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A HANDSOME AND HISTORIC FORMER RECTORY WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE OF THE COUNTY TOWN

PROPERTY FEATURES

  • Reception hall
  • Drawing room
  • Music room
  • Study
  • Dining room
  • Cellar
  • Cloakroom
  • Kitchen
  • Master bedroom with ensuite bathroom
  • 4 further bedrooms, bathroom
  • WC
  • Linked Coach House with Kitchen breakfast room
  • Store room and pantry
  • First floor flat with sitting room
  • Double bedroom and bathroom
  • Outside
  • Superb professionally landscaped and well stocked
  • private gardens, with walled garden, orchard, kitchen
  • garden.
  • Range of outbuildings including machine store,
  • workshop, wood store, summer house,
  • Greenhouse and outside Wc. Private drive with parking
  • for several cars.
  • In all about 1.66 acres

THE PROPERTY

Conceived as a gentleman's residence with its generously large reception rooms and high ceilings. The exterior very much reflects the ''cottage orne' style with lime render and painted under a thatched roof and pretty thatched veranda at ground floor level, and latticework windows. Of particular note is the striking hallway, its door topped with a beautiful fan light, leading to the fine staircase with its elegant bannisters. The front portion of the house is a ''four square' Georgian pattern, each reception room with a fireplace, the impressive dining room no stranger to debate and laughter. To the rear of the property, is a serving area or second kitchen and further back, in what was the old Coach House, there is a more spacious kitchen/breakfast room with its bi-fold doors facing South-East to let in the morning sun. A separate laundry room and storage area is conveniently located behind the kitchen. The first floor has a glorious collection of individual bedrooms around the pretty landing, each bedroom with its unique character and the sumptuous master with an adjoining bathroom. Beneath the main staircase the cellar gives clues to the humbler roots of the house. Almost perfectly preserved is the original cottage, it's fascinating set of rooms, now cool and dry, ideal for the storage of wine. The current owners have undergone an extensive restoration and improvement of the house over a number of years to make it, not only shine as a period house, but be practical for the demands of contemporary living. The property is Grade II listed, as a building of architectural and historical importance, and the renovation has been carried out with the enthusiastic support of the local authority. The services have been updated to modern standards and the house functions in an efficient manner, but still has great potential for further enhancement. The Coach House (first Floor Flat) A particular feature of the house, achieved at some expense, is the lovely guest apartment on the first floor of the Old Coach House. Any visitor would be delighted and happily surprised to stay in such neat rooms with their skilled cabinet work, the lovely open sitting room, and balcony overlooking the glorious gardens. The apartment is big enough for comfortable full-time occupation, or for use as staff accommodation or a family annexe. The Formal Garden The beautiful formal walled garden has been restored by the current owners. A facsimile of the original gardens, old Ordnance Survey maps were used to confirm the exact location of features such as the summer house within the boundaries. In essence the garden is not only a beautiful backdrop to the house, but an equally important aspect of the whole. Of note, the path to the ornamental pond is perfectly aligned from the Music Room window, its symmetrical box hedging and topiary guiding the eye to the pond and beyond to the summerhouse. The romantic garden has numerous areas (too many to mention) for relaxation, contemplation and entertaining amongst the paths and beds. Whilst ornate and beautiful, the garden has a practical plan for ease of maintenance and purchasers should not be daunted. Grounds Approached via a long gravel drive which sweeps round to the front and side of the property providing ample parking. Predominantly to the left of the drive is a sweeping lawn leading to the front elevation of the house. The boundaries have a variety of large trees screening and maintaining the privacy of the house but being far enough away not to deprive the house of light during the summer. Adjacent to the walled garden is a productive kitchen garden and orchard. A range of outbuildings incorporating a workshop, a wood store and a strong room is located discreetly on the East side. The gardens are bordered by fields and mature trees.