Exceptional, exciting, unique, splendor are all adjectives which go some way to describe this truly beautiful and historically important building in Cheam Village. The full history of the house can be viewed at the estate's own website: www.oldrectorycheam.com. The house is known far and wide for its grandeur. As soon as you enter through the large gates past the high brick court walls your senses and emotions are bombarded with a continual array of delights; the dove house complete with doves take the eye, vibrant displays of flowers bustling for attention and scented roses gardens filling the air with perfume. Arriving at the entrance of the house via the carriage drive, you station at the storm porch. Flanked on either side by Cherubim planters and decked in climbing wisteria and roses you enter in style. From here the romanticism of the building really takes hold and regardless of how many years you are in residence the feeling of wonder and fortune will never diminish. Internally the property is sumptuous in design and decor; showcasing a mix of period architecture. Features to note which make up the very fabric of the building would be the large windows most with the original sliding or folding shutters, wonderfully decorative cornice, fireplaces and a mixture of flooring to include stone and stripped wooden floorboards. The ground floor consists of three opulent receptions namely the drawing room, garden room and dining room, the kitchen with the bespoke handmade distressed kitchen and the servants scullery. Over the upper two floors (accessed by the extra wide staircases) the bedrooms, all with names, number 7-8 depending on use and accompanied by 4 bathrooms. To the lower ground floor the large basement/cellar is perfect for wine and storage. Due to its beauty and setting the house has been used by many magazine and photo shoots which creates income. Externally the gardens continue as they wrap around the buildings. They have been host to several open air theatre events and continue to provide drama of their own; on your journey of exploration you will find a shepherd s hut, hen house, studio (perfect for the creative of the family), double garage and Victorian stables. Lots of potential can be eked out of the out buildings and the vendor makes us aware there is planning permission to erect another small building. Locally Cheam Village is vibrant area with lots to do and see. The high street has a strong cafe society feel and is supported by Waitrose, Pizza Express and Prezzo. Local schooling is very sought after and continues to be the main draw for buyers coming in from outside of the area. One can enjoy easy access to the M25 and A3, walking distance from a commuting train station and local bus routes. To offer a rounded lifestyle fitness centres, golf clubs, tennis clubs, parks and horse trails are again variably close by. A Fine and Country house in every sense of the word, call now to discuss your interest.
The Old Rectory is such an imposing house of period charm and elegance that it could easily grace the front cover of any country homes magazine or provide the perfect location for a filming. It is of little surprise then that this marvellous home has indeed achieved both! Full of history dating from the 1580s with additions in the 18th Century and Georgian windows and shutters, it is set in beautiful walled gardens. It was a former Rector of Cheam, Launcelot Andrews, whose immortal words on the meditation of the magi, were taken by T S Eliot and used in his famous poem. In a private and secluded location, the Old Rectory is the very essence of a magnificent country home, and yet it is just off Cheam village high road, with access to umpteen fabulous restaurants and shops. Croquet on the lawn, cream teas on the patio, open air theatre in the grounds, garden parties and charity events comfortably accommodating up to 80 people, The Old Rectory has played host to them all. For those who like to entertain, the possibilities are endless whatever the season, the house looks splendid. Classic in the winter with the crisp white frost crackling beneath the feet of those family members who venture forth to gather ivy, holly and greenery to festoon the house at Christmas. Or a colourful idyll in the summer as the many flowers bloom and the fruit on the trees apple, pear and plum - begin to mature and the grapes from the vines are ready to pick. The owners describe the space as sociable and flexible. There s the grand sitting room, garden room, which is ideal for seating large parties of people at a celebratory meal, and the dining room suitable for smaller family affairs. Outside near the kitchen and the butler s pantry is a fabulous vegetable garden, just one of the many wonders in the grounds, which include a dovecote and a shepherd s hut, superb for those on a quest for some quiet time with a book and a cup of freshly brewed coffee. The house is flexible because it offers up so many opportunities. The top floor could be a complete suite for staff, an au-pair or visiting relative or guest, and in the grounds is the Old Laundry Room, a self-contained annex together with outbuildings and the former stable block, which could be used as offices for those wanting to run a business from home. This is a grand and fabulous home, but for its current owners the special memories they will take away with them are of the best, the most pleasant, the greatest of warm and happy family days.