5 bedroom country house for saleChurchover, Rugby, Warwickshire
Sold STC £3,000,000
- Refurbished 8,000sq ft mansion
- 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
- Latest smart home technology
- Media room - air conditioning
- Stunning grand staircase
- Long private driveway
- 4 car garage
- Gym, sauna & jacuzzi
- Tennis court
- Over 60 acres of parkland
Full descriptionCoton House is a late 18th century country house, quite rightly a home of historical interest and is listed Grade II*. The beautifully appointed home offers attractive, Georgian sandstone elevations with spectacular views over approximately 69 acres of parkland.
Introduction - Coton House has a long private driveway which sweeps into a large courtyard. The current Coton House was originally constructed in 1787 by the renowned architect Samuel Wyatt; the property today has been meticulously refurbished with sympathy for the existing building incorporating a wealth of period features whilst offering contemporary high specification fittings throughout the building, including the latest Smartahome technology, home cinema, multi room media, home automation and smart security. As expected the house has a spectacular fitted kitchen together with a range of high quality Porcelanosa bathrooms and en suites.
The property has the benefit of refurbished large sash windows which provide an abundance of natural light in all of the rooms and compliments the marble fireplaces, deep sectional skirting boards, ceiling mouldings and a spectacular glazed lantern that overlooks the stone built, cantilevered central staircase, providing a magnificent combination of old and new. Currently the property offers over 10,000 sq. ft. of accommodation and ancillary buildings with a grand entrance hall with staircase, magnificent study and library, a sitting room, media room, formal dining room and large kitchen/breakfast room. On the first floor there are five bedrooms; all providing outstanding views of the parkland surrounding it as well as a library/dressing room. There is an impressive balcony from one of the bedrooms providing panoramic views. Externally there is a central courtyard with four car garaging and another building that houses the spa with sauna, hot tub, gym and changing rooms.
Vendors Comments - This magnificent Grade II* listed mansion house, which sits elegantly within around seventy acres of private parkland, enjoys a superb location on the rural fringes of the historic market town of Rugby. The house dates back originally to the 1700s, but more recently, for many years it had been owned by the Pension Fund of the Post Office, says the owner. However in 2010 there was a catastrophic fire that destroyed all but the external walls, so when we purchased it in 2012 it was in an extremely fragile state. Initially we were granted permission to transform it into four luxury apartments, but ultimately we decided it would be much nicer to turn it back into one very large and extremely impressive family home, so weve spent the past three years painstakingly restoring the whole house to its former glory.
The fire ripped right through the building, so there were no ceilings, no floors and no windows, just bare brickwork and stone; it was a derelict ruin and almost everything of historical value had been destroyed. So when we embarked upon this extremely ambitious project of restoration we spent an awful lot of time looking at old photographs and researching the history of the building, and I think that in terms of the look of the house, what we have managed to achieved is as close to the original design as we could possibly have wished for.
We spent nine months reinstating the spectacular sweeping staircase which is very Gone with the Wind all of the woodwork was handmade in a specialist joinery shop and all of the windows have been taken back to the original box sashes; theres been no expense spared and the attention to detail throughout is minute. However, hidden away within the fabric of the building is a wealth of smart technology, so its very much a modern home in a period shell. Weve incorporated air conditioning, a state-of-the-art music system, and the heating, hot water and lighting can each be controlled remotely via the iPhone or iPad. Its also heated by an air source heat pump and super insulated throughout, so the running costs are surprisingly low for a house of this size. Everything has been done to modern-day specifications, which for a Grade II* listed property is virtually unheard of.
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Ground Floor - As expected, Coton House has a grand entrance porch with a canopied glazed roof; there is a small plant room to the right and a cloakroom with high quality fittings and tiles. Double doors lead to the grand entrance hall, befitting of such a fine country house and there are original restored flag stone floors that lead to the staircase, which has a beautiful domed glazed lantern, providing a huge degree of natural light
creating a truly grand feel. There are, in keeping with the listed status, a high degree of original features that have been restored or replaced to include deep sectional skirting boards and the rebuilt cantilevered stone staircase, one of only three left in the country that has mahogany curved rails and wrought iron spindles that lead to the large galleried landing. The majority of the house has been rebuilt or restored, overseen by English Heritage, with meticulous attention to detail; even using old photographs from the 1950s to replicate the original architecture. From the hall, doors lead to the ground floor rooms including kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, drawing room, study/library and the media room. The sitting room has dual aspect views to the rear with four large sash windows and adjacent to this is the media room which has, as expected, a variety of fitted smart technology also has four box sash windows with attractive views of the surrounding parkland. The kitchen/breakfast room has an elliptical shaped glass kitchen with a variety of high quality fittings throughout, work surfaces and a bank of built in appliances on the far wall, that will include a fridge, ovens and coffee machine. *Please note that the kitchen is currently being fitted.
Again, the room has a variety of attractive features with ornate ceiling cornicing, original marble fireplace and windows to all sides. Adjacent to this is the formal dining room with a spectacular marble fireplace and again, views via four box sash windows. There are discreetly fitted ceiling mounted speakers which are situated in every room, (an integral part of the smart technology). A door from here leads to the study/library, which again has ornate cornicing and is a true architectural feature of the house with its oval shape and attractive doors that lead to the rear terrace. The sitting room has four windows providing dual aspect views with a recess and provision for a large flat screen TV, plus built in smart technology throughout. There is an original marble fireplace with tiled cheeks providing an attractive focal point.
