Farm House   5 bedroom(s)   2 bathroom(s)   3 reception room(s)
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FULL DESCRIPTION Ancells in The Hole is an impressive Grade II listed property, with origins that are believed to date from the Tudor and Elizabethan period in the mid-16th century, with further later additions in both the18th and 19th centuries. The property displays important period detailing that is noted by English Heritage which includes, mullion windows adapted for early glazing, most probably between 1570 and 1590, a ground floor wall painting that depicts a lady in Elizabethan costume, which is reputedly said to represent Elizabeth the first. Further features include a crown post roof with axial bracing, jowled principal posts, chamfered axial beams with lambs tounge stops and an imposing diagonal shaft chimney with a quatrefoil recess.
The property occupies a prominent position on the north eastern side of the village, with attractive views over the river valley and open farmland. The property does require significant restoration and refurbishment, which will need to be carried out in a sympathetic manner, using traditional materials and processes, under the guidance of the local heritage department. We believe that the main structure is sound, but would advise prospective purchasers to make their own enquiries, and take appropriate advice from the relevant professional bodies, where necessary.
There is a two bay main range from the mid-16th century, which joins a 3 bay crosswing on the north eastern side, dating from between 1560 and 1570. Within this structure are the principal reception rooms and kitchen/breakfast room. The drawing room and study both have impressive inglenook fireplaces, with wide openings and large bressumer beams above. In addition there is a close studded oak frame on display throughout the ground floor, with chamfered axial beams and jowled principal posts. The sitting room has a later fireplace(19th century), which has an inset wood burning stove, open studwork and a dual aspect.
Stairs rise from both the drawing room and kitchen/breakfast room to access the first floor. On the south western side of the property is a large rear hall which accesses the sitting room and a practical storm porch. Adjacent to this is a spacious utility room, boot room and shower room.
The first floor benefits from the same close studded oak frame, which is on display in most of the rooms, with some retaining their original oak floor boards. There is a particularly attractive red brick fireplace on display in one of the rooms which has an arched brick lintel, and a cupboard to the side, which reputedly has a priest hole. There are five generously proportioned bedrooms on this floor, all of which have views to the grounds, or across open fields. There is a family bathroom and separate cloakroom, and two of the bedrooms have vanity sinks. Stairs rise from the bathroom into an attic room, which provides useful storage space, beyond which is an opening that leads into the roof space.
Ancells occupies a large plot, which predominantly benefits from a south and westerly aspect, with open field views on the westerly side, and abutting the lane on the northern and eastern side. The property is approached via a five bar gate, which in turn leads to a large area of parking and hard standing. There are numerous outbuildings, some of which are in a poor state of repair, whilst others are quite usable and provide secure storage. These include a large pole barn, former stable building with loft storage, a barn with an integral garage and a thatched timber framed barn which is in a poor state of repair, and is shored up by internal scaffolding.
Immediately to the front of the property is an attractive courtyard which accesses the lane and the front door, and there is a path that gives access to he rear of the house and the storm porch. The grounds are requiring maintenance and a reasonable amount of tidying and clearing, in order to return them to their former glory. There are large expanses of lawn, regularly laid out box hedging and a former vegetable garden, adjacent to the greenhouse. There are a variety of specimen trees dotted around the grounds and on the boundaries, and a number of fruit trees form a small orchard. In all about 1.0 acres(sts).
ENTRANCE HALL 6' 6" x 3' 11" (2.00m x 1.20m)
DRAWING ROOM 17' 4" x 13' 1" (5.30m x 4.00m)
SITTING ROOM 14' 9" x 9' 10" (4.50m x 3.00m)
STUDY 17' 0" x 9' 10" (5.20m x 3.0m)
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 14' 7" x 13' 9" (4.45m x 4.20m)
REAR HALL 12' 5" x 8' 6" (3.80m x 2.60m)
UTILITY ROOM 11' 5" x 8' 6" (3.50m x 2.60m)
BOOT ROOM 9' 0" x 8' 6" (2.75m x 2.60m)
STORM PORCH 12' 5" x 2' 7" (3.80m x 0.80m)
BEDROOM 17' 2" x 10' 0" (5.25m x 3.05m)
BEDROOM 13' 5" x 11' 11" (4.10m x 3.65m)
BEDROOM 13' 1" x 10' 2" (4.00m x 3.12m)
BEDROOM 12' 9" x 11' 5" (3.90m x 3.50m)
BEDROOM 12' 1" x 12' 1" (3.70m x 3.70m)
ATTIC ROOM 13' 5" x 9' 8" (4.10m x 2.95m)
POLE BARN 40' 0" x 52' 1" (12.20m x 15.90m)
STORAGE BARN 19' 8" x 17' 8" (6.00m x 5.40m)
GARAGE/STORAGE BARN 22' 7" x 20' 2" (6.90m x 6.15m)
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