Property highlights include a formal drawing room (part of O’Kelly’s additions) with oversized windows looking both south and west over the surrounding parkland with ornate cornicing and a large wood burner. There is also the octagonal panelled sitting room at the heart of the piano nobile with a beautiful open fireplace with chain-mail guard and also a stunning Georgian picture window which opens out onto a wrought iron staircase leading down to the formal ornamental gardens and ‘long water’.
The octagonal principal bedroom occupies an entire floor and, with a good number of windows, affords breathtaking views over the surrounding formal gardens and orchard, to the fields and woodland beyond.
And the magic unfolds further into the grounds, with the folly surrounded by formal gardens, peppered with water features, beautiful ornate hedging, sun terraces and a crenellated gazebo constructed to mirror the tower itself. The grounds also benefit from three outbuildings, one of which is currently a studio offering further accommodation with a shower room, kitchenette, living room and mezzanine sleeping area while another outbuilding, originally constructed with the intent to be used as a double garage, is used as additional garden storage.
The nearby village of Chiddingfold is said to be one of the most desirable villages in the south of England and is home to St Mary’s Church, a good range of shops, including a post office as part of the general store, coffee shop, chemist and traditional butcher. There are also four excellent public houses within the village, most notably the Swan Inn and the Crown Inn, which is believed to date back to the 13th century. Within the village, there is also an excellent primary school, which is in high demand, as well as a doctor’s surgery and a village hall.
As Judy Garland herself said, ‘We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality,’ so why not suspend that latter clause for a while within the beguiling turrets of this enchanting enclave.
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