Entrance hall, lobby, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast room, study, utility room, cloakroom, master bedroom with en suite shower room, 3 further bedrooms, family bathroom, garage, workshop/store, summer house, heated swimming pool, hard surface tennis court, wonderful gardens, courtyard, timber barn, off-street parking for several cars
Crown House is a Grade II Listed period property which enjoys superb rural views and occupies a commanding position on the edge of fields overlooking rolling countryside. Sitting in grounds which extend to in excess of an acre, it takes full advantage of its sheltered location whilst still enjoying a wonderful open aspect.
Believed to have been built back in the 1500's as the home to King Henry VIII's tax collector, the house has evolved across the centuries to become the most charming family home.
With clever design coupled with skilled workmanship, Crown House has been brought very much into the 21st century. With particular attention having been paid to appropriate period detailing, Crown House stands as a suitably splendid but reassuringly homely house.
Traditional windows, exposed structural timbers and fine fireplaces balanced against a restrained palette of light tones, all add to the elegant charm of this outstanding home.
Visitors to Crown House have a choice of entrances into the house. From the charming gabled porch on the southerly side, which is the original front entrance, to the courtyard entry into a bright hallway, friends and family are assured of a warm welcome.
Overlooking the gardens at the rear of the house, a beautifully appointed kitchen with large picture windows makes for an elegant place for the family to gather. Shaker style units with polished granite worktops are arranged around a large central island. Providing a perfect focal point, there is a substantial Arctic white 4-oven Aga to warm the room. An Integrated larder fridge, freezer, dishwasher and the must-have wine fridge, complete the comprehensive range of appliances.
The bright and spacious breakfast room, with sizeable window seat overlooking the gardens and fields beyond, is large enough to cater for family meals, or indeed, to host casual suppers with friends.
Adjacent is a bright and charming dining room with elegant French doors leading into the kitchen - an idyllic place for those formal mealtimes or simply having a houseful at holiday time.
A fitted utility room with overhead drying area is located off the rear hallway, and with its large butler's sink, this is a multi-purpose space appropriate for family needs.
In the oldest part of the house is a large sitting room, which has a wood burning stove at one end and a large alcove fireplace at the other end. This is a room that really comes into its own during the cooler months with roaring fires to keep the space cosy.
There is a well-designed study across the hallway with windows overlooking the lane outside and the side garden facing towards the tennis court. A perfect place for a home office but could also be used as a family or TV room.
On the first floor are the master bedroom suite and 3 further bedrooms with family bathroom. All the rooms are charming, each with their own separate identity, making for a good range of choices for each family member. The master bedroom overlooks a lovely lilac tree, which gives way to a splendid view of the country lane and farmer's fields beyond. The en suite shower room is suitably large and well-appointed with a modern suite featuring a spa style shower.
It should be noted that there is existing planning permission to build a two storey rear extension: APPLICATION REF: 15/00121/1LB.
Surrounded on three sides by its own grounds, Crown House has formal gardens with well-maintained lawns interspersed by immaculate irrigated flower beds, pretty ponds under a weeping willow tree and a small orchard with a practical combination of different fruiting trees including apple, pear and cherry.
Adjacent to the breakfast room there is a large attractive cobbled courtyard, which sits above the garden behind a gated picket fence, ensuring a secure area for children and pets. This feels very much like an outdoor room' for the summer months, shaded from the sun by the spreading branches of an ancient oak.
The free-form heated swimming pool and summer house room are set in a sheltered position and enjoy all round views of the surrounding grounds and fields.
A timber loggia leads from the swimming pool area to one side of the garden and leads down to an all-weather fenced tennis court and further lawned areas tucked behind tall hedges.
With the combination of the tennis court, swimming pool and large terrace, this provides a superb venue for summer parties.
Set on one side of the courtyard is a timber frame barn, which incorporates a large workshop and storage area that opens to a double garage with doors leading out to a gravelled driveway.View payable Stamp Duty for this property