An immaculate castellated mansion offering complete privacy in one of the most un-spoilt counties in England, with extensive secondary accommodation.
Pudleston Court, Listed Grade II, was built in 1846 in Tudor gothic style and is constructed of the pink sandstone typical of this area. The castellated turrets, stone entrance portico and leaded mullioned windows are striking features of this grand but magical house.
The pair of lodges at the head of the drive frame the iron gates leading to Pudleston Court. The half mile long sweeping driveway leads through mown parkland past the ornamental lakes with fountain to a gravelled parking area to the front of the house. A large oak door under a stone portico leads to:
The Entrance Hall with large fireplace, oak panelling, shelves and cupboards. This leads through to the full height, galleried Reception Hall which is the centre axis for the house and an impressive room for entertaining. The Reception Hall opens into The Staircase Hall with a grand oak staircase sweeping to the first floor. In addition a door leads to the rear hall with Guest Cloakroom and a glazed door leading to the rear courtyard.
Off the Reception Hall is the Drawing Room with a large bay window providing views over the gardens, grounds and parkland beyond. The Library is panelled with fitted shelves and cupboards and a large fireplace to one end. The North Hall leads to the ornamental garden, the Sitting Room with large windows framing the views, Dining Room with a superb angel frieze to the ceiling and full length glazed display cabinets which are also viewed from the Hall. A door leads through to the Kitchen/Domestic Quarters comprising a Lift to the first floor, Butlers Pantry, large Office with ceiling lantern providing abundant natural light and a door to the rear courtyard.
The Kitchen is extensively appointed with a large central cooking island with extractor hood, Gaggenau and electric hobs. In addition there are a number of inset sinks and taps located around the kitchen. There are fitted Gaggenau fridges as well as an integrated Gaggenau double oven. The worktops throughout the kitchen are Dekton There is an additional drinks area with fitted cupboards, sink and glass washer. Within the Kitchen is a Breakfast Room with wood burning stove, fitted cupboards and door to the terrace and ornamental gardens.
A door leads to the Utility Room with space for four large catering freezers, plumbing for a dishwasher, a sink, fitted cupboards and a door to a sheltered Courtyard with fitted bespoke rotary barbecue, hot tub area and outbuildings used as a summer kitchen, in addition to domestic stores.
Beyond the Utility Room there are further Domestic Offices with stores and door into the integrated double garage and a further door to the west courtyard accessed via iron gates from the main entrance drive.
From the Reception/Staircase Hall stairs lead up to the large galleried Landing with an area currently used as an additional dining/meeting room opening out to the landing and leading to:
Master Bedroom Suite with wonderful far reaching views comprising bedroom and two dressing rooms with fitted cupboards and extensive rails with lowering mechanism. The en suite bathroom has a large walk-in shower, double wash hand basins on a marble top and wc. In addition there is a further bedroom and en suite bathroom (Bedroom Suite 2) which could be incorporated into the master suite.Bedroom Suite 3 is located next to the master bedroom and comprises a large bedroom and en-suite bathroom having a bath with shower over, inset wash hand basin, wc and bidet. Adjacent stairs lead up to Bedroom Suite 4 with en suite shower room. Stairs continue up to the tower and roof access affording panoramic views over the property and the farmland beyond. Bedroom Suite 5 comprises a large bedroom with sitting area and en suite bathroom comprising bath with shower over, double wash hand basins, wc and bidet. Off the landing, the Hall leads to the Housekeepers Cupboard and service area, lift, Shower Room, Laundry Room and Bedroom Suite 6 comprising sitting room with study area within the turret, bedroom and bathroom with roll top bath with shower over, double wash hand basin on marble top and wc.
The East Wing comprises a rear staircase leading to ground and second floors, including Bedroom Suite 7 with bedroom and en-suite bathroom having a bath with shower over, double wash hand basins and wc. Beyond is Bedroom Suite 8 with the bedroom having fitted desk and wardrobes in addition to an en suite bathroom comprising bath with shower over, double wash hand basins, wc and bidet. Bedroom 9 has a Bathroom opposite with shower, wc and wash hand basin. The rear staircase leads up to the second floor Staff Flat comprising bedroom with dressing area, en suite bathroom, kitchen/dining room and sitting room. From the staircase, stairs continue up to two useful Storage Rooms in the eaves. There are extensive Cellars including a temperature-controlled Wine Cellar.
The formal gardens to the front of the house are terraced and include box hedging and topiary, gravelled walkways, a formal rose garden and a summerhouse. The terrace adjacent to the house enjoys wonderful views towards the wooded valley and rolling farmland beyond. The architecture of the principal house is replicated in the castellated turrets within the garden walls, with arched yews over stone urns running along the perimeter. Exceptional Wellingtonia dominate the gardens and grounds and forms part of the mature backdrop to the estate.
The immediate house and grounds are protected by an iron security and deer fence with the informal gardens located beyond. To the west of the house are the orchards and kitchen garden. The high box and yew hedge topiary divides the garden into sections demarked by gravelled walkways. In addition to the ornate knot garden, a rose arbour walkway leads through the garden which is abundant with a wide variety of mature plants and cutting flowers including a mulberry tree, ceanothus, acers, Solomon's seal, cosmos, lupins, ornamental thistles, day lilies and gladioli.
There is a fountain and a terrace with wonderful views across the gardens and farmland beyond. Adjacent to the Event Room is the Leisure Spa comprising changing and showering area, wc, kitchen, dining room and sitting area. The sitting area overlooks the pool but is separated by three pairs of automated sliding doors of glass which keep the pool area at a constant temperature.
There is a separate Sauna and Steam room decorated with mosaic tiles. Beyond the Leisure Spa, a gate leads to the orchard and fruit gardens providing the house with apples, peaches, figs, raspberries, gooseberries and blackcurrants. In addition there are raised beds used for growing vegetables, a herb garden and a potting shed with a Parterre vine trained against the rear wall. The grounds surrounding the immediate gardens to the house provide absolute privacy and protection. The land is predominantly parkland and pasture, with a mixture of native deciduous and evergreen woods through the valley and around the perimeter also providing important shelter in the winter.
From the gravelled parking area to the front of the house the drive continues around to the cottages and outbuildings which are also accessed from the gated service drive to the north. The cottages can also be accessed from the rear drive. The Courtyard is gravelled with a central dovecote and range of stores, equipment sheds and Garaging for 5 cars.
Further information on the Cottages can be found in the brochure.
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A simply exquisite country estate nestled amongst stunning countryside.Crispin HolborowProperty agent