A Rural Escape
Adjacent to the historic manor house at the heart of the estate, and surrounded by parkland, orchard and vigorous gardens, lies this elegantly maintained country house epitome of stylish country living.
It is available as a self-catering vacation rental on a weekly basis or as your home-from-home on a long-term let basis (6 to 12 months), where you are free to enjoy the awesome facilities on the estate, including the grounds and restaurant in the main house.
A semi glazed entrance triptych opens through an elegant oval archway into the expansive entrance lobby - preface to the classic country kitchen at the centre of the Courtyard Cottage.
This expansive kitchen exploits the best of time-honoured farmhouse contrivances with premium contemporary appliances – so there is a Neff oven, dishwasher, fridge and microwave to supplement the traditional enamelled Aga range. There is even an extra fridge and dishwasher in the utility room.
The sweep of windows over the Belfast sink, granite work surface and powder blue presses, overlook a very private back garden.
The Scarlet living room fluently annexes the kitchen at one end through a broad casement. A large & columned white marble fireplace extends a warm formality to the room.
Glazed double doors connect through to the reception room that is both formal dining room, and drawing room.
Away from the exquisite Victorian dining table, a nest of classic sofas face a wood burning stove,
discreetly countersunk into a dramatically striated marble surround.
There is one ground floor double bedroom off the entrance lobby.
Upstairs is home to two double bedrooms, one master suite with walk in wardrobe and one twin bedded room.
There is adequate space for an extra single bed in study attached to master suite.
All bedrooms are generous, with matching ensuite bathrooms, and are classically and tastefully furnished.
Smoking or pets are not permissable indoors, however there are several friendly working dogs on-site to spoil!.
The house is equipped with everything you would expect from a luxury family home:
Courtyard Cottage is part of the 450-acre Longueville House Estate, itself home to a 300-year-old listed Stately Georgian Country House - steeped in history, now a charming Country House with guest bedrooms and restaurant.
As the name implies, the cottage occupies one side of a large and partly cobbled, neo-classical courtyard, with fine a topiary centrepiece, to the rear of the main house.
Visitors are free to roam across this working estate where all the produce for the large house is grown. There is a fabulous reclaimed walled kitchen garden for vegetables, and a 31-acre cider apple orchard used to produce on-site artisan cider, some which is double distilled into an exclusive and unique apple brandy.
The majestic group of oak trees in the parkland to the front of the house was planted in 1815, to celebrate Wellington's victory at the Battle of Waterloo. Closer to the main house lies a wild flower meadow which comes into full bloom in mid July.
The property runs right down to the banks of the River Blackwater.