A fine three bedroom apartment with private terrace occupying the ground floor of the south west wing retaining an array of period features.
The Porchester Suite is believed to be the original Library and reading closet' which offers views across the south west parkland and embodies the ambience of a historic home whilst providing modern amenities.
Bretby Hall is thought to be built between 1812 and 1834 and was once a second home to the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, whose principal residence at the time was Highclere Castle (also known as Downton Abbey). Following its later use as an orthopaedic hospital, the hall was converted into apartments in the early 2000's. The 5th Earl of Carnarvon was styled Lord Porchester (derivation of the name for the apartment) until 1890 and was renowned for financing Howard Carter's Egyptian excavation including that of Tutankhamun's tomb.
This particular apartment occupies the ground floor of the south west wing, extending to 2800sqft of living accommodation and boasts an array of period features such as high ceilings, cast iron radiators, listed ceiling mouldings, gothic style windows, window shutters and historical fireplaces.
Entry from the private terrace leads into a hugely impressive reception room, displaying a stunning ornate ceiling, floor to ceiling arch windows overlooking parkland with restored timber window shutters, decorative wall panelling, original wood flooring and a marble fireplace with granite hearth and an inset electric fire.
Double doors lead from the reception/lounge diner into an attractive breakfast kitchen, incorporating a range of solid oak base and wall units with granite work surfaces, underfloor heating and a collection of appliances to include an Aga range style oven with a 5 burner gas hob and extractor above, two Miele washer dryers and an integral dishwasher. Space and plumbing is also provided for an American style fridge freezer.
An oak and glass staircase ascends from the reception/ lounge diner to a mezzanine sitting room which gives an up close view of the impressive ceiling mouldings, bookshelves and offers a versatile space.
The bedroom accommodation is set off an internal hallway which is accessible via both the reception/ lounge diner and a separate entrance into the apartment from the external archway. The spacious principal bedroom suite is set to the end of the hallway and benefits a three piece en suite bathroom, separated from the bedroom via a glass partition. Bedroom two, across the hallway from the master bedroom also holds a three piece en suite bathroom with a shower over the bath. Bedroom three is a good sized double bedroom which neighbours the contemporary family bathroom, fitted with a WC & wash hand basin vanity combination unit, a chrome heated towel rail, under floor heating and a large walk-in shower enclosure with a rainfall shower head.
The Porchester Suite is one of only a few properties within Bretby Hall to benefit private outside space which overlooks the parkland and is predominantly made up of a patio area with topiary boarded planters.
The Hall residents benefit from shared use of communal grounds including parkland, which are well maintained.
There are two single garages owned by the apartment, both with internal power and lighting, in addition to private courtyard parking for two vehicles via the electrically operated gates. In addition parking is also offered in front of each garage.
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A truly unique opportunity to acquire an impressive ground floor apartment within the historic Bretby Hall.Luke BillsonProperty agent