A historic country house set in beautifully laid out gardens.
John Gays House is an important Grade II listed manor house, dating from the Tudor period, with later Queen Anne, Georgian and Victorian additions. The house is predominantly built of red brick elevations with attractive sash fenestration, under a tile roof, and has many historical character features.
A splendid pedimented porch, supported by Doric columns, creates an impressive entrance to the house. The galleried entrance hall, which forms the heart of the house, has beautiful marble flooring, Brazilian mahogany panelled walls and ancient oak beams. This, and the neighbouring panelled west hall, with its sweeping staircase, provides access to the well-proportioned reception rooms.
The reception rooms boast delicate ornate cornicing and plaster work, wood panelled walls, handsome fireplaces and full height sash windows, all of which create particularly elegant and bright interiors, ideal for entertaining. Of particular note is the beautiful ceiling painting and patterned oak flooring in the dining room and the window shutters in the library.
A fine conservatory leads out onto a pretty courtyard garden with fountain and there is a fully fitted kitchen/breakfast room with direct access to the gardens beyond.
On the first floor is a light and spacious master bedroom suite with 2 bedrooms, bathroom and 2 dressing rooms. 5 Further bedrooms (2 guest suites), 2 family bath/shower rooms, ironing room and a laundry room make up the remainder of the first floor. accommodation. On the second floor there is a further bedroom with en suite shower room and an attic room. Many of the bedrooms have handsomely decorated interiors and the vaulted ceiling in the north east bedroom, part of the master suite, is of special note.
The mature gardens are well laid out with large lawned areas as well as courtyard gardens closer to the house. The grounds are interspersed with herbaceous borders, ornate hedging and prominent mature trees. There is also an automatic irrigation system throughout the gardens.
The gravelled drive leads from the entrance gates to a sweeping turning circle at the front of the house with parterre box hedging and a pond with fountains. Adjacent to the house is a beautiful lake with an adjoining wooded walk. On the opposite side of the drive there is an orchard with an array of pear and apple trees. To the south of the house and gardens are the stables, manège and paddock land, with a 1km long sand and rubber chip horse exercise track circling it.
Galleried reception hall, Drawing room, Dining room, Library, Billiard/sitting room, Staircase hall,
Kitchen/breakfast room, Study, Conservatory, Utility room, Cloakroom
1st floor: Master bedroom suite with 2 bedrooms, ensuite bathroom and 2 dressing rooms,
5 Further bedrooms and 4 bathrooms (two ensuite), Office/bedroom, Laundry room, Ironing room
2nd floor: Bedroom with en suite shower room and attic room
2 Bedroom lodge cottage, 2 Bedroom staff/guest cottage
Indoor swimming pool complex, Wine store, 4 Car garage, Garden machinery store
Stable block, Flood lit manège, 1km horse exercise track
Beautiful formal gardens with lake, Orchard, Paddock land, Woodland
In all about 20.75 acres
Property Features Include: Historic Home
Approximate Square Feet:
Lot Acres: 20.75