9 bedroom detached house for saleBulkeley, Malpas, Cheshire
- Reception hall
- Four formal reception rooms
- Drinks room
- Open-plan kitchen with dining area
- Boot room, laundry and pantry
- Master bedroom suite
- Three guest suites
- Four further bedrooms and family bathroom
Bulkeley Hall is one of the finest examples of mainstream Georgian architecture in the region. Described by English Heritage in their Grade II* listing as a mid 18th Century mansion it displays the classic proportions and balance which is typical of the period. It was built for Thomas Bulkeley, gentleman of Malpas, whose family had links with both the Cholmondeley and Grosvenor families, who remain major landowners in the area.
The Hall is constructed in a Flemish bond brick under a slate roof with stone quoins, sash windows, stone sills and lintels with central pediments and is presented to the highest of standards. Whilst it retains a wonderful range of period detailing, it was comprehensively redeveloped by the current owners with the help of Mark Gillette Interior Design, one of the top interior design firms in the UK. The result is accommodation which offers an exciting mix of traditional and contemporary design, created without compromise.
Stone steps lead up to a recessed front door flanked by reeded wooden columns and with a fluted frieze and radial bar fanlight. It opens into a large reception hall with a flagstone floor and a fireplace with a stone chimney piece and iron grate. Off the hall is the principal access to the dining room with a hand painted mural depicting a rural scene, a fireplace with a marble chimney piece and an arch with an inset glazed panel.
The staircase hall provides access to an elegant hexagonal drawing room, again with a stone fireplace and French doors opening onto a paved terrace and landscaped walled garden beyond. The link between the drawing room and library is arranged as a drinks room, with a sink, fitted cupboards and shelving, and provides access to the wine cellar.
The library is less formal in style and doubles as a study and cinema room. A corridor from the staircase hall passes a cloakroom arriving at a side hall with extensive fitted cupboards and a central ottoman.
The kitchen is positioned at the rear of the house and takes best advantage of the views over the lake and adjoining countryside. Smallbone were commissioned to design and construct the kitchen units and a large island unit. A breakfast/dining area extends into a green oak extension and at the opposite end of the kitchen is a study area and a sitting room, from which is a door leading to a back staircase and a door to the garden.
On the first floor is a fine master bedroom suite with a bathroom and dressing room, a guest suite, 3 further bedrooms, a linen room, WC and a family bathroom. On the second floor are two guest suites, a bedroom, WC and a playroom.
Bulkeley Hall lies in beautiful rolling South Cheshire countryside with lovely views across the surrounding landscape. It is about nine miles from the popular village of Tarporley and six miles from Malpas, which offer an excellent range of day to day services and from which people commute to Chester, Liverpool and Manchester on a daily basis. It is only 15 miles from Crewe and a regular rail service to London Euston (approximately 1 and a half hours).
Tarporley is a highly sought-after village. It has an attractive High Street with a wide range of independent shops and restaurants. In 2008 it was ranked third in Britain's Top Ten Perfect Villages. Malpas is a picturesque country village, recorded in the Doomsday Book, with a fine gothic church (St Oswalds) and buildings in a mixture of architectural styles. It has a good range of shops, pubs and restaurants. Heber High is an outstanding (Ofsted 2011) secondary school situated on the outskirts of the village.
There are excellent private schools in the region including King's and Queen's schools in Chester, Shrewsbury School, Ellesmere College, Moreton Hall and Packwood Preparatory School.
The city of Chester (13 miles) is one of the north west's leading retail and commercial centres serving a catchment area extending from Manchester to Shrewsbury and covering the whole of North Wales. Chester also gives access to the motorway network providing a link to other north west and midlands conurbations and to Liverpool and Manchester airports. The leisure opportunities are also excellent. Portal Golf Club and Carden Park Hotel and Spa both have championship golf courses and a range of other facilities. There are also numerous walks in the area and polo at the Cheshire Polo Ground.
From the turning circle in front of the house the drive connects to a small courtyard around which there is stabling constructed of brick under a slate roof with loose boxes, feed store, tack room, machinery and implement stores. Behind the stabling is an all weather sand manege with post and rail perimeter fencing. Beyond the immediate gardens are railed paddocks.
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