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Kington Grange

Claverdon

Sleeps
17
Bedrooms
8
Bathrooms
6
Family Friendly
Dog Friendly
2
Local Pub
WIFI
100-199 Mbps
On a peaceful lane, deep in the heart of Shakespeare country, Kington Grange is a gracious and much-loved home offering a tantalising glimpse of country living. Filled with understated charm and elegance, it’s heaven-sent for family get-togethers and sophisticated gatherings in the beautiful countryside. From the moment you step foot in the impressive reception hall there is an overriding sense of staying somewhere rather special, for this is a house filled with personality. The wealth of living space means room for all to spread out and relax, be it a lazy start to the day with the morning papers in the sunlight-filled garden room, an elegant dress-for-dinner evening in the formal dining room or curling up before the open fire in the drawing room. The upper floors are no less impressive with a plethora of gorgeous bedrooms to choose from, and the addition of the celebration barn with its magnificent, vaulted ceiling, atmospheric lighting, and huge dining table to seat sixteen, offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate a special occasion in style.
Full Description
Escape to the country for a taste of blissful rural living in this gorgeous country house, parts of which date to the 16th Century. Tree-lined country lanes dip and wind through pretty villages leading you to Kington Grange, an elegant country retreat which is also only a stone’s throw from heritage treasures such as Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle.

Filled with curios, cherished collectables, and artwork from the owner’s forays over the years, there is nothing cookie-cutter about Kington Grange. Beyond the traditional façade, this is a house with a warm charm and colourful personality. The ground floor flows effortlessly through a sunny garden room, a divinely peaceful drawing room, and an elegant dining room. The large kitchen boasts an AGA for aspiring Heston’s or Nigella’s and leads into a glorious orangery/breakfast room with a row of doors that can be thrown open to the garden. Seven distinctly different bedrooms named after Shakespearean characters lie across the first and second floors and offer charm and character in abundance. Old beams, quirky corners, beautiful upholstery handcrafted by the owner and antique furnishings create welcoming spaces where drifting off to the land of nod will come as easily as counting sheep. Across the courtyard, the impressive celebration barn is really the icing on the already delectable cake.

Step outside and there are pretty gardens to discover complete with a tennis court, sweeping lawns for garden games and summer picnics and a patio that’s perfect for sundowner cocktails on warm evenings.

Ground Floor


Reception Hall:
The stage is set as you step into the impressive reception hall with original wooden timbers, time-worn flagstone floors, beautifully lit artwork, and deep turquoise walls. A much-cherished rocking horse keeps a watchful eye on proceedings.

Cloakroom:
Delightfully decadent and frivolous this is not your ordinary cloakroom. Deep red, flocked wallpaper adorns the walls, ornate cabinetry, handmade shutters, a candelabra style light fitting, seating, and a marble sink mean you may find yourself spending more time in here than you thought! The Victorian-style high-level toilet simply adds to the charm.

Garden Room:
South and west-facing windows overlooking the garden fill this modern addition to the house with light, whilst French doors lead out to a pretty patio, where a sundial, flanked by benches forms a peaceful spot to soak up the sunshine. Botanical print wallpaper, pale lime green blinds, deep purple sofas and a chaise longue add colour to this delightful room. If your stay involves work, there’s a desk in here too but be warned there are plenty of distractions. It’s a place to relax with the Sunday papers and a strong coffee or to curl up with a book and watch the weather outside when it’s wild.

Drawing Room:
Timelessly elegant and with a tangible feeling of peace, the drawing room invites you to linger for a while before the cosy flames of the open fire. The traditional décor is both warm and welcoming and perfectly in keeping with the elegance of Kington Grange. Gently sparkling chandeliers cast a pretty glow, whilst the multi-paned windows with cushioned window seats look out to the gardens beyond. This is a room for convivial conversations over a glass of something rich and fruity, there is however also a Smart TV with Chromecast, cunningly and discreetly concealed within a radiator cabinet.

Dining Room:
Smooth stone floors, an open fireplace and beautiful antiques form the backdrop to an elegant dining table. Set it with sparkling crystal, and polished silver, and take the opportunity to dress for dinner for a formal dining experience. Huge windows swathed in floor-length curtains look out to the garden with glass chandeliers hanging above the cosy window seats.

Living Room/Library:
With a cosy wood burner, a mid-blue leather chesterfield sofa and walls lined with bookshelves, this is a relaxing room where children can play, whilst you gather in the kitchen next door. Huge beams line the ceiling and large windows with cushioned window seats beneath offer a place to perch and look out to the garden beyond.

Orangery/Breakfast Room:
Four sets of double doors flank this stunning room which opens out to the garden and patio. The glass lantern roof is the perfect foil for the swan neck chandelier and the grey dresser is packed with everything you could possibly need. The long refectory style table speaks of long, lazy brunches in the sunshine and relaxed feast-filled suppers.

