An impressive small country estate
The original house is thought to date back to 1800 but bears little resemblance to the farm house that once stood. The previous owners spent 20 years extending and remodelled The Black Venn. The current owners have improved further over the past 10 years to now provide a remarkable estate of the highest order.
Privacy starts at the private tarmac drive, which winds through woodland and parkland, to the centre of the 42 acres and the main house. The creation of this lifestyle estate has been a labour of love and the accommodation on offer is a marriage of traditional features and modern attributes to provide an exceptional home.
The main house boasts all one would expect and the accommodation layout has practicality to it whilst making the most of the situation with lots of natural light and many rooms positioned for views of the gardens to the South. The style and decoration is superb, blending contemporary and traditional finishes in harmony.
Off the bright reception hall is a substantial games and family room. The hall continues and at the centre of the house and of particular note is the fantastic open plan kitchen/breakfast room which the current owners had commissioned by a local craftsmen. This space is at the heart of the home and does not disappoint, with bespoke curved Walnut units, marble worktops, natural stone floor and well thought storage. There is an adjacent sitting area with woodburner and handmade Walnut drinks cabinet. The large breakfast room area has an oak frame wall of glass which overlooks the gardens and grounds. Across the hall is the laundry room and back kitchen which are useful addtions.
The central hall continues through to the dramatic drawing room with full height timber and glass to the southern aspect and doors to a patio. Off the drawing is a spacious dining room perfect for entertaining. The sitting room and library are incredibly comfortable spaces to enjoy and are some of the current owners favoured rooms. Off the back hall is an excellent suite of office spaces with a cloakroom and a kitchenette. This could be used as an integral annex with its own separate entrance.
The accommodation upstairs compliments the reception rooms. The Eastern wing of bedrooms is accessed off the hall, providing a main guest suite with a spacious wetroom, 4 further double bedrooms, a well-appointed family bathroom and a superb children’s play room to the 2nd floor.
To the Western wing, and accessed from oak stairs and balcony from the drawing room, is the fabulous master suite. This space has real impact. The double dressing room has made to measure wardrobes and the bathroom is stunning, particularly the luxurious shower/steam room of marble.
Situated around a courtyard used for parking and adjoining the house are various domestic stores, a large red brick barn with adjacent workshop and mess room.
This large barn provides excellent garaging for multiple vehicles. Set a short distance from the house is a second and much larger courtyard with a wide range of buildings including a garden store, workshop, former pig sties, a bull pen used as stables, a greenhouse and loosebox. Also found off the courtyard are Stable Cottage and The Granary Annex:
Originally built as part of a stable yard, Stable Cottage is now used as additional accommodation and comprises part glazed porch, dining hall, cloakroom, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, two bedrooms and a bathroom. The attractive brick built building has large windows and external shutters.
The Granary Annex
Accessed via an internal staircase there is a large open plan kitchen, dining and sitting areas. There is also a utility room. A door off the sitting area accesses a balcony with views over the gardens and surrounding countryside. There is a double bedroom and wet room.
The Black Venn is well served by a range of good outbuildings which lie beyond the main house. There are four modern barns - three open bay (60ft x 40ft in total) and one large multi-purpose building (70ft x 71ft)
The extensive and predominantly south-facing gardens and parkland amount to approximately 42 acres which, like the accommodation, have evolved over 30 years. The lakes form the centrepiece of the garden view.
Informal gardens have been designed to seamlessly flow into more formal areas. The Black
Venn is approached through a security gated entrance along a tree lined driveway bordered by
woodland. The whole Estate is ring fenced.
The garden design incorporates different styles and planting along with statues and artwork adding intrigue. Practical aspects such as machinery access and automatic watering systems have been carefully planned. The previous owners planted over 5000 trees including a circular Pinetum and an arboretum of native species. Other formal gardens include the long walk, the drive walk leading to the lake with white chestnut trees, a medieval walled garden, a kitchen garden and orchard with numerous varieties of fruit trees.
There is also a full size all-weather tennis court, a hot tub and both internal and external terraces for
entertaining. There is paddock situated to the
west of the outbuildings and barns.
Much of the immediate ground from the house is laid to lawn and there is as much practicality and
simplicity to the grounds as there is beauty.
Located in various discrete places around the garden are a fascinating collection of buildings. These include:
The Tea House
Built of reclaimed timbers and bricks with a pitched roof and timber decking, The Tea House is located on the lake and is a great vantage point to enjoy
the lakes and gardens. It has a mooring point and water and mains electricity are connected.
The Boat House
No lake would be complete without a boat house, and The Black Venn’s is colonial in style.
Located on the lakeside, this hideaway is the perfect peaceful retreat for anyone looking for
solitude and offers potential as a writer’s or artist’s paradise with a fireplace, mains electricity and heating.
The Cider House
Half brick and half open to the elements, The Cider House is located near to the main house and has been restored to its former glory housing the original press and mill which are in working order.
Approximate Square Meters :
Lot Acres: 42