Detached House   4 bedroom(s)   4 bathroom(s)   3 reception room(s)
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The Old Rectory is a particularly impressive property believed to have 16th Century origins and displays many fine period features throughout. The house was extensively remodelled in the 'Arts & Crafts' period and this is clearly evident upon any visit and there are many fine features associated with this era.
Twin doors lead to an entrance vestibule which has a decoratively tiled floor and stained glass window to one side. Beyond this is a large panelled door leading to the impressive reception hall which has flagstone flooring, exposed ceiling timbers and a delightful recessed fireplace with oak surround and inset wood burning stove. A concealed door gives way to a cloakroom and a solid oak staircase rises to the first floor. There are some clever detailed finishes which include a folding bookcase which gives access to the library/study.
All the principal reception rooms are accessed via the impressive reception hall which runs the full length of the building and the library/study is entered via concealed swinging double bookcases. This is a beautifully proportioned room which has a bay window with a glass door leading to the formal front gardens and a second window giving views to the grounds. There is a large brick fireplace with arched lintel and stone hearth with inset wood burner. The room has shutters on all the windows and bespoke bookcases and cupboards to all the walls and attractive oak timbers to the ceiling. The drawing room is directly adjacent to the library/study and shares the same beautiful proportions and has a large inglenook fireplace with oak lintel above and inset wood burning stove and is flanked by a ledge and board door to a cupboard. This room benefits from a near fully glazed elevation to the front formal gardens and has French doors to the former with shutters. It also affords direct access to the dining room via concertina doors which is a more formal space, both these rooms benefit from solid oak floors and the dining room also has a window to the front formal garden.
The kitchen/breakfast room can be accessed from the end of the reception hall and is extensively fitted with bespoke solid oak units, granite work surfaces, fully tiled walls and an inset green Aga with large copper extractor hood above and this is flanked by an 'AEG' hob. Further integral appliances include an 'AEG' oven, microwave and twin stainless steel sinks. This is a charming room with a brick pamment floor and is extensively glazed with arched topped windows to the aforementioned courtyard which can be accessed via French doors making it ideal for family entertaining. A four panelled door gives access to a fully shelved pantry which shares the same brick flooring.
Beyond the kitchen/breakfast room is a lobby with a second staircase rising to the first floor, beyond which is a scullery which houses a dishwasher, second oven and has a charming stone sink set upon piers.
The scullery provides storage by way of a laundry and larder cupboard and directly accesses a lavishly appointed cloak/shower room which is mirrored to one wall and has a stone lined shower cubicle.
The principal staircase that rises from the reception hall has oak balustrades and newell posts and access the beautiful galleried landing which has an impressive oak frame on display with a panelled section of wattle and daub and a delightful gothic arch leaded window which gives views to the rear garden. There is an impressive landing which runs the entire length of the building and gives access to all the bedrooms and bathrooms. The principal bedroom benefits from a part vaulted ceiling, exposed floorboards and a glass fronted wardrobe. A panelled door accesses a lavishly appointed bath/shower room. This comprises a free standing roll top bath, impressive pedestal wash hand basin, oversized shower cubicle and matching white suite. This room is panelled to dado height and has exposed floorboards. It can also be accessed directly from the landing.
There are three further bedrooms, two of which are situated in the original part of the building. One of these has a fully vaulted ceiling with a magnificent oak frame on display and is further complemented by wide oak floorboards and an impressive red brick chimney breast. The rooms take in views to the formal front gardens and can also access the adjacent bedroom by a ledge and board door. The second bedroom is a particularly delightful room which is currently used as a study and this has exposed oak floorboards, shuttered windows and an attractive red brick fireplace with stone hearth. The fourth bedroom is housed in the original part of the building and as such benefits from the beautiful oak frame and floorboards. There is an impressive family bath/shower room which can be directly accessed from the second bedroom. This is a beautifully appointed room with original delft tiles to the wall, a bespoke his and hers wash hand basin unit with marble surfaces and splashbacks adjacent to which is a large shower cubicle with copper cladding. The room is further complemented by the free standing roll top bath and matching suite which includes a bidet.
