Beautifully renovated Grade II listed property in the heart of a sought-after village.
The Forge is a superb period conversion of a prominent house in the village, offering beautifully presented, stylish accommodation extending to over 3,500 sq ft and arranged over two floors.
The property was originally two separate dwellings, one of which is listed Grade II and is believed to date from 1560, the other the original Forge, believed to date from the eighteenth century. It has been sympathetically converted to create a wonderful family house that both meets modern expectations of comfort and style, whilst retaining all the period charm of the original dwellings.
Features of note include floor to ceiling glazing ensuring light floods through the house, original exposed beams and open plaster, giving plenty of character, and striking exposed brickwork and oak flooring to the Forge portion of the house.
The floorplans offer an excellent overview of the accommodation and should be referred to as a guide to the full extent and layout of the property.
The house is approached through an old oak door, and via the old living room (reception hall) situated in the oldest portion - a cosy room with high ceilings, a fully working woodburner stove, original exposed beams and plaster, and TV point.
Beyond lies the boot room, with tiled floor and original beams, and the rear hall which has a glass door overlooking the pretty back garden; the rear hall also benefits from exposed wall timbers and plaster, and high ceilings. The rear hall leads to the open plan kitchen/sitting room, which has electronically operated blinds and underfloor heating, oak flooring, exposed beams, part-vaulted ceilings and huge oak barn doors opening to the picturesque village green. The kitchen is fitted with a wood central island and a Rangemaster six ring, dual oven electric range.
The kitchen is open to the dining room a spectacular and spacious room with a central polished concrete chimney (not currently in use), exposed beams, a large picture window to the front elevation and five Maxlight' ultra thin-framed sliding doors to the rear, which open up onto the paved, elevated terrace. This creates a fantastic space for entertaining, with an excellent flow between inside and out, and views to the countryside beyond.
Beyond the dining room lies a conservatory, with stone flagged steps down to the car parking area. There is a utility room, cloakroom, and an oak side door with access to Station Road.
A shower room with part-vaulted ceiling completes the ground floor.
There are six bedrooms situated on the first floor, served by a stylish main bathroom with double shower and bath, a shower room and a WC, and reached by two staircases, one in each wing of the house. One of the bedrooms can be accessed from either wing, and could be used as a playroom or first floor sitting room.
All bedrooms have exposed timbers and original features, with views either over the village green or far reaching views across the countryside beyond. In the newer part of the house the bedrooms have several Velux windows and electronically operated blinds.
There are in-wall ethernet points throughout this part of the house.
The Forge is approached via a brick pathway from Station Road, over which the neighbouring properties have right of access, and there is a pretty, cottage style front garden with rose and holly bushes.
The fully enclosed rear garden has a brick paved terrace close to the house, and a larger elevated terrace spanning the length of the dining room.
The remainder of the garden is mainly laid to lawn with established shrubs and magnolia and cherry blossom trees at the boundary, with some gardening ornamental lighting, bronze exterior light fittings to the side of the house, and discreet security lights.
There is secure off-street parking adjacent to the conservatory, approached from Station Road via an electronically operated gate.
The Forge has the benefit of the use of a further parking space, accessed via Leighton Road and reached via a courtesy gate to the rear garden.
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I am really impressed by this property, it is absolutely stunning. A great family house, in one of my favourite villages.Rohan VinesProperty agent