This delightful Grade II Listed country residence was originally built in the early 1750s for the then incumbent vicar of the 12th century St Mary Magdelene church in Monkton and continued as a vicarage until it was sold. It was believed to be in the 1970s that it subsequently became a residential care home and was ultimately purchased by the current owners some 20 years ago. At the time the property was in a somewhat parlous condition but the owners dedicated a great deal of time and effort into restoring this beautiful residence to its former glory but at the same time sensitively updating it to provide everything needed for modern day living. Whether you are looking for a large family home or are thinking of developing a bed and breakfast or similar business this property offers a variety of opportunities.
Walking through the front door and porch into the spacious entrance hall you can immediately feel the calming ambience of a bygone era. From the reclaimed pine flooring, period staircase and archway into the reception hall with its beams and seating area, to the lovely fireplace and vast hidden hatch to the cellar with its brick arched workshop and wine storage, there is something to admire wherever you look. The light and bright rustic country kitchen/breakfast room is warm and friendly with its semi vaulted ceiling and bespoke units. It includes a traditional AIMS electric ‘winter’ Aga and contemporary electric ‘summer’ Aga range cooker, a double butler sink, built in Miele dishwasher, Miele fridge, Miele warming drawer and Miele dual temperature wine cooler. There is a matching glass top dresser but it still leaves plenty of room for a large kitchen table and chairs. There is direct access to an inner courtyard and a vast adjacent utility room with similar units and a large drinks cupboard. Beyond the utility room is a games room with direct and independent access to the garage courtyard area and front driveway/garden so could make an excellent office or studio, particularly if you were intending to have business visitors on a regular basis.
There is a spacious study accessed via the main hallway with views to the side parking area and front gardens, this room features a fireplace and sash window with window seat, high skirtings and ornate coving.
The elegant Georgian style dining room is used for more formal occasions and family celebrations and is large enough to incorporate a snooker/dining table. This room has substantial sash windows that can open sufficiently for you to ‘duck’ out into the garden and original shutters as well as ornate coving, high skirtings and a marble surround fireplace. The impressive sitting room is accessed via an inner hall, the inner hall has a door to the garden. The sitting room includes beautiful floor to ceiling multipane sash windows providing plenty of natural light, a marble surround fireplace, an inset arch and ornate coving.
Walking upstairs on the soft new red carpet you come to a sizeable landing that has steps up to a delightful guest suite with large sash windows giving views over the garden, a marble fireplace and an en suite shower. There is a character Jack and Jill bathroom with a stand alone bath and separate shower and accessed from the landing and from the master bedroom, with its large windows offering panoramic views across paddocks to the countryside beyond. This floor also includes two further double bedrooms with original fireplaces that have an interconnecting door. On the top floor you will find three charming double bedrooms with partially vaulted ceilings and fabulous views across the countryside together with a large bathroom incorporating a stand alone bath and separate shower. This area makes a great haven for teenagers wanting their own space or even an adult relation looking for a suite of rooms.
Outside; the garden runs around the whole of the exterior with a charming front garden including large rose beds, dwarf hedging, a gravel path and a gate to the main garden area. Here there is a terrace running the entire depth of the property with a beautifully scented small lavender hedge and a large lawn, external access to the cellar and shrub borders surrounded by an old brick wall with a gate leading to a further garden area with another large lawn and patio. This is ideal for al fresco dining as well as being home to a hot tub. There is a good sized chicken run that could continue to be used for chickens or be turned into a vegetable patch if you want to carry on the ‘good life’ atmosphere or alternatively it would make an excellent play area for children.
The rear courtyard offers a very private outdoor seating area and also includes an exterior shower and toilet and acts as a changing room for those using the hot tub as well as being an excellent place to wash the dogs after a muddy country walk. There is a substantial brick paved driveway providing plenty of off road parking. However, in addition, listed building consent is currently being sought to remove a somewhat dilapidated garage and replace it with an oak framed double garage with a gravel frontage, providing additional parking through separate gates.