Barnston Old Rectory
Barnston Old Rectory is listed as being of Architectural or Historical Interest Grade II* and the listing states that it is “picturesque in pleasant setting”. It is believed to have been built in the 17th century with later 18th century alterations, of timber frame construction with rendered elevations under a tiled roof. The principal elevations have sash windows and noteworthy rooms include the drawing room, dining room and principal bedroom, all of which have unusual curving external walls. Of particular note and mentioned on the listing is the “16th and 17th century” plain and linen-fold oak panelling in the reception hall which continues up the stairs and onto the landing.
The period house provides good accommodation. Glazed doors set into a “Gothic” arch open into a porch and into the panelled reception hall with a fireplace with carved oak surround and mantle above. Off the reception hall is the drawing room, an attractive room with a curved external wall with shuttered sash windows and a fireplace. Adjacent to the drawing room is a dining room overlooking the garden with a curved external wall and central glazed doors leading out to a porch with doors to the outside, either side of which are shuttered sash windows. On the other side of the hall is the kitchen/breakfast/family room, well fitted in two distinct parts, with the kitchen area set behind exposed studwork with a Mark Wilkinson kitchen and AGA. Off the side hall is the utility room, sitting room, a second cloakroom/shower room and steps down to the cellars with two compartments, one with brick wine bins.
A “Jacobean” staircase with oak panelling extending from the reception hall leads up to the first floor. The master bedroom is located over the drawing room and has a similar curved external wall with sash windows extending down to the floor, with a door opening into an en suite dressing room and en suite bathroom. A second bedroom has an en suite shower room and a third bedroom an en suite w.c. There are two further bedrooms and a family bathroom. Two separate staircases lead to the attic bedrooms, one used as a study and sitting room.
Barnston Old Rectory is approached through electronically operated timber gates leading to a large gravel parking area in front of the house. To one side is a parking area and a double garage with a room above and w.c. To the front of the house is a lawn area with a number of trees and to the side (with a secondary access not in use) is a further area of lawn with an ornamental pond and fountain, former caged fruit garden with a brick path and herbaceous borders.
Adjoining the house to the north west is a paved terrace, beyond which are extensive lawns extending away from the house with islands of shrubs and a wide variety of trees including a notable eucalyptus, cherry, copper beech and acer. A central path leads to a rose-clad walkway and gazebo set on a circular brick base. Beyond are further lawns leading to the hard tennis court with a small orchard with apple and pear trees to the side. To one side of the garden is an enclosed swimming pool with a paved surround and pool house with a shower and w.c., beyond which is a pond. To the north of the tennis court is undulating farmland.