Blackburn Manor at 3996 Inverness Drive is situated on more than two acres in River Oaks. The collaboration of the owners; highly acclaimed architectural designer Robert Dame; builder Shahem Barazi; Houston designer Jennifer Burgess Loh; and, a designer from England. The project took 34 months and many trips to England procuring materials and gathering inspiration from castles from which they borrowed some of Europe's finest appointments and historical charms.
This masterpiece mansion is meticulously crafted with carefully sourced and perfectly placed authentic English architectural elements, materials and motifs including a distinguished gabled slate roof with dormers, stone parapet walls and English Tudor parterre gardens. A gated porte-cachere opens to a four car garage and private entry to the attached guest apartment with kitchen, living room, bedroom and full bathroom situated above the garage.
One of two main halls flanking the Entry with 12' groin vault ceilings. This exceptionally refined residence has luxurious yet superbly proportioned interiors, masonry stone arches and magnificent custom ceilings.
Entry into the formal living room brings you through one of many masonry carved stone arches assembled of limestone with flooring imported from Cotswold, England.
The formal living room impresses upon entry with a stone fireplace with carved motifs of oaks on the property, custom stone/steel windows with stained glass quatrefoil accents, crown detailing and custom decorative Tudor rose ornamental accents on the 16’ decorative ceiling. The statuesque windows are flanked by scalloped cornices with tassels/draperies which create a seamless relationship with the room.
Custom stone and steel window are accented by stained glass quatrefoil accents.
Entry is adjacent to a two-story grand gathering foyer with first and second floor galleries inspired by the historic English castle, Stokesay Court, which served as the setting for the period film “Atonement”. Its features include a custom balustrade, Juliet balcony, a back lit and hand painted stained-glass ceiling with backlighting to offer the perception of a skylight. The chandelier includes a dropping mechanism for cleaning.
Perfect for intimate dinner parties, guests enter through a custom iron gate into the 800+ bottle wine cellar that is designed with 10’ triple barrel vault brick ceilings and wine label tiles imported from England.
Virtually staged photo of the wine cellar.
Rivaling the best pubs in Europe, the billiard room with full bar and built in aquariums under 16’ ceilings opens to custom parterre gardens filled with English roses. Wallpaper and paint color blue used throughout inspired by Groomsbridge Place in the village of Groombridge near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.
For sports fanatics, a large, fully equipped bar with four televisions offers a relaxing setting for game nights and gatherings with friends. Exquisite bar countertops have reverse ogee edge and backsplash designed with glazed tile from England. Storage closets have hidden doors to not disrupt the paneling.
A state-of-the-art theatre built for tiered seating of eight lies adjacent to the billiard room. 16’ ceilings with upholstered walls for soundproofing and an Epson projector, large screen and surround sound make for the perfect movie night.
The formal dining room 12’ ceiling detailed with a custom plaster pattern. Four built-in serving buffets include storage above, serving pullouts and leaded/beveled glass doors. A custom stone fireplace accents beautiful English wallpaper and arched windows.
A carved masonry stone arch leads to a kitchen made for cooks. The 12' coffered ceilings are accented by repurposed timber beams from trees fallen on the grounds after Hurricane Ike. Beautiful reclaimed terra cotta and wood floors add character to the space that includes two 36” Sub Zero Refrigerators, a 6-Burner Wolf Range with griddle and pot filler as well as a Wolf Wall Oven and Wolf microwave. Quartzite countertops on the large center island gives plenty of space cooking while entertaining.
Reimagined photo of kitchen.
The impressive breakfast room with 14’ groin vaulted ceilings and reclaimed terra cotta and timber floors offer the perfect place to start your day. Draperies with English crewel work frame the arched windows overlooking the serene grounds.
Reimagined photo of the breakfast room.
The perfect Library. Magnificent custom block paneling, full walls of bookcases each individually illumnated. Carved stone fireplace with fern motif making a stately presence in the room. Fireplace wall has mechanism for television or artwork to display over the mantel. Tons of natural light fills the room. An amazing space to work from home.
Reimagined and virtually staged photo of the library.
This outdoor space boasts a lighted saltwater pool with arbor, arched fountains and lush gardens.
The Primary suite is accented with soaring, 15’ arched ceiling with flying buttresses, carved stone fireplace, and a private balcony with two storage closets. The view over the grounds from the balcony is breathtaking.
A mini groin vault ceiling leads through the vestibule from primary bedroom to his/hers bathroom with a free standing Ball and Claw hydrotherapy bathtub. The south end has her vanity, water closet and fabulous walk-in closet. The north end has his vanity, water closet and perfectly designed closet - as well as the shower. Wallpaper and hand painted walls greet you throughout. Anything but Plain won an award for this project.
This amazing wrapping/craft/creative room was designed with attention to exact functionality. Also includes three storage closets - two with pegboard. Adjacent to a private entrance into the attached apartment
A climatized pavilion with custom summer kitchen includes an oversized Texas Pit Crafters Grille, brick pizza oven, crawfish burner and U-Line ice maker. AC, heating, mosquito system and oscillating fans. Wall of glass doors fold away bringing the outdoors inside. Perfect all seasons room for entertaining!
The entertaining pavilion opens with a wall of accordion doors to the garden and pool area featuring 18’ – 21’ vaulted ceilings, summer kitchen and stone fireplace.
This romantic estate transports guests from city to countryside with the perfect combination of indoor/outdoor living. Peace and serenity. Custom outdoor lanterns illuminate the grounds each evening. Lighted Spa with fountains continuing down to the disappearing fountain. The landscape and drainage system were installed, and the grounds are meticulously maintained by the Landscape Architect/Firm: Thompson.
One of Houston's most esteemed estates, private and secure, this manor is a wonderful blend of intimate spaces and an ideal setting for large gatherings and entertaining. Automatic entry and exit driveway gates. Expansive Motor Court. Separate Guest Cottage with lower-level gym, sauna and full bathroom ensuring the utmost luxury-upper level has full kitchen, pantry, living room, bedroom and bathroom-even a delightful upper loft.