A Grade II* listed timber framed property of exceptional historic importance offering surprisingly spacious & beautifully presented accommodation together with a south facing garden, covered parking & a contemporary studio.
Flying Chariot, 92 Benton Street is a Grade II* listed property of exceptional historic importance. In a recent historical survey by the respected Architectural Historian, Leigh Alston MA (Oxon), he describes it as a house “that exhausts superlative” for its “exceptional architectural features” adding “perhaps the most surprising feature of the building is the fact that it was listed as Grade II* rather than Grade I”.
The present house, which was divided into two properties in the early C19th, evolved in three phases with the earliest left hand wing dating back to the early 1400s. 92 Benton Street is the remodelled medieval open hall house which was refurbished in 1653 in the latest fashion of the time with ceilings replacing the previous ‘open hall’ structure, glazed leaded windows were inserted and fireplaces were installed. A particularly important three-storey bay window survives to the rear providing a wonderful view of the garden. Also the remarkable oriel windows are described as “among the finest of their kind in Britain.” “The striking carved first floor oriels … combine with the projecting eaves board …. and brackets to create one of the most impressive 17th century domestic facades in the country”.
Internally the period features are stunning including massive oak timbers, original brick floors, some leaded casement windows, exposed floorboards, exposed window frames, an arched brick fireplace in the master bedroom as well as elaborate wall paintings; there are further fireplaces in the drawing room and sitting room.
Since purchasing the property in 2007, the current owners have completely refurbished the property creating a home of exceptional style and taste where the historic integrity blends perfectly with contemporary enhancements. This has included extending the accommodation both upwards and downwards, providing a bespoke kitchen/dining room in the medieval lower ground floor which now has glazed doors opening onto the garden. The sitting room above has a contemporary, yet classic, feel which contrasts perfectly with the striking drawing room steeped in period features. The accommodation is now arranged over four floors.
On the first floor the master bedroom suite enjoys the best of the wall paintings and has views over the garden to the rear. There are 2 further bedrooms on the first floor as well as a shower room. The attic now provides a stunning suite of rooms with a variety of uses either for guests or teenagers’ accommodation or, as currently utilised, with a vaulted living room/office, bedroom, bathroom and small kitchenette.
Further accommodation is provided by a detached studio which provides contemporary over-flow accommodation and is also ideal for use as an artist’s studio or home office.
Internal viewing of the Flying Chariot is essential to fully appreciate the deceptively spacious accommodation, its beautiful and naturally lit interior as well as its outstanding period features.