Some homes are ideal for gatherings and parties. Whether they have spacious grounds, plenty of room inside or just have the perfect ambiance for entertaining, they fit the bill like a well-fitting glove. Bubbenhall House, on Paget’s Lane between Leamington Spa and Coventry, is one of them.
The current owner says that it has an “incredible warm feeling”.
“In fact when I came to view the property I went away and explained how I felt the house had ‘hugged’ me,” she says.
Built in 1927, this attractive seven-bedroom home with guest apartments has a full-size tennis court, hot tub and a Norwegian barbecue hut (known as the Hobbit House) that can accommodate ten people. And there are four acres of lawned gardens and woodland too.
It may not surprise anyone that a house of this size and amenities has been used as a B&B, and planning permission still exists if buyers decide they’d also like to run Bubbenhall House as a business.
It’s in a lovely setting. It’s partially surrounded by Bubbenhall Wood, which owned by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. It means the owners of this family home can enjoy perfect peace once they are behind the gates and have retreated down long, oak tree-flanked drive.
It’s not just the exterior that is made for parties – there is plenty of space inside, too, for entertaining. The house extends to about 7600 sq ft and comprises four reception rooms and seven bedrooms, six of which are en-suite.
Bubbenhall House is hidden behind a sweeping, illuminated driveway that ends in a large turning circle. Double oak doors open into a large reception hall with oak flooring and Hornton stone fireplace and log burner. There is a guest cloakroom, while a door leads to a snug that opens on to the patio. This room has its own shower and toilet.
At the rear of the property, behind the reception hall, is a generously proportioned, elegant drawing room (18’5” x 23’7”) with Bath Stone fireplace and a large bay window overlooking the gardens. Next to it is a library with French doors that open on to the patio, while a large dining room (23’ x 14’9”), also overlooking the gardens, has a butlers’ store and cast iron fireplace.
The large breakfast kitchen is fitted with a range of maple cupboards and granite work tops, and an island provides additional preparation space. There’s a dual gas and electric range cooker, plus space for a large fridge freezer. A walk-in pantry, boot room and a laundry room provide further useful space, and there is a gardener’s shower room.
The ground floor houses a self-contained one-bedroom studio flat with kitchen, sitting room, bedroom and en-suite shower room and an annexe that has its own conservatory entrance from the garden and comprises a kitchen dining area, a good size living room, and two bedrooms, one with en-suite bath and the other with an en-suite shower room. Both are ideal for a B&B or independent relative.
A grand carved oak staircase leads to the first floor where there is an impressive master suite with dressing room, bedroom, bathroom and a sitting room with a turreted window, although this could easily be used as an additional bedroom. There are two double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and three doubles with en-suite shower rooms.
The first floor accommodates another apartment/guest suite with two double bedrooms, a bathroom, a sitting room with balcony and kitchen.
The grounds are also worthy of note. They take advantage of south-facing terraces and there is also a patio with hot- tub and decking area.
As well as the circular Norwegian Hut, which is set around an indoor barbecue, the owners of Bubbenhall House can enjoy the extensive gardens. These are mainly lawn and have a variety of mature trees. In the spring, it comes to life with bluebells and daffodils.
Agent – Fine & Country
Telephone - 01926 455950
Guide price - £2,250,000