An exquisite residential estate in a prime rural Cheshire location. Ash House in recent years has been renovated and remodelled to an exceptional standard of design and quality.
Ash House is one of the outstanding houses in Cheshire. In recent years it has been renovated and remodelled to an exceptional standard of design and quality with the creation of award winning gardens and grounds being a key feature.
The style of architecture clearly shows the evolution of the house, with the earlier parts thought to date from the 17th Century and a handsome Georgian core finished in Cheshire brick beneath a slate roof. Later wings, the most recent completed in 2015, incorporate the excellent leisure facilities. The result is best described as the complete contemporary country home.
The drive leads to parking and turning areas both at the front of the house, beneath a beautiful weeping willow and at the side adjacent to the extensive garaging. The front door sits beneath a painted portico and opens into a stunning reception hall with fitted book shelves which divides the entertaining areas into the more formal and informal parts. The centre piece of the hall is a magnificent sweeping staircase leading to a galleried landing. There are four principle reception rooms including a beautiful drawing room with a bow window with views over the garden and a stunning dining room set within an orangery which sits to one end of the symmetrically planted walled garden framing a reflective pond with fountains. A substantial cinema room links with the brandy snug, a charming room with a fireplace flanked by fitted bookshelves as a centrepiece,and the sunroom set within a modern extension has two glazed walls, a sweeping staircase to the first floor and access to a circular wine cellar via spiral stairs. At the opposite end of the house is an impressive open plan kitchen with an Aga, painted kitchen units, Sub-Zero fridges, dining and sitting areas. A door leads to a study and at the opposite end top laundry and boot rooms.
The exceptional leisure facilities are a key part of the property and sit in wings at either end of the house. They include a stone lined indoor pool with an adjoining hot tub, a shower/steam room and changing facilities. In addition there is a large gym and a superb first floor games room with a bar.
Otherwise the first floor is arranged as a series of hugely impressive bedroom suites plus a 5th bedroom. The excellent principal suite has twin dressing rooms and access to a balcony overlooking the gardens.
Domestic offices with fitted storage are accessed via stairs from a lobby beside the gym.
Outside there is an Astroturf tennis court and a comprehensive range of domestic outbuildings include extensive garaging, a tractor store, a gardeners room and storage. There is a helipad for those wishing to travel by air. The grounds are of particular note, having largely been designed and created in 2014/15, gaining the architect the Northern Designer of the Year Award in 2015. The gardens are framed by well maintained, gently undulating parkland, providing a wonderful backdrop to the superb gardens. These are arranged in a series of rooms, each with spectacular specimen trees and plants. The gardens have numerous sitting and dining areas and the centrepiece of an incredible reflective pond flanked by a series of fountains. Beyond is a charming kitchen garden with a large greenhouse.
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One of my most favorite moments, as an estate agent, as we whizzed around the amazing grounds of this fabulous property in the buggy.Rebecca Postles