As the leaves are starting to turn and the time of year is approaching when I can chase conkers to my heart’s content, I was feeling a little “Downton Abbey-esk” as I approached Stoneleigh Court, the subject of this week’s Ralph’s Review. A rather imposing property which forms part of a period house, I did feel terribly grand as I marched purposefully up the pathway, through a beautiful garden, to the front door.
Heading into such a stately home I made doubly-certain that all four paws were wiped very clean before venturing inside. Looking up from the task in hand I found myself in a wonderfully light sitting room with a lovely tiled floor which opened into an equally light kitchen area. The sitting room had such a warm feeling to it that I immediately found myself feeling relaxed and at home.
Heading out of the kitchen, I stopped in amazement in the dining hall as my eyes followed a magnificent sweeping staircase up to the first floor landing. Terribly grand, the dining hall is full of period features including original coving. Looking up at the staircase I could imagine debutantes from a bygone era at the top of the stairs ready to make their grand entrance (with their faithful pug by their side, of course!)
Leaving my daydreams behind me, the next stop was the drawing room which is another fabulously light room with a stunning large bay window as its focal point. Although a fabulous room for more formal entertaining (after a day of walking in the countryside with my friends, I could think of nowhere better to share a quiet drink before supper), it also retains the welcoming feeling of the rest of the house. Those of you who know my blog know that I am rather partial to a fire to curl up in front of. Well there is nothing better at the end of a busy day of meeting and greeting in the office than settling down on my favourite cushion in front of a cosy fire – pure heaven! And the gas fire in Stoneleigh Court’s drawing room has a wonderful stone fire surround which adds to the general air of dignity of this lovely home.
I found myself keen to explore the rest of the house and eagerly ascended the sweeping staircase. Looking up I gasped in amazement (well I would have done if I could – it came out as more of a snort than a gasp if I’m honest!). Above me, I saw a beautiful decorative coloured glass skylight. Aside from the fact that it is such a wonderful, unique feature it also helps explain why this house feels so very light.
The first bedroom I entered was a very good size and filled with warm late morning sunlight and I have to confess to succumbing to a brief cat-nap (excuse the turn-of-phrase!).
Both this bedroom, and one of the other two good-sized bedrooms on this floor, have an en suite shower room and there is also a family bathroom – so plenty of facilities for a whole tribe of pups to get ready in time for school in the mornings!
You may have noticed that I cleverly intimated that there may be further accommodation in this house. There is a lower ground floor where, to my delight, I found another bedroom and shower room as well as really handy storage and utility rooms. And yes – to those in the Rickitt Partnership office who organise my diary, it has not escaped my attention that I have visited yet another property which is laid out over three floors… I am starting to think that someone (Mr Rickitt) has put me on a secret exercise regime to which I am not privy…. Adding further fuel to my suspicions, I discovered that there are extensive shared grounds at Stoneleigh which can be enjoyed by all the residents. After a lovely walk around the lake I decided that I would forgive my Dad for his secret exercise agenda as I have had a wonderful time at distinguished Stoneleigh Court.
Until next time
Love Ralph X
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