11 Bedroom Country House For Sale
A fine Georgian country house in a wonderful, elevated position surrounded by 72 acres of pasture & meadow. For sale as a whole comprising:
Springfield House: Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Sitting Room, Kitchen / Breakfast Room
Larder, Utility Room, Boot Room, Boiler Room, Tack Room, Farm Office / Playroom & 2 WC’s,
Galleried Landing, Principal bedroom with en-suite Bathroom, 4 further bedrooms, 2 further Bathrooms, Integrated Annexe with 2 Further Bedrooms, Bathroom, Kitchenette, Family Room
Charming, landscaped gardens & grounds with terraces and long reaching views
Swimming pool, tennis court (in need of repair), vegetable garden
Stable courtyard with 10 loose boxes, feed room, hay barn, workshop and artists studio
Further foaling boxes, menage
Post & railed paddocks, copse
About 23.79 acres.
East Lodge comprising hall, kitchen / breakfast room, sitting room, potential for 4 bedrooms,
2 bathrooms, extensive gardens, garage & parking. In all about 0.81 acres.
About 47 acres of pasture & meadow land adjoining the River Stour
In all about 72 acres
Available a whole or in 3 lots.
Springfield House is marketed for the first time in nearly fifty years, and has all the qualities of classic period country house sitting at the head of a long drive commanding superb views over its own land. An elegant Georgian house, it is believed to date from the early 1800’s with later additions having rendered elevations under a slate roof. The house is Grade II Listed as being of Special Architectural and Historic Interest.
The property has been operated as a commercial stud farm with a successful racing bloodline and historical links to Sandley Stud. The property accommodated at least 3 brood mares with youngstock in addition. Most of the buildings have been used for the stud business with the menage used for training and exercise.
Internally, the principal rooms flow well off an elegant central hall with a charming cantilevered staircase. The reception rooms are well proportioned with good ceiling heights with a variety of period features including cornicing, alcoves, door architraves, carved fireplaces, window seats and shutters. The Kitchen provides a great family space with adjoining breakfast and living area giving ample seating areas, a woodburning stove and views over the courtyard and lawns. There is a central granite island and variety of cupboards / worktops, 4 oven oil fired Aga, dishwasher and space for American style fridge / freezer. Beyond are extensive and useful domestic offices, farm office / playroom.
The first floor opens into a pretty galleried landing where there is a principal bedroom with en-suite and 4 further bedrooms (one of which can be used as the principal dressing room) and 2 bathrooms. A connecting door leads through into a 2-bed annexe with separate bathroom, kitchenette and family room. There is also a door to the garden from this floor so it could easily be used independently if required. In all the accommodation extends to about 5945 sq ft – please see floor plans for dimensions and layouts.
The gardens and grounds provide a lovely setting for the house which sits centrally within Lot 1. The long drive leads to a gravelled parking area beside the houses and garaging with a spur off the drive leading to the outbuildings. Adjoining to the south is a terrace, extensive lawns and herbaceous borders including many mature and specimen trees. This leads to the swimming pool and further stabling used as foaling boxes. To the north is a copse, hard tennis court (in need of repair) and vegetable garden. Nearby is the attractive stable courtyard partly built of local stone which includes 10 loose boxes, foaling boxes, hay stores, feed rooms, workshop and artist’s studio. There is potential for a variety of further uses subject to necessary planning consents.
The land is of superior quality for the area, being above a limestone seam which provides excellent drainage and is particularly well suited to grazing livestock and raising equine stock, as demonstrated by the number of stud farms located nearby including Sandley which was previously held as the National Stud. The limestone soil produces grass rich in calcium which helps to build up bone strength in horses, helping them withstand the rigors of horse racing. The main house is surrounded by a variety of post and railed paddocks with water and superb views in all directions. A footpath crosses the north west tip of Lot 1.
Lot 1 extends to about 23.79 acres.