Wonderfully positioned and presented village house.
Church House is Grade II listed being of architectural or historical importance. Church House is originally believed to date from 1525 with later additions and alterations. The property is of brick and part timber construction under traditional clay peg tiled roofs. Of particular note is the brick Dutch gable at the front of the property. The property was fully renovated with further updating of the kitchen and bathrooms in more recent years and offers both modern facilities and original features such as fireplaces, mullion windows, exposed timbers, sash and leaded windows and a well fitted Aga kitchen. The versatile and spacious accommodation is laid out over three floors with the ground floor comprising a reception hall/sitting room, which has a large fireplace which houses a Jet Master fire. The hall leads through to a further two reception rooms one of which is a delightful, well proportioned drawing room with high ceiling a full height chimney breast and wood burning stove. The room is very light and bright benefitting from three large stone mullion windows with views out across the gardens and towards the village Church. The dining room has an open fireplace, panelling and exposed beams. The study is a Victorian addition, accessed off the sitting room/hall, has fitted bookcases as well as a door giving access to the gardens. The bespoke Aga kitchen has a range of base and wall mounted units with a large island and granite worktop. The open plan breakfast room is spacious and continues on from the kitchen, providing a perfect family space for everyday living. There is also a cellar and cloakroom on the ground floor. The main staircase rises to the first floor leading through to the principal bedroom with an en suite shower room and an adjacent dressing room. There are a further three bedrooms, a family bathroom and a separate WC on this floor. The second floor has a further two charming attic bedrooms and a good sized third bathroom.
The property is approached through a wooden gateway across a gravel drive with a wide parking sweep. There is planning permission for a double garage to be erected. The front of the property has a walled garden with traditional climbing roses and a gate giving access to the village lane. A beautiful wisteria runs along the side and front of the property and there is also a fuchsia hedge running to the side of the house. The established south and east facing gardens are of particular note with numerous delightful areas divided by estate fencing, including a large lawn directly behind the house and a brick terrace. Well maintained, the gardens benefit from fully stocked beds with a wide selection of plants including different rhododendron varieties, camellias, magnolias, cherries and mature trees including a mulberry, oak, copper beech and blue cedar. The orchard is well stocked with damson, apple, plum and pear trees and the kitchen garden area has a fruit cage, green house and shed. The paddock lies along the southern boundary and is post and wire fenced with hedging.
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A wonderful house with great accommodation and the most spectacular gardens. I was also delighted with the special position, just on the village edge surrounded by the gently rolling countryside of the Stour Valley.Peter OgilvieProperty agent