An impeccably presented Grade I country residence exuding historical character and immense charm, with a fabulous roof terrace taking in panoramic views.
The West Wing, originally part of Patshull Hall, is rich in heritage and Grade I listed. The house was built circa 1750 by James Gibbs, one of Britains most influential architects of the Georgian era. Commissioned by Sir John Astley the house replaced the original moated 13th century manor house set in a medieval deer park formerly belonging to Robert de Stafford.
While the house was virtually new it was sold for a said sum of 100,000 guineas to Sir George Pigot, Lord Mayor of Bridgnorth, later Governor of Madras and owner of the famous Pigot diamond. He engaged Lancelot (Capability) Brown to landscape the park, described by one commentator as The most accomplished and delicious. Later to be owned by the Earls of Dartmouth for over a hundred years, the surrounding Estate was gifted to the Crown in 1958 in lieu of death duties.
Today the West Wing still has great presence and has undergone an extensive programme of restoration by the current owners.
The West Wing is an exceptionally gracious house which has been sympathetically renovated by the current owners to an extremely high standard. With a remarkable attention to detail, they have retained original period features to produce immaculate accommodation which is also practical for today's modern family living. The impressive monolithic proportions throughout the house give a feeling of light and space and the views from the breakfast kitchen/family room over the rear gardens and countryside beyond are breathtaking.
The house is approached down a sweeping drive through the surrounding parkland under the arch and into the courtyard. The West Wing is found to the right hand side and benefits from two parking spaces immediately in front of the house. (A generous parking area and double garage is available to the rear.)
Finished to a high specification, the accommodation is set over four floors and benefits from a natural flow throughout. The quality and attention to detail is evident as soon as you arrive at the property and original features include cast iron radiators, working shutters, fine plasterwork, oak and parquet flooring together with exposed timbers and cast iron fireplaces. The elegant, double aspect, drawing room has a vaulted ceiling with ornate plaster friezes and a grand open fireplace in Portland Stone with marble columns. The history of the West Wing is apparent as the Earl of Dartmouth's coat of arms is embossed on the metal canopy above the fire. Two double doors open onto two Juliet balconies from which you can enjoy the beautiful gardens and parkland to the rear of the house.
The kitchen, dining area and family room benefits from a vaulted glass atrium which allows light to flood into the fabulous entertaining space which is very practical and popular with modern day living. Once again the attention to detail and symmetry is demonstrated with the windows framing amazing views over the garden which demand your attention.
The area is split into distinctive zones, firstly the kitchen area: great thought has gone into making this a very functional efficient space which works well. Two bespoke Caesarstone islands provide extensive workspace and incorporate an inset sink, a four plate Siemens hob and two Siemens automatic dishwashers, together with extensive storage. A bank of units which include four Siemens ovens, two Miele refrigerators and two Miele freezers complete the kitchen.
The dining area benefits from the wonderful views through the windows over the amazing gardens. Finally, an ornate carved open fireplace with marble slips and hearth provides an ideal informal space to relax. A set of doors lead outside down stone steps into the gardens perfect for outdoor entertaining.
On the lower ground floor, there is a further sitting room which benefits from under floor heating and features a decorative corner fireplace with a slate hearth. The original silver safe for the Hall is found just off and has been painstakingly restored to provide a storage area. For convenience, a kitchen is found to the side of the sitting room and includes a four plate hob, built in refrigerator and dishwasher. Doors lead outside into a rear portico providing access to the garden. The sitting room leads into an area which is currently used as a gymnasium and has a sauna and shower room just off. This could potentially be a bedroom and therefore provide a self contained space for multi-generational living. An inner hall on this level has useful storage areas, a plant room and an integrated laundry area with a range of units.
There are three bedrooms on the first floor which continue to display the attention to detail synonymous with The West Wing. Bedroom two includes a cast iron corner fireplace and a walk in wardrobe. The ensuite bathroom includes a freestanding bath, separate shower cubicle and basin together with a feature cast iron fireplace. The two other bedrooms share a well appointed shower room. The second floor is home to a wonderful bedroom suite with vaulted ceilings and exposed purlins. A series of sash windows along the rear elevation once again showcase the fabulous views of the gardens and parkland. A generous ensuite features a freestanding bath, a freestanding four
sided shower cubicle, twin hand basins, bidet and wc with a concealed cistern. Roof light windows shower the room with light and built in cupboards provide useful storage.
The bedroom also has a walk in wardrobe and a door onto a wooden decked area which offers a private area to enjoy the surrounding views.
Outside the history of The West Wing is once again evident from the Dartmouth Family's coat of arms which sits proudly in the centre of the rear aspect. The gardens complement the house perfectly and provide a series of seating areas from which to enjoy the views.
The formal gardens are set out in an Italianate design with ornamental tiered terrace and a pathway through lawns edged with shrub borders. At the bottom of the garden a Prime Oak garage incorporating a covered log store is accessed via electronic double gates which gives access from the Estate driveway.
Please Note- On pages 2 and 15 of the brochure- the lawned area below the rose garden does not belong to the West Wing.
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One of the most immaculate and well designed properties in South Staffordshire.Tony Morris-Eyton