History & Vendors Comments
Built for Sir George Drinkwater in the early nineteenth century, this is a magnificent example of late Georgian architecture, with its classic four-square plan of large central hall on all three floors, each with four spacious, symmetrical rooms – two on either side. It has been a happy family home for 30 years and has played host, not only to elegant dinner and drinks parties but also to many enthusiastic games of hide and seek or Sardines. Both inside and out, there is a tranquillity to the house: the size and proportions of the rooms mean that it is always possible to find a place to sit in privacy – perhaps at a bedroom window contemplating the sloping lawn and large private pond with its 2 resident swans, Rambo and Bella – while, in the garden, often the only sound one can hear from the outside world is the distant whistle of the steam train.
The grounds themselves have been a wonderland of adventure for the vendors’ children and grandchildren with the abundance of wildlife, the millrace running along the bottom of the garden, woodland beyond and the rowboat on the pond. An island in the pond, which can be reached by bridge or by boat, has been the site of many imaginative adventures while, on exiting through an ivy-covered gate at the bottom of the garden, one comes upon a picturesque stream. Outbuildings in the grounds offer enormous potential for development. Across the courtyard from the kitchen there are outbuildings currently being used as workshops and storage but which could become a Granny-cottage, a suite of offices or visitors’ accommodation. Overlooking the pond is a barn, already partially converted into a double garage, for which there is planning permission to convert the rest into a residence with an enviable outlook.
Steps leading up to Georgian front entrance. Wide glass panelled wooden door leading to:
Impressive Reception Hallway (approx. 30’6 x 10’9)
Delightful period features such as deep coved ceiling and picture rails. Access to all main reception rooms.
Drawing Room (approx. 21’2 x 15’9)
A stunning open fireplace with ornate surround. Deep coved ceiling. Delightful bay window area providing plenty of natural light with picturesque front garden aspect. Decorative radiator cover. Multiple power points.
Formal Dining Room (approx. 22’6 x 15’5)
Delightful bay window and seat which takes advantage of lovely front garden views. Ornate ceiling rose and coving. Period open fireplace with ornate surround. Twin alcove areas with fitted shelving. Picture lamps. Dimmer switch. Multiple power points.
Sitting Room (approx. 22’3 x 17’4)
Feature period fireplace with decorative surround and mantle tops. Bay window. Coved ceiling. Alcove area with fitted book shelving. TV point. Multiple power points. Door through to:
Side Porch (approx. 12’8 x 10’2)
Fitted cupboards and overhead storage units. Tiled flooring. Basin unit. Skylight window. Power points.
Kitchen (approx. 16’8 x 14’4)
Excellent sized kitchen fitted with a good range of base, wall and drawer units. Generous marble effect work surfaces incorporating a twin stainless steel sink unit with mixer tap and drainer. Tiled splashbacks. Four ring ceramic cooker with copper chimney style extractor facilities above. AEG built-in oven and grill. Space for fridge freezer and dish washer. Multiple power points. Deep sill double glazed window providing plenty of natural light. Door through to:
Laundry (approx. 10’6 x 10’4)
Fitted period Belfast sink with mixer tap. Worktops. Plumbed for washing machine and vented for tumble dryer. Additional space for fridge freezer. Tiled effect flooring. Built-in linen cupboards and overhead storage units. Multiple power points. Door leading through to:
Integral Double Garage (approx. 23’6 x 23’2)