Kitchen:
Taking centre stage in the spacious kitchen is the huge cream AGA sitting in an original chimney breast, there is also a two-ring induction hob, a single oven/microwave, and a multi-cooker. An AGA cookbook is on hand if you are new to the AGA experience. There’s plenty of storage and pots and pans to cook up a storm along with a large larder-style fridge freezer and a dishwasher. The brick-red central island ensures lots of prep space too.

Boot Room:
This useful room has plenty of coat hooks and shelves for outdoor gear and leaving muddy wellies. It’s also a good place to dry wet paws after countryside rambles.

Utility:
Practically equipped with a washing machine and tumble dryer, there’s also a pulley clothes airer across the ceiling if you prefer to be a little more eco-conscious.

First Floor


The Master Bedroom:
This dreamy bedroom is simply stunning and boasts a super-king size bed (which can be a twin if needed) and huge windows overlooking the lovely gardens. Decorated in the palest shades of blue and cream this gorgeous room is a sheer delight and heaven-sent for long lie-ins. Antique furnishings include an elegant chest of drawers and beautiful bedside tables.

Ensuite:
The sumptuous ensuite features an inviting, deep bath where bubble-filled soaks are most definitely the order of the day. There’s also a large shower with a rainfall shower head and a double vanity. The large, low windows reach almost to the floor and provide wonderful garden views from the loo! Make sure to look at the delicate bathroom cabinet, restored and upholstered by the owner of Kington Grange.

Hopeless Romantic Bedroom:
Whether you have a child who dreams of being a fairy princess or you are simply a hopeless romantic, this is the room for you. The white timber four-poster king-size bed is draped in fairy lights and upholstered in polka dots whilst pretty pink wallpaper adorns the walls. At the foot of the bed, a family heirloom in the form of a handcrafted and carved cot-bed is perfect for little guests. Two windows gaze out over the gardens and there is plenty of storage with built-in wardrobes and a G-Plan chest of drawers.

Ensuite:
The ensuite features a shower cubicle, a toilet and a handbasin with a large mirror above it and a storage cupboard.

The Creator Bedroom:
Fit for a king or a queen! Stunning Mulberry Grand Flying Duck wallpaper creates a real statement and is the perfect backdrop for the beautifully restored mahogany Half Tester bed. Night console tables stand on either side of the bed, topped with reading lamps and a deep red wardrobe offers plenty of storage. Looking out from the window gives views over the tennis court to the fields beyond.

Innocent Bedroom:
Soft grey linen curtains frame the pretty window which looks over the front of Kington Grange. A gentle contrast to the floral wallpaper, which in turn reflects the pewter double bed frame. The original beams and high ceiling add character and charm, whilst the 1950’s style dressing table and mirror bring a touch of nostalgia.

The Hero Bedroom:
This super-cute twin room features full-size single beds, so it works for both adults and children alike. There’s an unusual, upholstered wrap-around headboard and an antique bench in cushioned in primrose yellow silk and a wall-mounted glass display cabinet. A bedside table with a reading lamp is placed between the beds.

Bathroom / Shower Room:
The family bathroom is spacious, sleek, and stylish. The huge walk-in shower has both a handheld and rainfall shower head and is complemented by the double-ended bath, where you can soak weary bones or let little ones splash to their hearts' content.

Second Floor


Star-crossed Lover:
Bold, beautiful and impactful, this room is certainly not a shy retiring wallflower. Vibrant wallpaper in cerise pink and vivid orange creates a real statement and is a contrast to the original beams of this room tucked in amongst the eaves. Bedside tables with reading lamps stand on either side of the double bed and under the eaves storage provides hanging space.

Ensuite:
Like a game of hide-and-seek, open the brace and latch wooden door in the wall and crafted in behind you’ll find a well-equipped ensuite shower room. There’s a big step up and over the floor beam, so younger guests with little legs may need assistance. Inside there’s a corner shower cubicle, WC and hand basin.

Explorer Bedroom:
At the other end of the second-floor landing lies the last, but by no means least seventh bedroom. With a double bed and a single day bed, this is a spacious room at the top of the house. There’s plenty of character with original beams and roof lights, windows look out over the side of the house. It’s worth noting that there is a large floor beam to step over and a low headroom as you go through the doorway into the room.

Shower Room:
This spacious ensuite has a corner shower cubicle, WC and hand basin.

Outside


Formal gardens, sweeping lawns dissected by gravel pathways, a tennis court and a natural pond all come together to create a very English country garden space. There’s plenty of room for little ones to run around and find new hidey holes, a hanging tree pod and sunny patios for alfresco dining, sundowners and relaxing in the fresh air. In the spring of 2023, there will be a natural swimming lake for guests to enjoy.

Celebration Barn


This exceptional barn conversion is the perfect setting for a family gathering or celebratory evening. Set away from the main house overlooking the courtyard this beautiful barn is a dramatic and impressive backdrop to your occasion. It also features a stylish bedroom if you need additional space for your party.

