The Property Partnership are delighted to present Forge Cottage, a simply idyllic attached three/four bedroom period house, nestled within breath-taking gardens exceeding one and a half acres, with a double garage, tennis court and lake, adjoining the lower slopes of Chinthurst Hill within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and with direct access to both walking and cycle paths.
Approached by a gravel drive offering off-street-parking for several vehicles, the original part of Forge Cottage is believed to date from the late nineteenth century. Since being purchased by the current owners in 1994, the cottage has been the subject of significant improvements, including the reconfiguration of the ground floor to include an open plan dining/sitting area with panoramic views of the gardens and lake; a solid oak kitchen, a new home office, a sitting/TV room with Defra-approved multi-fuel stove and a new replacement porch entrance. In addition to three bedrooms and a bathroom to the first floor, the extension of the property facilitated the addition of an additional double bedroom on the ground floor, self-contained with its own shower room. The cottage enjoys solid oak flooring throughout the majority of the ground floor, underfloor heating to both bathrooms, as well as solid oak doors, bespoke joinery and oak beams.
The Gardens & Lake
The gardens at Forge Cottage are simply magnificent, enjoying a southerly aspect and incorporating areas of lawn, a wildflower meadow, carefully cultivated borders, a tennis court and lake. The main garden is designed with a 'Prairie Planting' theme inspired by the internationally renowned garden designer Piet Oudolf. It alone contains several thousand prairie plants, with the meadow a re-wilding exercise and planted with British wildflowers to attract pollinators such as butterflies and bees. The lawn area adjacent to the cottage has been designed with mature acers and blossom, and a mixture of perennials and shrubs. The front garden is fully gravelled and lined with five Tibetan cherries. There is a large bird population throughout the garden, including nuthatches, tree creepers, a variety of tits, finches, woodpeckers, sparrows, wrens, black birds and thrushes. Birds of prey are often spotted perched within the branches.
In recent years the lake has been largely cleared of overhanging trees and vegetation, opening up the views and planted with waterlilies and other aquatic plants such as irises and marsh marigolds. Several species of fish have been introduced including carp, rudd and tench, while the lake is also a natural habitat for moorhens, ducks and visiting fowls and birds. A wooden jetty was installed from which the boat can be launched.
There is a timber double garage with a tiled roof and an integrated workshop/storage with ample storage above. The tennis court has recently been resurfaced.
Life at Forge Cottage
Located on the borders of the pretty villages of Wonersh and Shalford, Forge Cottage truly is the rural idyl. Secluded yet not isolated nor overlooked, it is possible to walk into both villages via the open countryside and foot/cycle paths directly accessible to the rear of the property. This truly unique home will appeal to anyone seeking to secure their own rural oasis, while being within walking distance of Shalford mainline station (with its direct services to Waterloo and Gatwick), and a variety of local shops, pubs and restaurants. Guildford mainline station (approximately 2.5 miles away) offers fast trains into Waterloo.
The area is known for the strength of its schools, with many outstanding state and private schools in close proximity. For adults and child adventurers alike the gardens at Forge Cottage are a paradise, providing wonderful entertaining space for those special family occasions. When night falls light the firepit, and sit back and enjoy the stars.
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