Grade II listed house of great charm and character set in delightful walled gardens of about 1.35 acres.
A most appealing Grade II listed house, originally a 17th century chalk block farm cottage, which was extended in the 18th and 19th centuries to create the charming property we see today. The owners advise that the house may also have monastic origins, with one of the bedrooms thought to have been used as a prayer room with an unusual vaulted ceiling. The handsome elevations are of whitened render and brick under a tiled and slate roof, enhanced by sash windows to many of the rooms and elegant French doors on the garden front . The house offers excellent family accommodation with generous room sizes, and a wealth of period features including the fine main staircase, window shutters, and fireplaces. It has the added benefit of a self-contained one bedroom annexe, ideal for multi-generational living, or to provide a valuable income. It is fair to say that the house would now benefit from some updating, yet offers an amazing opportunity for a buyer to tailor the house to their own needs and style.
The property has the benefit of oil fired central heating. Internal inspection is strongly recommended in order to fully appreciate the many features of this unique home.
The conservatory entrance enjoys stunning views over the garden to farmland beyond, a door to the terrace, flagstone floor and French doors with shutters opening into the dining room, hall and snug. The dining room has an open fireplace with painted wood surround, built in dressers and exposed ceiling beams. The hall has one of the staircases and doors to the inner hall and snug. The snug provides a cosy sitting area and extends around into the main hallway, with an understairs store room, and the elegant principal staircase to the first floor. The impressive drawing room has a stone fire surround, oak flooring, ceiling cornice and delightful views through three pairs of French doors with shutters over the garden. The kitchen is fitted with a range of units, double oven, hob, extractor and warming drawer, and has a vaulted ceiling. This opens into the breakfast room with a brick fireplace (blocked off) with heavy beam over, arched cupboards to either side and exposed ceiling beam.
Leading from the rear hallway are a guest cloakroom, boiler room with oil fired boiler, utility room with butler's sink, flagstone floor and a walk-in larder and store room with a flagstone floor.
The principal staircase has a winding mahogany handrail and painted balustrade, and leads up to the first floor landing. The spacious main bedroom has delightful views, built in wardrobes and a bright en suite shower room. There are five further bedrooms, all with garden views, with one featuring a unique vaulted ceiling. These are served by a family bathroom with cast bath, wash basin, WC and linen cupboard. There are also a shower room and a cloakroom on this level, which could provide further en suite facilities subject to any necessary consents being obtained. The secondary staircase leads down to the hall, and a doorway and stairs lead up to attic storage.
The house is approached through wrought iron gates, with the sweeping shingle driveway leading past the house to an extensive parking and turning area at the rear. An L' shaped outbuilding provides a Double Garage together with two stables, a tack room or workshop at the rear, further store and boiler rooms at the rear, and a Self Contained Annexe perfect for family or staff use. This includes a sitting room with conservatory/ greenhouse off,, fitted kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, and has an independent central heating.
The beautiful mature gardens that surround the house are an outstanding feature, having been carefully planted and developed by the late owners over the last forty or so years. They are mainly walled and extend to about 1.35 acres in total. The gardens are mostly laid to lawn with a wide variety of trees including an ancient Yew tree, together with flowering shrubs including many roses, wisteria and magnolia, and herbaceous borders providing colour throughout the year. A terrace at the front enjoys glorious views, and provides the perfect spot for summer entertaining.
A rose arbour and pathway lead through to a greenhouse, garden shed and a kitchen garden area. An archway in the garden wall leads to the rear part of the garden, with many established trees including copper beech and chestnut.
At the rear is a former stable block, of timber construction under a tiled roof, which provides useful additional storage. There is a disused swimming pool which is now a fishpond with a paved terrace surrounding.
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The Cottage is in such a special location, I love the beautiful views that it enjoys across open farmlandJamie MortenProperty agent