Glimpsing its symmetrical Georgian main façade, set back behind ornate entrance gates, overlooking the Church, is a quintessential old Rectory. Dating in the main from the late 18th and mid 19th centuries, the house brings together all of those features which make buildings of this type so popular. An impressive approach and handsome façade, beautifully proportioned rooms with tall ceilings and double hung sash casement windows bringing in plenty of light, tall wainscots, window shutters, flagstone floors and ornate ceiling cornices. The house was acquired by its present owners in 1991, and over the next few years was the subject of a comprehensive refurbishment and modernisation programme.
The Old Rectory is listed as being of Historic and Architectural Importance Grade II.
On the ground floor there is a central reception hall with a beautiful flagstone floor, set with double doors and a handsome fanlight leading through into the main stair hall with wide and easy rising stairs to the galleried landing. The drawing room has a south westerly aspect and is a large room by any measure. It is focused on a fine carved marble fireplace surround with frieze and reeded pilasters either side, flanked by display shelves and cupboards. There are two bay windows overlooking the garden with a door to the terrace. At the front of the house is a handsome morning room with stone fireplace and extensive bookcases and cupboards. The dining room completes the principal reception rooms and is equally fine. The kitchen/breakfast room has travertine flooring, a glass topped well with light, white marble topped work surfaces including an island unit and an interesting old water pump, all focused on a recessed four oven Aga with a door out to the terrace. The kitchen is supported by a walk in pantry and a back passage leads to a large larder with slate slabs and ventilation. There is a back hall, flagstone lobby, cloakroom and an excellent utility/drying room with gas-fired boiler for the central heating.
On the first floor there is a spacious and impressive galleried landing with arched partitions. The principal bedroom catches the morning sun and has an excellent range of wardrobes and a carved stone fireplace. It is supported by its own ensuite bathroom. There is a delightful guest bedroom suite with wardrobes, fireplace and a bay window overlooking the garden, and an ensuite bathroom. Presently the smaller bedroom is used as a sewing room and bedroom three is used as a children's sitting room for which it is ideal. The remainder of the first floor accommodation is made up of a pair of bedrooms sharing a jack and jill bathroom, and another double bedroom utilising the fourth bathroom. The first floor then can be used on a five bedroom format as at present, or a seven bedroom format if required.
Wrought iron gates set on brick pillars open to a gravelled driveway approach to a parking area at the front, enclosing a central lawn and flanked by hedged limes and yew. A spur off leads to a double garage.
The gardens and grounds extend to approximately 1.25 acres, and are largely walled. Stretching along the rear and one side is a south west facing terrace and entertaining area, with a shallow flight of steps up to the main sweep of lawn, flanked by lovely colourful borders set against the brick walls on one side, and the yew hedge on the other. A walkway pierces the yew at the bottom, leading through to further lawns set with manicured hornbeams and an established fig. Adjacent are grassed walkways featuring spring bulbs, all focused on a handsome chestnut tree. There is a productive kitchen garden with vegetables and soft fruit, greenhouse and potting shed, together with espalier fruit trees. There is also a storage area. Running along the southern side of the garden is a well screened, and well maintained hard tennis court. A cobbled herb garden courtyard and log store adjoin the utility room.