- FORMER STATELY HOME SET IN A 12 ACRE GATED ESTATE
- OVER 2300 SQ FT OF ACCOMMODATION
- LAKE AND RIVER IN THE GROUNDS
- TENNIS COURTS
- PRIVATE ENTRANCE WITH LIFT ACCESS
- STUNNING VIEWS FROM ALL WINDOWS
- TWO GUEST BEDROOMS
- OPEN TERRACE WITH SOUTHERLY ASPECT
- TWO GARAGES AND PARKING
- AMENITIES AND AIRPORT A SHORT DRIVE AWAY
Formerly a stately home built on the site of the former summer hunting lodge of the Priors of Christchurch, this PERIOD PROPERTY is steeped in history. In 1806, works to improve and enlarge the existing Tudor manor house were completed by architect William Garbett, including re-facing the exterior in the grand Elizabethan sytle as it stands to this day. This impressive home forms the principal (and by far the grandest) apartment within this GRADE II* LISTED MANOR HOUSE with accommodation of around 2370 sqft.
Hurn Court is set within a private gated estate surrounded by communal parkland of approx 12 acres bordered by the River Stour. The property offers a rare combination of period grandeur, space, rural tranquillity, ease of living and convenience of location.
Hurn Court was the family seat of the Earl of Malmesbury from the 1700s and has an interesting and well documented provenance including royalty and other notable historical figures such as Handel, Lord Nelson, author Henry Fielding and Edwardian hostess Lilly Langtry. The surrounding farmland beside the River Stour is retained to this day by the Malmesbury Estate, whilst the extensive communal parkland in which the house sits (including double tennis courts) is professionally managed and maintained. The lake in the grounds was where the monks kept their fish stock and is a beautiful part of the surrounding countryside. The conversion of the main house took place in the mid 1990's to form the 8 units together with the addition of cottages and houses in the grounds.
The accommodation is approached via its own private entrance leading up to a private south-facing terrace. There is also secondary access to the property from a communal hall (which also has the benefit of a key-operated lift, opening out directly into the hallway of the apartment). On entering the hallway, stairs lead to an occasional mezzanine bedroom area with a private bathroom. From the hallway is access to the Library and the Drawing Room, both of which are double height (with ceilings in excess of 15ft). The elegant south-facing Drawing Room (formally the Music Room) is a spacious and light formal reception room with ornate ceilings (in ‘Strawberry Hill Gothic’ style) and original marble fireplace. A large bay window overlooks the south lawns and gardens. From the Drawing Room, double mahogany doors interconnect to the magnificent original Library, which has always been the chief glory of Hurn Court. The two rooms together produce a 70ft long (approx.) reception space of truly stately home proportions. The Library, with three tall windows, overlooking the east lawn and open fields beyond, is fitted with the original 19th century oak book cases and superb cornicing and ceiling rose. There is also a superb original black marble fireplace. A gothic archway in the bookcases leads to a small private chapel with beautiful stained glass windows (certain panels dating from the time of the monastic foundation). The chapel has previously been used as a study or an occasional third bedroom. At the other end of the Library is the fitted kitchen, overlooking the courtyard with rose garden and the formal main approach to the house. To the side of the kitchen are stairs leading to another mezzanine bedroom (used as the master bedroom, with fitted wardrobe cupboards) that overlooks the Library. At the foot of the stairs, is a family bathroom with a double walk-in shower.
There are two garages (that have been made into one and still retain the two garage doors). One allocated parking space comes with the property as well as one unallocated residents parking space, plus communal parking for visitors.