A beautifully restored Grade II listed country house with a separate cottage and land, situated in a glorious rural position. About 26.5 acres.
Beautifully restored Grade II listed country house
Glorious rural position
Accommodation of approximately 4,306 sq ft
Stunning 46’ kitchen/dining room/garden room
Separate one bedroom detached cottage
Extensive equestrian facilities
All weather tennis court, picturesque pond, paddocks & woodland
About 26.5 acres
The Furnace is a substantial Grade II listed country house which is understood to date from the 17th Century or earlier, with later additions. The house has been sympathetically and stylishly enlarged and refurbished by the current owners and provides interesting accommodation with a wealth of period features and is ideally arranged for modern day living.
Features of note include a welcoming entrance hall, a generous drawing room with an open fireplace and a wide bay window with doors giving direct access to the garden, a magnificent inglenook fireplace in the snug, a range of built-in cupboards and book shelving in the play room and a cosy sitting room. A particular feature of the property is the stunning 46’ kitchen/dining room/garden room which is the heart of the house and has a limestone floor with underfloor heating and full-height bespoke double glazed sliding doors leading out to the garden which gives a seamless connection to the property’s garden and land. The magnificent kitchen/dining room is fitted with a beautiful range of bespoke Chalon painted wooden units with solid maple and quartz work surfaces and incorporates an integrated dishwasher and fridge together with a large island unit. There is a Lacanche stainless steel fronted range incorporating five induction hobs, two ovens and a charcoal grill. Adjacent to the kitchen/dining room is a useful boot room and adjacent to the garden room and semi-open plan to it is a large study area with laundry facilities.
The first floor is approached via two staircases and provides a total of five bedrooms, five bath/shower rooms and a study area. The spacious principal suite includes a dressing room and a large bathroom with a partly vaulted ceiling and a white suite including a free-standing Chadder bath. In addition to the principal suite there are two further bedroom suites both ensuite bathrooms and one with a dressing room. Other features within the house include polished solid oak floors in many of the reception rooms, wood latch doors, slim-line sealed unit double glazed windows in the kitchen/dining/garden room and a wealth of exposed honey coloured timbers.
In addition to the main house and lying a short distance to the south west is a charming detached cottage providing well-arranged self-contained accommodation. The 22’ vaulted sitting room/dining room has an open fire, wooden floor and stable door opening onto the garden. The kitchen is fitted with a range of units with wooden work surfaces. In addition, there is a double bedroom and a bathroom. Lying to the rear of the cottage is a charming walled, lawned garden.
The property is approached from a minor country lane over a gravel drive which leads through the grounds, bordered on one side by a large stream-fed picturesque pond and on the other by the cottage. The driveway leads up to the front of the house, beyond which is a double garage with a store room to one end. The gardens and grounds provide a very special setting for the property and include some lovely mature specimen trees including a mulberry, acers and a magnificent magnolia. Lying immediately to the rear and side of the house is a wide paved terrace from which there are lovely views over the property’s paddocks and woodland beyond. Adjacent to the terrace are six symmetrical, box enclosed beds with a number of mature clipped yews with pleached limes beyond. To one side of the garden is a small mixed orchard and a swimming pool which is in need of complete repair.
Approached off the main drive is the traditionally built weather board and tile stable block which briefly comprises four loose boxes with a wide covered overhang, a large wash area, tack room, feed store and WC. A short distance from the stable block is a horse walker and ménage. The remainder of the land is divided into a number of fenced paddocks, beyond which is the property’s attractive mixed ancient woodland which is under-planted with a mass of bluebells. There is further vehicular access onto the lane from one of the paddocks and from the woodland.
About 26.5 acres.