A glorious Grade II listed family home. An inspired fusion of contemporary and traditional architecture combined with spectacular gardens, grounds, moat and waterways.
A quintessentially English country house that nestles gently within its landscape surrounded by its gardens, meadows and waterways. It has been lovingly and meticulously restored and enhanced by the present owners, seamlessly marrying ancient and modern.
Having worked closely with Sprately Architects in Henley, this stunning home showcases inspirational key architectural innovations. A bespoke, curved glass roof, encloses what was previously an external courtyard, now forming the spectacular kitchen at the very heart of the house. A striking glass cantilevered staircase appears to float to a glass landing from the kitchen, the first of its kind to be installed in the UK. The house is testimony to the ability of historic and contemporary architecture to coexist harmoniously.
The front door opens to the entrance hall with its original stone flagged floor. The morning and dining rooms sit immediately either side of the hall. Both these rooms feature tall ceilings, working fireplaces with stone surrounds and traditional cast iron radiators. The dual aspect morning room has cornicing, working wooden shutters and part panelled walls.
The hall leads on to the magnificent kitchen. Flooded with natural light from its glass roof, designed by IPIG (Inspiring Projects Involving Glass), this room now connects to all principal rooms ensuring a pleasing flow to the ground floor. Wide douglas fir floorboards, 50ft in length, by Dinesen, span the kitchen and continue into the family room. The sleek lines of a Bulthaup kitchen grace the working end of this room with composite stone and stainless steel worktops. Twin large islands feature every amenity including an oak breakfast bar to one side. Appliances include Gaggenau full height fridge and freezer, wine fridge, five zone induction hob, steam oven, fan oven and warming drawer. There is also a Miele dishwasher, Quooker boiling tap and extra undercounter fridge. A large door opens to the kitchen garden. Original wide stone steps, that in an earlier life led to an outside store, now access the vaulted games room with its bespoke contemporary stone fireplace. Open plan steps spiral down from the kitchen to the two cellars with their barrel ceilings. Opposite, the dramatic cantilevered glass staircase, with its fibre optic illuminated open treads, floats seamlessly to the first-floor glass landing, accessing two of the bedrooms. A wide glass sliding door retreats into the wall leading to the east facing family room with glazed French doors opening to the garden. Two stone flagged rear hallways house the boot room, two cloakrooms and utility/laundry room. Both open to the garden.
The atmospheric library is a wonderfully cosy room with its beams, wood panelling and open fireplace. Dual aspect with south and westerly views, it has a connecting door to the dining room and views into the garden. Opposite is the cinema room with inset 60 inch TV, surround sound and wood burning stove. From here, behind a door, a staircase rises to the principal bedroom suite.
Steps lead up through glazed French doors to the double height east entrance hall with its exposed timber work and stone floor opening to the parterre garden.
From the front hall, stairs wind to the galleried landing above. Here there are three bedrooms, one also connecting to the principal bedroom suite. A corridor leads on to the family shower room and bathroom and a further separate cloakroom. At one end the corridor opens to the glass landing and two further bedrooms, one with an en suite bathroom and dressing room. At the opposite end is another door accessing the principal bedroom suite. From here a winding staircase leads to the attic bedroom with its den and separate workstation.
The lovely, dual aspect principal bedroom suite has glorious views over the garden. It can be accessed via the landing, its own staircase down to the cinema/TV room and via a further bedroom, offering flexibility of use. The dressing room opens on to the en suite bathroom where there is a contemporary freestanding bath and large shower spanning the depth of the room.
The eclectic fusion of styles culminates in a wonderfully warm and welcoming family home, which is just what The Manor has been for the past 16 years.
Awards include The RIBA Ibstock Downland Prize (conservation extension winner) 2009, finalist of the Grand Design Awards 2009 and RIBA South Conservation Award 2010.
Water source heat pump system
RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) government grant of £22,000pa for a further three years
Solar panel photovoltaic system for all electricity with a c.£3,000 pa feed in tariff for a further ten years
Solar hot water heating system
View payable Stamp Duty for this property
A quintessential country house yet in the heart of the village- whether it's parties in the barn, rowing on the lake or walks in the woodlands, The Manor House has it all.Victoria Knight