Historic, beautiful and substantial period home (Grade !!) thought to date back to around 1780. The property benefits from a self contained annex and large oak framed barn, set in approximately 2 acres (STLS) of beautiful gardens, including a pretty walled courtyard garden, in the most delightful cottage style with wealth of abundant planting and mature trees.
To fully appreciate the history of Church House (Grade II listed) you have to understand that when this property was ‘New to the market’ King George III was on the throne and struggling to keep hold of the United States, Napoleon was causing all sorts of bother in Europe. William Pitt the younger was entering parliament, destined to become Prime Minister, the first steam locomotives were seen charging round the roads of England at an unheard of 5 MPH and both Beethoven and Bach were the Beetles of the age.
The centuries have come and gone since but Church House has taken it all in it’s stride and now stands as a wonderful example of a bygone, more ‘genteel’ era, you can almost imagine Pride and Prejudice being set in the grounds with Jane Austen strolling through the garden thinking about her next great literary adventure.
Set next to the ancient St Peter’s Church in West Hanningfield, with delightful views of this beautiful Church and the surrounding grounds, Church House was almost certainly the home of one of the ‘landed Gentry’ of the area with historic records showing it as part of a much larger estate which existed at the time.
Now, thanks to an extensive and sympathetic refurbishment and modernisation carried out by the present Vendors since their purchase in 1985, Church House provides a unique combination of a charming period home with many original features such as the wealth of exposed timbers and beams, combined with a modern and spacious family home providing all the ’creature comforts’ we have come to expect including a fitted kitchen, utility room and large pantry cupboard as well as an en-suite bathroom to the large master bedroom, modern central heating and much more besides.
Whilst the property has it’s fair share of exposed beams, it also benefits from wonderfully high ceilings, so no banging of heads to worry about!
The gardens are an absolute delight including a charming South-West facing walled courtyard garden complete with original well where you can relax amid the wealth of cottage style planting and well established trees and shrubs.
Just across the walled garden is the large converted coach house which now provides comfortable self contained accommodation including a large lounge area, open plan fitted kitchen, shower room and double bedroom on a mezzanine floor above.
The large oak framed barn provides useful parking and/or storage but could be put to any number of other possible uses (STPP)