An impressive country house of substantial proportions set in approximately 16 acres of stunning grounds. The property was designed by the current owners, using high quality natural materials combined with modern technology to provide a generous family home of handsome architectural design. The ground floor accommodation comprises 6 principal reception rooms off a central hallway. The large kitchen/family room with open fireplace, granite hearth and smooth limestone floor is situated to the West with French doors to the terrace and sensational panoramic views to the North. The kitchen is fitted with bespoke units and centre island with black granite worktops, electric range cooker with induction hob, "Sub-Zero" fridge/freezer, wine chiller, coffee machine, boiling water tap, microwave and dishwasher. Adjacent to the kitchen is a snug/cinema room which could also be used as a private study or children's' play room. The dining room with barrel-vaulted ceiling and programmable mood lighting is ideal for sumptuous entertaining. It benefits from engineered oak flooring, an open fireplace for a wood burner and French doors to the terrace. At the Eastern end of the property is a large entertaining/ music room with feature backlit circular ceiling and steps down to the majestic sunken lounge with vaulted ceiling, minstrels' gallery and walk-in inglenook fireplace. Gothic style windows add to the individuality of the design. Off the hallway is a further reception room, ideal for older children but offering versatile use. Upstairs the property comprises 5 suites, the triple aspect master suite enjoying stunning views from its luxurious bathroom in the central stone tower and benefiting from a vast wardrobe area with further attic room beyond. Each generous bedroom has en-suite bath and shower, all fitted with limestone or marble. There is additional staff/guest accommodation above the triple garage that has a bathroom and 2 large store rooms that could be converted in a kitchen should one wish. GARDENS AND GROUNDS Thakeham Manor is set at the end of a private driveway, sweeping past the tennis court to the large parking area to the front of the property. The parkland is extensively floodlit as is the lake with summer house and golf green beyond. The Indian sandstone terrace with outside speaker system and lighting wraps around three sides of the property and provides wonderful summer entertaining space with a granite table, covered barbecue area, numerous exotic plants, olive trees, topiary, and direct access to the heated swimming pool with decking surround. The land is principally laid to lawn, with a children's play area to the West of the property visible from the kitchen. The Helipad is well located to the North. The magnificent private lake has its own summer house with decking and BBQ and kitchen area, the perfect place for entertaining away from the main residence. The original planning permission for the house included the erection of 5 stables in a horseshoe formation, with hay/feed store and tack room to be sited in the North-East corner of the land, an area currently well screened and protected by mature trees.