- 8 bedrooms
- 3 bathrooms
- 6 receptions
A delightful country house set in exquisite gardens surrounded by parkland
Lot 1: Beech Court: Drawing room | Dining room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Family room | Study | Garden room | Boot room | Cloakroom | 6 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms
Attached Annexe: Sitting room | Kitchen | 2 Bedrooms | Bathroom
A useful range of outbuildings including: Garage | Oast House with kitchen and cloakroom | 2 Store rooms
Gardens (About 11.1 acres)
Lot 2 (available by separate negotiation) Pasture & parkland (About 29.5 acres)
In all about 40.6 acres
Lot 1 Beech Court is an historic Grade II Listed country house with distinctive Dering windows. It is centred on the dining hall, which may date to as early as 1460, although the bulk of the house was perhaps built in the 17th and 19th Centuries with some later additions. The house is approached over a long drive which leads from the village green (The Lees) through parkland into the formal woodland garden. The drive divides, with the right hand fork leading to a parking area adjacent to the farm buildings and outbuildings and the main drive continuing straight ahead through a pair of wrought iron gates, passing the Oast (which is considered suitable for a variety of purposes subject to any necessary consents including adaptation as an annexe) and culminating in a parking area adjacent to the house. On approaching the house, the delightful gardens are evident and are a riot of colour in springtime with rhododendrons, azaleas and a great variety of other flowering shrubs and plants, interspersed with a great variety of specimen trees.
The principal entrance to the house is through a partly glazed door leading to the sitting room which has a stone fireplace. To the left is the heavily timbered dining hall which has high ceilings, a large inglenook fireplace and a mural on the plaster wall by Sally Penfold, who worked closely with John Ward, the well known artist. The kitchen/breakfast room with an Aga is adjacent, as is a back door opening to a boot room. Beyond the sitting room is the drawing room, an elegant room with an open fire and windows enjoying long distant views through the garden to the south. Beyond is the garden room and the study, together with a back staircase, cloakroom and a further door leading outside.
The first floor is arranged with three family bedrooms accessed directly from the principal landing; these share the family bathroom. The master bedroom enjoys an en suite bathroom and has access to both the main landing and a rear landing, where two further bedrooms are to be found.
Part of the main house is arranged as a generous annexe which intercommunicates with the main accommodation and is arranged as a triple aspect sitting room and kitchen with two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.
This property has 11.1 acres of land.
The gardens are adaptable in nature, and could be expanded or reduced depending on a buyers desire, and are well arranged with lawns, ponds and areas of woodland Towards the centre is the pond, which was perhaps dug as a drinking trough for horses, and the gardens were originally designed with spring colour in mind. There is an exceptional collection of acers and rhododendron along with firs, oaks and pines. There are also a great variety of rare and unusual trees and the gardens have been enhanced with island beds, climbing roses, hydrangea, and the autumn colours on the specimen trees make this a garden for all seasons. The gardens have been designed for ease of maintenance.
Set amongst the gardens are the outbuildings, with the Oast House found at the heart of the property. This is considered suitable for a variety of purposes, subject to any necessary consents. It seems to have great potential as a home office or second house on the site. There is also a courtyard of buildings beside Beech Court comprising stables and potting sheds, adjacent to which is a larger multi-purpose building, again suitable for a variety of purposes. Set discreetly in the corner of the gardens is the hard-surfaced tennis court.
Lot 2 (available by separate negotiation)
Surrounding the gardens are approximately 29.5 acres of pasture and adjacent to them is the Star Walk, an ancient avenue leading from Challock towards Eastwell Park (coloured yellow on the plan) where, although the freehold is not for sale, the purchaser will enjoy certain rights to use the land in conjunction with the remainder of the holding.
Beech Court is situated on the very edge of the picturesque village of Challock, which centres on the pretty Lees. The well-served village benefits from Post Office, shop, pubs and a church as well as further local services in the popular nearby villages of Charing, Chilham and Wye (all 4 miles distant). Ashford and Canterbury offer a broad range of shopping, education and leisure facilities.
The property is well placed for commuters. The M20 (Junction 8) is accessible via the A20 and the A252/A28 to Canterbury. Ashford International offers the High Speed train service (37 mins) to London St Pancras as well as the Eurostar to the Continent.
From Ashford join the A251 signposted towards Faversham. Pass through the village of Boughton Aluph and ascend the North Downs, reaching a roundabout on the edge of the village of Challock. Turn left and after approximately half a mile, having passed The Lees (village green) on the left hand side, turn left into the driveway signposted Beech Court. Continue straight ahead when the drive divides, passing the Oast House and you will find yourself at the house.
- 5 Reception rooms
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- 6 Bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
- Attached 2 bedroom annexe
- A range of outbuildings
- Additional land available by sep. neg.
This plan is for layout guidance only. Not drawn to scale unless stated. Windows and door openings are approximate. Whilst every care is taken in the preparation of the plan, please check all dimensions, shapes and compass bearings before making any decisions reliant upon them.