GUIDE PRICE £750,000 - £800,000
This is an unusual opportunity to acquire a five bedroom period property, which is on the market for the first time in nearly 40 years. The house is believed to date from 1880 and is offered with a quarter of an acre (tbv). Particular features include a magnificent inglenook fireplace, an abundance of oak beams and panelling, a kitchen / breakfast room designed by Charlwood Kitchens and a thermostatically controlled wine cellar.
The house gets its names from a large bell – believed to have been installed by the original owner, a lady who was particularly fearful of fire. Today the bell is sheltered within its own tiled roof and mounted outside the front of the property. Entrance to the house is through the hexagonal porch, which is fronted with a heavy oak door, large metal door knocker and bell. Inside is half-height oak panelling, a brick flagged floor and leaded light windows with monkey tail handles and double doors into the house itself. Coming inside you enter the reception hall, which features a stunning oak staircase, as well as oak paneling, leaded light windows a fireplace with brick surround and fine wooden panelling above – possibly Jacobean. The room is carpeted – as are the stair treads – but with oak underneath. Walking into the generously proportioned drawing room you are greeted with a large inglenook fireplace, oak bressamer beams and wood-burning stove, making this an impressive yet warm room. Again, while currently carpeted, there are oak floorboards beneath. Moving through to the kitchen/breakfast room, this boasts a granite-topped island with cupboards, doors and a wine rack within, as well as space for a family-sized table and chairs and also a large built -in dresser. The floor tiles are Amtico, while the wall tiles are Fired Earth and the radiator is behind an attractive grill/wooden fretwork. The kitchen was designed by Charlwood Kitchens and combines high specification and superb workmanship with practicality. Wall and base units are well designed and made of oak with dark granite worksurfaces. There is a butler sink with a Quooker tap for boiling water, hot water and cold water and an integrated Falcon (a subsidiary of Aga) range cooker with five ring gas burners and twin ovens – one fan assisted, the other conventional oven. The kitchen contains a larder fridge, which is included, and has space for a dishwasher. The utility/walk-in larder features a generous Poggenpohl unit comprising a work surface, cupboard and drawers. This room also has Amtico flooring, useful shelving together with space for a full-size freezer, microwave and a washing machine. There are three original sash windows, lovingly renovated approximately two years ago, plus the door to the garden.
Leading off the kitchen is the dining room, which the current owners use as an additional reception room/study. Opposite this is another smaller room currently utilised for storage, although it was previously used as a home office and fit a desk and a computer. A relaxed space – either for dining or relaxing – is provided by the light and spacious conservatory. Airy, yet solidly built it has tiled flooring with underfloor heating ensuring that it can be used all year round. Two sets of double doors lead to the garden, while an interior door provides access to a downstairs cloakroom, which features a door with a period stained glass window. The cloakroom includes a WC, a wash hand basin and also the boiler, which was replaced in 2011. Returning to the conservatory and walking towards the rear garden, there are four storage/workshop areas. The first retains the original tiling from when it was part of a dairy. The next offers a modern-day prize – a temperature-controlled wine cellar, which is thoroughly insulated and has stacking racks from floor to ceiling. Beyond are two further workshop/storage areas, along with access to the rear walled garden. Period features also abound on the first floor of the house. The staircase leads up to a landing with large oak door frames, oak lintels and beams all around. To the left is an ante-chamber with two generous linen cupboards and access to the master bedroom. This large double room is situated at the front of the property and faces east, meaning that the triple aspect leaded-light windows with monkey tail handles are flooded with morning sun. The room has one door leading to a small minstrels’ gallery overlooking the staircase and another to a Jack and Jill bathroom. This is sumptuously appointed with pale grey marble walls and terracotta granite flooring, underfloor heating and two heated towel rails. The suite comprises a roll-top bath, a P-shaped shower enclosure, twin wash-hand basins with marble surround, a WC and a cupboard, and is finished off with theatre-style lights around a large mirror. The other door in the bathroom leads to the next double bedroom, which has double aspect leaded light windows and a fitted wardrobe.
Towards the rear of the property is the family bathroom, with dark floor tiles and floor-to-ceiling white wall tiles, a roll-top bath, a wash-hand basin with wooden cupboard beneath, a WC with high-level cistern and a walk-in shower. The bathroom also features a large heated towel rail and a sash window with its original glass. Adjacent to this is another double bedroom with two sash windows overlooking the rear of the house. Returning to the landing, there is an excellent hanging cupboard. On the other side of the landing is a single bedroom with feature half-height oak panelling and a full height storage cupboard. To the front of the property there is another double bedroom with a leaded light window bay, which mirrors that in the master bedroom. The room features an attractive tiled fireplace and a built-in bookcase and cupboard.
The loft is part-boarded, with a light and a loft ladder. OUTSIDE: The walled garden is beautifully secluded and faces west, giving it the benefit of superb sunsets. The walls on all three sides makes it totally secure for children and pets. Side access to the rear garden is available from the front of the property via securely locked double doors. The door from the kitchen/breakfast room into the garden has a covered porch leading to the terrace area. Beyond is a lawn, mature flower beds and trees, including an established magnolia. Towards the back of the garden is an area for growing vegetables/fruit bushes, along with compost bins.
To the front of the property there is a turning circle with a double garage to the left as you face the house. This has up and over doors, power and light and an outside light.