4 bedroom detached house for saleRosemary Lane, Alfold, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6
- Medieval origins
- Four bedrooms with further accommodation
- Three bath/shower rooms (one en suite)
- Sitting and family rooms / study
- Kitchen / dining room
- five bay barn and garage/workshop
- One bed annexe
- garden and paddock (circa 1.7 acres)
- high speed broadband
Magnificent recreation of historic Wealden hall house
Cranleigh: 5.4 miles (8.6 km); Horsham 11.9 miles (19km); Guildford 11.4 miles (18km); Godalming 10.6 miles (17km), M25/Wisley 19 miles (30km) Gatwick 25 miles (40km); London 43 miles (68km), (all mileages are approximate).
Froggats Cottage occupies an elevated and delightfully tranquil rural situation in the heart of the Weald and on the West Sussex border.
Situated at the end of a long unadopted drive and in its own extensive grounds, the property enjoys a high level of privacy and seclusion.
To the rear of the property the land slopes gently away affording distant rural views towards The South Downs.
The surrounding countryside is an attractive mix of open farmland and managed woodland with numerous rural lanes and bridle paths to explore.
There are also areas of historically important ancient woodland nearby that was the site of medieval glass production. The former Wey and Arun navigation runs through woodland nearby. Alfold and the nearby village of Loxwood comprise a thriving community with village school, hall, medical centre, church, pubs and Post Office / general store and support a range of community events, activities, clubs and associations as can be seen from the village website at www.loxwood.org
In addition to convenience shopping in the village a wider selection is available at Cranleigh. Here the range includes supermarkets, banks, restaurants, weekly market and speciality shops to choose from. The full range of high street shopping, leisure, and cultural amenities is available at Horsham and Guildford, where there are also main line stations offering fast and frequent services into London. (From 35 minutes at
The area benefits from a wide choice of schools including Loxwood Primary, Rikkyo School, Pennthorpe, Nanhurst, St Cuthbert Mayne, Cranleigh School and St Catherine's at Bramley among many others.
Recreational opportunities include golf at a number of clubs in the area. There are also multi-activity sport and leisure centres at Billingshurst, Cranleigh, Horsham and Guildford and country sports at a number of local venues.
Twenty years ago the property, then known as Upper Oakland Cottage, was a dilapidated and overgrown two room cottage without vehicular access or services. However, research revealed that it was in fact the remains of a former substantial wealden hall-house dating from around 1370 that had probably been destroyed by fire.
Excited by this discovery and with help from local experts the owners located the original footprint and decided to recreate the building using traditional materials and skills.
Using green oak cut from the surrounding woodland and incorporating the original Grade II listed cottage, Conservation Craftsmen of Ashurst created the superb medieval style "Yeoman's House" we see today.
Internally the property offers an absolute wealth of beautifully crafted exposed timber with the central 'hall' open to the rafters and crown-post roof. A traditional cross-passage entrance hall separates the original from the modern section with a large and useful boot-room to the right.
The vaulted central section now houses the spacious family kitchen. Fitted with a range of bespoke oak furniture with a four-oven AGA and walk-in larder, there is also a central island unit and useful breakfast bar.
Whilst the dining area is still open to the roof it is now overlooked by an attractive gallery sitting area. A fully glaz ed wall and door lead to a cosy family room off the kitchen. Beyond the kitchen we find a spacious sitting room with substantial inglenook fireplace and fitted woodburning stove.
Bedroom accommodation over the first and second floors comprises the master suite with walk-in closet and ensuite shower room.
Two further bedrooms and two family bathrooms complete the first floor accommodation and a further short staircase leads from the library to two further rooms which are currently used as further accommodation.
The accommodation of Froggats Cottage is well laid out and is
illustrated on the floor plans included in this brochure.*
*Please note our client has indicated they do not currently have building control approval for the rooms to be used as bedrooms.
An impressive oak framed five-bay barn has been arranged to provide a loose box and two central car-ports. There is also a useful annexe set out over two floors comprising a sitting room with kitchenette, shower room and generous bedroom above. This would be ideally suited as staff or guest accommodation.
A second barn provides a single garage / workshop, two bay car-port and log store.
Froggats Cottage is approached from the lane via an unadopted drive over farmland to arrive at a very generous gravelled forecourt and turning area with space for numerous cars.
The front garden comprises areas of lawn with fruit trees and a gravel path leads between lavender and clipped box hedges to the front door.
To the rear the south-facing garden enjoys attractive landscape vistas and comprises a formal parterre style layout with gravel paths and raised beds of flowers shrubs and fruit trees. An adjoining patio and barbecue area with a shady vine-clad pergola is ideal for relaxation and summer dining.
Beyond the formal gardens the remainder of the grounds comprise a pretty duck pond, fenced paddocks and an area of light woodland.
In all about 2 acres (0.809 ha).
Square Footage: 2,994 sq ft
Acreage: 1.7 Acres
From Guildford follow A281 Horsham Road south for 10 miles to Alfold Crossways and here turn right and immediately left towards Alfold. After 0.9 mile in Alfold village and just beyond the shops, as the road bears left near the church, turn right into Rosemary Lane. The unadopted driveway to Froggats Cottage will be seen after 0.6 mile on the left hand side beside a bridleway.
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