A south-facing, early Victorian country house in an elevated situation with distant views.
The Lodge is listed as being of Architectural or Historical Interest Grade II and is believed to date from 1847 constructed of gault and red brick construction under a slate roof. The house is typical of this period of architecture, with high ceilings in the main reception rooms and sash windows, with 19th and 20th century additions. A panelled front door under a Greek doric portico with fluted pilasters and columns, opens into the reception hall with a staircase rising to a galleried landing. In the hall there are mirrored windows and steps down to the wine cellar with wine bins. To one side of the hall is the drawing room with a lovely fireplace and bay window with a door opening out onto the terrace and on the other side a study/sitting room with fitted bookshelves and fireplace. Further along the hall is the dining room with a fireplace, feature oriel window and with French doors out onto the terrace. Opposite is the kitchen/breakfast room which is also accessible from the study and which is well fitted with a range of wall and floor units, an Everhot range, Miele oven and microwave with a gas hob in one corner and polished flagstone floor. Off the rear hall is a boot room, pantry, utility room and cloakroom with a door to outside and off the boot room is the sitting room fitted with a wood burner, cupboards and book shelving.
The main staircase rises up to the galleried landing to the bedroom accommodation. Off the main landing is the principal bedroom with an en suite bathroom and two further bedrooms, one with an en suite shower room, a family bathroom and the laundry room. Steps down lead to a fourth bedroom with an en suite shower room and off the rear side landing are two further bedrooms with a secondary staircase to the ground floor.
The Lodge is approached over an in/out shared (at present) gravel drive with a small lawn area to the front set behind a high hedge screening it from the lane. The drive continues to the side to a range of red-brick and tiled outbuildings (in need of repair) comprising two garages and four former stables. (Planning permission has been granted for Partial conversion of carriage block to studio and guest rooms application no.18/01215/FUL and 18/01216/LBC). At the end of the drive is a cart lodge/wood store. To the east of the house is a lawn area interspersed with trees and shrubs. The main garden is laid to lawn to the west with a terrace adjacent to the drawing and dining rooms, opening out onto a lawn with islands of shrubs and flowers. To one side is a thatched summerhouse with a greenhouse behind. Steps lead up to a further lawn area, previously an informal grass tennis court, all enclosed by mature trees and bounded by farmland to the north.
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A lovely elevated spot along one of my favourite lanes.Jeremy Kemp