A unique piece of English heritage in the shape of a historic Priory
Poling Priory has an impressive and important history as evidenced by its Grade I listing status and provides a unique opportunity to be a part of its ongoing story.
The house was built around 1140 by the Hospitaller Knights of the Order of St John and served as their religious and administrative base until the dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century. Since then, it has seen service as a farmhouse, an animal shelter and following its restoration in the 19th century it became the family home of the celebrated explorer and author Sir Harry Johnstone. Following his death, it had a brief period as an RAF Officers Mess during the second World War before coming to its present owners in 1955.
Internally the property offers a range of attractive and flexible accommodation with a wealth of atmosphere and period features throughout. Elements of particular note include the Priory drawing room and the two bedrooms above that were created from the original priory chapel. The altar niche and east window surround can still be seen. In this, the oldest part of the house a superb heavily timbered and barrel-vaulted roof is of particular interest. All principal rooms enjoy a southerly aspect with attractive garden views and with some sensitive upgrading and decoration a new owner will undoubtedly create a family home of immense character and charm.
The property benefits from a detached cottage, along with a range of outbuildings that offer considerable opportunity for a variety of uses such as home-based business, gymnasium, games room or further accommodation.
Gardens and Grounds
St John's Priory is approached over a gravelled drive to a turning circle by the front door from where the drive continues to further parking, the stables, barn and Gardeners Cottage. To the front and North the grounds are mainly laid to lawn with a lovely display of spring bulbs, several mature trees and a small orchard. Beyond this a further area of lightly wooded lawn would easily provide a pony paddock if required.
To the rear and south of the house there is a wide stone paved terrace accessed from the hall and TV room which is delightfully private and ideally suited to relaxation or summer dining. Beyond this, several lawns with a number of mature trees, whilst to the west is a sheltered and well-tended walled vegetable garden.
In all about 3.37 acres (1.36 hectares).
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This is a truly historic home that presents an opportunity to own an important property within English history. I love the barrel-vaulted bedrooms and the fabulous drawing room that between them, are the most eye catching rooms of this very special property.James Machell