This elegant period property had been in the same family for over a century when Linda and James bought it just two years ago. Since then it has been gently overhauled to provide a stylish, welcoming house ideal fo large groups to gather in.
Originally built in the 14th century, Barton Court was radically extended in the 18th century to become a residence fit for a local heiress who the owner, Robert Lambert, was courting. To impress her, he called in the talents of skilled carpenters and plaster craftsmen to create the lovely interior we see, virtually unspoilt, today. His suit was successful and she married him.
Barton Court now has 10 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, 8 of which are ensuite. Each room is individually decorated with antiques and collectibles and the fittings are of hotel quality. The pristine Georgian ceiling dominates the sitting room. Very spacious, the room is filled with light through the full length windows that look out onto the front garden and the bridge. A dining room, seating up to 36 comfortably, is off the main hall and a library with oak panelled bookcases leads from it at the rear of the building and looks out westward over the garden.
There are 2 ground floor bedrooms, one with an ensuite shower room. The other shares the family shower room on the first floor landing. On the first floor, the main bedroom has dual aspect over the hills and fields surrounding the house and boasts a fine view of the pond and fountain. Its ensuite has a fabulous double shower with super Perrin and Rowe fittings plus a decadent boat bath, courtesy of The Cast Iron Bath Company.
Bedroom 2 looks out over the bridge to the Pleasure Garden and has a bathroom reached by a short flight of internal stairs. Bedrooms 3 and 4 are both high ceilinged and grand. At the rear of the building but still with magical views, are 4 more bedrooms, 3 with ensuites and one using the shower room on the landing.
In the grounds are 2 ponds and a fountain gravity fed from the Malvern spring. A bridge across the road leads to the Pleasure Garden [currently run down] which was - and will be a gain - the site of the croquet lawn and tennis court. There are several green 'rooms' to walk around and enjoy.
The Clock Tower is the first of the beautiful outbuildings to be refurbished. Once the Head Gardener's home, it is now a romantic bolthole for two.
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Cottage added 30th December 2017