Exceptional period house with superb outbuildings.
The Old Rectory is an exceptional historic house, with a wealth of period features, a fantastic outbuilding and stunning gardens. Included in Sir Nikolaus Persner's The Buildings of England' series, The Old Rectory is an enchanting, originally 16th century, timber framed house, with 18th century additions. It has been a much loved family home by our clients for over 14 years and is coming to the market for only the second time in over 60 years. During our client's tenure, the house and grounds have been expertly restored and modernised. The attractive principal building has a fabulous façade to the front elevation with splendid pargeting, which Pevsener dates to circa 1935, and a gabled porch, which reuses embattled timbers from earlier buildings.
Internally, the accommodation flows remarkably well and comprises well-proportioned and light filled reception rooms, with good ceiling height throughout. The front door leads to a wide reception hall. The double aspect drawing room is an elegant, pannelled room with French windows to the beautiful, west facing terrace and garden, exposed timbers and a handsome chimney piece. The charming sitting room also has delightful timbers, an exposed brick wall with recessed book shelves and chimneypiece and a notable pargetted frieze depicting biblical scenes including Adam and Eve, and Moses in the bulrushes. There are further reception rooms including a spacious dining room, with French windows out to the terrace and garden, and a useful study. The bespoke kitchen has been designed and hand built by Orwells Furniture; it features an AGA, separate oven and hob, integrated appliances and a double butler style sink with oak draining boards. Below the kitchen is an impressive wine cellar, which can be viewed via glazing in the floor.
A former dairy, now used as a utility/laundry room, and a lavatory complete the ground floor. Elegant sweeping stairs in the reception hall lead to the first floor landing.
The first floor consists of five double bedrooms, two of which have en suite bathrooms, a further bathroom, and another shower room. The principal bedroom is an especially nice space, with windows to the south and west elevation, providing fine views over the garden, and a spacious en suite with wardrobes, bath and separate shower. The second floor has a further bedroom and large storage area.
The Old Rectory has an excellent 17th century, timber framed tithe barn, which our clients have converted into a superb office, storage area and double garage. The central section of the barn has a kitchen, lavatory and office. The office is a brilliant and spacious space with a wood burning stove and French windows on to a private garden. Off the office is a large store, with external access and garage with double external doors. There are numerous additional stores, wood stores and workshops.
The principal gardens lie to the west of the house and have wonderful mature trees, herbaceous borders and verdant lawns. On the site of a Victorian greenhouse, our clients have built an amazing swimming pool, pool house and terrace. Slate tiles, reclaimed from the Victorian glass house, have been repurposed by our clients as work surfaces in the utility and pool house. To the rear of the house is a useful outside lavatory. There is a further lawn to the east of the building and an outstanding walled vegetable garden. There is ample parking for numerous cars.
The Old Rectory is a magnificent period house believed to date from the 16th century. I love how it perfectly balances a wealth of period charm with modern practicality and style.Katy Stephenson