An exquisite Queen Anne country house with a long and distinguished artistic heritage.
Reddish house is an exquisite example of the English country house. Constructed of mellow red brick under a clay tile roof it exhibits a number of classical features including two Corinthian pilasters carrying a pediment and entablature over the front door and a bust (reputed to be of Charles II) and angle quoins.
There is a rich historical archive, curated by Sir Cecil Beaton, perhaps Reddish House's most illustrious occupant. The deeds relating to the house between 1599 and 1823 survive complete and from the abstracts made by the county archivist it is possible to trace the outline of the properties descent over a period of about 380 years. The house was largely rebuilt between 1717 - 1720 by Jeremiah Cray, Clothier and John Coombs a Mercer
In the 1930's it was the home of the parents of British artist Christopher Wood, recognised now as one of our leading 20th century artists. It has twice featured in editorial pages of Country Life, firstly in 1957 and the garden most recently in 2019.
A spacious and light filled entrance reception hall with working fireplace (working shutters are a feature throughout many of the rooms)and marble Italianate columns gives an impressive first impression. A sitting room/study is situated to the right with working fireplace.
The kitchen is fully fitted with a four door oil fired Aga, Miele four ring conductor hob and double oven, sub zero fridge freezer.
The Carriage room works very well either as a library, home office, media room or further bedroom.
A shallow rising staircase from the ground floor reveals a mezzanine floor with a spacious library/landing which in turn leads to the large drawing room. This beautiful room has been extended and enhanced with a gently curved wall and pillars. Working fireplace.
The conservatory/winter garden leads off the drawing room back into the dining room which is also close to a Butlers pantry with dumb waiter.
A bedroom and bathroom is also on this floor.
First floor pricipal bedroom suite with large bathroom and dressing room. A staircase leads to the attic floor which could be used as an occasional bedroom and has a bathroom situated in the original cock fighting cages.
Formerly two cottages which have been sympathetically restored to allow for single or multiple occupation. Currently arranged with kitchen drawing room and dining room with four bedroom suites large utility snug gym and excellent storage
Garden and Grounds
The nearly 6 acres of grounds and gardens at Reddish present a romantic garden in the classic English style combining expansive lawns and ancient trees with a variety of sheltered walled garden rooms.
The house is framed by ancient yews to create in a cloud fashion a screen for the garden. Along with a thatched cob chalk wall this makes for a very private and sheltered space.
The topography of the grounds means from the highest point there is a fine prospect over the house towards the next valley and downs beyond. The steeper parts of the grounds offer a fantastic background to an array of bulbs in spring and grasses in summer.
To the west of the cottages in the most sheltered corner is a rose and peony garden originally planted by Cecil Beaton along with a large greenhouse and kitchen garden. The fruit cages protect any number of berries including white and red currents, pink and green gooseberries, raspberries and strawberries. There is also an incredibly productive and much admired asparagus bed.
The garden affords any number of quiet seating areas giving different perspectives of the house and garden be it from one of the terraces by the house or cottages to the summer pavilion for evening drinks.
In 1971 the meadow in front of the house was re-created as a water garden. This Elysian field with meandering walks is an enchanting spot as well as being an adventure playground for children along with a summer house that would lend itself very well to summer lunches or dinners.
Without question one of the most beautiful houses in England with all the benefits of village life and all the privacy of a somewhere more isolated, in short the best of all worldsLindsay Cuthill