The only sounds are the bleating of the sheep and the click of the chairs on the terrace as they recline. The only decision you’ll have to make is whether to work up a sweat on the grass tennis court or chill out in the home cinema. The only question remains: when can we expect you?
Rambling Ashby House slumbers sedately within one-and-a-half acres of rural Derbyshire. You can take things pretty easy here – lounge and laze in the hot tub, gaze over the grounds from the orangery, lose your cares in your whirlpool bath, or wander the apple orchards.
Get together in the huge dining room. Take tea or a tipple on the terrace. Recline your seats in the cinema. A swimming pool is planned (watch this huge space). Step into a world of grandeur and opulence where the real indulgence is time.
Potter out to the patio; wander the apple orchards. There’s no roar of jets. No hectic urban kerfuffle. Just the bleat of sheep, the sigh of the breeze through leaves and the clink of glasses in the rural air.
The 1.5 acres of gardens are formal, but you can be as informal as you like. Picnic, play hide-and-seek, get your whites on and take to the grass tennis court. Technique is everything, so don’t forget to follow through – with a Pimm’s or strawberries and cream.
But don’t sit still for too long. Keep moving and there’s the summerhouse. Open the doors onto the fifteen-foot heated swim spa and escape awhile. Little monkeys can take to the tree swing, the trampoline or the basketball net.
The barbecue awaits the sizzle of your steaks; the chairs recline beautifully; the croquet mallets and hoops offer leisurely after-dinner sport. The gardens and grounds at Ashby are as elegant and English as high tea on the lawn. Now there’s an idea.
Pass the popcorn as you settle back for family film night in the surround-sound home cinema. Escape for some family time in the giant orangery with terrace views – feel the sun through the glass or listen to the raindrops patter on the lantern roof. In the snug, sit back, pour a drink and turn a page or three.
The dual-aspect lounge comes with views of the garden and courtyard. Fling open the French windows, breathe the country air and embrace the joy of being together.
For a change of scene, there are tales to be told in the sitting room, while books in the study or pool in the games room offer blissful escape to anyone with reunion overload. At Ashby, reception rooms are as abundant and peaceful as the rural hush.
This is a 17th-century home, restored, revived and ready for Century 21 with buckets of wow. The oak-floored orangery is high and handsome and all elsewhere is exposed beams and travertine floors happily married to wifi, HD and booming surround-sound.
The kitchen and adjoining orangery are football-pitch huge and could probably feed the two teams. This is the heart of the home.
If you want to get all Gordon Ramsay, you’ll swear by the facilities. There’s a breakfast bar for croissants and coffee, double butler sink, and the kitchen units are an event in themselves – handmade bespoke Shaker style in solid timber with central island. A galaxy of stars shines up at you from the granite worktops.
You’ll want a fine setting for your family dining. The restored dining room doesn’t disappoint. The original exposed beams and inglenook fireplace compete for your attention with the travertine floor and the courtyard and garden views. Need to stretch your legs? Follow the stairs down to the wine cellar.
For a tasty treat, a 30-minute drive to Lenton will get you two-star Michelin dining at the Restaurant Sat Bains, while fine and hearty fare is on the menu of many a local gastro pub.
Bedrooms here are expansive and elegant. That’s never truer than in the 100-foot master suite, large enough for a game of tennis. Doubles, obviously.
Awash with exposed beams, the master bedroom offers courtyard and garden views through Victorian leaded windows. Fire up the surround-sound TV and log onto the Net.
Need to dress for dinner? With fully-fitted wardrobes to three sides, dual-aspect views, exposed beams and Victorian fireplace, the dressing room is the place. If you’re shy, there’s another. Oh, and a shoe room. Naturally.
You can add some upside to your downtime, too, in the en-suite. Pad across ceramic floors to the double Jacuzzi whirlpool bath, pour some bubbly and lose yourself in the bubbles.
Bedrooms two to eight come with high ceilings, generous space and Georgian or Victorian sash windows with dual-aspect views. The main bathroom enjoys a rock-star-size Jacuzzi whirlpool bath.
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