Barn Hill House, Barn Hill, Stamford
- PROPERTY TYPE
- 7,864-8,673 sq. ft.
(731-806 sq. m.)
- Iconic property at Stamford’s heart
- Flexible living accommodation across four floors
- Plethora of original features throughout
- Seven reception rooms over ground and lower ground floor
- Principal suite and guest suite to first floor
- A further four double bedrooms and three bathrooms
- Stunning formal grounds and summer house
- Electric gated, gravel driveway with ample parking
- Garage and store accessed from Barn Hill Mews
Stamford Station 0.4 miles, Peterborough 15 miles (London Kings Cross around 50 minutes)
(All distances and times are approximate)
Barn Hill House enjoys a prominent position within the medieval core of the conservation area of Stamford. The top of Barn Hill was the original location for the sheep market before it was moved down the road (to Sheep Market) around 1781. Barn Hill House is a short distance from the station, shops, amenities and leisure facilities. For the more intrepid, there are uninterrupted walks through the meadows and further into the Welland Valley, also within easy reach.
Stamford is renowned for its Georgian architecture and regularly appears as a prime location within various national newspaper “best places to live” features. There is a weekly Friday Market and a fortnightly Farmers’ Market. There is also a great variety of restaurants, hotels and boutique shops to explore.
Approximately two miles to the east of Stamford is Burghley House, with stunning gardens and parkland providing many walks right on your doorstep.
The A1 runs to the west of the town and provides easy access both north and south and a link to the A14, A47 and M25. The nearby Cathedral City of Peterborough, with its comprehensive shopping and leisure facilities, has a mainline rail station with high-speed trains to London Kings Cross.
The area has excellent state and private schooling in Stamford, Oakham, Uppingham and Oundle.
Leisure pursuits including golf at Burghley Park, Luffenham Heath and Greetham are close by. Rutland Water with its nature reserve, water sports and trout fishing is some seven miles to the west.
History & Description:
In the beginning, the site where Barn Hill House now proudly stands was once the bowling green on the Noel family estate. In 1698, illustrated by the inscribed quoin denoting the building-date, Barn Hill House was built. Over the years, the house was altered and renovated, extended and restored, yet at the heart of the property the original interior walls of the home survive.
In 1842 the Marquess of Exeter purchased Barn Hill House, for £2,500, to provide accommodation for his guests when Queen Victoria visited Burghley. Built predominately of ashlar stone under a slate roof, Barn Hill House underwent a transformation when the Marquess instructed his architect, Browning, to restore the property and re-model the façade of the property, largely the North elevation overlooking the grounds.
Through Browning’s vision, the porch was added, featuring four Roman Doric, fluted columns advocating a refined elegance indicative of the classical style experimented with at the time. Further enhancing the iconic frontage of Barn Hill House is the attic parapet carved with swags and rams’ heads and the round head given to the central doorway, complete with sculptured keystones and flanked by classical urns.
Through the double-height, double doors into the reception hall, one is instantly met with grandeur and elegance, illustrated in the three pilasters with Ionic-type capitals, rounded archway with central key-block and plaster cornice. The panelled hallway, with high ceilings draws you into Barn Hill House. To the left is the dual-aspect office with handsome early 17th century reset panelling with moulded surrounds, and the feature fireplace, with carved eared surround, which was added in 1740.
Opposite is the opulent drawing room enjoying stunning views of the grounds. Beautiful period features comprise; early 18th century bolection-moulded panelling, with wooden cornice, and the corner chimney which was relocated to the north wall where the feature fireplace displays a Rococo-style central panel and carved pulvinated frieze. French doors open out onto the parterre and a further door opens into the dual-aspect dining room also boasting the bolection panelling and feature corner fireplace.
Similarly to the office, the dual-aspect library is also of reset 17th-century panelling and displays full height, built-in book shelving behind glass panes, as well as a feature corner fireplace. Both the office and the library have doors onto the secondary staircase, originally known as the service stair.
To the rear of the ground floor is a cloakroom and access to the grounds.
At the heart of Barn Hill House, the cantilevered staircase, with cast-iron balusters and floral motifs, rises to the first floor. The galleried landing is flooded with natural light from the window which perfectly frames the impressive chandelier.
Off the landing is a luxurious, dual-aspect family bathroom with marble flooring, free-standing bath, separate rain-head shower, double sinks, toilet and bidet.
Moving under the round-headed arch with key-block detail, to the central landing, double doors open into the Principal Suite. Dual aspect and enjoying views over the gardens, it too has a corner feature fireplace. A door opens into the ensuite, with feature corner fireplace, rain-head shower and two sinks. This then flows into the dressing area with built-in wardrobes and door re-entering the bedroom.
The guest suite to the first floor, also with beautiful high ceilings and corner fireplace, enjoys charming views over the infamous Stamford roof line. A door opens into a dressing room with built-in wardrobe, which then leads through to the family bathroom.
Completing the first floor is a storage room accessed from both bedrooms and the hallway, as well as access to the secondary stair.
