Springfield Farm is a gorgeous example of how a building that dates from 1580 can be lovingly restored, retaining all that is attractive in old buildings of this type, but at the same time fully embracing the needs of 21st century living. Surprisingly the house is not listed. The interior is characterised by a wealth of fine features, including flagstone floors, beamed ceilings, some fine beamed fireplaces, window seats, lovely old doors, board floors with great patina and exposed roof timbers. Modern fittings are sympathetic to a house of this age with Edwardian style sanitary ware, and brass domed light switches with toggles. Where it is appropriate, modern down lighting have been used. All the rooms are bright and have good ceiling heights.
On the ground floor, there is a central hallway with a fine old door at the end, leading through into the main entrance hall where there is a modern galleried staircase and a cloakroom. The sitting room has a cross beamed ceiling and flagstone floor, window seats and a beamed stone fireplace, complete with a curing chamber and wood-burning stove. A door at the back of the sitting room leads out into the loggia. Across the passageway from the sitting room is the dining room which is of similar proportions and also has a flagstone floor and a fine old fireplace. Projecting to the rear of the original building is a former barn and cider house, now converted to provide a delightful kitchen/breakfast room with gas fired Rayburn cooker, ceramic flooring and a window overlooking the garden and entertaining areas. Beyond is a ceramic floored utility room, which is of a size that it can be used as a party barn, rumpus space, hobbies studio or home office. It has direct access to the garden.
On the first floor there are two main bedrooms, each with an ensuite shower room, and then two more bedrooms served by a family bathroom. The landing is spacious and accessed by the modern galleried staircase as well as a much older stone spiral staircase. All is beautifully presented throughout.
The house is set back behind a low stone wall with lawn and flower borders. At the eastern end is the old horse mounting block. There are driveways to each side of the house; one leading to a gravelled parking area, in turn giving access to the larger of the two garages, with an electrically operated roller door, light, power and water and a door direct through to the back garden. The second garage is approached by the drive on the left and is open fronted with a parking area in front. This drive is shared with neighbours.
Most of the garden lies to the rear of the property and is a delight, offering a high degree of seclusion. Adjoining the living accommodation is a sun trap terrace and entertaining area, made fragrant by an established wisteria and floodlit for evening entertaining. It looks out over a main sweep of level lawn, set with a variety of shrubs, trees and shaped by flower borders. There is an aluminium greenhouse along with a screened storage area and double gates through to the gravelled parking area for side access; good if you need to store a caravan or boat.