Location: Reigate Road, Horley, Surrey, United Kingdom
Offers in the region of £1,500,000
With exposed beams, a magnificent inglenook fireplace and a timber framed facade, this stunning home dates back to the late 16th century and exudes an undeniable amount of charm. Encompassed by quintessential English country gardens of circa 1.5 acres that lend an idyllic backdrop, this spacious Grade II listed home represents an outstanding example of contemporary life in a period property. Beautifully presented and sympathetically styled throughout to an impeccably high standard with feature Farrow & Ball tones, its extensive layout includes a stunning games room, handmade kitchen and enviable principal suite.
Timber gates sweep open onto a turning circle driveway that gives the perfect vantage point to take in the utterly enchanting timber-framed and tile hung facade with its casement windows and gabled entrance. Inside, an abundance of exposed beams stretch out above you combining with the warm tones of wood doors with their wrought ironwork, effortlessly conjuring the charm and character of a bygone age.
Beautifully lit by a duo of picture perfect windows, the working inglenook fireplace of the spacious sitting room supplies an instant wow factor. Dating back to the 16th century, its magnificent shape and timber mantle provide an incredible focal point to a room that has a generous amount of space to relax and spend time together. The crisp white walls that flow throughout the majority of the property enhance the sense of space, while the herringbone patterns of a rich wood floor lend the perfect contrast.
Opening onto the wrap-round gardens, French doors sit within the full height bay windows of a large double aspect family room that offers a peaceful retreat at the end of the day. A soft grey carpet complements the first class column radiator and a log burner adds a cosy feel.
Added in the mid 17th century across the central hallway, the kitchen wing with its adjoining formal dining room is without doubt the heart and hub of this historic home. Handmade by local craftsmen, the outstanding kitchen with its large central island is sympathetically styled. Painted in the soft hues of Farrow & Ball's Cornforth White, its Shaker-style cabinets produce a wealth of storage and the etched grooves of Silestone countertops flow into an under-mounted sink. A classic Aga nestles within the fireplace, while a modern boiling water tap and induction hob add every convenience. Equally suited for family meals, celebrations or evenings with friends, the easy flowing layout leads into the dining room where further French doors make it easy to step outside for al fresco entertaining. A matching utility room has additional storage and accommodates your laundry appliances without encroaching on the aesthetics of the room.
Beneath the blackened beams of a vaulted ceiling, a glorious double aspect games room is a truly enviable space for everyone to enjoy. Extending to over 30ft with a log burner and wonderful large mezzanine, its extensive proportions generate a huge amount of versatility to cater to your own needs, easily accommodating a pool table and TV area with an immense amount of room to spare. Equally well-presented, a separate study offers garden vistas, while a stylish shower room completes this marvellous ground floor.
The picturesque outlooks, charming wood doors, timber framed walls and beams continue upstairs where five double bedrooms produce an ideal amount of flexible family accommodation. A lovely amount of natural light tumbles into the principal bedroom lending a calm and peaceful feel, while a first class freestanding roll top bath painted in Farrow & Ball Elephant's Breath lends a luxuriant finishing touch. With wide bay windows and direct access to one of the superior family shower rooms, a large double aspect bedroom is perhaps ideal for teenagers or multi-generational families, while each of the other rooms benefits from a hand basin and fitted storage. Arranged in refined tile settings, the tastefully chosen suites of this home's three exemplary shower rooms include large glass framed rainfall showers and contemporary Hansgrohe fittings, with two located on the first floor and one on the ground floor.
Nestled within its tremendous gardens and grounds, this historic home enjoys utterly idyllic outlooks from each and every room. From the topiary, trees and rose beds of the walled front gardens to the expansive lawns at the rear, there is a blissful amount of colour and interest to admire throughout the seasons.
Sitting to the side of the house, a detached garden office supplies a dedicated work from home space for those who need it, while budding gardeners will enjoy the greenhouse and numerous store rooms.
Step out from the ground floor onto landscaped patios that reach across the house giving you a choice of spots to enjoy al fresco meals or simply sit back and relax in the sun with the weekend papers or after dinner drinks. Backing onto rolling countryside and fields, and bordered by statuesque trees that offer seclusion, these tranquil gardens and grounds stretch out over circa 1.5 acres, with considerable lawns for children to play and explore.
A graceful turning circle driveway and carport have private off-road parking for numerous vehicles, and the secluded location on the edges of the village means that although the airport terminal is nearby you are shielded away with no overhead flight paths. It should be noted that approximately 75% of the roof has recently been renovated and 50% of the windows have been replaced with made to measure double glazed units painted on the exterior with Farrow & Ball Old White.
What the Owner Says:
"Even after five years of living here we never tire of driving up to the house and having that 'wow I live here' feeling. It's just so very picturesque and has that classic chocolate box look.
We will particularly miss the kitchen and the games room. Having an Aga makes the kitchen warm and homely especially in the winter, and we sit and gather around the island and chat at the end of the day, catching up over a glass of wine or cup of tea together. The games room is huge and a magical place at Christmas with the beams, fireplace and a 10ft tree beneath the vaulted ceiling.
The gardens are perfect for family gatherings and parties, and we love the fact that the location and commuter links mean that we can be in London or Brighton within half an hour.