Taking the secondary stairs to the second floor, originally the servants’ quarters, is a dual aspect corridor off which are four double bedrooms, practically mirror image across the corridor, with feature beams and each with a feature fireplace. There are also two bathrooms, one to either side, with bath, separate shower, sink, toilet and bidet.
The lower ground floor, also accessed via the secondary staircase, is the oldest part of Barn Hill House, with large, unchamfered beam work and windows with either three or four mullioned lights with triangular heads.
The external entrance to the lower ground floor is off Barn Hill Mews where a wooden door opens into a porch. Off the porch is a boot room and shower room.
The flagstone floor extends through to the hallway that is divided by the stairs. The sitting room/ seventh bedroom, with stone surround fireplace, houses a log burner and a second door opens onto the corridor to the other side of the stairs.
Opposite the sitting room/seventh bedroom is the kitchen-living-diner with an incredible inglenook fireplace and vast log burner, stone mullion windows and characterful, exposed stone wall. The flagstones continue throughout the room to the kitchen area.
The shaker-style kitchen with Viennese granite worktops has a large central island with breakfast bar seating, ample storage and NEFF microwave. Other features of note are the granite, dual sink, AGA with electric companion and gas hob and a second sink.
A doorway off the kitchen, back into the core of Barn Hill House, leads to a pantry room and laundry room.
Completing the lower ground floor, and in contrast to the character features of the 16th century rooms, is an elegant Orangery with underfloor heating. Natural light pours through the dual-height windows and the vaulted ceiling creates a light and airy atmosphere, whilst two sets of double doors open onto the dining terrace, ideal for entertaining.
In all, Grade II* listed, Barn Hill House is truly the historical treasure crowning Barn Hill.
Barn Hill House and grounds are a deceptive haven in the heart of the conservation area of Stamford, sitting proudly within approximately 0.93acres, grounds that were generously extended back in 1832 when, under the Brown family, the site of the nearby St. Clement’s church and churchyard was incorporated into the garden.
Positioned at the top of Barn Hill, Barn Hill House is predominately encircle by a wall that is also Grade II*, creating private and secluded grounds. Between two ashlar gate piers surmounted by classical urns, the black, wrought iron, electric gates, open onto a generous, gravelled driveway.
The formal garden lies to the West. Clipped yew hedging frames the manicured lawn that is encompassed by a gravel pathway which extends to a gravelled seating area that wraps around the western frontage of the property. Drawing the eye centrally is a box hedging parterre and a pathway leading to a fountain.
The formal lawn is flanked by stunning banks brimming with herbaceous planting, offering seasonal colour and texture all year round. From hebe to lavender, sedum to geraniums, ornamental grasses to Japanese anemone, euphorbia, pervoskia, alliums and peonies and not forgetting an abundance of roses, to name but a few of the many plants, the garden is also exceedingly sheltered highlighted by the palm trees.
Stone steps rise to a wisteria and rose walkway, where the summer house is nestled. Also Grade II * the summer house was built in the mid-18th century and boasts stunning, raised views across the garden.
Shallow sleeper steps flanked by bamboo are located to the southwest corner of the formal gardens and lead down to a walkway along the southern perimeter of the property. The beds bordering the path are filled with hydrangea, geraniums and lambs ear, amongst others, whilst mature trees provide dappled shade, creating a tranquil space.
The pathway meanders to the southeast, passing the access to the garage, before opening onto the courtyard of the formal dining terrace, complete with ornamental fishpond. Within the courtyard, the stone façade of Barn Hill House is softened by Virginia Creeper and Wisteria and a side door leads to Barn Hill Mews, where the garage to Barn Hill House is accessed from. The garage has a storeroom above, whilst stairs to the rear rise to the side gardens.
Mains water, electricity, gas and drainage are connected. Gas central heating. None of the services have been tested by the agents.
FIXTURES AND FITTINGS
Only those mentioned in these sales particulars are included in the sale. All others, such as curtains, light fittings and garden ornaments are specifically excluded but may be available by separate negotiation.
South Kesteven District Council:
RIGHTS OF WAY, EASEMENTS, WAY LEAVES
The property will be sold subject to the benefit of all existing rights, both public and private including rights of way, supply of drainage, water abstraction, electricity supplies and other rights, covenants, restrictions and obligations, quasi-easements and all wayleaves, whether referred to or not. It may be necessary for rights and reservations to be made to provide services, access and maintenance to the properties if the property is not sold as a whole.
Barn Hill House has garaging located on Barn Hill Mews
The property may only be inspected by prior arrangement through King West
From Red Lion Square in central Stamford, turn off the B1081 onto All Saints’ Place. Continue along All Saints’ Place and the road merges into Barn Hill. Once on Barn Hill, travel approximately 60 meters and turn left onto the gated driveway of Barn Hill House.
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2. The photographs illustrate parts of the property as were apparent at the time they were taken. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate only.
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Barn Hill House, Barn Hill, Stamford
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