An exceptional Grade II Listed property located in an elevated, traffic-free position with outstanding views overlooking the unspoilt Rother valley. In addition, an excellent selection of outbuildings, beautiful gardens, swimming pool and about 9.7 acres.
Great Bainden is a particularly fine example of a Grade II Listed traditional period farmhouse, first being mentioned in 1295 when King Edward I levied a universal tax for the expenses of his Scottish war - the list of amounts paid include the names of Isobel Baynden. Of part-timber construction with rendered panels, tile hanging, and part brick elevations under a peg tile roof, the house is of great architectural and historic interest. It incorporates many features of the period, including large inglenook fireplaces, exposed oak timbering and oak-boarded doors.
The house provides extremely spacious family accommodation with good ceiling heights. Set in mature part-brick and sandstone wall-enclosed gardens and grounds including heated swimming pool. There is an attractive range of timber and tiled farm buildings and a useful paddock of about 8 acres.
Some of the principal features include:
* Fine entrance hall with flagstone flooring and staircase to the first floor, which leads into a wonderful drawing room with inglenook fireplace and deep sash windows providing lovely views over the valley.
* The dining room has brick flooring, brick fireplace with wood-burning stove ,steps down to an excellent cellar, and doors onto a spacious terrace.
* Also on the ground floor is a study; a sitting room with an inglenook fireplace with oak bressumer beam, brick surround and stone hearth.
* The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with a range of oak units with polished granite work surfaces and there is a cream 4-oven oil-fired Aga and flagstone flooring. In addition, there is a utility room and cloakroom.
* On the first floor the master bedroom has concealed built-in wardrobe cupboards along the length of one wall, an open brick fireplace and glorious country views, together with an en suite shower room. There are three further bedrooms on this floor, one with an en suite shower room, and a family bathroom.
* A staircase leads to the second floor with galleried landing; and the fifth bedroom with a vaulted ceiling and an en suite shower room.
The gardens surrounding the farmhouse are inter-worked with brick pathways and terraces with mature, well-stocked herbaceous borders and a wide range of flowering shrub borders being partly enclosed with a brick and sandstone wall.
There is a gravel driveway to the north-west of the house leading off the main farmyard and paddock. Standing in a sheltered position and flanked by high brick walling is the heated swimming pool within a brick and paved surround, and an oak-framed pool shelter and plant room.
Approached from the main drive and set around a large gravelled courtyard is a useful range of traditional outbuildings comprising: garage/store of brick and tile, 20’6 x 15’6; 3 bay open-fronted cattle shelter 34’6 x 13’8 with oak weatherboard cladding under a peg tile roof.
This has current planning permission for conversion to provide ancillary accommodation to include a hall, living room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. Application number WD/03/3030/LB.
Oak-framed barn approximately 60’ x 14’ with two gabled entrances and weatherboarded under a peg tiled roof incorporating a lock-up store. Four-bay oak-framed English Heritage barn 40’ x 20’ with oak weatherboard cladding under a peg tiled roof with concrete floor.
This lies to the south of the property and comprises a hedge and fenced block of south-facing pasture land with water connected, extending to about 8 acres.
The gardens and grounds - in all about 9.6 acres.