An enchanting and meticulously restored 17th century house in secluded grounds of 1.74 acres
Northfield house has been comprehensively renovated by the current owners during the past 18 years to include rebuilding the chimney stacks, overhauling the roof and lead where required. The harling has been repaired and repainted and gutters and downpipes have been replaced where necessary and then painted. All windows have been carefully renovated and are in working order with working shutters. The plumbing has been either replaced or upgraded and the central heating system was installed in 2004 with a subsequent new condensing boiler in 2010. Wiring in the first, second and third floors was replaced during the renovations. The house is approached by a gateway from the street opening onto a gravel courtyard with parking for numerous cars and a gateway leading onto a cobbled terrace on the southern elevation of the house.
Entrance Hall: Studded outer storm doors. Half glazed inner front door with tiled floor. Lower stone stairs lead to first floor and principal accommodation. Half landing with window to north.
Cloakroom: Stone barrel vaulted room being the original kitchen and bakehouse with fireplace and small cellar.
Store: Stone barrel vaulted store room with boiler room and WC off. Apple store.
Store: Stone barrel vaulted, used for wine storage. North Entrance Turret: At base of main stair with 16th century door to courtyard.
Old Kitchen: Part of 1611 extension with original flagstone floor. Windows to west and connecting to: Garden Room: Currently used as store for garden machinery and implements. Windows to south and west and door to garden.
It is considered that the cellar, north entrance turret, old kitchen and garden room which have been left unconverted could potentially be used as granny or staff flat having their own access to the gravel courtyard and to the garden.
Family Kitchen/Dining Room: With 16th century oak door, hand made solid timber cupboards and shelves with Belfast sink in polished granite worktop. Marmoleum flooring. Gas fired four oven Aga. Clothes pulley. Windows to north, east and south.
Reception Hall: Part of the original great hall with 16th century oak doors to stair and butler's pantry. 17th century tempura painted beam and board ceiling. Polished pitch pine floor. Utility cupboard.
Dining Room: Exceptional panelled room created out of subdivided Great Hall. Large marble Regency working fireplace. 17th century tempura painted beam and board ceiling. Baltic pine floor. Window seats. Working shutters.
Corridor and Main Stair: Remodelled in 1830s when the main stair was reconstructed. Regency plasterwork and woodwork. Polished floor. Magnificent stone cantilever circular stair leading to second floor. Cast iron Greek revival balusters and polished mahogany handrail.
Red Bedroom: One of two principal guest rooms with 17th century tempura painted beam and board ceilings. Fragment of surviving wall decoration showing hunting scenes. Baltic pine floor, windows to east and west with working shutters. Moulded working stone fireplace. Wall press.
Yellow Bedroom: With 17th century tempura painted beam and board ceiling windows to south overlooking the main garden with original working shutters. Panelled walls and polished black marble working fireplace.
Bathroom: White fittings including wash basin, bath and WC. Heated towel rail. Window to west.
Drawing Room: Formerly the long gallery this is a magnificent reception room with plaster barrelled vaulted ceiling, windows to south, west and north all with working shutters. With views over the front garden and distant views to Firth of Forth and to Edinburgh. Working fireplace with late 17th century mantelpiece. Turrets on the north east, north west and south west corners.
Bedroom: Part panelled, with stone moulded fireplace. Polished Baltic pine floor. Window to south with working shutters. Walk-in wardrobe (former dressing room).
Bedroom: Part panelled, with carved timber fireplace. Polished pitch pine floor. Window to south with working shutters.
Bedroom: Timber fireplace. Window to south with working shutters. Turret to east with wash basin.
Bathroom: With white fittings including wash basin, bath and WC. Turret to east. Baltic pine floor. Window to north with working shutters. Heated towel rail.
Approached by a wooden stair and providing charming additional accommodation which includes two further bedrooms, studio, store room and WC.
With access from Preston Road there is a coach house with traditional slate roof.
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The sale of Northfield now represents a rare opportunity to acquire an enchanting family house in excellent order in delightful and secluded garden grounds of 1.74 acres.Peter Lyell