Wonderfully positioned country house in the heart of the Stour Valley
Exceptionally secluded and yet conveniently positioned, Godfreys is reached by a long private driveway (shared with only one other house and the local farmer). The house which is not listed is believed to have been constructed in the mid 1600s and is built predominantly from timber frame with rendered elevations under pitched peg tiled roofs.
Internally the house has been presented to an exceptional standard by the current owners and the house is now light and bright combining period character with a contemporary feel. Period features include an array of exposed beams and studwork, a fine Newell staircase, exposed red brick chimney breasts and open fireplaces fitted with wood burning stoves but combined with a high quality kitchen and a large drawing room fitted with bi-fold doors opening out to the garden.
The house has been renovated to a high standard by the current owners in addition to which they have installed a domestic solar array, hidden entirely from the house yet providing a significant income. On the ground floor there is a spacious drawing room with a fully renovated master bedroom suite above which has French windows opening out on to a balcony with views over the garden and wooded valley.
The gardens and grounds of Godfreys are a particular feature of the house surrounding the property on all sides. There are some exceptional mature trees that drop down into the valley leading to a meandering brook at the bottom. The formal gardens that lie to the south of the house which is bordered by a paved and shaped terrace are spectacular with a series of well stocked herbaceous beds with an array of specimen plants. Beyond is a path leading down into the valley past a croquet lawn and two ponds. Beyond the brook lies two fenced paddocks totalling approximately 14.25 acres with separate road access which are fully available for sale by separate negotiation.
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The delightful gardens surround the house on all sides offering the ideal rural retreat.Peter Ogilvie