Dream properties - The Quinta, Swettenham, Congleton
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The historic Victorian country house of Sir Bernard Lovell of Jodrell Bank has come up for sale
What’s special about this property: Former rectory for the Church in Swettenham, The Quinta is an impressive period home. The property was historically owned by the world-renowned physicist and radio astronomer, Sir Bernard Lovell OBE, who lived in the house from 1948 until his death in 2012. He established Macclesfield’s Jodrell Bank Observatory and also created the Lovell Quinta Arboretum, which covers about 12.5 acres of land.
The current owner, Mr Joe Wee, is an entrepreneur and founder of the company who published the popular Angry Birds and Cut The Rope games. An expert on Sir Bernard Lovell, Joe has bought back many of Sir Bernard Lovell books that were sold in order for them return to their rightful place in The Quinta’s library. He will be selling these books with the house, which has been sympathetically restored and extended.
Where: Swettenham, Congleton
Inside: The property features high ceilings, ceiling roses and cornicing throughout, original cast iron fireplaces, Minton tiled floor, high skirtings and a mahogany carved staircase. Comprises: entrance lobby and entrance hall, rear hall and boot rooms, music room, two reception rooms, bespoke kitchen/breakfast room and utility, library, garden room, hand crafted Victorian style orangery and leisure room, media room and billiard room, master bedroom with dressing room, en suite bathroom and balcony, five further bedrooms (one with sitting/dressing room), two family bathrooms, integral annexe with kitchen, sitting room, two bedrooms and shower room. Also features a 24/7 live video surveillance and security system.
Outside: Electric wrought-iron gates lead out onto a long beech hedge-lined gravel drive which sweeps to a five car garage with storage room above. The house has large expanses of level lawns with mature trees planted by Lovell. There is a large stone terrace, accessed off the orangery and drawing/dining rooms, with a stone and cobbled courtyard to the rear. The gardens back onto the Lovell Quinta Arboretum and rolling Cheshire countryside. There is planning permission for an outdoor swimming pool.
Guide Price: £2,950,000
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Contact: Jackson-Stops & Staff Wilmslow, 01625 540340, www.jackson-stops.co.uk