Former prime minister’s retreat could be yours for £1,395,000
GEORGIAN ELEGANCE BEFITTING A 19TH CENTURY LEADER
ALMOST a century before Chequers was given to the nation as a country home for the serving prime minister, Staffordshire’s Tamhorn Park Farmhouse was snapped up by Sir Robert Peel as a rural retreat.
Sir Robert – who was Prime Minister on two occasions, between 1834-1835 and 1841-1846, as well as founding the modern police force – bought the grand house in 1827, affectionately nicknaming it “Tammers”. It was eventually passed down through the Peel family before being sold by the fourth baronet in the mid-1920s. Now, it is on the market for £1,395,000 at Knight Frank in Lichfield.
The five-bedroom Georgian country house has a bright reception hall, with doors radiating off to six reception rooms.
There is an elegant drawing room with high ceilings and a dual aspect, and a sunny dining room with three large shuttered sash windows with views over the gardens. The red-brick fireplace with a large inset log burning stove creates a cosy ambiance for winter dinner parties or family dining.
The study, where Sir Robert caught up on his correspondence, overlooks the pretty gardens.
At the heart of the house is the family room, converted from the old bakery to this modern, relaxing space, with a large apex rooflight and two sets of bifold doors.
From there, there is access to a useful cellar with workshop and wine store.
The family room also looks out onto the garden and has a feature log-burning stove creating a cosy feel in the winter months.
Keen chefs will be at home in the bespoke, hand-painted kitchen, with wall and floor-mounted units, dark granite work surfaces and a central island housing the induction hob and further storage.
The star of the show is the striking, pillar box-red, four-oven Aga, which fills the kitchen with gentle warmth.
There is easy access through French doors to the private courtyard, where raised planted beds are perfect for a kitchen garden.
A turning staircase from the inner hall, next to the snug, leads up to the first-floor landing area where four of the five bedrooms are located, with an arched window over the stairs providing natural light.
The master bedroom has painted panelled walls, two sash windows and an en-suite shower room.
The large family bathroom is inkeeping with the style of the house, with a panelled bath and separate shower.
The servants’ or back staircase rises from the inner hall. A further flight of stairs from the landing area rise to the second floor, where there is an impressive beamed ceiling. A rooflight over the turning wooden staircase provides the feeling of climbing to the top of the house.
No gentleman’s retreat would be complete without a games room, and this one has a full-size snooker table and light fittings reminiscent of a 1930s private members’ club.
It’s no wonder Sir Robert loved his country retreat, filled with Staffordshire charm.