Substantial portion of a splendid Grade II listed country house.
Forest Grange Manor is a splendid Grade II listed country house, originally built as a single residence and believed to date from 1913. Its architecture is Jacobean in style, with red brick in English bond elevations with Bath stone dressings, a Horsham stone slab tiled roof and impressive clustered brick chimney stacks. The main house has been divided into separate residences, with further properties in the old stables and courtyard.
South Wing occupies the south eastern portion of the main property, and features some of the most stunning period details including mullioned windows, high ceilings, embellished plasterwork ceilings and generously proportioned rooms. It has been the subject of extension and refurbishments, and offers superbly presented accommodation which extends over three floors, to about 5,369 sq ft, and more than meets modern expectations of comfort and style.
Entrance is via a heavy oak door, which opens to the light and spacious tiled reception hall, which sets the scene for the house. On entry, to the left is a space with cupboards for coats; the hall opens out to provide an impressive space for receiving guests, and is equipped with a woodburning stove. The accommodation has a pleasing arrangement with all main reception rooms accessed from the hall.
The principal reception room is the sitting room, which is ideal for formal entertaining. It retains many of the original features in the Adam style, including painted panelled walls, fluted pilasters, a plastered ceiling with panels of cupids and embellished cornices, and the focal point of an impressive working stone fireplace. There is a deep stone-mullioned bay window with seating, creating a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the views to the south east, across the grounds to the lake and woodland beyond. The separate cinema room offers further, less formal reception space.
The single-storey, open plan kitchen/dining/family room has been completely remodelled and extended by the current owners, and is the hub of day to day life in South Wing. This partially vaulted room extends over thirty foot on each length, and has been cleverly arranged to provide distinct zones offering a family room with space for sofa and TV screen, a kitchen which is flooded with light by two roof lanterns, and a huge, triple aspect dining area with views across the grounds and French doors to the terrace. The kitchen has a pair of islands, an Aga and contemporary gloss cabinets under marble surfaces. It is served by a useful boot/utility room which gives access to the rear of the property.
Lying off the kitchen is a study, with fitted shelving and French doors to the terrace. A cloakroom completes the ground floor.
From the reception hall, the turned staircase gives access to the first and second floors.
The principal bedroom has a bay window with wonderful views, a free standing bath in front of a working fireplace, separate en suite shower room, and plenty of built in cupboards. There are two further bedrooms and family bathroom on the first floor; the second floor offers three bedrooms (one en suite) and a shower room.
Outbuildings, Gardens and Grounds
Forest Grange Manor is approached via long private road which winds through beautiful countryside, leading up to the manor and the parking area ahead of the property. South Wing has a double garage, situated en bloc to the north east of the house. The property enjoys south east facing gardens, which are enclosed by a mix of hedging and post and rail fencing, and mainly laid to lawn with a terrace close to the house with space for seating, loungers and hot tub. There is a crown pavilion with power and heating, offering a fantastic space to entertain al fresco.
In addition to its private garden, South Wing has the benefit of access to two tennis courts.
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With its high ceilings and huge, beautifully presented rooms I think that this is the perfect house for large scale entertaining, while also being an excellent family home.Rohan Vines