“YOU feel you’re a million miles from anywhere, out here” says David Mansell, the owner of a luxury apartment within Horsley Hall, near Eccleshall.
“But even though we’re surrounded by peace and quiet and beautiful countryside, it’s only a mile or so from the town.”
If it’s a luxury lifestyle you’re seeking, Beech Mews, one of a small number of select apartments in a converted country house could be just the place for you.
David, who has lived in this delightful home for 11 years, can look out on to beautifully maintained, formal gardens, and open countryside beyond.
“It’s perfect if you like to be close to nature,” says David, a retired contracts manager in the construction industry.
“It’s all about lifestyle, I think,” he says. “This is something different - unique, in fact.”
Horsley Hall, just a mile or so to the east of Eccleshall, was built in the late 1800s and has an interesting history.
It was used by the RAF during the Second World War and has been a boarding school and a nursing home in its time. It was converted into its current condition just over a decade ago, when David moved in, and now consists of half a dozen or so select apartments in a desirable and secure location.
David was one of the first new owners to move into the property in 2003.
“It suited me perfectly,” he says. “The whole place has been properly restored. This apartment has 1,400 square feet, so it’s very spacious.”
Beech Mews is located on one floor of a wing of the hall.
There’s a large lounge with a balcony which overlooks the spectacular grounds and the country beyond.
There are four good-sized bedrooms, two with en suite facilities.
“There’s a huge cedar tree in the grounds which must be 500 years old,” says David. “One tends to take the beauty of the place for granted.”
The grounds are spotlessly maintained. “You have the benefit of the gardens without the worry or effort of their upkeep,” David adds.
“I’m sorry to be leaving. I’ve had a good life here, but I’ve reached that stage where I want to try something else,” he says.
David, who came to Staffordshire from Warwickshire in the mid 1980s, when he worked for Evode, has, like many others, been captivated by Eccleshall.
“There’s nowhere else like it,” he says. “We are spoiled for choice when it comes to eating places, for instance.
“It has everything you need. It’s no wonder it’s such a popular place to live.”
If this is the sort of lifestyle to which you aspire, the staff at Reeds Rains in Eccleshall will be delighted to give you more details. If you’re looking for something special, Beech Mews is well worth investigation.