A magnificent four storey house within one of the finest 18th Century mansions in the country
Raised Ground Floor
Entry to the house is from the north front steps which rise from the Great Courtyard to the front doors of the Piano Nobile and thence into the Tapestry Hall, part of the shared facilities of the mansion house. The Great Stair and Library is entered through a pair of doors off the Tapestry Hall into the magnificent Grand Stair. This superb double height hall has a ceiling height soaring to almost 40 feet, is oak panelled at the lower level, and has an exceptionally broad and shallow oak staircase majestically sweeping up to the galleried first floor landing. The walls and ceiling were painted by Gerrard Lanscroon, between the years 1708 and 1712, in the Baroque trompé l’oeil style with classical scenes introduced from Italy by Antonio Verrio.
The Red Dining Room is entered from the Great Stair. These rooms both face north with views over the Great Courtyard and the cricket pitch. The Red Dining Room has a corner fireplace and concealed doors lead to a lobby, off the Great Stair, which in turn leads to The Library. Off this lobby is a cloakroom with WC and hand basin.
The Library, which is south facing has outstanding views over the South Terrace, ancient Burley Wood and Rutland Water beyond, is beautifully proportioned and has an Adam style mantelpiece and extensive mahogany bookcases with a concealed bookcase door.
Adjacent to The Library is the Green Drawing Room which is of slightly larger proportions and enjoys the same spectacular views. This room also has an open fireplace with a decorative mantelpiece. Concealed doors hide the service lift, which serves all four floors and rises from the kitchen, and a further door connects directly to the Garden Salon, within the shared rooms of the mansion.
Lower Ground Floor
The lower ground floor, which can be accessed from double doors to the side of the main steps on the north façade, has a sizable stone vaulted entrance hall with a stone flagged floor and large open fireplace with stone surround believed to have been salvaged from the Duke of Buckingham’s original house. A passage then leads to the accommodation on this level.
On the south side of the house is a larger family room with a similar stone fireplace to the hall and a connecting door to the under croft, another shared room in the mansion house. An arch leads from the family room to the stone vaulted kitchen/breakfast room. Fittings in the kitchen include a commercial size gas range cooker with extractor hood above, twin double sinks, dishwasher, fridge/freezer ad a range of freestanding cupboards. A French door opens to the South Terrace where there is an area of private garden immediately outside the house.
On the north side there is a further smaller sitting room at this level with a stone fireplace. This sitting room has an adjacent double bedroom (which could be adapted into a gymnasium), a laundry room, a cloakroom/shower room and the boiler room housing the gas fired central heating system.
From the galleried landing on the first floor above the Great Stair, doors open onto the Ball Room and to the Marble Room with its marbled panelling. The passage beyond has the staircase rising to the second floor and door off to the principal bedroom suite. This comprises the State Bedroom, which has superb southerly views, a fireplace with a veined marble mantelpiece and a concealed connecting door to a passage leading to a beautiful Victorian style bath/shower room and a separate WC with bidet and hand basin.
Stairs rise to a mezzanine cloths closet. Beyond the State Bedroom is the Purple Sitting Room, once again south facing enjoying outstanding views. This room has a fireplace with a moulded grey marble mantelpiece and a concealed connecting door to the Ball Room.
A central corridor leads to two large south facing bedrooms each with original fireplaces and a Victorian style bathroom en suite. These two badrooms have wonderful southerly views. There is a further double bedroom on the north side with an original fireplace, once again with a large en suite bathroom. Finally, there are two further double bedrooms on the north side served by another bathroom. One of these bedrooms has doors leading to the gallery above the Ball Room. From the landing a skylight gives access to the flat roof above which could be used as a large terrace roof garden.
This Property is Marketed by King West