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THERE may be enough room to install a football pitch in the garden at Robbie Sav a -age's former Grade II-listed home in rural Coughton, but the natural beauty of the Warwickshire countryside is the focus of the outdoor space.
The six-bedroom Georgian farmhouse near Alcester, which once belonged to the former Blues player, has been put on the market, but don't expect an extravagant temple to excess; this is a comfortable family home through and through, complete with a host of original features, including ceiling beams, flagstone floors and cast iron fireplaces.
Located on Coughton Fields Lane, a small country lane just offthe A435, the house sits close to the road, behind neatly clipped hedges - and with 1.4 acres of grounds, it's perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
You wouldn't be calling foul on this characterful three-storey house - it's well appointed and generously proportioned, blending period living with the modern comforts you'd expect in a deluxe property.
Enter the front door and you are immediately greeted by a generous reception hall that has a feature fireplace with marble hearth and exposed ceiling beams.
From there, you reach an inner hall with oak ledge and brace doors with wrought iron thumb latches that lead to the family room with feature arched brick inglenook fireplace, two exposed ceiling beams and flagstone floor, and an oak-panelled door, which leads out into the gravelled courtyard.
At the front of the house there is an impressive drawing room with plenty of space, at 23' 8'' x 15' 6''. It has a feature marble fireplace with log burner, a deep sash window and double French doors that lead to the garden.
Opposite the drawing room is the equally sumptuous dining room that has feature stone fireplace, exposed ceiling beams and views out to the courtyard. The ground floor also accommodates the music room with exposed ceiling beams and oak flooring (3.32m x 5.23m).
Anyone who loves to cook can't fail to be impressed by the period, homely farmhouse kitchen. It is fitted with plenty of oak base and wall cupboards and has granite work surfaces, central island unit, inglenook fireplace and fitted cream four-oven AGA. From there, it is a mere hop to the large breakfast room, which overlooks the courtyard.
From the garden, you can reach the boot room with flagstone floor and Butler's sink - perfect for throwing offthe wellies after a long walk in the countryside - and there is a cloakroom and utility with stainless steel single drainer sink unit, work surface with base cupboards and recess with plumbing for automatic washing machine.
You'll also find generous, stylish living quarters on the first floor. The master bedroom is offthe beamed landing and features a cast iron fireplace, built-in cupboard, deep sash window that provides gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside and another window that overlooks the courtyard.
A bedroom/dressing room, with exposed ceiling beams, has a range of open-fronted wardrobes, while there are two further rooms - a bedroom and another space that is currently used as a snooker room, which has exposed ceiling beams and oak flooring. The deluxe family bathroom is a place in which to luxuriate. At 18' 1'' x 9' 1'', it is generously sized. Don't want to miss your favourite TV programme while bathing? No problem - there is a large whirlpool bath, which incorporates a TV. You'll also find a large shower with body jets, basin, bidet and toilet.
On the second floor there are two further bedrooms, each with views to the front of the property. Each has a cast iron fireplace and exposed ceiling beams, plus en-suite bathrooms - one with bath, the other with shower. There is also a further bedroom with exposed ceiling beams.
The grounds also house a self-contained annexe, called Kevin's Cottage, which has a sitting room with brick-built chimney breast with log burner and exposed ceiling beams, a bedroom and en-suite wash room with toilet and basin.
There's plenty of room to park several cars on the courtyard and the property has a double garage. As well as the extensive gravel courtyard, which is hidden behind electric timber gates, there are large gardens with terrace, timber deck and ornamental pond, extensive lawns, mature shrubs and trees and a brickbuilt shed.
The property has a guide price of PS1,650,000. For more details contact agent Jeremy McGinn & Co on 01789 868168.