Ismere Hall dates back to 1778 and is a striking Georgian country home which has been in the hands of the Houle family for 73 years until it was taken over by Classic Country Houses. The house is Grade II Listed and quite simply remains unspoilt by time.
The impressive entrance portico has a fine wisteria climbing to its side. Stone steps lead through to the reception hall. Here there are original flagstone floors, pillared archways, and a sweeping cantilevered staircase with a mahogany handrail. Original panelled internal doors, deep skirting and wide architraving lead through to the reception rooms.
An impressive drawing room with a fireplace that has a tiled inset and Adams style surround. Cornicing, pillars and double sash windows to the gardens with a view down the valley. A second fireplace has a marble mantel and raised grate with marble surround. A large sash window overlooks the drive and has a window seat. The windows here have working shutters and an exposed wooden floor.
The dining room has a pillared marble fireplace with a Clearview log burner. Sash windows with working shutters enjoy an outlook over the drive and front lawn framed by the rhododendrons behind. A decorative display alcove is to the side with cornicing and a picture rail. Please note that the dining room can accommodate a maximum of 44 peoples at four round tables of eleven. To dine larger numbers the drawing room is turned into a dining room and the dining room used as a drawing room.
The rear hall has a flagstone floor, a glazed door set within a pillared arch that leads out to the rear garden. Large cloakroom with hand basin and WC.
There is a kitchen with breakfast area and original servants’ bells above. A butler’s dresser to the one side and wall mounted units to the other. There is an Aga and from the kitchen views are enjoyed across the garden.
A door leads out to a passageway with quarry tiled floor, cupboards and a serving hatch to the dining room. This leads on to a rear lobby and a large utility room, with Belfast sink, generous larder and a cloakroom. The Utility rooms if now laid out as a games room with pool table, table football, air hockey and darts board. Doors lead down to the spacious cellar which has a boiler room and two wine cellars.
The light landing has sash windows to the front above the staircase.
On the first floor the master bedroom was once a drawing room and has three tall sash windows looking out over the gardens and valley. There is an impressive fireplace with an Adams style surround and a hand basin.
There are three further bedrooms on the first floor, all with fireplaces and sash windows and one has a wardrobe. There are two further family bathrooms.
At the far end of the first floor is a library with stained leaded glass windows, a fireplace with oak mantel and oak surround. It is in a quiet and peaceful part of the house and the sofa beds in this room mean that it can also be used as a bedroom.
To the second floor there are four bedrooms and a playroom which is a through room with full wall length cupboards and which is now used as a further bedroom. There is also a kitchenette and shower room and this floor could be used as self-contained accommodation.