A beautiful and superbly situated Grade II Listed period house in secluded gardens with views across adjoining farmland and set well back off a quiet lane in an edge of village location close to Great Dixter.
ROOMS Reception hall, Drawing room, Sitting room, Dining room, Inner hallway, Breakfast room, Kitchen, Utility room, Cloakroom, Rear hall, Cellar, Galleried landing, Library/bedroom, Five/six bedrooms, Bathroom, 2 Shower rooms. Oil central heating. Garage. Gardens of approaching one acre.
LOCATION Domons is situated in unspoilt surroundings and approached by a long private driveway in the village of Northiam with steepled church, local shops, leisure facilities including bowls club, angling club, snooker club, library and Great Dixter house and gardens. There is also a doctor's surgery, vets and primary school. More comprehensive shopping facilities are available in Peasmarsh (5 miles), where there is a family run supermarket, Battle (9 miles) with an Abbey and Tenterden (8 miles) with an attractive tree lined high street, independent shops and leisure centre. The Ancient Town of Rye is about 9 miles and is renowned for its historical associations, medieval fortifications and fine period architecture. From the town there are local train services to Eastbourne and to Ashford with high speed connections to London St Pancras in about 37 minutes and to Parsi, Brussels and Amsterdam via Eurostar. Direct main-line commuter rail services into both London Charing Cross and Cannon Street can be found at Staplehurst railway station (17 miles) taking approximately one hour, five minutes or Robertsbridge (7 miles) to London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street taking approximately 1hr, 20 minutes. The A21 provides access to Tunbridge Wells, the M25 and national motorway network, as well as Gatwick and Heathrow airports.
DESCRIPTION Mentioned in Pevsner, Domons is an exceptional Grade II Listed period property with an early Victorian stuccoed front of quasi-Tudor design with hood moulds to the windows and a parapet decorated with shields in petal-like quatrefoil panels, the middle shield bearing a pheon, from the arms of the Sharpe family who were the sixteenth century owners, together with a lean-to veranda. The principal architectural feature of the property is the fine central chimney stack of brick which has, above the roof, a cluster of four octagonal moulded shafts around a similar central shaft, all on a square base with star shaped tops. Internally, the property has exposed timber framing, magnificent fireplaces and tall windows from the later Victorian era. The property is attached to a neighbouring house at one rear corner but is not overlooked or unduly compromised. The accommodation is arranged primarily over three levels, as shown on the floor plan.
GROUND FLOOR The property is approached via a veranda and a studded Tudor front door which open into a spacious reception hall with sash windows to the front, exposed timber framing and a stone fireplace with carved spandrels.
The well-proportioned drawing room has a wide bay window overlooking the garden with glazed double doors and a fireplace with an Adam style surround. The double aspect sitting room has an open fireplace, fitted book shelving to one wall, exposed timber framing and two sets of glazed double doors opening to the garden and terrace.
The dining room has a wide leaded light window to the side, a huge inglenook fireplace and an old brick floor. The breakfast room has a tiled floor and full height glazed double doors with shutters opening to the garden. A wide opening leads to the kitchen which has white washed beams, a door and steps down to a useful cellar and is fitted with a range of limed oak fronted cabinets comprising cupboards and drawers beneath granite work surfaces with a butler sink and mixer tap, inset electric hob, built in double oven, 2 oven oil Aga set into a fireplace surround, space for a dishwasher and fridge and a deep shelved pantry. A secondary staircase leads to the first floor.
Adjacent is a rear hall with a door to outside, a cloakroom with a close coupled WC and pedestal wash basin and a door to a utility room with a range of cupboards beneath wood work surfaces with a large butler sink, oil boiler, below counter space for a washing machine and tumble drier and a stable door to outside.
FIRST FLOOR From the inner hall, a beautiful turned staircase leads to the first floor galleried landing with an oak balustrade and moulded cornicing to the ceiling. There are four bedrooms, one of which is currently used as a library with fitted book shelving to three sides, together with a family bathroom, en suite shower room and dressing room.
SECOND FLOOR On the second floor, there are two large attic bedrooms with exposed timber framing and a bath/shower room with a panelled bath, shower enclosure, close coupled WC and wash basin.
OUTSIDE Domons is approached via a a long gravel driveway leading to a parking and turning area at the front of the house, which in turn leads to a single garage with a lean-to log store. The secluded front garden is laid down to lawn and screened by a bank of mature rhododendrons and tress, together with cottage borders and standard rose beds behind clipped box hedging. To the south is a part walled garden with a gently sloping lawn and a wide old brick terrace with a stone balustrade immediately adjacent to the house from where there are glorious views over the adjoining farmland and undulating countryside.
Phillips & Stubbs