Howburn House is a substantial stone property originally built around 1840 and has been artfully reinvented by its current architect owners. The property enjoys unobstructed views across open farmland close to the idyllic location of Whalton.
Originally built around 1840, this substantial stone property has been artfully reinvented by its current architect owners. By using the original stone and incorporating modern construction methods and technologies, they have created an impressive, striking and truly individual rural home.
Standing at the substantial timber front door with its satin-finish furniture, its easy anticipate that something special awaits inside. And the grand entrance hall certainly doesn’t disappoint. This lofty space with its clean lines, integrated storage, antique crystal chandelier and minimalist glass-fronted mezzanine level affords a tremendous sense of arrival and sets a precedent of what’s to come.
A natural honey-toned stone floor with underfloor heating radiates warmth throughout the property creating the perfect ambient temperature all year round. Each room also has an individual thermostat so it can be controlled independently if required.
The beautifully light sitting room with its full-height ceiling provides a comfortable retreat. Bi-folding doors open on to a timber deck, while a dramatic stone chimney housing a multi-fuel stove creates a dramatic statement. The open gallery above serves to enhance the feeling of space and adds to the overall theatre of the environment.
The breakfasting kitchen is a significant space and has been created as a social hub with entertaining in mind. A sweeping timber breakfast bar bisects the room offers plenty of seating for informal dining. Surround sound speakers are set in to the ceiling here and in the sitting room
The well-appointed kitchen is fitted with sleek and modern, high-gloss black units beneath a polished black granite worktop. A matching electric Aga with a contrasting red glass splash-back provides the primary cooking source, while the accompanying AGA hob/oven companion serves as a back-up enabling the main Aga to be turned off during the hottest part of the year. Other appliances include a build-in steamer, a microwave, a dishwasher and a larder-style fridge. The kitchen also boasts a generous walk-in pantry with plenty storage to help keep clutter to a minimum.
To one end of the room is a substantial dining/bar area with a wine fridge, coffee machine and built-in book shelves. From here two sets of doors lead out on to a sun terrace. This sheltered ‘secret garden’’ is flagged with the same stone as the interior and serves to link the two areas visually allowing the spaces to flow through freely.
The nearby utility room is a great place for a second freezer, a washing machine and a dryer if required. It provides further storage to maintain the sense of seamless minimalism.
The property boasts its own well-equipped fitness suite, complete with sauna and a steam room. The steam room has a shower as well as a music system to allow selection of the perfect detox soundtrack. The Gym could be converted into an additional ground floor bedroom if required
A glazed garden room forms a link between the main house and the self-contained annex which currently serves as an office. As with the rest of the property, this versatile space boast plenty of integrated storage, which in this case houses a fuel and garden store.
The large office with its own small kitchen area and shower room is a versatile space which could equally be utilised as a teenager’s den, an annex or a games room.
Below the garage is a cold cellar which has the potential for conversion into further living accommodation if required.
There are four spacious bedrooms on the second floor. The grand master bedroom sits in the apex of the roof with exposed trusses adding character and hinting at the heritage of the property. The adjoining dressing room opens into a beautifully appointed en suite bathroom. This luxury bathroom is finished using natural slate and with a large walk-in shower, modern sanitary ware including twin designer basins, a Whirlpool Jacuzzi bath and even a TV for the ultimate in relaxation in the tub.
The second bedroom also has a bespoke en suite shower room, while the two remaining bedrooms are served by a contemporary family bathroom with a freestanding bath, a urinal and a chrome towel warmer.
The property is fitted with solar PV panels which yield approximately £800 p.a. The owners have installed a power reducer which ensures that surplus energy is used to heat the domestic hot water.
Approach is via a long and picturesque private drive which is shared by four other properties. A gravelled area to the front of the main house provides parking and leads to the large attached garage.
A pretty courtyard garden opens from the kitchen providing a secluded and an ideal spot for al fresco dining and summer BBQs. The space has a natural stone sun terrace, well-stocked flower beds and an area of artificial grass. This not only ensures low maintenance, it’s perfect for putting practice for keen golfers.
A further timber deck opens into a delightful garden which continues into the large grass paddock, part of which has been put over to a well-designed kitchen garden with raised beds and a greenhouse, an orchard and a fruit cage.
Property Features Include: Historic Home
Approximate Square Feet:
Lot Acres: 2.6