- Breathtakingly sublime Victorian country house
- Bestowing time-honoured traditional charm throughout
- Welcoming, galleried reception hallway with fireplace
- Seven spacious and elegantly appointed reception rooms
- Stunning Matthew Marsden bespoke breakfast kitchen
- Master suite encompassing five luxurious areas
- Five further beautifully presented double bedrooms
- Two further opulent bathrooms and cloakrooms
- Sweeping driveway to garage and sheltered parking
- Set in idyllic, extensive naturally beautiful gardens
A highly privileged opportunity has arisen for a discerning purchaser to seize the acquisition of this exquisite Victorian country house at a much-reconsidered figure. Dalton Grange is one of the finest residences in the region, and has only sold twice in the last 50 years. Set within idyllic parkland style gardens and displays a blend of elegant spaces set over four floors, retained features and meticulously considered interior design. The capacious accommodation includes a galleried reception hall, seven reception rooms, stunning Matthew Marsden kitchen, luxurious master suite of five rooms and five further bedrooms. The sweeping driveway leads to garaging and sheltered car port and the property is surrounded by secluded, parkland style gardens and grounds.
Broad stone steps rise to the carved, solid oak entrance door with a stained and leaded glass fanlight above and opening to the lantern-lit porch with vaulted ceiling and original stained-glass double doors. Offering a true sense of arrival, the impressive, galleried reception hall, with chandelier point to the coffered ceiling, features a stunning French stone open fireplace and fender and having wall lighting to either side. Painted panelled doors give way to the inner hall, morning room, drawing room and dining room and the notable oak panelled staircase rises and turns to the first floor.
The morning room has French windows and a picture window overlooking the driveway and garden, respectively, both retaining the original shutters. The carved oak Adams style fireplace houses a Charnwood log burning stove and the room is lit by a central chandelier point. A panelled archway takes you into the dual aspect drawing room which enjoys garden views through the large bay window to the side and French window to the sun terrace. This beautiful room is rimmed with ornate coving and also has an oak Adams style fireplace, this time with an open fire facility. The eye-catching, original hand-painted vine patterned coving tries to steal the attention of guests away from the imposing marble fireplace of this stunning dining room which has a large window with unrestricted views over the gardens. The chandelier point is strategically placed above the twelve-place banqueting table space and completes the grandeur of the room.
The dining kitchen is positioned just across the inner hall and presents a superb bespoke range of Matthew Marsden carpentry to include cabinets, signature drawers and central island breakfast bar in tones of shadow white, dove and slate grey. White and grey-veined marble work surfaces coordinate perfectly and incorporate an inset twin bowl Shaws Classic enamel sink. A canopied nook houses the five-oven electric Aga and has a white marble slab splash-back. Integrated Miele appliances include a dishwasher, wine chiller and a larder fridge and freezer set to either side of the door to the walk-in pantry. Recessed down-lighting illuminates the area along with three pendant lights above the breakfast bar and a cabinet-concealed television point is set above the sink unit.
The adjacent utility/boot room is fitted with kitchen-complementary units and marble work surfaces incorporating a Franke stainless steel sink unit. A five-burner Smeg range cooker is on hand for additional catering when required and room has ample space for essential white goods and has a most convenient laundry chute from the first floor. In addition, a fitted oak bench offers support for weary legs whilst removing muddy boots and a coat rack is conveniently positioned above. The comfortable library has an array of hand painted display shelving, bookcases and cabinets with inset housing for a flat screen television and wiring for the music system. The ingle fireplace with timber panelled chimney breast features a bronze “Charnwood” log burning stove and a picture window overlooks the terrace.
From the library, a door opens to the dual aspect office with a built-in oak workstation to the corner and an opening to the gymnasium with vaulted ceiling, oak flooring, air-conditioning and music system wiring whilst you work-out. There is a window to the front and French windows open to the rear terrace.
Completing the ground floor and off the hallway, the cloakroom is fitted with a Lefroy Brooks white “La Chapelle” French console style wash-stand and low level w.c. and has an under-stairs storage room. The rear cloakroom, close to the rear exit door, is fitted with a Villeroy & Boch wash basin set into a marble topped vanity unit with coved shelving above, and a w.c.
LOWER GROUND FLOOR
A staircase from the rear hall descends to the eight separate rooms which include four store rooms, energy control room, the playroom, wine cellar fitted with oak bottle racks and shelves, and a games room with space for a snooker table and a retiring room for post-frame drinks and having wiring for the music system. A further door from this lounge gives way to an undeveloped section of the cellar.
FIRST FLOOR ACCOMMODATION
The galleried landing can be accessed by two separate staircases; the aforementioned oak panelled staircase from the entrance hall and a second staircase via the rear hall and appearing through a “secret bookcase” door on the upper hallway. The superb master suite occupies four generously sized rooms, lit by a combination of chandelier points, wall lighting and recessed down-lighting and includes the principal bedroom, lounge with cast-iron fireplace, a lady’s dressing room with walk-in wardrobe and a luxurious en suite. The en suite, with bleached oak flooring, comprises a double shower cabinet with graphite slate wall panels, a marble topped dresser with twin Villeroy & Boch inset wash basins and a Lefroy Brooks low flush w.c. A pewter fireplace graces one wall and, alongside, there is a contemporary chrome ladder heated rail to warm the towels.
There are four further double bedrooms – each with their own character and charm. The one directly across the hall from the master bedroom is currently used as a gentleman’s dressing room and is fitted with a bespoke range of oak furniture, accordingly.
The family bathroom has an ornate marble-topped vanity cabinet with twin inset wash hand basins, a roll-top claw foot bath, and an extremely spacious and Travertine tiled wet room with glass door. Adjacent to the bathroom is a separate w.c.
SECOND FLOOR ACCOMMODATION
Accessed via the “secret door”, stairs rise to the second floor where there are two further double bedrooms and a spacious bathroom. The first bedroom has perimeter lighting and a pewter fireplace with a living flame fire. The further, dual-aspect bedroom has a low-level feature window. Both bedrooms are served by the spacious bathroom with vaulted ceiling having automated Velux windows, exposed oak beams, speakers for the sound system and dark oak floorboards. The indulgent suite comprises a Lefroy Brooks French style porcelain wash-stand, low flush w.c., a roll-top slipper bath tub and a slate tiled shower cubicle.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
Electronically controlled cast-iron iron gates give way to the sweeping driveway leading to Dalton Grange whose location is secluded by a variety of trees and mature rhododendron hedging. There is more than ample parking to the front of the property plus a three-car ornate timber and slate roof car port with attached secure double garage and store room. The approach features a pathway through a beautiful parterre rose garden with pea shingle borders. To the side, the south facing terrace, with an Edwardian three tier water fountain, overlooks the woodland garden and the ancient yew tree. Beyond is the centenarian pavilion with views of the Japanese style rockery and Koi carp pond with a further adjacent stone terrace. To the rear of the property, the extensive York stone sun terrace has a stately stone stairway descending to the box-tree topiary-lined croquet lawn. A further pathway leads to the lower lawn garden area surrounded by deep herbaceous borders and specimen trees - including 150-year-old mulberry tree – and to the Victorian style greenhouse with raised vegetable beds to the side.
An extensive external lighting system runs throughout the grounds and includes “dawn ‘til dusk” lamps which line the driveway and garden edge, spotlighting showcases the property’s splendid stonework and specimen tree lighting enhances the garden structure. The terrace planting is refreshed via an automatic irrigation scheme and there is wiring for an external music system.
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