A handsome Country House, Grade II listed
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The property Chart Place is a most handsome Grade II listed country house. Built in the early 18th Century by SirChristopher Desbourverie as an extension to an earlier house believed to be late 16th Century, the house has principally rendered elevations under a series of pitched tiled roofs, partially concealed by a parapet and balustrade to the south. This southern elevation has a most impressive veranda and ornate supports. Inside the house, elegantly proportioned rooms boast attractive fireplaces or ornate panelling. All the principal rooms have window shutters and nearly all enjoy spectacular views, either over the Weald or the pretty gardens. To the north of the house is an attached cottage providing useful secondary accommodation and in addition to this is a coach house providing useful storage or stabling and parking as well as a first floor flat. The Plantsmans gardens include a wooded dell, a splendid walled garden and a folly.
Historical Note A fascinating extract from a letter written in the 1950s by Vita Sackville-West to her friend, Alvilda Lees-Milne, wife of James Lees-Milne (the original copy being in the New York Public Library Berg Collection), referring to an advertisement in Country Life, reads:
As you will see . it is neither romantic nor picturesque nor earwiggy; the rooms are neither dark nor poky It faces south and the view is incomparable. You look over uninterrupted miles of the Weald, truly the most superb view. The drawing room is a lovely room. It was flooded with sun when I was there today. It is spacious, and could be made really a delicious room. At present it is all chintz and water colours and little gilt screens. The bedroom above has of course the same view . It appears to be very clean and in good order. It is real country surrounded by orchards and farmland. The garden is exceptionally attractive. There are two great tulip trees; Kew sent people to see them, and said one of them was possibly the largest in the whole country. There is a sort of glade, mossy, with ancient trees, and an odd sort of grassy terrace, most unusual. There are two walled kitchen gardens pink brick walls, old, with peaches and nectarines. There are lawns. The woman the place belongs to is a gardener, and one can see even now in February that the place is stuffed with daffodils in the grass, and hepaticas were coming up, and gentians it must be lovely in the spring. Yew hedges.
By kind permission of Adam Nicholson.
Ground Floor Glazed veranda - with ornate metal supports and attractive glazed panelled door and outside lights lead to
Entrance hall - with panelled walls, arched glazed doors to
Staircase hall - an impressive staircase leading to galleried landing, doors to principal reception rooms.
Drawing room - enjoying a lovely southerly aspect with stunning views, five glazed doors opening on to terrace and garden, open fire with attractive chimney piece incorporating fluted columns, dado rail, wall light points.
Study - with fireplace to one corner of the room with fitted gas fire, glazed door opening on to the garden, bookshelves.
Library - with book shelving, wall lights points.
Sitting room - is a delightful oak panelled room, open fire with stone surround and ornate cartouche above, two arched recesses to either side of the chimney breast providing useful display area. Above the panelling is ornate decorative frieze.
Dining room - three glazed doors opening on to terrace, open fire with Adam fireplace and marble slips, dado rail, wall light pints, arched recess.
Kitchen/breakfast room - with gas-fired Aga, Peninsular style working surface with cupboards and drawers below, inset 4-ring hob with Neff oven below, space for dishwasher, stainless steel sink unit with mixer tap and rinser section, range of high level wall cupboards, glazed panelled door to small enclosed courtyard garden.
Utility room - Plumbing for washing machine, space for tumble dryer, range of cupboards.
Cloakroom - with WC, wash basin and wall mounted high efficiency condensing boiler.
Rear hall - with secondary staircase, door leading to rear courtyard.
Door to cellars
Walk-in store - with extensive shelving, boiler serving the Cottage (not tested), door to rear courtyard, range of cupboards to chimney recess.
Cellars - presently divided into a number of chambers, providing space for storage and freezers as well as a Wine Store. A separate chamber houses the main boiler.
First Floor Large landing - partially subdivided by the staircase and on two levels. Four storage cupboards including one walk-in store with further cupboards and shelving. A small door gives access to the secondary staircase landing on which is a shower room with wash basin and WC
Bedroom 1 panelled room with open fire and blue briquette fire surround
Walk-in dressing lobby
En suite shower room with shower cubicle, WC, wash basin, pretty glazed display cabinet, heated towel rail.
Bedroom 2 stone fireplace with cast iron furniture.
