A standout even in the village of mansions where big is beautiful
house “more suited to his client’s standing in society”.
Paine, who was later feted for his work, added the Ashlar front section with chamfered quoins in a Palladian Villa style and transformed the old property into an enormous status symbol with a cantilevered staircase hall that became a proptotype for his later commissions in Northumberland at Belford Hall and Gosforth Park.
Basil Basray, who has a structural engineering business, and his wife Helen bought the house ten years ago and have spent a small fortune restoring it to a standard that both Paine and Hopkinson would be thrilled with.
“It was partially renovated when we bought it, though we have done the entire second floor. We’ve also had the front of the house repointed and the original sash windows refurbished,” says Helen, who oversaw the mammoth project, which took eight years. It has been a big job and a real challenge but we had some great local builders and suppliers helping us. We loved the house when we first saw it . We bought it because it is in such a lovely spot and it is a one-off.”
The house has 10,000 sq ft of space and a host of period features, including 19th Century cast iron balusters, decorative fireplaces and panelled window surrounds with traditional shutters, plus a central atrium soaring to the full height of the property. The house also has a reception hallway, cloakroom, wash room, drawing room, dining room, morning room, sitting room, breakfast kitchen, utility room and extensive basement area with interconnecting vaulted keeping cellars. On the first floor, there is a galleried landing, master bedroom with large en-suite bathroom, two further bedroom suites, bedrooms four and five, shower room, box room and snooker room. A stone service staircase leads up to the second floor “penthouse” arranged round a central galleried landing with four reception rooms, breakfast kitchen, master bedroom with en-suite shower room, second double bedroom and house bathroom. The exquisite decor includes handprinted wallpaper from Cole and Son. Outside, there is parking, a double garage, formal lawned gardens. The Basrays are selling to downsize now that their two children have grown up.