Spectacular Grade II* Queen Anne Country House owned by one family since 1850, with exquisite gardens, deer park, 36 acres, 7 flats and 2 cottages
Wick Hall is secreted away down a long drive and sits in an oasis of stunning gardens and parkland. Not only is the estate coming to the market after being owned by only two families in 282 years, it also offers an extremely rare combination of proximity to town with the utter peace and seclusion of a rural idyll.
The front door of the original Queen Anne house opens into a large and elegant hallway, with high ceilings, stone flagged floor and original William Morris wallpaper. The sitting room, dining room, kitchen and snug each inhabit a dual-aspect corner of the ground floor.
The central hallway continues past the conservatory and greenhouse to the grand nineteenth century additions of library and drawing room. Both rooms boast elaborately carved oak decoration and panelling dating from the 1600s, most of which was rescued from Oxford University's Exeter Chapel prior to its demolition. The original pulpit is incorporated into the library's splendid entrance. The library's height and leaded windows, along with the monumental fire surround, all contribute to this astonishing room.
The drawing room is equally dramatic in scale and architecture, with, among other things, three enormous 18-pane Georgian sash windows, high Jacobean panelling and a wooden fireplace featuring Flemish carvings of musical instruments.
The room has two majestic fireplaces and is separated at the far end as a chancel would be from the main congregation in a church.
Original architectural and design details abound throughout the house including bolection-moulded panelling, stone-flagged floors, Delft tile lined fireplaces, eighteenth century grates, detailed cornicing and wooden shutters.
The pleasing staircase with its wide, low riser treads and barley-sugar balusters pauses on a half-landing overlooked by a stunning stained glass window. On the first floor, three light-filled bedrooms open off the spacious landing. The main bedroom has a cloakroom and fitted wardrobes. A further bedroom suite has two large bedrooms, a bathroom and a laundry room.
The top floor of the main house, 70 years ago the kingdom of the children and their nannies, is currently a spacious three bedroom flat, with spectacular views over the grounds in all four directions. It can easily be returned to the main house to create more bedrooms and space for family living.
Similarly, all the flats could be reincorporated into the main house to create one large and splendid country residence with the possiblity of 14 ensuite bedrooms t(subject to the necessary permissions).
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Fabulous opportunity to restore a Queen Anne House to its former grandeurEd Sugden