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A look at some of the loveliest new abodes on the market in Cheshire.


Properties such as this are rare in the extreme and the sale of the Henbury Hall Estate and its exquisitely beautiful house, make for a unique opportunity to acquire something unrivalled.

Built in the Palladian style Henbury Hall set in twelve acres of mature landscaped gardens together with tennis court, glazed pool house and outbuildings, the estate covers around 530 acres and also comprises the Tenants Hall, Grade II Listed stable block and courtyard, which dates back to the 1600s, and the Grade II Listed Dower House together with five further houses and cottages. Henbury Hall is widely regarded as the most important classical house built in England in the 20 th Century and sits in a commanding position at the heart of a historic estate, which dates back to the 17 th Century.

The property has a central dome creating a house flooded with natural light. Designed and constructed to the highest standard, the house exudes elegance and grandeur yet, is manageable and highly suited to modern day living. The principal rooms are on the first floor which is accessed by a wonderful cantilevered stone staircase which rises from the ground floor, all the way up the house to a circular gallery beneath the dome on the second floor. There are four principal reception rooms, a library and a smaller sitting room.

All these rooms are ornamented with elaborate carving and deeply modelled plasterwork, the predominance of which was undertaking by Dick Reid, remembered for his work at Spencer House and Windsor Castle. The piano nobile on the first floor is the focal centrepiece and six bedrooms each with their own bathrooms are arranged around a gallery.

The lower ground floor comprises of the kitchen, study, breakfast room, nursery, laundry and boot room with access to the cellars which date back to the previous house. The gardens, grounds and woodlands which make up the estate are extensive but in summary include; the pool house, situated to the west of the walled garden; glasshouses, gardener’s bothy and potting shed ; a gothic folly, 19 th century ice house and spring water pump.

Beyond the main house, the estate boasts; The Cave, a well presented two storey and Grade II listed property, which provides substantial accommodation,; Pale Lodge, again Grade II with four bedrooms ;Horseshoe Lodge, a detached house which is believed to date from the late 18 th Century and is Grade II listed; One and Two Horseshoe Cottages, semi-detached and each include two bedrooms; and Garden Cottage, a charming Grade II listed cottage situated within the Hall gardens in the centre of the main part of the estate. T

he Estate is offered for sale by private treaty. Enquiries should be made to Savills, Hall Court, Telford, Shropshire TF3 4NF 01952 239 500; savills.co.uk

Grafton Estate, Cheshire

A stunning and peaceful 55 acre site is offered for sale with planning consent for a Robert Adam designed mansion house.

The Grafton Estate is situated beyond the village of Tilston in south Cheshire. Located in a secluded setting, surrounded by mature woodland and open countryside this very private estate is accessed along an impressive, half mile, tree lined drive. The planning consent for Grafton Hall will present the new owner with a rare chance to build a new and exceptional country house, combining classic design to rival that of a historic estate with 21 st century sustainability and technology. I

n brief the proposed accommodation will comprise 6 magnificent reception rooms, family living kitchen and catering kitchen, master bedroom suite with entrance lobby, dual bathrooms, dressing rooms and balcony and a further eight bedrooms all with ensuite. There will be a first floor sitting room, leisure wing and staff quarters.

The site will also provide for 8 car garaging, stable block and tack room.

On the market at a guide price of £2,750,000 for the plot with planning consent with Jackson-Stops, 8 Water Lane, Wilmslow SK9 5AA 01625 540340; Jackson-stops.co.uk  

Burford Lane Farm, Lymm, Cheshire

Burford Lane Farm is a stunning grade II listed Cheshire farmhouse nestled into 20 acres of gardens and fields. Dating back to 1866 having been designed by the prominent architect John Douglas, the property has undergone a total refurbishment creating a blend of modern and period features.

The detached house comprises five bedrooms together with a reception hall drawing room, family room, snug, playroom, rear hall, large orangery and sitting room, bathroom, kitchen/breakfast room and dining room and cellar or utility room.

The farm also includes a 3,000 sq ft converted barn with pool and leisure facilities; four double garages with indoor sunroom with kitchen and WC and a separate large annexe above the garages consisting of kitchen, lounge, master bedroom suite with dressing room and secondary bedroom suite with amazing views overlooking the fields.

Burford Lane Farm is located just two miles from Lymm and five miles from Knutsford. On the Market at a guide price of £2,700,000 with Admove, 2 Church Road, Lymm WA13 0QH 0333 772 0818; admove.co.uk