Beautiful substantial village house with exceptional interiors and potential annexe in this popular and commutable riverside village.
St Francis House is a large village house believed to be late Georgian/early Victorian with painted brick elevations under a slated roof. The property had been used as a religious retreat since about 1950 and was sold to the current owners in 2010 who have carried out an extensive programme of renovation and refurbishment to a high standard and with great style and flair.
The extensive accommodation is laid out over two floors and has gracious light and spacious rooms with tall ceilings. A significant proportion of the ground floor is floored with reclaimed mahogany parquet which makes the spaces flow beautifully together. The layout is now extremely practical for a large family with a wide hallway, off which is a cloakroom with extensive built-in cupboards, a shower/cloakroom, a study, vaulted top lit staircase hall and two inter-connecting main reception rooms with bays overlooking the gardens. These rooms also have reclaimed French stone fireplace surrounds and cornicing and are joined by wide panelled double doors creating a fantastic space for entertaining. The completely re-fitted kitchen features antiqued mirror splashbacks and painted cabinets with large central island, granite working surfaces and characterful copper sinks, integrated appliances and a dresser with glazed upper cupboards and drawers below. The kitchen also has a walk-in larder and separate pantry either side of an opening that leads into the dining room with wide sliding floor to ceiling windows overlooking the gardens.
A glazed door in the kitchen leads into a parquet floored corridor, to the right are two large adjacent studies or offices with an intervening cloakroom and to the left a utility room. To the end a further large room leads into the spectacular Garden Room which has a completely glazed wall with sliding glass doors leading out into the garden.
From the main hallway the top lit stairs lead up to the first floor accommodation which provides five large bedrooms all with en suite bath or shower rooms and an additional family bathroom. The master bedroom suite is very large and light with an adjacent bathroom with walk-in marble tiled shower, Duravit wall hung w.c and double basin, and a dressing room with built-in wardrobes. There are two guest bedrooms with southern aspects and en suite shower rooms which are accessed via a light, long corridor that passes the family bathroom. There are two further double bedrooms with en suite shower rooms and deep built in cupboards.
The wing to the west of the house has a separate entrance onto the High Street with small entrance hall. To the far end is a kitchen/living room which could be used as the ground floor section of an annexe (the services are laid on but it has not been fitted out). A flight of stairs leads up to a bedroom and bathroom (to be fitted), and the former chapel which could convert into a gym or home cinema. This section connects through a pair of double doors to the main house first floor accommodation.
St Francis House is situated alongside the High Street and has a shallow flower bed along the pavement elevation. The site is accessed via Church Street and is laid mainly to lawn and partly walled. The Church Street entrance is found at the end of a long stretch of walling along the road frontage at the end of which an opening leads into the driveway with a small stand of Silver Birch trees to the right and a parking area straight ahead. There is an enclosed garden to the right with orchard trees and, to the far end, a small summer house. A gated access to the north-east leads into an area with concrete hardstanding. To the western boundary is a further enclosed area with outbuilding and apple trees and an wired in enclosure.
In all about 1.38 acres.
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This is such a stylish house with beautiful light rooms which are all great sizes with loads of space for a family in this popular riverside village.James Barnett