An exceptionally fine timber-framed manor house with exquisite 'hall house' origins
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Otham Manor is a beautiful and historic Grade I Listed manor house which has evolved over the centuries from its origins as a 14th century hall house. The property acquired another wing during the 16th century and in the early 1900s a sensitive extension further enhanced this wonderful family home. The vendors have lovingly restored the property during their long ownership and the result is a house steeped in history, exuding quality and providing substantial yet comfortable and highly liveable accommodation.
The centrepiece of the house is a vaulted hall occupying the 14th century wing, open to the full height, true to its original design. This striking room provides an impressive entertaining space off which a study is situated on the ground floor with an elegant drawing room to the first which enjoys the vaulted ceilings of the hall and has an open fire. A library sits to the other end of the hall, beyond which lies the kitchen/breakfast room, the principal staircase and entrance hall.
The kitchen/breakfast room is a relaxed and practical space with lovely exposed beams and a deep open fireplace. Beyond this a double aspect sitting room works well in conjunction with the kitchen for day-to-day family life. The house is well served by utility, store and laundry rooms set off a passage to the back door to the garden flat.
Two staircases rise to the first floor, one of which occupies a charming turreted architectural detail. A long landing leads to five bedrooms, all with a great deal of charm and individual character. The two to the north end of the house share a Jack and Jill shower room and there is a further family bathroom. The principal bedroom has a dressing area and en suite bathroom, and is double aspect to one corner enjoying the garden views.
A staircase rises to the second floor and four further decent bedrooms, two of which interlink, and a further bathroom.
The Garden Flat Annexe In addition to the main house there is a self-contained annexe. Currently arranged as a one bedroom flat with a sitting room, kitchen and bathroom, the space would make an excellent home office if desired.
The annexe also has potential to be incorporated within the main house to create a generous family room, subject to obtaining the necessary consents.
This property has 4.1 acres of land.
Otham Manor is approached by a sweeping drive passing a truly magnificent beech tree and leading to a parking area to the side of the house. Immediately behind the house is a box parterre garden and a sheltered terrace with a pond which provides a delightful spot to sit, or dine al fresco. The gardens give way to large expanses of level lawn leading to clipped yew hedges providing the perfect setting, entirely in keeping with the house. The swimming pool and tennis court are discreetly but conveniently situated to the south east of the house.
Otham Manor is situated in the pretty village of Otham, which benefits from a village green, a nursery school, popular stables and a National Trust property, Stoneacre. Bearsted, to the north, has a quintessential English village green ringed with quality pubs and restaurants. Leeds Castle, a well-attended tennis club, health clubs and golf courses are all within ten minutes drive. The county town of Maidstone offers a wide range of educational, recreational and shopping facilities
London is easily accessible with direct trains to Victoria from Bearsted (from 68 minutes) and from Staplehurst to London Bridge (from 51 minutes) and Charing Cross. The M20 is easily accessible at Junctions 7 and 8, ensuring rapid communications to Eurotunnel and Ebbsfleet International (about 32 minutes drive) for High Speed rail links to London and Eurostar.
Maidstone boasts several grammar schools. Invicta Grammar, the top grammar school in Kent in 2020, is fed by the excellent local primary schools. Sutton Valence independent school (3-18 years) is eight minutes drive, while Benenden, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks are within easy reach.
From M20 (Junction 8): Exit and take the A20 towards Maidstone. After approximately 1.5 miles turn left into Otham Lane. Follow the lane, continuing as it becomes Green Hill and then Otham Street, where Otham Manor will be found a short distance along on the right hand side.Read all
- 5 Reception rooms
- Kitchen/Breakfast room
- Store room and cellar
- Principal bedroom with en suite bathroom
- 8 Further bedrooms and 3 further bathrooms
- 1 Bedroom annexe
- Swimming pool and tennis court
- Extensive garden and grounds
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