7 bedroom detached house for saleAbbey Road, Crank
A very rare opportunity; Windle Hall is offered for sale for only the second time in the last 150 years!
Windle Hall is a magnificent Georgian Manor House comprising 7 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, 6 Reception Rooms, 2 Kitchens, 4 Car Carport, 2 large integral Garages and various Outbuildings, all set in approximately 6 acres of formal Gardens and mature Woodland.
Situated within the Green Belt, on the outskirts of Rainford with easy access to the East Lancashire Road A580 and the motorway network (Junction 23 of the M6 just 7 miles away) and easy access to Liverpool (13 miles) and Manchester (25 miles). Historical documents reference the Manor of ‘Windle’ as early as 1200, and there is evidence of a residence on this site since this date prior to the construction of ‘Windle Hall’.
The current Windle Hall was built in 1782 , developed by Dr William Pilkington in 1860 and it remained occupied by the famous Pilkington family (the heirs to the Pilkington Glass Foundry fortune) up until it was bought by the present owners in 2000.
Windle Hall is a Georgian Manor House at heart with additions made over the decades. Most recently this property has undergone extensive restoration and refurbishment (full details available on request) by the current owners to provide well thought-out elegantly proportioned family accommodation totalling 7746 sq ft plus the cellar and outbuildings.
After passing through the remote control Electric Gates with Intercom/Video entry, access is taken through imposing double doors below a pillared portico which lead through into the Vestibule and Dining Hallway beyond. Double height ceilings are a feature here.
A generous Powder Room is located off to the left with two piece suite and fully tiled elevations. Adjacent to this there is an attractive east facing Morning Room/Study which is flooded with natural light from a full height bay window and French doors accessing the garden from where you can watch the sun rise in the early morning. The Dining Hallway is a delightful light and airy space and is split level with featured pillared arches, original leaded light double French doors to the rear courtyard and folding glazed doors which open fully providing 60 ft of entertaining space through to the Drawing Room.
The property continues to impress with the ‘L’ shaped Drawing Room which boasts a period Georgian marble fireplace, character coving and a feature curved bay window and French doors accessing a full length south facing York stone terrace. All overlooking one of the many eye-catching water features.
The property has the benefit of Two Kitchens. The Main Kitchen is located adjacent to the Drawing Room and Dining Hallway. This stunning room is fitted with a range of hand-made individually designed bespoke solid maple units of Georgian design which are complimented by double depth obsidian solid granite work tops. Features include a central Island with further storage incorporated, pull out larder cupboard/bread baskets and deep pan drawers.
NEFF built in appliances include a combination oven, larger second oven with ‘slide and hide’ door, plate warmer, dishwasher, indoor grill/BBQ, deep fat fryer and halogen/induction hob with twin extractor fans above.
The accommodation continues with a further Sitting Room with feature brick fireplace and fabulous views over the gardens from full length picture windows and French doors. Beyond this room there is an additional reception space which is currently used as a home Gym and benefits from a solid wood sprung floor, dual aspect views over the gardens and central courtyard with fountain.
The remainder of the ground floor accommodation could, and has previously been used as a separate Family/ Staff Annexe and includes a further Snug Lounge, Utility Room and a Cooks Kitchen, fitted with Victorian cream units, a large Aga oven and ample space for dining. Level access can be gained from here into the integral garages with W.C.
From the inner hall of the Annexe a door accesses the cellar rooms plus there is a second back staircase leading to the first and second floor accommodation including the Bedroom/ En suite for the Annexe.
The Cellar is divided into three separate areas and houses a wine cellar and an ‘Andrews’ water heater. There is also a door providing access to the outside.
The First and Second Floor accommodation has been cleverly thought out and re-designed to provide a well apportioned family home which would also work for an extended family. All the Bedrooms are large doubles.
The Master Suite occupies roughly half of the First Floor and comprises a large bedroom which is fitted with an extensive range of quality furniture, Separate WC with three piece suite, En-Suite Bathroom with large circular spa style bath and large walk-in shower enclosure. This leads on to a large Dressing Room fitted out with a range of storage and this room features French Doors opening out to a private south-facing balcony overlooking the beautiful gardens and woodland beyond.
There are a further three bedrooms to this floor, all of which are sizeable double rooms and two of which are en-suite. One of these rooms benefits from a Dressing Room with built in wardrobes and large En-Suite featuring a central spa bath. The other Bedroom’s en-suite can also be accessed from the landing and so can also service the fourth bedroom on this floor.
To the Second Floor there is a further En-Suite Bedroom, this time with an
archway leading to an impressive Bathroom with circular spa style bath with overhead ‘rain’ shower.
Completing this floor there is a three piece Bathroom, two further rooms
(currently used as artist studios but could be further bedrooms if required) and a Box Room providing storage and having an access point into further eaves storage. From here there is access to the second back staircase leading down to the annexe part of the property.
Windle Hall Gardens are well known, and were previously listed as a ‘protected historic garden’. In the 1960s and 70s they were even opened from time to time by the Pilkington Family for the public to enjoy raising funds for local charities.
The splendid grounds provide a fitting setting for Windle Hall, enveloping this elegant dwelling in approximately 6 acres of magnificent formal grounds and mature woodland.
Stunning raised lawned areas are bordered by well stocked beds housing dozens of species of roses, fruit trees and perennials.
Statues and decorative water features and fountains including a Gold Medal winning waterfall from the Chelsea Flower Show adorn these breath-taking gardens with an original 4 meter high Victorian walled garden with access to private woodland areas beyond.
The sweeping tree lined driveway leads to the detached 4 car Carport which is a recent addition complimenting Windle Hall. Carefully designed and constructed without inner pillars it enables the driver easy access to sweep in and out and has both Carriage lights and ambient lighting, power points and mains water connected.
In addition to the carport there are also two large integral garages with electric remote controlled up and over doors and W.C. These can also be accessed internally from the Cooks Kitchen.
Adjacent to the driveway there is a large run of potting sheds with another W.C. linked to an original Victorian greenhouse complex, complete with grated drainage and the original window opening mechanism. The outbuildings in total amount to almost 3400 sq ft .
Hidden behind the walled garden adjacent to the paddock there is a Large Pond with swans, ornamental ducks and geese, plus a waterfall feature.
To acquire Windle Hall is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
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