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6 bedroom house for sale
Dowry Head, Rossendale, Lancashire BB4 4AE
- Fine stone manor house
- 5 receps. 6 beds. 3 baths
- Impressive drawing room
- Super master suite with views
- Landscaped grounds to 2 acres
Dowry Head stands in a commanding position above the Rossendale Valley with far reaching views to the surrounding hills including the landmark Musbury Tor. Tesco at Haslingden is about 5 minutes away and this location is superb for access to Manchester and the national motorway network via the M66 and M62. The local sporting facilities include a dry ski slope, shooting range, swimming pool, cricket club and Rossendale Golf Club is in the valley below. The grounds around the property and moorland beyond offer the opportunity for walking, horse riding (livery and stables down the lane) and outdoor pursuits. Ramsbottom has a reputation for good dining, bistros and specialist shops whilst Bury has its famous market, the terminus for the Metro-Link to Manchester City Centre and all the main national retailers. Good local schools are close by and slightly further afield, but within reach, are the renowned Bury, Bolton, Queen Elisabeth and Manchester Grammar Schools.
Dowry Head is a magnificent stone built manor house believed to have farmhouse origins in the 17th century. Gracious and elegantly appointed with superb period features and with its 13' high drawing room one of the finest and most impressive principal reception rooms we have seen. Stone mullion windows, large fireplaces and exposed beams, views from every room and rambling accommodation; all virtues of the best of family homes. The house is perfect for entertaining and has seen many a garden party during our client's ownership. The grounds extend to about 2 acres, are superbly landscaped and are approached initially by a bridle path and ultimately by a long gravelled gated driveway which sweeps up to the front of the house with a turning circle and leads on to the garaging to the rear and enjoys a right of way through to Helmshore Road via a farm.
The impressive oak front door opens into the reception hall, a sizeable entertaining room with a stone fireplace and the formal dining room off to the right. This has a dual aspect and a tall side window with views. The grand drawing room, mentioned previously, lies off the hall to the left and is simply exceptional; elegant and dramatic with a tall mullion window, dual aspect and a substantial stone fireplace. An inner hall with a lovely oak staircase has a door off to the cellar with its utility room and cellar and off to the right to the heart of the house, the kitchen. This has practical terracotta floor tiles, space for informal dining and homely painted finish cupboards. A door leads to a side hall with a w.c. off and a cloaks cupboard. The family room lies off the kitchen to the rear and is a super day room with a dual aspect, a calor gas fire and a door opening to a breakfast terrace below which is a useful store room. To the left of the inner hall strps lead down to a landing off which there are 2 double bedrooms sharing a well appointed bathroom and beyond these a fantastic study with a dual aspect. This area would adapt to create a self contained, single level, dependent suite if required. The staircase leads up to a half landing with a library off to the left. Library shelving and a window seat with splendid views create the perfect retreat. Beyond this the remaining section of the west wing is entirely the master suite. A well appointed and fitted dressing room opens off to the en-suite bathroom with its separate double ended bath and shower. The bedroom area is stunning with dual aspect mullion windows and terrific views. The oak staircase leads up to the main landing off which there are two further large double bedrooms with exposed roof timbers, a smaller bedroom or second study and a bathroom with a separate w.c. Outbuildings include a large double garage with twin doors and a generous fuel store room alongside.