Walking into Frogmore in Fen End, Warwickshire, is like dipping into the pages of an interiors magazine dedicated to country living.
From the chicken clucking away in the garden to the wisteria climbing the walls to the gentle clunk of croquet balls being hit through hoops, it presents an idyllic image of how life could be – if you have £1,250,000 to spend.
Frogmore dates back to the 16th century – it was built in 1560 – and is Grade II listed.
Outbuildings have been incorporated into the main house to increase the living space, which now includes three reception rooms , four bedrooms and four bathrooms/en suites/cloakrooms.
It sits in an acre and a half of formal gardens with an additional two and a half acres of grazing land beyond that.
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.
At the front of the house, a solid oak stable door opens into a large entrance hall with hard-wearing slate floor tiles and space to sit and pull off muddy wellies or boots.
The kitchen is T-shaped, making it a social space where people can sit in the window, stand and chat or help with the food preparations.
Shaker-style cabinets topped by granite work surfaces were fitted in 2013 and include a Neff electric hob, integrated fridge and freezer, Neff oven and grill and floor spotlights. Above are high ceilings and beautiful beams.
The sitting room can be enjoyed in the winter or summer. French doors open onto the loggia to sit in on warm evenings. During the colder months, an inglenook fireplace houses a roaring fire.
A separate dining room can easily accommodate family and friends for Sunday lunches and Christmas dinners.
The family room is a cosy space at the front of the home with a large fireplace and more beams.
A barn has been renovated to form part of the main house and is now a utility room. This contains the washing machine and dryer, a sink and lots of storage. There is also a toilet designed by Ripples of Knowle, storage space and a boot room. An old grain store has been converted into loft storage.
On the first floor of the main house, there are two bedroom suites and a large bathroom.
The master bedroom has the feel of a boutique hotel with its cream colour scheme and windows offering rural views. In the en suite there is a Grohe shower, Vitra sink and toilet.
The second bedroom is very generous in size with built-in storage and another en suite shower room.
In the main bathroom, the sloping ceiling and exposed beams over the large bath make it a very relaxing space.
There is more built-in storage on the landing.
Another flight of stairs leads to the second floor and two more bedrooms. One has access to an en suite with sink and toilet, the other has a sink. Both benefit from built-in wardrobes,
The owner of Frogmore is a florist and there are certainly signs of talented green fingers in the garden.
Herbaceous borders provide plenty of colour while mature trees offer shade. There is a fenced off chicken pen, kitchen garden, and lots and lots of lawn (with space for croquet). It has gravelled areas, seating patios and arbours for relaxing in and under. A compost area is cleverly concealed and there is even an established ecological insect hotel. Outbuildings include a gardener’s toilet and a brick-built store .
Beyond the garden are around two and a half acres of fields that are currently used by a local farmer as grazing land. These would be ideal for horses and stabling could be built (subject to planning permission).
On the right of the driveway there is a separate garage block and ride-on mower store.
In spite of its rural feel, Fen End is well placed for commuters. It sits between Knowle and Kenilworth and is less than 20 miles from Birmingham. Local amenities near Fen End include a popular pub, The Orange Tree, in Chadwick End. There is also a farm shop at the end of the road.
AGENT: Mr and Mrs Clarke
TEL: 0330 111 9766
GUIDE PRICE: £1,250,000