It would be fair to say that The Old Rectory is an outstanding property displaying beautifully kept period features throughout which blend seamlessly with more modern finishes.
The Old Rectory is approached via a gravelled and pavioured drive which is flanked by expanses of lawn and clipped yew hedge. A pair of automated oak gates with a pedestrian gate to the side access the extensive drive which provides parking for numerous vehicles and in turn leads to the detached double cart lodge/studio building. The drive is of a circular shape with brick edges beyond. The front garden is largely screened with yew hedge and has a variety of mature trees which provide focal points which include beech, yew and ash. The front gardens are walled on their North and Easterly aspect and there is an extensively stocked central border which provides a focal point which has a steel arch topped pergola which is covered by an attractive climbing rose and beneath a circular brick seating area.
The remains of this rectangular border are densely stocked with a variety of perennials and shrubs which include roses, lupins and neatly clipped box hedging. Immediately to the front elevation of the property is a further manicured border which is stocked with a wide variety of plants providing year round interest and colour. There are two impressive rambling roses to the front and French doors lead directly from the dining room to the aforementioned pergola.
The rear gardens are an absolute delight which are distinctly segregated into formal and informal areas. Immediately to the rear of the property, and accessed via French doors from the reception hall is an attractive seating area which is flanked by neatly clipped regularly arranged box hedging with further box topiary. Beyond this are brick steps which lead to an extensive formal lawn which is screened to the rear by mature mixed hedging and interspersed with a variety of densely stocked herbaceous borders. There is a delightful walled courtyard which can be accessed via French doors from the kitchen/breakfast room which provides a perfect family entertaining space and this has climbing roses, clipped box hedging and directly accesses the attractive detached washroom which has red brick elevations under a tiled roof. The washroom is equipped with power, light and has a quarry tiled floor and is currently used as a utility room. Beyond the formal gardens and to its side is a gravel path with further borders stocked with euphorbia and iris and a wooden trellis arch leads to further expanses of lawn where there is a raised terrace, summerhouse and stable block which is equipped with power and light. Beyond the stable block is a delightful area of woodland which has been left to allow a haven for wildlife, within which is a natural pond.
There is an impressive detached outbuilding which comprises a double bay cart lodge with log store to the side and there is a personal door to the rear giving access for maintenance. Adjacent to this is a smaller log store. The remainder of this outbuilding comprises a studio/office which is equipped with power and light and this has a vaulted ceiling with Velux roof lights. It could be used for a variety of purposes and leads directly to a wash room with shower cubicle and w.c. and double bowl enamel wash hand basin set within a unit. Further versatility is added by way of a secure storage room which can be accessed from the wash room.
It would be fair to say that the grounds at The Old Rectory are absolutely magnificent and complement the property to its very best advantage. In all about 1.5 acres.
RECEPTION HALL 19' 0" x 12' 1" (5.80m x 3.70m)
DRAWING ROOM 15' 8" x 13' 1" (4.8m x 4.0m)
DINING ROOM 11' 5" x 11' 1" (3.50m x 3.40m)
LIBRARY/STUDY 21' 7" x 13' 5" (6.60m x 4.10m)
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 17' 6" x 14' 9" (5.35m x 4.50m)
PANTRY 8' 2" x 4' 11" (2.50m x 1.50m)
SCULLERY 14' 9" x 8' 6" (4.50m x 2.60m)
SHOWER ROOM 6' 6" x 6' 2" (2.0m x 1.90m)
CLOAKROOM 6' 4" x 5' 2" (1.95m x 1.60m)
LANDING 12' 5" x 9' 8" (3.80m x 2.95m)
BEDROOM 1 20' 0" x 13' 1" (6.10m x 4.0m)
BEDROOM 2 17' 4" x 13' 1" (5.30m x 4.0m)
BEDROOM 3 16' 4" x 13' 1" (5.0m x 4.0m)
BEDROOM 4 12' 1" x 9' 10" (3.70m x 3.0m)
FAMILY BATH/SHOWER ROOM 14' 9" x 9' 4" (4.50m x 2.85m)
FAMILY BATHROOM 13' 1" x 9' 10" (4.0m x 3.0m)
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