Contemporary meets period living.
Apley Park was built by John Webb for Thomas Whitmore in 1811. Webb was a successful landscape gardener who turned to architecture late in life and the mansion was designed to match the grandeur of its setting. Built primarily of Grinshill ashlar in a Gothic style, with the exterior featuring battlemented parapets and mullioned windows. The earliest part of the house, a six bay three storey north wing, was incorporated into the Gothic mansion. Apley is detailed at length by Professor Pevsner's Buildings of England stating that Webb took his cue from Ashridge, Hertfordshire, Sheffield Park, Sussex and Sandleford Priory, Berkshire.
The Garden House is an exceptional property of great elegance and stature. It has recently completed a refurbishment to the highest standard. The house beautifully combines period living with modern convenience with gorgeous panoramic views, enjoyed from both inside the property and outside.
The Garden House offers light and gracious accommodation for everyday, contemporary living and entertaining. High moulded ceilings, part panelled walls, attractive fireplaces and polished oak, marble tiles and parquet floors, with some rooms benefitting from electric underfloor heating. A beautifully fitted kitchen with an abundance of storage, in addition to the useful pantry/store room, houses Miele and Siemen appliances with direct access off into the attractive sitting room with doors leading to the garden patio/entertainment area. The luxurious bath and shower rooms compliment the elegant bedrooms.
The current large office room, found on the top floor, provides a great environment for home working. The drawing room, formerly the billiard room, with a shuttered large bay window framing the glorious views is complimented by a stunning commissioned maple leaf cascading chandelier and matching large art wall light panel bringing the outside into The Garden House. The adjoining splendid garden room forms part of the original immense orangery and is perfect for both alfresco and formal dining.
The main staircase has a half landing off where a private adjoining connecting door can be found providing access to the decommissioned indoor swimming pool and active shared gym. A second ground floor entrance door also leads up to the first and second floors, which can be separated via a door from the two bedrooms found off the first floor landing, offering flexible family living.
The house has a south facing terrace with a recently completed landscaped private garden offering both a fabulous relaxing and entertaining space. The well stocked borders meet the end garden wall with three beautiful extra-large lavender plant boxes. Over the wall you will find the vineyard directly below and 16 acres of communal garden and grounds with its stunning backdrop. The outer courtyard provides two designated parking spots with extra guest spaces available. The gated large cellar and separate garage can be found within the outer courtyard areas. The Garden House front door is accessed from a pretty Italian feel inner courtyard.
Brochure prepared 2022/08 BTJ
Photographs taken 2022/08
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This house is sheer perfection!Tony Morris-Eyton