'Greystoke' is a substantial detached residence that offers approximately 6600 sq ft of spacious and versatile accommodation and stands in a large plot of around 0.6 acre.
The accommodation includes 4 reception rooms, a breakfast kitchen, 7 bedrooms and 3 bath/shower rooms. There are also basements and a self contained apartment above the garage.
The property is an original Arts & Crafts house designed by England's most avant garde Edwardian architect, Edgar Wood. When built in 1902, Edgar Wood and fellow designers, Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, were taking Europe by storm with their unique and beautiful houses, Greystoke was celebrated in the prestigious German magazine 'Moderne Bauformen' in 1905 and 1907.
It has a stunning beauty which is part Cheshire farmhouse, lovingly created from old brick and stone, and part modern art nouveau town-house. Like a sculpture, Greystoke's elevations continuously change when viewed from different angles,
beautifying different parts of the garden. Its unique dining room doors
are works of art.
Listed grade II, Greystoke is a wonderful house created by a genius of the Arts & Crafts Movement.
'Greystoke' is a substantial detached residence that offers approximately 6600 sq ft of spacious and extremely versatile accommodation. The house stands in a large plot of around 0.6 acre with landscaped gardens to the front, side and rear. The ground floor accommodation is arranged around a welcoming entrance hall and includes three formal reception rooms as well as a breakfast kitchen with a family room adjacent to it. From the kitchen accessed is gained to the basements which are currently used as a utility room and wine cellar. At first floor there are four excellent sized double bedrooms including a master suite with dressing room and bathroom. There are three further double bedrooms at second floor with an additional bathroom. There is also a self contained apartment positioned above the garage with sittings area, kitchen, bedroom and shower room - ideal for those with dependent relatives or an au pair.
'Greystoke' is part of a sequence of seven grade II listed houses aligning Park Road which were built between 1901 and 1907. They are: The Homestead (1901); Greystoke (1902); The Hollies (1902); Cintra (1903); The Garth (1905) The Shiel (1906); and Broadoaks (1907). These seven houses are complemented by two more: Halecroft (1890, Grade I listed); and Royd House (1914, Grade II* listed). All were designed by Edgar Wood and they mark the beginning, the high point and the end of his exceptional architectural career. They came about through Edgar Woods friend and client, John Richardson of
Halecroft who had bought the land for development. After the completion of Halecroft, he released plots at roughly a year apart, each having a bespoke house designed by Edgar Wood for the purchaser. It was a blend of commerce and art which allowed Edgar Wood to design suburban houses at a time of stylistic change. The result is a series of unique houses which trace the evolution of Arts & Crafts buildings from the vernacular revival style of the 1890s to the more formal approaches of the twentieth century. A similar change occurred at this time in the work of other Arts & Crafts contemporaries, for example Sir Edwin Lutyens, but such a sequence in a single location is believed to be unique. The seven houses illustrate both
the overall stylistic transition and the detailed experimentation which accompanied it. In addition, Halecroft and Royd House
mark the stylistic beginning and end points of Arts & Crafts Architecture.
'Greystoke', is a form follows function organic design efficiently arranged to a centralised plan, the rooms rotating around the
hallway to make the most of the sunlight. It results in a house without a formal front elevation in the manner of other Edgar Wood designs. The front, as defined by the main entrance, is really the back and there is an all-round sculptural quality to the design. The house blends traditional forms and local Cheshire materials in a very subtle way and its underlying art nouveau inspiration is expressed very naturally through a vernacular idiom. The materials temper the art nouveau expression so that the striking architectural form is always very comfortable on the eye. Greystoke is a confident and highly intelligent design by a mature architect of great ability.
The property lies within close proximity of both Hale Village and Hale Barns Square (both of which are just under a mile from the house). Hale village is one of the most sought after genuine villages in South Manchester providing a range of shops catering for all everyday needs together with many restaurants and bars, whilst Hale Barns has a newly renovated shopping square with several newly established stores and eateries. Altrincham Town centre houses many of the larger store chains and has a thriving market scene that has received national acclaim. Schooling for children of all ages and denominations, both in the state and private sector, is very well provided for locally, as are recreational facilities. For the commuter, easy access is gained to all of the surrounding commercial centres via the first class road and rail network, including the recently extended Metrolink tram system which has high frequency services into Manchester and beyond throughout the week from Altrincham train station. For the international traveller, Manchester Airport is just fifteen minutes away by car. Hale Village 1 mile. Altrincham Town Centre 1.22 miles. Manchester Airport 4.3 miles. Manchester City Centre 10.2 miles.