A charming grade II listed farmhouse with outbuildings in a secluded setting less than 2 miles from a station.
Newmans Farm is a Grade II listed farmhouse which is also thought to have been used as a bothy for farmworkers in the area. It has many fine period features throughout and the listing states: "A late C18 or early C19 timber-framed and weatherboarded house
double-hung sashes with glazing bars and north wing has casements. There is a central doorway on the south front, Roofs tiled, with 2 gabled dormers to the north wing". The house has been in the same family for well over forty years and has been painstakingly maintained and updated throughout that time.
The front door opens into an attractive entrance lobby, where a walk-in storage cupboard with wash basin doubles as a wine store and a door leads into the partially-vaulted hallway with a herringbone tiled floor and a staircase leading up to the first floor flanked by a large window. The principal rooms leading off this hall include a large, bright, triple aspect sitting room with an impressive fireplace with flagstone hearth and open grate, where it is believed the harvesters would have congregated after the day's work to cook and eat together. In contrast the kitchen/breakfast room to the left was thoughtfully extended about five years ago and has a neutral stone floor with underfloor heating, contemporary units in cream with pale granite worktops and a range of integrated NEFF appliances including a large fridge, double oven, induction hob, washing machine and dishwasher. The breakfast area has a vaulted ceiling with a large skylight which, along with the bi-folding doors cleverly flood the kitchen with natural light. There is space for a large table and chairs and the doors open onto a terrace within the walled garden. Adjacent to the kitchen is a utility room with matching units, sufficient space for a tall freezer and a door to the walled garden. A third door from the kitchen gives on to the dining room with a deep sash south facing window framing the views over the garden towards the paddocks, a door leading out on to the garden and another attractive open fireplace with wood burner. The dining room leads onto a good size snug with attractive exposed brickwork and fitted cupboards, which in turn leads full circle back into the hall.
The galleried landing on the first floor gives on to four bedrooms including the master suite and its dual aspect bedroom with vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and dormer windows facing east over the walled garden and west towards panoramic rural views. The adjoining dressing room has built-in wardrobes and leads through to the three piece white en suite. The other three bedrooms are all bright and airy, with sash windows looking south, and bedroom two has a pretty period fireplace. The family bathroom has a four piece suite with separate shower cubicle and a built-in storage cupboard. There is also a walk-in storage cupboard and a spacious shelved airing cupboard.
The house occupies a sheltered position at the end of a private road (owned by the surrounding landowner) and is approached along a shingle drive providing ample parking space and access to a detached garage (with additional loft storage) situated to the left of the house. The boundaries are well maintained and planted with hornbeam to the north and south and a mixture of hawthorn and blackthorn to the west. The established gardens include various herbaceous borders with mature planting and a selection of specimen trees planted by the owners over forty years ago. The walled garden is thoughtfully landscaped, with access to the lawns and paddocks that provide uninterrupted views over the adjoining farmland. There is a brick built stable block next to the paddocks which has an insulated metal roof, lighting, mains water and additional storage for hay.
The current owners purchased the adjacent Essex timber barn in 1999 and undertook a programme of modernisation which included the installation of concrete floors, stripping the weather boarding, covering the body of the barn with Tyvek and replacing the boarding. The extensive space with its exposed timbers and traditional midstrey is currently configured with stairs leading to a first floor study/home office space but offers considerable potential for alternative use.
The farmhouse was fitted with Photo-Voltaic (PV) panels in July 2012. These panels keep energy demands low while earning £0.21 per kW/hr for a period of 20 years, of which 13 years remain.
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