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6 bedroom detached house for sale
- ELEGANT GRADE II LISTED FAMILY HOME
- SIX RECEPTION ROOMS
- CELLAR / BILLIARDS ROOM / CONSERVATORY
- GROUNDS MEASURE APPROXIMATELY 2.2 ACRES (STMS)
- SIX/SEVEN BEDROOMS
- DETACHED COTTAGE WITH TWO FURTHER BEDROOMS
- MATURE, LANDSCAPED GARDENS
- ACCOMMODATION EXTENDS TO APPROXIMATELY 8389SQ FT
Strolling across the lawn towards their magnificent 200 year-old cedar tree, Jeremy and Laura Jones take in the wonderful serenity of their beautiful property.
When they first visited the substantial house, which dates back to the 1670s but has exquisite Georgian additions, they realised it had incredible potential.
Today it is a splendid example of a six/seven bedroom country home, with sumptuous rooms and magnificent period features.
The grounds of just more than two acres are beautiful, and the gate cottage, which is now let out, serves as a self-contained annexe.
The position of this house is fabulous and we realised it would be a wonderful place to live, said Jeremy. And it has been everything we hoped it would be - in many ways, it has been the rock on which our family has been built.
It was 23 years ago that the couple took on the Grade II listed property. Jeremy, whose family lived at Castle Donington, knew it as a notable house of the area.
There are three distinct periods in its architecture, he explained. It was built in the 1670s, then extended and squared off in Georgian times before being 'Jonesified' by us in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
This process saw the couple work their way through the house, room by room, slowly restoring it to its former glory.
We also added a new kitchen and conservatory, and built out into the first part of our outbuildings to create offices downstairs and a bar and snooker room upstairs, he remembered.
Today, an exquisite example of a country home, the house offers modern day comforts combined with the sumptuous style of its past. Favourite rooms include the elegant conservatory and music room areas, where the couple's daughter plays on the grand piano and flute.
My wife lives in the conservatory, which is south-facing. It is lovely because there is a flow straight out of the kitchen into the conservatory and then into the music room. It is superb in the summer when the doors on to the garden are open as well, he said.
I also like the snug, where I go to watch sport, and the fabulous cellars we have, where we keep the wine.
Place to Entertain
The Cedar is just perfect for entertaining, he went on. The opulent drawing and dining rooms, which feature designer wallpapers and fabrics from the likes of Osborne and Little and Jane Churchill, have seen numerous formal occasions over the years.
We have done a lot of great entertaining here over the years, hosting up to 400 or 500 people for weddings, 18th birthdays, 21sts and 50ths. We have had a marquee up too, which makes it a massive entertaining home, he said.
Upstairs, the feeling of luxurious comfort continues, with a four-poster master bedroom and bathrooms featuring roll-top baths.
Five of the bedrooms are on the first floor, explained Jeremy. There were two more rooms on the top floor that we converted into a bedroom and entertainment room for my daughter when she was 16. It was great because she could make as much noise as she wanted up there.
Indeed, the children have relished growing up at The Cedar, he said. Now as adults they enjoy returning as often as possible with their friends.
The children consider it to be their country retreat, I know they will miss it when we move, he said.
And he added: We are dreading moving as well. We know we will miss everything here, from the wonderful house through to the beautiful gardens, with the pond and the fish, and, of course, the tree.
The lovely reception hall is all at once striking and inviting where the beautiful décor reflects the careful attention to detail that is apparent throughout this remarkable house. From this spacious and bright area there is access to the main reception rooms and stunning kitchen. The fifth room, currently used as a snug, is accessed via the reading room. Sophisticated and bright, the drawing room is situated on the south east corner of the house and is an elegant fusion of space and light that is enhanced by a delightful square bay window and tall French windows that open to the garden. The commanding white marble fireplace with its delicate classical carving is a central focal point that completes the room. Moving on you come to the dining room with two arched display alcoves fitted into the recesses either side of a tall mahogany mantel piece and an open fireplace within.
The reading room provides an intimate ambience with bookshelves and a door leading out to the gardens. From here there is access to the sitting room/snug on the north west corner of the house. Returning to the hall you make your way across to the family room which in turn opens to the magnificent conservatory that spans approximately 38ft across the rear south- facing elevation. With its triple pitch it is a striking addition to the house offering an opulent amount of space and French windows that open to the terrace.
Resting at the heart of the house is the beautifully designed kitchen/breakfast room with pine floorboards that have been stripped and polished. The pine cupboards offer plenty of storage and are topped with granite work surfaces, while the central island offers additional preparation space and has an integrated gas hob. Additionally, there is a useful pantry with a granite shelf and adjacent to the kitchen you find the separate utility room before making your way through to a large study, ideal for those who wish to work from home. From the study, stairs ascend above the garage to what could potentially be used as an annexe. Currently set out as snooker and games room this substantial area offers flexible space that can accommodate various family requirements.
First Floor Accommodation
The generous landing is filled with natural light and there is access to the five bedrooms on this level. The handsome master bedroom is elegantly decorated and boasts a luxurious en-suite which includes a roll top bath and multi-jet shower cubicle with sauna and steam functions.
Second Floor Accommodation
Also off the landing a further staircase ascends to the second floor where you find the sixth bedroom and a further room that could be a seventh bedroom, study, hobby room or sitting room perhaps offering a teenager or guests some independent living space.
The Gate House
This delightful cottage provides beautifully presented, flexible living space that would work very well as an annexe. The accommodation includes two bedrooms, a sitting room, kitchen and bathroom.
SETTING THE SCENE
Wrought iron electric gates open to a gravel drive which leads to both the front of the main house and towards the cottage, whilst providing plenty of space for turning and parking several cars.
Over the years the current owners have worked hard to enhance their beautiful grounds of more than two acres (STMS). The gardens have been meticulously planned and now display an exceptional range of trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials, divided into five main areas each with a distinctive character. There is also a large pond that is full of fish and the perfect place to while away the hours, relaxing on the swing seat on a summer's afternoon.
We have made a sunken herb garden that is so peaceful, and we have an orchard with apples, plums and damsons, said Jeremy. There are also pear trees in the walled garden.
And he added: The terrace is beautiful too. It is a superb place to sit and relax in the sunshine.
Amid the outbuildings you find garaging for numerous cars, a machine store, garden store and kennelling.
WITHIN EASY REACH
Castle Donington is a small town in a well located corner of Leicestershire lying between the counties of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire on the Edge of the national forest. Sitting on a hill above the River Trent, the village is an interesting mix of old and new, with contemporary shops mixed with Georgian and regency buildings and some timber framed houses dating from the 17th century and earlier.
Castle Donington feels very central, stressed Jeremy, with the M1, A46 and A50 roads all within easy reach.
East Midland Parkway railway station is five minutes away by car and from there it only takes about an hour and a half to get into London.
We have great local pubs and good restaurants nearby, and are just half an hour from the Peak District, he said. I do not think we could be better placed.
From the A42 junction 14 or from junction 23A of the M1 follow the A453 signposted Castle Donington. Upon Entering Castle Donington follow the high street down the hill heading north. The Cedars no.36 is on your left hand side just before the traffic lights.
From Junction 24A of the M1, follow the A50 west to the B6540 signposted Castle Donington. Follow this route onto station road, the bondgate and continue over the traffic lights onto the high street, where The Cedars can be located on the right hand side.
For those with satellite navigation the post code for the property is DE74 2PP
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