"Frogmore warms the heart. From the moment you drive through the front gate you feel at home."
Sometimes in life you just know something is perfect. Frogmore gives us that feeling. This beautiful four bedroom home is nestled along a quiet country lane, surrounded by woodland.
The front of Frogmore is like a picture from Country Living; ancient wisteria clings to the beautiful bricks, the pretty gate opens to a winding gravel footpath that takes you to the grand front door. The birds sit singing in the old trees and the smell from the garden is sweet. You feel at home.
Past the house on the left there is a double, five bar electric gate that opens onto a large gravel driveway and the wondrous garden. The odd chicken strolls around the one and a half acre formal garden, sheep graze in the two and half acres of fields beyond. The vast garden is well stocked with shrubs, herbaceous plants and lots of apple, maple and chestnut trees. There is a charming clematis clad gardener’s store and a kitchen garden that tempts you to grab a spade and your wellies.
You enter through a solid oak stable door into a large entrance hall. We particularly like the use of hard wearing slate floor tiles for this area of heavy traffic and muddy boots. There is a bench to sit and pull off your Hunters and hang up your Barbour and wipe the dog down before going into the home… and what a home it is.
Let’s start in the kitchen; the heart of every home. The large T-shape makes this kitchen unique. It allows for a real sociable space where people can sit in the window and watch the cook at work, people can stand and chat and others can help prepare food on the endless workspace. The day we visited there were six people chatting away in the kitchen and it had a wonderful social vibe. The shaker style cabinetry with granite worktops were fitted in 2013 and include a Neff electric hob, integrated fridge and freezer, Neff oven and grill and some great floor spotlights. The high ceilings and beautiful beams create a kitchen fit for a TV cookery show.
The main sitting room is huge and is a space for all seasons. On a summer evening you can wander in and out of the French doors onto the loggia where an evening glass of wine can be enjoyed. During the colder months the large inglenook fireplace would be home to a roaring fire. Christmas will be magical in here and we can only imagine the big tree. There is a space with book shelves, a table and a drinks trolley. The wool carpet, beams, beautifully decorated walls and front and rear windows make this a stunner of a room.
The dining room is light and spacious and can house a table large enough for the whole family and lots of friends. It’s wonderful to have a separate dining room for formal occasions, Sunday lunch and Christmas.
The family room is a cosy room at the front of the home. There is a large fireplace, two large windows and those ever present beams. The room is ideal as a sitting room, a playroom, a library or could be redesigned to open into the kitchen (with planning consents associated with a Grade II listed property and a clever architect).
The other room downstairs is my favourite, and I don’t often favour the WC and utility room! A barn has been renovated to form part of the main house and the owners have made it into a great utility room, which houses the washing machine and dryer, a sink and lots of storage. The WC was designed by Ripples of Knowle and there is oodles of storage space, a boot room and the original grain store has been converted into loft storage. It’s very, very useful for modern life.