This 16th century home for sale includes a period wig cupboard and a music room - plus its own golf course in the garden. 

Ashwell House, in Ashwell, was originally a farmhouse, which was built in the late 1500s and remodelled in the early 1800s, now being Grade II listed. 

The property still includes features such as a secondary “servants’ staircase”, which rises from the kitchen to the former servants’ chamber, and a “wig cupboard”, reflecting the 16th and 17th century trend of wearing wigs, which grew in popularity when Queen Elizabeth I opted to wear a red-haired wig to social engagements. 

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The drawing room, with inset wig cupboard and games cupboard. (Savills )

Entering the property, the hall includes a feature fireplace and French doors to the terrace, and leads through to the south-facing reception rooms, all of which have underfloor heating and window seats. 

The drawing room has an abundance of period features, including a stone fireplace with an inset wood burner and the original bread oven, access to an adjacent snug, a game cupboard and a wig cupboard. 

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The snug. (Savills)

Across the hall is a music room, with bay French doors, and a kitchen/breakfast room with a central island and integrated appliances. 

Completing the ground floor is a utility/pantry/laundry room, a cloakroom and a secondary utility room. 

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The music room, with French doors leading outside. (Savills)

Upstairs, there is a split landing, with one side leading to a bedroom which is currently used as a study, and a family bathroom. 

On the other side of the landing is the principal bedroom, which has an en-suite shower room, a window seat, a partially vaulted ceiling and exposed beams. 

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The principal bedroom. (Savills)

There is also a secondary double bedroom which is currently used as a dressing room, and two further double bedrooms. 

Within the grounds is a detached holiday let called Ashwell Cottage, which also incorporates period features such as vaulted ceilings and a wood-burning stove, and has one bedroom. 

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Ashwell Cottage, which sits in the grounds and is currently used as a holiday let. (Savills)

The grounds are a particular feature of the property, with various outbuildings such as a former granary barn which is now a workshop and a gym area, an additional stone barn, a chicken coop, and an equipment shed. 

Immediately to the rear of the house is a paved seating area, while beyond this are three interconnected stream-fed ponds with a waterfall, creating a “haven” for wildlife. 

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The grounds include various water features. (Savills)

Further into the grounds is a small paddock with fruit trees, and a former tennis court which has been transformed into a kitchen garden with a fruit cage and a greenhouse. 

The final component of the grounds is a landscaped three-hole golf course, with the longest hole measuring approximately 90 yards. 

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The private golf course. (Savills)

The property is being sold by estate agents Savills for a price of £2,200,000. 

Amy Hart of Savills commented: “Thought to date back to the late 16th century, Ashwell House has been fabulously renovated to retain character and charm while introducing modern home comforts. 

“Its beautifully-maintained grounds and gardens are incredibly special, a haven for wildlife, incorporating several natural water features and even a three hole golf course. 

“A successful holiday let and a number of barns and outbuildings complete the picture of this wonderful family home.”