AN IMPORTANT GRADE II* QUEEN ANNE / GEORGIAN COUNTRY HOUSE SET IN WONDERFUL PARKLAND.
Oakley Hall is a house of significant importance, being listed Grade II* and built for Sir John Chetwode Bart in 1710 to replace the older manor house. Beautifully proportioned, the house was built in a classical style with two differing facades overlooking the lake to the north and the parkland to the south. In addition to the main house is The Brew House, which has in recent years been let as an office, although at present vacant. The Brew House offers a number of extremely flexible options, which could encompass converting the building to provide further residential accommodation or relet for commercial purposes. It is a handsome building also overlooking the lake.
Oakley Hall is in beautiful countryside in a highly accessible yet private situation down a long tree-lined drive. The M6 ( J15) is only 15 miles distant, with Market Drayton 5 miles and Nantwich 15 miles, with the larger centres of Stoke-on- Trent 16 miles, Stafford 19 miles and Shrewsbury 24 miles. Trains from Stafford to London Euston only take 1 hour 20 minutes.
The international airports at Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool are all within easy distance. There are a number of excellent schools both in the private and state sector within easy reach of Oakley Hall. Leisure pursuits are also excellent, including a top class golf course at Hawkstone Park as well as Market Drayton Golf Course. The property is nearby to the North Staffordshire Hunt and there are also numerous opportunities in the region for riding, walking, fishing and cycling. The substantial stable block, again which has been principally let for commercial use, provides an additional income. The stables, currently with 4 boxes, could be fully reconverted for equestrian use.
There is fabulous riding both on the estate and in the immediate vicinity. Beyond is a 2-acre walled garden. Hard tennis court. Down below the house is a beautiful lake, extending to 3.5 acres with trout fishing and boating. At the head of the drive is an entrance lodge.
The whole is set in about 95 acres of beautiful parkland. Oakley Hall is approached past the entrance lodge down a long tree-lined private drive that sweeps in front of the house. The house is built of brick on a sandstone plinth with a balustrade entrance front of 11 bays, with 2 sphinx-like statues with female heads flanking the entrance.
The front door leads into the impressive Grand Hall, about 50'9 x 29'2, with its high ceilings and fine fireplaces to either end. Over the years Oakley Hall, while principally being a private house, has hosted up to 12 weddings a year, providing an additional source of income.
There is a licence for civil ceremonies.The principal reception rooms flow neatly off the Grand Hall with the formality and elegance of the ballroom and dining room, with the library and morning room being less formal. The Kitchen is set in a fabulous position overlooking the lake. An elegant classical Georgian staircase sweeps up to the first floor, with a beautiful Principal Bedroom Suite with curved windows overlooking the terrace and lake. The main house has been laid out to provide 8 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms together with a further 3 bedrooms and a bathroom. There is a separate guest/staff apartment with 2 bedrooms, sitting room and bathroom.
There is also a substantial cellar with wine cellar, steam room, walk-in safe and boiler room. At the side of the house is a private courtyard which leads on to the Brew House. This has been let on a commercial let until recently, but could be converted to residential use, subject to planning. It similarly has fantastic views over the lake. The Stable Block has been converted to offices. The principal portion is currently let to a specialist engineering business. The stable block has 4 stables and could be further converted back as a whole or in part to stabling if so required. Details available on request from the Vendors' agents.
GARDENS & GROUNDS
To the rear is a walled garden with a separate tennis court. The gardens and grounds are spectacular with a plethora of wonderful trees and shrubs. The fabulous lake is a centrepiece of Oakley Hall and was restored in 2000. Adjacent is the original river stocked with trout. The beautiful undulating parkland extends to about 95 acres. The farmland and parkland are farmed in hand.
The Estate is particularly beautiful, not only with the formal drive but with the parkland, grassland and approximately 22 acres of mature woodland. These are a combination of large mature principally hardwood flanking the far side of the lake and a number of other small woodland areas and spinneys.
WEDDING BUSINESS -Over recent years the Vendors have carried out up to 12 weddings a year. The venture could be continued.
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A classically important country house in a exquisite parkland settingTony Morris-Eyton