Twenty years ago the property, then known as Upper Oakland Cottage, was a dilapidated and overgrown two room cottage without vehicular access or services. However, research revealed that it was in fact the remains of a former substantial wealden hall-house dating from around 1370 that had probably been destroyed by fire.
Excited by this discovery and with help from local experts the owners located the original footprint and decided to recreate the building using traditional materials and skills.
Using green oak cut from the surrounding woodland and incorporating the original Grade II listed cottage, Conservation Craftsmen of Ashurst created the superb medieval style Yeoman's House we see today.
Internally the property offers an absolute wealth of beautifully crafted exposed timber with the central hall' open to the rafters and crown-post roof. A traditional cross-passage entrance hall separates the original from the modern section with a large and useful boot-room to the right.
The vaulted central section now houses the spacious family kitchen. Fitted with a range of bespoke oak furniture with a four-oven AGA and walk-in larder, there is also a central island unit and useful breakfast bar.
Whilst the dining area is still open to the roof it is now overlooked by an attractive gallery sitting area. A fully glazed wall and door lead to a cosy family room off the kitchen. Beyond the kitchen we find a spacious sitting room with substantial inglenook fireplace and fitted woodburning stove.
Bedroom accommodation over the first and second floors comprises the master suite with walk-in closet and ensuite shower room.
Two further bedrooms and two family bathrooms complete the first floor accommodation and a further short staircase leads from the library to two further rooms which are currently used as further accommodation.
The accommodation of Froggats Cottage is well laid out and is
illustrated on the floor plans included in this brochure.*
*Please note our client has indicated they do not currently have building control approval for the rooms to be used as bedrooms.
An impressive oak framed five-bay barn has been arranged to provide a loose box and two central car-ports. There is also a useful annexe set out over two floors comprising a sitting room with kitchenette, shower room and generous bedroom above. This would be ideally suited as staff or guest accommodation.
A second barn provides a single garage / workshop, two bay car-port and log store.
Froggats Cottage is approached from the lane via an unadopted drive over farmland to arrive at a very generous gravelled forecourt and turning area with space for numerous cars.
The front garden comprises areas of lawn with fruit trees and a gravel path leads between lavender and clipped box hedges to the front door.
To the rear the south-facing garden enjoys attractive landscape vistas and comprises a formal parterre style layout with gravel paths and raised beds of flowers shrubs and fruit trees. An adjoining patio and barbecue area with a shady vine-clad pergola is ideal for relaxation and summer dining.
Beyond the formal gardens the remainder of the grounds comprise a pretty duck pond, fenced paddocks and an area of light woodland.
In all about 2 acres (0.809 ha).View payable Stamp Duty for this property