Craig Revel Horwood, Strictly Come Dancing’s longest running judge and the nation’s favourite pantomime dame, has put his Hampshire mansion on the market for £2.75 million, and true to form, it features ballroom-sized bedrooms and glitter balls galore!
Middlecot Manor is approached down a long private drive, flanked by maturing woodland and shrubs. Since purchasing the house in 2014, Revel Horwood has invested significantly in the property, extending it, improving the services and re-doing the roof. He hasn’t fallen out of love with the house but wants to move to be nearer his partner’s family in Leicester.
The property sits in a secluded rural location about 1.5 miles outside the village of Quarley in Hampshire and is immaculately presented with all the services expected of a modern country house. The house is substantial and yet flows extremely well. The spacious entrance hall has a guest cloakroom and leads directly into the double length sitting room with a study located to one side.
Double doors open onto the recently constructed and award-winning conservatory which spans the full rear elevation of the house with bi-folding doors all the way around to connect the house completely with its landscaped grounds. This is a sensational informal entertaining space with views over the rear garden and heated swimming pool.
Internal doors lead back into the well-appointed dining room, ideal for formal entertaining. A further door connects directly to the kitchen/breakfast room. The kitchen/breakfast room is large enough for social dining and entertaining and also connects with the conservatory, ensuring plenty of natural light. Supporting the kitchen is a food preparation area with a superb bar area as well.
There is a walk-in wine cellar and discreetly located off the family kitchen is a commercially fitted chef’s kitchen. This has been set up to allow independent access and professional support for hosts of any large-scale entertaining.
A peaceful Orangery follows from the kitchen and is perfect for taking in the ambience of the setting provided by this stylish home.
An impressive oak staircase leads from the entrance hall to the first floor with a welcoming and spacious landing. The principal bedroom suite has a private balcony, walk-through dressing room and en suite bathroom with bath and walk-in shower. The main guest bedroom also has a private balcony and its own en suite bathroom. Two further bedrooms share a shower room on this floor.
Further stairs lead to the second floor which provides two bedrooms, one with an en suite shower room and Revel Horwood is currently using a room between these bedrooms as a gym.
Outside, the detached garage block provides parking for four cars but one of the bays is currently utilised for the woodchip boiler system which is capable of heating the entire home.
Above the garage and accessed internally, the Strictly judge has created a substantial home office with its own bathroom and kitchenette. This would make a very good annex for staff.
The gardens and grounds are fantastic and have been carefully improved and maintained. Wrapping around the conservatory and south of the house is a large terrace overlooking the gardens. A glazed pergola on the south side of the house makes for ideal alfresco dining. There are swathes of level lawn and an 8m bell tent and sauna have been carefully sited in a beautiful wooded glade in the grounds.
Revel Horwood has extended the heated swimming pool and installed a 12-person hot tub, with a stylish barbeque and bar area and pool house equipped with a shower and cloakroom.
There are secluded woodland walks to enjoy the rural views and part of the land is suitable for growing vines.
Like the man himself says, fab-u-lous!