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3 bedroom detached house for sale

Acton Burnell, Shrewsbury


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Tenure: Leasehold

Magnificent drawing room | Hall | Hexagonal kitchen/dining room | 3 bedrooms | Bathroom | Shower Room | Separate w.c | Mature landscaped gardens with terraces and pavilion | Planning permission for a separate two bedroom annexe has been obtained | About 1.7 acres of gardens and grounds

A wonderful and unique house, Sham Castle is an enchanting Georgian Grade II* listed folly standing on a rocky pinnacle with awe-inspiring views encompassing the landmark hill, the Wrekin. Restored and renovated to create a compact but truly special property, it stands in beautiful gardens and grounds surrounded by former parkland, with a backdrop of wooded hills.

Built in 1780 for Sir Edward Smythe Bt of Acton Burnell Hall, the folly became the venue for lavish musical soirees and entertaining his numerous house guests. It was designed by Joseph Bromfield, the fashionable Georgian architect, builder and plasterwork designer noted for his major works at Powis Castle and Attingham Park. Much of the original plasterwork to the magnificent music room, now used as an elegant drawing room, has been painstakingly restored to its former glory.

By the mid 19th Century the folly became a gamekeepers cottage and by the 1950’s had fallen into disrepair and was left empty. In 1984 the building was rescued by a local philanthropist and its restoration was taken forward by the current owners who bought it in 2001.

Its now magical qualities include a hexagonal kitchen which combines as a dining room. This is a well-lit double aspect room with tiled floor is fitted with cupboards with granite worktops appliances and Aga range. There are two ground floor bedrooms with rounded walls and stunning views. These are complemented by a shower room and a spacious bathroom.

From the hall a beautiful curved staircase with trellised cast iron work and mahogany hand rail is lit by a deep arched ogi window and rises to the first floor landing. The master bedroom is fitted with a range of gothic style cupboards reflecting the gothic shaped windows framing views of the surrounding hills.

The magnificent drawing room has a polished oak floor, Adam style fireplace and fine decorative plasterwork depicting scenes of harvest, music and war, ceiling roses and cornices. This is a stunning uplifting room with high ceilings lit by deep windows with a formality for large scale entertaining, yet an intimacy for everyday living.

Sham Castle is located in former parkland, still home to a number of wild roe deer, close to the peaceful South Shropshire village of Acton Burnell, a designated conservation village within Shropshire’s famous “Golden Triangle”. It benefits from a Post Office, a 13th Century church, an English Heritage castle and the school, Concord
International College. Further amenities can be found at Much Wenlock and Church Stretton, both being approximately 8 miles distant. The historic County Town of Shrewsbury offers an extensive range of shopping, leisure and social facilities, along with a good selection of State and Private schools including Shrewsbury School, The High School and preparatory schools, such as Kingsland Grange and Prestfelde. The A5 provides road links to the North West via Oswestry, whilst the M54 provides links to Birmingham. A rail service is available in Shrewsbury. Airports are available at Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham.

Situated on a partially wooded hill that is the geographic centre of a small extinct volcano crater, Sham Castle graces its glorious surroundings, with part terraced gardens with numerous shrubs and trees, stocked borders and rocky outcrops. A pathway leads round to below the tower and a garden pavilion has been positioned to enjoy the stunning views out to the Wrekin and is fitted with electricity for evening entertaining. A garden store is tucked discreetly into the hillside below. The house is approached up a long driveway which leads to double gates opening to the fully fenced gardens of Sham Castle. The drive leads up either side of the rocky hill on which the Castle stands and meet at a parking area to the top.

Planning permission has been granted to build a separate guest annexe to the rear of the tower should it be required. This has been designed by renowned historic architect Graham Moss to be built into the hillside and combine as a garden feature while creating an imaginative, versatile and unique living space. (Permission is valid until 17th December 2016). Plans can be supplied from the agent if required.

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