9 bedroom house in Foots Cray Place, London, DA14
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Unique modern distinctive grade II listed eco mansionExceptional and versatile accommodation with a separate cottage all set within impressive walled landscaped gardens.*****also available for short/long let*****DescriptionFoots Cray Place is an impressive and unique Grade II listed building dating from 1756 and formerly the stable block. The property has great character and combines original and modern contemporary features. The impressive and stylish accommodation amounts to over 10,000 sq ft which provides versatile living and annexe potential. The property is set within glorious walled gardens with elegant wrought iron gates and benefits from a separate two-bedroom cottage.The accommodation comprises a stunning triple aspect drawing room with bi-folding doors to the garden; the contemporary kitchen/dining/family room provides ideal family living; the cinema and playroom are ideal for recreational entertaining; the indoor pool has an adjoining gym, shower room and utility room; there is a ground floor bedroom with ensuite shower room.Arranged on the first floor is an impressive sitting room with a vaulted ceiling and exposed timbers; three bedrooms with ensuite bath/wet rooms. There is also access to the balcony from one of the bedrooms.The guest wing comprises a reception room and bedroom with an ensuite shower on the ground floor with a further 2-bedroom suite on the first floor.The basement comprises of several storerooms, a boiler room, and a cloakroom. There is also another storeroom on the ground floor.The garaging comprises an attached triple garage and two detached double garages, one located by the house and the second adjacent to the cottage.The exceptional walled gardens have been beautifully landscaped and provide a wonderful private backdrop to the house. There are elegant water features, formal rose gardens, an avenue of lime trees, espalier fruit trees, lawns, and clipped hedging. Also within the gardens is a greenhouse and implement store.The separate cottage comprises a living room with an adjoining kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom, together with a lawned garden.Local Authority - Bexley Council, SidcupDirections - From Junction 3 on the M25 proceed along the A20 towards London. Turn off the next slip road towards A224/A223 towards Orpington/Foots Cray/Bexley and join the A224 Cray Road towards Sidcup. Proceed through Foots Cray and go straight over at the crossroads onto Rectory Lane. Continue along this road, passing the church on the right-hand side. After about 0.4 of a mile turn right onto a private drive for Foots Cray Meadow. Proceed along this drive where Foots Cray Stables will be found on the left.Foots cray place proves A listed building can be greenContemporary eco-features are not usually found in the same bracket as the historical architecture and period features. While a listed historic building may form the romantic picture of the ideal home for many buyers, increasingly these same buyers have a growing conscience about environmental issues and want to be green. At Foots Cray Place, Barry Morgan of Morgan Restoration has proved that these two elements donât have to be at odds, by turning a 250-year-old listed building into an impressively up-to-date Eco home.It has taken the last two years of painstaking attention to detail by Barry Morgan to transform this Grade II listed former stables complex from a state of complete disrepair, into an elegant 21st villa with all of lifeâs luxuries and the same energy efficiency as a new build apartment. Set on two acres of grounds, the stables were part of the original Foots Cray Place, an impressive Palladian estate designed and built by Isaac Ware in 1754 and further developed by its last private owner Lord Waring, who acquired it in the late 19th century. The original mansion burnt down in 1949 and these buildings, carefully brought back to life in a project described as âexcellentâ by English Heritage, are the only significant remaining structures of one of Britainâs 18th-century stately homes.Morgan Restoration worked with Architect Shane Jell to extend the original building by adding a modern extension. This striking juxtaposition of old and new brings this Georgian building bang up to date. The elegant proportions of the Georgian structure with its symmetrical faÃ§ade, arched windows and the elegant cupola topped with a weathervane, are complemented by the expansive glazing of the modern extension and contemporary fixtures and fittings.The new Foots Cray Place retains the sense of open space and grandeur of the original estate. It overlooks the 240-acre Foots Cray Meadows, a Grade II listed Park of Special Historic Interest owned by