A superb country house set in approximately 5.5 acres of gardens and grounds. Beautiful produce garden and barn annexe.
Brockdale Cottage is a period property which successfully combines the desirable lifestyle of The Good Life' with an aesthetically pleasing and comfortable home and rural retreat.
This is primarily a family home, which has been the subject of sympathetic refurbishment and extension, with additions including the garage block with accommodation above and the stunning barn annexe. This has created a picturesque environment which merges idyllic country living using the land to provide produce. The result is stylish and practical accommodation set within landscaped grounds that are functional and yielding. A woodland, orchard, formal terraces and the vegetable garden all working together.
On the ground floor the bespoke oak kitchen is of particular note. It has been fitted with a comprehensive range of cabinets and integral appliances. It opens to the breakfast area which has views over the front and rear gardens. The elegant drawing room has an open fireplace and leads through to the triple aspect family room. This floor is complete by a dining room, utility room and cloakroom.
On the first floor are five bedrooms, including a main suite with a fitted dressing room and a luxurious en suite bathroom with a freestanding bath and walk-in shower. The guest bedroom is particularly well appointed and of good size, with a vaulted ceiling and en suite shower room. There are three further bedrooms (one with an en suite shower room) and a family bathroom.
To the front of the property is a large parking area which leads to the triple garage block. This has three garage/workshop spaces and to the rear is a separate entrance leading through to a ground floor shower room and stairs to the first floor, a 19' versatile space ideal for staff or as a games room.
The Barn is a splendid timber building designed to complement the surroundings. The floor to ceiling windows and French doors create a garden room merging with the terrace and surrounding landscaping, ideal for summer entertaining. There is underfloor heating and a contemporary stove. The fitted kitchen has a range of integral appliances and a spacious breakfast bar provides an informal desk/dining space. On the first floor is a 27' vaulted bedroom with wonderful views over the grounds from the Juliet balcony. A luxurious en suite shower room completes floor.
The grounds are approximately 5½ acres and have been carefully designed to be functional, private and attractive. Thoughtful planting creates a year round tapestry of colour and purpose. This rhythm of working with nature continues throughout the grounds and there are numerous plants which are pollinating, hardy, edible, herbal or perfect for arrangements. The style of prairie planting rather than formal beds means that plant evolution is embraced, with the seasons providing a changing palette, peaking in late summer when everything is in glorious flower. The formal walled kitchen garden features irrigated raised beds in pegged planters alongside a steel and glass hand-built greenhouse. Brazilian slate paths crisscross and continue beyond the walls, weaving through the curved flower borders to the double pond and the decked terrace surrounding the Barn. A further paved sun terrace spans the rear of Brockdale Cottage and is ideal for al fresco dining and relaxation and there are well-tended lawns to the front and rear of the main house.
Across the parking area is the woodland copse which has mature beech, oaks and pine trees. There are clearings with mature rhododendron and azalea bushes with carpets of snowdrops, bluebells or foxgloves according to the seasons. There is an orchard which yields apples, plums, quince amongst others.
Photography taken 22/4/21
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Approached by an amazing sweeping drive, Brockdale Cottage is set in the most delightful spot. Shut the gates and enjoy the tranquillity of its amazing gardens. Separate barn annex provides further entertaining space or office with a bedroom suite above.Emma Smith