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A rare opportunity to acquire the distinguished Manor House in Austrey. This substantial Grade II listed building has charm, character, and retains many original features dating back to the late seventeenth / early eighteenth century. Constructed in rusticated brickwork with string coursing and alternating quoins and dentil cornice, The Manor House occupies a commanding position in the village. It is built in a u-shape with wings to the rear forming three half-hipped gables. The front of the four-storey building is symmetrical, with a large, seven-paneled door framed by a tiled canopy on simple brackets to the centre.
Austrey is a picturesque, rural Warwickshire village which is well known for its thatched public house, the Bird in Hand, a friendly village shop/Post Office, excellent local schools and a true sense of community. It offers great transport links, being conveniently located close to Junction 11 of the M42 and yet is surrounded by attractive countryside.
The spacious accommodation briefly comprises: Reception hall with inglenook fireplace, morning room, drawing room, dining room, breakfast kitchen, office/study, laundry room, guest WC and boot room. An impressive oak return staircase leads to the first and second floor, where we have the master bedroom with large en suite bathroom and dressing room, a further three bedrooms, family bathroom and separate WC. On the second floor and accessed via a separate staircase, there is a fifth bedroom with bathroom. Also to the second floor is a large games room and four more attic rooms, currently used for storage. The house has a wine cellar and workshop in the basement, along with another room currently used for storage. Outside there is an extensive range of outbuildings, including 4 stables and a tack room, generous gardens and a gravel driveway with ample parking.
In order to appreciate fully the grandeur and historical importance of this property, an internal inspection is highly recommended.
18?6" x 16?9"
At the heart of the ground floor, this impressive reception hall boasts many original features, including a working inglenook fireplace with wrought iron grate and original cooking brackets, exposed brickwork and stone corbels. With a log cupboard to the right and a wig cupboard to the left, the fireplace is framed by a large inglenook beam. There is a quarry tiled floor and an original, large pitch pine cupboard providing extensive storage. There are two sash windows to the front, each set above a double-panelled radiator, and the main front door to the centre. There is a large oak beam dividing the ceiling, and an open archway leading to the inner hall and main staircase. There are steps leading to the morning room, and a doorway with oak timber casements leading into the formal drawing room.
16?11" x 15?
A very bright and airy room, the morning room has two sash windows to the front. There is an exposed brick fireplace and hearth with working log burner fitted. Currently used as a family sitting room, the morning room has a large, double-panelled radiator, two wall lights and a large beam running across the centre of the ceiling. Although currently carpeted, this room has original oak floorboards. A stripped pine panelled door leads from this room into an inner hallway, giving access to the office, the laundry room and the rear staircase
16?4" x 16?1"
Accessed from the inner hall, the dining room has French windows, opening onto the patio and outdoor kitchen area. There is a feature inglenook fireplace with exposed brick surround and flooring, and, in an alcove to the side of the chimney breast, an original bread oven. The dining room has blue brick flooring, a central ceiling beam, two ceiling light points and a double panelled radiator. There is an oak panelled door with a step leading into the kitchen.
17? x 16?4"
Like the morning room, the drawing room has two sash windows to the front of the house and two large, double-panelled radiators. There is an open, cast iron fireplace with an attractive marble mantle and surround, and a slate hearth. To one side of the chimney breast, there is an alcove with display shelving and concealed lighting. To the other side, there is a small, glazed cupboard. The drawing room has a dado rail, picture rail, central ceiling beam, four double wall lights and a central ceiling light, all with dimmer switches.
21?11" x 16?4" max.
The farmhouse-style kitchen/breakfast room has a bespoke range of eye and base level units and open display shelves with contrasting granite work surfaces over. There is an inset double bowl sink unit with mixer tap above and granite drainer. There is a four oven, gas-fired Aga fitted in an exposed brickwork surround with oak beam and pine shelf above, and a gas barbecue with extractor fan to the side. There is a central pillar, also with exposed brickwork, with a smaller sink with mixer tap, work surfaces and a breakfast cupboard, housing electrical appliances. The kitchen has a flagstone floor with electric underfloor heating, and a double-panelled radiator. There is a large cupboard housing a gas-fired condensing boiler and providing further storage. There are two windows overlooking the herb garden and outbuildings, and one with a wide window ledge, which looks out onto the rear courtyard. There is a door leading out onto the courtyard. The ceiling has a number of oak beams and several ceiling lights, all on dimmer switches.
Office / Study
16?7" x 11?
Accessed from the inner hallway, there is a large office/study with double-panelled radiator and two windows to side elevation. With fitted bookshelves, an alcove with display shelves and laminate wooden flooring, this room has multiple functions. There are three wall lights and a number of stripped ceiling beams.
9?6" x 7?9" max.
A range of painted wooden eye and base level units with solid wooden work surfaces over, inset sink unit with mixer tap, plumbing for automatic washing machine and window to rear elevation. Ceramic tiled floor and slate tiling to the walls. There is an airing cupboard housing an immersion heater. The laundry room has one radiator, a central ceiling light and attractive exposed beams. There is access from the laundry room to the rear courtyard.
