A stunning Grade II* listed family home in the heart of this highly sought-after village
Dating in part from the 15th century, Hartnup House is an enchanting detached property of architectural interest and historic note and designated a Grade II* listing.
In 1671, the south east wing was added by Matthew Hartnup, who was understood to have been the village apothecary and whose name is inscribed along with the date on the bressumer oversail. On either side are two single petal roses of the houses of York and Lancaster and two carved rhinoceros, which had strong medical associations throughout Europe by the 17th century. Indeed The London Society of Apothecaries featured German artist, Albrecht Dürer's rhinoceros on its crest as early as 1617 and it was believed that vessels carved from rhino horn had the ability to detect poisons.
Hartnup House and the beautifully landscaped garden with the medieval church of St Michael the Archangel as a backdrop, has been in the same ownership for almost 40 years and has been sympathetically and lovingly preserved by the present owners.
This fascinating property, originally built in the traditional hall house' style of the 15th century, is beautifully presented throughout with excellent family accommodation over three floors. Points of note include;
An abundance of exposed timbers and beams feature throughout, including some wonderful heartwood/duramen beams in the oldest parts of the house, impressive inglenook fireplaces, parquet, limestone and travertine flooring.
The three attractive reception rooms are of good proportions, with the drawing room and study both enjoying a lovely garden outlook and the former benefitting from a wood burning stove.
The kitchen/breakfast room has an extensive range of bespoke cupboards and appliances comprise a gas fired Aga, electric oven, integral dishwasher, microwave, fridge and freezer. French doors open from the family area to a pretty terrace and the gardens beyond.
A minstrel's gallery overlooks the staircase leading to the first floor where three of the four bedrooms enjoy a double or triple aspect and are served by a family bathroom.
Separate staircases lead to the two attic bedrooms and a further bathroom.
Hartnup House has a driveway with parking for several cars and access to a detached double garage with useful first floor room.
The glorious landscaped garden lies mainly to the south and south west (an invisible boundary' with the neighbouring property lying to the west). The garden, with gently
sloping lawns, is stocked with mixed herbaceous borders, specimen trees, a rose and clematis-clad walkway and paved terraces. There is a kitchen garden, a pond and a stream which adjoins the river Beult.
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A chance to acquire a wonderful village house which has been in the same family for almost 40 yearsDuncan Petrie