Lovely country house set amidst 14 acres with a separate two bedroom cottage.
The house is an architectural fusion of old and new making for a wonderfully eclectic and quirky family home. The front Georgian style façade was then added, which included the central hall and drawing room. Later additions created the orangery, dining room and indoor swimming pool. The result is a wonderful mix of enchanting cottagey rooms
with beams and big open fireplaces and Georgian symmetry and style, with tall ceilings, cornicing, deep skirtings and more
formal carved stone fire surrounds. Georgian sashes mix with leaded light windows, polished old red brick floors mix with
more contemporary terracotta tiled floors. Great consideration has been given to the flow of the ground floor resulting in all rooms interconnecting, both with each other and to the main and rear hallways.
The front door opens to the central hall with its high ceiling and cornicing. Double French doors open to the dual aspect
drawing room, also Georgian in style with a large east facing bay window and carved stone fireplace. The characterful and
welcoming sitting room has large open fireplaces at either end, with a wood burning stove in the working fireplace and
crossed beams to the ceiling. Dual aspects face east and west with French doors opening to the terrace. There are
bookshelves to one wall with faux bookshelves disguising a door to the home office, complete with its own cloakroom and
The kitchen is situated in the heart of the house with lime wash wooden units beneath tiled worktops, with double stainless-steel sink. There is a small island with an oak top, two door Aga, microwave oven, domino gas hob and two full height storage cupboards, each with double doors. French doors open to the dining room and the orangery beyond. Both
rooms are wonderfully light and bright with a wall of glazed bi-folding doors separating them. Between them there are
three sets of glazed French doors opening to terraces beyond, making an ideal space, inside and out, to entertain on a large
The boot room has doors to the main hall, kitchen, larder, laundry/utility room and leads on to the indoor pool.
From the inner hallway, stairs rise and turn to a galleried landing. All bedrooms are in the eaves of the house giving
them a cottage feel, but with good ceiling heights. The principal bedroom suite has south and easterly aspects
with lovely views. There are built in wardrobes with further wardrobes in the dressing room. The bathroom lies beyond.
There are five further bedrooms (three with en suites) and a family bathroom. A second staircase winds from the home
office to one of the bedrooms with a door allowing access to the main landing via a bathroom and bedroom.
The pool with its timbered ceiling and six sets of glazed French doors, has an optional solid floor which can be fitted to
extend entertaining opportunities. There is a changing room and a shower room to the far side.
The driveway sweeps around and down, through wrought iron gates, to the entrance courtyard and the graceful front elevation of the house. This lovely courtyard is enclosed by the mellow red brick of the house, four loose boxes, tack room, garage and arch which leads through to two car ports and further parking.
The gardens, grounds and land lay mostly to the south and west of the house. Stone and brick terraces, accessible from the
sitting room, orangery, dining room, kitchen and pool, are flanked by lawns and deep herbaceous flowerbeds. A semi-circular lawned bank is topped by mature beech hedging, rather alluding to an amphitheatre'. Three gaps open long vistas through to the meadow, arboretum and orchard beyond. The arboretum, planted by the present owners some 30 years ago features mature broadleaf trees, a natural spring that flows through three small ponds and paths that are mown through.
A delightful walled garden has an informal parterre design with box hedging and topiary, lavender and roses, accessible through two sets of wrought iron gates. The tennis court lies just beyond. There is also a small paddock with single wood stable and store and a large field.
Within the grounds is a cottage with kitchen/living room, two double and one single bedroom and a bathroom. Ideal as a staff cottage or for elderly relatives. In all circa 14 acres
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A truly magical setting!Camilla ElwellProperty agent