Elegant early Victorian family home with beautiful southerly views.
Believed to date from around 1835, Swallowfield is an imposing and elegant country house benefiting from southerly views over its own land. The house is very attractive with elements from both late Georgian and early Victorian architecture: a steeply pitched roof with striking gables is softened by mellow stone façade; internally, generously-proportioned rooms with some beautiful wood block flooring, high ceilings and elegant plasterwork are filled with natural light from large, full height windows.
The accommodation in the main house is arranged over four floors (including the cellar), extending to an impressive 10,484 square feet, its generous proportions ideal for entertaining on a grand scale. Formal reception rooms include a double drawing room with French doors opening to the classically-inspired orangery, a dining room and a sizeable billiard room with bar; a comfortable family room is ideally placed off the beautifully appointed kitchen. Steps descend from the hall to the lower ground floor, where there is a large stainless-steel catering kitchen, games room and cellar store.
There are eight bedrooms on the first floor, including five suites, two with access to a large roof top balcony with superb south-facing views. The three remaining bedrooms are served by a family bathroom. The second floor comprises a large and versatile room, currently used as an additional games/play room, together with a further bedroom, dressing room and store room.
The accommodation in the main house is complemented by an excellent staff/guest flat over the garaging, comprising a ground floor cloakroom, a spacious vaulted sitting room, well-appointed modern kitchen, 3 bedrooms and a bathroom.
Swallowfield is set in beautifully tended gardens and grounds, largely extending away from the house to the south affording some lovely views over its own land. The house is approached via a sweeping driveway which forks ahead of the house leading to both a gravel parking area to the front of the property and to the stable yard, off which lies the extensive garaging and stables. There is a secondary driveway passing south west through the grounds to Brighton Road.
A stone terrace with a covered outside kitchen extends across the southern elevation, from which steps descend to an expanse of lawn and the tennis court beyond; the red brick walled garden lies to the north east of the house. The remainder of the land is mainly parkland, with a band of woodland forming the southern boundary. In all, about 70.7 acres.
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