Victorian country house full of authentic period features
Dating from 1889, The Croft is an excellent example of a large Victorian family house with a mass of retained original features typical of the period. The property benefits from a spacious and impressive reception hall featuring a magnificent staircase lit from a large stained glass window. The three principal reception rooms offer generous and elegant accommodation and with access to the spacious terrace and gardens are ideally suited to formal entertaining as well as relaxed family living. The real surprise however lies beneath the terrace where the owners have carefully and sympathetically installed a magnificent and luxurious indoor swimming pool and leisure area. Here, full width glass doors open to a perfect sun-trap' lower terrace with steps leading up to the gardens.
First and second floor accommodation is no less grand , tastefully blending with the period elements is a bright and spacious master suite including a generous dressing room (potential further double bedroom) and roof terrace. A total of six further bedrooms are arranged over two floors together with an office and spacious home cinema. The majority of rooms enjoy lovely views over the grounds and surround countryside.
Whilst retaining its essential 19th Century characteristics The Croft has been well maintained and upgraded for 21st Century family living and the second floor accommodation would, if required, be perfect for au-pair or other staff accommodation.
The accommodation of The Croft is particularly flexible and is illustrated on the floor plans included in this brochure.
Gardens and Grounds
The property is approached over a short shared entrance leading to a private drive and spacious forecourt with parking for several cars. The area is flanked by shrub and flower borders offering considerable privacy by mature evergreen trees and hedges. A spur off the drive leads to a further extensive parking area, an oak-framed triple garage and tractor shed. Here there is also a very well laid-out and productive kitchen garden with several large raised beds and aluminium framed greenhouse.
Lying mainly to the west and south of the house, the remaining grounds comprise mostly lawn on two levels one of which is laid out for croquet. An extensive stone paved and full width terrace adjoins the house with access from the drawing room and rear hall and there is an attractive breeze house' for all year round outside entertaining. Set against a backdrop of mature woodland the whole area is totally private and perfect for relaxation or summer dining.
In all about 3.5 acres (1.4ha).
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It is no wonder The Times, Bricks and Mortar, chose The Croft as their 'House of the Week' earlier this spring. This is a complete one off and is full of untouched period charm. The house has a wonderful feel and is perfect for families who love to entertain, whether in the indoor pool or taking full advantage of the gardens and woods!Lottie Geaves