Grade II Listed Wealden farmhouse with a contemporary twist
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Kite Farm is a delightful Grade II Listed 17th century farmhouse, with earlier origins, of traditional oak frame construction under a Kent peg tile roof. The property was completely renovated and extended in a highly sympathetic manner by local experts. in 2005.
Internally the house is light, airy and beautifully presented with original features retained and enhanced with wall lighting. There are exposed beams, two magnificent inglenook fireplaces, exposed brick oven, oak joinery with traditional ironmongery including floorboards, ledged doors, staircase with gallery and exceptional fitted cupboards.
The kitchen/family room, overlooking a formal rose and herb garden, is beautifully appointed with separate double and single Belfast sinks and a range of painted tulip wood units beneath a mix of granite and maple work surfaces. Integrated appliances include a dual fuel Aga, dishwasher, American style fridge and microwave. The floor is quarry tiled floor and the utility room has a range of matching units and laundry equipment.
The three principal bedrooms are set off the vaulted galleried first floor landing. The main bedroom has a vaulted ceiling with exposed oak roof ties, an en-suite bathroom and dressing room with an additional loft room. The guest bedroom has a fireplace and en suite bathroom. The delightful family bathroom blends with the original, exposed 17th century timber framing. Two good size second floor bedrooms both have a wealth of fitted cupboards.
The Land The land is divided into several enclosures with additional areas of woodland, providing privacy and seclusion. There are no public footpaths through or adjacent to the land.
This property has 12.9 acres of land.
The house is set well back from Smarden Bell Road and is approached via five bar gates and long winding gravel drive, passing paddocks, and leading to a large parking and turning area between the house, period barn and ponds.
Gardens surround the house on all sides and are mainly laid to lawn, with a yew hedge enclosing a large flagstone terrace area with formal standard rose and mixed herb beds interspersed by gravelled pathways and seating areas. Three natural ponds are found a short distance away.
The substantial period barn is of timber frame construction, with parking and stable areas. There is potential for ancillary accommodation, subject to any necessary consents. There are also garden stores, sheds and an old privy.
Planning consent was granted for the construction of a traditional three bay cart barn with log stores on either end (planning ref; 05/00443/AS). There is potential for stabling, subject to the necessary consents.
Kite Farm is situated almost equidistant between the villages of Headcorn, Pluckley, Egerton and Smarden. It has no immediate neighbours. Smarden, (SE England Village of the year 2008 and Best Kept Village in Kent numerous times) is one of the prettiest and most historic villages in the Weald with three pubs, village shops, post office, primary school and church. Pluckley is equally well served.
Sir Nick Faldos Chart Hills golf course is situated close by. There is direct access to numerous bridleways through Dering Woods, which lies immediately opposite Kite Farm with further access to the South East toll rides beyond.
Headcorn has a wide variety of local shops together with the main line station serving Charing Cross/Cannon Street in approximately 60 minutes. Cranbrook, Tenterden, Ashford and Maidstone all provide excellent and comprehensive ranges of educational, recreational and shopping facilities.
Ashford International provides services to the Continent and High Speed services to London St Pancras from 36 minutes. The M20 Junctions 8 and 9 both provide links to Gatwick, Heathrow, and Stansted airports, the Channel Tunnel, Ashford and Ebbsfleet International stations.
From Headcorn: Take the A274 towards Tenterden. Just before crossing the railway bridge turn left into Smarden Road. Remain on this road for approximately 2.5 miles and on reaching a T junction with The Bell public house opposite, turn left. After approximately 1.5 miles, Kite Farm will be found on the left hand side, just before the start of Dering Woods on the right.Read all
- Entrance hall
- 3 Reception rooms
- Kitchen/family room
- Principal bedroom with dressing room and en suite shower room
- 4 Further bedrooms (1 en suite) and family bathroom
- Period barn/stable
- Garden store rooms
- Formal gardens
- 3 Ponds, paddocks and woodland
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