This Georgian country home is aesthetically pleasing from the moment you set eyes on it. Enter through the pillared portico, flanked on either side by the box maze, through the double entrance doors into the grand hallway and you immediately notice the symmetry of the heart of this home. Geometric tiled flooring, high ceilings and opulent chandeliers welcome you - reminiscent of past times when guests will have enjoyed this beautiful home dating back to 1792. To the left of the hallway is the exquisite drawing room with tall, dual sash windows offering stunning views of the garden and countryside beyond. The perfect place to entertain, this spacious room offers period features including a handsome fireplace, picture rails and decorative cornicing, a ceiling rose and in-built cabinetry offering display and storage.
To the right of the hallway, is the delightful, formal dining room, also with twin sash windows offering countryside views from the window seats, and space for at least ten guests around the dining table. Impressive wooden wall panelling and a carved, feature fireplace, cornicing and a high ceiling hark back to a decadent, bygone era.From the hall, continue on into the staircase hallway where there is access on the left to the family room and to the right into the kitchen. A stunning oak staircase winds its way up to the first-floor accommodation to offer two bedroom suites with dressing rooms and en suite facilities, a double bedroom with an en suite and two further double bedrooms served by the principal bathroom.
The family room is a sumptuous, spacious room taking natural light from dual windows and offering a space in which to relax on a Sunday afternoon, enjoy a family film night or entertain friends. From here, there is access to the west wing of the house where there is a large billiards room accommodating a full-size billiard table - perfect for entertaining. A spiral staircase from here leads to a superb mezzanine study with feature arched window allowing home workers a bespoke office in which to work and convenient coffee breaks in the sitting room below or out on the terrace. An adjoining light-filled games room or lounge with ceiling beams and French doors opens to the outdoors. There is also a plant room servicing the house and cloakroom in this wing.
The stylish, open-plan kitchen with its separate secondary kitchen and utility continues to delight. An array of bespoke Shaker-style cabinets offers ample storage and granite worktops allow the chef in the family perfect preparation space. An integrated hearth with focus lighting houses a rangemaster oven and a dual butler sink continues to pay attention to period detail. Choose ingredients from the walk-in pantry as you cook and chat to guests as they enjoy a drink at the breakfast bar – an ideal social space. An adjoining snug allows you to break for morning coffee and an al fresco breakfast room with roof lantern and doors opening to the cobbled courtyard allows for those days when the family can come together around the table for a leisurely start to the day. The east wing of the house holds further delights as this offers the impressive spa room, bathed in natural light, complete with foamy hot tub and space for loungers to enjoy the garden views or open the French doors to let the outside in. Perhaps you will take your coffee on the paved terrace outside after your work-out in the fully-equipped gym or snuggle up in the sitting room with garden views after a hot sauna or relaxation time in the yoga room. A dedicated changing room and shower facilities are on hand for you to enjoy this space alone or for spa days with the company of friends and family.
Take the grand oak staircase to the first floor where the spacious landing leads you to the two sumptuous and immaculately presented bedroom suites, a further double en suite bedroom, two additional double bedrooms with their luxurious bathroom and a mezzanine study. Both suite 1 and 2 have dual windows allowing for plentiful natural light and stunning countryside views. They offer exquisite décor with continuing period features and both have walk-in dressing rooms with ample storage space and en suite bathroom facilities including a modern slipper bath, walk-in rainfall showers and crisp white fittings with chrome features. Bedroom 3 enjoys its own en suite shower room whilst bedrooms 4 and 5 share the luxurious facilities on offer in the principal bathroom. Step down into this bathroom to savour the marble walls and flooring complementing a twin bowl vanity sink with ultra-modern taps and a deep, relaxing bath. Opulence at its finest.
Both the east and west wings of this superb country home offer social hubs for entertaining family and friends. The east wing presents a stunning indoor spa set in a garden room with roof lantern allowing for plentiful natural light. Here, you can enjoy a hot bubbly spa whilst chatting to friends, watching tv or listening to music and then ‘kick back’ on loungers around the spa or enjoy a coffee al fresco on the terrace just through the French doors. Pamper yourself further with luxuries including a sauna, fully-equipped gym and yoga room with dedicated changing room and shower. Spa days are every day in this fabulous country home! To the west wing, you have the large billiards room with adjoining garden sitting room which begs to be shared with friends and when it’s time to entertain, visit your very own wine cellar and stores below to get the event started.
Offering approximately 5 acres. From the double electric gates, the gravelled driveway sweeps first to the front of this majestic house with a turning circle bordered by lavender shrubs and lawns to either side and rolling countryside beyond. The driveway also meanders to the rear of the house where a gated, cobbled courtyard with garage opens to provide additional parking for several vehicles and seating areas for al fresco opportunities as well as an orchard. The grand portico of this country home is reached via stone steps passing clipped topiary shrubs and hedging culminating in the delightful mini maze of box hedging framing the front of this splendid home. Turn to admire the views across the pristine, landscaped gardens with rolling and terraced lawns, a private lake with adjoining seating terrace, stone gazebo offering a place to take in the views and relax amongst spring daffodils with views of paddocks and woodland. Beyond are far-reaching views of Meriden village and church and the skyline of vibrant Birmingham.
By separate negotiation, an additional approximately 8 acre with derelict barn, os available. The land can be accessed separately. A public footpath separates this area and the gardens and grounds which are offered with Meriden House.Stamp Duty Calculator
Meriden House, located in the picturesque village of Meriden, is enveloped by the stunning Warwickshire countryside, to the West of Coventry and Leamington Spa. Meriden village offers a ‘Good’ local primary school and there is a selection of surrounding state and independent schools in the locality. Just a short commute to Coventry rail station and fast and frequent services will transport you directly to London Euston in under 60 minutes. Birmingham Airport is easily accessible and Birmingham City Centre offers an extensive selection of independent and high street stores as well as leisure facilities. This home is conveniently placed for excellent road links including the A45, M6, M42 and M40, making countrywide travel possible.
Meriden, known as ‘Alspath’ in the Domesday Book, was thought to be the geographical centre of England until the 2000s. The name Meriden, meaning ‘pleasant valley’, fittingly describes the area surrounding this beautiful home and the wonderful countryside that can be viewed from the grounds. Meriden House has been a chief residence in the village since the late 1700s and in the 1800s, according to records, a doctor resided there.
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Grade II Listed
Solihull Borough Council
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Only those items mentioned in these particulars are included in the sale. All others are excluded but certain items may be made available by separate negotiation.