Live a life less ordinary in this beautiful mansion near Rotherham

Tuesday, 25th September 2018, 13:13 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th September 2018, 14:16 pm

An opportunity to live within a stunning Grade II-listed Georgian mansion is now possible, at Thundercliffe Grange.

Built in 1777 for the Earl of Effingham, the house and its cottages, coach houses and stables are tucked away on a 22-acre country estate down a tree-lined driveway which stretches almost a quarter of a mile, in Thorpe Hesley.

Its grounds comprise gardens and terraces, ancient woodland, orchards, meadows, allotments, an archaeological site, stream and lake, a Georgian plunge pool, courtyard and stableyard.

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Grand period rooms with oak floors have been restored in the main house for the use of residents and guests.

This impressive home is shared by the owners of its twelve private residences, one of which, Apartment Five, is now for sale as a leasehold with one twelfth share of Thundercliffe Grange Ltd, which owns the freehold of the estate. Residents pay a monthly sum to the limited company to cover maintenance and development.

It’s a community in which people of mixed ages co-manage the 18th century mansion and its grounds. Residents hold monthly meetings to discuss issues and what work needs to be done together. They help each other with tasks such as shopping, drive each other to appointments, look after each other’s pets at holiday times and hold social events such as a summer garden party and Christmas carols.

The stone-built property, created by John Platt, has the Effingham crest above its entrance porch.

A reception hall with flagged floor and open fire leads to the inner galleried hall with floating’ cantilevered stone staircase. There is a large dining room, a gym, and a pillared snooker room with full-sized snooker table ; French doors lead to the terrace and reception rooms include a drawing room, a big kitchen with original inglenook fireplace, stores and a workshop.

The stables have two resident ponies, and there are communal storage areas and a racked bicycle store. Vaulted cellars offer further scope.

In the gardens is a two-tier terrace for summer dining. Pathways invite walks by the lake, and through the extensive grounds.

Apartment Five occupies first-floor rooms, almost 12 feet in height, which look out over the front of the house and its south garden.

Many original period features are lovingly restored, with decor to high specifications. There is green visible from almost every window.

In the sitting room is a Victorian black marble fireplace with a working open fire and grey Ashford fossilised limestone hearth. The large, square dining kitchen features bespoke cabinets hand-painted in Farrow and Ball Wimborne White, restored vintage pieces, a replica period cast iron radiator, two built-in Smeg ovens and a Smeg hob set in Indian marble.

Two double bedrooms have original sash windows, casements and Georgian shutters.

A third bedroom boasts a double bed-sized mezzanine sleeping area, accessed by a bespoke staircase made from reclaimed Victorian factory floorboards. Its French windows lead to a lobby with an outdoor balcony.

The bathroom features a roll-top bath set beneath a sash window, white sanitary ware, period brass towel rail and fittings. The Laura Ashley ceramic tiled floor has underfloor heating.

Offers are invited around £350,000.