10 bedroom detached house for saleWithnell Fold Hall, Withnell Fold, Chorley, Lancashire
- 7 reception rooms
- 10 bedrooms
- 8 bathrooms
- Kitchen gardens & greenhouses
- Extensive store rooms
Withnell Fold Hall enjoys an enviable position surrounded by rolling countryside and looking out across the Lancashire Moors and beyond to the Lake District, yet lying within easy reach of the business centres of Preston, Bolton, Chorley, Liverpool and Manchester.
It is situated on the edge of the beautifully kept village of Withnell Fold in the parish of Withnell.
This thriving village is approached along a leafy lane and is described by many as idyllic. It has become a desirable and popular location for families as well as professional business people looking for a home away from the restrictions and hustle and bustle of city life.Yet the commercial world with all its attractions still remains very accessible. Everyday amenities can be found locally, including a village shop, a family run garage and good pubs. Blackburn and Chorley offer a wider range of shops, as well as hotels, restaurants and other services. The cities of Preston and Bolton are both within an easy drive and Manchester city centre is a mere 45 minute drive away.
Transport links are excellent and the M61, M6 and M65 motorways are all within a short distance. The train station at Preston is a twenty minute drive and Chorley station is even closer. These two provide direct services to Manchester and London as well as up to Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The area is renowned for access to fine schooling which includes local primary schools as well as Westholme and QEGS, both in Blackburn. In Bolton are Bolton school for boys and Bolton school for girls, and slightly further afield is Kirkham Grammar School, Stonyhurst and Sedbergh. Sporting amenities within easy driving distance include golf at Pleasington, Shaw Hill and Leyland, racing at Haydock Park and Aintree [home of the Grand National] and further north at Cartmel. The village of Withnell Fold has a well established cricket club. International cricket, rugby and football are huge in the area with clubs such as Blackburn Rovers, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton and Preston all close by.
- A village built by the enlightened owner of a paper mill for his work people, that is Withnell Fold - . It was created by the Parke family in the mid-19th century.
The first Hall was destroyed because of dry rot and the present Withnell Fold Hall was built for the family in 1899.The family remained there until 1951 when it was sold to the Lancashire County Council. It was designed by the renowned architects Bradshaw and Gass from Bolton. The house is a rare and classic example of one built in the Arts and Crafts era, and the stylistic imitation of the 19th Century is seen throughout.
The Arts and Crafts movement was a reaction to the Industrial Revolution, and focused on raising the standards of design and reviving the skills of traditional building methods and craftsmanship.
Famous artists such as William Morris and Lancashire's John Ruskin hated the effects of mass production and were very influential in establishing - Arts and Crafts' and developing its style.
Withnell Fold Hall is a large red brick and dressed sandstone house, described by some as a - fairy tale castle'. It is Grade II listed as being of national historical or architectural importance.
The current owners bought the house privately from the council some 18 years ago. This is thought to be the first time the house has been placed on the open market.
The house is situated approximately half a mile outside the main village down a lane in a secluded position that is wonderfully private.
The property is approached through magnificent entrance gates. The driveway passes the lodge house before winding through trees and formal gardens leading to the front of the house.
The arched sand stone entrance below the delightful oriel window opens to a recessed entrance porch with fitted oak seating and an elaborately carved double door entrance to the entrance hallway with beautifully figured marble panels and an intricately moulded figured and barrelled ceiling. Forming the heart of the property the reception hall is a fabulous entertaining and greeting area. Featuring five panel mullion stone ironed leaded and stained glass period windows overlooking the landscaped gardens to the rear. The strapped ceiling stands above plaque rail height panelling in oak and radiused oak doors lead to secondary reception rooms and the study.
The grand staircase hall opens off the reception hall with intricate moulded archways and continuous panelling with matching doors opening to the two principle reception rooms, the library and well appointed cloak room. The drawing room is an arts and crafts delight being beautifully proportioned and featuring a wide splayed bay window with intricate leading and stained glass with a symmetrical moulded ceiling. A particularly appealing feature of this delightful room is a - prayer corner - with an outstanding example of pre-Raphaelite style leaded and stained glass window. The formal dining room has matching mullion windows, Baltic white polished flooring with an integrated storage alcove and cupboards in oak.
With shuttered leaded alcove windows, dado height panelling complimented by deep plaque rails with support and columns.
The two informal reception rooms include the family room in the front left hand corner with a deep bay window and double aspect and the forth reception room with a shallower bay overlooking the more formal gardens to the side and orangery. The study is a wonderful room to enjoy an evening drink overlooking the formal gardens to the front. The attention to detail throughout the house is again evident here with the library shelving and fireplace.
The library lies to the rear and has fitted adjustable shelving throughout with, well considered lighting and light oak panelling opening to the rear and double French doors to a small balcony with steps into the formal rear garden area.
