Attached period cottage, full of character and charm, with a glorious garden and outstanding far reaching views.
Believed to date from the early 1700s, Knaves Acre is a delightful attached cottage, bursting with character and with an interesting history evidenced by a number of period features. The house is situated in an elevated position in the village Conservation Area, and from the rear outstanding panoramic views reaching for miles over rolling Sussex countryside to the North Downs, Surrey and Kent, taking in the waters of Weirwood Reservoir.
Originally built by the village wheel-wright, the vaulted ceiling in what is now the sitting room accommodated carts and some old hardware is still attached to the timbers; the property was later owned by an artist and potter with links to the Bloomsbury group. It is well-presented, with every care taken to preserve the historical charm of the property: of particular note are the two light-filled reception rooms, both of which have excellent ceiling heights for a property of its age, woodburning stoves, and both windows and glazed doors framing the exceptional views.
Knaves Acre is complemented by two versatile outbuildings in the garden: a substantial office with woodburning stove, workshop and store with useful kitchenette and shower room allowing the option for it to be used as occasional guest accommodation, and an attractive, recently built timber-framed oak clad studio currently used as a consulting room.
The floor and site plans give a comprehensive overview of the full extent of the accommodation, together with the layout of the rooms and outbuildings.
To the front of Knaves Acre is a small gravel courtyard, screened from the road by hedging with a central wooden gate leading to the front door. Adjoining the front of the house is a useful pantry; there is also a covered log and bin store.
The glorious rear garden is of particular note. Immediately to the rear of the cottage is a raised decked terrace adjoining the sitting room; a further seating area atop an outcrop of rock is accessed from the dining room. From here, steps descend to the lower garden which lies at the foot of a striking sandstone cliff and is mainly laid to well-tended, gently undulating lawn, surrounded by mature trees and shrubs, with a small pond and productive kitchen garden. The garden is well enclosed by mature trees and has views over open fields to the north; to the north east of the garden is a parking area with vehicular access via a right of way over a private lane/bridlepath leading off Chapel Row.
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