An exceptional Queen Anne-style country house, set in grounds of 6 acres, together with excellent leisure facilities, just 1.6 miles from Stonegate mainline station.
Designed by renowned local architect Stephen Langer, this elegant and traditionally-built contemporary home is situated in an elevated position with far-reaching views and a southerly aspect.
Inspired by the classic Queen Anne style of architecture, this exceptional country house has been built to a high specification with great attention to detail. High ceilings and large picture windows maximise the natural light and quality fixtures and fittings have been carefully selected in keeping with the historical style.
On entering the property, the superb reception hall with its polished marble floor immediately makes a statement, with a view through the heart of the house to countryside beyond. An oak balustrade staircase spirals up to the upper floors, with galleried landings and a high atrium ceiling. Further points of note include:
Attractive features include warm mellow brick work, decorative architraves, traditionally made sash windows, oak flooring, bespoke oak fittings including hand made doors, hand crafted Chesney fireplaces and slate and Italian marble tile flooring with under flooring heating in the main living areas. There is a remote controlled SONOS surround sound system to the majority of the house.
The two principal reception rooms comprise a formal drawing room with a high barrelled ceiling, a carved marble fireplace and triple doors out to the garden and a dining room with oak flooring and a marble fireplace.
The study is fitted with full-height oak book shelves and a carved marble fireplace and the family room has contemporary American walnut fitted cupboards with leather fixtures, incorporating storage for media systems, and featuring a stone fireplace.
The traditional double aspect Morning Room on the south side has a carved marble fireplace and views over the terrace to the valley beyond.
A formal cloakroom has a curved oak door, and there is a further cloakroom with a shower.
The bespoke oak-fitted family kitchen/breakfast room opens out to the garden, has a slate flagstone floor, under floor heating, cupboards, granite work tops and an oil-fired Aga. Integrated Miele appliances include a dishwasher, twin fridge/freezers, an electric oven and a hob. There is a walk-in larder on the north side, and a separate utility room with space for white goods. A substantial wine cellar below is fitted with brick storage cubicles.
Six excellent double bedrooms (three with dressing rooms) and five bath/shower rooms are arranged over the first and second floors around the central light-filled galleried landings. A magnificent master suite spans the two levels, with the principal bedroom enjoying a panoramic view from the first floor, and an adjacent wet room. A fitted dressing area and an impressive Porcelanosa bathroom lie above, accessed via a private staircase from the first floor.
The exceptional recreational facilities lie alongside the main house, easily accessible from the utility area and the garages The 37'5 first floor games room would be ideal for use as a self-contained suite, as the store room on the same level has plumbing in place to create an additional bathroom.
Below is a glazed walk way enjoying a lovely outlook over a long pond, with a wisteria covered pergola, and to the gardens, giving access to a light and spacious swimming pool complex, with big arched windows. The 39'4 heated pool has an electric retractable cover, with a Jacuzzi alongside, all served by a Heat Star environmental system. Doors open out to the terrace which spans the South side, ideal for summer entertaining and enjoyment of the gardens.
Gardens and Grounds:
The house commands an elevated position with a superb backdrop of about six acres of well stocked gardens which stretch down to the South West. A large area of level lawn merges into a pretty wild flower meadow and an orchard to the rear boundary, with several other distinctly individual rooms creating a relaxing and picturesque environment.
An all weather tennis court is located to the East of the swimming pool complex, together with a delightful South African-style Braai/barbeque house, offering wonderful scope for families and entertaining. Further areas of the garden include:
A delightful tucked-away corner on the East side of the garden, comprising sandstone rocks and crevices with a water course and an Azalea walk, with borders of spring flowers, including cyclamen, hellebores and bluebells.
A sheltered part-walled parterre-style rose garden is situated close to the rockery.
This traditional-style kitchen garden was created at the same time as the house and laid out in a parterre style. Comprising several raised beds, including asparagus, with gravel walkways in between, espaliered fruit trees to several walls and a substantial greenhouse with cold frames alongside. The walled garden provides a sheltered oasis for the keenest of gardeners.
An enclosed oak framed wired fruit cage, together with a two bay oak framed garage for garden machinery and storage is sited beyond the walled garden. A further gardener's workshop and w.c. with machinery storage can be found on the boundary above the walled garden.
In keeping with the style of the house, a coach house-style garage block, with a courtyard, forms an attractive approach, lying to the side of the property and comprising 3 garages, one integral to the main house.
At the top of the drive, there is a useful area of hard standing, ideal for overflow parking space.
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A stunning Queen Anne-style house designed by Stephen Langer with a wonderful walled garden and an indoor pool.Robert Jacobs