An exceptional home in an idyllic location

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Reception hall | Drawing room | Sitting room | Dining room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Cloakroom | Master bedroom with dressing room and en-suite | 3 Further bedrooms | Family bathroom | Double garage | Summer house | Garden | EPC E

About 0.55 of an acre

The Granary is situated in arguably one of the most idyllic locations in Kent. Set back from the village green, the location is quintessentially English with a wonderful array of period houses all facing onto this bucolic scene. Indeed it was this outlook that inspired many of the settings for the novels of HE Bates, who converted The Granary in 1931. Bates lived at the property until his death in 1974 and, during his time there, laid out and landscaped the garden much as it is seen today. The vendors bought the house directly from the Bates family so this sale is the first time that the property has been on the market since 1931.

In the main constructed of local Bethersden marble, the house was converted and extended from a former granary and offers wonderfully elegant, light and spacious accommodation.

The front door opens into the elegantly proportioned reception hall, which leads to all the other principal rooms. The beautiful double aspect drawing room gives a feeling of peace and serenity. It has a part-exposed beamed ceiling and part open to full height; the focal point is an open fireplace with an ornate surround.

The dining room is a bright, sunny double aspect room with French doors to the garden. To one end is a deep china cupboard, and an open fireplace with a tiled hearth completes the room. Adjacent is the cosy sitting room with an open fireplace and bookshelves fitted on two walls, making it the ideal spot to enjoy a book on a winter’s afternoon.

The well-fitted kitchen has a range of oak-fronted wall and floor cupboards with work surfaces over; integrated appliances include a dishwasher, fridge and double freezer. There is ample space for a table.

A wide turned staircase rises to the first floor. The landing has a deep linen cupboard and separate airing cupboard. The master suite comprises a bright double aspect bedroom, an adjoining dressing room and an en-suite bathroom. Three further bedrooms and a family bathroom complete the first floor accommodation.

This property has 0.55 acres of land.


The house is accessed via two sets of wrought iron gates within a rose clad ragstone wall. A central path bounded on either side by mature beds leads to the front door. Double gates lead into a gravelled parking area immediately in front of the double garage. There is a separate wine store, and an ingenious log store that delivers logs directly next to the fireplace in the drawing room.

Laid out as series of “rooms”, the gardens beautifully complement the house. Pathways lead though colourful and mature shrub beds, with enticing vistas towards a variety of focal points including urns and statues. Each of the rooms has a different character/“feeling”. An oak pergola festooned with a number of climbing and rambling roses leads to the rear, and bi-secting pathways meander through the garden. Tucked away in one corner is a garden room with power and heating.


The Granary is found on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Little Chart. Day-to-day amenities are found in neighbouring Pluckley village and additional services in Tenterden. More comprehensive facilities can be found in Ashford and Canterbury. There is an excellent range of schools in both state and private sectors.

The M20 (Junction 9) provides excellent road access. Ashford International offers the High Speed service to London St Pancras in around 36 minutes, together with Eurostar services to the Continent. The station at Pluckley connects to Ashford International and offers services to London Charing Cross (from 76 minutes).


From M20 (Junction 9): Join the A20, following signs towards Charing. After about 3 miles turn left towards Hothfield. Follow the road through the village towards Pluckley. After about 2 miles pass the Rooting Street stables on the left. After about 0.25 mile turn right (signposted to Little Chart Forstal). Follow the lane onto the Forstal. The Granary is the second house on the right.

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Other features

  • Reception hall
  • 3 Reception rooms
  • Kitchen/breakfast room
  • Master bedroom with dressing room and en-suite
  • 3 Further bedrooms and family bathroom
  • Double garage
  • Summer house
  • Garden

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Ref: CAN180203

Little Chart Forstal, Little Chart Ashford Kent TN27

Guide Price

Ref: CAN180203

Little Chart Forstal, Little Chart Ashford Kent TN27

Guide Price