Manor Park, Chislehurst, Kent BR7

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Bedrooms: 4
Magnificent Grade II listed Arts and Crafts style home in private road. The property has been lovingly renovated with great care and attention to detail. Four bedrooms, mature well stocked gardens, double garage and parking for several cars.

Possibly one of Chislehurst’s most interesting and historic properties, this magnificent Grade II listed Arts and Crafts style home not only has a fascinating history but has also been lovingly renovated to an outstanding standard. As you make your way around the property you are continually and pleasantly surprised by the rooms, features and attention to detail that has been lavished on this home. Not only have the current owners retained the character and charm of the original Cottage, but they have also added accommodation to make it a modern-day home so that it can be conserved for future generations to enjoy.

The Cottage and architectural elements of the garden were designed by a pupil of and assistant to Sir Edwin Lutyens, Frederick Harrild, ma, friba, who had been articled to Lutyens in 1907. This is his earliest work in Chislehurst and it may well have been his first commission. The Cottage, together with its retaining walls and garden gates, was specifically built in 1910 for a chauffeur to the owner of Walsingham, which is a large detached house to the south. Both properties are sited in separate grounds and do not share any access. The property is barely visible from Manor Park and is hidden behind yew hedging, iron railings and is accessed by video entry. It sits almost central to its plot with gardens on all sides. Manor Park is a no through private road, maintained by a residents trust, with grass verges and gives access to acres of protected National Trust land.

The current owners are only the third to have owned the property, with the previous owners having lived there for almost 60 years. They purchased it in 2006 and have carried out a significant programme of building works which included a rear extension, remodelling and refurbishment of the property and the works were completed by 2009. The extension at the rear of the property was designed in the Arts and Crafts butterfly style. The design replicated the original features and only reclaimed materials were used for both the brickwork and on the roof. A specialist company was also sought to replicate the oak framed wrought iron windows with matching glass and fixtures. Any original doors or windows which needed to be removed during the remodelling were incorporated in the new design. All new internal and external doors were also handmade using oak or tulip wood. The double garage and any new retaining garden walls were built using reclaimed matching bricks and Yorkstone.

The formal entrance is to the north side via an impressive front door with surrounding glazed panels into an entrance hall with feature dog leg staircase. To the left is the dining room with a continuation of the original parquet flooring and original brick fireplace and hearth together with a wood burning stove. The kitchen/breakfast room is a wonderful size and is an amazing mix of old and new. It incorporates part of what was an original external courtyard and the room is flooded with natural light by a large lantern roof. The original outbuildings have also been cleverly incorporated into this area to create a utility room and downstairs cloakroom.

Turning right from the entrance hall is the day room with windows overlooking the inner courtyard with original brick fireplace and hearth with gas wood burner, which in turn takes you into the large impressive sitting room. This is a triple aspect room with arched doors giving access to the courtyard. Oversized doors sourced from a French flour mill lead through into a study which in turn has French doors to a further courtyard area. Both of these rooms have attractive reclaimed bolection stone fireplaces with gas living flame fires.

All the ground floor rooms, except the dining room, look into or have access to the cobbled inner walled courtyard, which is a lovely feature with the curve of the house forming one side. The courtyard is south facing making it a perfect private outdoor entertaining space.

To the first floor the impressive landing mirrors the shape of the Cottage and has curved ceilings following the line of the catslide roof, with dormer windows overlooking the inner courtyard. The master bedroom is a triple aspect room and has a modern yet sympathetically designed ensuite shower room. The other three bedrooms share a good size four-piece suite bathroom, which has also been beautifully designed to reflect the style of the property. Bedroom three, the main bathroom and the hallway all retain their original fireplaces.

The majority of the upstairs windows have fitted louvred shutters, whilst downstairs, rooms including the kitchen and sitting room have cedar-wood fitted shutters. All rooms (with the exception of the utility and en-suite) have bespoke cast iron radiators and all are decorated using Farrow and Ball paint.

The well stocked, mature gardens are just as much a part of this amazing home. The largest lawned area is to the front of the property which is completely screened from Manor Park by the tall yew hedge. Note original stone plaque in house wall dated 1910. There is a gated driveway leading up to the double garage and plenty of off-road parking for numerous cars.

"Situated in one of Chislehurst’s most sought-after private roads, this property is a truly special and unique home. I have had the pleasure and privilege of visiting many of the area’s finest homes and this particular property really has taken my breath away" Richard Piddock - Partner jdm

Council Tax: London Borough of Bromley, Band G

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