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Splash out on this very big house in the country; This light-filled home offers owners the chance to enjoy a variety of leisure activities, reveals Alison Jones.

Byline: Alison Jones

Keen swimmers of all shapes, sizes and species are well catered for at Maer Hills House in Wood Lane, Blackbrook, Staffordshire.

It has two pools - though one is for wildlife while the other is strictly for humans as it is heated and in its own pool house with retractable roof.

Maer Hills House is a substantial country property occupying a 3.3 acre plot and built around 40 years ago.

It has been exts ended by previous owners and now presents a range of very versatile rooms across two floors.

Its carefully thought out design means all of the main reception rooms can take advantage of the South-west facing gardens and grounds.

The current owners have continued to work on the property, with a programme of refurbishment that has resulted in the installation of a Christians kitchen with Aga and Villeroy & Boch fittings in the bathroom.

Approached through brick built pillars, the gravel driveway winds its way through the gardens and opens out to the parking area.

A wrought iron gate leads through to an entrance courtyard with large stone fountain.

The garaging and adjoining gym can be accessed from either the driveway or the entrance courtyard.

A central entrance hall has stairs to the first floor and access to a guest cloakroom with toilet and basin.

To the left, double doors open to the fine drawing room with stone fireplace and multi-fuel burner, large bay window and two sets of doors leading out to the garden.

Opposite the main entrance is a set of doors opening into the conservatory.

Built of brick and glass, this has French doors to the garden.

On the right of the hallway is the dining room. This also benefits from having a large bay window which overlooks the garden and allows natural light to flood in.

Doors from both the hallway and the dining room open into the breakfast/ kitchen which has the aforementioned Christians fitted kitchen, an electric fivedoor Aga and Quooker hot water tap. It also provides an informal area for dining with bay window overlooking the entrance courtyard.

Supporting this there is a utility room and a further inner lobby/serving area fitted with worktop, wall mounted cupboards and a striking coil radiator. The accommodation continues with a charming sitting room with cast iron open fireplace and French doors to the garden.

To the far side of the house is the study area and last, though certainly not least, an impressive family room/games room which is open to the eaves with exposed beams, four sets of French doors out to the garden, a bar and a far wall dominated by a tiled feature with inset gas fire.

Up on the first floor there are four beautifully presented bedrooms.

The master bedroom has views to two sides with storage cupboard, a dressing area with fitted storage and more windows, and an en suite shower room with generously sized walk-in shower, twin basins and toilet.

There is a guest suite that also has windows to two sides, and an en suite with walk-in shower.

Two further bedrooms are both doubles, and served by a family bathroom which has a raised Villeroy & Boch double ended bath and steam shower.

Adjoining the double garage there is a gym with shower room which could be converted to additional accommodation, subject to planning consent.

A pathway leads behind the house, past a stone terrace and brick built barbeque to the heated swimming pool which has a retractable roof and heavy duty cover.

There are more opportunities for relaxing in the hot tub or the summer house fitted with sauna.

Beyond this there is an all-weather tennis court.

The gardens extend round the side and front of the house and are predominantly laid to lawn with South-west facing distant views towards Shropshire.

They are well laid out with large mature planting and trees, including sycamore, oak, monkey puzzle and rhododendrons, as well as numerous laurel and leylandii hedging to provide privacy.

An ornamental pond sits to the south side of the lawns, and a large stone terrace runs the length of the house, which can be accessed from most of the reception rooms.

Post and rail fencing separates the garden from the paddock. Five bar gates provide access from both the garden and the lane to the paddock. A small copse of mature trees sits to the east side.

Maer Hills House is situated on a private lane, however, it is not isolated. The property is well located for commuting to a number of local business centres, as well as having easy access to the M6 and motorway network.

The nearby village of Woore provides everyday amenities including post office, primary school, church and pubs.

There are also a number of good schools in the area such as the primary school in Baldwin's Gate, Yarlet and Edenhurst Preparatory Schools, Newcastle Grammar, Madeley High School and Stafford Grammar.

The surrounding area offers plenty of leisure opportunities and attractions, with a network of footpaths and bridleways for walking and riding.

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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Feb 20, 2014
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