Built in 1760 and with late Victorian additions, The Briars features in the book, The History of Chislehurst.
High ceilings, sash windows, Georgian and Victorian fireplaces, original cornicing, picture and dado rails, period cast iron radiators, decorative skirting and solid wood floors are features of The Briars, which has been with the same family for nearly a decade.
Rich with history, the Georgian gem is described by selling agent Elle Sinclair from Savills Locksbottom in Orpington, Kent (01689 869600, www.savills.co.uk) as having ‘vintage romance décor. It is very pretty and romantic and looks like something out of Sherlock Holmes or even, Miss Marple.
‘The Briars is quite unusual, as Georgian houses like this do not come up all that often for sale and this property is in immaculate condition. The owner, who is very creative, has made many of the soft furnishings herself with her sewing machine.’
The location of the Georgian family home is special as well, opposite the woodland of Chislehurst Common, overlooking National Trust land to the south, a quarter-of-a-mile from the old shops in the Royal Parade and only a half-mile from Chislehurst Station with direct services into London.
Other pluses include a triple aspect Victorian family room – one of four reception rooms, an Eastern influenced dining room with a tented ceiling, a library with part panelled walls and a hand-built kitchen/breakfast room.
Enthusiastic buyers keen to expand the place should note that planning permission has been granted to install a conservatory, indoor pool, gym, larger garage and a perimeter wall with gates.
£2.5 million through Savills 01689 869600; www.savills.co.uk