A substantial Grade ll village house with a beautiful ’country’ garden. In all about 1.2 acres.
North End House is understood to date from the 18th century with later additions, and is a substantial double fronted attached village house with a spectacular ’country’ garden. The ground floor accommodation is ideally arranged for formal and informal entertaining with one room leading seamlessly into another. All of the reception rooms are of elegant proportions with high ceilings. Features include panelled doors, extensive book shelving, sash windows, cornicing, wooden floors and a number of attractive fireplaces. The drawing room is a particularly elegant room with three large arched glazed doors leading out to the garden.
The kitchen/breakfast room was sympathetically added by the current owners, and has a wonderful sense of light and space with a large roof lantern. The kitchen is fitted with a bespoke range of painted units and includes two sinks, an integrated dishwasher, a five oven Aga and a walk in pantry. Leading from the kitchen there are four doors giving access to the garden.
From the ground floor an elegant turned staircase leads up to the first floor. Arranged over the upper floors is a spacious principal bedroom suite, a first floor sitting room/study, guest suite, 6 further bedrooms and two further bathrooms. From the principal bedroom and dressing room doors lead out to two wide roof terraces from which there is a wonderful view over the garden. There is a spiral secondary staircase leading from the ground floor to the first floor.
Situated a short distance to the rear of the main house, the cottage presents attractive weatherboard, flint and brick elevations. The cottage provides excellent secondary accommodation, or alternatively could be utilised as a home office. To the front of the cottage there is a small sheltered courtyard planted with various ornamental grasses.
The well-known playwright and author Enid Bagnold (Lady Jones) is understood to have lived at North End House and is best known for her 1935 book, National Velvet, on which the film, starring Elizabeth Taylor, was based. It is thought that it was the garden at North End House which inspired her play, The Chalk Garden.
North End House is approached though an electrically operated entrance gate, which leads to a driveway providing parking for several cars. To one side of the drive is the garage, and wooden gates at the end drive give access to the Cottage. The gardens and grounds at North End House are a particular feature of the property, and have been beautifully planted and landscaped over the years and are divided into a number of ’rooms’. Immediately to the rear of the house is a large sheltered walled garden with a heated swimming pool set into a decked and paved surround. From the walled courtyard a path leads up to the pool house which provides a changing room. Situated a short distance from the pool house is a ’secret’ ornamental pond.
A lime avenue leads up through the garden to a large lawn, which is boarded by various mature trees including medlar, plum, apple, pear and ornamental cherry. To the far end of the lawn there is a substantial period outbuilding/former stable block which provides various stores and a garden store/workshop. To the side of this building, there is a paved sitting area with a number of attractive brick and flint archways. To the rear of the outbuilding is a kitchen garden with four raised beds and a greenhouse. Adjacent to the kitchen garden is the all-weather tennis court. At the far end of the garden there is a ’wild’ garden with a wooden gazebo. From the garden there are some wonderful views over the roof tops towards the church and open countryside beyond. About 1.2 acres.
8 Bedrooms, 5 Receptions, 4 Bathrooms
Elegantly proportioned rooms
Magnificent kitchen/breakfast room
Spectacular ’country’ garden
Heated swimming pool
All-weather tennis court
Substantial period former stable block
Property Features Include: Historic Home
Approximate Square Feet:
Lot Acres: 1.2