Exceptionally presented property forming the majority of this striking Grade II listed Gothic style mansion, set within beautiful gardens & grounds and with far reaching southerly views.
Lewins forms the major portion of this striking Grade II Listed Gothic style Victorian mansion dating from the mid 1870s and retains many original features. The property has been the subject of complete refurbishment, upgrading and reconfiguration to an exceptionally high standard by the present owners, who have enhanced the elaborate architecture beautifully. Features include elegant reception rooms with high ceilings, attractive open marble fireplaces, wooden flooring, decorative cornice including egg & dart' and dentil', brass finger plates, picture rails and plate racks, sash and multi pane casement windows with discreet secondary glazing by Storm Windows. Of particular note is the impressive Great Hall featuring cornice and moulded ceilings and Ionic pillars. The house is set on an elevated position in established gardens and grounds, enjoying superb far reaching southerly views.
An attractive pitched roofed porch leads to the entrance hall with a fireplace and an outlook to the front.
The principal reception rooms provide elegant and generously proportioned areas for entertaining and enjoy wonderful views over the gardens. The drawing room is double aspect with bay windows and an elegant fireplace. The Great Hall features exceptional architecture with stairs rising to a galleried landing. A stained-glass door leads to the heated garden room, which provides a charming seating area to admire the views, as does the double aspect library.
The bespoke kitchen/breakfast room has been sympathetically appointed to enhance the architectural details in the room which include an attractive carved fireplace, deep multi-pane windows to the side with window seats and an arched recess with a door to a terrace. The kitchen comprises an impressive central island incorporating, a sink and a tall wall unit to one wall, both providing ample storage and with integrated appliances by Miele and Fisher Paykel.
Adjoining the kitchen is a butler's pantry with a deep sink, further storage, and a roof light. This room links to the Great Hall and the wine cellar.
Completing this floor is a study, utility room and cloakroom.
The half landing features a sitting area with a view over the great hall and stairs lead on to the main landing.
The bedroom accommodation comprises five double bedrooms all with beautiful views over the gardens. There are stylishly appointed modern en-suites or adjoining bath/shower rooms to each bedroom, together with a dressing room serving the principal suite. The guest bedroom also has access to a private balcony affording superb views to the south.
The house is approached via electrically operated gates over a gravel drive which provides parking to the front of the house and in turn leads to the large detached garage. The garage is a substantial building with an electric up and over door, a Bradleys four post wheel free hydraulic car lift, storage cupboards, a sink and separate W.C. Stairs rise to a generous studio room with a fully working J W Benson Turret clock striking the hour and half hour, which drives two clock faces housed in the cupola above, complete with large Mears & Stainbank cast bronze bell dated 1873.
The superb gardens and grounds provide a wonderful backdrop to the house with formal gardens featuring an ornamental pond with water fountain, rose gardens, paved terraces ideal for al fresco entertaining, a laburnum walk, lily pond, deep well stocked herbaceous borders, stone retaining walls, shrub beds, swathes of lawn and a large naturally fed pond. There is a wide variety of plants throughout the gardens including some fruit trees and a stand of deciduous trees under planted with spring flowers and bulbs. Within the garden is an outbuilding providing useful storage plus greenhouse.
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This property has some of the most exquisite architecture I've ever seen and stunning views to boot!David Johnston