The Laurels is a substantial family home and provides exceptionally elegant accommodation in a tucked away location. The property is of Victorian origins, dating from around 1840, with later additions; the result is a gracious and bright house having tall windows and ceilings.
An entrance vestibule/boot room opens to an entrance hall that runs the depth of the house and from which a graceful staircase rises to the first floor. The formal reception rooms are situated to one side and provide a music room and drawing room both with fireplace; there is also a study.
During the current ownership the most wonderful kitchen/dining/family space has been sympathetically added to the house, providing a superb balance to the more traditionally arranged rooms. Lit from above through a large roof lantern, the room has been created in the style of an orangery, with plentiful sash windows on three sides and French doors opening to the garden and terrace with far reaching views to the North Downs. There is space for a generous sitting area arranged around a log burning stove as well as a dining area. The kitchen is neatly set back behind a granite breakfast bar and is exquisitely fitted. A “secret” door behind a bookshelf leads to a useful cellar. Set off the kitchen the “butler’s pantry” provides a super space for a conveniently located desk and further storage. A laundry/utility room connects to a cloakroom/shower room, also accessed from the hall.
The master and guest bedrooms both have luxuriously appointed en-suite shower rooms and the two further double bedrooms share a similarly well-appointed family bathroom. All the bathrooms and the orangery have underfloor heating.
The Laurels is approached over a shingle drive with ample parking to both the side and rear of the house, from where the drive continues to a substantial barn/workshop which provides garaging and storage. To the rear of this is a garden room; there is also a period stable block with a tack room. These buildings could lend themselves to conversion, subject to the necessary consents. Immediately behind the house is a sheltered terrace which offers a fantastic alfresco entertaining space adjacent to the orangery. The gardens to the side are laid to lawn, with established shrub and tree borders providing a mature setting for the house.
Beyond the rear driveway behind a beech hedge is a sand ménage with fields beyond leading down to a small lake overlooked by a summer house. To the north of the ménage is a well-stocked orchard.
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Lot Acres: 4