A handsome family home set in about 1.5 acres with lake frontage.
The White House is a handsome Grade II listed family home, dating from the early 18th century, with a wonderful elegance and warmth set in partly walled gardens, opening out to a large lake to the south. The house has the rare commodity of attractive facades on both sides of the house, in this instance the east and west, which is therefore a joy to view from any angle...
The main entrance is on the east, throughout a distinctive panelled door with attractive fanlight above, into the entrance hall that leads on to all principal rooms. Of particular note is the impressive drawing room, with lovely open fireplace and large bay window, a spacious dining room, again with fireplace and alcoves, and a more cosily proportioned family room, again with fireplace. The open plan and functional kitchen-breakfast room has plenty of space to work in, with a handy and genuinely north facing larder and utility room adjacent. A later addition, by notable architect Charles Morris, was commissioned by the current owners to create a charming garden room, with a striking dome vaulted ceiling and fine views out over the gardens through the glazed western elevation with French doors. This room has also been used as a ground floor bedroom, with adjoining bath/shower room, making for future proof living...
The bedrooms are arranged over two floors, accessed via the centrally positioned staircase, and all are light and airy double rooms. The principal bedroom of 6.3m x 4.5m, is a great space, with fitted wardrobes and en suite bathroom. A further three bedrooms, each with fitted cupboards, complete the first floor together with a shower room. The top floor of the house maintains the ceiling height enjoyed in the house, and has fine views out to the lake, with two bedrooms and a bathroom.
The house has an abundance of period detail and has been well maintained, but would now benefit from updating.
The White House is approached over a drive sweeping through wrought iron gates, mounted on brick pillars, into an entirely walled garden and parking area to the east of the house. This delightful area is framed by a high wall, with banks of herbaceous borders and established shrubs, with a gravelled parking and turning area and expanse of lawn.
The formal gardens are to the rear of the house, predominantly south west facing, which sweep away from the house to the lake beyond. The wonderfully private area has an initial lawn, with well stocked herbaceous beds and shrubberies on either side with high wall behind, stretching away from the house to a rose arch with picket gate. This leads through to a large area of lawn, hosting an orchard and hard tennis court and opening out to the banks of the neighbouring lake, providing a glorious outlook and calming area to enjoy.
Close to the house to the north is a range of outbuildings, of traditional brick with pantile roof and providing tremendous scope for a variety of uses. These buildings are currently utilised as garden/additional storage, with a substantial garage area that is accessed independently from The Street with a courtyard between the garage building and the wood store. There is a further garage/store building, outside of the walled garden to the east.
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I was really taken by how good looking the house is from both sides, so often you get a main façade only, but here you get two!Ben RivettProperty agent