Stowe Hill is possibly the finest house in Lichfield. This Grade II* listed home is a superb example of early Georgian architecture.
Stowe Hill retains many of its fine period features with its beautiful marble fireplaces, shuttered sash windows, detailed plasterwork to the high ceilings and oak floorboards all dating back to when the house was built. A pillared gated entrance sweeps up to the main house. The front door sits within an elegant pillared portico and the oversized front door opens to the impressive reception hall. The original dark oak cantilever staircase hugs the wall and doors radiate to the principal reception rooms and rear hallway.Although one is struck by the sheer size and grandness of this impressive house there is also a comforting sense of warmth and family feel which is unusual in properties of this size.The elegant proportions of all the rooms make an impact, particularly the striking bow-shaped rooms on two storeys looking out over the garden towards the cathedral. The main reception rooms face west, making the spectacular views even more impressive at sunset.Directly ahead the beautifully appointed drawing room is opulent in its feel. With full height shuttered windows that provide ample natural light. A stunning marble fireplace provides further focal interest and the plasterwork cornice adds detail to the Georgian height ceiling.The accommodation flows onwards to the light and bright sitting room, a perfect tranquil space for hobbyists searching for relaxation.From here one can access the incredible Georgian fan-shaped orangery. This later addition to the house was built from Eldorado metal which was developed at the start of the industrial revolution by the entrepreneur Matthew Boulton. A white grapevine planted, when the current owner first moved in, stretches the length of the orangery in the summer months and over the door from the house there is fragrant jasmine. When the doors are open between the two its perfume gently permeates the rooms.From the sitting room the accommodation flows through to the stunning formal dining room. The “green room” is richly appointed with full height shuttered windows set in the bow providing a view to the front of the property and intricately painted cornice to the ceiling draws the eye upward in this magnificent space. From here the accommodation flows back to the reception hallway providing a superb flow to the principal reception rooms.To the right of the main reception a rear hallway guides us to the most excellent guest cloakroom/WC and onwards past the rear or in yesteryears the servants' staircase, to the lovely library/sitting room.The library/snug is a comfortable bright space. The marble fireplace creates a wonderful focal point lit directly by the full height window to the opposite side of the room.The large kitchen/breakfast room has a lovely feel. Traditional but modern with a well-fitted range of cream wall and base mounted units with red granite work surfaces over, complimenting the gorgeous quarry tiled floor and adding to the depth of warmth. A stunning dark blue Aga is a superb contrast. The breakfast room is just perfect for everyday informal dining.A small hallway directly off the kitchen provides access to the superb second kitchen/utility room where there is space for the larger appliances. There is also access to the boiler room and coach house and the amazing, walled courtyard kitchen garden which itself provides access to the incredibly useful outdoor stores.From the rear hallway that leads to the kitchen/breakfast room there is also a handy linen room and a playroom/store and a large walk-in pantry opposite the kitchen.The extensive cellars can also be accessed from here and like all large country homes of Stowe Hills ilk their heritage is obvious. Separated into six large compartments that are now dedicated to storage they would have been the cold stores for this large Georgian home in years gone by.**