8 bedroom country house for saleHollygate Road, Ridlington, LE15
- Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Sitting Room
- Garden Room, Kitchen Breakfast Room, Games Room
- 8 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms
- Detached Traditional Garaging
- Coach House
- Hard Tennis Court, Swimming Pool
- Formal Gardens, Kitchen Garden
- In all about 7.4 acres (2.99 Ha)
The Old Rectory dates from the 17th Century and is listed Grade II and mentioned in Sir Nikolaus Pevsner’s authorative guide to ‘Buildings of England’, as an historic property of architectural importance. The house is arranged over three floors and is constructed principally of ironstone elevations with limestone quoins and stringcourse, all under a fine graduated Collyweston slate roof. The house has been significantly refurbished in recent years; it comprises well proportioned family accommodation set in mature formal gardens and occupies an excellent location towards the edge of the village. The principal reception accommodation enjoys south west elevations.
The main entrance drive leads to a gravel parking area in front of the house or to the traditional detached triple garage.
The reception hall has a french limestone floor, stone fireplace, beams, a mullioned window and two staircases rising to the first floor. The principal reception rooms flow from the reception hall. The drawing room is full of character with a bowed wall with recess and built-in cupboard, ornate fireplace with marble slips, a bay window with french doors and side screens, window shutter and fitted bookcases. Opposite the drawing room is the principal staircase with curved wall which rises to the first floor, a door to the two room cellar and a cloakroom with wash hand basin, WC, Gothic style mullioned window with some stained glass. Beyond the drawing room is the formal dining room with two sets of french doors, a marble fireplace, crystal cupboard, sideboard and a door to the timber conservatory which in turn gives access to the gardens.
Additionally leading from the reception hall is the sitting room with fireplace, ornate surround and marble slips, window with rise and fall shutters and a door into the breakfast kitchen. The kitchen has a french limestone floor, a range of floor and wall units with preparation surface over, two dresser units, a four oven Aga with additional electric hob into recess, double electric oven, built-in dishwasher and fridge freezer. Beyond the kitchen is the laundry room with stable door to front courtyard, separate door to rear garden, quarry tile floor, plumbing for washing machine and drier, sink with Iroco surface and door into the pantry with brick floor and shelving. The kitchen also gives access to the superb garden room, the perfect space for entertaining with one glazed elevation with two sets of french doors giving views over the garden, french limestone floor, fitted concealed shelving to one wall and a door to the games room which also gives access to the garden and reception hall.
To the first floor is the principal bedroom with large bay window and seat giving beautiful views over the Chater Valley, a range of fitted wardrobes with hanging rails and shelves. This bedroom is served by the master bathroom with fitted double cherry vanity unit with twin wash hand basins into marble surface with dresser style surround with drawers and glazed cupboards. Roll top bath, WC, large shower room with iridescent glass mosaic tiles. There are a further two bedrooms on the first floor both with a range of fitted wardrobes and cupboards and a second bathroom with panelled bath inset to marble surround, part marble walls, WC, wash hand basin, chrome towel rail and leaded light windows.
To the third floor there is a guest suite comprising bedroom with vaulted ceiling, exposed timbers, an ornate fireplace and an en suite bathroom with bath, wash basin, WC, panelling to dado height and a chrome heated towel rail. There are a further four bedrooms and a bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin.
Set to the head of the drive is a detached stone traditional triple garage with up and over doors, power and light. Set to one side of the house is the former Coach House, a detached stone building currently arranged as a garage and stable. Adjacent to this area is a small building containing an independent generator.
The gardens were established in the latter half of the 19th century with many of the original features retained, including a woodland area, carpeted in Crocuses, Blue Bells and Daffodils in early spring.
The house has two gravelled drives both with solid oak wooden gates. The main drive is entered by electric gates and is framed by a magnificent Lime tree. At the bottom of this drive is an established shrub border with an excellent show of ancient Viburnums, behind which lies the pond. The formal garden lies to the south with high hedges and arches covered with Roses, Lonicera and Clematis. Another area of the garden features raised fruit and vegetable beds, cold frames and a greenhouse containing a productive grapevine
A stepped terrace leads to the swimming pool which has an electric cover and stone flagged surround. The pool area is enclosed by tall clipped Yew hedges, a stone wall and to one end a Summer House with double french doors and a kitchen area with work surface, inset sink, fridge, drawers and cupboards.
The west garden wall is fronted by a deep herbaceous border containing a wider variety of specimen plants with low box hedging whilst the wall itself is home to many soft fruit trees and a superb Fig.
With access from the garden room a large stone terrace with dwarf stone walls overlooks the north garden which is predominantly laid to lawn, descending to the second entrance drive. Beyond and to one corner of the gardens lies the hard tennis court with all-weather surface.
A particular feature of the house elevations is a wide variety of climbers including Wisteria and Fremontodendron.
Set a short walking distance from the house, lies pastureland extending to 5.4 acres (2.18 Ha)
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