En suite bathroom with panelled bath, antique style mixer tap and shower attachment, wash hand basin, low level WC, light and shaver point.
Bedroom 3 open fire with corvus fireplace, stunning views.
Bedroom 4 - Stunning views, open fire with marble chimney piece with ornately tiled slips.
En suite bathroom with panelled bath, low level WC, pedestal wash basin, light and shaver point.
First floor sitting room beautiful light coloured panelling and stunning views. This room has doors adjoining to both bedrooms 3 and 4 and could easily be used to be incorporated with either room as an additional suite.
Secondary landing and staircase shower room unit WC & basin
Second Floor Office (or occasional bedroom) with access to roof and storage space, telephone points. This room could be used as an occasional bedroom.
Bedroom 5 Fireplace Small landing connecting both the office and bedroom 5 with steps leading to a separate level.
Guest suite comprising sitting room, bedroom 6 and en suite with panelled bath, WC, pedestal wash basin.
Outside The Cottage Attached to the north western corner of Chart Place is a cottage of brick construction with a pitched tiled roof and gas fired central heating comprising living room, kitchen, 1 bedroom, bathroom, separate gas fired central heating.
The Coach House The Coach House lies to the north of Chart Place and is an attractive building of brick elevations partially relieved by weather boarding under a pitched Kentish peg-tiled roof. The Coach House provides extensive garaging, storage and stabling for 4 horses and incorporates on the first floor a flat comprising sitting room, 2 bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, bathroom, separate gas fired central heating.
This property has 5.25 acres of land.
Gardens and Grounds Chart Place is approached through double wooden gates flanked on either side by brick columns surmounted by ball finials, leading on to a gravelled parking and turning sweep. The Plantsman's gardens and grounds are extensive and include many wide and well stocked shrub borders, giving the house protection and privacy. Private automated irrigation system from deep well and underground rainwater cistern. Stone fountain and pond. Separate paddock to the south.
Wide yew hedge giving access to a formal rose garden with low box hedges. Summer house. Herbaceous borders backed by a small orchard. Woodland garden (the grassy terrace of Vita Sackville-Wests letter) with, at is northern end, a small eighteenth century folly, surround by an abundance of rhododendrons, magnolias, camellias and azaleas. The walled garden of about two fifths of an acre is unspoilt and has three separate entrances. At present it is mainly laid to lawn with an extensive fruit cage with soft fruit bushes, peach and nectarine trees. Victorian greenhouse, potting shed.
Chart Place occupies an exceptional setting on the ridge at Chart Sutton and enjoys commanding southerly views over its own land and beyond to the Weald of Kent. The village is one of the Three Suttons (Sutton Valence, East Sutton and Chart Sutton), triplet parishes occupying this wonderful hillside position. The neighbouring village to the east at Sutton Valence has good local amenities including a shop, post office, doctors surgeries and a number of pubs. The town of Staplehurst to the south provides good local shopping serving all the usual day to day needs as well as a main line station providing a link to Charing Cross in under the hour. Maidstone, the county town of Kent, is about 4 miles to the north and junction 8 of the M20 with its links to the M25 motorway network is also about 4 miles away.
The area is particularly renowned for the quality and choice of its schooling, both public and private. The property is well placed for preparatory schools, with Sutton Valence.
Preparatory School close by, and nearby Sutton Valence School which provides education for both boys and girls. Other schools in the area include Dulwich Preparatory, Cranbrook School and Benenden.
Leisure activities including riding and walking in the surrounding countryside, golf at Chart Hills, Leeds Castle and Tudor Park, and sailing on Bewl Water and the Kent Coast.
Travelling south on the M20, leave at J8 signed Hollingbourne and Leeds Castle. Follow the signs for Leeds Castle and then proceed through the village of Leeds. Upon reaching a staggered crossroads, turn left on to the A274 and proceed to the village of Sutton Valence. At the centre of the village turn right onto Chart Road. Continue on this road taking the first turning on the right and then turning immediately right, where Chart Place will be found on the left hand side.Read all
- Handsome Country House with 6 bedrooms
- Attached 1 Bedroom Cottage
- The Coach House - with stabling for 4 horses and 2 bedroom flat above
- Glorious gardens and grounds including a paddock in all 5.25 acres
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