A beautifully appointed and fully restored Grade II* listed William and Mary house with extensive equestrian facilities
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Cholderton House is a most appealing Grade II* listed seventeenth century house with delightful gardens and extensive parkland grounds. Mentioned in Pevsner, the appealing William & Mary façade is seven windows wide. Ornate iron gates mark the entrance to the estate with a drive serving the house, cottages and superb equine facilities. A gravel drive forms a turning circle around a pair of in and out gates with plenty of space for parking. The original house was comprehensively rebuilt following a devastating fire in 2012. The rebuilding work was carried by renown, award-winning architects, Donald Insall and Partners. Whilst the essence of the original house has been retained through careful restoration and expert recreation of period features using traditional artisan skills, the very significant advantages of modern living are behind the scenes. These include up to-date insulation, wiring, plumbing, heating, fire and security systems.
A prominent porch with arched oak door marks the entrance and leads into the large and welcoming reception hall. This wonderful room illustrates immediately upon entry the exceptional quality of the architectural details which continue throughout the property. Of particular note are the fine chimney pieces and working fireplaces, polished oak floors (on the ground and first floor), stepped ceiling cornices, dado and raised panelling as well as a fully panelled sitting room. The spacious kitchen/breakfast room is at the heart of the house and was designed and hand built by Guild Anderson incorporating a dishwasher and fridge freezer all complimented by marble worktops and limestone floor. The historic hearth with arched oak Bessemer houses the 4-oven electric Aga and Caple gas hob and conventional electric oven. There are a delightful trio of reception rooms in addition to the reception hall. These are the drawing, sitting and dining room. The drawing room is a double room with a broad arch dividing the drawing room and the withdrawing room, a popular eighteenth century arrangement with both areas having fine marble chimney pieces. A glazed door opens to the gardens. The sitting room is a fully panelled room incorporating an open fireplace and benefiting from a double easterly aspect making this an ideal morning room with a glazed door out on to a flagstone terrace with views down the garden. The dining room is graciously appointed with fine marble chimney piece and fluted pilasters to either side of the sideboard niche. From the dining a small lobby provides access to the large conservatory with its colourful stained glass windows and tiled floor, French doors open onto a flagstone terrace. The ground floor also provides a centrally located study, a useful boot room, two cloakrooms and a sauna.
The first floor houses the luxurious principal bedroom suite with a southerly aspect and ensuite bathroom and dressing room (bedroom 5). There is a guest suite and two further bedrooms plus two further bathrooms. The second floor provides enjoyable living space with a well-appointed bedroom incorporating a dressing/sitting room. There is a guest suite and two further bedrooms and a further bathroom. The nineteenth century wing provides a large home office on the ground floor and a staircase providing access to a bedroom/playroom with a large balcony on the first floor and the basement cellars which house the laundry room, plant room and wine store.
This property has 23.27 acres of land.
Coach House Of brick and flint construction and arranged as six stables and a treatment room with hayloft above. Attached is a later building providing two store rooms/workshops.
Granary Barn A substantial raised and historic timber barn with fine beams and a fireplace at the northerly end. Two loose boxes attached.
Stables & Equestrian Facilities The present owners have let the equestrian yard to successful equine enterprises including gold medal and four times Badminton winner Mr Mark Todd. The option remains to continue letting the yard or make use of it for personal equine or other use. The stable yard has an extensive range of timber buildings manufactured by Harlow Brothers and Harry Hebditch and comprising 15 loose boxes a tack room and a staff room. A central arch leads to the outdoor manège.
Outdoor School Situated within the walled garden, this sand and rubber arena is separated from the kitchen garden by post and rail fences with mown border and a listed Tuscan Loggia feature. The garden bothy is now used as the stable yard/estate office.
Indoor School A modern clear span structure extending 2163 x 82 (excluding viewing gallery). Mirrored. Raised spectator seating area. WCs. Store room. Loose box.
Hardstanding/Car Park Extensive area of hardstanding providing parking and turning space for cars lorries and trailers. Wooden storage building.
Gardens The gardens surround the house with open parkland grounds to the north east and the south west. Formal lawns wrap around the southern and eastern façades with an established Magnolia tree under planted with clipped low box hedge and rising topiary pyramids as a feature. Ornate iron gates flanked by a low wall form a break between the formal and informal lawns. There are many mature trees including yew, lime and London plane as well as a recently planted orchard. A brick and flint bridge crosses a gully which was the course of the River Bourne (now diverted).
The kitchen garden borders the cottages and provides a variety of productive soft fruits in cages, a vegetable bed, greenhouse and apple trees. A path leads to a separate walled garden housing the swimming pool (disused) with its cedar wood pool house.
Grounds An area of open mown parkland to the southwest of the house borders the drive has majestic lime, chestnut, cedar and beech trees. The parkland to the northeast is arranged as paddocks and used for grazing.
Cholderton House is situated on the edge of the village of Cholderton, approximately 11½ miles north east of the cathedral city of Salisbury. The village of Cholderton is a popular village with excellent communication links to Salisbury, London and the south west. The village is extremely active with a good pub and a very inclusive community. Salisbury is an easy drive away and provides excellent shopping and cultural attractions.
Road and rail links are excellent with the A303 1½ miles to the north which provides easy access to the south-west and to London via the M3 to the east. London Waterloo is reached via Grateley (approximately 3 miles away) in approximately 80 minutes and for international travel Southampton airport is 34 miles away providing regular flights to Europe.
The area is renowned for its excellent schooling with prep schools including Farleigh and further schooling in Salisbury including Godolphin, South Wilts Grammar, Chafyn Grove, Bishop Wordsworth and Salisbury Cathedral School.
The surrounding countryside provides for superb sporting opportunities including fishing on the Avon and the Test, some of the best chalk stream fishing in the country. There is both racing at Salisbury and golf at Tidworth.Read all
- Cholderton House: Reception hall, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, conservatory, office, study, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, sauna, boiler room, laundry room, cellar
- First floor: Master bedroom with dressing room and ensuite bathroom, 4 further bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 ensuite)
- Second floor: Guest bedroom suite with bathroom and dressing room, 3 further bedrooms, 2 further bathrooms (one ensuite)
- Little Cottage: Hall, sitting room, kitchen/dining room, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, Greenhouse
- Equestrian Cottage: Hall, kitchen/dining room, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
- Equestrian Facilities: Olympic size indoor manège with seating area, loose box, office and cloakrooms, granary barn, 15 loose boxes, tack room, stores, outdoor manège
- Coach house with 6 stables and treatment rooms
- Gardens and grounds, paddocks
- About 23.27 acres
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