A dark wood panelled door with leaded glazed insert leads from the inner hall to the rear entrance porch, giving access to guest WC and boot room, and a stable door opening onto the rear courtyard. The inner hall has an impressive return staircase with turned spindles in oak rising first to a half landing with window to rear and wooden floor boards, then on to the first floor landing with a further window to rear. The inner hall also has a plank door to the cellar, a step up to the dining room, and an archway through to the reception hall. There is a quarry tiled floor, double radiator and dado rail.
Low level WC and pedestal wash hand basin. There is a radiator, a ceramic tiled floor and an extractor fan.
Storage for boots and coats.
The cellar is accessed by brick stairs from the inner hall. There is wooden shelving under the main staircase, providing useful storage. The cellar is divided into three areas:
Part one, 16?9" x 8?3", with brick flooring, currently used for storage.
Part two, 16?8" x 14?6", with flagstone flooring, currently used as a workshop.
Part three, 14?1" x 6?11" with brick flooring, currently used as a wine cellar with exposed brickwork and beams, wooden shelving providing further storage.
First Floor Landing
Window to rear elevation, radiator, and stairs continuing to second floor.
16?10" x 15?
Impressive master suite with dark oak panelling to bedroom and two casement windows to front elevation. Chimney breast with cast iron grate, brass canopy and painted stone hearth. Display alcove with further wooden panelling and a cast iron radiator. An oak panelled door with oak casement opens into a superb en suite bathroom and dressing room.
16?8" x 14?9"
A very large room, accessed from bedroom one, fully fitted with wardrobes and dressing table with mirrors and drawers. His and Hers wash basins in Corian with drawers beneath and bevelled mirrors above. The tastefully panelled bath is fitted within a mirrored alcove with arched opening and concealed lighting. Telephone shower attachment to bath. Separate, fully tiled shower. Low level WC. Two double panelled radiators. Door opening to rear staircase and walk-in wardrobe.
17?2" x 17?
Cast iron fireplace with ceramic tile inserts. Large built-in cupboard, and several fitted wardrobes in an oriental style. Two casement windows to the front elevation, each with a double-panelled radiator beneath. Central ceiling beam and light.
16?10" x 13?1" max.
Fitted wardrobe with plank door. Corner vanity unit with cupboard beneath and light above. Multi-pane window opening onto patio and garden. Radiator. Exposed beams and central ceiling light.
18?8" x 13 max.
Large, casement window with radiator beneath. Built in wardrobe and large linen cupboard. Former fireplace alcove with painted brick surround. Internal window to landing.
12?2" x 8?7"
Family bathroom with roll-top Victorian style enamel bath, large Twyford pedestal wash hand basin, fully tiled shower cubicle with pump fitted to shower. Timber wainscot to walls, exposed ceiling beams, two wall lights, cast iron radiator, window overlooking herb garden and outbuildings.
Low level WC and window overlooking rear courtyard. Radiator.
Separate stairs lead up two flights from the rear lobby to fifth bedroom and bathroom. These have been converted from attic rooms and could be used as a separate guest appartment as the rear staircase has a separate entrance door, opening from the rear courtyard.
16?4" x 15?11"
Situated on the second floor and accessed via the rear staircase. Very large, airy room with high ceilings, exposed beams and a Velux-style window opening to the rear courtyard. Double panelled radiator. Two wall lights and two ceiling lights. Original plank door.
11? x 9?5" max.
White suite comprising panelled bath, fully-tiled shower cubicle, low level WC, wash hand basin, exposed beams, radiator and window to rear elevation.
Second Floor Landing
Window to rear elevation.
Attic Room One
18?6" x 16?9" max
Window to front elevation. Radiator. Exposed brickwork and beams. Currently used as a games room.
Attic Room Two
16?9" x 15?
Window to front elevation. Wooden shelving fitted to provide extensive storage. Exposed brickwork and beams.
Attic Room Three
16?9" x 16?2"
Window to front elevation. Currently used for storage. Exposed brickwork and beams.
Attic Room Four
16?5" x 16?2"
Window to side elevation. Exposed beams and brickwork, including attractive former fireplace.
16?2" x 8?10"
Attic room five with window to rear elevation. Exposed brickwork and beams.
To the front of the property, there is an enclosed formal garden area with boundary brick wall.
A pair of ornamental metal gates lead onto a gravel driveway, a large parking area and block paved stable yard.
Small, cobbled courtyard with brick walls and blue clay coping, and doors giving access to kitchen, rear lobby/boot room and laundry room.
An established, well-stocked herb and soft fruits garden. Arched wooden gateway leading to main garden which is generous in size, mainly laid to lawn with mature shrubs and trees, including a number of fruit trees. Wooden summer house and greenhouse with raised beds and cold frame.
Paved patio with brick-built outdoor kitchen area under slate roof, comprising barbecue area, quarry-tiled work surfaces with shelving beneath and a working fireplace.
There is a wide range of outbuildings including a log shed, two former pig pens, four stables (two of which were formerly used as a double garage), a tack room, and a one and a half storey barn currently used as a workshop/storage. Former dovecote now used as a gym. There is potential for development as a separate granny annex or offices, subject to planning permission and building regulations.
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