the London Borough of Bexley and has its own formal gardens designed by Chris Beardshaw, the BBCâs âFlying Gardenerâ and Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winner. While within a convenient 5-10-minute drive to the high streets and stations of Sidcup, Chislehurst and Swanley, it is peacefully situated in the foothills of the North Downs.In terms of energy performance, Foots Cray Place has been certified at the same level as a two-bedroom new build apartment, constructed to current standards.Eco features include:- Solar panels which provide all the hot water, heat the swimming pool water, and provide some of the underfloor heating insulation which exceeds building regulations- Efficient underfloor heating fed by gas-condensing boilers- Supplementary heating and air conditioning from the air-to-air heat exchangers- Heat recovery ventilation system for the whole house which provides air circulation- Rainwater recycling with storage for 18,000 litres, which is used for watering the garden via a zoned automatic irrigation system, as well as flushing lavatories- Insulating glass that stops heat transmission- Sun pipes which bring in daylight to the windowless utility rooms, providing enough daylight to avoid the use of electric lightsBarry Morgan explains: âWe wanted to prove we could make a listed building eco. By reusing an old building, we have got a head start in being green by recycling in the first place. We wanted to do as much as possible to bring it into the present by using the latest energy-efficient technology, as well as adding all of the luxurious extras for a 21st-century lifestyle. This project has been a real labour of love and I think what we have created is sympathetic to the buildingâs heritage and brings Lord Waringâs estate back to life by creating a modern-day mansion.âDespite its green credentials, the building does not hold back on any luxury. The living accommodation, spread across 10,000 sq ft, is extensive. The modern double-glazed front door leads into an entrance hall and gallery with an original tiled floor, positioned on the outside of the stable building walls so as not to take away from the main internal living space. The living spaces have grand proportions â the dining area has enough space for two tables and going upstairs via the contemporary glass staircase, the central space is crisscrossed with original timber beams, below a lofty 16ft ceiling. In the bespoke kitchen, a countertop is made from reclaimed wood salvaged from when the building was in disrepair and original posts from the stable stalls are retained, showing the very act of recycling can add character.Each of the four bedrooms upstairs has its own ensuite bathroom and further accommodation is found in the two-bedroom Chauffeurs Cottage (East Wing), which adjoins the main house via a stylish electrically operated glass sliding door. In the leisure complex, a 12.5-metre swimming pool looks out over the garden and has an air-conditioned gym and changing room alongside it. There is an office suite which can be shut off from the main house and covered access to a triple garage. In addition, there is a 90m2 basement incorporating a utility room, pantry, and wine cellar (currently used as storage).The spacious 6x10m living room was previously a sunken seating area (which is covered but can be restored) and is lined on two sides by floor-to-ceiling windows, which fold back concertina-like to open the room to the garden. Leading out from here, the semi-circular canal provides a structure to the formal garden, which has been laid out in separate âroomsâ of shrubs, wildflower meadow, vegetables, and fruit trees. Tying with his design for this garden, Chris Beardshawâs Gold Medal-winning Garden at the rhs Chelsea Flower Show 2006 was inspired by Thomas Mawson, the celebrated landscape architect who originally laid out these gardens for Lord Waring.Beyond this, the estateâs original walled kitchen garden, previously filled with vegetables has been restored and includes a 40 ft greenhouse, a potting shed modelled on a âhobbit holeâ and composting bins. At the far end of the garden, Lord Waringâs smoking room, which was built in 1910, has been converted into a two-bedroom self-contained cottage suitable for staff or guests.Barry Morgan concludes: âFor a family looking for somewhere a bit different, someone who wants to be able to work from home or entertain in grand style or those who are interested in heritage as well as the environment, Foots Cray Place really has it all.â For all enquiries, viewing requests or to create your own listing please visit the Griffin Property Co. website.
Agent: Griffin Residential Limited
Agent Ref: griffinres_2008
Ad ID: 1455199769VAT number: 214208156
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