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9 bedroom detached house for sale

Main Street, Barton under Needwood, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, DE13

Sold STC £2,500,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 4 receptions
  • Master bedroom, 8 further bedrooms
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Range of outbuildings
  • Substantial period coach house with extensive stabling.
  • The Stable Apartments
  • The Lodge - A substantial gate lodge
  • extending to about 27 acres
  • a further 32.36 acres is available (Lot 2) for a guide price of 425,000
  • EPC Rating = E

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

An exceptional country house with secondary accommodation in an edge of village location, with excellent communication links. In all about 27 acres.

A further 32.65 acres is available (Lot 2) for a guide price of £400,000


The Knoll lies on the north west edge of Barton under Needwood, a sought-after village in East Staffordshire with excellent communication links. The village offers a very good range of amenities including a Tudor church, a number of shops, pubs/restaurants and a village hall. It is very well served with sports facilities based around the Holland Sports Club which has facilities for cricket, football, rugby, tennis, netball and even a renowned tug of war team. There is a very good marina complex connected to the Trent and Mersey canal where in addition to canal access and moorings there is an attractive range of shops and places to eat.

Barton under Needwood is well placed about a mile from the A38, offering easy access to Burton upon Trent and Lichfield.
Derby and Birmingham are also in good commuting distance. Lichfield Station offers a rapid mainline connection to London Euston in about 1 hour. East Midlands Airport and Birmingham Airport are easily reached.

The village offers good primary and secondary schools with John Taylor High School being very well regarded and with competition to be within its catchment area. There is also good private schooling nearby including Abbots Bromley School for Girls, Repton School, Lichfield Cathedral School and Denstone College.


The Knoll offers scale and amenity usually associated with an important country house, yet the benefits of being close to a village with excellent amenities. The house was designed and constructed for John Reid Walker, of Walkers Brewing in the mid 1880's with architectural notes consistent with the Tudor vernacular, and is a most impressive residence. The Knoll is of mellow red brick construction with extensive timber framing, attractive pargetting and fish scale hanging tiles offering much interest to the impressive and varied elevations. Windows are timber framed with leaded lights and the house is under tiled roofs with substantial brick chimney stacks.

The Knoll is supported by a splendid coach house and stable block where the upper floors have been converted to provide two independent apartments. The stable block was originally constructed for Walker's polo ponies and it was from here that he set up Barton Polo Club. In additional to the apartments, there is also a very good 3 bedroom lodge house.

The grounds, which extend to almost 60 acres, are carefully considered and beautifully maintained and offer formal gardens, naturalised wooded areas, and grazing land; altogether a wonderful setting for a house of this stature.

The Knoll

Ground floor

The impressive front entrance has a welcoming vestibule leading into the reception hall which features the principal staircase, pitch pine panelled walls and a substantial fireplace with a stone surround and ornately carved oak chimney piece.

The main reception rooms radiate off the hall and include a library with painted panelled walls, extensive bookshelves, an ornate plaster ceiling and a pretty stone fireplace within an inglenook. The elegant drawing room has partly panelled walls and a splendid fireplace with tiled back, stone surround and ornate mantelpiece. There is an elaborate moulded ceiling and a projecting bay window overlooking the grounds with French doors to the garden. A beautiful pair of sliding, glazed teak doors open into an anteroom to the drawing room with similar period features and a fascinating panelled wall has a large removable section through to the dining room which can be opened up for entertaining.

The splendid dining room is of grand proportions and features an oak strip floor and oak panelling to dado rail. The room is dominated by a wonderful oak panelled inglenook fireplace with a vast hand-carved stone mantelpiece.

Off the reception hall is a cloakroom and inner hall, off which is a good sized study with various storage cupboards.

At the heart of the house is a morning room, ideally placed to be further opened up into the adjacent kitchen. The morning room has a moulded ceiling cornice and a number of storage cupboards and bookshelves in oak. Large sliding French doors and glazed panels lead into the substantial conservatory which features an octagonal turreted section and two sets of French doors out to the gardens.

The kitchen has an extensive range of hand painted kitchen furniture with granite work surfaces and a four oven Aga cooker. Beyond the kitchen, fitted out with the same granite tops and painted furniture is a laundry room and the rear hall. There is access from this hall to the swimming pool area, the rear courtyard and the secondary staircase rises to the first floor.
The indoor heated swimming pool is ideally located within the house and is fully tiled. There is a door to outside and to a changing room with shower and separate W.C.

The cellars are dry and include extensive shelving, and wine bins whilst also housing electrical distribution boards, hot water cylinders and gas fired boilers.

First floor

The principal staircase features pitch pine panelling, large picture windows at the half landing and rises to the expansive main landing. At the western end of the house is the master suite which features a large bedroom with fitted furniture and lovely views on two aspects over the main garden areas.

There is a recently fitted en suite bathroom which leads through to a good sized dressing room with numerous fitted wardrobes, cupboards and drawers. Adjacent to this is a second dressing room associated with the master suite.

