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9 bedroom detached house for sale

Langley House, Wiltshire, SN15 5LX

Under Offer £5,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 8 bedrooms, 4 reception rooms
  • 1 bedroom cottage
  • Coach house and stables
  • Swimming pool, tennis court
  • In all about 85 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Situation

Langley House is situated in stunning Wiltshire countryside, between the villages of Langley Burrell and Kington Langley, next to the parish church of Langley Burrell. The market town of Chippenham is 2 miles away, where the mainline station runs regular services to London Paddington (from 71 minutes). The M4 is easily accessible, providing excellent communications, with Bristol Airport 34 miles away and Heathrow Airport 80 miles away. Chippenham also offers a wide range of shopping and recreational facilities for everyday needs. Bath is 16 miles away, offering an extensive range of shopping, recreational and educational facilities. The fashionable town of Tetbury is only 14 miles away.

There is an excellent selection of schools in the area, including Marlborough, St Mary's Calne, Dauntsey's, Monkton Combe, Stonar and Westonbirt. Golf can be found at the Wiltshire Hotel and Golf Club, and the Bowood Golf and Country Club. The house lies within the Beaufort hunting country.


Description

HISTORY
While the original Langley estate was owned by Henry White of Grittleton in the 16th Century, its notoriety stems from the period after it was acquired by Thomas Ashe, a successful London lawyer, in 1655. The estate remained with the direct descendents of the Ashe family for almost 350 years, when it was sold to the current owners. It has had much association with the Reverend Francis Kilvert, appearing in the book 'Kilvert's Diary', which was serialised on television in the 1970s. Reverend Kilvert's father was appointed rector of Langley Burrell by Robert Ashe, and Kilbert was curate twice. Kilvert described the original house as 'on the knoll just beyond the fishpond below the terrace walk'. The present Langley House was built between 1740 and 1770, next to the site of the original 16th Century house, the Stables of which remain. From 1998 to 2001 the house underwent a meticulous restoration by the currend owners, restoring many of the original features of the 18th Century house. The Coach House and Stables, dating from the 19th Century and 17th Century respectively, also enjoyed a sympathetic and detailed restoration in 2001.


DESCRIPTION
Approached via a sweeping drive through attractive parkland, Langley House is an exceptional 18th Century Georgian Grade II* Listed property built of Cotswold stone under a stone tiled parapet roof. It is built over 3 main floors of accommodation, with an additional attic floor and extensive cellars. The interior of the house provides elegant room sizes with impressive ceiling heights throughout. The views from every room overlook the mature parkland that surrounds Langley House. The main reception rooms are bright and well proportioned. The kitchen/breakfast room is spacious and allows for open family living, in balance to the more formal side of the main reception rooms. The bedroom accommodation is plentiful, with large rooms and ample storage. The Cottage is accessed either from the house, from outside via the back drive or from the Courtyard, providing suitable ancillary accommodation over 2 floors. The Coach House and Stables are Grade II Listed and situated at the back of the house. Surrounding the house are extensive gardens and grounds including a large walled garden, swimming pool with pool house, mature parkland and woodland.


Accommodation

Ground Floor
Entrance through the front door into the hall, with flagstone floor and marble fireplace. The vaulted ceiling and pillars lead to the reception rooms. The drawing room has original oak flooring, sash windows and original cornicing. This room is particularly light and spacious. Also accessed from the hall, the sitting room is half panelled with similar sash windows, fitted shelves and cupboards. The dining room is a spacious room overlooking the rear of the house, with a concealed drinks cupboard. Also at the front of the house and accessed from the inner hall is the study, which has the original oak panelling taken from the earlier 17th Century house in the 18th Century, with a storage cupboard and a marble fireplace. Adjacent to this is the cloakroom, with quarry tiled floor, WC and wash basin. The inner hall houses several storage cupboards, and leads into the flower room. This room has several fitted cupboards, a Belfast sink unit and the original pump to the well beneath the house. Stairs lead down towards the kitchen/breakfast room. The kitchen was designed by Robinson and Cornish, with fitted painted units, a double sink unit, an island unit in the centre of the room, a fitted dresser and a large larder cupboard. There is a 4-oven oil fired Aga, with an additional electric hob and 2-oven 'module'. The breakfast room has flagstone flooring, fitted dresser cupboards along one wall, with painted half panelling elsewhere. Both rooms have under-floor heating and spotlight lighting. The laundry is situated just off the kitchen/breakfast room, and provides plentiful space with a double sink unit, full height storage cupboards, a heated airing cupboard and a clothes rail. From the opposite end of the kitchen, there is access out to the courtyard. Another door leads through to the pantry, with slate cold shelf and wooden shelving. The boot room has a fitted bench with heated boot stores and coat hooks. There is also a Belfast sink, and access out to the courtyard. Adjacent to the boot room, stairs lead down to the WC, and access to the Cottage. All rooms on the ground floor have original working internal shutters on the windows.

From the inner hall, stairs lead down to the extensive cellars, comprising a log store, vaulted wine cellars, the boiler room and 2 further cellars. There is also external access from the cellars.

From the hall, there is a Butler's cupboard under the stairs. The stairs are English oak, with a Honduran mahogany banister.

