Richmond House is one of the larger properties in the village and its unique history lends it unmatched character and personality. Listed Grade II, the house has the unique distinction of having two postcodes, one for each of what were previously separate buildings. Approaching 4,250 square feet, the present owner has pieced the house back together over the past 20 years, transforming what was the village’s doctor’s surgery into a large, well-appointed family home. Furthermore, the front of the house - previously a shop - has been adapted to accommodate a thriving design business. Richmond House is considered suitable for a variety of purposes subject to any necessary consents.
Built during the early Georgian era, the house retains many of its original features, and has been sympathetically modernized and added-to with a combination of Georgian panelling and neo-classical features. With its generous highly individual bedrooms, living spaces and bathrooms this is an ideal family home. The shared areas are large and multi-functional, and the layout of the house gives each bedroom its own privacy. With two staircases and five walk in cupboards, this really is a treasure of a home.
The day-to-day access, via the original oak door, leads to the kitchen/breakfast room at the heart of the house, with a second more functional kitchen/utility room adjacent. To one side is the vaulted dining room, which opens to the garden and, like the kitchen, has a fine inglenook fireplace. The former servants’ staircase rises to the west wing, where there is a stunning double aspect bedroom with en-suite facilities, with a further en-suite bedroom above.
As well as the beautiful Georgian façade at the rear, a spectacular Edwardian façade faces Charing High Street. To the rear is a large, elegant study and this links through to the bright and airy Edwardian rooms at the front, with double bay, double glazed, solid oak feature windows. These are presently used as the office for The Wow Factory, a design and media agency. The property is available with full vacant possession, but the business would consider staying as a tenant if an incoming purchaser so desired.
A magnificent staircase, adjacent to a secondary kitchen and the cloakrooms, rises to the light first floor drawing room with large windows enjoying views over the village, and benefitting from hand-made bookcases and a fireplace. The main bedrooms are found on the second floor. The two parts of the house interconnect at first floor level, through a handsome reception room, currently arranged as a games room. On the lower ground floor are the cinema/family room and the cellar. The two staircases provide for very flexible living.
One of the village of Charing’s most venerable characters, Mrs Machin, lived in Richmond House for many years and was well known for keeping a live hand grenade on the mantelpiece in the drawing room. She also kept an early Ford motor car in the private drive, which she drove from brand new for more than 40 years. The house was also apparently home to Robert Graves, the First World War poet, for a short period after 1918. Richmond House has an interesting and rich history, which is clear to any who view it.
The garden is set to the rear of the house, and the day to day access and parking are found here. It is an easy to maintain size, with a combination of mature borders and grass areas. The patio features two re-inforced glass-topped wells and a pebble-based barbecue area with superb views of the rear façade of the house. Beyond the garden a private drive with double oak-framed car port and additional parking area for several cars completes the picture.
Property Features Include: Historic Home
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