Small country estate with exceptional leisure facilities and ancillary accommodation set in glorious landscaped gardens and grounds.
Costells is an impressive small country estate, set in around 35 acres of land, and offering a spacious family home with an exceptional range of leisure facilities and ancillary accommodation. At its heart is the main residence, which was converted from a barn at the turn of the twentieth century, extended during the 1970s, and was the subject of a comprehensive renovation programme undertaken in
2007 by the current owners.
Today, Costells is a superb example of a fine English country house, in which classic features such as exposed beams, wood floors, wood panelled walls, lattice casement windows and generously proportioned accommodation are successfully combined with contemporary fittings to create a home with a charming period feel that meets the expectations of modern family life.
The floorplans give an excellent overview of the full extent and layout of the beautifully presented 5,035 sq ft of accommodation.
Lying to the west of Costells, beyond the garaging, is a two bedroom brick built and weather boarded cottage providing ancillary accommodation, briefly comprising: open plan kitchen/living, two bedrooms, shower room, bathroom and private garden.
The Old Stables
Situated between Costells and Silver Birches, The Old Stables is a part brick/ part weatherboarded single storey outbuilding which houses the triple garaging, the gym and wet room, the workshop and machinery store, the gardener's WC and the woodstore.
The Pool House
Situated next to the outdoor heated swimming pool and the tennis court, The Pool House has a wonderful loggia with ample space for seating and tables creating a most excellent space for entertaining; inside the Pool House is a delightful sitting room with kitchen facilities, together with changing rooms, shower, WC, and the pool machinery room.
To the north of Costells are the equestrian facilities, which briefly comprise: four stables, haybarn, workshop and tack room, with direct access to the 7.75 acres of fully enclosed paddocks. These facilities have their own entrance from the drive and could be suitable for letting.
Gardens & Grounds
Costells is approached via a five bar gate which provides access to the driveway. The driveway runs between the paddocks and gardens to an attractive parking circle bordered by pleached lime trees, before continuing past the house to an additional parking area and garaging.
The estate is divided into distinct sections; immediately surrounding Costells and its outbuildings are about four acres of exquisitely landscaped gardens. These are a stunning feature of the property, and careful consideration has been given to how the outdoor spaces connect with the buildings they complement.
To the front is a pretty parterre garden, with a stone flagged path leading to the front door; to the west lies an orchard with abundant fruit trees. To the rear and adjacent to the house is a beautiful walled garden, and a south-facing rear terrace beyond which the formal lawn stretches away to the south.
Beyond the walled garden is the sun-terrace, which faces south east; moving away from the house, towards the tennis court and pool house, the remainder of the garden is more relaxed, and mainly laid to lawn with grass pathways, dramatically planted at various points with well-stocked herbaceous beds. A bog-garden with a decking path winding through it provides interest on the site of the old pond. The outlying areas of the garden have been planted as
a wild flower meadow, and the gardens are enclosed by stock and post and rail fencing, with thick hedging to the front and mature trees planted along the boundary to the rear, creating privacy.
The equestrian facilities, described above, lie to the north of the main drive. The major portion of woodland is to the west of the paddocks, and stretches to the north west; there are two smaller parcels of woodland lying to the east of the paddocks and the gardens.
In all, the estate extends to about 35 acres.
There is a public footpath running along the driveway and track, between the gardens and the paddock.
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