Off the main landing is a double bedroom with en suite bathroom, two further double bedrooms and a family bathroom. A rear landing gives access to another double bedroom and to the guest bedroom suite. The substantial guest bedroom has a cast iron fireplace with tall timber mantelpiece and a wonderful barrel-vaulted ceiling. The guest suite has a separate landing access from the secondary staircase together with an en suite bathroom.

A side landing serves a further bathroom and the impressive billiards room which features high pitched ceilings with beautiful exposed timbers.

Second floor

The top floor at The Knoll comprises secondary space with three double bedrooms, one linking to an adjoining room, a bathroom, a tank room and store rooms.

The Lodge (164 Main Street)

The Lodge stands prominently adjacent to the main entrance gates of The Knoll. This traditional gate lodge is constructed to match the main house and is of mellow brick and timber frame elevations beneath pitched tiled roofs. The windows are an attractive mix of timber casements and leaded lights. The Lodge was built at the same time as the house but with a substantial addition in 1988 to create a good sized family home.

The main front door off The Knoll drive leads into an entrance hall off which is a sitting room with a wood burner and French doors to the garden. There is a dining room leading through to a fitted kitchen and beyond to a good sized laundry room with a Worcester gas boiler. The laundry room opens into a boot room/rear hall with access to the garden and parking area. There is a WC/cloakroom and an integral double garage with up and over doors. The first floor has two landing areas, master bedroom with en suite bathroom, two further bedrooms and a family bathroom.

To the side and rear of The Lodge is a private mature garden with areas of lawn and shrubbery. An independent driveway provides a separate access with double timber gates opening into a parking area and leading to the integral double garage.

The Stable Apartments

Standing to the north east of the house is the impressive coach house. Built on a large scale in a U-shape and of a similar architectural style to the house, this building comprises garaging, wonderful internal stabling and two very generous apartments on the first floor.

'No 1 The Stables' is accessed from the ground floor into a hallway off which is a study and a doorway into one of the garages. The main accommodation is on the first floor and is made up of a large sitting/dining room, a kitchen with two pantry cupboards, two double bedrooms, a single bedroom and a bathroom.

No 2 The Stables is a larger apartment. A staircase rises within an attractive timber framed and glazed stairwell to the first floor hall off which are a sitting room, study/bed 4, kitchen/breakfast room, master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 2 further bedrooms and a second bathroom.


The internal stabling of the coach house comprises nine large traditional loose boxes solidly built with oak boarding to the lower half of each one and grilled divides above. Each box has
a beautifully built corner manger and the internal walls of the building are partly tiled. Serving these are a feed room and a tack room. Completing the coach house are three garages. In the nearby former kitchen garden there is a glass house, kennel, gardener's workshop and further garaging.

Beyond the coach house is a range of versatile buildings which complement the stabling. A tall steel framed, open fronted building provides cover for tall vehicles such as horse boxes. The adjacent steel framed, two bay building is used as two crew yards and a third building of similar structure is divided into crew yards and storage areas for farm machinery and fodder. Behind this building is a lean-to log store. The area is to the front of the buildings is concreted underfoot and there is access to the paddocks.

Gardens, grounds and paddocks

From the Main Road and approached through broad electric gates, a tarmacadam driveway flanked by a number of notable mature trees and a run of Victorian style lamp posts sweeps up towards the house. To the west of the drive is a lovely belt of mature trees including beech, birch, oak, holly, yew, horse
chestnut and ash. The drive terminates at a generous parking and turning area with a further section leading to a rear courtyard parking area and the former kitchen garden. The kitchen garden is now established with a lawn, rose bushes and a small soft fruit garden.

Flanking the main entrance of The Knoll, there are raised beds with an attractive range of evergreen shrubs and heathers. On the west corner of the house, a timber gate leads through to a south facing terrace and two carefully considered and beautifully maintained gardens that stretch away to the south and east. Leading away from the terrace are manicured lawns with attractive shrubbery borders with a fine range of herbaceous perennials.

A gravel path leads around the house and to the tiered southern lawn, past the summerhouse. Stone and brick steps lead down through three levels of terraced lawns towards an attractive formal pond and a private garden contained by well clipped conifer hedging. A path continues towards the all-weather tennis court before continuing past deep borders displaying wonderful rhododendron borders and tall oak trees, eventually terminating at the stable building.

Beyond the gardens to the south east is a ridge and furrow paddock bounded by a tall red brick wall on the south west boundary where there is also a timber framed field shelter with brick infill. Beyond the ridge and furrow field is a further paddock with a water trough feeding both of these fields. Near the stables, is a smaller paddock and there is one further field to the north and west of the barns which lies within Lot 1.

Lot 2

To the west of the house, there are two large fields which form Lot 2, as colour-washed blue on the plan. These paddocks are bounded by traditional hedging and post and rail fencing with some mature trees and a small spinney with a further belt of trees on the southern boundary adjacent to the public road. Lot 2 extends to about 32.65 acres.

Square Footage: 10,164 sq ft
Acreage: 59.65 Acres

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