With a house as well suited to entertaining there is an excellent kitchen and ancillary area which includes a butler's pantry with wine storage areas.
This area continues to a side hall with a secondary stair case and access to the rear porch and cellar staircase and the two doors open off to the family kitchen and a separate caterer's kitchen. The family kitchen is beautifully appointed with bespoke cupboards by Simpsons of Colne topped with granite surfaces with raised rolled edges integrated sinks and appliances with double Aga and polished limestone flooring which extends into the informal dining area. This has a triple aspect and leaded double glazed window panels flanking French doors opening to the side garden and leading to the lych gate. The larder is worthy of special mention, with continued limestone flooring and marble shelves. The room is as usable and practical as it was when the house was first built.
Towards the rear of the house is a magnificent billiard room. Hugely practical, it is a wonderful entertaining area and can be used as a - ball room'with triple panel French doors leading to the rear marquee lawn. The wide tread stone style spiral staircase leads to the basement, which includes a pool table room with a rear bay and integrated storage area for pool equipment with glazed illuminated shelving and an arts and crafts style panel alongside. Cold cathode subdued lighting illuminates this level which enjoys polished limestone flooring throughout, including beautifully appointed wash room facilities. The wine tasting area which includes a limestone glass rinsing area, with two integrated fridges below and semi circular columns which form a divide from the wine tasting room with matching burr oak panels with a stone raised height table, leading to the wine cellar with over 30 wine bins.
The cinema room has a 65 inch integrated plasma TV and music system again with subdued lighting, contemporary panelling in oak and zebrano with concealed hardware areas and video library store, display shelving and leaded stained glass feature panelling. The audio system extends throughout this lower ground floor area with remote control access.
An ingenious concealed entrance leads to the remaining cellar storage areas and provides for fire escape, gardener's areas and useful access, also with access via the back hall staircase. This area includes a flower arranging room, plant room, drying room and two large storage rooms, gardener's sitting room / drying room, boot area and boiler room.
The grand stair case is finished entirely in oak with matching panelling and a return which includes half landing with an oriel sandstone bay window. A gallery landing provides access to the seven principle bedrooms with seven bathrooms, six of which are en-suite.
The master bedroom enjoys a triple aspect with a deep bay sitting area overlooking the gardens. The en-suite bathroom and dressing room has arts and crafts style bespoke. There are three further principle bedrooms off the main landing, all with en-suite facilities and one including a dressing area. The other three bedrooms (2 en-suite and 1 with a family bathroom) are also on this level.
The night kitchen and laundry, appointed with oak cupboards and limestone flooring, is supplemented by a laundry room with full width house keeper's cupboards and a separate house
The bedrooms on the second floor, feature a sitting room and access to the loft areas, a small kitchen area, three large double bedrooms and a family bathroom.
At the bottom of the driveway, just inside the main entrance gates is a traditional lodge house, with good downstairs accommodation, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
Outbuildings, Gardens and Grounds
The property is approached up a 500 yard long driveway, through electrically operated security gates leading to a gravel parking area. A separate driveway forks off to the rear of the property and the newly created 7-8 car garage block. The garage block has been built in a traditional fashion and fits extremely well with the environment that has been created by Withnell Fold Hall. There is also a smaller two car garage.
The gardens have been beautifully landscaped and restored to their former glory and are mainly laid to lawn with mature trees, shrubs and many rhododendrons. Ponds nestle towards the bottom of the garden. Pathways have been put in allowing full enjoyment and appreciation of the extensive grounds which include some woodland.
There is also a kitchen garden and greenhouses.
The gardens are split into three distinct areas: formal lawns, the kitchen garden and the woodland with its romantic walkways overlooking the neighbouring parkland.
To the front of the house is the main lawn which Entrance from lawn Summerhouse can also cater for marquees. Surrounding the house are formal al fresco dining and entertaining areas with box hedging, slate benches and terraced areas laid out in the form of a - parterre'.
Towards the rear of the house, coming off the billiard room, is a marquee lawn with a beautifully constructed orangery. Further box hedging, entertaining areas can also be found.
Complimenting the formal lawns closer to the house is a woodland area with relaxing bluebell walks. The former ice-house can also be found within the woodland.
The formal kitchen gardens and greenhouses complete the property. The gardens feature a particularly productive vegetable area which, alongside the traditional green houses.
The property lies in approximately 10 acres and adjoins the traditional farmland and parkland of the neighbouring estate.
From Manchester take the M6 north to Junction 29 onto the M65 travelling east. Leave the motorway at Junction 3, turning right off the slip road onto the A674 (Chorley Road). After approximately 3 miles, just as you enter the 30mph zone take the right hand turn signposted for Withnell Fold. The house can be found 500 yds down this lane on the right hand side.
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