A Grade II elegant country residence, south facing and being built in 1881 in a Tudor-Gothic style, having undergone a 5 year restoration program by the current owner. This iconic building comprises of seven reception rooms, thirteen bedrooms, a self contained apartment and separate extended bungalow, all set back in 6.84 acres of grounds, south facing- overlooking Warwickshire countryside. Viewing by appointment only.
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Sir Philip Albert Muntz, 1st Baronet (5 Jan 1839 - 21 Dec1908) was an English businessman and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1884 to 1906. He commissioned Dunsmore House to be built in 1881 designed to be a fine example of the Tudor Gothic revivalist genre with its Ashlar dressed stone facade, carved details and mullioned and transomed windows. The principle rooms are of generous proportions and the original internal woodwork and detail is of the highest standard.
Having started its life as a country house it then passed into institutional use as a nursing home and has now completed the circle by being very carefully restored to its former glory as a private home of some importance. If a home is not what you are looking for but potentially commercial future use- then ideas stretch from a sublime wedding venue, potential for conversions into high end apartments, nursing or private medical centre- all subject to obtaining planning consents. The owner has introduced a full fire system to include, heat & smoke detectors, emergency lighting and sprinkler system which would aid achieving planning for commercial use.
Gardens, Grounds & Outbuildings
The grounds are well landscaped south facing, with a woodland style setting to the front, an a total plot of 6.84 acres. There is an electric gated sweeping driveway, laid with crunchy gravel leading to extensive parking. Newly fitted central driveway also. There is a collection of outbuildings and stores, including an extended bungalow set within the grounds, summer house/office and two round summer houses.
The rear formal garden benefits from a south facing direction with rural views that are enjoyed from the huge terrace, with several stone steps down to the large area of lawn that has seen large entertaining Marquees. There is a paddock to the left side of the ground's and in total the whole estate is just under 7 acres. The owner has stated that the surrounding land & fishing lake which covers approx. 23 acres may be available by separate negotiation with a local land owner.
Accessed by the main grand entrance hall with amazing carvings and a grand feature central staircase. There are seven reception rooms full of restored fire-places & features, including a grand drawing room/ball room, morning room, fully fitted spacious kitchen with granite worktops, a dining room currently houses a 32 seater table and other function rooms. Access to the four chamber cellar.
From the magnificent galleried landing you have a further staircase leading to the second floor and corridors and bedrooms leading off. There are five en-suited bedrooms with all re-fitted and high end suites and finishes. Along the foot of the corridor behind secure double doors is a self contained one bedroom apartment with its own sitting room, kitchen, bedroom with en-suite and a dressing room- could be in-house servant quarters as it has its own staircase access to the ground floor utility area.
The corridor's are fitted with light wells and comprises eight bedrooms, five en-suites and huge bathroom. Large loft storage, eaves storage and a store room. There is a secondary staircase back down to the first floor.
A well appointed extended bungalow with lounge, steps to an extended lower-level, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. The heating is pumped in from the BioMass heating system. Great views over the paddock and the countryside.
Dunsmore House is located down a private drive accessed from Lilbourne road on the outskirts of Clifton-Upon-Dunsmore just east of Rugby. Very convenient for the M6 & M1 motorway networks for access to London & Birmingham by car. The Rugby train station has a direct London Euston train service taking approx 50 Minutes and is a short 10 minute drive away.
Clifton is a well serviced village which is located upon a hill, and the Oxford Canal runs past at the foot of the hill. To the north of the village is the River Avon. In the centre of the village are a number of small shops, a post office, St Mary's Church, the registers for which date back to 1594, and the Bull Inn public house. There is also a well regarded primary school, Clifton-upon-Dunsmore Church Of England Primary School.
The owner has installed a BioMass heating system with acceptance to the governments renewable heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. The 'Thermon 199' BioMass boiler runs heating for the main house and the cottage, with installed thermal solar panels thus enables Dunsmore House to be self-sustained in terms of running costs, with the added benefit of generating an income. Biomass fuels produce a fraction of the Carbon emissions of fossil fuels making them a carbon lean technology. The process of burning a fossil fuel releases the stored carbon that was contained inside it, millions of years ago, back into the environment. Biomass fuels are what are known as contemporary carbon which means that when they are combusted they release the same carbon levels that were recently consumed by the growing plant, meaning that the carbon levels are consistent and sustainable.
From junction 1 on the M6 at the roundabout take the 1st exit on to the A426 signed Lutterworth. After approximately 1.5 miles at the Gibbet Roundabout take the 4th exit onto the A5. After a mile, turn right onto Lilbourne Road and Dunsmore House will be found on the left hand side behind electric gates.
Main House is approximately 18170 sq ft Council tax band H Freehold
Bungalow is approximately 1192 Sq ft Separate Council tax band Freehold
Many permissions/planning matters have been applied for in the past- such as apartment conversions with extension wing. The property was previously used as a Nursing Home and also lending itself to a sublime Wedding venue/ Boutique hotel amongst other potential uses- all subject to correct planning permissions.