Key FeaturesThrough a set of imposing wrought iron double gates set into ornately topped stone posts, discover Walnut Bank; an impressive and imposing stone-built residence with 4 car garage, purpose built tack room and large stone built stables, biomass and solar panels
Property DescriptionThrough a set of imposing wrought iron double gates set into ornately topped stone posts, discover Walnut Bank; an impressive and imposing stone-built residence.
Approach along the cobbled driveway, swathed to either side in banked grounds, and shielded by dense borders of foliage. Curve around past the traditional lamp post to the turning circle, with its centrepiece ornamental fountain.
Here, nestled amidst its extensive wraparound gardens and topiary, Walnut Bank looks proudly down. Trailing ivy dresses its stone walls giving the property a sense of fairy-tale timelessness, countered by glimpses to the right of a contemporary glazed orangery.
Take the steps up to the gothic, peaked front door and enter into the light stone porch, before continuing on through the glazed-oak double doors into the wide and welcoming entrance hall.
Glossy wooden flooring stretches out ahead, mingling with the oak panelling of the staircase ahead. Chandelier lighting captures the gilded tones of the ornate mirror and the warmth of the décor on the walls.
Immediately to the right, a sumptuous sitting room is discovered beyond the wooden door. Oak flooring complements the soft truffle-toned walls, dressed in a sprinkling of period features: a chair rail, picture rail and ornate coving.
French doors draw the light in from the conservatory beyond, with added light filtering in through the floor to ceiling window to the front. Stay toasty in front of the warmth of the fire, surrounded by a white marble fireplace. A traditional-style cast iron radiator exudes additional heat when required.
Such a bright and spacious room, there is even space for a grandfather clock. Enjoy afternoon tea and scones in peace and tranquillity.
Returning to the entrance hall, directly ahead note the chapel-style arched windows affording glimpses into the room opposite. Take the door on the left hand side and enter into the dining room.
So austere and grand; bedecked in berry-red walls, this room is the quintessential country-home banqueting hall. A jewelled chandelier is suspended over the sizeable dining table, with more light flowing in through the two enormous windows. Rest a moment in the window seat to appreciate the exquisite green views of the garden beyond.
Dressed in heavy drapery, another window to the front ensures the rich tones of the walls are bathed in light. Dentil mouldings in the cornicing, a striking fireplace and the well-placed chaise longue all add to the air of decadent elegance here.
Once more returning to the entrance hall, note the beautiful panelling on the oak staircase, before sneaking a peek at the downstairs WC. Step back in time with traditionally-styled tiled flooring, a line of overhead pendant lighting and powder grey panelled walls. A period-style wash stand exudes Edwardian sensibility, whilst the ornate high-level cistern and chain-pull flush add a sense of ‘Downton’ nostalgia.
Bathe yourself in light in the chic orangery. A smart and contemporary addition, space here for a piano, dining area and sitting room all in one!
Spot-lit around the rim of the peaked glass ceiling, exposed stone mingles with crisp modern white. Cosy up in front of the corner log burning stove and enjoy the views outside come rain or shine.
Feeling peckish? Follow your nose to the heart and stomach of the home; the sleek and stylish kitchen.
So spacious, there is an abundance of storage available both underneath and above the creamy-white units. An array of appliances is available to help make cooking a breeze. Discover a built-in American-style fridge and freezer in addition to a double oven and, located on the central island, an induction hob. Glinting granite worktops finish off this minimalist design with aplomb.
Take a right from the kitchen, along a panelled hallway and through a glazed wooden door to find a cosy, snug lounge, with partially panelled walls matched with shimmering silver-toned damask wallpaper.
Love to entertain? Where better to impress your guests than in the show-stopping games room! Classic wooden flooring melds seamlessly with terracotta walls, offset by authentic black cast iron radiators.
Pot the black to win at the full-size snooker table. French doors lead out into the grounds should you wish to take the party outside in the glow of the late summer evenings. Full-height windows at either end of the room keep this space bright and appealing. In the evenings, draw the curtains and retire to the bar area, where a roaring log burner is housed within a grand marble fireplace, replete with Victorian-green tiles. The ultimate entertaining space!
As the night draws to a close, take to the stairs and ascend to discover an array of bedrooms for the comfort of your family and guests.
Up the returning staircase, at the half landing, step right and into a light infused bedroom. Soft creamy carpets tier up to where the double bed sits before the window overlooking the leafy grounds. Inset spotlighting within the white ceiling is a modern contrast to the retro white cast iron radiator. An exposed-stone feature wall offsets the white.
Steal a glimpse through the door of the attached en-suite with its luxurious slipper bath.
Continue up the stairs before emerging onto a spacious landing, an ideal reading and relaxation point, with room for a sofa.
Take the first door to the right, where a four-poster bed lies opposite a feature fireplace; a romantic touch. To the left, draped in snow white curtains, a tall window looks out into the garden beyond. Space here too for a dressing table and other furnishings.
Next door, a further spacious double bedroom awaits, with an exposed-stone feature wall and spotlighting above the bed. Full length windows again suffuse the room in light. Built-in walnut-toned wardrobes stand before an open-plan en-suite bathroom, featuring a gleaming Victorian-style freestanding tub with waterfall tap.
Textured slate-grey tiling coats the wall surrounding the full-length window, before which the bath is set. A luxurious bathing experience, there is even a separate shower cubicle to hand, with a heated rail to keep the towels toasty warm.
Back to the landing and directly opposite, another substantially-sized four-poster bedroom with glorious floor to ceiling windows awaits.
Next door to this, a doorway leads through to a hallway. Take the door on the immediate left to a refreshingly contemporary bathroom, clad in slabs of grey tiling.
Elevated, a sunken jacuzzi bath sits before a tiled wall, fitted with an in-built television. Stylishly sleek, the glass bowl sink gleams in the sunlight which streams in through the large window.
Continue along the corridor, decorated tastefully in charcoal tones. Turn by the expansive mirror and emerge into the champion of all master suites.
Embellished in elegant pewter tones, with pale, plush carpets underfoot, this commodious chamber can accommodate an emperor bed with ease. Overhead, opulent chandeliers illuminate the sleeping space after nightfall, with sunlight streaming in throughout the day via the grandly-sized windows.
So spacious, this master bedroom even has its own seating area, and, best of all, a second en-suite! Pass by the built-in wardrobes to the rear of the bedroom and through to a wet room-style en-suite tiled in marblesque greys complete with a walk-in glass double shower.
A home full of surprises – we’ve saved the best for last.
Returning downstairs, take the rough-hewn stone steps down to discover a gracefully-sculpted wrought iron gate leading into a wine cellar that wouldn’t look out of place in Tuscany.
Stone floored, sumptuous and with its own seating area – stash all your finest vintages in here and lose yourself in an afternoon of wine tasting with friends.