Handsome former village Rectory with spacious accommodation and range of outbuildings.
Taylard House was built as the New Rectory in 1850 and later described in Kelly's Directory as an ornament to the village. This is a handsome and imposing symmetrical Victorian building of dual coloured brick elevations with twin gables beneath a slate roof. Positioned within a Conservation area, the vendors have lived in the property for over 25 years and having been empty for some time they gradually bought it back to life to create the lovely welcoming home that it is today. Features of note include a lovely wide hall, light filled reception rooms, picture rails and cornicing, high ceilings, open fires, three en suite facilities, a sweeping drive, original outbuildings and delightful private mature gardens.
The porch with double doors to the front is a later addition which leads to the reception hall with its principal staircase and access to all reception rooms. These include a double aspect drawing room (to the left) with fireplace having a limestone surround and deep hearth, double doors to the front and windows to the side. To the right are the dining room with a similar fire surround and doors to the front and a sitting room with multi fuel burner. Beyond the reception hall is access to the rear hall having a part glazed door to the rear courtyard and door to the back stairs and cellar. Here too is the kitchen/breakfast room with some of the original cupboards and drawers together with additional floor and wall units, a Nobel oil fired four oven Aga style cooker, electric hob together with space for dishwasher and fridge. The adjacent laundry/utility room with window overlooking the rear courtyard has a back-up electric cooker a wall mounted gas fired boiler and butler sink together with space for washing machine, dishwasher, tumble dryer and freezers. In addition there is a very useful pantry with original cupboards, brick flooring and shutters and an office leading to the ground floor cloakroom.
On the first floor there are five generously proportioned bedrooms - three of which have en suite facilities - a cloakroom and family bathroom. The spacious landing leads at the front to the two principal suites, the master having a bath with shower fitting, wc and bidet. The well-proportioned bedrooms overlook the gardens, and some still have their fireplaces (unused). To the far end of the landing is the back staircase as previously mentioned.
The gardens are a delight approached via a sweeping shingle drive with mature hedging which branches into two - one leading to the front of the house and the other to the rear and the outbuildings/garaging. There are a variety of mature trees and shrubs including Yew and Silver Birch, lawns, flower beds and raised vegetable beds. The rear courtyard buildings formerly the stables, tack room and cart lodge - incorporate a wc and provide very useful storage for logs and coal. One houses the oil tank, another is a workshop with access to the garden and the old tack room leads to the garage with a shallow inspection pit.
In all about 0.87 acres.
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This is such a handsome house and there are so many delights inside not only did I love the wide, welcoming hall and grand reception rooms but also the working end of the house with laundry, pantry and back stairs together with the part cobbled courtyard with so many useful outbuildings. Ideal for commuters due to its proximity to three main line stations, this is well worth a visit.Lucy Banks