Real sense of history in details

By Judy Marriott

Published on Friday, November 11, 2016 - 13:15


Real sense of history in details

Beautiful Brooklyn, in Blackwater, boasts centuries-old features, including panelling said to have been reclaimed from the Battle of Trafalgar. Inset, part of the colourful kitchen.

Beautiful character features and quirky details will enchant you, lovely secluded gardens will delight you and at Brooklyn you will be surprised by the peaceful surroundings.

The charming house, dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, stands back from the road though Blackwater and is at right angles to it, with large lushly planted front and side gardens extending back to a pretty wooded area, edged by a stream.

Inside is four double bedroom space, with a real sense of history bestowed by Georgian and Victorian details, including elegant Strawberry Gothic windows, fireplaces, architrave, beams and a graceful staircase.

Features include full-height oak panelling, thought to have come from The Thunderer, which fought at the Battle of Trafalgar, and original flagstone flooring in the oldest part of the house, which was pitted to prevent clog wearers from slipping.

In the well-tended garden, with four distinctive areas, are cobbles, which once formed stable flooring, and a veranda, reached from three rooms.

This, and a sunny adjoining patio are great sitting areas, with a lawn and deep planted border beyond.

Fronting this section is an extensive gravelled parking area and archways lead to the second area, with apple trees, shrubs and plants, a brick workshop and hexagonal summerhouse.

The third area has a greenhouse, lawn, planted beds and a gate to the final section, with a big natural pond, where ducks and moorhens nest and trees include an oak and soaring beech.

The attractive original front door leads to a hallway, with original oak parquet flooring and oak panelling reputedly from The Thunderer.

A study off has a lovely window overlooking the front garden.

Although a good size, the sitting room, with veranda access, has a cosy feel, thanks to a log burner in an original fireplace.

An inner hallway, with original flagstone flooring and stairs to the first floor, leads to the elegant dining room, with an open cast-iron fireplace and the kitchen/breakfast room, both with French doors to the veranda.

Along with its bespoke wooden cupboards, built-in eye-level double oven and gas hob, the kitchen has a huge traditional-style Esse multi-fuel stove, with an oven and hot plates.

Quarry tile flooring continues into the utility room, with cupboards and plumbing for a washing machine.

The bathroom, on the first floor, has floor tiles has a white suite, with a vanity handbasin, concealed cistern WC, bath and large shower cubicle.

All four bedrooms have a fine front window and built-in storage. Big bedroom one, with a vanity handbasin, and bedroom two both have a Georgian hob grate, while bedroom three and bedroom four have a fireplace, with an attractive Victorian grate.

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