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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Pilsgate House, Pilsgate, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9

Sold STC £1,425,000

Property Description

Key features

  • A striking stone and Collyweston village house
  • Important Burghley connections
  • 5 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms
  • A courtyard of substantial stone outbuildings
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Heated swimming pool and tennis court
  • Approximately 0.96 of an acre

Full description

A striking stone and Collyweston period house with a rich history. Pilsgate House offers graceful accommodation of circa 5,400 square feet with landscaped gardens, tennis court, swimming pool and a courtyard of significant outbuildings, all just 3 miles from Stamford's town centre


Pilsgate is an attractive small village, just 3 miles east of Stamford. It is predominately made up of period houses. The village sits amongst attractive rolling countryside.

Stamford is a thriving Georgian market town with weekly Friday markets and fortnightly farmers' markets, which was voted "The best place to live in the UK" by the Sunday Times in 2013. The town has a good variety of restaurants, hotels and boutique shops. The area as a whole boasts an enviable selection of private and state schools and is particularly coveted by families who want to enjoy the lifestyle and amenities that the town and surrounding countryside has to offer, whilst also being within striking distance of major commercial centres and lines of communication.

The A1 passes a short distance to the west and Stamford has a railway station with direct rail links to the Midlands and the Cathedral City of Peterborough, where direct rail services to London King's Cross take from approximately 51 minutes. Peterborough offers more extensive shopping facilities and is a major commercial and business destination.


Believed to have originally been a 17th century farm manger, or equivalents house on The Burley Estate, a local Stamford brewer, Mr Hunt, bought a Building Lease from The Burghley Estate in the early 19th century to extend, almost tripling the footprint of the house and gentrifying Pilsgate House. At the end of the Building Lease, the property reverted to the estate for whom it was used by senior family members, including the 6th Marquis of Exeter, of 1927 Chariots of Fire fame and 1928 Olympic 400m champion, until just before WWII.

The house retains the grace and proportions of its era with symmetrical principal rooms, long Georgian sash windows, many retaining their working shutters, together with high ceilings and attractive fireplaces. An ornate wrought iron veranda, which the current owners have rebuilt, also adjoins the drawing room and offers very pleasant sheltered views of the garden.
The principal entrance opens into a spacious and highly inviting, partially stone flagged reception dining hall with a stone fireplace that houses a wood burning stove and both east and west facing windows. The impressive drawing room and the sitting room are both dual-aspect, high ceilinged and elegant rooms, each with an open fireplace, whilst French doors open from the drawing room to the garden through the sheltered veranda. An inner hallway passes a study/playroom enroute to a number of ancillary store and utility rooms beyond the kitchen, and also provides access to the cellar. The spacious kitchen has a quarry tiled floor and incorporates an extensive fitted suite with island, with granite worktops, integrated appliances, an Aga and a fitted oak dresser.

The staircase rises past a large stone mullioned south west facing window to the first floor, where there are five generously proportioned double bedrooms, almost all of which have fine views, served by three bath and shower rooms. The principal bedroom suite incorporates a dressing room and bathroom, whilst there is a further en-suite guest bedroom. There are additionally two further attic rooms at second floor level, accessed by a good staircase.

Arranged to the south west of the house, a courtyard of significant stone and Collyweston outbuildings currently provide 3,600 square feet of garaging and basic storage, as shown on the floor plan, but originally provided granary, stabling and coach house storage, as well as staff accommodation. They are thought to have significant potential for ancillary uses, subject to all necessary consents. There is also ample parking within the courtyard for vehicles

The mature gardens are a particular feature of Pilsgate House and have been a focus of the current owners. The formal gardens are arranged to the west of the house. They incorporate lawns interspersed by mature flowering and shrub beds, with a sunken rose circle as a central focal point. A magnificent Cedar of Lebanon is another focal point, whilst the backdrop is to mature deciduous trees. A heated outdoor swimming pool is positioned in the west corner of the grounds, whilst an all-weather tennis court forms the south western boundary, from which there are fabulous views over pastureland. The property extends to 0.96 of an acre or thereabouts in total.

Square Footage: 5,490 sq ft

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14 May 2016

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