Rural retreat within Great London, 22 minutes by rail to Fenchurch Street.
Found next to the picturesque and historic All Saints Church, Grade II listed Cranham Hall occupies a beautiful and secluded setting, well protected by its own extensive acreage. A large mansion, of late 16th or early 17th century origin, occupied the site where Cranham Hall now stands until around 1789. This former residence was home to the prominent international figure General James Oglethorpe (1691-1781) for 41 years. General Oglethorpe founded the 13th and last American Colony, which is now the state of Georgia. He is buried alongside his wife at the centre of the chancel of All Saints' parish church. Oglethorpe's house was demolished shortly after his death and it is not clear how much, if any, of the old house was incorporated in the present building, with its prominent, late 18th century frontage.
Built on high ground in order to take advantage of the glorious views over its gardens, lake and neighbouring countryside, Cranham Hall is approached through two sets of electric gates into a substantial, gravelled drive, leading to a 5,000 sq ft barn which provides ample parking and includes a two bedroom staff flat. A Scandinavian-style log cabin, positioned on the water's edge, is a charming feature and provides a wonderful summer getaway, complete with a discreet, decked hot tub. To the south of the house is a secure walled garden, ideal as a children's play area, and overlooked by the kitchen, dining room and reception hall. It also has direct access to the impressive indoor swimming pool and leisure complex.
Cranham Hall has rendered elevations under a slate roof and to the front, a Doric porch is positioned in the centre of the beautifully symmetrical elevation. Rooms of note include the elegant, large drawing room and the swimming pool complex both of which are ideal for entertaining and conveniently positioned next to each other. The pool complex, which was added in recent years, includes a bar, sauna and changing rooms. The master bedroom suite on the first floor occupies the front of the building and has been positioned to take full advantage of the panoramic views. Immediately above, occupying almost the whole of the second floor, is the games room, again orientated to take advantage of the vistas over the gardens and beyond.
Cranham Hall boasts excellent outbuildings that include a large timber framed barn which provides ample space for parking and storage. It extends to over 5,000 sq ft, Immediately adjoining is a helipad.
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Country living in the suburbs of Greater London. A true hidden gem.Stephen White