About this property
Cranfield House is a stunning Grade II* listed former Prebendal house formerly known as Oxton One. Nicholas Pevners, The Buildings of England, gives much coverage to Southwell, the Minster and the Prebendal houses and comments that Cranfield House is the best design of all.
Cranfield has a magnificent walled and gated frontage with central driveway, leading up to the perfectly symmetrical front elevation with brick and stone dressings beneath a hipped and slated roof with three gabled dormers. There is a separate walled side driveway with vehicular access leading through to a courtyard area with substantial two storey coach house and garaging.
Cranfield internally offers very manageable accommodation of generous proportions with a lovely flagged entrance hall leading through to an inner staircase hall, there are two principal reception rooms either side of the hallway and further sitting room from the staircase hall. A substantial breakfast kitchen leads through to a rear hallway, study and
range of useful additional rooms to the rear of the house on the ground floor.
There is good cellarage with central heating boiler providing full heating and hot water system throughout the property. The upper floors have been altered to create a substantial principal bedroom suite with generous fitted dressing room and full bathroom to the rear. There are two further good bedrooms on the first floor, plus a separate shower room and WC. The spacious second floor boasts a further three bedrooms and a large fully fitted bathroom and WC.
Outside the gardens and setting of the house are a true delight, with mature trees set to either side of the property, one a rare hornbeam with a mature sycamore to the other elevation. The deep lawned gardens have a wonderful aspect over the main Minster, with a central gravelled driveway, deep, wide lawned borders and mature herbaceous well stocked side borders offering a variety of colour and interest throughout the seasons.
Immediately to the rear of the house is a lovely private walled garden area, again offering a mature planting and separate sitting area. There is large period greenhouse to the rear of the coach house and stunning main lawned gardens with stands of beech trees and mature silver birch, and a line of mature lime trees to the eastern boundary.
The Coach House – A substantial period building providing extensive two car garaging with connecting loose boxes, storerooms, with in part useful first floor accommodation. In practice, the building has scope for a range of alternative uses, including the creation of a self contained residential annex – subject to statutory planning considerations
- Set in the historic and highly sought after minster town of Southwell, the home offers immediate access to all the important amenities, with excellent schooling, shopping, restaurants and the impressive Minster.
- Set alongside some of Southwell’s most desirable properties, the exceptional convenience of Cranfield House, is combined with a high level of privacy. A high walled and gated entrance is set to extensive landscaped gardens, with mature tress, stocked borders and an extensive range of functional outbuildings, together with a productive fruit and vegetable garden planted to produce a quintessentially English idyll.
- Southwell itself is a much sought after minster town, located with excellent access to Nottingham (15 miles), the A1 and Newark (9 miles) with its fast rail connections to London and the South East.
- Southwell Minster has always had a dominating influence throughout the history of the town and it acquired Cathedral status in 1884 when the Southwell Diocese was formed. The Minster, which is set opposite Cranfield House is surrounded by a walled church yard providing an open space at the very centre of the town.
- There are a number of significant large houses within the Minster area, most of which are Prebendal houses or their replacements set within their own grounds. These were the former residencies of the Prebenderies (Cannons) who were supported by income from endowments of properties and tithes known as Prebends. There are now only nine remaining and none is an original building although parts of originals have been incorporated within the new fabric.
- The Prebendal houses are set back from the road on the north and west sides of Southwell Minster churchyard. Southwell Minster was founded as a collegiate church. The Cannons formed the Minster’s governing body called the Chapter and each Cannon had his own house set around the Minster of which Cranfield was derived, having formerly and originally being named Oxton One Prebend.
- Southwell town itself has a wealth of history and attracts many visitors with an excellent range of independent shops, restaurants, cafes and inn’s. There are numerous sporting facilities around Southwell, with the renowned Southwell Racecourse in the Town, golf courses within easy reach and the property also lies with good access to the River Trent.