A beautiful Grade II Listed Manor House, believed to be built in 1595 and once owned by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
This wonderful Elizabethan country house is full of the character and charm of this period and has been listed for its special architectural and historic interest. It is conveniently located just a few minutes walk from Borough Green station and Sainsburys, yet tucked away off the road in a peaceful position. Internally the house benefits from bright, spacious rooms with surprisingly high ceilings and it has a practical layout for family living. There is a well-established, secluded garden of approximately ½ acre. This has been a cherished family home for the current owners for over 20 years and now offers the new owner an opportunity to modernise the house to suit their own taste and requirements.
The original timber front door opens into a porch which in turn leads to a generous entrance hall. From here, stairs lead to the first floor, there are original beams overhead, a fitted carpet and an inglenook fireplace with log burning stove. There is a useful understairs storage cupboard housing the fuse board which was replaced recently. To the right of the entrance hall is a traditional style heated conservatory, which was added by the current owner and is a splendid sunny room with a tiled floor and a pretty view of the garden and doors at the front and back allowing access to both gardens. There is a productive grape vine growing in the conservatory for anyone interested in making their own wine, and a cellar for storing it! Another inglenook fireplace with log burning stove takes centre stage in the main sitting room, which extends to over 18ft and overlooks the large front garden. This room has a fitted carpet, built-in alcove with a small window and original wall and ceiling beams. Another door leads to the dining room which has a window seat overlooking the front garden as well as an inglenook fireplace with a working open fire. This room benefits from secondary glazing and is ideal for entertaining, extending to in excess of 19ft. The kitchen, at the back of the house, was an extension added in the 1930s. This is fitted with a range of wooden wall and base units with a worktop over and built-in breakfast table. There is an integrated oven and microwave and the room benefits from triple aspect views of the garden including the back door leading outside. A shower room with a power shower is accessed off the main entrance hall and completes the ground floor accommodation.
A second staircase from the inner hallway leads to the first floor landing, providing access to three double bedrooms. The back bedroom has triple aspect views of the garden and the bedroom to the front has built-in wardrobes. Another large double bedroom is currently set up as a reception room but this would make an impressive master suite as it has a large en-suite bathroom. A door from this room leads to another landing with stairs down to the main entrance hall. The second floor is accessed from the main first floor landing and here there are three further rooms, currently set up as two bedrooms and a kitchen. One bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and there is an additional shower room. This floor could easily be used as an annexe for a relative or an Au Pair, or the kitchen could be converted back into a double bedroom.
The property is screened from the road by a high brick wall, behind which is a driveway providing off road parking for multiple vehicles. There is a double garage and workshop which combined extend to over 42ft and could be used for a number of purposes. A yew tree hedge separates the driveway from the garden and house, a wrought iron gate with brick pillars either side opens into the mature front garden, where a yew tree lined path leads to the front door. The garden is a most delightful feature of the property and has a number of fruit and nut trees including apple and pear trees, Kent and Victoria plum trees, a Medlar tree, a fig tree and a Kentish cob nut tree. Hellebores grown in the garden are the back up stock for Hadlow horticultural college. The paved terrace running adjacent to the back of the house offers the perfect sunbathing and entertaining space, with steps down to a flat lawn. The garden borders and rockery are well stocked with a variety of mature shrubs and plants creating a colourful backdrop year round. Privacy is assured by tall surrounding hedges mainly of laurel.