5 bedroom detached house for saleCrofton Lane, Petts Wood
Withdrawn from Market
- Charming former farmhouse
- Dating back to 15th Century
- 5 bedrooms/4 reception rooms
- Set on a corner plot
CHAIN FREE, GUIDE PRICE £1,100,000 - £1,200,000
Crofton Farm is a very charming former farmhouse set well back from Crofton Lane in leafy gardens of approximately 1/3 of an acre.
There are five bedrooms, four of which are doubles. Two are currently arranged as studies. In addition, there is a box room forming a passageway between two bedrooms. There are two bathrooms upstairs, one of which is en suite, and a shower room downstairs. There are four reception rooms currently arranged as a drawing room, dining room, music room and family TV room. There is a large kitchen with a dining area.
Crofton Farm was originally known as Clay Farm and seems to have been used latterly for fruit and chickens. The Crofton Farm estate was broken up and sold in 1907, though it is believed that some farming continued later into the twentieth century.
The main part of the house is a Wealden (or yeoman's) hall house and dates back at least to the fifteenth and possibly to the fourteenth century. It is timber-framed internally, with a lot of exposed beams, but the exterior was given a makeover and clad in bricks in the eighteenth century, so it looks a bit younger than it is. The Kent peg tile roof is believed to have been replaced in the early 1970's. The construction of the house is described in "The Traditional Buildings of England" by Anthony Quiney with several references to it and a photo of the sitting room. A similar house called Bayleaf that was rescued from Chiddingstone can be seen in its original form at the Weald and Downland Museum at Singleton near Chichester. The original living hall space at Crofton Farm, which would have risen into the roof rafters, was floored over, however, and the fire was moved into an inglenook with a bressummer bearing the date 1671. The fire was further refined by the addition of an internal brick fireplace within the inglenook and this is commemorated by a plaque to John Miles 15 October 1803. There are two staircases, and the two ends of the house are linked upstairs through a little passageway with half-size doors, running beside the chimney space. In medieval times one end would have housed the "solar" (the owner's private rooms) and the other the buttery, dry-store, and servants' accommodation with the open hall between them. The ceiling beams in the music room show that the solar was originally jettied.
The house is south-facing and set on a corner plot, bordered by trees and hedges and a mellow brick wall, with a gravel drive leading up from a farm gate and round to the garage. The gardens continue the farm traditions of the house by including a Russet and a Cox apple trees, a William desert pear, a damson and several cherries. Perennial wild strawberries still abound. In addition, there are numerous shrubs and herbaceous plants and the house is clothed in roses, honeysuckle, two wisterias, winter jasmine and a climbing hydrangea. There are three different areas of lawn, a York stone patio, a brick shed and a wooden summer-house. Further evidence of the house's history can be seen in the three staddle stones in the garden, preserved from the farm's granary.
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