Guide Price £750,000
Knockin Heath, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Sitting in one of Shropshire's most sought-after hamlets is the delightful Stanmore House. A detached five-bedroom property with pretty bay windows to the front, a one-bedroom annexe, stables, paddock, heated outdoor swimming pool, orchard, summer house, vegetable and fruit gardens, detached double garage and workshop. All sitting on a generous sized plot.
Situated between the county town of Shrewsbury and the pretty market town of Oswestry, Stanmore House really is in a prime location. The quaint village of Knockin is just a short drive away with its shop/post office, church, village hall and pub. There are excellent state and independent schools on the doorstep, with the nearby A5 providing good north/south connections and there are train links from Shrewsbury and Gobowen to Birmingham, Manchester and London.
There are two golf courses within 3 miles. The nearby pretty market town of Ellesmere has two sailing clubs on its picturesque meres. The local countryside is regarded by many as the most scenic part of the county with delightful country walks, equestrian and other country pursuits all being available nearby.
The property is approached from the road on to a tarmacked lane at the end of the lane is a wooden double private gate leading into Stanmore House and grounds. There is ample parking for numerous cars and a tarmac turning area. As well as planted shrubs and tree-lined borders.
Kitchen/Breakfast Area - 7.25 x 3.20 (23'9" x 10'5") - This area is a fantastic size and the real hub of the home. With stone floors, bespoke built-in solid oak cabinets and black granite worktops throughout, an extensive range of wall and floor cabinets and drawers. Built in dresser, with glazed cupboard doors and internal lighting, spice drawers and four large pan drawers.
Peninsula island with Bosch built-in combination/microwave oven and Bosch food warming/bread proving drawer. Black granite worktop with built-in food waste container. Space for a cooking range with carved over-mantle and built-in extractor fan and lights, granite upstand and handmade Italian wall tiles. One and a half bowl stainless steel sink and carved granite drainer, combination mixer tap with shower attachment. Also including filtered water option (water filtration system built in beneath sink). Bosch built-in dishwasher with oak front. Walk-in PANTRY off kitchen with window and open shelving to three walls. Large window and French doors lead out to the idyllic rear garden.
Leading off from the utility is the GARDNERS LOO, with white suite low flush wc and a REAR PORCH/BOOT ROOM area great for kicking of those muddy wellies and for pets, outside storage area with fixed light, water, power sockets and opening (Velux-type) roof-light to ceiling, a great area for garden furniture and BBQ equipment.
Utility Room - 4.14 x 2.99 (13'6" x 9'9") - The stone floor flows through to the UTILITY ROOM, this room is also a wonderful size and with fitted wall and floor cupboards in oak matching the kitchen, a deep bowl ceramic sink and drainer with handmade Italian wall tiles. Central heating boiler, plumbing for washing machine and space for dryer. Ample room for large American style fridge freezer.
Sitting Room - 8.71 x 4.67 (28'6" x 15'3") - This is a light, bright and spacious area - with a pretty bay window adding character. An elegant fireplace with wooden surround and stone hearth, side window and French door to side garden, a great room for entertaining with oodles of space. Internal glazed door leads through to the
Dining Room - 5.46 x 3.51 (17'10" x 11'6" ) - With large window overlooking rear gardens and patio windows to side garden with lovely sun terrace. Double doors then lead back through to the kitchen.
Cloakroom - An extremely spacious room with white suite, low flush wc and hand basin, oak flooring and ample room to hang coats.
The Library - 3.60 x 3.23 (11'9" x 10'7" ) - This is a delightful room positioned at the front of the property it includes bespoke, craftsman-built floor to ceiling dark oak bookcases, oak flooring and underfloor heating. This room would also make a nice play or music room.
Study/Office - 5.98 x 4.23 (19'7" x 13'10" ) - This is an extremely spacious fully equipped office area, with fitted desks and working tables, shelves, filing draws, underfloor heating and double aspect widows overlooking the front.
First Floor - Light, bright Large LANDING with shelved airing cupboard and loft access at both ends.
Master Bedroom, - 4.78 x 4.09 (15'8" x 13'5" ) - This spacious and elegant room has a bay window overlooking the front grounds with views over Berwyn mountains, Rodney's Pillar and Stiperstones. Modern ENSUITE shower room with WC, wash hand basin and large walk in shower enclosure with drencher power shower. Large built-in cupboard.
Bedroom Two - 4.08 x 3.02 (13'4" x 9'10" ) - This pretty room has a front facing window with views over Berwyn mountains Rodney's pillar and Stiperstones. En-suite shower room with WC, wash hand basin and power shower cubicle with body jets built in to tiled walls, finished to a high standard.
Bedroom Three - 3.78 x 3.60 (12'4" x 11'9" ) - A large, bright bedroom with rear facing window overlooking the delightful gardens, built in wardrobes and cupboard.
Bedroom Four - 4.40 x 4.00 (14'5" x 13'1") - Is yet another large room, with side facing window and full width dressing room.
Bedroom Five - 4.40 x 3.91 (14'5" x 12'9" ) - Is a nice size double, side facing window, wash hand basin with built in cabinets.
Family Bathroom, - A good size room with white suite WC, bidet, wash hand basin and extra-deep Jacuzzi bath with 'chromatherapy' lighting.
Three large attics, two with fitted loft ladders, lighting and floor boarding.
