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Gayton Farm Road, Gayton, Heswall, Wirral, CH60

Guide Price Of £3,500,000

Key Features

One of the finest homes in the North West set in outstanding grounds. Prime village location with views to the Dee Estuary. Easy access to Chester and excellent schools, Royal Liverpool Golf Club, sailing, field sports, 3 airports, motorway 4 miles and Chester to Euston rail 2 hrs
Sensitively restored interior catering for modern day living
Enjoying a rural aspect on the edge of a serviced village and easy access to Heswall
Outstanding views towards the Dee Estuary and across the Welsh Hills
Spacious family accommodation and leisure facilities


Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A handsome Grade II* listed manor house standing in a delightful mature garden setting with uninterrupted views across the Dee Estuary with a backdrop of the Welsh Hills.

Description

Gayton Hall is approached via solid wooden gates within a high brick wall which opens on to a gravelled drive. Having passed the garaging, the drive descends past a tall lime tree hedge to reveal the attractive front fa ade and continues to a parking and turning area to the side of the property.

Ground Floor

The interior to Gayton Hall has been sensitively restored retaining the period features and character of the original property but also providing for modern day family living.

From the front Porch glazed double doors open into the Reception Hall which has half panelled walls and limestone floor. A wide archway leads into a formal dining room with deep window seating and inglenook fireplace in a panelled recess. On the opposite side of the Reception Hall is a beautifully proportioned drawing room having a decorative French marble fireplace, deep windows and shutters. Off the inner hall is a study with half panelled walls incorporating an open fireplace and a bench window seat with glazed door to the garden. Beyond the inner hall is a staircase hall with cloakroom/w.c. and beneath the stairs access to a barrel-vaulted cellar.

At the end of the staircase hall is a sitting room which contains a decorative stone fireplace, built in bookcase with cupboards and shelving (cabled for home entertainment systems) and deep windows with shutters. On the opposite side of the staircase hall is the playroom which has split level floor with stage and walk-in storage cupboard together with an external door opening to the terrace within the rear garden.

The light and spacious kitchen, breakfast and living area is fitted with bespoke Martin Moore wall and base units under granite work surfaces including a central island unit and incorporates a 4 oven, gas Aga, Miele electric oven with gas hob, 2 Neff dishwashers, 2 Neff microwaves, wooden cutting block, recycling bins and separate housekeepers cupboard with sub-zero fridge/freezer with ice maker.

The limestone flooring extends into the breakfast and living area which benefits from 4 sets of French windows opening onto a York stone terrace overlooking the rear garden. Off the kitchen is a wine store. From the kitchen access is gained to a boot room which has built-in cupboards and sink with wooden work surfaces, limestone floor and garden door. Off the boot room is a w/c.

First Floor

From the hall a handsome Jacobean staircase ascends to a split-level landing running the full length of the property incorporating a first floor sitting area.

The master bedroom has deep window seats with views towards the Dee Estuary as do all principal bedrooms across the front fa ade.

Within the master suite is a full bathroom suite incorporating a bath within a marble surround, twin built-in hand basins with cupboards below, built in sofa, double shower with marble lined walls, twin heated towel rails, low flush w.c. and bidet. Within the suite a private staircase leads to an extensive second-floor dressing room with built-in maple and leather fronted wardrobes, full depth mirrors and central island unit with fitted drawers. Beyond the dressing room is a gym with built-in sauna and a luggage/store room.

On the first floor there are 2 further principal bedrooms. Bedroom 2 having an en-suite dressing room and shower room. Bedroom 3 has an en-suite bathroom containing a bath with shower fitting within a marble surround, built-in hand basin set in marble with cupboards below, low flush w.c. and heated towel rail. Both have fireplaces and window seats.

At the far end of the landing is the first floor sitting room with a half-glazed door onto an outdoor terrace with wisteria lined balustrading and a large seating area which enjoys views over the far-reaching rear garden and ponds.

There are two staircases which access the second floor. Off the second-floor landing is a further attractive oak beamed double bedroom with a cast iron fireplace and en-suite bathroom. A laundry room having plumbing for washing machines and tumble dryers is also located off the landing.

From the first floor sitting area a further staircase gives access to the rear landing on the second floor off which is the full bathroom with bath incorporating a shower attachment, pedestal hand basin, low flush w.c., bidet and heated towel rail. The bathroom also serves a further bedroom and a splendid oak beamed office/bedroom 6.

All rooms throughout the property have a telephone/broadband connection point, served by a patch board and telephone system.

The Gardens & Grounds

To the front of Gayton Hall is a wide formal lawn with perimeter box hedging sheltered by a tall lime tree hedge to the side. At the bottom of the lawn are deep and well stocked herbaceous borders with central sandstone steps which lead to a sunken garden. The sunken garden is edged in dressed stone with rose beds lining a central lawn which would be a suitable location for an outdoor swimming pool.

At the end of the sunken garden is a double-glazed oak framed garden room sheltered by a mature horse chestnut tree. The garden room provides an ideal entertaining space and enjoys a south easterly aspect across the garden.

From the sunken garden a gravelled path flanked by rose borders leads back towards the front of the Hall and against the path is a sloping lawned garden where the pair of Holm Oaks commemorating the visit of William of Orange are planted.

