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A Grade I listed location house situated in the medieval village of Bletchingley, just outside of London. It can be reached in only 28 minutes from London Bridge or Victoria stations.
Built in 1636 by architect Inigo Jones, most famous for The Banqueting House in Whitehall, Covent Garden and The Queen’s House in Greenwich, it has a beautiful location, surrounded by ancient oaks, fruit trees, topiaries and an exquisite Elizabethan knot garden.
In the house there are 3 main reception rooms, 8 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, a study and 2 cloakrooms. We also have a vaulted lower ground floor which is mainly untouched since the 17th century and still has the original marble flooring, a well, wine cellar, meat hanging rooms complete with original hooks, shuttered windows and a wonderful miniature chapel room.
In the main reception room there is a substantial marble fireplace, oak flooring, bespoke bookcases, Armani furniture and silk curtains over the 4 large, antique shuttered windows.
In the second reception room we have some antique teal chinoiserie furniture with beautiful hand gilded scenes, oak flooring, a vintage French rug and another large marble fireplace.
The main kitchen is fitted out by Clive Christian with a large 6 oven Aga and a window seating area.
On the 1st floor there is a very bright, large master bedroom (7.3x6m) with an antique wooden fireplace, seating area and 4 shuttered windows. The master bathroom (7x6m) also has a wonderful aspect overlooking the garden and has bespoke cupboards, twin sinks, a roll top bath and a waterfall shower.
There are 2 further bedrooms on this floor, both are substantial in size and with original shuttered windows and have ensuite bathrooms with roll top baths, marble flooring and freestanding showers.
On the top floor, which is accessed by a hidden back staircase, as this was the original staff living quarters, there are a further 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. This area has a much quainter feel due to the wonderful hand carved panelling and Nina Campbell wallpaper and yet remains very bright and airy. The bathrooms contain bespoke cupboards, showers and a roll top slipper bath.
Outside, the main walled garden is west facing and so remains sunny for most of the day, there is also a swimming pool (under refurbishment) and a turreted pastel pink summer house complete with its own electricity supply and kitchen facilities . At the end of the garden is an ancient grotto and a underground passage way that was built by the royalist occupants in case they required a quick escape route out of the estate grounds. To the side we have a tennis courts (currently unused) and a large glass greenhouse.
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