A beautiful family home with stories to tell.
Grade II Listed, and a working farm until the 1960s, Manor Farm House has reinvented itself many times with its origins dating back to the 15th century, to what is believed to have been a medieval hall.. The barns were added later and feature a distinctive Tudor chimney. The architectural timeline is also marked by differing building materials and bricked up windows denote the window tax. There are Georgian features and stone and brick facades are thought to be Victorian. The most recent addition to the property being the stunning orangery, added recently by the present owners. The result is an eclectic mix of styles creating a characterful and individual family home. Attention to detail by the present owners has been made in retaining original features, whilst enhancing the living space to suit 21st century living.
The front door opens to a light filled dining hall with beams and inglenook fireplace, complete with bread oven. The double aspect drawing room has a stone fire place with wood burning stove and sash windows are framed by original wooden shutters. The kitchen/breakfast room features a Plain English' painted kitchen with an electric Aga. Off the flagstone corridor are the cosy snug/sitting room and a cloakroom. There is also a utility room with plenty of storage. The Prime Oak' orangery, with underfloor heating. has French doors opening to the upper terrace and the pool terrace.
On the first floor, the spectacular principal bedroom with vaulted ceiling, majestic oak trusses and A-frames, enjoys views to both the garden and the Chilterns. Steps lead up to the en suite bathroom with freestanding, double ended bath and separate shower. With two staircases, one at each end of the house, there are four further bedrooms (one with an en suite shower room), a walk in linen cupboard and a family bathroom.
Approached through high, timber, electric gates, there is ample gravel parking.
Outbuildings include a detached home office overlooking the garden, a gym/games room, an art studio, two large garden stores, a Hartley Botanic greenhouse and a summerhouse.
The enchanting, landscaped gardens are arguably the main legacy of the current owners. Yew and box topiary, beech and hornbeam hedging imaginatively define different rooms'. There is a pond encircled by willow trees and orchard area with spring bulbs. An avenue of hornbeam leads on to a mature copper beech wrapped in a bespoke tree seat. A silver birch grove, tranquil Japanese garden and croquet lawn also feature. Terraces are interplanted with box hedging and a curved dry stone wall surrounds the pool.
A small paddock situated across the lane from the property is rented by the current owners. The arrangement may be available to incoming owners.
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In the middle of the countryside, yet not far from the city, this period farmhouse feels so welcoming from the moment you enter the gates .you wont want to leave!Charles Elsmore-Wickens