THE GEORGIANS knew a thing or two about splendid living.
Their adventurous architects threw out the rule book and created buildings that must have seemed other-worldly to the local yokels of the 18th century.
The fashion for all things classical changed the face of most towns and cities in England, as Tudor and Jacobean timber frontages where replaced with Georgian facades.
But it was out in the countryside where the new architecture created the greatest stir.
And it’s possible to get the sense of the changes such buildings made to the landscape when one spies the formidable exterior of Burston Hall, a classical Grade II listed period home, across the farmland to the north east of Stafford.
The property lies alongside the Trent and Mersey canal - and that fact is rather a selling-point, as the house comes with mooring rights.
Burston Hall, near Sandon, is a beautiful Georgian country house, whose white walls gleam in a green setting.
The property has rarely been on the market, having been owned by only three families since 1825.
Owners of Burston Hall even have their own pew in the village chapel. They also have the right to fish the village pond - a gift from a grateful local council to a previous owner of the Hall.
The Hall is impressive on the inside, too, with many original features, such as the Hopton stone cantilevered staircase.
In the three principal reception rooms there are original solid oak floors and ornate cornicing.
The rooms are lit by the expansive sash windows with ornate pelmets. Some still have original shutters.
The former stables on the property have been converted to provide self-contained annexe accommodation.
There are extensive outbuildings with planning consent to form an impressive leisure complex.
The beautiful grounds provide a timeless setting for the house with superb views across open countryside.
Magnificent stone pillars frame the entrance to the Hall and lead to a sweeping gravel driveway.
One of the many interesting features outside is a large yew hedge, said to be older than the house itself.
The formal lawn is to the front of the house and is surrounded by a variety of mature trees and shrubs.
There is a sitting area close to the south side of the house which enjoys the views down to the canal.
Decking and a mooring have been put in on the east bank of the Trent and Mersey canal.
The land includes a fairly level stretch of pasture which gently slopes down to the eastern bank of the canal.
The land extends to approximately 4.5 acres.
Further land may be available by separate negotiation.