An outstanding country home offering exceptional space for modern family living and entertaining.
The High House stands in a lovely rural setting in a private location off a quiet country lane a short distance from the village of Fillongley in Warwickshire. The location is incredibly convenient for access to regional centres and important communication links.
Situated north of Coventry and east of Birmingham this area of countryside maintains a rural charm yet has excellent access to regional conurbations. With the city centres of Coventry and Birmingham within short driving distance, there is outstanding access to an excellent range of business, leisure and retail facilities. Gastronomes are well catered for with several popular places to drink and dine in the locality. The area is well served for schooling with a number of well-regarded primary and secondary schools plus an excellent selection of grammar and independent schools including King Edward VI Grammar School, King Edwards School, St George’s School, Kimichi School, Henry VIII School and Blablake School.
The locality has first-rate transport links, with Junction 4 of the M6 (about 5.3 miles distant) and Junction 6 of the M42 (about 7.3 miles distant) providing swift connections to the rest of the country. Trains from Hampton in Arden Station provide direct rail access to Birmingham New Street and Coventry Station (about 14 minutes and 12 minutes respectively). Birmingham New Street and Coventry provide connections to London Euston (about 1 hour 23 minutes and 61 minutes respectively). Birmingham International Airport is only 8 miles away, catering for extensive international and domestic flights.
The High House is a captivating country house in a wonderful setting overlooking mature formal gardens and with extensive southerly views across most attractive open countryside. Of Georgian origin, the impressive main section of the house has classic fenestration and an imposing entrance portico. Rendered elevations are predominantly set beneath slate roofs and sympathetically designed later additions have created a family home of grand proportions with remarkable accommodation.
The property is not a Listed Building and offers versatile accommodation extending to about 9879 sq ft with spacious and free flowing reception rooms offering a wonderful balance of formal eating areas, multi-use open plan spaces and more intimate rooms coupled with exceptional bedroom accommodation. A refined contemporary design incorporating the highest quality materials combines with a high specification finish creating a house perfectly suited for both luxurious family life and flamboyant entertaining.
The house has been significantly extended by the present owners with all the principal rooms facing south towards the formal gardens. Leisure considerations have been important in the design of The High House and of particular note is the al-fresco dining area beyond the garden room providing a delightful covered eating area complete with fireplace and fully equipped kitchen, all overlooking the heated swimming pool. The gardens perfectly suit The High House, having been carefully landscaped and maintained, offering variety and maturity with some fine trees adding to the peaceful setting. Amenities outside in addition to the swimming pool include a children’s play area and all-weather tennis court. The charming tennis lodge serves as a large summer house and is currently used as overflow accommodation for the house.
The house is approached through the formal garden leading to a Doric columned portico providing a fitting main entrance. The large reception hall provides a wonderful welcome and sets the tone for the house with some striking elements of design. Two principal staircases lead of this central hall in addition to a concealed staircase to a separate bedroom suite. The large floorspace is stone tiled and there are three pairs of French doors overlooking the garden. The expansive drawing room features some beautifully crafted oak bookcases and there are four sets of double French doors to the garden.
There are concealed speakers and wiring for a sophisticated integrated sound system. Leading off the drawing room is a good-sized study having polished stone floor, a range of office furniture and steps up to a cinema room. There are stairs down to a basement area, designed as fitness room with fitted steam shower. The last room radiating off the reception hall is a sitting room with half height oak panelled walls.
The Kitchen/Breakfast Room provides a link from the older Georgian house to the modern additions and is the perfect social hub of the home. A wonderfully fitted kitchen features stone tiled floor, double French doors to rear courtyard, exposed roof trusses, partly glazed roof, high quality appliances and a striking island breakfast bar. Off the kitchen is a morning room having fitted bookcases and a woodburning stove; currently used a guest bedroom with ensuite shower room. A short flight of stairs from the kitchen leads down to a basement kitchen/laundry room.
Adjacent to the kitchen, the dining room has huge exposed timber trusses and glazed roof. This very light room features tall windows, French doors to the garden and sliding glass doors to the very impressive family room which presently doubles up as a billiards room and entertainment area. With a vast stone fireplace as a focal point, this large room features exposed roof timbers, three pairs of French doors to the garden and a wonderful picture window overlooking the seating terraces.
The ground floor accommodation continues with a generously sized bedroom suite, a cloakroom/WC and a comfortable garden room having large glazed roof panels and double French doors to the garden and the marvellous outdoor dining area. This beautiful covered area overlooks the swimming pool, has an open fireplace, exposed roof trusses and a well-equipped kitchen featuring stainless steel food preparation areas, sinks and catering refrigeration.
The first floor of the house is served by three staircases from the reception hall. A wide stone staircase leads to the exceptional master suite where the principal bedroom has a timber boarded floor, vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and a large spa bath. The suite includes a gym with full length windows overlooking the gardens below, a dressing room, nursery bedroom/second dressing room and a luxury ensuite shower room.
A guest suite with bedroom and ensuite bathroom is accessed off concealed stairs leading from the reception hall whilst the remainder of the first floor comprises two further double bedrooms, one having an ensuite shower room, and separate family shower room. The second floor includes two bedrooms, one of which has an ensuite bathroom.
Gardens and grounds
The High House has beautiful mature gardens with lovely variety, extending to an acre. The gated entrance provides a distinguished approach having tall pillars, grand electrically operated wrought iron gates and video intercom system. A gravelled driveway leads to a goodsized parking area and the garage building which houses a double garage and a double car port.
Stone paved paths flanked by closely clipped box hedges lead towards the house. At the front is a beautiful ornamental garden with paths radiating from a central point, again lined with box hedges, carefully maintained borders, areas of lawn and pretty rose beds. Adjacent to the house are various seating areas with numerous access points from the principal rooms.
Beyond mature shrubbery is the all-weather tennis court. There is a charming pergola overlooking the court standing on stone columns, draped with wisteria and rambling roses above a sheltered seating terrace. At one end of the court stands the tennis lodge, designed as a summer house/studio but providing additional guest accommodation with a decked terrace outside plus firepit and views over countryside to the south. A children’s playground lies at the other end of the court.