By Mark McConville
LIVE LIKE a king in this £850k three-bedroom converted lodge that was once a favourite haunt of King Henry VIII on his hunting tours.
Incredible images show the historic lodge, which dates back to 1540, from the outside with its redbrick exterior and large windows overlooking extensive gardens.
Other stunning shots show the modern kitchen, cosy living areas and comfortable bedrooms.
Old Hextalls is located in Bletchingly, Surrey and is currently listed by Unique Property Company for £850k.
“Once you’ve wound your way through some spectacular Surrey scenery, a short private drive carries you to this Unique, exquisite home, one that fits anyone from single occupier, to full blown family,” states the listing.
“Old Hextalls is a former lodge with historic foundations that date back to approx 1540. It’s believed that this was once one of King Henry VIII’s hunting routes, with this building forming part of that tour as a place to stop.
“It’s now the central portion of the original house with uncompromising charm that covers three floors, while displaying an extraordinary amount of character. Due to the flexible nature of the layout, there’s opportunity to use some of the additional snug rooms on the lowest floor to provide additional bedrooms, therefore, complementing the three on the top floor.
“The middle of the house is a riot of conflicting architectural statements, from the drawing room with white washed, two foot thick brick walls, to the sunny conservatory which overlooks the private rear courtyard garden and leads to the communal grounds. On arrival to this impressive property is the beautiful, cavernous glazed entrance with roomy sitting area.
“Two separate internal staircases provide access to roomy farmhouse kitchen/diner, with that all important Aga as its focal point. It’s fair to say that this room pretty much delivers everything a family home requires. Snug, garden room, utility room, shower room, larder and coal room, well you need to keep that Aga fed!
“From the garden room, step out in to the South facing courtyard to enjoy the green surroundings. From here you have rights of access to approx one acre of private grounds, surrounded by woodland and containing a pond. The house also includes a stable within the private paddock adjacent to the houses.
“Whilst you may have that feel of being isolated, you are in fact close to the creature comforts the local areas have to offer. Caterham, with its mainline station and Godstone are close by. The M25 provides a gateway to pretty much everywhere and Gatwick is just a short hop along the M23. If that wasn’t enough the surrounding areas offer some exceptional schools.”