Approached along a privately owned road leading onto an exceptional private double tree lined driveway with electric gates, and sitting centrally within its grounds is this superb country home, Swillington House. Set within approximately 9 acres, this magnificent home is a hidden treasure with a wealth of local history and a relic of Swillington Hall, the former stately home and seat of the illustrious Lowther family, whose fortune was built on mining.
The grand driveway provides the discerning purchaser with a choice of three branches leading to different sides of this grand Georgian house.
Dating back to 1803, this manor style property adorned with a bell tower has been lovingly refurbished over a number of years by the present owners. Imposing double doors provide access into an entrance porch with a further set of double doors incorporating beautiful ornate stained glass (salvaged from the library in the original Swillington Hall), which lead into the magnificent reception hallway with double ceiling height. Boasting a host of character features, including tiled flooring with wooden parquet centre, a simply stunning wooden fireplace with feature copper inscribing and wood burning stove, and two large feature alcove windows with seating areas; the hallway in itself is a superb room for entertaining.
From the hallway there is access to all the principal rooms of the house, as well as there being a guest w/c and rear entrance porch. The impressive formal lounge provides an excellent space for family living, with a magnificent original feature fireplace dating back to 1617 and originally being the hand carved bedhead of a four poster bed. There are double patio doors leading out to the east side of the house, and a step up leads to a superb dining area bearing due south. Wonderful high ceilings and ornate cornicing give a further feeling of space. As well as having so many wonderful character features, this home really does offer the best of both worlds having an inbuilt projector screen and modern feature mood lighting.
A fantastic sized study provides the ideal space for anyone who runs a business from home with all the necessary modern technologies; the house, cottage and store all benefit from gigabit Ethernet. There are double power points in the floor, one of the two oil powered boilers, a kitchenette, built in bookcases and show cabinets with feature lighting. A wood burning stove adds an extra cosy touch to a perfect working environment.
The modern country style living dining kitchen is most certainly the hub of this beautiful home, with its absolutely stunning large inglenook fireplace incorporating log stores on either side of the open fire, and seating. This superb area is a room within itself. There is a spacious living area with double doors leading out to the patio area. On the opposite side of the room is a further wood burning stove and modern kitchen with shaker style units, a Range cooker with gas hob, and Belfast sink. From the kitchen there is a useful utility room with ample space for a washing machine, tumble dryer, freezer and further fitted storage, as well as there being access to a fantastic space which is currently used as a gym. There is a velux window with feature lighting and the second boiler is also located within this room. Access to the single heated integral garage, with electric up and over door, is also from here.
To the first floor, from the hallway, is a much wider than average staircase which leads up to the impressive galleried landing overlooking the stunning hallway and providing access to the master bedroom, which is an extremely impressive room with vaulted ceiling and original beams, feature mood lighting, a freestanding claw foot bath and beautiful views over the orchard.
The excellent sized en-suite has the benefit of underfloor heating, a large circular Jacuzzi bath, steam/shower room which features two showers, each with two shower heads, multiple body jets and a double steam generator and controls, as well as a sauna which is high powered for quick heating on a three phase supply. Also from the en-suite is access to a mezzanine level, by a spiral staircase. There are four further double bedrooms to the first floor, one with an en-suite shower room, one with a shower and sink in the room and all with the benefit of built in wardrobes. The house bathroom is now in need of a bit of modernisation but offers a great space with a sunken bath, separate shower and airing cupboard which houses pumps for the bathroom and cottage.
Adjoining the main residence is a beautiful cottage, The Blacksmith’s Cottage which is an ideal area for a teenager, dependent or elderly relative, an au-pair or indeed as a potential holiday let. The cottage comprises a living dining kitchen with superb vaulted ceiling and original beams, inbuilt kitchen units, a range cooker and wooden flooring, a double bedroom with built in wardrobes and house power shower room. The Blacksmith’s Cottage is linked to the main house’s central heating system and has its own control over the electric entrance gates.
In addition to the primary accommodation is a substantial stable block built at the same time as the house, to exacting standards. There are four internal stables, which have been beautifully hand crafted, and two stalls. There is a further room, currently used as a store which could be converted to provide further stabling or a tack room. To the first floor are two expansive rooms which originally would have been hay lofts, but could now have a plethora of uses such as home office, gym or a studio. The stables, as well as the main house (to the southern side) have been re-wired and fully re-roofed. Attached to the rear of the stables is an extremely large log store, which is housed under an open sided barn and has recently been re-roofed. This area is used to store garden machinery.
Directly across the impressive cobbled private courtyard is a substantial detached building, The Dairy Barn, which is currently unused and in need of total refurbishment. This would be superb ancillary accommodation subject to the necessary planning consents and would be ideal for a number of uses including for dependent or elderly relatives or as a holiday let. In addition to the single garage as previously mentioned, there is also a detached double garage which comfortably fits two cars with ample space remaining, or could be used as a workshop and also has a pit for the car enthusiast. It also has the benefit of water and three phase electricity.
The grounds of this wonderful family home are a truly special feature and have been meticulously cared for by the present owners to ensure that the entire estate is secure for both people and animals. There are a number of aspects to the substantial grounds of this home including; grazing land extending to approximately 5 acres, which is split into two good sized paddocks, woodland, a fenced area ideal for chickens, a 55 year old orchard with numerous fruits including apples, cherries, plums, peaches and gooseberries. There is also a large vegetable patch and a fresh spring water well which provides water for the large ponds and also garden irrigation.
There are beautiful mature lawned gardens and an extensive patio area running along the full length of the house. A pond which has a high volume pumped filtration unit, waterfall and fountains. There is also a hot tub ideal for relaxing in the summer sun.
The large courtyard which is the central hub to all buildings provides ample parking for numerous cars, and there are an impressive set of ornate wrought iron gates. Beyond these gates is a further driveway to the property where you will find a remarkable stone statue original to Swillington Hall.
An additional bonus to the unbelievable accommodation and lifestyle on offer, are the cellars to the original Swillington Hall. These are currently in need of full renovation, but could offer an impressive wine cellar should the discerning purchaser wish to re-instate.
Swillington House is a property ideally suited to a lively family life, equestrian and country pursuits, and indoor or outdoor entertaining on a grand scale. Period features and olde worlde charm co-exist with modern day facilities. This rare and desirable property affords a secluded setting yet is in close proximity to the amenities of the town and city, and major road and rail links. The keen dog walker, bird watcher, cyclist or horse rider can leave the grounds of Swillington House to use the bridle path on Coach Road and explore the stunning St Aidan’s Nature Park trails, without having to use the public highways.