Stylish period home with cottage, paddocks and stabling
Originally a timber framed Wealden farmhouse it has been modified over the years to provide a beautifully presented rural family home within outstanding landscaped grounds.
True to its period origins the property retains a wealth of original features including much exposed structural timber, leaded windows and magnificent inglenook fireplaces. With its principal rooms leading off the very generous reception hall and direct access to the secluded pool area, this home is ideally suited to formal entertaining as well as more relaxed family living.
The particularly spacious and well-appointed family kitchen will delight the enthusiastic cook and with its AGA and generous breakfast area will soon become the cosy heart of this family home. There are a number of excellent reception rooms on the ground floor including a wonderful 33ft drawing room with a large inglenook fireplace. The spacious study leads through to a bright family room overlooking the outdoor pool with a shower room and separate guest WC.
First floor accommodation provides a spacious and elegant master suite with a dressing room and en suite bathroom and three further double bedrooms while a fifth en suite bedroom is to be found on the second floor.
Originally an outbuilding also dating from the 17th century and Grade II Listed, the cottage provides two bedrooms, two reception rooms, kitchen and bathroom and would be ideally suited as staff or extended family accommodation.
A stable block with concrete apron provides five loose boxes and ancillary stores and there is an adjoining all-weather manége. There is direct access from the stables and school to adjoining paddocks.
Garden and Grounds
The magnificent gardens are a key feature of this property. Carefully laid out and tended over many years they provide a haven, flooded with colour. The drive from the road crosses level lawns to enter the property via an electric five-bar gate leading to a spacious forecourt with parking for numerous cars.
The formal gardens lie mainly to the south of the house starting with the delightful paved pool area. A further brick paved terrace below the wisteria-clad south elevation leads to a pretty side rose garden with lily pond and the croquet lawn. From here a gravel path leads between an avenue of lime trees through various levels and different areas of the garden to arrive at the tennis court and adjoining lake with lovely weeping willows and a variety of other specimen trees. To the west of the gardens a wildflower garden is left to grow naturally providing an interesting contrast to the other side. The whole garden benefits from a shelter belt of mature trees providing a high level of privacy and seclusion.
On the northern side of the grounds and behind the stables an extensive and productive vegetable garden is laid out as a semi-formal parterre. Gravel paths and miniature box hedges surround individual fruit trees and rose plants whilst to one side vegetable beds, fruit cages and a greenhouse complete the memorable gardens.
Amounting in all to about 8.7 acres.
View payable Stamp Duty for this property
I would say Beetle House has everything - superb accommodation, glorious gardens with paddocks, pool and tennis court together with stables, outbuildings and a guest cottage.Daniel Clay