An important and historical six bedroom village house of Queen Anne origins, with detached 2 bedroom cottage, 1 bedroom coach house, extensive outbuildings, tennis court & beautiful gardens.
Watercroft is an intriguing period family home, Grade II listed, it exudes character and charm with some wonderful period and historical features. The accommodation is flexible and well presented, offering three reception rooms, six bedrooms and five bathrooms in the main house with the additional benefit of secondary accommodation in a detached cottage and detached coach house. The house is set in stunning grounds with a natural pond, formal gardens and meadowland with breath taking distant views.
A Georgian pillared entrance porch with solid oak front door leads into the entrance hall. Two inner hallways lead off, with one incorporating a library area with steps down to the two cellars and access to the large cloakroom. The formal reception rooms offer views of the gardens with all giving access via French doors to the pretty garden terrace. The drawing room has elegant bow windows and an open fireplace with carved pine surround. The dining room is panelled with fruit motif cornicing and a wide, open fireplace with concealed store cupboards to either side. The family room is a wonderful room with a feature fireplace, good proportions and outlook to the front and rear. The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted in a luxury range of units with granite work surfaces, integrated appliances include a large gas fired Aga with electric companion oven and hob and a wonderful walk-in refrigerated larder for cold storage. A further cloakroom lies adjacent. The prep kitchen/utility room is equipped with a range of units with oven and hob and good areas of work surface. The office lies behind this, a perfect area to work from home or to use as a family room.
The first floor accommodation is formed by two separate areas each accessed via individual staircases. Stairs from the inner hallway lead to the principal bedrooms with the first bedroom suite off the half landing and comprising a wonderful bright bedroom with fitted wardrobes and cupboards and an en suite bath and shower room. From the main landing the principal bedroom was originally two rooms and enjoys two full length windows incorporating French doors to two curved balconies with wrought iron balustrades. Stunning views of the gardens are enjoyed from here. The bedroom also offers an array of wardrobes and cupboards. This room is served by a generous bathroom with large bath and twin hand basins. A further bedroom suite has a fitted wardrobe, doors to a balcony area and a generously sized en suite bathroom. Stairs rise from the landing to a second floor bedroom with storage cupboards and door to loft storage. An eaves bathroom lies adjacent.
At the other side of the house, a staircase leads from the office and secondary kitchen to the accommodation which comprises a generous landing area and two double bedrooms with a beautifully equipped bath/shower room. Further accommodation could be created with a door leading to a large storage area.
The Coach House
This is an attractive brick and flint building which has been cleverly converted into accommodation.
Detached, charming two bedroom cottage with its own separate access and driveway.
Gardens and Outbuildings
A pillared entrance leads into a gravel drive through wooden remote controlled gates onto a parking and turning area. Further gates lead to a secure area with storage and a large greenhouse. A gravel drive leads around the back of the house to a further parking area with a three bay oak framed garage/car port. The gardens are delightful, carefully planned and planted over many years. To the side and rear of the house is a cobbled terrace with a range of shrubs and plants. This gives way to an large expanse of lawn leading to the beautiful natural pond with island. The lawn leads from this area with a fine arched rose walkway giving an abundance of colour in the summer. Beyond this is a formal garden with clipped Yew hedging, gravel pathways and central seating area, with superb distant countryside views. Adjacent to this area is an astro turf all weather tennis court and also a vegetable and herb garden. This area is overlooked by a fine orangery with mature vine, a perfect place for entertaining and enjoying the gardens. There are a variety of outbuildings. The gardens lead down to meadow land and a gate leads to a further area of field and light woodland backing directly onto open countryside.
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A perfect house if you are looking for a period property in the heart of the village with breathtaking views.Ben DommettProperty agent