An historic house full of beautiful features
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Many stories surround the site on which the house is found; a building has most likely stood there since the 12th century. Local myth suggests the knights who murdered Thomas a Becket in Canterbury Cathedral hid at Slaybrook Hall instead of returning to Saltwood Castle.
The house developed in three stages. The property was originally a hall house dating from the late 1400s, from which remain the doors to the buttery and pantry together with their decorative 15th century wooden arches. A first floor was added in the mid-1500s and a stone inglenook and Tudor chimney were installed. The area which is now the dining room was added at this time, and much of the original window glass still exists.
Slaybrook Hall was subject to great extension in 1911. Unusually for the period, the materials used to create the long music room were taken from an Elizabethan house near Ashford, thus some of the beams and brick are 450 years old even though the style is Arts and Crafts. The drawing room still has its original oak floor and seems to have been a draw for local thespians, including Gerald du Maurier and Noel Coward, who is said to have based his play, Blythe Spirit, on the Hall.
The house in in its current form provides a wonderful family home with ample space to entertain and enjoy day-to-day life. The splendid drawing/music room to the rear is complemented by the cosier spaces of the sitting and dining rooms. The practical family kitchen enjoys views over the garden. On the first floor the six bedrooms are full of character with impressive beams; the master bedroom has a generous en-suite bathroom.
This property has 0.7 acres of land.
Slaybrook Hall is nestled amongst picturesque woodland and countryside. The gardens surround the house and are laid to lawn with a pretty former granary to one corner. Ragstone terraces adjoining the property give sheltered areas for al fresco dining as well as views towards adjoining farmland. A drive to the front provides plenty of parking.
Slaybrook Hall is situated on the outskirts of the sought after village of Saltwood, which is surrounded by parkland and woodland, with a network of footpaths and bridleways giving ample opportunity for walking and riding.
Close by is Hythe, with its charming old high street including a range of independent shops and restaurants and a Waitrose. Recreation facilities in the area include golf at the Hythe Imperial and Sene Valley, with excellent sailing and other activities available at Hythe Sailing Club. There is also a broad selection of private and state schools. Canterbury, with its excellent shopping centre, cultural interests and wide range of well-regarded schools, colleges and two universities, is within 20 miles.
The M20 (Junction 11) is in easy reach, and the station at Sandling is two stops from Ashford International, which offers the High Speed service to London St Pancras (36 minutes). There is good access to the Continent.
From the M20 (Junction 11): Exit and head towards Hythe. Take the first left turn, joining the A20 Eastbound, and follow the road beside the railway for about 0.5 of a mile. At the brow of the hill turn right into Sandling Road towards Sandling station and Saltwood. Follow this road for about a mile, descending a shallow hill and passing the station. Slaybrook Hall will be found in the dip on the right hand side, just after the Saltwood village sign.Read all
- Entrance hall
- 4 Reception rooms
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- 6 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- Garden (about 0.7 of an acre)
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