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Landing - There is a small mezzanine to the first floor that brings us to the half landing; which leads to a convenient utility room, with a view down to the canopied porch and doors that lead to a wine store and small plant room. The staircase continues to the first floor galleried landing where you can fully appreciate the glazed ceiling lantern in greater detail. This leads to five large bedrooms including an impressive master suite. The beautifully appointed master suite has large windows and panoramic views, in turn, there is a stunning bathroom, fitted with a variety of high quality Porcelanosa fittings including a freestanding slipper bath, set beneath an attractive sash window, his and hers wash basin, low level WC and some attractive contemporary tiling throughout. There is a door that then leads to the dressing room, which has a curved frontage overlooking the rear terrace and panoramic views beyond. In turn, there is an original stone fireplace and attractive timber mouldings on the walls. Bedroom two, again shares spectacular views and has an original stone fireplace with Victorian cast iron surround. It has a luxurious ensuite bathroom with shower, bath, wash basin and low level WC. Bedroom three is on the northern wing of the building and again shares dual aspect views; it has attractive flooring and a beautifully appointed en suite shower room with Porcelanosa fittings and tiling. Just off the landing is an inner hall, providing a degree of self containment for both bedrooms 4 and 5. Bedroom four is situated on the southern side of the property and houses an en suite bathroom whilst steps lead to its own private decked terrace with glazed balustrades and panoramic southfacing views. From the hallway, steps lead up to bedroom five which also has its own ensuite shower room.
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Outside - There is a long sweeping driveway with grand electric gates that meander toward the A428; a team of archaeologists painstakingly helped locate the original road that lead to the estate and the present developers have managed to replicate its position. The property is situated some distance away behind a range of mature trees. There are trees situated around the parkland on your approach before Coton House comes into view with its attractive sandstone elevations and Georgian splendour. As you sweep across the drive, there are views towards the tennis court, rear terrace and the Parterre garden, with its box hedging and fountains which are a delightful feature. As you approach the parking area there is a listed building with conical, timber slate roof which is an original game larder for the estate.
Land - The land surrounding Coton House estate approaches 69 acres of original parkland, planted in the 1800s and is currently managed under grazing rights by a local farmer, whose family have looked after the land for 60 years, thus providing a low maintenance environment for any potential buyer.
Garaging, Gym & Spa - The garage block offers parking for four vehicles, a fantastic storage area for the motoring enthusiast. Inbetween the garaging, the Gym and Spa is a courtyard and garden store. The Gym and Spa face the frontage of the main house and have super views of the Parterre garden, via the bi fold doors. This building houses a hot tub, sauna and changing rooms. Adjacent to both structures are the discreetly hidden air source heat pumps for both the main house, the gym and spa.
Technology - As previously stated this beautiful period home has an abundance of historical features, but has been delightfully restored with the 21st century buyer in mind. The developer has worked tirelessly to integrate
the property with the most up to date technology. The home has air conditioning throughout, multi-room media options, home automation, smart security systems, all operable from a smart phone app and
an endless list of technological upgrades that also means that any future developments in home technology can be easily added to the already impressive system. The website
www.smartatechnology.co.uk is a useful reference guide for any buyer requiring further information. The home also has a hi-tech air source heating system which allows the property to off set what would
otherwise be a significant carbon foot print. As expected for a restoration of this type the developers will provide a 10 year structural warranty and an abundance of compliance certificates on completion.
Location - Rugby has grown to become Warwickshires second largest market town, boasting a variety of designer and high street shops, restaurants and pubs. Famed for its public school, the birth of rugby football and the Frank Whittle jet engine, Rugby is also home to the green open spaces of Caldecott Park, Coombe Abbey Country Park, Brownsover Hall and Draycote Water. With a range of excellent schools, Rugby is ideally placed for a well-rounded education. Equally so for transport too, thanks to its convenient motorway links and speedy rail services to Birmingham, Leicester and London Euston in around 50 minutes. Situated on the northern edge of Rugby, this location combines the relaxation of a semi-rural retreat by the River Avon, with plenty of amenities close by including a new retail park at hand and the Warwickshire countryside beyond.
Positioned in the heart of England the county is famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare. There are no cities in Warwickshire since both Coventry and Birmingham were incorporated into the West Midlands County in 1974 and are now metropolitan authorities in themselves. Warwickshire hosts several key towns including Leamington Spa Warwick, Stratford upon Avon, Kenilworth, Henley In Arden and Rugby to name a few. The northern tip of the county is only three miles from the Derbyshire border. An average-sized English county covering an area of almost 2,000 km2, it runs some 60 miles north to south. Equivalently it extends as far north as Shrewsbury in Shropshire and as far south as Banbury in north Oxfordshire.
Local Authority - Rugby Borough Council 01788 533533
Viewing Arrangements - Strictly by the vendors sole agents on (01788) 820062.
Opening Hours - Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Saturday 9.00 am - 4.30 pm
Directions - From the centre of Rugby pass the Rugby council offices, following the signs towards Lutterworth, the M1 and the M6. Continue northbound out of town passing Tescos on your right hand side. Continue over a further four roundabouts going directly over the M6 following the signs towards Lutterworth. The grand entrance to Coton House can be found on the right hand side, recognised by a Fine & Country for sale sign.
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 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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