Nestled in the rolling Warwickshire countryside and set amongst a fruiting orchard and paddock land, lies this remarkable private country home. As the double entrance gates open to announce Gorse House and its 80m driveway, you can feel that there is something special waiting at the end of this tree lined path.
Indeed, you would be right, as this five-bedroom, four-bathroom home with equestrian facilities and separate, self-contained cottage warmly awaits your arrival. Having doubled in size since the original house was built in the 19th century, there is much to explore!
The central courtyard, with its charming clock and weather vane, leads to the oak entrance door opening to reveal the inviting hallway between the north and south wings of this family home. Traditional flagstone floors, beamed ceilings, latch doors, carved wall panelling and chandeliers blend perfectly with modern features including the Bosch and Neff integrated kitchen appliances, statement island breakfast bar and technology connectivity installed in this impressive period home. Ahead, the light and welcoming hallway directs you to the heart of the home - the ultra-modern, country-style kitchen. Complete with a wealth of ivory-toned, Shaker-style cabinets and granite worksurfaces, this kitchen would be the envy of many chefs. The rounded feature island with its focus lighting invites you to savour a morning coffee here or simply sip a glass of wine as the chef creates. Through French doors, the conservatory dining room beckons your family and friends to gather and admire the garden and countryside views whilst waiting to be served. Adjoining the dining room, relax for pre or post dinner drinks in the garden room and open wide the doors to let the outside in on those balmy summer evenings. Step into the light and airy gym, once an indoor pool, which has its own garden room area allowing you to enjoy the stunning countryside views as you work out and then relax afterwards. From the hallway, the spacious and charming main lounge, with its feature carved wall panelling also offers an exposed brick fireplace – the perfect focal point to gather round on those chilly winter days and the ideal setting for a traditional family Christmas. In addition, the north wing offers an array of rooms including a separate snug or tv room, a library, study, utility and cloakroom as well as access to your very own basement wine cellar.
Take the turning wooden staircase to the first floor and to the right there is a recently designed, master suite presiding over the stunning countryside views from the sliding doors and balcony. Wake up to a changing backdrop every day and sample the luxury of getting ready in your en suite shower room with double sink and adjoining walk-in dressing room. The original principal bedroom also enjoys en suite facilities and its own dressing room along with the stunning countryside views. Bedroom 3 enjoys those beautiful views and has access to the family bathroom with spa bath whilst bedrooms 4 and 5 have the use of an adjoining shower room and access to a second staircase returning to the ground floor.
The gates to Gorse House open to an impressive driveway passing beneath a leafy canopy, touching to form gentle arches as you make your way to the courtyard and main entrance of this country home.
Set in over three acres of land, this beautiful home affords the owners seclusion but the opportunity to invite guests and entertain whenever and wherever they please.
Key rooms within the house offer views over the verdant grounds and with several outdoor raised seating areas, which follow the sun around the south-facing rear garden, you could be eating al fresco with family, relaxing in the hot tub with friends or soaking up the sunshine with a good book on your own just about anywhere in this stunning sanctuary.
The rolling lawns are punctuated by mature trees and shrubbery planting with a practical wood store, storage shed and greenhouse for cultivating those plants, ready to plant out in the waiting vegetable patches.
To the rear of the cottage, there is a double and a single garage with power and a carport for two further vehicles providing ample covered parking spaces. There is also a useful workshop which could be used as a studio, home office or games room.
This amazing home offers technology connectivity, a speaker system (selected rooms), CCTV and alarm for easy living and peace of mind.
Bordering the courtyard, is this attractive two-bedroom period cottage - ideal for guests, independent family members or staff quarters. The stable door main entrance opens into the large open-plan living room and kitchen where, once again, period features perfectly harmonise with contemporary facilities.
The stylish country kitchen with ceiling beams, breakfast bar and integrated appliances opens to comfortable living space offering an exposed brick feature wall with fireplace.
A charming wooden staircase rises to the first floor where there are two double bedrooms and a shower room.
From the second bedroom, you step out onto a stylish roof terrace with a low maintenance lawn where there are commanding views over the beautiful countryside. A spiral staircase from here returns you to the courtyard below.
Paddock land in abundance and equestrian facilities galore! All this is included in the sale of this incredible country home.
The acreage on offer here has allowed for a separate equestrian zone to be developed where a 40m x 20m manège with mirrored training facilities, high quality rubber shredding and sand surface, perfect for dressage activities, takes pride of place.
In addition, there are stables with 3 bays, a tack room, a foaling/hay barn and a turn out paddock. The yard is fully self-contained from the gardens and offers light, water and power.Stamp Duty Calculator
“It was the views to the rear of the property which first caught our attention,” say the current owners. “Gorse House enjoys probably one of the best views in Rugby, stretching over the Rainsbrook Valley as far as the Hellidon Tower, over 10 miles away. The other aspect we were searching for was space on which to keep a horse or two, so the private and enclosed field at the back of the property was just perfect.”
