Believed to have been built for The Dowager Lady Mary Cheyne after the death of her husband Sir Francis of Drayton Beauchamp Manor in 1620, making it of Jacobean origin. The unusually high ceilings suggest the property was built as a superior residence and it has remained unaltered with many retained original fixtures and fittings. Due to the originality of the plaster work and décor, the property has appeared in numerous TV and big screen productions, predominantly period dramas. The house was once owned by the well-known conductor and composer Arthur Reynolds, responsible for such scores as "1066 and all that". During this period it was featured in Ideal Home magazine, July 1949.
There are a wealth of architectural details including chamfered ceiling beams, open fireplaces (one with a bread oven), braced doors and floors of brick in the kitchen and the breakfast room with wooden floors of oak and elm in the remainder of the house.
The kitchen has an Aga of course and a stoneware sink. The bathroom is an appealing vintage white suite which complements the style of property.
The accommodation currently comprises two impressive reception rooms and four bedrooms, all of which have high ceilings and enjoy views over the gardens.
The first floor can be accessed via two staircases and the master bedroom has an ante room, which could be converted into an en-suite or family shower room if preferred
The thatch was replaced in October 2010 and is believed to be in a good state of repair and it's also believed that the previous thatch lasted for a little over forty years.
Outside -Highly secluded in a private position surrounded by a mixture of formal and informal gardens. A small stream runs through the full length of the grounds featuring a number of small bridges over it and there is an ornamental pond and an established orchard with fruit trees.
There is a hidden garden enclosed by trees and hedging and here, as are elsewhere in the garden, are wooden outbuildings and wired enclosures currently being used as aviaries.
A detached garage with outside WC and Utility room stands to one side of the house and a group of horse chestnut trees provide shade in the Summer to the formal front lawns.
The gardens could continue to be enjoyed as they are or could alternatively provide a number of small paddocks if preferred.
Planning Permission - Planning permission has recently been granted for an 'extension' to the main dwelling, which would provide a separate one and a half storeys high complementary barn style building, with a frame-less glass link to the main house and large glazed barn doors, all of which could provide an impressive and befitting addition to the main house. The addition would provide a stunning galleried live-in kitchen with a new principal bedroom suite over. One of our pictures shows how the property could look with the new addition using a CGI image. The permission also allows for the erection of a triple bay carport to the side of the main drive. EPC rating: Exempt