A handsome and historic Grade II listed country house

Woodville Hall is listed Grade II and was built in the early 1840s for the Reverend Ellice. For many years it was owned by Henry Coleman, a well-respected local surgeon. It was during his ownership that Edward Elgar, whose family originated from Dover, stayed at the property and whilst there is reputed to have written his famous “Enigma Variations”.

In 1921 the house was sold to the Hollis family. During their ownership, Mr Hollis purchased the aero-engined racing car Chitty 2 from the estate of Count Zoborowski. This became the inspiration for the famous Ian Fleming children’s book "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"

Arranged around a magnificent hallway with a sweeping cantilevered staircase are the property’s stunning reception rooms, comprising a drawing, dining and sitting room of beautiful proportions. The kitchen is fitted with hand painted units and is situated to the rear of the house along with further excellent ancillary accommodation in the form of a study and two offices. The substantial basement provides storage, games rooms, laundry and wine stores as well as a gardener’s kitchen.

Off a landing, lit by a glazed cupola, there are five principal bedrooms, all with original shutters. The principal bedroom sits to the front, adjacent to the family bathroom and there is an en suite guest bedroom. The remaining bedrooms are served by two further bathrooms and a superb second floor provides six additional rooms and a shower room.

This property has 12 acres of land.


Woodville Hall is set in magnificent arboretum style grounds, with superb specimen trees, varieties of deciduous native trees and conifers of magnificent proportions, giving complete privacy and seclusion to the rear garden.

The house is approached via a sweeping in and out drive way, and there is a garage block which comprises of a four bay cart barn.


Woodville Hall is situated in a rural area at the foot of the Downs on the outskirts of the village of Temple Ewell, The surrounding area is designated either as a Special Landscape Area and/or as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Locally there are superstores at Whitfield (about 2 miles), and shops in Temple Ewell and River, with Canterbury providing a wider range of facilities. There are good schools locally, both in the independent and state sectors.

Temple Ewell has easy access to the A2 and A20/M20. The High Speed service to London St Pancras can be accessed from Dover Priory and Ashford International with journey times from 67 minutes and 36 minutes respectively. The area has good access to the Continent.


From Canterbury: Leave on the A2 towards Dover. After about 10 miles, leave the A2 at the second set of traffic lights (signposted Lydden). Continue through Lydden village towards Temple Ewell. The road bears very sharply to the left under “Skew Bridge”. About 100m along, turn left into the drive of Woodville Hall, which can be identified by two obelisk-style stone pillars.

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Other features

  • Reception hall
  • 4 Reception rooms and 2 offices
  • Cinema room
  • Kitchen
  • 7 Bedrooms (2 en-suite) and 2 further bathroom
  • Games/hobby room and studio
  • 2 Attic store rooms and assorted basement rooms
  • Gardens
  • 4 Bay cart barn garage
  • 12 Acres (including woodland)

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Ref: CAN190125

London Road Temple Ewell Kent CT16

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Ref: CAN190125

London Road Temple Ewell Kent CT16

Guide Price