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Longhills Hall Branston | Lincolnshire | LN4 1HX


KEY FEATURES A very fine, Grade II listed, Lincolnshire country mansion in the Palladian style dating to the mid18th century provides splendid, palatial rooms of elegance and majesty with accommodation around 9000 sq. ft. and includes 4 acres of wraparound parkland-style grounds. Despite its rural location, it is not only close to a well-served village, but also benefits very easy access into the historic cathedral city of Lincoln 5 miles away where trains connect directly to London Kings Cross. • Georgian porte cochere with Tuscan Doric columns to North entrance • Projected bays with 3 Venetian windows on front façade to West • 10 very generous bedrooms, 3 en suite, over first and second floors • 3 palatial reception rooms and 2 extravagant halls on ground floor • Fine, early C19th, cantilevered, stone staircase with iron railings • 3 particularly splendid C18th fireplaces on ground floor • Spacious kitchen breakfast room • Magnificent inner reception hall with arched ceilings and half-columns • Extraordinarily high ceilings with dado and picture rails to ground floor • Ornate plasterwork includes ceiling roses, cornices and door pediments • Feature fireplaces and working shutters to ground floor reception rooms • Laundry room on first floor • Study and separate office on the second floor • Large bathroom and separate shower room on second floor • Impressive cellar divided into 4 vaulted rooms with power and lighting • Large, paved terrace on western side of property • 4 acres of wraparound parkland grounds with mature specimen trees Longhills Hall is approached from the Sleaford to Lincoln road down a long, sweeping, tarmac drive through mature trees to the main, impressive entrance of the Hall on the north elevation where a spacious gravel drive provides an abundance of parking. The west-facing front with its superb trio of Venetian windows and the south-facing side elevation enjoy wonderful views across the parkland-style grounds with expansive lawns, magnificent beech trees, in particular, and enchanting woodland adjoining paddocks and open countryside. In winter, the snowdrops and aconites are a beautiful sight, followed by colour in spring and summer from flowering shrubs and plants. In brief, the Hall offers on the ground floor two reception halls, the inner one leading to the terrace to the west, three extremely commodious reception rooms and a large kitchen breakfast room with adjacent cloakrooms. The first floor comprises three en suite bedrooms, two further bedrooms and a laundry room, and the second floor has five bedrooms, an office, a separate study, a bathroom and a separate shower room. Services: Mains electricity and water; oil-fired central heating; private septic tank Local Authority: North Kesteven District Council Council Tax Band: H

HISTORY Longhills Hall was built in a Palladian style dating to the mid-1700s with alterations in 1836 made by George Basevi, a pupil of Sir John Soane; however, the cellars indicate it occupies the site of a former residence from Elizabethan times. For over 200 years the Curtois family owned the house, followed by the Abel Smiths, renowned bankers whose name still sits above the NatWest bank in Lincoln. During World War II the 1st Airborne Division, who took part in the invasion at Arnhem, was billeted to Branston, many of the soldiers occupying the Hall, now with two commemorative plaques near the entrance. Failure of the Abel Smiths’ return to the property meant this important building fell into a dilapidated state, but since the turn of the millennium it has undergone a complete restoration and now presents in its former glory as an exceptionally elegant and sophisticated stately home.

INFORMATION LOCATION Longhills Hall is just a mile outside the thriving village of Branston which is particularly well served with excellent schools, a medical centre, a Co-op supermarket, a post office, the Waggon & Horses pub serving food, an electrical shop, some gift shops, takeaways, a busy village hall, a recreation ground, a tennis club and fitness centre with swimming pool. The Church of All Saints dates to the C11th and is open for worship. 10 minutes by car from Longhills Hall takes you into the centre of the vibrant city of Lincoln with its rich and interesting history, developed from an Iron Age Settlement on the River Witham. The two most notable attractions are the spectacular C11th Cathedral and the Castle at the heart of the city’s cultural Cathedral Quarter. Lincoln has two universities, the University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste, and the city is full of a diverse range of shopping and retail options from high street stores to unique independents and boutiques, including the popular Bailgate shopping area – quirky streets full of specialist shops such as antique shops, crafts, book and gift shops, tea rooms and restaurants. These quaint shops are surrounded by the remains of medieval Lincoln, black timber-framed buildings and even some hidden Romans remains. Enjoy regular artists’ and farmers’ markets in the Castle Square as well as the annual Christmas Market or visit the museums or galleries nearby. For access further afield and direct commuting to London, there are daily trains from Lincoln to London Kings Cross (travel time approximately 2 hours). The A15 northwards provides easy access to the M180 motorway network and Humberside Airport, whilst it is also within good reach of the A1 at Markham Moor along the A57 westwards, and the A1 at Newark via the A46. Newark has direct train services to London taking approx. 75 minutes. SCHOOLS The Lincoln Minster (Prep and Senior) are highly regarded independent schools in the centre of Lincoln, only about a 10 minute drive from the property. The village of Branston has excellent infant and junior schools, rated Outstanding and Good by Ofsted respectively, as well as an Outstanding state secondary school Branston Community Academy.

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Agents notes: All measurements are approximate and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed on the brochure. Printed 14.03.2022

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