A French inspired Dower House with equestrian facilities, indoor pool and land.
In a secluded corner of the renowned Chateau Impney grounds lies Ravens Crest which is accessed over a private road within the Park and through electric wrought iron gates which lead to a gravelled drive. Ravens Crest was built in 1891 and was originally called The Chalet' as the second home for Chateau Impney built by John Corbett, who was known as the Salt King', for Marie, his French mistress and later wife. She wanted a more manageable house than the Chateau so Ravens Crest was built in the Park. Marie used the raven as her mark for all houses that she lived in, hence the name. The house was built in the French renaissance style to reflect the earlier Chateau Impney.
The front door leads into an impressive, high ceilinged reception hall with arches with true gravitas. The drawing room again has high ceilings, a stone fireplace, leaded double glazed windows and an alcove for a piano and leads into a garden room.
Also off the reception hall is a family snug with wood burning stove leading to the kitchen/ breakfast room with a range of solid burred walnut and marble tops with a substantial island and a four-oven electric Aga with a companion. There is a separate Neff oven warming drawer, fitted dishwasher and space for an American fridge/freezer. In the corner of the kitchen is a useful home office.
Adjoining the kitchen is a utility room which also leads through to the garage and boot room with plenty of storage for coats, shoes and dogs as well as a downstairs shower room. Beyond the kitchen is a spacious games room with vaulted ceiling and bi-fold doors leading out onto the terrace.
A spiral staircase of great character with curved walls and a wrought iron banister leads to the bedrooms. There are five bedrooms, all served with en suite bathrooms. The master bedroom is of particular note with en suite bathroom, walk-in wardrobes and plenty of additional storage. The house is double-glazed throughout and is an exceptional family home with so much of the flair and panache of the late Victorian era.
From the reception hall a door leads to the indoor swimming pool with rubber crumb non-slip surround, shower room/ changing rooms and separate plant room with French doors leading out to one of the numerous substantial terraces which make it an ideal house for entertaining and fun throughout the year.
To the front of the house is a secluded lawn surrounded by specimen shrubs, hedges and mature trees. At the rear of the house are a number of paved, terraced areas to capture the sun at different times of the day including a rock garden and ornamental pond.
There is a stable yard with three loose boxes and a tack room and a more recently constructed three open bay garage with a further lockable workshop. Adjoining the workshop is self-contained ancillary accommodation comprising a kitchen, cloakroom and two bedrooms.
The grounds in total run to 9.1 acres of which 7.26 acres are well-maintained paddocks with a number of wonderful ancient oak trees and Scots pines and traditional post and rail fencing. The paddocks provide grazing and allow for self-sufficiency with hay or silage.
A truly unique fairy tale property.David Henderson