8 bedroom country house
Foxhill Manor, West Haddon, Northants NN6
- Full Luxury Renovation
- In excess 10,000 sq/ft
- 5 Acre Landscaped Grounds
- Electric Gates to Driveway
- 2.2 miles Train Station to Euston
- 48 min Euston Commute via Rugby
- Spratton Hall, Bilton Grange, Rugby School
- 4.6 miles to M1 Junct 18
- Garaging and ample parking
- Walking distance to Village
*open house - Saturday 29th June at 11am*. Please contact us to confirm your attendance.
The loving transformation of a, 1896 built, Manor House in excess of 10.000 sq/ft on 5 Acres located on the outskirts of a sought after village on the Northamptonshire/Warwickshire borders and just over 2 miles from the nearest Train Station for Euston.
Overview - Foxhill Manor may well have the external appearance of a fine Victorian House of distinction but do not be deceived into anticipating a dated and traditional interior. It is true, that the house does indeed date from the late 1800s but inside the shell you will discover a most wonderful sensitivity blending contemporary living whilst respecting the architectural elements that endorse the age, fine status, refinement and vintage of the property.
This magnificent manor house, which has recently undergone an extensive project of renovation and modernisation, occupies a truly enviable location in the glorious Northamptonshire countryside.
Shortly after wed bought the property in 2014 I remember arriving at the top of the drive and looking on with trepidation at the sheer size and scale of the project we were about to embark upon, says the owner. The house was in dire need of a lot of love, so we knew we had a tremendous amount of hard work ahead of us, but its a building with so much character and so many stories to tell
its thought that King George V was at one point in time a regular visitor
we knew we could transform it into something really quite special.
The Grand Design - When I was approached by the Owner and invited to visit her home that initial conversation was my first clue that I was in for a treat, to discover, what lays behind the doors of Foxhill Manor.
It would be fair to say for an Interior Designer, to take on this particular challenge, the Owner did not throw herself into the project half-heartedly. By any stretch of the imagination; tackling nearly 11,000 sq/ft of living space and electing to take back to brick to renovate, restore and rejuvenate moves significantly away from occupation and very much into an obsessive vocation. I would go as far as to say The Owner has been indulgent!
Knowing the Warwickshire/Northamptonshire borders very well, even though the majority of her career has been centred in and around London. When children enter the frame life choices sharpens a focus to find the, best placed, environment to nurture a young family.
London living or commuting to London... An historic conundrum for so many in this area.
With the commuter route chosen, the next objective becomes taking on the task of renovating a derelict 20 bedroom nursing home to return it to the stunning opulent Manor House we see today. Day 1 must have been daunting!
This would have been a huge project for any firm to undertake so the pressure is really on when it is, in fact, the designers own home. Every friend, client, visitor to Foxhill Manor does not simply visit they get to judge the Designers work.
Commuter Comment - At 6 minutes before 7.00am there is a scramble, on Platform 4, at Rugby Railway Station for the train to Euston. At 7.50am that same scramble joins the masses of commuters jostling onto the Northern Line and Victoria Lines Tubes heading for another busy working day.
For many this, less than 1 hr, commute is actually faster, less stressful and more comfortable to arrive at work, than living within Zones 1-4 and attempting to do the same.
The advantages of travel, great that they may be, are over shadowed by far greater advantages. House prices in London are some of the most expensive in the world. Pollution in London makes regular news features. Cost of living & rent can be staggering. I could go on Needless to say one hour north and these Lifestyle issues become, for some, a realisable opportunity.
I would not even attempt to guess how much an ambitiously restored Country House in a 5 Acre setting, with access to world class Preparatory and Public Schools, 3 Railway Station choices to London (nearest less than 3 miles) and exceptional road network connections would cost if you were able to pick it up and drop it into Barnes, Hampstead or Richmond.
