A wonderfully rural family home, with self-contained annexe, further outbuildings, landscaped gardens and meadow, in all about 1.3 acres.
Low Farm is a wonderfully positioned rural home, with complete peace and privacy, nestled within unspoilt countryside. The property has been in the same ownership for the past 45 years, a clear indicator of how enjoyable life is at Low Farm. Family life is absorbed by the flexibility of all the cumulative buildings in particular the house, the self-contained annexe and the barn. The ring-fenced gardens and grounds of about 1.3 acres compliment the house perfectly.
Having started life off as farm cottages, the house has evolved into a charming and traditional farmhouse of about 3700 sq ft. A pleasing mix of formal, cosy, open plan living spaces all make the most of the setting, with plenty of natural light and views of the gardens and countryside.
Principal rooms include the sitting room, with wood burner and bespoke cabinetry, a delightful dining room overlooking the south facing courtyard garden, and the spectacular family/living room. The latter was formerly a barn, incorporated into the main house with striking triple height vaulted ceilings, wood burner, full height glazing flooding the room with natural light and providing direct access to the courtyard garden, and a mezzanine level which could suit a variety of uses. The open plan kitchen/breakfast room, almost 11 metres long, incorporates the kitchen area, dining space and a sitting area with bi-fold doors providing great views out over the garden and the perfect position for enjoying afternoon and evening sun. The utility room is conveniently off the kitchen, through to an integral workshop and stores.
All bedrooms are on the first floor, linked via a galleried landing. The principal bedroom is the most spacious of the four bedrooms, with walk in wardrobe and further cabinetry, and a large family bath/shower rooms serve all rooms.
Adjacent to the house is a range of ancillary buildings, that provide tremendous scope for a variety of uses to suit personal tastes. A self-contained annexe is an excellent asset to the property, for elderly relatives, Airbnb or as guest accommodation, with open plan sitting/dining/sitting area, a double bedroom and a shower room. The annexe enjoys its own courtyard and enclosed area of garden.
The annexe was formed from a former single storey agricultural barn, which continues to the south to line one side of the courtyard garden, with a charming open fronted area of three bays used for covered entertaining overlooking the sunken garden. To the west of the land is a detached barn of about 1400 sq ft, comprising a stable, store rooms and a central room of about 10.8m x 4.6m. This building has been used in many ways during the families' ownership.
A double garage is attached to the south side of the house, with panelled doors, with a further stand alone building of three bays, two of which are open and one enclosed, and used for garden machinery and general storage.
The house is wonderfully framed by the 1.3 acres of gardens and grounds, that have been thoughtfully landscaped and established over the years, and add to the lifestyle Low Farm provides. The more defined formal areas include the walled garden with well stocked herbaceous beds, a wildlife pond with bridge and surrounding beds, kitchen garden, greenhouse and fruit cages. A large paved terrace adjoins the kitchen, ideally positioned for afternoon and evening sun, with the paving continuing along the house into the courtyard garden. With a due south aspect, this entirely enclosed but spacious area has a distinctly Mediterranean feel to it, with a sunken garden fashioned from the former swimming pool, with stone paving, beds including rosemary, thyme, hydrangeas and lavender and a vine clad pergola. When coupled with the covered entertaining area, this is super area to enjoy regardless of weather conditions.
Beyond the more formal areas are expanses of lawn to the west, with orchard and beech topiary, and a raised lookout' in the furthest corner, with seating to take in the views across open countryside. To the front of the house, beyond the walled garden, is a large meadow with field shelter that could host a pony or two, sheep or Alpacas.
The land is entirely ring-fenced, for retaining children and animals who may otherwise enjoy roving the surrounding fields. There are two separate entrances, one to the front of the house and one to the rear leading to the outbuildings.
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I came away from the house thinking of the endless possibilities there are with the buildings, the setting, it really is a property to get the imagination flowing.Ben RivettProperty agent