A beautifully proportioned 18th century country house of great character and history with mews cottage, office suite, extensive garaging and outbuildings.
Reception Hall, Galleried Hall, five Reception Rooms, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Boot Room, two Cloakrooms, Wine cellar.
Master bedroom suite, seven Further bedrooms (three ensuite), Two family bathrooms.
Two Bedroom Staff/Guest Flat with kitchen.
Office suite including Reception Area, Office, Store, Cloakroom.
Sitting Room, Kitchen, two Bedrooms, two Shower Rooms (one ensuite).
Four-Bay Garage, Stabling, Greenhouse, Heated Swimming Pool with changing facilities.
Partially walled gardens and grounds of approximately five acres. Deerleap dates from the early 18th century and was added to in the 1740’s and later at the turn of the 18th century. This impressive brick and flint village house is now predominantly Victorian in character and the beautifully proportioned interior extends to over 11,000 sq ft including the mews cottage, office complex and garaging.
A welcoming reception hall with period fireplace opens on to a lofty galleried hall with decorative pilasters and elegant staircase rising to a galleried landing on three sides. South-facing windows flood this area with natural light and there is access on to the gardens and grounds. Double doors open on to a south and west-facing drawing room with high ceilings decorated with plaster mouldings and a west-facing full length window bay. The reception hall also opens on to a 20’ long music room and is fitted with floor to ceiling bookcases either side of an impressive fireplace. To the east of the galleried hall is an elegant sitting room with high corniced ceilings and south-facing bay with access to the terrace and heated swimming pool which creates the focus for summer entertaining. A cosy beamed family room provides an ideal area for relaxation in contrast to the more formal elegance of the Victorian reception rooms and has a large open fireplace with raised stone hearth and exposed brick chimney breast with bressumer beam mantel. A hatch in the floor provides access to the spacious cellars. The family room opens on to a 16’ long dining room. The partially vaulted kitchen/breakfast room has great character with stone-flagged floors and double doors opening on to the terrace and pool area. Beyond the kitchen, a boot room provides useful storage for shoes, coats and outside kit. This in turn leads through to an atrium-lit, stoneflagged garden hall accessing the courtyard, cloakroom, laundry room and office suite.
The bedroom accommodation is arranged over two floors. Similar to the ground floor, there is a pleasing contrast between the formal Victorian architecture and a more relaxed style of bedroom with vaulted ceiling, exposed brickwork and beams.
The principal bedrooms all enjoy lovely views over the grounds. The second floor is accessed via an internal staircase which can be separated off from the main house and has its own external entrance.
This self-contained apartment can therefore be incorporated into the main house as guest accommodation or remain private for staff. It provides two further bedrooms, a large sitting room, kitchen and bathroom.
Deerleap has a discreet entrance from the Village Green through remote controlled double gates, set into the 10’ brick and flint walls which enclose the northern boundary of the Green. A gravelled drive leads to the northern facade of the house with ample parking and access both to the four-bay garage and to the walled mews between the office suite and guest cottage. The latter provides completely self-contained accommodation away from the main house. The office suite is ideal for those looking to run their business from home and comes complete with a reception area, two offices including one suitable for board-room use and cloakroom.
The surrounding gardens and grounds extend to five acres and completely surround the property with extensive lawns and many beautiful mature trees. To the sheltered southern side of the house lie terraces and outside entertaining areas, the focal point of which is a large heated swimming pool with concealed power operated cover and steps flanked by shallow bathing areas. This whole area has been landscaped with raised herbaceous borders, young trees and neatly clipped hedging. A gravelled walkway leads to the various outbuildings and a 30’ long greenhouse with a 90 year old grape vine and nursery beds. To the south-west of the grounds lawns rise to a lightly wooded area where the ancient motte and bailey can be found.
Approximate Square Feet:
Lot Acres: 5