If you’ve always dreamt of living a country life in a posh pad that oozes history then this splendid, historic house might be the perfect manor you wish you were born in.
If you have a very hefty budget to spend and the country house, horsey lifestyle is calling you then you’d be hard pressed to find an equestrian country dream home better than Broadway House.
Location, history, character, facilities, extra buildings, holiday cottage, renovation for extra income, land and the most gorgeous of gardens ensures this handsome home is an attractive proposition to secure a rural idyll.
The electric gates that greet you before you are swept up the expected, but all too often disappointing, tree-lined drive is all the grand entrance you could hope for. No disappointment here.
Then the beautiful lake and majestic Grade II Georgian house appear tantalisingly through the leaves and greenery to make a memorable first impression.
And it’s a property that surely most people will consider to be something extra special, giving rise to its Grade II listing award in 1996 for being ‘a well-preserved fine Regency house in gardens with considerable character imparted by its distinctive pavilion planning’.
The driveway ends in a huge circular motion at the front of the engaging Georgian home.
The property’s distinctive multi-paned sash windows are designed to be pleasingly symmetrical, surrounding a stone porchway that beckons.
Turn around and another view of that shimmering lake with a handy bankside bench and flanked by soft, weeping willows is your final, attractive view before exploring the interior rooms of this beautiful building.
The sprawling mansion has been lovingly restored and brought back to its former splendour, so the new lord or lady of the manor can just stride or swish straight in and enjoy living the country life immediately.
The structure of this grand abode – high ceilings, wide internal doors, picture and dado rails, and large windows including bays – are all present and correct.
And the renovation project that has occurred over the years here has meant the cornices, marble and slate fireplaces, original wood flooring, ceiling beams and plasterwork, and wood wall panels all look healthy, as they combine to create a collection of elegant and gentile rooms.
Any additions to the spaces, such as radiators and bathrooms, have obviously been given great care and attention to detail when the choices were being made.
The stairs are an interesting feature as most manor houses hit you full in the face with the most boastful of stairs as soon as you enter the hall, but not at Broadway House.
This home’s stunning staircase is a shy creature, hiding its soon to be revealed splendour behind an archway in one corner of the hall, just peeping out via a few of the lowest steps.
But continue down the hall and behind this semi-partition wall the majority of the staircase, with its smooth oak banister rail and thin spindles, can be admired to the maximum.
The ground floor accommodation is vast but, as is the way with so many Georgian properties, laid out in a structured manner.
On the right there are two magnificent and spacious reception rooms, both looking out over the manicured lawn and both with a feature fireplace.
But the drawing room can just pip the adjacent dining room for grandeur with the addition of a bay window and dual aspect views of the garden.
At the end of the hall on the right is a cosy and more intimate social space, a smaller snug that cocoons an occupant with character, from the wall panels, to the ceiling plaster detailing, to the fireplace and flooring.
The extra special feature in here are the French doors out onto the lawn that, once open, invite warm breezes to waft in carrying the scents of the summer from the beautiful gardens that surround the house.
To the left of the hall there’s a study ideal for home working as, although close to the front door, it is away from the main bulk of the social spaces.
An office located here is also handy for making sure you never miss an Amazon delivery; it’s a long way to the front door from some of these rooms in this beast of a building.
Further down the hall, past those unique stairs, the kitchen ‘wing’ can be found.
It’s got a spacious and stunning kitchen that includes a large, light blue central island unit and a double-fronted Aga commanding attention in the chimney breast.
Next to the kitchen is a sizable utility room but it’s the two corners of the kitchen that ignite intrigue.
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One corner has a cute, hidden spiral staircase to the first floor and the other corner has had its doorway expanded to create a seamless flow from kitchen to a pretty breakfast room.
This clever design means you catch glimpses of the colourful garden beyond the breakfast room from the inner kitchen.
The breakfast room is a stunning spot to dunk your bread soldiers into your runny boiled egg in the morning, flooded with light from a roof lantern above and an end wall of windows and French doors to the garden.
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Off the kitchen appears to be another utility room but this one then leads into a pantry and also a boot room and larder.
There is quite a jigsaw of ancillary rooms surrounding the kitchen reflecting back to the time when this would have been the hard working core of the home.
Here the servants would be busy working while the owners swanned about in the large reception rooms or ‘took a turn’ around the walled garden, like a scene out of a Jane Austen novel.
Upstairs on the first floor, the grandeur of the manor continues with six bedrooms, four of which have ensuites, plus there are two family bathrooms.
With some thought, and of course planning permission and listed building consent, if required these family bathrooms could become an ensuite to the bedrooms immediately next to them.
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Up to the top floor, and it might be a surprise to some people to find an extra ensuite bedroom up here, perfect for ultimate peace and a quiet night’s sleep.
As with the rest of the house the interior design in the bedrooms and bathrooms is elegant and grand yet inviting, with soft accents and tactile fabrics complementing the many pieces of statement vintage furniture, including the occasional four poster bed.
All the bedrooms are large, and the master bedroom ensuite is particularly generous and particularly lovely, featuring a free-standing bath positioned at the window to optimise the garden views while you soak.
The garden is equal to the house for impressing a visitor and constantly delighting an owner.
The land that comes with the house is about 22 acres and includes quality equestrian facilities including traditional stabling and manége, as well as ancient pastureland.
For the humans that love history there’s a stunning walled garden bursting with classic country cottage flowers and plants and an intimate alfresco dining area.
There are landscaped gardens and woodland gardens that include shade-dappled, meandering paths and an abundance of spaces to eat and relax outdoors from a picnic in the pastures to afternoon tea on one of the many garden terraces.
For potential new owners who love the discovery of additional outbuildings, this manor will get them over-excited.
There’s a converted coach house that has its own driveway that can be versatile as well as pretty, with options as a holiday cottage, a home for extra family, or if you’re looking to really be the lord or lady of the manor the coach house could even be used as separate staff accommodation.
The character and charm of the main house has been extended into the coach house conversion with tasteful interiors that include a wood burning stove, a well-equipped kitchen area including granite work surfaces, and a bathroom with a roll top bath.
But don’t despair if you were hoping to get your hands dirty doing some renovation work yourself – the site comes with an extensive range of traditional stone barns, set within a separate courtyard.
The estate agent selling the manor states that these barns have planning permission for conversion to three further holiday cottage lets or they could remain as a series of stables, tack room, workshop and storage rooms.
Broadway House on the Wales England border east of Newtown and about 23 miles from Ludlow and Shrewsbury, seems to offer everything a new life, or an expanded life, in the country could hope for.
Horses and humans and holidaymakers will be more than happy here.
To find out more about this marvellous manor for sale in Powys for a guide price of £1,650,000 contact Mark Wiggin Estate Agents at their Ludlow branch on 01584 817977.
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