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8 bedroom detached house for sale
Wilsford Cum Lake, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Normanton House is Grade II Listed and probably built in the late 17th or early 18th Centuries. It is built of flint and stone checkerboard with brick gables under a clay tile roof, a style popular in this area. It has mainly casement windows, some with stone mullions.
It is approached through impressive wrought iron gates, on brick piers and over a long private tree-lined drive, which divides to the farm buildings and to a wide gravelled parking and turning area in front of the house.
Normanton House enjoys one of the most lovely positions in the Woodford Valley. It is away from the Valley road, surrounded by its own land with no close neighbours and overlooking water meadows and the River Avon.
A wide arched flint porch protects the panelled front door which leads to the spacious living accommodation, which has excellent ceiling heights on all three floors. The impressive dining hall has the wide 17th Century oak staircase at the far end. Both of the two main reception rooms, the drawing room and the sitting room, face south across the gardens. The kitchen/breakfast room links to the large boot room and the rear courtyard. There is a cellar accessed by a trapdoor in the dining room.
The first floor has a large master bedroom, bathroom and dressing room, as well as three further bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a walk-in airing cupboard. The second floor is currently divided into a bedroom, bathroom and WC and a separate flat (with 2 bedrooms, sitting room, kitchenette and bathroom) but could easily be remodelled to create a superb children’s floor of potentially a further 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. From both the first and second floors there are wonderful views towards the river and across the Avon Valley.
There are a number of traditional and modern outbuildings accessed from the main drive. They are suitable for, and have been used previously, for a small farming enterprise or equestrian use.
To the south west of the house, across the main lawn, is a large timber framed barn with a tiled roof and timber cladding. It is linked to a more modern barn and together they provide garaging, garden storage and 6 loose boxes. It would also make a magnificent ‘party barn’. Beyond this, and out of sight of the house, is a large 5 bay steel portal framed building suitable for stock or a small indoor arena. Between the two, is a concrete stable yard and further to the south west is a further range of pole barns providing useful storage.
The Woodford Valley is considered to be one of the most sought-after areas around Salisbury. It has delightful countryside, picturesque villages and excellent communications. Normanton House is part of the small hamlet of Normanton. There is a church in the village of
Wilsford cum Lake and the nearby small town of Amesbury provides most day to day requirements. There are a number of very good public houses in the valley and the Cathedral city of Salisbury provides a more comprehensive range of shopping, dining and cultural facilities.
Communications in the area are excellent with a good train service to London Waterloo from Salisbury (about 90 minutes) and Grateley (about 80 minutes). Within 2 miles to the north is the A303(T), which provides a dual carriageway link to the south west and to London via the M3.
This part of the world has become particularly popular because of the excellent range of private and state schools, including Chafyn Grove, Leaden Hall, Godolphin, Bishops Wordsworth and South Wilts around Salisbury and Farleigh, Port Regis, Sandroyd, St Mary’s Shaftesbury, Bryanston and Marlborough further afield.
There is a range of sporting activities in the area, including fishing on the River Avon and its tributaries; many high quality shoots, racing at Salisbury, Newbury and Wincanton; golf at Highpost and South Wilts and an abundance of walking and riding over the network of footpaths and bridleways.
The house is approached over a long tree lined drive, and under planted with spring bulbs. To the front of the house, and beyond the gravel drive, is a garden enclosed by tall thatched walls. It is mainly lawn with climbing shrubs and a number of well stocked beds and borders. On the south side of the house, which is clad in a magnificent wisteria, is a large flagstone terrace, accessed from the drawing and sitting rooms. The main gardens are to the south of the house, and there is a delightful tiled swimming pool sheltered by tall hedging with adjoining pool room, green house and double garage. The lawns then sweep to the south and east of the house and are interspersed with mature trees, shrubs, a pond and small river carrier.
The land is all pasture and fenced. To the south of the main drive is a field of about 5½ acres with access to the farm buildings. A further paddock of about 1 ½ acres leads from the buildings to the south of the gardens, and connects to the rest of the land, which are delightful water meadows, abundant with wild flowers, which lead down to the River Avon. There is a woodland belt of mixed hardwoods on the southern boundary.
In all about 22 acres
The River Avon is a well-known mixed fishery with the Woodford Valley arguably providing the best trout fishing on the river. There is also an excellent head of grayling. The fishing rights are owned by the local estate and are let on a long lease to the Piscatorial Society, who manage and stock the river. The current owner of Normanton House has the right to fish two rods over the adjacent 550 yards which form the eastern boundary.