A fine Grade II listed Regency House set in magnificent parkland and woodland
Wood House is a fine Grade II listed country house of notable importance built in the Regency Gothic style. The house has a white stuccoed brick façade beneath a hipped slate roof and distinctive arched windows. There are Gothic glazing bar sash windows and hood moulds to the ground floor windows. Internally many of the original period features have been retained including ornate cornicing, central ceiling roses, fireplaces, original working shutters and a distinctive principal stairs. Wood House provides versatile living accommodation with well proportioned rooms and high ceilings. All the rooms have large window openings providing beautiful views across the gardens and parklands whilst allowing light to flood in.
The accommodation briefly comprises an elegant and welcoming hall with doors to the principal reception rooms. The dining room is an intimate yet dramatic room with windows to the front and side and a wonderful fireplace. The drawing room and sitting room are equally impressive with wonderful proportions, handsome fireplaces and gothic sash windows framing views across the gardens and parkland.
The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with a comprehensive range of base and wall units and a large island unit with oven, induction hob, sink and butcher's block. A particular feature is the magnificent four oven Aga. Scope exists to extend into the adjoining laundry to create a spectacular kitchen/breakfast/family room. A boot room, which is essential for rural family life, adjoins the laundry.
An elegant staircase leads to the first floor bedroom accommodation. The principal bedroom suite comprises a superb bedroom leading to a well fitted dressing room and beautifully appointed bathroom. There are five excellent bedrooms on the first floor, three en suite, and a family bathroom. The Vernon Room, used as a morning room or reading room and named after a reputable predecessor, is located on the first floor to benefit from the morning sunlight and to escape busy family life! On the second floor are four bedrooms.
To the east of the property is the former stable yard and coach house, which offer ample storage space for machinery and the general equipment required for the maintenance of the gardens and grounds. There is plenty of scope for additional accommodation of varying types, which of course will be subject to the necessary consents.
Wood House stands in private gardens mainly laid to lawn and surrounded by white painted iron railings. A pair of elegant white metal gates open to a gravel drive which runs along the front elevation of the house and on to the former stable block/garaging. The formal gardens to the front are principally laid to lawn with beautifully maintained yew hedges, well stocked beds and specimen ornamental trees.
A formal garden lies to the rear of the property comprising paving, box hedging, topiary shrubs, an ornamental pond with fountain and an elegant gazebo.
To the east of the property is a large walled, former kitchen garden with espaliered fruit trees, herbaceous borders, lawns and a productive vegetable area. Adjacent to the walled garden, to the north, is an orchard and a range of glasshouses and coldframes.
Wood House stands within stunning historic parkland interspersed with mature hardwoods and extends to about 45 acres. An avenue of oaks links the house and parkland to the woodland and lakes to the north east with the grove woodland gardens accessed on the south east. The woods and lakes extend to about 100 acres and together with the parkland provide a majestic backdrop to Wood House. The woods, which are of exceptional historical and ecological importance, are designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in view of the presence of a rare indigenous small-leaved lime coppice. There are also a number of magnificent oaks, some of which were used for the panelling of the rebuilt House of Commons after the second World War. In April and May the woodlands are thickly carpeted with bluebells. The woodland is serviced by many estate tracks and is dominated by interconnected spring fed lakes which are stocked with tench, carp and other coarse fish.
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In my opinion this is one of the best houses to come onto the country market in a long time. The house is so pretty and the parkland is breathtaking. Stunning!David Henderson