In many ways The Old Vicarage is the epitome of the gorgeous thatched village houses for which the county is well known. It is listed as being of Architectural and Historic Importance Grade II. It was acquired by our clients in the mid 1990's since when the property has undergone comprehensive improvement and refurbishment. Natural light levels throughout the interior are exceptional, provided by handsome double hung sash casement windows to the principal façade which, together with the bays, makes this one of the prettiest houses in the locality. A wide entrance hall with stone floor and boarded ceiling provides loads of storage for practical items, like coats and boots, supplemented by a cloak room. The kitchen breakfast room forms the heart of the house with a flagstone floor and a former fireplace set with a two oven oil fired aga cooker. There is a custom built range of kitchen cupboard and drawer units with a working area set within a bay window looking out over the garden. In tune with modern living, the kitchen opens into a delightful sitting room with painted board flooring and a bay window with views down the garden. The drawing room is of delightful proportions and is focused on a ducks nest grate with ornate fireplace surround and over mantle. Natural light is provided by two large bay windows, one looking down the garden, and the other looking out over adjacent park-like surroundings, part of which is the site of a medieval village. The dining room has floor to ceiling windows along one wall, and connects the main house through to a staircase which leads up to the first floor office, ideal for those working from home, hobbies space or even as an occasional fourth bedroom. The office has a quadruple aspect, and has a charming studio atmosphere. On the first floor there is a part galleried landing and a principal bedroom served by a large en-suite bathroom with twin basins and an extensive range of cupboards. The second bedroom has a triple aspect, and the window seat and bay enjoying the same views as the drawing room. The third bedroom also has a window seat, and there is an excellent second bathroom with painted board floor.
Gates open to a driveway leading to a gravelled parking and turning area at the front of the house. There's a back drive as well, but both lead to a garage and workshop of modern construction in the style of an old coach house. The back drive also gives access to a screened fuel store and storage area. Second garage with storage over. The grounds stretch principally to the front of the house with his and hers garden studios, one orientated for morning light, the other for afternoon light. The main sweep of lawn is shaped by well stocked borders and studded with established trees and shrubs. In fact, the garden is characterised by mature beech, mature oak and eucalyptus trees. Beyond the main sweep of lawn is an orchard and soft fruit garden served by machinery store, and lawn tractor shed. The whole offers a high degree of peace and privacy and extends to approximately half of an acre. To the rear of the house is the former Parish Church. This is now is de-consecrated and used as a village facility. The present owners of The Old Vicarage have regularly enjoyed the use of the church for parties and functions.