Ground Floor


Entrance Hall:
The front door opens into the entrance hall with stone floors, stairs to the first floor and a handy ground-floor cloakroom.

Cloakroom:
Deep blue walls and grey wall tiles come together to create a very stylish look. There’s a WC and hand basin, an unusual bird toilet roll holder and a large mirror.

Kitchen:
Forming the first part of the main barn the kitchen is compact and well equipped with everything you may need including a large fridge-freezer and a dishwasher. The deep blue units topped by dark granite work surfaces are modern and stylish and the high countertop is topped by pendant lights, on one side there are plenty of shelves for storage. The reverse side creates a bar with four wooden stools.

Dining/Living Space:
This impressive space has a double-height vaulted ceiling supported by the original barn beams, huge windows line both sides of the room, and double doors lead out to the courtyard. There are track lights and lamps, so plenty of options to create your own atmosphere. There’s also a pool table, table football and other large wooden games. A huge dining table can be laid for elegant meals, before retiring to the far end of the room, which is dominated by a contemporary wood burner.

First Floor


Landing:
Featuring curios collected by the owners, the landing is a light and airy space with glass balustrades looking down to the floor below.

The Magician Bedroom:
Swathed in opulent satin drapes, held back with thick rope cords, this wonderful bedroom has more than a touch of glamour about it. Roof lights are shaded by upholstered black-out shutters, whilst the upholstered bed is set against a statement wall, and bedside tables with reading lamps are placed on either side.

Ensuite:
Through a doorway, again dramatically framed by heavy satin drapes there is a huge ensuite/wet room with double access shower. A roof light gives plenty of natural daylight and there is a WC and a handbasin.

Mezzanine:
The mezzanine level features quirky musical wallpaper and offers further space for relaxing with seating and a desk and chair, should you need to catch up on work, there’s superfast Wi-Fi throughout too.
Full List of Facilities
  • Sleeps 16+1 in 8 bedrooms across 1 super-king-size, 1 king-size Four Poster, 4 doubles, one of which has a day bed and 1 twin. There is a king-size bedroom in the celebration barn
  • Bathrooms: 6 bathrooms, 4 of which are ensuite and 2 ground floor cloakrooms with WC
  • Parking for 6 cars
  • Dog friendly – Max. 2 well-behaved dogs are welcome
  • Private enclosed garden. There is an unfenced pond, and children and dogs should be supervised
  • Tennis Court – racquets and balls supplied
  • 3 fireplaces, one with a wood burner – an initial basket of logs and kindling will be supplied
  • Bed linen, bath towels and tea towels
  • Hairdryer x 2
  • Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, coffee, sugar, fresh milk.
  • Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
  • Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper
  • Heating and hot water via central heating. Each radiator has its own thermostatic valve
  • Free high-speed Wi-Fi *100-199 M/bs
  • Smart TV
  • Games
  • Fully equipped kitchen with kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
  • AGA (this is on seasonally)
  • Miele Single Oven/Microwave
  • Two-ring induction hob
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge-Freezer
  • Washing Machine and Tumble Dryer
  • Ironing board, iron, clothes airer, clothes pegs, outdoor washing line
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied), there is also a cot-bed in the Hopeless Romantic bedroom.
  • Outdoor patio/seating area
  • Garden furniture: Outdoor lounging set and a garden table and chairs
  • BBQ (gas)

* Wi-Fi: Please note that Wi-Fi speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed. 
 
Owner Recommendations
Kington Grange is surrounded by some wonderful walks, Hay Wood, in particular, is an ancient woodland, just under 7 miles away and is a lovely place to escape from the bustle of daily life.

Head to Stratford-upon-Avon for a performance at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RSC), where many world-renowned actors tread the boards. There is something rather special about experiencing one of Shakespeare's plays in his birthplace.

Food lovers will enjoy the up-and-coming food scene in Henley-on-Arden, there are some really interesting pubs and restaurants to discover. Alternatively, why not have a private chef come in and cater for you in the vaulted celebration barn?

There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
  • Please note that groups, where the majority are under 25 years of age, are not permitted
  • The maximum occupancy is shown on the listing details at the top
  • There is an unfenced pond in the garden. Children and dogs should be supervised at all times
  • When you place a booking for Kington Grange, we will be in touch with you shortly afterwards to discuss your arrangements
  • A security deposit of £2000 will be collected within 7 days of your arrival

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Set within leafy Warwickshire, close to the Bard’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, there is much to see and do. From countryside walks and cosy pub lunches to exploring historic towns such as Warwick and even the vibrant and exciting city of Birmingham with its world-class concert venues and sporting events. There are footpaths in all directions and two friendly local village pubs within a 30-minute stroll. Nearby Henley-in-Arden has an up-and-coming dining scene with a range of interesting pubs and restaurants.
 
 
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