A most handsome, stylishly appointed 5-bedroom Edwardian country house and significant outbuildings sitting in approximately 1.7 acres of attractive, well maintained gardens and grounds. The property falls within the prized Cranbrook School Catchment Area. Internally there are many retained original features including several striking fireplaces, parquet flooring, original doors, skirting boards, picture rails and magnificent, unusually large sash windows throughout, all in immaculate condition. Built in 1908 the property benefits from the key attributes of the age; beautifully proportioned rooms with extremely high ceilings. This lends the property a naturally light and airy feel which is further enhanced by the decoration in calming Farrow & Ball colours. But this home has also been sensitively brought up to the most rigorous of modern living standards with some clever design touches along the way including a laundry room and airing cupboard on the first floor within easy reach of the bedrooms, an ingeniously designed shoe rack system in the boot room to neatly tidy away everything a family can throw at it, and a discreetly disguised media centre in the family room. Add in a beautiful kitchen / breakfast room and several stylish modern bathrooms and this property is the ideal period family home for modern day living.
The accommodation in this spacious, light and impressive family home flows effortlessly and comprises: large entrance hall / boot room with floor to ceiling shoe storage; kitchen / breakfast room with antique terracotta tiled flooring; handmade solid wood units; pristine white quartz work surfaces, a huge double Butlers sink and walk in pantry. The dining room which lies adjacent with its truly unique, Edwardian cast concrete fireplace housing an attractive wood burner; original limewashed parquet floor and some design-feature light fittings is clearly the hub of this inviting home.
Leading off the central dining room are a number of beautifully appointed rooms such as the elegant drawing room with open fire place framed by an Italian marble mantle. The room is enhanced by the bespoke, floor to ceiling book shelves that lend the room the vague feeling of a library. Then there is the large and bright family room complete with chalk board wall and cleverly inset television and media centre; an immaculate downstairs cloakroom and adjacent study which benefits from useful access to the west garden via an original and hefty ledge and brace door.
There is a further hallway and side door leading off the east side of the dining room which flows into the light and well-proportioned staircase up to the 1st floor landing. The first floor accommodation comprises; impressive laundry room with Belfast sink and wooden work surfaces, 4 double bedrooms all of which are beautifully decorated, all of which feature original Edwardian cast iron fireplaces. One such room is the impressive guest suite with a flawless en-suite bathroom whilst two of the bedrooms are linked by a superb Jack and Jill family bathroom with separate walk in shower, 2 sinks and large feature bath with marble surround.
The 2nd floor is comprised entirely of the simply huge master bedroom suite with ample built in wardrobe space; a separate dressing room; an impeccably finished en-suite bathroom with antique claw-foot bath, his and her sinks, walk in shower and contemporary floor and wall tiling. This 2nd floor is a further example of the careful balance created by marrying modern design flourish with classical period features. It is an engaging combination that provides for the most welcome of homes.
This elegant Edwardian home sits in approximately 1.7 acres of charming, established and well- maintained gardens and grounds considerably improved by the current owners. The property is accessed by a gravel driveway with a spacious turning circle which culminates in a naturally formed courtyard created by a 3-bay oak framed garage and 2 adjacent stable blocks housing 9 loose boxes, tack room and 2 garden stores. There is ample driveway parking for at least 5 cars. The stables and outbuildings present exciting development potential for possible conversion (subject to necessary planning consent) to either ancillary accommodation, office space, an annexe, or holiday let cottages.
A lush, well maintained formal garden wraps around the property being mainly laid to lawn with a selection of enchanting well stocked flower beds, interspersed with mature shrubs and impressive trees including many oaks, silver birches and weeping willows. To the rear there are a number of further garden rooms, created by the positioning of the outbuildings and various mature hedging, including a formal garden with long perennial borders, a secluded family woodland space with fire pit and children’s tree house and a large expanse of lawn currently used as a football play area. The gardens centre piece is a newly landscaped, brick laid terrace providing a sheltered, beautifully styled outdoor living space, ideal for entertaining.
The property is located between the attractive village of Biddenden with its excellent village store, restaurants, cricket club and primary school and the sought after market town of Cranbrook with is nationally recognised Grammar school.
Other local attractions include the Sissinghurst Castle Gardens and the 13th century church in Biddenden as well as various sporting clubs, playing fields and close by the renowned Chart Hills Golf Club.
Local and comprehensive shopping: Biddenden, Cranbrook and Tenterden have various supermarkets, independent shops, pubs and restaurants. Tunbridge Wells has an excellent shopping centre, restaurants, boutiques, cinema and bowling complex.
Mainline rail services: Headcorn station, just under a 10 minute drive away, has fast and frequent services to London Bridge, Waterloo, Charing Cross and Cannon Street in 58 minutes. A high speed link from Ashford International to London St Pancras takes 37 minutes.
Services: Mains Electricity, Mains Water, Oil Fired Central Heating, Private Drainage
Education & Leisure/sporting facilities: There is an excellent selection of schools in both the state and private sectors at primary and secondary levels. Cranbrook Rugby Club, golf clubs include Hemsted Forest, Chart Hills, Rye, sailing, fishing, riding, walking, and mountain bike trails at Bewl Water, Bedgebury Forest and Pinetum.
Motorway links: The M25 via the A21 can be accessed at J5 and the M20 via J8, providing links to Gatwick and Heathrow airports and other motorways.