodation flows beautifully from the panelled front door with its fanlight directly to a porch, glazed on two sides and into the spacious reception hall with a pleasing view straight ahead to the rear of the house and courtyard beyond. Here there is a fireplace with painted surround and marble inserts and double doors to both the dining room (left) and drawing room. This is such an elegant room with a wonderfully high ceiling and deep sash windows (one of which appears to be a window but is a door) overlooking the gardens. The proportions are stunning with a central marble fireplace, arched display niches and secret doors either side of the fireplace to the double aspect library (or second study) with fitted bookshelves and a mirrored recess (right) and to the study (left). This also provides access to the external glass elevator to the upper floor and connects to the sitting room with two deep shelved cupboards and access back to the staircase hall. The elegant dining room overlooks the drive and grounds to the front and is fitted with a variety of bookcases and at the far end leads straight into the kitchen/breakfast room which is fitted with an extensive range of painted cabinetry including glazed display cupboards. Here there are marble worktops, an island (incorporating a Belling warming oven, wine storage and wide drawers), a larder, breakfast area and variety of appliances including a Neff Induction hob, Beaumatic wide oven, Neff oven, grill and warming drawer. The inner hall is tiled and split level, the lower area providing rear, everyday access to the rear courtyard area and drive beyond. A useful utility/ laundry room is accessed from here with flower room beyond and internal access to one of the garages. The rear wing was added in the 1980s and incorporates a superb partially vaulted games/billiard room at the far end which incredibly has four aspects. There is a tall fireplace with carved wooden surround, fitted shelving and access to the former pool. Cloakrooms and a bar/store area complete the ground floor accommodation.
On the first floor, the principal suite of superb double aspect bedroom with wonderful garden views, en suite bathroom, shower area and two dressing rooms (one of which links to the glass elevator) are directly above the drawing room/library/study and this suite of rooms connect to the earlier part of the house via a sitting/study area. There are three more bedrooms at the front of the house, one having an en suite bathroom and dressing room and to the rear of the landing is a family bathroom. Another bedroom suite is situated to the rear with access beyond to the side wing of two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a separate cloakroom. From the main landing, there is access to the upper floor with a twin room and smaller bedroom with en suite (no longer used). A wine cellar is accessed beneath the main staircase.
Tucked away beyond a mature belt of trees is a spectacular detached Grade II Listed timber framed barn, sitting within approx 1.6 acres. Please see the brochure for further details.
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I was so surprised to find this amazing country house in such an incredible quiet yet convenient rural location. I love the grandeur and splendid proportions of the main reception rooms. The drawing room and principal bedroom suite are particularly special and the phenomenal amount of flexibility on offer here with an array of flexible outbuildings and former golf course, what a special treatLucy BanksProperty agent