Superbly situated family home with a tennis court and pool
Entrance hall | 4 Generous reception rooms | Kitchen/family room | Boot room | Cloakroom | Extensive cellars | Master bedroom with dressing area and en-suite bathroom | 6 Further bedrooms (2 with en-suite shower rooms) | Bathroom | Laundry room | Store room | Double garage with room over | Swimming pool | Tennis court | Gardens | EPC F
About 2.3 acres
This substantial and well-appointed period house is well situated in an elevated position within the favoured parish of Boughton Monchelsea. Approached over a long gravel driveway from Peen Lane it sits close to the ancient parish Church and enjoys long distant views over the Weald from most of the rooms and the garden.
The house is believed to have been built in about 1860 and combines many of the advantages of both Georgian and Victorian architecture, with high ceiling, period features and there are clear influences of the of the Gothic Revival.
The principal rooms are south facing and have open fireplaces and enjoy fine views across the gardens and beyond. The Drawing room has a wide bay window, and the library shares the same generous proportions. The dining room is now combined with the kitchen, and together these create an elegant family living space designed to make the best of the views.
Towards the rear of the house is a more intimate formal dining room, and a more recent extension, the orangery, is found to one side to make the best of the views. This is a very generous room ideal for large scale entertaining. There are French doors to the terrace where there is a stunning outlook, ideal for entertaining and summer parties.
There is a substantial cellar below and above seven well-proportioned bedrooms, and three bathrooms all fitted to a high specification. Many period features are retained including original fireplaces, plaster cornicing, dado rails, panelling, archways and timber sash windows, some with original shutters.
This property has 2.3 acres of land.
The very private gardens and grounds contain both a well maintained tennis court and swimming pool and are enclosed by rag-stone walls and established hedging, creating a very secluded and private setting. The formal and less formal lawns are interspersed with specimen trees including a massive Wellingtonia.
Close to the house at the end of the long gravelled driveway is a modern outbuilding of pleasing painted weather board elevations, providing secure garaging for two vehicles plus a third open bay. External timber stairs lead to a generously proportioned storage room above suitable for a variety of purposes subject to any necessary consents. There is a large garden store to the rear.
The village of Boughton Monchelsea offers a good range of local services including convenience store, Post Office, primary school and the Parish Church of St Peters. Nearby Headcorn provides a wide range of shopping and other facilities, and Cranbrook to the south provides a more varied range of shops etc. The nearby County Town of Maidstone provides comprehensive shopping, restaurants, Hazlitt Theatre and Mote Park with its extensive grounds, leisure and recreational facilities. Nearby, fine walks with breathtaking views may be enjoyed along the Greensand Way, passing through neighbouring bluebell woods and by the adjacent deer park.
A variety of state and private schools in the area catering for children of all ages include Sutton Valence Junior and Senior Schools, Dulwich Preparatory at Cranbrook, Boughton Monchelsea Primary School and numerous secondary and grammar schools at Maidstone.
Marden Railway station offers rail services to London Bridge, Cannon Street and Charing Cross with journey times from about 48 minutes. The M20 gives access to Dover, Folkestone and Ashford International and also to the M25 for Gatwick and Heathrow Airports. Maidstone has a range of services to London, including some High Speed services to St Pancras International.
General Local Authorities Maidstone Borough Council (01622 602000); Kent County Council (03000 414141)
Services The Old Vicarage has mains electricity and water, private drainage, and oil-fired heating. Swimming pool heat exchanger.
From Staplehurst: Travel north on the A229. Travelling towards Linton, pass the Stile Bridge Inn and take the second right turn into Butt Green Lane. Church Hill is the second turn to the left in about a mile. Travelling northwards up the hill, take the first right turn into Peens Lane and enter the property by the white iron gates on the left after 100 yards.Read all
- Entrance hall
- 4 Reception rooms
- Elegant kitchen/family room
- Extensive cellars
- Master bedroom with dressing area and en-suite bathroom
- 6 Further bedrooms and 2 further bathrooms (1 en-suite)
- Double garage with room over
- Swimming pool and tennis court
- Map & Street View
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