A former gentleman's residence a cut above the rest.
Over the latter half of the 20th century the house has been the home Lady Brooks of the Brooks leather saddle dynasty; Ian Thomas, dressmaker to HRH Queen Elizabeth II; Miss Cynthia Gem Hoahing, renowned tennis player from the 1940s and 50s, who competed in several Wimbledon Championships and also at Queens Club.
Situated on the edge of the village within a Conservation Area, Dickens Farm enjoys a delightful position with views to the south across its land and undulating countryside beyond.
This delightful Grade II listed property, dating back to the mid-18th century, is of stone construction under a stone/ slate roof.
The house enjoys a wealth of period features including open fireplaces, exposed timbers, flagstone floors, parquet wooden flooring, 6-panel internal doors, bay windows, window seats and an elegant principal staircase.
The entire property offers a unique opportunity for the incoming purchaser to extensively modernise, improve and/ or convert (subject to the relevant consents) to create a glorious home.
Elegant reception rooms and principal bedrooms benefit from fabulous views and generous ceiling heights, all creating a real feeling of space and light. The main house incorporates Stable Cottage, a one bedroom flat, with its own entrance and staircase. As a result the property offers the versatility to provide staff accommodation, income stream or complete reincorporation into the main house. In addition there is further potential to convert the current attics, which have 2 dormer windows, into additional accommodation (subject to the relevant consents).
An adjoining three bay covered parking area and workshop/ wood store offers scope to be integrated within the main house to create a larger kitchen/breakfast room.
Lying to the south-east and with separate access is range of traditional outbuildings positioned around a central courtyard. These include former threshing barn, stabling, tack room, garage and stores. These outbuildings offer scope for conversion into additional accommodation to the main house, income stream, working from home, gym or indoor swimming pool.
There are delightful partly walled and enclosed gardens to the rear, laid to lawn with herbaceous borders and beds. Mature yew trees. These mature gardens are flanked by wrought iron estate fencing to the south thereby providing an open aspect, ideal for summer entertaining or those looking to immerse themselves in horticulture.
There is approximately 5.3 acres of grazing to the south which leads down to the Wash Brook and a belt of trees. Separate agricultural access to the north-east corner allows for the land to be used for equine pursuits or traditional farming pursuits.
In all about 6.02 acres.
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This is such a gem, ideal for someone looking to modernise or stamp their own identity on - and with amazing views.Nick Rudge