A classic English country-style estate in the heart of Houston that offers a main manor and a guest house on parklike grounds is coming onto the market for $29.5 million Tuesday, Mansion Global has learned.
Inspired by the English country estates, the property has double entrances with iron gates secured by stone pylons, and is surrounded by magnolias, red oaks, white oaks and pines for privacy, according to the listing held by Gigi Huang with marketing consulting by Fredrik Eklund , both of of Douglas Elliman.
The main driveway and side walkways are paved with English cobblestone. The parklike grounds feature parterre gardens, stone-tiled terraces, a pair of French antique fountains, and a sapphire blue-tiled swimming pool with a spa and a sundeck.
“Every little area of the estate is beautifully landscaped,” Ms. Huang said. “It’s very secluded and private, although it’s only 20 minutes from downtown Houston.”
The main manor has six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and nine half bathrooms with a total of 26,638 square feet of livable space. The manor has European appointments and details, including large reception rooms, six English chimneys, French doors, oversized fireplaces, gold-gilded accents, patina-wall panels, silk-upholstered walls, vaulted ceilings and walnut-wood floors, Ms. Huang said.
Amenities include three kitchens, a temperature-controlled wine room, a library, a gym, a game room with a walk-in bar, two large studies, as well as a home theater.
“Although it’s a large mansion, the way the rooms were laid out make them very cozy, comfortable and intimate,” Ms. Huang said.
Additionally, the property also has a pool house with dressing rooms and bathrooms, and a guest house with two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, according to the listing.
Dubbed The Manor on Carnarvon (located on Carnarvon Drive), the estate was custom built in 2003 for Stephen L . Way, a British-born executive in the insurance industry, property records show.
Mr. Way was the founder of HCC Insurance Holdings, now part of the international specialty insurance group Tokio Marine HCC, and founder of Houston International Insurance Group. He could not be immediately reached for comment.