An historic Arts & Crafts house by one of Britain's most important architects. Surviving almost entirely unaltered, in 21 acres, Norney Grange is one of Charles Voysey's most intact homes.
Norney Grange is a unique and historically important large country house which is reflected in its Grade II* listing status. Following the distinctive Arts and Crafts style of the period, the property was built in in 1897 by the celebrated architect Charles Voysey for Canon William Leighton Grane of the Chichester Diocese.
With only three owners prior to the present occupant the house is remarkably preserved with a wealth of its original features and characteristics. Voysey's style was to design everything in impeccable detail and this is true from the elegant sweep of the roof gables to the Austrian oak staircase and paneling, individually crafted fireplaces, the simple and elegant window fastenings right down to door latches and heart-shaped key escutcheons.
For an aficionado of the Arts and Crafts period Norney Grange really is a dream come true and apart from a small extension to the domestic wing in 1904 it remains essentially unchanged from its original design.
The house is broadly divided into two parts following the lifestyle of the period with the larger and more impressive family accommodation on one side and staff accommodation and service areas on the other. Realistically for modern living some rearrangement, upgrading and decoration would be required but the property has enormous potential to provide a splendidly spacious and comfortable family home in a most convenient and tranquil location.
The property benefits from two detached lodge cottages within the grounds.
Norney Lodge is an attractive and characterful two-bedroom property with two reception rooms, kitchen, bathroom, workshop and detached garage, Norney Lodge is accessed off the Elstead Road entrance.
Stable Cottage provides three bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and two reception rooms together with garaging for several cars and a stable block, Stable Lodge is the larger of the two cottages and is access of the Shackleford Road.
Gardens and Grounds
Norney Grange is approached from Elstead Road via a timber five-bar gate opening onto a gravel driveway that winds through woodland for 160 yards to arrive at a generous parking and turning area. The driveway then continues to Stable Lodge on Shackleford Road.
The gardens are also an important historical feature of the property having been designed by Voysey at the same time as the house.
Lying mainly to the south of the house the gardens comprise a formal layout of elevated terrace with attractive garden and woodland views, the lower lawn, summer house and a sunken garden with rectangular lily pond.
Beyond the formal area the grounds become even more interesting. Here the planting is a wonderful mix of native trees and shrubs cleverly interspersed with an exciting and exotic collection of trees sought out and brought to the garden from Asia by the botanist and plant explorer Frank Kingdon Ward who was commissioned by former owner Herbert Le Marchant.
Although now in need of some maintenance, the gardens are a mass of colour at different season with bluebells and daffodils in the spring and banks of rhododendrons, through which the Kingdon Ward's walk' gently meanders. An enthusiastic gardener will love the prospect of bringing this beautiful and tranquil space back to its former glory.
In total the gardens and grounds extend to c.21 acres.
Quote- Julie Flower, Chair of Voysey Society
CFA Voysey was a leading figure of the Arts and Crafts movement and his influence on architecture and design can be seen all around us to this day. His bold simplicity, respect for materials and playfulness in design, as well as a desire to create buildings and furnishings that are truly homely and comforting, give a universal appeal and timeless quality to his work. Norney Grange is one of the finest examples of Voysey's domestic architecture and has an important place in the architectural history of the period.'
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"The major achievement of Norney is the intense feeling of unity between house and garden, the loving care poured into the achievement of unity with nature makes for an architectural experience of a high order" - Russell ClapshawTheo James-Wright