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9 bedroom detached house for sale

Lower Catesby, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11

Sold STC £3,750,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Sold November 2016
  • 5 reception rooms
  • 9 bedrooms
  • 7 bathrooms
  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Laundry/plant room, cellars
  • Stable yard, further outbuildings - workshop, gym and machinery barn
  • Terraced gardens and grounds
  • Series of lakes with boathouse, woodland and pasture

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Catesby House is a very impressive property set in a wonderfully unspoilt location on the borders of Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire with far reaching views.

Location

Lower Catesby is a hamlet situated in peaceful unspoilt rural south Northamptonshire, close to the River Leam. An area of historic interest having originally been the site of an 11th Century Priory and former Manor House, with only the small Parish Church remaining. The Priory fishponds are still in evidence. Local facilities can be found at the neighbouring villages of Hellidon and Staverton and include:- Church, village hall, primary school, and public house. The nearby market town of Daventry provides local amenities including supermarkets (Waitrose, Tesco and Aldi), schools and banks. Banbury, Northampton, Rugby and Milton Keynes provide for more extensive leisure, retail and cultural facilities.

Mainline railway services to London Euston can be taken from Rugby (50 minutes), Northampton (52 minutes) and Milton Keynes (31 minutes) or to London Marylebone from Banbury (from 54 minutes). The nearest motorway connections can be made via the M1 Junction 16 (about 12 miles) or M40 Junction 11 at Banbury (about 14 miles).

The area is well served for schools including the Staverton, Braunston and Badby primary schools. Independent schools include preparatory at Bilton Grange (Dunchurch), Winchester House (Brackley), and Quinton House (Northampton) and senior independent schools at Rugby, Princethorpe, Stowe, Northampton High School, Tudor Hall and Bloxham.

Leisure activities in the area include golf at Hellidon, Staverton and Farthingstone Golf Clubs; horse racing at Towcester, Warwick and Stratford Race Courses; motor racing at Silverstone; health club facilities at Hellidon Lakes and Staverton; theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon; sailing at Boddington Lakes and Draycote Water.

Daventry 5 miles
Long Buckby 10 miles (London Euston 60 minutes)
Rugby 14 miles (London Euston from 50 minutes)
Banbury (M40 J11) 16 miles
Northampton 16.5 miles (London Euston from 52 minutes)
Milton Keynes 28 miles (London Euston from 31 minutes)
(All distances and times are approximate)

Description

Catesby House commands an enviable elevated rural position with far-reaching views to the west. The property is believed to have been built in 1863 in a Jacobean style, but incorporating material from Old Catesby House. The house was then enlarged towards the end of the 19th century. Ironstone ashlar with limestone dressings, string coursing under a pitched tile roof with coped parapet and elaborate shaped gables with obelisk finials. The house is Grade II Listed.

A wealth of period features include open fireplaces, mullioned
and transomed windows, shuttered windows with window seats,
linenfold panelling, door cases with open segmental pediments,
elegant staircase with barley sugar balusters, plasterwork with
statuary marble chimneypiece, panelled internal doors. elegantly
proportioned principal rooms with generous ceiling heights offering space and light.

Extensive family sized accommodation. There are six bedrooms
and five bathrooms on the first floor, whilst the second floor
accommodation offers three further guest bedrooms or could be used as a staff flat, thereby offering versatility.

Useful lower ground floor with cellars and games room

Indoor heated swimming pool takes in the view to the west with a series of French windows across the garden. The pool is currently empty with a solid floor installed. The entire pool complex could be altered to provide a modern, extensive kitchen and breakfast room, subject to the relevant consents.

Outside

Across the courtyard, to the front is a gymnasium and
motorcycle workshop which offer scope for alteration to annexe
accomodation. Planning permission was previously granted to
convert this to a staff annexe. This has now lapsed.

There is an excellent range of modern stabling and a spacious
machinery barn. Planning permission to create a further
outbuilding (of the same size). There is ample hard standing for
parking, horse lorry, machinery etc.....

Extensive landscaped terraced west facing gardens, predominantly laid to grass interspersed with extensive tree planting, rhododendron and roses. Stone paved terracing, Box parterre, croquet lawn and gravelled entertaining areas. Ornamental ponds and fountains. Mature tees include cedar of lebanon, beech, horse chestnut, ash, sycamore and wellingtonia. Lime tree lined driveway.

A series of tiered lakes lie to the west. A timber boathouse and
studio with light and power connected and timber decked balcony, ideal for summer entertaining.

To the far west is a grass paddock with an ancient avenue of
trees currently grazed by a neighbour's sheep.

A glorious rural position offering considerable presence, space
and privacy.

About 51 acres.

This is a wonderful opportunity for a buyer who wishes to take
advantage of excellent local educational facilities, those wishing
to entertain, or enjoy the history, gardens and wonderful views
associated with Catesby House.

A detached 4 bedroom cottage and further land is available by separate negotiation.

Square Footage: 11,194 sq ft
Acreage: 51 Acres

Directions

From Banbury and M40 Junction 11, take the A361 north towards Daventry travelling through the villages of Wardington, Chipping Warden, Byfield and Charwelton. As you leave Charwelton take the turn to the left signposted for Hellidon and Priors Marston. Continue along this road for 1.5 miles and take the first turn to the right for Hellidon. On entering Hellidon, follow the road, taking a sharp right bend past the Red Lion public house. Continue on this road for a further mile and then take the first left as signed to Lower Catesby. Follow this single track lane down hill. Cross a cattle grid and then bear right onto the tree lined driveway to Catesby House.

From M1 Junction 16 take the A45 towards Daventry and continue through the villages of Flore and Weedon. On reaching Daventry bear left at the first roundabout and continue round the ring road to the second roundabout where you turn left to Staverton on the A425. At the next roundabout turn right into the village of Staverton and after 400 yards turn left at the sign to Hellidon. Follow this road for 2 miles and after an 'S-bend' turn right signposted Lower Catesby. Follow this single track lane down hill. Cross a cattle grid and then bear right onto the tree lined driveway to Catesby House.


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