'RURAL PERFECTION' - a classic Georgian house set in just over five and a half acres providing tranquillity and seclusion, together with a detached holiday let cottage and a useful range of outbuildings including home office.
Watkins Farm stands at the end of a long drive, and has that quintessentially Georgian symmetrical main façade, which makes buildings of this type and age so appealing. Acquired by its present owners in 1990, it has since undergone comprehensive refurbishment, and is now offered for sale beautifully presented throughout. The interior is light and airy, and includes many of those features associated with buildings of this period, most notably flagstone floors, good ceiling heights, double hung sash casement windows, picture rails, window seats and some exposed roof timbers.
On the ground floor, a flagstone entrance hall is focused on a handsome staircase. The drawing room has lovely proportions, a panelled window seat and door looking out over the wonderful garden. The dining room has a vaulted ceiling and a polished travertine floor, together with floor to ceiling windows on two sides and doors opening directly out on to the terrace and entertaining areas. The sitting room has its own warm atmosphere with a wood-burning stove, direct access to the kitchen and like the drawing room, enjoys a panelled window seat overlooking the garden. The kitchen/breakfast room has polished granite worktops, a flagstone floor, window shutters, ventilated larder and a two oven Aga. Beyond is a utility room with terracotta tiled floor, oil-fired central heating boiler, Belfast sink and an old bread oven. Adjacent to the utility room is a cloakroom.
On the first floor there is a splendid principal bedroom suite, large by any measure and supported by a bathroom/dressing room with a range of mahogany wardrobes and a panelled dado. There are two more bedrooms on the first floor, sharing a delightful second bathroom. The second floor has a centrally located living space. There are two further bedrooms on this floor, sharing a third bathroom.
A long entrance drive flanked by wide grass verges leads to a generous parking and turning area to the side of the house, adjacent to which stands a handsome range of brick and tile outbuildings comprising two stores/workshops, three stables with a loft over. A flight of external steps leads up to a charming home studio/office. Adjoining is a two bay open fronted garage and an enclosed third garage. There is also a woodshed, potting shed and hen run.
Adjoining the dining room is a most private south-facing terrace and entertaining area, looking out over the principal sweep of lawn to the duck pond complete with island and duck house. Set before the principal façade, and to the south of the house, is a colourful Italianate garden from which a gate opens through to an enclosed and well screened kitchen garden complete with fruit cage, greenhouse and side access gates to the drive. Beyond the pond there is an orchard, and the lawn breaks in to a more informal grassed area studded with trees, which in turn leads to a delightful area of young broadleaf woodland comprising in the main oak and ash. There are two level enclosures taking the form of a field and paddock, providing protection, amenity and grazing.
In all the property extends to around five and a half acres.