Coming to the market for the first time in over 50 years, a wonderful Grade II listed farmhouse with glorious gardens, grounds and various outbuildings
Set within the tranquil rural hamlet of Bells Forstal, Bells Forstal Farmhouse is a stunning country farmhouse now coming to the market for the first time in over 50 years. This exceptional family home is understood to date in part from the 16th century, with its jettied frontage still evident and later Georgian additions to the rear.
During the first world war, land in the Throwley area was acquired by the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the house was requisitioned as an officers mess until 1918 when it then reverted to being a private farmhouse.
The generously proportioned and beautifully presented accommodation is arranged over two floors. Points of note include;
An abundance of exposed oak timbers and chamfered beams, high ceilings to the majority of rooms, sash and casement windows, painted panelled internal doors, impressive old stone fireplaces and several with wood burning stoves.
Attractive principal reception rooms of excellent proportions include a panelled drawing room and a formal dining room, both enjoying a westerly aspect with outlook over the garden. Situated off the welcoming reception hall is a study/home office with pretty period fireplace.
The 24ft kitchen/breakfast room features a comprehensive range of hand-painted cupboards, a walk-in larder, central island with granite work surfaces and an oil fired oven Aga. There is space for various freestanding appliances.
To the south of the kitchen is a boot room and to the north, linked via the rear hall, lies a substantial utility room with ample cupboards and space for white goods.
An oak staircase and a secondary staircase lead to the first floor where the superb master suite features a beautiful bedroom with old fireplace, a dressing room with a range of built-in cupboards and an en suite shower room.
A further five attractive bedrooms are served by a family bathroom and a shower room, equipped with modern white sanitary ware.
Bells Forstal Farmhouse is approached via a sweeping gravel drive leading to an area of parking to the front and north side of the house.
Beautifully landscaped gardens provide a lovely backdrop to this charming home; expansive lawns are stocked with various mature and specimen trees including copper beech and various evergreens, whilst mixed herbaceous borders and varieties of roses create seasonal colour and interest.
There are several paved terraces and a charming east-facing courtyard area with clipped box and yew hedging.
Within the gardens there is a natural pond and a covered swimming pool which is heated by an air source heat pump. Adjoining the garden to the eastern boundary is a small area of paddock.
Period outbuildings with flint and brick elevations comprise a former forge which houses the heating system for the pool, stalls/stables and barn, an old privy and a bat house.
On the opposite side of the road there is a pond and a narrow belt of coniferous trees that also belongs to Bells Forstal Farmhouse.
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Opportunity to acquire a beautiful home, on the market for the first time in over 50 yearsDuncan Petrie