Dowels Farmhouse is a really appealing period property, enhanced and extended by the vendors to provide an inviting and comfortable family home. Listed Grade II as being of historical and architectural interest, this timber framed farmhouse is understood to have been built as a "model farm" for the then occupants of nearby Branches Park - a former vast estate hidden away at the end of a private drive. Of rendered and part weather boarded elevations beneath an attractive pan tiled Mansard roof, the front elevation in particular is enhanced by the triple pointed gothic arched windows which are set in round-headed lead-topped dormers to the first floor. The property has been carefully restored and enlarged over recent years with careful attention to detail - works included the addition of a new wing and extended lead roofed "link room" to the rear which has increased the size and versatility of the accommodation considerably and allowed for underfloor heating to be introduced into some of the ground floor. The heating system has been transformed since the introduction of a ground source heat pump which has proved to be a very positive upgrade. There are a number of delightful features throughout the house including exposed and open studwork, pamment and wooden flooring, open fireplaces, arched and leaded light windows.
The main entrance is now at the rear of the house with a part glazed stable door to the rear hall with space for coats, useful bench with hidden storage, a boot cupboard and access to the kitchen, study and utility room with painted units, plumbing for a washing machine and space for a tumble dryer, double bowl butler sink, full height built in freezer and broom cupboard beside. The study has a vaulted ceiling and painted brick chimney breast to one wall with a casement and full length window to the front aspect. The kitchen/breakfast room is the "hub" of the house with a super range of wooden cupboards and drawers with matt granite worktops, space for an electric range style cooker, Franke extractor, fitted dishwasher, store cupboard with folding doors, and a curved cupboard beside the fitted fridge. In addition there is a really useful shelved larder with a granite cold shelf. The dining room adjoins the kitchen and has a fireplace with bressumer beam, brick hearth, woodburner and deep shelved recesses beside. Beyond the kitchen is an inner hall (with cloaks off) leading to the music room with French doors and windows to the rear terrace and open studwork to the sitting room - a comfortable room with an open fireplace, raised tiled hearth, painted surround, door and stairs to the first floor. There is also access to the playroom, a good dual aspect room with arched brick fireplace. Beyond the music room is a shower room and dual aspect ground floor bedroom with independently controlled underfloor heating and fitted wardrobe.
On the first floor, the landing leads via steps to a useful laundry area with fitted cupboards and on to the triple aspect vaulted family bathroom. The master bedroom is also vaulted with an exposed brick chimney breast and fitted wardrobes and leads to a dressing room/nursery and the en suite bathroom beyond. There are two further bedrooms on the first floor each with cupboards - one of which has a double aspect and (unused) fireplace.
The house is set back from the road behind a crinkle wall with a gated gravel drive, pond and a good front lawn. Beyond the parking area is a garage with inspection pit and adjoining log store. There is a plant room housing the equipment for the ground source heat pump. There is another lawned area beside the rear terrace with picket fencing and a wild garden beyond with meandering wood chipped pathways and a delightful mix of trees and mature shrubs providing a haven for wildlife.
The grounds extend to approximately 1.24 acres.View payable Stamp Duty for this property