A most appealing period home set in 1.70 acres with superb grounds and country views.
Located in the heart of this exceptionally popular village, this former farmhouse is believed to date to the 17th century and is set in a truly delightful location immediately adjacent to Tockington Manor School playing fields and with the most wonderful views across the gardens and paddock to the wooded hillsides beyond.
With an attractive elevation fronting the lane, the property is approached via a secure electric gate leading to a generous parking and turning area and a smart stone built double garage with storage rooms to the rear.
As with many period country homes, the accommodation has evolved over time with subsequent owners making attractive alterations and additions to the layout. One such example is the exceptionally large conservatory which sits to the rear and provides a delightful informal area from which to take in the outstanding rural views.
The entrance door to the property leads in to a large hallway with the original scullery to one side housing Belfast sink, storage units and space for washing appliances. An open tread staircase leads to a useful workshop area above the scullery ideal as an artist's studio or home office with pleasant views across the grounds. There is a cloakroom set off the hallway and a doorway leading through to the tiled inner hall with storage cupboards, shelving and large leaded window to the front lane. A small study is set immediately off the hall providing a quiet and peaceful work area with outlook over the rear courtyard. The drawing room benefits from a dual aspect and is certainly large enough for entertaining a good number of family and friends. This retains a good deal of charm and character with deep set window seats to the front and rear and a lovely wood burning stove set into the chimney breast. A staircase from this room leads to the upper floors.
In recent years, the kitchen has been relocated in to the stunning, high vaulted family room and now represents a very special and informal area for day to day living. Substantial oak beams and trusses have been left exposed allowing for the addition of a large Velux roof window casting a good deal of natural light in to the kitchen. At the far end, a further wood burning stove has been added, set in a stone built fireplace with alcove cupboard to one side. Double glazed doors open to the courtyard garden, ideal for those that enjoy outdoor entertaining. The kitchen offers plenty of useful storage, with subtle pastel blue painted cabinets that incorporate integrated Neff dishwasher, a wine cooler, Neff ceramic hob and a built in oven that supplements the Aga stove. There is a built in integrated fridge/freezer and granite work surfaces for food preparation with a central island unit with oak work top and space for breakfast bar stools. A truly delightful room.
At first floor there are two double bedrooms, the master bedroom with walk through dressing area and en suite bathroom. A further family bathroom with large walk in airing cupboard housing the wall mounted gas boiler, hot water tank and water softener. The staircase continues to the second floor landing with an open storage or study area and two further double bedrooms sharing an additional shower room with WC.
The generous gently sloping garden is an absolute joy and has been lovingly planted with an array of colourful flowers and shrubs that include Choisya, Hebe, Ceanothus and mixed herbaceous flower borders interspersed with numerous roses. A mature variegated holly hedge and stone walling provide boundaries on two sides with post and rail fencing and a five bar gate leading into a lovely enclosed paddock which is added to the properties grounds by the current owners and has the added benefit of a water trough within.
The detached garage benefits from electric up and over door and in conjunction with the two rooms to the rear could make a fine home office or guest suite (subject to planning) if not required for parking purposes. Tucked to one side of the property with the benefit of separate pedestrian access is a delightful sunny and sheltered courtyard with raised flower beds, a central water feature and planted with scented herbs such as Thyme, Sage and Lemon Balm. Within this area is a useful log/bin store with wall mounted outdoor tap and a water butt harvesting rain water from the farmhouse.
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A perfect family home for a Tockington School parent, adjacent to the cricket pitch with glorious countryside on the doorstep.David Wild