- Enchantingly handsome 17th Century former farmhouse
- Set in over three acres of formal gardens and paddocks
- Refurbished and extended to an exemplary specification
- Generously spacious lounge with stone ingle fireplace
- Stunning and beautifully appointed living dining kitchen
- Four immaculately presented double bedrooms to first floor
- Warmed by gas central heating throughout
- Detached stone double garage plus courtyard parking
- Adjacent laundry room and further detached outbuilding
- Idyllic, secluded location accessed via private road
With an idyllic location overlooking the Douglas Valley, this strikingly handsome, early 17th Century, quoin-edged, stone-built former farmhouse has been recently refurbished and extended to an exemplary standard and is accessed via a private road. Offering immaculate and attractively presented accommodation with contemporary flair throughout the generously spacious rooms, the property also has a double garage, adjoining laundry and gymnasium, cobbled courtyard parking, further outbuilding, and is set in over three acres of formal gardens and adjacent paddock land.
Sheltered by a stone open porch, the robust timber front door with glazed side panels opens into this handsome early seventeenth century, quoin edged farmhouse, which has been mindfully refurbished and extended over recent years to present this immaculate and comfortable home.
The spacious York stone flagged entrance hallway offers a sense of arrival and has ample space to dispose of coats and shoes and a walk-in boot room is on hand for their stowage. Painted tongue and groove latch doors give way to each of the rooms throughout, including the marble tiled cloakroom off which is fitted with a three-piece white suite comprising vanity set wash basin, close coupled w.c. and a glazed cabinet with dual head shower, all lit by recessed down-lights and having a chrome ladder heated towel rail.
The inner hall has a painted spindle staircase rising and turning to the first floor with a large portrait window at the turn which throws natural light onto the decoratively tiled flooring, lit by recessed downlights at evening time.
Off the inner hall is the principal lounge with two picture windows and the French window opening to the front sun terrace and from which you can enjoy the breath-taking and uninterrupted aspects across the Douglas Valley. The focal point of the room is the exposed stone wall with a full height stone ingle fireplace surrounding a large multi-fuel burning stove whilst, to the side, is a feature stone mullion window retained from the original build. The generously spacious room also has a wall mounted television point and two traditional style radiators for supplementary warmth during chillier months.
Through to the splendid, L-shaped living dining kitchen, filled with an abundance of natural light from the rear windows and door, superb sliding patio doors to one wall, front window and the four Velux sky-lights in the vaulted ceiling – all reflecting on the limestone tiled flooring which flows throughout the area. Recessed down-lights offer evening ambience and the living area has a wall mounted television point and two radiators plus the borrowed warmth from the corner log burning stove in the dining space. The kitchen is fitted with a range of hand painted wall and base cabinets plus an island unit incorporating a breakfast bar and white marble work-surfaces surround. A twin-bowl enamel sink unit with swan-neck mixer tap is situated beneath the window to the front and, also inset, is a Neff four-ring induction hob. Close by is a complementary eye-level double oven and grill and integrated appliances include a Fisher & Paykel dual drawer dishwasher and a larder style fridge freezer. Strip lines of spotlights add to the illumination and also showcase the striking feature stone wall with tiny mullion window which overlooks the area from the second bedroom.
A chandelier point over the staircase lights the L-shaped landing with a curved cob wall and an access point to the very spacious, insulated and partly boarded attic which would be perfect for further conversion – perhaps creating a master suite.
The spacious master bedroom has a large window to the front with far reaching pastoral aspects, painted beams to the ceiling which has recessed down-lights and a central pendant light. The Farrow & Ball muted shades of Drop Cloth on the two built-in double wardrobes fit the décor era perfectly and there is ample space for further storage furniture.
The dual aspect second bedroom overlooks the rear garden and a stone mullion window to the side now peeps over the kitchen below. Again, this spacious double room, with ample space for clothes storage furniture, has a radiator, recessed down-lights and a central pendant light.
Bedrooms three and four recessed down-lights, radiators and overlook the side and front, respectively.
The white marble tiled bathroom is fitted with a sumptuous suite of stand-alone bathtub with a central waterfall tap, a walk-in double shower with glass screen, a wall mounted wash hand basin with vanity drawer and illuminated mirror above, and wall mounted w.c. There is an opaque side window, recessed down-lights and a traditional-style radiator fitted with a chrome heated rail to warm the towels.
The property is approached via a lengthy private road and accessed via double wrought iron gates which open to a cobbled drive and shale area which both provide parking for numerous vehicles. The drive leads not only to the main entrance but also to the stone-built double garage with twin up-and-over doors, security lights, power points and a rear window.
Adjoining the garage is a laundry room with kitchen complementary units and subway splash tiling, plumbing for an automatic washing machine and spaces for a tumble drier and fridge freezer. The ceramic tiled flooring continues into a rear store room which is currently used as a gymnasium but could easily also be utilised as a home office.
A low, dry-stone retaining wall borders the York stone terrace which runs across the rear elevation and which leads to stone steps rising to the extensive lawn, also edged by dry-stone walling alongside mature trees and shrubs, and the lawn is dotted with specimen trees. There is a garden shed and a path leads off to the further outbuilding – a former kennel block – with power, light and water supply. To the side, a six-barred gate secures a hardstanding for a trailer, caravan or boat and is accessed via an extended part of the driveway.
To the side of the house is a newly constructed, raised sleeper-edged border for kitchen garden and herbaceous planting with central steps rising to the main lawn.
Wrapping around to the front, a further York stone terrace has meandering borders of spring flowers and an array of Hosta’s and Solomon’s Seal, creating a perfect sun trap for al fresco lunch alongside an inset pond.
The setting of this beautiful home cannot be overstated as the sublime, pastoral views and tranquil surroundings are truly a rare find. In addition to the house setting and the formal gardens which measure some three-quarters of an acre, the property overlooks the sweeping three-acre paddock which stretches down towards the tree line boundary and runs virtually parallel to the canal beyond.
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