Since moving in, the owners have made extensive improvements to the property. “Every room has been decorated at least once; the cottage has been turned into a two-bedroom private dwelling presented to a high standard; and the house has been extended to provide the new master bedroom suite and an enlarged lounge,” they say. “At the same time, the entrance to the house was reoriented to create a larger and brighter space and the staircase itself was renewed. We have added a carport in the courtyard and a rooftop terrace for the cottage over the courtyard garage.
Internally, the kitchen and dining room have been merged to create a central hub for the house and the extremely large conservatory was divided to create an alfresco dining room, as well as leaving a good size conservatory, which spans the back of the house.
Outside, the garden was completely redesigned and a large decking area for outdoor dining/barbecues and a hot tub were added. There was the addition of the stable block, construction of a gravel vehicle-width access to the west side of the house leading to the stables, and the inclusion of a 20 x 40 metre arena in the field.”
Having truly made the property their own, the owners have loved living in it and sharing it with family and friends. “Our favourite room would have to be the master bedroom,” they say, “not just because of the vaulted ceiling and the size, but because when you throw the curtains open in the morning you have the most fantastic view, and it changes every day. Downstairs, the wood fire in the lounge during the winter provides a very special atmosphere, especially around Christmas time. In summer, sitting in the hot tub early in the morning and late at night watching the sun come up and go down over the back fields is such a delight. Meanwhile, the flexibility the house offers has enabled the family and guests to have some extraordinary sociable times.
Having been here for 20 years, we have too many special memories to list, but amongst them are: relaxing with family and friends outdoors in the summer; warm winter afternoons and evenings in front of the fire; but also events which became traditions such as the local stables bringing their Boxing Day ride around for mulled wine and finger food while carols played in the courtyard – having more than 15 horses stood in the courtyard is very evocative of how this property would have been used in years gone by.”
Outside, the gardens serve as an extension of the indoor living accommodation. “The rear garden, orchard and field are south-facing and catch the sun all day long,” the owners say. “The patio which spans the back of the house has a sundial on it which is remarkably good at telling the time and sits in a central feature sun circle. The patio adjoins the decking which is great for all day and evening dining and sitting, whilst behind the house is a path with some ornamental bushes and plants which provides access to the front via the east side. The front garden, which borders onto Ashlawn Road, is a mixture of very mature trees and shrubs with some beautiful rhododendrons. We have tried to keep it reasonably wild, whilst attractive, as a functioning garden space.”
The property is located close to both Dunchurch and Rugby.
Dunchurch is a large village on the outskirts of Rugby in Warwickshire from where Gorse House offers outstanding views across the Rainsbrook Valley, as far as the Hellidon Tower, over ten miles away. Escaping the hustle and bustle of town and city life to enjoy a much more relaxed country pace is what is on offer here, yet you may still walk to the local supermarket a mile away or stroll into Rugby town to shop or catch up with friends for a coffee from your country home. Excellent schools are close by.
In recent years, Rugby has grown into Warwickshire’s second largest market town boasting an eclectic mix of high street, designer and independent shops, restaurants and pubs. Caldecott Park, Coombe Abbey Country Park, Draycote Water and Brownsover Hall provide green spaces in the area and the county boasting the birthplace of Shakespeare offers key towns such as Leamington Spa, Stratford upon Avon, Kenilworth, Warwick to visit and enjoy.
Rugby rail station is circa 2 miles away (Source: Google Maps); offers access to Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and London Euston in around 50 minutes (source: London Northwestern Rail). The M6 and M1 provide access to the motorway networks.
There are a number of 'Outstanding' and 'Good' Ofstead rated schools in the area. (Source: Rightmove)
Rugby School, Princethorpe College, Bilton Grange and Crescent School are local independant (private) schools which offer a range of Day, Weekly, Flexible and Full Boarding options. (Source: ISC.co.uk)
The village of Dunchurch is a conservation area having many buildings of historical interest, including its three churches. Some notable buildings, dating back to the 15th century, are timber framed with thatched roofs and The Dun Cow and The Green Man in the village are lasting reminders of coaching inns when Dunchurch was an important rest between London and Birmingham. Gorse House is believed to have been part of Gorse Farm in days gone by and the current owners still invite the community in to enjoy the surroundings and festivities before the local Boxing Day hunt.
Only those items mentioned in these particulars are included in the sale. All others are excluded but certain items may be made available by separate negotiation.
Mains Gas, Electric, Septic Tank & Water
ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE: Gorse House E / Gorse Cottage G
LOCAL AUTHORITY: Rugby
COUNCIL TAX: Bands: Gorse House G / Gorse Cottage B
TENURE : Freehold
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