A most handsome Grade II Listed period house set in a fine position in a lovely North Downs village, with over 4,500 square feet of characterful living space, substantial outbuildings, beautiful gardens and two paddocks.
The Cottage, apparently named after a reference by Jane Austen in "Persuasion", dates from the 17th century, with later alterations and extensions. It stands over 100 feet back from the lane in a private, well-screened position.
There are mixed elevations of brick and tile hanging under a clay tiled roof with four chimney stacks. The house has plenty of large windows ensuring bright rooms, most with lovely views over the garden and grounds. The property has not changed hands for over 40 years and presents an incoming buyer with an opportunity to acquire a fine village house in an outstanding setting, which they can adapt and decorate to suit their own requirements.
The entrance porch opens to two receptions rooms either side of the main stack, each with inglenook fireplace, exposed beam and leaded light windows. Beyond the dining room is a bright sitting room with four sash windows, with shutters and a solid fuel stove in fireplace. The south and west facing drawing room has French windows to the garden, an oil-fuelled stove in the attractive fireplace, with shelving either side. The kitchen/breakfast room has many exposed beams and leads to the utility room and boiler room.
The first floor landing may be reached by two staircases. The principal bedroom has an en suite shower room and the six further bedrooms share two bathrooms and a shower room. Further stairs lead to the attic room, a useful space with two dormer windows, and with access to further storage.
The main drive is circular with a central grass island and sweeps to the front door, with plenty of space for parking. It leads past the north of the house to the rear drive with further parking and access to a substantial range of garaging, barn, workshops, stores and stables. Subject to obtaining the necessary consents there may be potential to convert some of the buildings to alternative use(s).
The gardens are lovely with separate areas of lawns surrounded by many mature specimen trees and hedging on all sides. There is a paved terrace sheltered by a hedge outside the kitchen, and a Japanese garden by the workshop. On the south side of the garden are two grass paddocks, each about 2 acres, with well-established boundaries, one with direct access to the lane, and a further pony stable building with three boxes.
Agent’s Note: The paddocks and outbuilding at the entrance to the north drive will be sold with a development uplift clause.
Approximate Square Meters :
Lot Acres: 6