A stunning Grade II listed Manor House with a long and rich history attached to it. Originally known as Brooke/Obrook/Upbroke, it first appears on records in the name of Robert de Upbroke, circa 1282 AD. The current building is believed to have originally been a 15th century hall, later to become a smoke-bay house with a wing dating from the late 16th century. A subsequent addition was added in the early 20th century by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
As you would expect with such a property it has many important features typical of the original era whilst still retaining the needs of modern life. There is extensive oak joinery throughout, studded oak doors, impressive fireplaces and ceilings. The property is presented with high quality finishes and is decorated internally in neutral shades. The entrance hall provides access to the oldest part of the property with the evening room, sitting room and kitchen/breakfast room probably forming the core. The bespoke kitchen has hand painted cabinets with granite work surfaces and incorporates a four oven Aga. The 20th century west wing addition provides an impressive drawing room/dining room downstairs and two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs which could easily lend itself to providing a self contained annexe if required.
The surrounding gardens and grounds are an outstanding feature of Osbrooks, being extensive and varied in nature. The famous garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll, a contemporary of Lutyens, designed parts of the formal garden. Immediately surrounding the house are extensive flower and shrub borders and a brick and paved stone path which to the rear widens out providing several seating areas. Alongside the house is the feature heated swimming pool with flagstone terrace, brick columns, pergolas and a hot tub. To the rear of the house are extensive areas of lawn, interspersed with a variety of shrubs and trees, that sweep away to the south and west down to a path leading to a stream and lake in a more sheltered valley area that divides the formal garden from the woodland beyond.
This Property is Marketed by Hamptons International – Dorking Office