A distinctive family house with equestrian facilities

Spinnakers is a delightful family house set in its own grounds, designed in 1922 by Percy Morley-Horder, a contemporary of Lutyens and a noted architect. The house is built on a 16’ span with good ceiling heights throughout. It has traditional Kentish ragstone walls with brick quoins and oak weatherboarding over brick walls to the upper elevations with square leaded light windows all under a hand-made Keymer tile roof with a dovecote attached to the western elevation.

Internally oak timbers and beams are reputed to be from the Temeraire warship made famous in Turner’s painting, and broken up at Chatham in the early years of the 20th Century and there is a magnificent Tudor fireplace in the drawing room with stone surround and oak bressumer beam reclaimed from the “Three Tuns” Inn, in Maidstone demolished at about the time the house was built, with a copper hood. Principal internal doors are panelled in oak with sliding wrought iron latches. There are oak sills and five magnificent oak arches in the reception hall and staircase.

The house offers good large principal rooms, mostly double aspect, with views over its own land from every window. The sitting room has a ragstone fireplace with stone hearth and the study has fitted cupboards and a fitted desk. The dining room features a built in cupboard with shelves and a separate shelving unit.

The triple aspect kitchen/breakfast room is a delightful room with a superb range of fitted limed oak and glazed wall and floor cabinets with Fired Earth hand-made terracotta floor tiles. There is a four ring electric and halogen hob with extractor above and a ‘new dimension’ Gaggenau oven, dishwasher, washing machine and space for a fridge freezer. The kitchen opens to the rear lobby/boot room and onto the utility room with further space for a fridge, freezer and tumble dryer and housing for the Grant oil fired boiler.

The utility room was once the pantry and the original slate shelve remains. The cloakroom has been recently refitted with marble vanity unit and Tuscan marble floor tiles. The internal courtyard has a new gardeners WC and a covered loggia and doors to the rear lobby.

On the first floor is a magnificent double aspect master bedroom and dressing room which could be used as a fifth bedroom. Both have a good range of fitted wardrobes and views over the gardens and grounds.

There are a further three double bedrooms, two of which are double aspect and benefit from built in vanity units and all three have fitted wardrobes. The family bathroom features an original cast iron bath and verde crystal vanity unit with fitted linen cupboards and decorative beam.

To the rear of the house is a double glazed garden room which is currently used as a garden store/workshop.

This property has 8.7 acres of land.

Outside

The house is approached from the road via electric timber Lutyens style gates leading to a large parking and turning area in front of the detached brick and oak weatherboarded detached tandem double garage with separate single concrete garage to the side.

There is an area of hardstanding to the side of the garages which lends itself to being used for horseboxes/boats etc.

The Land This is a pleasant mixture of woodland, parkland and level paddocks with mature and specimen trees including magnificent oaks all ring-fenced within the boundary by a combination of close board, driven spile and internal post and rail paddock fences. There is a shelter belt of trees inside the entire boundary, together with a natural pond and stream.

The woodland areas are beautiful with bluebells, primroses and some orchids and a wildflower meadow lies to the far north of the land.

Stables/outbuildings The property has a superb range of equestrian buildings including a stable block with three large stables, two smaller and a tack/feed room.

There is a good stable yard with block paving which opens to all the paddocks meaning the any escapees will return to the stable yard.

There is a field shelter, two barns and various outbuildings which are used for storage of equipment.

Formal Gardens There is a terrace on two sides of the house edged by a low stone wall with steps leading out onto an area of lawn with flower beds. There is a flagstone terrace to the north of the house while on the western side of the drive is a further area of garden with shrub borders and a yew hedge. Ornamental trees and climbers including a climbing rose surround the house.

Situation

Spinnakers is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and greenbelt land in a delightful rural location midway between the villages of Wateringbury and West Peckham in the hamlet of Nettlestead Green. Yalding station (0.3 mile) serves Maidstone West (high speed to London St Pancras in 57 minutes) and Paddock Wood/Tonbridge (fast trains to London Cannon Street/Charing Cross in 47 minutes) and Ashford station in around 10 minutes.

Paddock Wood is 3.6 miles with good local shopping facilities including a Waitrose and Barsleys Department Store. There are doctors surgeries in Yalding, Wateringbury, East Peckham and Paddock Wood.

Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks all provide an excellent and comprehensive range of educational, recreational and shopping facilities. Alternative stations are found at Borough Green and West Malling both providing services to Victoria in 42/49 minutes respectively.

Junction 2A of the M26/M20 is under 7 miles providing easy access to Maidstone and linking with the M25, Gatwick, Heathrow, City and Stansted Airports, the Channel Tunnel and Ashford and Ebbsfleet International Stations and Bluewater Shopping Centre. Off the Wrotham roundabout the M20 provides a fast route to London.

There are a great many schools in the locality including Wateringbury Primary, Yalding Primary, which has recently been awarded an Outstanding Ofsted Report and Mereworth Primary all of which are a few minutes away. Dulwich College Prep in Cranbrook, Sutton Valence, The Schools at Somerhill and Tonbridge Schools are all a reasonable drive away and Kent College is 5 miles distant. The grammar schools in Maidstone both of which have Outstanding Ofsted Reports, are easily accessible by rail, bus and car and Sevenoaks is 10 miles away with its good selection of both state and independent schools. For further information on schools in the area please visit www.kent-pages.co.uk/education

The property is conveniently located within an area said to host some of the best fishing lakes and also private boat mooring is available at the nearby Hampstead Marina.

Close by is an area of protected ancient woodland and a sight of scientific interest with a Roman road going through it.

Directions

From Junction 2A of the M20/M26 follow signs for Wrotham Heath and Paddock Wood and follow the A20 straight over at the traffic lights. Take the first main road on the right opposite the Fishyard restaurant signposted Offham, Mereworth and East Peckham. Continue along here for approximately 3.5 miles and go straight over the roundabout signposted Paddock Wood, East Peckham, Yalding. Continue to the next roundabout and turn left signposted Wateringbury. After 500 metres turn right into Hampstead Lane, signposted Yalding, the house is on the left and set back and on the corner between Maidstone Road and Hampstead Lane.

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Other features

  • Arts & Craft House
  • About 9 acres
  • 3 Large stables
  • 2 Small stables
  • Feed/tack room
  • 2 Barns
  • 5 Paddocks

Other details

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Ref: SVN110335

Hampstead Lane, Nettlestead Maidstone Kent ME18

Offers In Excess Of
£1,650,000

Ref: SVN110335

Hampstead Lane, Nettlestead Maidstone Kent ME18

Offers In Excess Of
£1,650,000