- Fabulous 8500 square foot country house within just 2 miles of Hale
- Stunning landscaped gardens of 3.75 acres
- Six bedrooms, six receptions rooms and seven bathrooms
- Tennis court, swimming pool, extensive garaging
A remodelled and completely refurbished large country house in the pretty, rural outskirts of Hale, within exceptional manicured, nearly 4 acre gardens and grounds, including a swimming pool, tennis court and extensive garaging
Midways is an impressive and handsome large period house with around 8500 square feet of accommodation, acquired by the current owners in 2013 and sympathetically and beautifully refurbished since, including the reinstatement of the most wonderful surrounding formal gardens and grounds, which incorporate a stunning outdoor swimming pool and hard tennis court, with a range of useful single storey outbuildings providing garaging and ancillary rooms.
The house sits well back from the road, accessed via a remote-controlled gate onto a large front gravelled forecourt, with a second set of inner gates leading towards more secure parking and the garaging, to the rear of the house.
The proportions throughout are exceptional, with stunning formal reception rooms boasting extensive period detail including wall and ceiling panelling and plasterwork, fabulous original staircases, sprung original timber floors blended with modern high quality parquet and plank flooring. In all there are six reception rooms of varying styles and sizes including a superb open-plan kitchen dining family room with full height crittall style bi-fold doors to a rear terrace overlooking the gardens and pool. The reception hall has a mixed colour natural stone floor and a welcoming wood burning stove and gives access to four of the reception rooms, and a ground floor WC.
The main drawing room is a former ball room, with an especially high ceiling, simply stunning with door to the garden terrace, lovely ceiling detailing and a wood burning stove. A three-quarter height bay window with seating enjoys views over the surrounding grounds. Additional reception rooms include a bright dual aspect sitting room to the front with French doors to a raised terrace, also with a woodburning stove. This room has three-quarter height panelling and LED concealed lighting, making a focal point of the intricate ceiling plasterwork.
A large dining room splits the two main reception rooms, and is large enough to comfortably seat twelve people with an aspect over the gardens and an open-hearth fireplace. A study with walk-in bay overlooks the front, has a range of fitted bookcases and an open-hearth fireplace. The kitchen/dining/living room is a fabulous space with oak floor throughout, beautifully finished with a range of hand painted base and eye level cupboards with a large Aga cooker and appliances, many by Miele. A fabulous family space with a dual aspect - the views of the surrounding gardens and terrace are wonderful and a full height range of crittall style bi-fold doors leads out towards the garden. Ancillary rooms adjoining the kitchen include former laundry rooms converted to a large utility, boot room and rear lobby and these give access to a secondary rear staircase, and lead back into the kitchen and a side doorway.
Adjoining the kitchen off a rear hallway is a WC and lower ground floor cinema and gym set out as a multi-use space, open to one another, and air conditioned.
A stunning shallow tread original staircase leads to a very wide and impressive first-floor landing, which accesses all the bedrooms. The very large main, beautifully appointed bedroom suite encompasses four former bedrooms and includes a large dual aspect bedroom with lovely open views and twin dressing rooms – a gentleman’s with a range of oak open-fronted wardrobes and a lady’s with a comprehensive range of contemporary wardrobes and a dressing table, both enjoying a large bathroom, beautifully remodelled in a period style. There are five further en suite bedrooms of varying styles and sizes, each with an en suite shower or bathroom, all enjoying lovely surrounding open views of the gardens, grounds and open countryside beyond and with different styles of bathroom fitments from period through to contemporary, all remodelled over recent years. The central family bathroom has a lovely freestanding bath and huge walk-in shower room.
The grounds are wonderful, incredibly impressive and immaculate, the current owners have spent a huge amount of time and effort producing what is presented today. There are substantial surrounding formal terraces with pond and water feature, large entertaining areas, and secluded sitting spots, which exist around the house and gardens, and the main pool deck with heated covered outdoor pool and hot tub is a fabulous area in the summer and has an adjoining fenced tennis court behind, creating a wonderful entertaining and sports area for the family and guests alike.
The surrounding lawns are immaculately tended and include structured planting, trees, hedges and topiary, and some wonderful mature specimens. They are enclosed shrubs and fencing and form a very private and special setting. In all they extend to 3.75 acres or thereabouts.
Situated to the rear of the house, through two sets of gates, is a large single story building with a useful central tool store and two double garages, with electric doors. At the rear of the garage block is a useful covered entertaining area, adjacent to the pool deck, and there are several enclosed storerooms and a pool house.