This charming family home is said to be a source of inspiration for Alice in Wonderland'.
Liddell House is a fine Grade II Listed village house which is understood to date back from the 18th Century. There are mid 19th Century improvements including the addition of the main entrance porch. The property also has an interesting history in that it was once owned by the father of Alice Liddell, said to be the model for Alice in Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland''. There is a small door in the entrance hall said to be that referred to in the story. Alice's uncle was vicar of South Cerney at this time, circa 1860.
The house itself is very comfortable in that includes two principal reception rooms, both having fireplaces.. Between the two is a study with a sitting room being found at the front of the property. Adjacent is the good sized kitchen with a vaulted ceiling and having access to the courtyard and a generously sized sun room which is currently used as a home gym/utility room though is capable of other uses.. There are three sets of French doors into the garden. Off the welcoming reception hall is the cloakroom and an elegant staircase rises to the first and second floors.
The bedrooms are divided between two floors with all having a southerly aspect over the garden. On the first floor there are three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a separate wc. A further three rooms and a bathroom are on the second floor together with a bathroom, dark room and a former maids room. Four bedrooms have fireplaces and five have fitted or built in cupboards. Heating is by way of a gas fired boiler and throughout the house there is ample storage space..
A particular feature of the property is the wonderful walled garden which faces south. Mainly laid to lawn there are a variety of shrubs and plants as well as mature specimen trees including a purple beech tree. From the terrace adjacent to the house is a part covered walk leading down the garden with an herbaceous border to one side. At the far end is a natural garden border with a profusion of Spring bulbs and ground cover and a rear door to the street leading to the centre of the village. There is a delightful aspect when looking back at the house, particularly in late Spring when the wisteria is in bloom.
Access to the property is via a shared drive which will also service the owner's new house. A double garage will be provided as well as additional parking space from where there is direct access into the garden. A small courtyard gives access to a range of tool sheds, game larder, and store.
In total the property extends to just over half an acre.
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A great family house within walking distance of all the village amenities.Anthony Coaker