5 bedroom house for saleHonor Oak Rise, Forest Hill, SE23
- Grade II listed Georgian house
- 5 bedrooms
- 2 receptions
- Chain Free
- bathroom and en suite
- large south-facing garden
- surrounded by woodland
- "outstanding" local schools
- near trains, Overground and buses
With woodland to the front, right and rear, the house offers the peace and quiet of country living, along with the convenience of close transport links and shops. Honor Oak Park train station can be reached within ten minutes via a cut-through which takes you over One Tree Hill, designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). A long-gone quarry above the top of the garden provided clay for the bricks used in the houses of Honor Oak Rise.
Original features include the large, classic porch and impressive entrance hall with an arch set into a high ceiling. To the left of the elegant staircase with original banisters is a box room which is furnished with fitted shelves and is large enough to hold several bicycles.
The grand floor-to-ceiling sash windows of the stunning front reception are fitted with the original working wood shutters, while its dramatic high ceiling features an ornate cornice. Walls in the rear reception/library are fitted with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and the French doors open onto a secluded decked sun terrace. The spacious kitchen/diner has a quarry-tiled floor and large French doors to the sun terrace. Beyond is a long, functional utility room with a new Vaillant combination boiler and convenient third door to the terrace.
Over the kitchen is a rear mezzanine bedroom. This recently added room opens up the back of the house to the sun and serenity of the slopes of the garden. French doors lead to the newly renovated higher sun terrace (furnished with large roll-up awning) with a refitted wooden bridge to the garden. The room is currently used a study with bespoke shelving across one wall and a built-in desk along the facing wall.
Next to the stairs between the mezzanine and first floor is a handy cloakroom. On the landing, the bathroom is to the right, while ahead, at the front of the house, is the master bedroom with en-suite shower room. A magnificent floor-to-ceiling sash window with a central arch faces woodland and has a superb view over London. A large built-in wardrobe is conveniently located near the en-suite, which includes a double-width shower. The other bedroom on this floor has an original sash window overlooking the garden below and is furnished with a large built-in cupboard.
On the second floor at the top of the house, both bedrooms are doubles but it is the larger, almost 18ft wide front bedroom that embodies the grandeur of the Georgian period. Being the highest rooms in this tall building, they provide the most spectacular views in the house.
The south-facing garden is tiered with two lawns, a mature Mirabelle plum tree, shrubs, climbers and a wildflower and rockery area. The Rambling Rector rose at the top of the garden catches the last rays of the setting sun.
Honor Oak Park station has regular trains to London Bridge, Victoria, Canada Water and Dalston. Opposite the station is an excellent delicatessen and a Sainsbury's Local. You'll also find nearby a sourdough pizza restaurant, a tapas bar, a superb Italian and an award- winning Indian restaurant.
Buses run down Forest Hill Road towards Elephant & Castle and King’s Cross. Near the bus stop are popular brunch spots Norris & Knight and French Café Bistro and the wide spaces of Peckham Rye Park are a little further on. To the west are the cafés, bars, markets and boutiques of East Dulwich.
St Francisca Cabrini and Fairlawn, the two nearest state primary schools, have been rated ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED, as have both of the Harris secondary schools at Peckham Rye. Some of the UK's best independents are a short drive away: Alleyn's, Dulwich College and JAGS.
Jonathan Sale, the house’s present owner, explains: "It’s a magical spot to live in. I always swore that I would never leave this terrific house and I have stuck to that for 42 years. Then I met a woman (see my article on the Guardian website) who thought exactly the same about her North London house...’
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