An elegant and substantial late Victorian house in a unique position, offering seclusion and accessibility.
Situated in one of Newbury's most sought after and prestigious
addresses, Brockwell House has excellent proportions and retains many features typical of the period, including the original oak and mahogany staircase, dado rails, heavy wooden doors, cornicing and oak floors.
These have been successfully combined with sympathetic extension and renovations to create a comfortable, spacious and modern family home.
The grand reception hall has the sweeping staircase to the first floor, original oak flooring and fireplace, it is a fitting start to this house from which all of the main reception rooms lead.
The drawing room is dual aspect facing south and west, windows take in views of the secluded grounds and French doors open to the west facing loggia, an original marble fireplace and original cornicing complete this room.
Also facing south is the formal dining room, this has double doors allowing it to be opened onto the drawing room and again an original fireplace.
At the western end of the house is the library, this room also faces south and west and overlooks the water garden. It is a particularly atmospheric room with original stone fireplace, cornicing and hardwood bookcases with a secret door to the boot room.
At the eastern edge of the house is the kitchen with a four oven cream Aga, ample storage and preparation facilities. From here there is a door to the wine cellar with racking.
The present owners added the family room and leisure complex in recent years. The family room being immediately adjacent to the kitchen, having an open fireplace, French doors to the south facing terrace, limestone flooring and a cupola allowing light to pour in, this is a super everyday room for all the family.
Leading from here is an ante room and boiler room and double doors to the leisure complex.
The leisure complex can be used at any time of the year, there is a bank of French doors to the terrace facing west allowing the whole area to be opened up in summer. a heated pool, Jacuzzi, indoor built in barbeque and bar make this a great room for parties. A changing room and shower, cloakroom and gym mean it is completely self contained from the house.
A lovely half panelled cloakroom, off the main reception hall and a separate laundry complete the ground floor.
The house extends over a further two floors. The first floor continues the theme of well-proportioned rooms and good ceiling heights.
The present owners created the master suite from three of the original bedrooms. It is entered through a small hall area, this leads to one of the dressing rooms, which has the feel of a sitting room with cast iron fireplace and inset gas fire, from this room leads the bedroom area. There is a second dressing room. Both have stylish integrated wardrobes and storage and there is an en suite bathroom. This area is separately zoned on the security system.
Two further generous double bedrooms with built in wardrobes and two further bath/shower rooms, one with Jacuzzi, complete the first floor.
A second staircase leads to the second floor from the servants staircase at the rear, this leads to three further double bedrooms, a single bedroom/TV room and shower room. This area would be lovely and exciting for younger children or as staff accommodation.
The gardens at Brockwell House are an absolute delight. They are private and secluded and enclosed with a variety of evergreen trees and shrubs. They are laid out in a formal, classical style with a south facing terrace linking all the main reception rooms with the leisure complex. From the terrace a central gravel path with stone fountain draws the eye to the far end of the garden. Further gravelled paths lead to the tennis court, vegetable gardens and basketball court.
The tennis court is grass and partially fenced and the basketball court is discretely tucked to the side of the main garden adjacent to the pool plant room. The planting scheme gives colour throughout the spring and summer and in particular the paths are lined with lavender, giving colour and scent. A water garden with waterfall near to the library is a particularly nice feature.
The main driveway is gravelled and accessed via electric wrought iron gates. The house sits well back from the road at the front and laurel hedging gives privacy. There is a double garage and gardeners WC in the garage.
In all the grounds extend to about 1.4 acres.
View payable Stamp Duty for this property
A beautiful house in a prestigious location with indoor swimming pool and lovely south facing gardens - it feels like a real party house.Liz McLean