The Annexe - The annexe was a later addition to the property and lends its self beautifully to au pair, older relatives, holiday let or could be used as additional offices. The annexe is attached to the property but has its own ENTRANCE PORCH/BOOT ROOM leading through to HALLWAY. A double BEDROOM with fitted double wardrobes and shelving. BATHROOM with cream suite, wc, wash hand basin and large shower cubicle. KITCHEN with Ceramic floor tiles, fitted light oak wall and floor units, dishwasher, fridge, oven and hob. One and a half bowl sink and underfloor heating. LOUNGE/DINING OPEN PLAN AREA, this is a large, bright and airy space, with large window and French doors opening on to the pretty rear gardens. Large storage cupboard with light and underfloor heating.
This addition adds a versatile twist to the property.
Outside - The gardens and grounds of the property are truly delightful, with an array of different fruit trees, shrubs and flowers. The owners have planted hundreds of specimen plants and shrubs to complete an extensive mature garden, full of surprises. Scented plants are in abundance. The drive is lined with cloud pruned pyrocanthas. There are lots of roses, acers, sorbuses, magnolias camelias, rhododendrons and azaleas, rare snowdrops and other bulbs, grasses and witch hazels. There also sits a mature orchard with apples, pears, plums, cherries peaches, nectarines and apricots, medlars, quince and mulberry all varieties chosen to provide the longest cropping period possible. In addition, there is a large soft fruit cage, an asparagus bed and large fenced vegetable plot. A 30' poly tunnel is home to cropping guavas, persimmon, pomegranate and loquat. Inside and out there are over 20 seedless heavy cropping grape vines. Loads of occupied bird boxes have helped generate over 60 different bird sightings. The property also comes with a paddock.
It really is a true haven. The property also boasts several splendid outbuildings - including a pretty SUMMER HOUSE set amidst the idyllic and tranquil gardens, a wonderful POOL HOUSE sits in a fabulous paved, pool and BBQ area, perfect for entertaining and alfresco dining. The well-kept swimming pool is heated and has underwater lighting, a nice addition to the property and extremely private. There is also a brick built STABLE BLOCK, comprising five loose boxes which the current owners use for storage, but could easily be reinstated as working stables. Finally, a double garage and workshop complete this exciting package.
A truly lovely house set in a stunning plot with, lots of exciting opportunities. Viewing highly recommended.
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Pool House -
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Owners Comments - Perfectly located in the glorious Shropshire countryside, almost equidistant between the thriving towns of Shrewsbury and Oswestry is Stanmore House, a large and beautifully appointed family home that was built in the 1930s. "I'd say that there were two main factors that initially attracted us to this house," says Dianne. "Firstly the setting is just gorgeous. We're out in the countryside in this little enclave that's surrounded by rolling green fields, and yet we're well positioned in terms of accessing all the amenities and we benefit from really good transport links, so the location offers the best of both. In terms of the house itself, the biggest selling point was the fact that it gave us the opportunity to turn the annex into very spacious accommodation that was completely self-contained,
as we were very keen for my parents to come and live with us."
"The house was originally built in the 1930s and then a large architecturally designed extension was added in 1981; it's been done so well that it's almost impossible to tell old from new. The house as a whole is wonderfully spacious, each of the rooms is generously proportioned and they all flow beautifully. We have a large eat-in kitchen with double doors that lead straight into the more formal dining room, a huge lounge and each of the bedrooms is a really good size. It's a house with a warm and welcoming atmosphere and it's such a comfortable home to live in; we've been extremely happy here for the past sixteen years."
"Another feature of this property that proved to be a huge selling point for us was the extensive garden, orchard and paddock," continues Dianne. "We have a very large vegetable garden and when the children were little and we also kept chickens, sheep, pigs goats and horses; we were really living the good life. I remember sitting down to Sunday lunch one day and feeling so proud that everything on the table had been produced at home. The garden was also an absolute paradise for the children. They had space to run free in a safe and secure environment and the swimming pool was always a big hit. More often than not we had piles of children here when the weather was warm and we had numerous fabulous pool parties. The property as a whole has given us all a wonderful quality of life and we'll take with us some very happy memories."
Favourite Room: "If I had to be completely honest it would be my lovely big pantry," says Dianne. "I'm a real foodie and I find that cooking is the perfect antidote to work, so I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen - which is also extremely nice - and the pantry provides fantastic storage for everything I need to indulge my passion."
Favourite aspect of the grounds or surrounding area: "We've loved the fact that our immediate surroundings are so peaceful and picturesque," says Dianne, "and yet we're not in the slightest bit isolated. For basic needs we head into Oswestry, if I fancy wandering around the shops I generally take a trip into Shrewsbury, which is a lovely, historic market town with a park-and-ride service, and when I'm looking for something really special I head into Chester. In short, we're spoilt for choice."
Memorable event (if not another favourite room or unique feature): "The annex is just lovely, and a really good size so it feels like a proper house in its own right." says Dianne. "It has its own front door and it incorporates a lovely big sitting/dining room with French doors onto the garden, a nice kitchen, a bedroom and a shower room. My parent's were very happy living in it."
What they'll miss most / why they are leaving: "The house has been the most wonderful family home, but I think it will be the garden that I'll miss most," says Dianne. "It's absolutely stunning and I've loved being able to wander around, watch and listen to the birds and generally soak in these lovely surroundings."
- Sought after Shropshire hamlet
- Five bed detached family home
- Sitting on 1.5 acres
- One bedroom annexe
- Outdoor heated pool and pool house
- Summer House
- Double garage
- Beautiful spot