5 bedroom apartment for saleWestwood House, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire
Offers Over £750,000
- A grand and imposing building
- 5 bedrooms
- 4 bathrooms
- The great hall made for entertaining
- Charming family room, elegant drawing room
- Modern kitchen
- Approx 2.5 acres of private grounds
- Close to town centre
- Steeped in history
- Ample parking
Full descriptionA stunning Grade I Listed apartment within a 15th century imposing house. Steeped in history, this extremely generous apartment consists of 5 bedrooms, 4 bathroom/shower rooms, an impressive Great Hall, family room, modern kitchen, wine cellar, potential hobby room/games centre/indoor cinema and physical fitness centre. This property is suitable to sub-divide if required. Set in extensive landscaped gardens with approximately 2.5 acres of private garden, ample parking and close to the town centre. This is a luxurious example of period living and gives a real sense of grandeur.
Vendor Interview - Approach Westwood House, the ancient seat of the Pakington family, through the surrounding Parkland and instantly one feels as if the centuries have rolled away. The family came to Worcestershire from neighbouring Warwickshire about 1377 and acquired nearby estates in 1436. The familys coats of arms are in the stained glass windows in the Great Hall.
At the time of the dissolution of the monasteries John Pakington persuaded King Henry VIII to sell him the Westwood estate of the Benedictine nuns for £22. Nunnery Farm and Nunnery Wood with their excellent shooting are still adjacent.
Westwood was until the restoration of the monarchy used as a banqueting house and hunting lodge. The house was extended in Elizabethan times by Lusty Pakington a great favourite of Elizabeth I and modernised later with the present magnificent plaster ceilings donated by Charles II. The Elizabethan Suite occupies what was once the Banqueting Suite on the ground floor of the property, lit by large bay windows, overlooking the grounds.
This Elizabethan Stately Home exudes grand country elegance.
The Property is steeped in history, describes the current owners. Step into the Great Hall and you can imagine the splendour of the 1600s and before. For example the Elizabethan gentlemen in their doublets and the ladies in their magnificent gowns and ruffs gathering in this space in front of the roaring fire where we ourselves entertain today.
At Christmas time the property is fabulous we have a huge tree in the Hall, ornately decorated and there is a romantic nostalgia in knowing that people have been celebrating here for not just years but centuries before us. Indeed everywhere you look within the property there are subtle reminders of the generations past. The stunningly detailed plasterwork of the ceilings commissioned by King Charles.
We were attracted to the property not only because of its beauty and fascinating history but its position on the ground floor. It is far more convenient to have everything on just one level, yet we still have the pleasure of beautiful views that can
hardly of changed since the property was first constructed.
There is abundant wild life in the peace and tranquillity of the property. The whole area is a haven of wildlife.
Each property comes with its own private area of the grounds which each resident is required to maintain.
A regular contract gardener is at hand for those that do not wish or are unable to garden. The Elizabethan Suite has 2.5 acres of private gardens, referred to as The secret garden.
The community get on so well we tend to share the space. It is a lovely environment for dogs and children and plenty of space for outdoor entertaining, explains the owner.
We have owned the property for the past seven years and it has given us great joy.
From hosting spectacular social events around the great hall table to relaxing in
front of the roaring log fire. We will be sad to leave but would like to be
closer to our twin daughters and their young families who have relocated to Jersey. The property would be ideal for anyone who, like us, wants to enjoy the perfect juxtaposition of peaceful Old England and convenient modern living.
* These comments are the personal views of the current owners and are included as an insight into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on without verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent.
Accommodation Summary - The property boasts a long and rich history. Owned by the Pakington family whose local roots date back to the 12th century and with both King Henry VIII and King Charles I having connections with Westwood House.
The main entrance to the property leads you into the magnificent Great Hall which has a superb plaster work ceiling with all the original covings and wood panelling throughout. The large period open fireplace provides a vocal point to the room. The leaded windows with original stained glass bearing the family coat of arms from 1436 look out over the landscaped gardens, ancient parkland and a 50 acre lake.
West Wing - From the Great Hall you enter a charming family room with an ornate plaster ceiling, wood panelling open brick fireplace with electric fire. The modern and extremely well presented kitchen combines modern life with period features. With spectacular views over the gardens and surrounding parkland it provides a wonderful area for outside entertainment.
East Wing - The master bedroom with its impressive ornate ceiling and views over the lake and parkland enjoys space, light and elegance. There is a large modern well presented bathroom.
Within the East Wing down a set of stairs is one of the guest suite accommodation areas. Here you will find a large double bedroom with its own sitting room area, exposed beams and separate shower room.
South Wing - The second large double guest bedroom has a modern feel to it. Next is the most elegant drawing room with magnificent original marble fireplace, wonderful wall panelling, ornate skirting boards, covings and doors. There is adjacent an extremely generously sized shower room and laundry room with built in wardrobes.
Below this, is the lower ground floor, with more than full head height. This has three chambers used at present as a wine cellar, potential hobby room/games centre/indoor cinema/physical fitness centre.
North Wing - This family suite offers two double bedrooms with a well presented bathroom and its own separate external entrance to the remainder of the house and the grounds outside.
The study is located to the front of the property. This is a generous sized room with ample space for desks, settees and armchairs and a separate room which could accommodate a W.C.
The Gardens - The house is set in the several acres of landscaped gardens. The property is approached through the entrance gates past the lodge. At the end of the . mile private drive one passes through wrought iron gates and two ornate gatehouses. The driveway is then flanked by beautifully maintained lawns leading to the property. A dwarf box hedge marks a turning circle with its ornate paving in the centre of which is a massive carved urn, around which is ample parking. To the rear of the building are two single garages en-bloc. The private woodland (Secret garden) has many mature trees belonging to the property that is approximately 2.5 acres which in the spring becomes a carpet of daffodills and bluebells.
Location - Westwood House is 2 miles from the town centre of Droitwich and 7 miles from Worcester. Birmingham airport is 23 miles and access to the M5 is four miles away. There are good rail transport links to London from Worcester and Droitwich. Within the local area you will find many lovely Worcestershire villages with excellent restaurants and pubs. A wide selection of schools is within close proximity including the well known Bromsgrove School. In addition there is a wide range of sporting and countryside pursuits readily available.
Services - Mains water, electricity, oil fired central heating and shared drainage with septic tank.
Local Authority - Wychavon District Council
Viewing Arrangements - Strictly via the vendors sole agents Fine & Country
Directions - The post code is WR9 0AD. From the M5 at junction 6 head northwards on the A4538 to Martin Hussingtree. Turn right onto the A38 and continue for approximately 1.5 miles. At the first roundabout take the left turning along the bypass and leave at the first exit after approximately 1.5 miles. Take the second turning on your left and follow the boundary wall to Westwood Park. After a mile you will see on your left hand side the gatehouse to Westwood House. Turn here and follow the private drive all the way through the parkland to the main house. The Elizabethan Suite is the principal apartment immediately in front of you.
Agents Notes - All measurements are approximate and quoted in metric with imperial equivalents and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given and that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed on the brochure.
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