Owners Observations - The compromise was the state of the property itself and we quickly realised that what we were looking at is a very rare opportunity as the location ticked all other boxes. Needless to say, a leap of faith was taken and the restoration journey commenced. I held my breath and committed to the purchase then set about taking on all of the challenges that Foxhill Manor would throw at me. My very first observation was the Victorian kitchen, it was incredibly tiny and really disproportionate, awful actually now we have two! Other head-scratching issues were the flow of the house, it was like a 20 bedroomed rabbits warren, whereas today we now have lovely 8 bedrooms and plenty of bathrooms.
We love the fact that we have neighbours and dont feel in total isolation. We also like the fact that the property does not sit in the centre of the 5 Acre plot, like many do, as it continues to allow our imagination to consider other opportunities. As we ourselves now look at a new potential for ourselves, we realise, its these sort of aspects that happened more by good fortune, than were considered, that have made the biggest difference to our quality of life and life style choices.
Agents Observations - To live in, work from, an example of ones own portfolio is either very brave or very confident in demonstrating just what is possible if you are prepared to take a project to its fullest extent and detail in a way that still creates harmony with the past and visionary with contemporary modern living. A rare balance to execute, even harder to achieve. It is very evident that the Owner has poured every aspect of her talents into one great project. The Interior Designers Grand Design.
Like many couples; the greatest emphasis on creating a family-friendly home in order to meet a host of objectives. Until we started our search for the right home I never quite appreciated just how difficult it was to find anything that would hold all the ingredients for what we were trying to achieve. An inviting feeling house, sitting on a balanced plot size, the school run, outskirts of a friendly village community and not totally isolated, easy access to motorways and railway stations that serve London. Everything we saw was some sort of compromise. We narrowed our search to one geographic area and after months of searching the only property that offered any promise was a run-down, neglected, nursing home. The very thought of taking on the restoration challenge, was initially, too scary to comprehend the Owner describes.
Having recovered and reflected on the pleasure this project has given. It has consequently created a yearning to go through the experience all over again with another Grand Design. Although the Owner admits that the next big family project is unlikely to tick quite so many boxes next time around.
Both the house and the gardens have been designed to host. An opulent sense of space but not so precious that you dare not talk beyond a whisper. The gardens seamlessly blend with the views beyond that feel expansive but easily manageable. Most importantly the whole of the proposition is accessible, welcoming, not daunting.
When one studies the floorplan it becomes very evident that this country house has been carefully considered for both family living and friends visiting. It is wonderfully zoned. The owners can close down the wing they are not using and make it just as accessible for the unexpected guest or indeed a celebration for the masses.
Outside Space - Landscaping has absolutely transformed the garden space from the tired gardens we purchased to a wonderful open space for the children to play. This has also showcased the significant specimen trees that were otherwise lost and now whenever the sun is out we can easily find great space to enjoy.
Locality - Foxhill Manor sits on the outskirts of the village of West Haddon. West Haddon is a lovely village with convenience shops, public houses, great restaurants, a school and a busy village hall. The towns of Warwick, Northampton, Rugby, Daventry and Stratford upon Avon (the regions cultural centre with its Shakespearean heritage and theatres) are all within easy distance.
The area has numerous excellent schools with preparatory schools at Maidwell Hall,
Spratton Hall and Bilton Grange. Secondary schooling is available at Rugby, Uppingham, Oakham, Stamford, Oundle and Northampton.
Sporting opportunities in the area include hunting with the Pytchley and adjacent packs, racing at Towcester, Leicester and Huntingdon, golf at Northamptonshire County Golf Club at Church Brampton, Market Harborough, Kettering and Wellingborough. Sailing and other water sports are available on Pitsford Reservoir.
The area is surrounded by open countryside and offers numerous country pursuits.
There is good access to the Railway with Long Buckby 2.2 miles and Rugby Station both serving Euston and Motorway network with the M1 (J18) less than 5 miles away bringing much of the country within 2 hours driving time. Birmingham International Airport and Coventry Airport are both readily accessible.
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Opening Hours - Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Saturday 9.00 am - 4.30 pm
Agents Notes - All measurements are approximate and quoted in metric with imperial equivalents and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed on the brochure.