An enchanting historic country house, Grade I listed for its exceptional significance, with attractive outbuildings and delightful south facing gardens.
Naish Priory presents an opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of an historic country house with the flexibility and manageability of a family home. The house and its wonderfully romantic gardens are approached through ornate iron gates. The appealing accommodation is arranged over three floors. During the 19th century the Victorians added a wing to the south west, a staircase tower and restored a second story to the central section....
The property is Listed Grade I and believed originally to have been a chantry rather than a priory. As well as providing delightful family accommodation it is a house of immense character, with a sense of English history throughout. The exterior has fan tracery, octagonal chimneys, carved stone gargoyles and corbelled heads. The rare“Beast of Botreaux” corbel by the sealed doorway is significant. There are also flagstone floors, high beamed ceilings, arched stone door surrounds, medieval panelled doors, stone mullion windows with leaded lights and a fine oriel window. The northern door sports a Beauchamp Knot carved motif, and above the Coach House, a stone carving of two roses, surmounted by a large Tudor Rose and weathered crown, can be found.
There is an excellent balance of accommodation with all rooms benefitting from views across the enchanting gardens or neighbouring countryside. The property was successfully altered and enlarged in the 19th century without compromising the character of the 14th century house. The welcoming hall with its arched stone door frames opens into the library, complete with huge original 14th century entrance door. This room is flanked by the morning room and the drawing room with a sealed carved stone door to the garden behind the bookcase. The dining room is ideally positioned between the drawing room and the kitchen/breakfast room, adjacent to the spacious rear hall which has a door to the rear drive. The practical rooms of the scullery and boot room are next to the kitchen and both have doors to the garden.
On the first floor, the principal bedroom has an en suite bathroom and the former chapel with its squint and its vaulted ceiling is a stunning and most enjoyable room. Of particular note is the oriel window which provides a romantic focus to the first floor landing. There are four further bedrooms and a family bathroom on this floor. The second floor provides two more bedrooms, a shower room and an office. To the southwest of the house are the stables and carriage house, all of which are accessed by a rear drive. The thatched stables incorporate a garage and three loose boxes plus a tack room – all with the original divides. The coach house is arranged as a garage/workshop, apple/wood store and garden store. The delightful gardens and grounds extend to 2.41 acres and form an important part of the property. In the best traditions of the country garden, expansive lawns with colourful borders nestle beneath wonderful trees and combine to create a most romantic and enjoyable set of garden rooms. Approached through tall stone gate piers with ornate iron gates, the gravel drive expands to form a parking/turning area to the east of the house and is bordered by a high stone wall and large lily pond complete with a fountain and Koi carp. A short flight of steps and a path leads beneath a lovely old Judas-tree to the house and formal gardens. Adjacent to house is the sheltered and sunny south facing terrace garden with its ancient flagstone stone seating area and lawn bordered by established Magnolia Grandiflora and pear trees, with deep colourful and scented beds of climbing roses, hydrangea, begonia, lilies, camellias and other perennials. From here stone piers with ornate metal gate open into the walled garden. At its centre a large level lawn, ideal for croquet, has deep established flower borders to all sides and incorporates a seating area with a wisteria and grape vine covered pergola and a gate to the pond garden, as well as a flight of historic stone steps set into a bank leading to the stables.
A further set of tall gate piers opens into the garden with the arbour of intertwined beeches (the Beech Walk), bordered by deep flower beds with roses, lilies, geraniums, peonies and rhododendrons. An arch in the tall hedge leads into the Smoketree Garden with its weeping birch crab apple and superb smoketrees. A row of tall poplar trees runs along the southern boundary and borders delightful open countryside. The final area of garden is the former orchard with its remaining fruit trees, beech, oak trees and a bluebell wood in spring time. This area of garden is to the south of the outbuildings, cottages and a small kitchen garden with raised beds and a small wooden greenhouse, olive and fig trees with area of hard standing suitable for a larger greenhouse. The garden affords any number of quiet and private seating areas giving different perspectives of the house, the garden and neighbouring countryside; be it from the south facing terrace beside the house, vine covered pergola, or lawns.
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