Superbly positioned Edwardian country house with exceptional river views and wooded grounds. About 26 acres
An Edwardian mansion, Alresford Grange was constructed in 1910/11 and is representative of this architectural period. Principally constructed from brick under a peg tiled roof, the external elevations are enhanced by rendering and exposed timbers. Orientated to take full advantage of its exceptional elevated position, virtually all the rooms face south or west overlooking the formal gardens, woodlands and down to the water.
Internally, the quality of the original construction is exemplified by the use of oak for virtually all internal and external exposed joinery. Of particular merit is the reception hall and the main reception rooms being the drawing room, sitting room and dining room. The drawing room leads to the garden room which opens onto a particularly large terrace; this extends to most of the southern elevation of the house taking full advantage of the views.
The property is finished to a high standard throughout offering a house with versatile living space encompassed within a practical, period house. The current owners attention to detail extends through the house including an Aga kitchen with Gaggenau, Miele, Liebherr appliances, gold leaf detailing within the house, mosaic tiling in the cloakroom, garden room and bathrooms and under floor heating in the garden room, master and guest suite bathrooms.
There are three staircases to the first floor and the majority of the rooms on the first floor over look the estuary. Part of the house could readily be converted to make a fully self-contained integral flat. The cinema/sitting room is wired with an entertainment system. The property also benefits from oil central heating, secondary glazing, an alarm and security lighting.
Alresford Grange is approached through electric gates, passing the Lodge Cottage (which is also available separately) and continuing along a tree lined drive. The drive which is about 150 yards long curves up to the front of the house with parkland fencing. Beyond the mown verges to the west there is a woodland strip and to the east a fenced field. The drive leads to a courtyard at the front of the house. The main drive passes between 2 red pillars topped by coach lamps and enters a wide parking sweep enclosed and sheltered by red brick walls and the house.
There are a range of outbuildings including the coach house with stabling, garaging, adjacent to which lies a squash court with sprung floor and viewing platform, currently used for storage. Along the southern elevation of the house is a wide stoned terrace surrounded by low brick walls with decorative
arches. The elevations are centred by the garden room flanked on either side by flower and rose beds. In the centre of the terrace is a sun dial. Two sets of matching steps leads down to the sweeping lawns and flower beds beyond.
The gardens lie principally to the south and west of the house. A path is set between mown verges and flower beds across the sloping lawns and continues onto a path flanked by tall firs.
The informal gardens slope steeply down to the south and west towards the Colne Estuary with ornamental trees and grasses near the ponds at the bottom. To either side there are many trees, woodland and banks of rhododendrons, again divided by mown walks. The majority of the walks culminate in a sitting area above the foreshore from which the grounds slope steeply down to the estuary with about 350 yards of river frontage.
To the east paths meander through camellia and rhododendron plantings to the wood. There is a very wide track running along the easternmost boundary, part of which divides the paddock with a small fir copse from the gardens. There are mature trees throughout the garden, predominantly oak, beech, laburnum, cherry, pear, silver birch, ash, Scots pine and eucalyptus. In the spring there are an abundance of blue bells throughout the woods.
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One of the most striking locations overlooking the Colne Estuary.Tom Orford