An enchanting Grade II listed Elizabethan manor house
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Dating back to the 16th century, Godfrey House is a quintessential Grade II* listed timber framed manor house offering a rare opportunity for those seeking a property of immense character and charm. The delightful gardens provide an ideal setting for the house and extreme care and attention to detail has been taken to create a most appealing and fascinating family home.
This timber framed property is of local importance and its listing describes the house as 16th century, restored in 1859. Faithful to its period, the house boasts many features including ovolo-moulded mullioned windows, transomed oriel windows and jettied gables, exposed beams, wood panelled walls and some excellent ceiling heights, to name a few.
Arranged over four floors, the well-presented accommodation enjoys wonderful views over open countryside to the front and includes a cellar that provides useful storage space. Entered via a reception vestibule leading through to the reception hall, the flexible ground floor accommodation is arranged to provide five reception rooms including a drawing room with its stone fireplace and built-in window seat, a spacious triple aspect dining room, also with a fireplace, and a family room boasting a beamed vaulted ceiling. Steps lead down from the family room to a playroom and adjacent to the drawing room is a good size office. The striking kitchen/ breakfast room with its mellow wood floor and wood panelled walls, is comprehensively fitted with a range of units incorporating a central island, granite worksurfaces and integral appliances.
The breakfast area enjoys direct access to the gardens via French doors. The ground floor further comprises a utility room and a cloakroom. Access may be gained to the cellar store room via stairs descending from the reception hall.
Situated on the first floor is the master suite comprising a generously proportioned bedroom, a separate dressing room and a bathroom.
A guest bedroom with an en suite shower room is also located on this level, together with an additional bedroom, a bathroom and a cloakroom. There are three further bedrooms on the second floor and a bathroom with a beamed vaulted ceiling.
This property has 4.3 acres of land.
The gardens and grounds provide a superb backdrop to the property and have been designed to provide year round interest and various areas for al fresco dining and relaxation. To the rear of the house there is a large brick terrace with steps leading up to a decked seating area and a bridge over a Koi pond. There are extensive areas of lawn interspersed with various shrubs and trees to create a parkland style setting and to one side, a heated swimming pool enjoys a tucked away position along with a log cabin housing a changing room, shower and sauna, garden, paddock and woodland in all around 4.3 acres.
Godfrey House is situated within the picturesque village of Hollingbourne which sits amidst beautiful countryside beneath the North Downs.
There are good amenities available in the village including a village shop catering for day-to-day needs, several pubs and restaurants, and a well regarded primary school. Maidstone, Ashford and Canterbury offer a further more extensive range of shopping, leisure and educational facilities.
The region is well served by road and rail communications with the M20 (J8) located just over a mile away and mainline rail services into London Victoria available at the Hollingbourne station, only half a mile away; Eurostar trains are available from Ashford and Ebbsfleet International has a high-speed service to London St. Pancras (about 19 minutes). There is easy access to the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone.
Education opportunities are excellent with well regarded schools in the area, both in the state and private sectors, at primary and secondary levels.
From London, join the M20 and exit at junction 8 (signposted Leeds Castle and Maidstone). At the third roundabout turn left on the B2163 signed Hollingbourne. Continue for about half a mile though the village and the entrance to Godfrey House will be found a short distance along on the right hand side.Read all
- Grade II Listed Manor House
- Exposed beams
- Large terrace
- Koi pond
- Heated swimming pool
- Log cabin with sauna
- Extensive areas of lawn with paddock and woodland
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