A striking Grade II Listed country property designed by Walter Gropius and Edwin Maxwell Fry, situated in Shipbourne village.
The Wood House was built in 1937 to the designs of Walter Gropius and Edwin Maxwell Fry and is believed to be the only known weather-boarded house in England by Gropius. The notable architect Walter Gropius was the founder of Bauhaus in 1919 and was renowned for his innovative and modern designs, including the Pan Am building in Manhattan in 1963 (now known at the MetLife building). The house is set within established gardens and grounds extending with a further approx. 10 acres available by separate negotiation
Three well-proportioned reception rooms comprise a sitting room with a copper headed fireplace with flint surround and a row of windows extending along the south elevation enjoying delightful views over gardens, a dining room with the original copper uplighters, dining room table and fitted sideboard and a family room with fitted cupboards. All rooms benefit from direct access on to south facing terraces and gardens beyond, and together create an excellent suite of rooms for entertaining.
The well-appointed open plan kitchen/breakfast room was extended in 2016 and is fitted with a bespoke kitchen by Grants of Sevenoaks, comprising low level cupboards with granite work surfaces over, a bank of floor to ceiling walnut cupboards and a central island. Built in appliances include a four-oven oil fired Aga, Bora induction hob, Neff slide & hide oven and wine cooler. The ceramic flooring has the benefit of underfloor heating and the breakfast area has a set of sliding doors leading out to a terrace.
Connecting the kitchen /breakfast room to the entrance hall is a stylish library which has a bank of bespoke walnut shelving by Grants of Sevenoaks and a wood burning stove and offers a number of alternative uses.
The utility room with underfloor heating is accessed via the kitchen. The utility room is generously proportioned with space for further white goods and in turn leads to a useful ventilated larder, both of which benefit from ceramic floors.
Also located on the ground floor, in a separate wing of the house, are two bedrooms and a bathroom with underfloor heating offering potential ancillary accommodation. The hallway which runs the length of the wing enjoys views to the courtyard.
A study and cloakroom complete the ground floor living area.
Situated on the first floor is the principal suite which benefits from a range of built-in wardrobes together with a dressing room offering further hanging space. The en suite bathroom with under floor heating enjoys access to a covered balcony and there is outside access via a set of external stairs.
Arranged over the remainder of the first floor are three further bedrooms, all with built-in storage cupboards, and served by two bath/shower rooms that both benefit from underfloor heating.
Gardens and Outbuildings
The Wood House is approached by a driveway which sweeps past a natural, rain-fed pond and leads to a turning area to the front of the property and an attached double garage.
The gardens and adjoining grounds are a delightful feature of the property and incorporate lawned gardens, fruit orchards, paddocks and an outdoor swimming pool with paved surround (requiring attention).
A substantial south facing part covered terrace spans the width of the house and is flanked by a level lawn bordered by an array of mature trees and shrubs. There is also a pretty paved courtyard enveloped by three elevations of the property. Outbuildings include a detached open bay brick-built log/garden machinery store and several sheds. There are gardens and two paddocks to the west of the property.
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If I could chose to live anywhere it would be on the green at Shipbourne what a location and what a houseDavid JohnstonProperty agent