First Floor
The main staircase rises to the first floor, with a large sash window half way up. The landing has an arched ceiling similar to that of the hall. The master bedroom is extremely spacious with a marble fireplace and south-westerly views over the parkland. There are several fitted wardrobes, and steps down into the en-suite bathroom. This comprises a bath, WC and 2 wash basins, heated towel rail and further storage. Both of these rooms have spotlights throughout. Bedroom 2 has a fitted cupboard and a marble fireplace and has views to the South and West across the garden. The dressing room and bathroom can be found further along the landing, with further storage, bath, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail. Bedroom 3 is currently used as a twin guest room, with en-suite bathroom comprising bath, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail. The end of the landing houses fitted linen cupboards. Bedroom 4 is used as a single room, with a single sash window and fireplace. There are 2 doors from the first floor that access the back staircase, which runs from the kitchen to the attic, the old servants' quarters.

Second Floor
The main staircase rises up to the second floor. The children's playroom has original wood flooring, extensive fitted storage cupboards and shelving. Bedroom 5 is directly above bedroom 2 and has 3 fitted wardrobes. Adjacent to the children's playroom is bedroom 6, overlooking the front of the house, and with fitted wardrobes. Bedroom 7 is a double bedroom and has a painted wooden fireplace. At the end of the landing, there are fitted linen cupboards on one side, and a family bathroom on the other, comprising WC, bath, wash basin and heated towel rail. Bedroom 8 has fitted wardrobes and overlooks the courtyard. There is a shower room adjacent, with WC, wash basin, shower and heated towel rail. There is one door from the second floor landing that accesses the back staircase.

Third Floor
The back staircase rises from the second floor up to the third floor, which is the old servants' quarters. The water tanks are housed here, and 5 storage rooms provide plentiful space. There are steps up to a window, giving access onto the parapet roof and the bell tower. The roof has far-reaching views over the surrounding parkland, and has access all around the house.

Cottage
The Cottage can be accessed from the courtyard on one side, and from the back drive on the other. It can also be accessed from the bootroom of the main house. From the courtyard, the glazed entrance door leads into the hall, with flagstone floor (currently carpeted). The kitchen is quarry tiled with a beamed ceiling and fitted units, with a larder adjacent. The sitting room is a spacious room, with stairs rising up to the first floor. A spacious landing separates the bedroom from the dressing room with fitted cupboards and bathroom, with bath, WC and wash basin.



Games Room/Gym
This single storey room is accessed from the rear of the house. This room, with a solid oak floor and exposed roof trusses, was the original kitchen to the house and is wired for surround sound music.


OUTBUILDINGS, GARDENS AND GROUNDS

Outside, there is a dog kennel and yard with wrought iron fencing.

Coach House and Stables

The Coach House is a Grade II Listed stone building and houses the stables, bicycle store and garaging, with a large hay loft. The bicycle store is at one end next to the Stables. The Stables have been restored to their original state, with lead flash windows, cobbled floors and original mangers. There is a quarantine stable, 2 further loose boxes and 4 stalls. The tack room has saddle racks and a stone floor. Stairs lead from the covered way up to the first floor. The whole building, as with the main house, was re-roofed using antique stone tiles. The flooring is partly made up of original elm flooring from the main house. There was planning permission (granted in 2000) to convert this area into 1 bedroom staff accommodation, which expired in 2006. Subject to the necessary consents, it would be possible to revoke this.

Adjoining the Stables, the Coach House is now used as garaging/workshop, with a fitted workbench, and this area can take up to 4 cars.

The large oil-heated swimming pool is at the far end of the walled garden. It is tiled with large dark blue Venetian tiles, and has unique Bath stone steps and an electric safety cover. It is surrounded by a stone terrace. The pool house, which was built in 2000 comprises "his" and "hers" changing rooms, a kitchen and large WC/basin/dressing room.

The swimming pool plant room is adjacent to the swimming pool, with access from the walled garden. It contains the water tank, filter system and heater. A garden workshop and 'lean-to' is adjacent to here, beyond the ruins of an earlier - cattle bower' is a further tractor store and compost heap.

The all-weather hard tennis court, built in 2000, is behind the walled garden.

Walled Garden
The original 19th Century red brick walled garden runs along the north of the house, and has extensive box hedging and roses, surrounded by lawns. An avenue of Liquidamber trees divides the walled garden from North to South. There is also the original flagstone-edged carp pond, used to keep fish in the 18th and 19th Century.

Outside the walled garden, to the South and West of the house, there are further gardens with formal box hedging, lawns and 2 further ponds (all interlinked).

Parkland
The extensive and well kept parkland surrounds the house providing it with a fantastic setting, including plentiful mature specimen trees (oaks planted after - The Great Storm' of 1745, Wellingtonia and Scots Pine). An oak folly can be found towards the front of the house, lying in front of the yew trees that separate the property from St Peter's Church. A - snail mound' is situated towards the rear of the house, and a mown path can be found around the perimeter of the parkland.


Directions

Exit the M4 at Junction 17. Take the A350 towards Chippenham. Continue for about 2 miles, and take the left hand turn towards Kington Langley. Continue into the village, bear right, and at the T Junction turn right onto the B4069 towards Langley Burrell. Before reaching the village and after 0.8 miles, the Parish Church will be on the left. The drive to Langley House can be found just after the church on the left hand side.


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