5 bedroom detached house for saleSmalls Hill Road, Leigh, Reigate, Surrey
Guide Price £1,495,000
- 4 reception rooms and sun room
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- 5 bedrooms
- 3 en-suites
- Large 6-car garage
- 2 detached period outbuildings
- Many fine period features
- Elevated location with wonderful views
- Beautifully kept gardens, in all about 1.1 acres
This historic period farmhouse has considerable charm and character and is believed to have origins dating back to the late 15th Century.
The property over the past 30 years has been subject to extensive refurbishment and renovation by the current owners with the result being a supremely practical yet utterly charming family home located almost at the end of a no-through country road with superb views over the surrounding countryside.
Many of the historic features of Old Swains Farm have been retained and almost all the rooms enjoy good ceiling heights and there is also a sense of light and spaciousness thanks to the orientation of the house with the principal elevation facing south-west.
The accommodation briefly comprises front door leading to impressive reception hall with extends to the entire depth of the house. The drawing room is an outstanding room with a very impressive inglenook fireplace which has its original smoker. There is also a delightful sitting room, separate study and dining room again with an impressive inglenook fireplace. There is also a well-appointed kitchen/breakfast with a utility room located within the cellar. The sun room is accessed via the dining room and the sitting room. There is also a downstairs cloakroom. To the first floor there are five bedrooms in total with the master bedroom having an en-suite shower/bathroom and there are two further en-suite bathrooms to bedrooms 2 and 3.
Old Swains Farm is undoubtedly an important and very fine period farmhouse and was the home of the first Poet Laureate, Ben Johnson (1572-1637) a close friend of William Shakespeare and although not proved it is probably highly likely that Shakespeare would have made trips out to see his friend at Swains Farm.
Grounds and outbuildings
The grounds are an outstanding feature of Old Swains Farm complementing the farmhouse perfectly and have been very well kept over the years and have been set out in the style of the English Country Cottage garden. The grounds consist of immaculately kept lawns, clipped hedges and well stocked flower beds and borders. Amongst the many fine features is a wonderful old brick wall which separates the formal part of the garden and the superbly established kitchen garden which also has fruit cages. Within the formal part of the garden there is an old Victorian building which has the garden WC. Beyond the formal garden, the extensive informal gardens consist of large grazed areas with specimen trees and well maintained hedges. An electric five-bar gate leads off the farm access lane to a long driveway with parking and turning for several vehicles. There is a useful range of outbuildings comprising a large modern six car garage, a traditional Victorian detached brick garage, which in all probability was formerly a cart shed, providing garaging for 2 vehicles. There is also an attractive Victorian stable block building which is divided into three parts a workshop and two adjacent store rooms. This building is attached to neighbouring farm buildings which belong to the adjoining farm.
The grounds, which in all extend to about 1.1 acres, compliment the property perfectly and due to its slightly elevated location there are beautifully unspoilt views over the surrounding countryside with the Surrey Hills visible on a clear day to the south-west.
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