Established shrub borders follow the lawn which extends into a lower garden enclosed by a mature hedge and wall against which there is a vine and pleached fruit trees to include apricot, grape, pear and cherry. From the lower garden a solid gate within a sandstone archway accessing an attractive wildflower meadow, orchard and arboretum being ideal for those wishing to keep horses. At the end of the field in a sheltered position is a timber stable block with 2/3 loose boxes and store.

Within the grounds to the front of the house adjacent to the entrance gates is a 2 storey timber clad triple car garage beneath a slate roof incorporating dormer windows. In front of the garaging is a brick pavier hardstanding providing additional parking. To the side of the garage building external steps lead up to a first-floor staff rest room and separate w.c.

The gardens to the rear comprise a very long lawn running the full length of the grounds interspersed by herbaceous and shrub borders framed by mature woodland with a selection of specimen trees including a Monkey Puzzle and Blue Cedar. At the far end of the lawn is an attractive series of ponds which form a focal point fed by a cascading waterfall and stream running through a woodland glade containing oak, sycamore, pine, beech and hazel under planted with a selection of spring bulbs including snowdrops, crocus, bluebells and daffodils.

Within the rear garden is the octagonal brick dovecote with dressed stone openings bearing the initials of Edward & Katherine Glegg dated 1663. Beneath the dovecote is a small courtyard with a selection of brick & slate outbuildings and open fronted oak framed lean-to which serve to provide garden stores and a workshop. Behind the outbuildings is a part walled garden with lawn and shrub borders.

Against the back of the property is a York stone patio and barbeque area flanked by herbaceous and shrub borders. From the patio stone steps lead up to a large balustraded first floor balcony. The balcony is sheltered and provides a very pleasant seating area overlooking the rear gardens and ponds.

Leisure

On the recreational front there are four Premier League football clubs within easy reach, rugby, cricket and tennis clubs locally, sailing on the Dee Estuary and several golf courses including Heswall, Caldy and Royal Liverpool Open Championship course at Hoylake. Excellent field sports are just a short drive away and for the equestrian enthusiasts there is racing at Chester and Aintree and at Oulton Park, beyond Chester, there is a motor racing circuit.

Historical Note

Gayton Hall is well recorded and has been long associated with the Glegg family as was the township of Gayton for almost 600 years. Originally a timber framed building, the existing property is believed to have been constructed during the mid-17th century which is consistent with the date of 1663 carved in the stone lintel over the doorway to the dovecote in the grounds of Gayton Hall bearing the initials GEK being those of Edward Glegg and his wife Katherine Delves of Doddington.

William of Orange stayed at Gayton Hall in 1690 whilst his army and fleet gathered in preparation to set sail for the Battle of the Boyne.

The Gleggs have mention in the War of the Roses (1436-1485) and during the English Civil War (1640-1651) William Glegg, in his evidence to the Court of Sequestrator for Wirral in 1649, tells how he was seized at Gayton Hall by a troop, taken to Chester and confined in the castle.

Location

Heswall 1 mile, Liverpool 10 miles, Manchester 47 miles, M53 Motorway 4 miles, M56 Motorway 8 miles, A55 Expressway 14 miles, Liverpool Airport 19 miles, Manchester Airport 41 miles

Gayton Hall occupies a tranquil, private position within the village Conservation Area at the end of an attractive cobbled lane and enjoys a south westerly aspect overlooking open fields across Heswall Golf Course towards the Dee Estuary and the Welsh Hills.

Gayton Hall is on the edge of the village of Gayton and extremely convenient for Heswall which has broad selection of facilities, shops and restaurants. The historic walled city of Chester lies 13 miles to the east providing a more comprehensive range of services together with out of town retail parks.

Schooling is well provided with a good selection of excellent Wirral schools including nearby Calday Grange, with Abbey Gate College and the Kings & Queens schools in Chester.

The area enjoys good road communications being convenient for the M53 which is 4 miles away, allowing for ease of travel to all areas of commerce throughout the North West. Liverpool and Manchester are within daily commuting distance and are both served by international airports. Hawarden Airport which is 20 minutes away, provides excellent facilities for Private Business Aircraft.

For travel to London there is a 2 hour rail service from Chester station to Euston.


Summary of Accommodation & Features

The Hall

Vestibule
Reception Hall
Drawing Room
Dining Room
Inner Hall
Study
Staircase Hall
Cloakroom/W.C.
Sitting Room
Playroom
Cloakroom
Kitchen with Breakfast & Living Area
Wine Store
Boot Room
Cloakroom/W.C
Master Bedroom Suite
Bathroom
Dressing Room
Gym with Sauna
Luggage Store
4 Further Bedrooms
2 Further Bathrooms
Shower room
Separate Dressing Room
Office/Bedroom 6
First Floor Sitting Room/Bedroom 7
Laundry Room
Boiler Room

The Outbuildings

Garaging with Rest Room & W.C.
Garden Room
Dovecote
Stables, Shelter & Feedstore
Workshop
Garden Stores

The Gardens & Grounds

Both Formal and Informal Lawned Gardens
Sunken Garden
Former Tennis Lawn
Herbaceous Borders
Ponds with Waterfall
Copse, Orchard, Arboretum and Paddock Land

In all about 5.71 acres (2.31 hectares)




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