Contemporary elegance in a rural setting
Newton House's strikingly elegant architecture combines contemporary comfort with aspects of Arts and Crafts style. The tile hung roof, built using the traditional method, gothic shaped windows with tracery detail and jettied first floor construction all hint at the careful design that serves to harmonise this modern masterpiece with its surroundings. Newton House is accessed through large wrought iron, electronic gates. There is a sweeping graveled drive, comfortably accommodating up to six cars, surrounded by flourishing ornamental borders. A separate drive branches off the main, providing access to the staff flat, triple garage, stabling, machinery barn and further parking space.
The house, which was designed and built for the current owners, was finished in 2008. It stands on the former site of a 20th century farmhouse, which has been replaced in its entirety.
Inside, the reception hall is an impressive welcome to Newton House with its sweeping, central, art deco style staircase, that draws the eye up to the first floor ceiling, and its oak floor. From the hall there are doors to the downstairs cloakroom, double drawing room, dining room and bespoke kitchen, by Halstock's. The drawing room is wonderfully light, on account of the large, south east facing bay window. View's offer lovely vistas over the landscaped gardens and beyond into rolling countryside. Throughout the ground floor there is underfloor heating and an integrated sound system.
The 4 bedrooms on the first floor are exquisitely designed for comfort and convenience and are presented to the highest standard. Each bedroom benefits from an en suite bath or shower room and has substantial storage in the form of either a dressing room or walk-in wardrobe(s). The interior design gives each bedroom its own distinct character. The principal suite, with his and hers, one with a bath and the other with a shower, is particularly impressive. The large double bedroom has French doors that lead on to a stone balcony with iron railings, overlooking the garden.
On the second floor landing there is a pretty window seat with views for as far as the eye can see. This floor is the ideal space for guests or children. On one side of the landing there is a cloakroom, linen store/laundry room, cinema room with air conditioning, B&W speakers and a fitted cinema system, and a games room. On the other side of the landing is a kitchenette with a shelf and plugs for microwave and kettle, ideal for guests to use, another linen cupboard, automatically lit, with loft hatch, and two further bedroom suites.
As much attention to design and detail has been applied to the landscaping of the grounds as it has to the house, by Chelsea Flower Show award winning garden designer Sarah Eberle. The curved layout of the beds and lawns works sympathetically with the topography of the surrounding landscape and draws the eye subconsciously to the views. It is worth noting that most of the garden is serviced by an irrigation system. The orchard boasts a variety of fruit trees including apples and pears. The tennis court occupies a sheltered spot to the south west of the house, benefitting from the protection of the large mature trees running along the boundary of the property beyond.
Adjacent to Newton House is a substantial barn style building with a tiled roof and attractive waney edge oak panelling. This houses the outstanding leisure complex, office and 2 bedroom staff flat.
The stableyard has 4 loose boxes and is opposite an isolation paddock, which connects to the adjacent field. There is a separate hay barn/machinery store and a screened area, which houses the oil tanks, back up generator, wood store and the Serena water tanks.
Newton House offers a rare combination of contemporary comfort, luxury leisure facilities and outstanding rural views. It is a house that has to be seen to be fully appreciated.Theo James-Wright