Timbers, Norney, Shackleford GU8 6AB
Exuding classical good looks and a heritage pedigree, Timbers is a perfectly proportioned and totally captivating example of an iconic Arts & Crafts house.
Built in 1930, Timbers lives up to its name with an abundance of original oak features such as a grand galleried staircase, wall panelling, interior doors, picture rails and flooring.
This welcoming home sits at the end of a sweeping gravel drive within 2.5 acres of manicured gardens and woodland in the hamlet of Norney. Situated on the edge of the sought-after village of Shackleford. It is just a short walk to the village centre which has a shop/post office, country pub, village hall, CE infant school and prep school.
As soon as you step inside Timbers you'll feel the uplifting vibe - a soothing ambience imbued by the genteel rooms and predominance of oak, all in keeping with the celebrated Arts & Crafts design principles.
The entrance is to the side of the house through a lovely arched double oak door leading into a quarry-tiled porch and reception hall with oak wall panelling, beams, and double-height landing window halfway up the impressive curved staircase.
The reception rooms flow from the hallway. The 17x15ft sitting room is located at the front of the house with views across the front terrace, lawn and flower borders. The focal point of this room is the inglenook fireplace, which epitomises the Arts & Crafts styling with illuminated beamed recesses either side of the wood burning stove and a high oak mantelpiece. The windows are the originals, by Crittal, and this is echoed throughout the house.
The dining room is a really lovely spacious room filled with natural light via the attractive bay window and double doors. It retains the original red-brick fireplace and has space for a large dining table, seating up to at least 12 if desired, which is perfect for family meals and for those who enjoy hosting dinner parties.
Another unusual feature, accessed via both the sitting and dining rooms, is what was formerly an open oak loggia. It has been enclosed with glass to create a wonderful sun room, facing south and overlooking the garden, creating the perfect spot to relax on a sofa with a coffee, or it would make a delightfully inspiring crafts or sewing room. The present owner uses it as a pottery studio.
Extending to 24ft, the freshly updated kitchen runs across the rear of the house and it has the potential to be extended even further. (subject to planning permission).
Thanks to a trio of windows, the kitchen is light and airy and fitted with farmhouse-style white units. A double-width Stoves oven sits neatly in a recess. There is plenty of space for a kitchen table and chairs - ideal for quick weekday breakfasts or for the children to do their homework. Adjoining the kitchen is a conveniently located snug or playroom and a useful boot room, with access to the rear garden and an adjoining storage room is, of course, brilliant for families where it niftily takes care of muddy children and damp dogs before they reach the rest of the house!
And so to bed . . .
The staircase leads to a galleried landing with space for a chair or chaise longue perhaps, creating a delightful reading nook. There's also a large storage/airing cupboard which contains the immersion heater.
Four of the bedrooms are good-sized doubles, while the smaller fifth bedroom is currently used as an office. The principal bedroom comes complete with fitted wardrobes and has a newly fitted en-suite with wet room-style shower. Bedroom two has a gable window flanked by fitted wardrobes and both this and bedroom three have feature fireplaces.
The lovely large family bathroom is fully tiled for practicality and fitted with a corner Jacuzzi bath and corner shower cubicle. The WC is separate.
A garden for all seasons...
The glorious gardens of Timbers are a stand-out feature of the house, offering plenty of space for all sorts of activities.
The swimming pool heated by solar panels and with a removable overhead canopy, is a luxe feature for all seasons, with an adjoining decked terrace complete with an all weather gazebo and fitted Bluetooth speakers make the most perfect area for summer parties.
An ornamental pond adds character to the front garden, with its lovingly tended flower and shrub borders. A delightfully curvaceous raised York stone terrace wraps round the front of Timbers and is a real sun-trap.
There is an enclosed vegetable garden with greenhouse. The fenced private woodland to the rear of the property, is an oasis for children to build dens and climb trees.
A covered walkway leads from the house to the triple garage which has been fitted with its own EV charger. There is a large room above the garage which can easily be improved and utilised as required.
Outside there is copious amounts of parking.
Out and about...
In an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the glorious Surrey countryside is a walking, cycling and riding paradise for all ages.
Education is a priority for young families, and the area is well served. For tots, St Mary's CE infant school and Acorns nursery, both Ofsted-rated outstanding, are located within walking distance, plus the well-regarded Aldro private prep school. Other nearby independent schools include Charterhouse and Priorsfield in Godalming, King Edwards in Witley and St Catherine's in Bramley.
It's a pleasant 20-minute approximate stroll to the local pub, The Cyder House Inn, which is family and dog-friendly and serves good food, ales and wines. The village hall is within a few minutes of Timbers and has lots going on all-year-round from yoga and dance classes to a quilting club, quiz nights, a summer fete and harvest supper.
It's less than three miles to the historic market town of Godalming where its picturesque high street offers an excellent array of independent shops, a Waitrose supermarket, pubs and restaurants.
For the commuter, there are regular trains to London Waterloo within 40 minutes from Godalming station, while the A3 trunk road links to the M25 (Junction 10). Heathrow and Gatwick airports are both within 30 miles, as are the south coast beaches.
The legal bit...
Whilst we try to be as accurate as possible with all descriptions, distances and floor plans, these are all approximate and purchasers must make a full inspection of the property / surrounding area
and undertake as much due diligence as they require.