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Gothic wonder

Forget a former school house, this house is a former school. And she's a stunner. Wanna look inside?

I love a good perv around a property. There, I said it. I’m a shameless flirt. And this one’s got me hot under the collar. Oh yes, you’ll be counting up your pennies, selling your grannie and maybe the kids, and nose-diving down the back of the sofa in search of spare change to try and scrape together the funds for this one too. But hands off buster – I saw it first!

So, what we have here is a five bedroom former Church Missionary Society School building that’s been beautifully converted into an enchantingly beautiful house called Little St Michaels. Even the name is strangely alluring.

It’s hidden away amidst hundreds of National Trust acres, accessed off a quiet no-though lane down a cobbled driveway via electronically operated timber and wrought iron gates (natch!). And as well as having Limpsfield Common on its door step and Oxted a mere stone’s throw away, this Victorian beauty sits in about an acre of her own grounds. Seriously? Could this property get any better?

The answer is yes? Built in 1886, in the Gothic style, the house is overrun with period features. We’re talking high vaulted ceilings, polished oak panels, arched windows, sweeping staircase, stone fireplaces, original tiled floors, and beautifully polished parquet flooring.

There’s everything you might expect from a house of this nature, including a high-spec kitchen, a utility room and separate boot room. There are four reception rooms – all beautifully turned out – including one with its own minstrel’s gallery which is currently set up as a library. Well, this is a former school people. And the books had to go somewhere.

Upstairs, you’ll find five bedrooms – or six if you do away with the second study – including a master bedroom suite that frankly is about the size of a ballroom. And I’m not even joking.

Reckon it ends there? Of course it doesn’t. This really is the house that keeps on giving. Shall head to the pool house for a quick dip? The mosaic tiled pool is a pretty as the rest of the house. Take a look…

And then there are the gardens, which as you’d expect have been classically designed and feature an ornamental pond, pretty walk ways and gates, and mature planting including hedging for privacy.

So, how much do you think this property is worth? You’ve had plenty of hints, but in case you need a couple more, I can tell you that you’re sitting pretty for some pretty fab schools, both state and independent, you’re on a direct train line that gets you into Central London in 35 minutes, and you’re less than 10 minutes drive from junction 6 of the M25. Location, location, location. Or, ker-ching, ker-ching, ker-ching. (That’s the sound of the pounds racking up.)

Okay. Go on. Answers on a post card – or even in the comments below. Give me a number. Then click here to see how close you got.



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