Rare plot of about 1.4 acres with potential to re-develop or extend.
Folly Meadow is believed to originally date back to about 1920 and sits in a wonderful plot of about 1.4 acres which includes landscaped gardens, a heated outdoor swimming pool and a paddock with stabling. The house benefits from an attached one bedroom annexe which could easily be incorporated to enhance the main residence, but is also ideal as guest accommodation. The site could also offer a superb opportunity for redevelopment subject to the necessary planning consents.
On the ground floor an impressive reception/dining hall, with a fireplace and plenty of room for a sitting area or dining table, gives access to the main reception rooms and bedrooms. The sitting room is of wonderful proportions, with a dual aspect overlooking the gardens, and a decorative fireplace with a wood surround and marble hearth. French doors open on to the outside terrace and swimming pool area. A family/breakfast room, with a fireplace and wood burner, opens into the kitchen, which is well equipped with a good range of units, and complemented by Welsh granite worktops. Integrated appliances include an electric hob, extractor, oven, dishwasher, and with space for a fridge/freezer. A utility/boot room leads into the garden. Just off the kitchen, a useful inner hallway has an excellent range of built-in storage cupboards.
The principal bedroom lies to the front of the property with a dual aspect and lovely garden views. There are built-in wardrobes and a vanity unit, together with a walk-in wardrobe/dressing room. The en suite is well appointed with a free standing bath. There are three remaining bedrooms on the ground floor, one with wardrobes and a vanity unit, and one which is currently used as a study. A family shower room services these bedrooms. Stairs from the reception hall lead up to a further bedroom, with far reaching views over the surrounding area, and benefits from an en suite cloakroom. Adjacent is access to a large attic storage space.
Attached to the property is a self-contained annexe, with its own entrance and outside patio area. The annexe enjoys a sitting room overlooking the front garden, a well equipped kitchen with a breakfast bar, and a bedroom with views and door access to the rear garden.
Folly Meadow is approached through gates onto a large paviored driveway with a turning circle, providing ample parking. There is an additional entrance via a five bar gate into the paddock. A detached garage incorporating a separate workshop, gives further parking and storage. The grounds are a delight and a real feature of the property. A generous expanse of lawn lies to the front, with beautifully planted beds and borders, with high hedging providing privacy. The paddock, enclosed with post and rail fencing, wraps around the house to the side and rear, together with a two bay stable at the top end with running water and electricity. To the side, steps lead to the front door and round to a terrace area and outdoor heated swimming pool. The terrace enjoys a well stocked shrub border to the side and a feature well. There is also a garden playhouse/covered area, ideal for year round outside dining. The garden also benefits from a detached storage shed/workshop and a gardeners WC. About 1.4 acres in all.
Reputedly the former home of the famous suffragette Princess Sophia - Daughter of the last Sikh King - Maharaja Duleep Singh and the Goddaughter of Queen Victoria. Her time at Folly Meadow, (known then as Rathenrae) is well documented and photographed in many articles, books and publications across the world including several documentaries about her life.
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Perfect if you have been looking for an opportunity to build your own house on a large plot.Ben Dommett