A superb small estate centred on a beautiful Grade II* Listed Jacobean manor house with a Grade II Listed cottage and land The Vine Farm is a beautiful Grade II* listed, Jacobean manor house dating from the 17th century; Arranged in a classic ‘E’ shape and providing a wonderful family home, the house retains many period features, including a wooden bell tower sitting to the centre of the mellow red brick, symmetrical façade. Set within a pretty and popular village the house also benefits from the seclusion of its gardens and grounds. Impressive double oak doors open in to a...lobby and drawing room beyond. This fine room is double aspect having French doors opening to the terrace and views over the land and distant countryside. Tall ceilings and panelled walls set the scene for this historic home. The western wing of the ‘E’ provides a superb library/billiard room with deep triple aspect windows and a fireplace. Across the staircase hall, a dramatic space in its own right, sits a bright study with wonderful distant views to the garden and beyond. The east wing of the house is home to a very generous kitchen, again benefiting from being triple aspect and looks into the pretty front courtyard. The kitchen is fitted with extensive units of French oak arranged around an island and there is ample space for a breakfast table. Set conveniently across a lobby to the back of the house is the dining room, which is currently used as a further sitting room. A thoughtfully conceived glazed walkway connects the house to useful outbuildings, providing a boot and utility room as well as serving as the everyday entrance to the house. The magnificent primary staircase rises past a tall leaded light window to the first floor landing. The principal bedroom suite stretches across much of the back of the house, with a generous en suite bathroom and equally generous connecting dressing room; the room is well positioned to enjoy views over the paddocks and countryside beyond. Three further well-proportioned bedrooms are found on this level, served by two family bathrooms, one of which has a sauna and a large sunken whirlpool bath. The secondary staircase, rising from just by the kitchen, continues to the second floor where the wonderfully named Cyclops room has a round window and is a superb vantage point over the surrounding countryside. This was once a nursery and is now a sitting room. Three further bedrooms and a bathroom provide spacious accommodation. Dating from the early 18th century, Vine Cottage is a delightful Grade II listed, Georgian cottage. Either side of the front door are a drawing room and a sitting room. The sitting room is open to the dining room which has French doors to the garden. The adjoining kitchen is fitted with a range of units and there is a utility and shower room beyond. There is also a cellar. On the first floor the property provides a generous principal bedroom with built-in storage and Jack and Jill access to the family bathroom. There are two further well-proportioned bedrooms and a modern family bathroom. The cottage is set back from the street behind a picket fence and front garden with a path leading to the front door. The drive The Vine Farm to the side of the cottage leads to an area of parking for the cottage. The enclosed part-walled garden to the rear is laid to raised level lawn bordered by well-stocked flower and shrub beds and features a wraparound block-paved terrace, ideal for entertaining and al fresco dining, the whole screened by mature hedging and trees. A traditional Farmyard with planning for conversion into two units is available by separate negotiation. Purchasers may wish to make their own enquiries to establish if this property qualifies for the mixed use rate of SDLT. The Vine Farm is approached over a gravelled driveway from the village street which arrives at courtyard between the garaging and Vine Cottage before continuing to the main house. The front elevation of the house has a central porch and the two wings either side. Mature clipped yew hedges echo the symmetry, standing to each side of a lawn with a central path leading to fountain and a gateway leading to the church beyond. The house sits in an elevated position overlooking the garden. An impressive terrace stretches across the back of the house and enjoys long distant views to the south, across expansive lawns bounded by a ha-ha and thus giving an uninterrupted vista through to a wide avenue of trees and the farmland beyond. To the west is an historic and recently restored small lake. To the side of the lawn, an arch through tall yew hedging leads to the partly walled garden with a wonderful “crinkle crankle” wall to one side. There is a greenhouse and walled vegetable garden. To the other side is a more wooded area and together the different areas of garden provide great structure and interest. The Vine Farm enjoys views over its own land, from the principal rooms and elsewhere. The land extends to about 47.7acres and is divided into a series of fields, interspersed with small areas of woodland. The land is considered to have potential for planting with vines. It is currently used for grazing horses and sheep. The entire property is ring fenced with no public rights of way crossing it.
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