An outstanding family house with secondary accommodation, garaging and recreation barn set in beautiful gardens and grounds of about 3.6 acres.07825978519
An exceptional Grade II listed early seventeenth century farmhouse, updated and presented in excellent order with surprisingly light and spacious accommodation and generally good ceiling heights for a house of this age.
The house retains many original features including mellow timbers and beams, drop latch oak doors, leaded light oak framed windows, wooden floorboards including some lovely wide oak boards on the first and second floors, a number of fine old fireplaces including inglenooks in the sitting room and dining room.
The modern farmhouse kitchen with part vaulted ceiling and slate flooring comprises: oak fronted hand-made Shaker style units with granite worktops by Bespoke of Goudhurst, twin butler style sink, an electric Aga, Bosch dishwasher and combination microwave oven.
There is space for a fridge freezer and adjoining the kitchen is a walk in pantry with marble cold shelf and a utility room with butler sink and space and plumbing for a washing machine. The house sits back from the road, behind electric telephone entry gates, within a plot of about 3.6 acres with southerly views over the gardens and neighbouring field.
The gardens are a notable feature of the property, created by the reputable fruit grower Ben Tompsett who bought the house and the surrounding farmland in the 1950s. Tompsett established a garden which produces an array of colour and contrast all year round and it was open to the public under the National Gardens Scheme for a time. The plot is well-screened with mature trees including English Oaks.
There are two large ponds, a splendid selection of large shrubs and many mature specimen trees, flowers and herbaceous plants. There is a particularly attractive parterre rose garden adjacent to the house with Yorkstone pathways and terraces and a further parterre garden (former kitchen garden) to the side of the barn. Two large ponds attract wildlife and provide conditions for some unusual plantings around their perimeter.
The fully renovated detached barn offers a great space for entertaining, recreation or even office use. Double doors open out to the gardens and the front pond. To the rear is a mezzanine level overlooking the open plan room below, which has Oak floorboards, beamed vaulted ceiling and power and lighting connected. The barn is partially clad by a fine old wisteria and a fruit-producing grape vine.
To the north of the house, situated across a Yorkstone courtyard, is a detached building comprising a single garage with workshop to the rear and a well-appointed annexe, providing ideal secondary accommodation for guests or teenagers.
There is a further detached triple bay garage located at the head of the driveway, which is heated, has remotely operated electric doors and a boarded loft space with pull-down ladder.
The outdoor heated swimming pool has its own balustraded dining terrace and a pool hut/changing room. There are two working wells at the property.
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Crittenden House is definitely a rare opportunity to get something really very special.Robert Jacobs