Impressive six bedroom, village Manor House
Tucked away from the road along a leafy tree-lined driveway, The Manor has an extremely secluded location surrounded by mature gardens and woodland on the edge of the village of Wittering. Within walking distance of the village shop it also has easy access to the countryside and walks that surround the area and is bordered on two sides by open fields. The property itself is a handsome Georgian Manor House built in the late 1700's using the area's distinctive mellow coloured stone with a slate roof. The pretty, wisteria draped bay frontage was added at a later stage and more recently, the property has been extended at the back to create a stunning kitchen & breakfast room with a master bedroom suite above. The house retains many period features typical of the elegance of the Georgian era, such as high ceilings, deep skirting boards, fireplaces with open fires and original casement shutters. There are five reception rooms including the spacious kitchen diner with an elegant entrance hall which has an original stone flagged floor and doors opening to the formal reception rooms on either side.
The drawing room room is typical of the elegant style of the period, with high ceilings, deep skirting boards, a picture rail and an open fireplace with tiled hearth and painted mantelpiece. The dining room has original solid wood floorboards, deep skirting boards, a picture rail and an open fireplace with pretty matching alcove cupboards inset on each side. The snug located in what was probably the Butler's Pantry, adjacent to the kitchen, this cosy room still retains the row of servants' bell hooks. There is also a study with wood burning stove and polished wood flooring. The cellar with stone steps, lead down to two spacious cellar rooms which are ideal for wine and extra storage. Both are fitted with light and electrical sockets. The kitchen/diner is flooded with natural light, and has stunning sash windows on all four sides and French doors allow the room to be opened up to the sheltered patio. The kitchen itself is fitted with a range of handmade painted solid wood wall and base units which include a dresser with shelving above and a central island with wine rack and breakfast bar seating. Set in the original hearth is a two oven oil fired AGA and a Belfast sink with mixer tap sits beneath a window overlooking the drive. With granite work surfaces and tiled floor with electric under floor heating, the kitchen also includes a double electric oven with four ring halogen hob, a built-in Bosch dishwasher and space for an American style freestanding fridge and freezer. A door leads to the back staircase, underneath which a large understairs cupboard provides useful storage for household equipment, this space could be utilised to provide a lift shaft to the first floor if desired. A further door leads to the boot room where there are storage cupboards, the back door and steps up to the utility/cloakroom with solid wood work surface and a Belfast sink, WC and plumbing for washing machine.
An elegant staircase leads you to the first floor and five double bedrooms and sixth single room. The master suite is a wonderful, elegant room and has south and west facing windows with views of the gardens. A corridor leads to bedroom six which is currently used as a dressing room. It is fitted with hanging rails and storage and from where a further door leads to the en suite shower room, a charming bathroom which retains an original cast-iron fireplace and is fitted with a white suite comprising an original "thunderbox" WC with overhead cistern, basin with mixer tap and a large walk-in Monsoon shower. There is bamboo flooring, electric heated towel rail and shaving point and a further door leads to the landing. The family bathroom has a wide window and a pretty cast iron fireplace with painted mantelpiece. Recently fitted, it has a white suite comprising bath with hand held shower attachment and mixer tap, basin, WC and separate shower. The floor is tiled with electric under floor heating, there is an electric heated towel rail and a shaving point. Doors lead to bedroom five and the landing.
The lovely rambling gardens, stocked with a wide variety of mature trees, are laid out around the house and include a number of sunny lawns, and a sheltered patio. On the west side, a sheltered patio has French doors opening from the Kitchen/Breakfast room and overlooks a secluded lawn with shady pathways leading back to the drive and round to the paddock which lies at the rear of the house. Edged around the whole perimeter with tall mature trees, the grounds are extremely private and secluded and have wonderful potential to create stunning gardens.
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Within a short drive of the A1 yet private and peaceful, and well set up for country living. This is a really impressive family home.James Eastaway