The large flagstone-floored kitchen is fully equipped with a large Aga and a further large electric range cooker. The dressers, the custom-made solid wood units, freestanding furniture and pine table give this room an authentic ‘Victorian kitchen’ feel. The French doors in the kitchen open straight onto the patio, perfect for those warmer days. There’s also a large American style fridge freezer, with water filter and icemaker.
Off the kitchen is a fantastic ‘side kitchen’ or Scullery. This houses a huge original butler sink, microwave, dishwasher and brick and slate shelves that provide lots of storage. The great advantage of this room is that all of the meal preparation and washing up can be placed out of sight. There is another door from the kitchen that leads down to the impressive barrel vaulted cellars.
The Dining Room
This is a lovely room, entered via an open high brick arch from the kitchen. Two large tables comfortably seat thirty people and the wood burner and sumptuous drapes create an intimate and comfortable dining experience.
The Drawing Room
This vast south-facing room ( approximately 14m long by 7m wide) has 2 sets of bay windows, one with French doors opening towards the lower lawn. There are windows on two more aspects, making it an exceptionally light room all day long. Chandeliers, beautiful cornicing, a marble fireplace and comfortable seating make this an impressive room for relaxing and entertaining. There is also a large flat screen TV with Sky HD+.
Across the hall is the Study. This is a spacious, but cosy room, ideal for reading, watching the Sky HD+ TV, or having a chat with friends. Curl up on one of the leather sofas by the wood burner and pick out one of the many books that we have on the bookcase.
The Family Bathroom
A cast iron, freestanding roll-top bath occupies centre stage, facing towards the large windows and surrounded by chandeliers and a fireplace. We guarantee that bath times will feel very special indeed. There is also a large separate glass-walled shower.
A large room with a Super King Size four-poster bed, plus a single bed. Other features include a fireplace, chaise longue and dual aspects overlooking the beautiful local countryside. The large en-suite has a double slipper bath with French doors opening out onto its own balcony with seating. Picture yourself soaking in the bath with the doors open on a balmy night, with champagne in your hand! There is also a lovely corner shower.
Bedroom 2 also features a Super King Size four-poster bed, plus a single-sized day bed, fireplace, chaise longue and windows on two aspects. The en-suite is charming, with its traditional slipper bath and fireplace.
Bedroom 3 features a beautiful wallpapered room with a Super King Size black and brass bed. The décor has a somewhat ‘Chinese feel’ and the bedroom also includes a traditional Victorian fireplace and a large en-suite with a modern shower.
Bedroom 4 is another wallpapered and characterful room with a Super King Size cream and brass bed, single bed and a large window overlooking the extensive rear garden.
This a beautiful double room with a brass bed and traditional fireplace with access to an en-suite. The large windows let in plenty of light and look out on to the rear garden.
Bedroom 6 is the ‘Narnia’ room, which features a small double bed (4ft), plus a fireplace. We discovered that the wardrobe in this room had a secret door in the back where the servants could scurry through… but you can tell your children it goes to Narnia!
Bedroom 7 is the ‘Green’ room, located on the Ground Floor, making it also suitable for wheelchair users, or those who struggle with stairs. It has an adjoining wet room through an archway.
Bedroom 8 is the ‘Great Snoring’ room and boasts a beautiful period four-poster bed in carved wood. The room also features its own private en-suite bathroom.
Bedroom 9 is the ‘Little Snoring’ featuring recently updated decor in relaxing, natural tones. The room sleeps up to 4 guests and includes two beautiful crème double beds.
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Bedroom 10 is ‘The Bear Room’, a nod to the real life bear that resided at Bessingham Manor from 1906, after being brought back from India by the then owner. The room features a king-size (zip link) bed plus a single, sleeping up to 3 guests.
Bedroom 11 is ‘The Dorm’ featuring 1 double bed and 4 singles to fit a total of 6 people.
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Bedroom 12 is ‘The Spurrell Suite’, named after the Spurrell family that once owned the Manor. It features a super king-size bed with a en-suite.
The Old Dairy
The Old Dairy is a single bed room, situated on the Ground Floor, making it ideal for those with limited mobility.