Plumford Farmhouse is a fine and imposing 5 bedroomed period house, originally dating from the 16th Century, rebuilt in 1805 and further remodelled in 1947, with classical elevations of painted render, symmetrical sash cord windows, parapet and hipped tile roof. Outside, the house sits towards the centre of its land of nearly 1.6 acres which has been landscaped to provide sweeping lawns, herbaceous borders and mature trees. There is a gravelled drive and turning circle with extensive parking, a detached double garage and mower shed with a room above, a flint and brick outbuilding and a heated swimming pool with summerhouse. The current owners have also added three large entertainment spaces around the house: a Bath stone terrace adjoining the lounge, a large deck adjoining the kitchen and decking around the swimming pool.
Inside, the current owners have restored the house to a high standard, befitting a period home, with a contemporary style. The generous hall provides access to the principal reception rooms which include an impressive triple aspect drawing room with central fireplace and full height French doors leading to the terrace and garden, a sitting room with log burner and display cupboards, a fine dining room with semi-circular bay, and an impressive kitchen/breakfast room. Between the dining room and kitchen is the butlers kitchen and pantry. The principal kitchen is fitted with a bespoke Plain English kitchen with dresser, cupboards, black granite worktops and space for a range cooker and a 10 seater dining table. There is also a large informal seating area, together with a spiral staircase providing access to a large basement and boiler-room. A side entrance leads to a cloakroom and a utility room.
On the first floor, and reached off the spacious, galleried landing with large, aperture sash cord windows, are the bedrooms and bathrooms. There is a choice of two principal bedroom suites: a lovely triple aspect bedroom with bathroom, oversize shower and double basins and a bedroom which incorporates the semi-circular bay with a sumptuous marble -tiled bathroom with Fired Earth roll top bath, twin basins, WC and spa shower cubicle. There are three further double bedrooms and a family bathroom.
Overall the property is presented in excellent decorative order and is ready for immediate occupation. Oak wide boarded floors have been laid throughout. All of the windows and doors are oak and all of the door furniture, bronze. The ground floor rooms are all wired for Bang & Olufsen, with additional outside speakers.
GROUNDS AND GARDENS
The property is approached off the lane by a gravel drive with automatic gate and estate fencing, leading to a parking and turning circle with feature olive tree. This in turn leads to a detached double garage and mower shed with room above. This is currently arranged as an office with windows to front and rear and bespoke oak fittings. It was completely rebuilt in 2004 and offers potential as extra accommodation (subject to requisite consents). The gardens provide a riot of colour with a variety of specimen trees, shrubs, roses and plants, a sunken pond, climbing wisterias to the house, box hedging and manicured lawns. Beyond the immediate garden and screened by hedging, lies the heated swimming pool with summerhouse and decking. From the eastern side of the house are lovely views of the sea.
The property sits in an extremely pleasant semi-rural location, surrounded by 80,000 apple trees, on the outskirts of the village of Ospringe, which is situated on the edge of the North Downs and within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The property adjoins a rural farm and whilst very much placed in farmland and orchards, it lies just over 2 miles from the M2 and Faversham. The village of Ospringe benefits from a primary school (Ofsted Good), with the village of Painters Forstal (1 mile) also within easy access having a pub, The Alma, that dates from the 16th Century, together with Lorenden Preparatory School.
The historic market town of Faversham (2.6 miles) is located to the north and offers a good choice of shops, pubs and restaurants. Wider facilities are available in the Cathedral City of Canterbury, with its modern shopping centre and choice of schools in both the private and public sectors, including Kings, St Edmunds, Kent College and Simon Langton boys and girls grammer schools. Faversham also has the highly regarded Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (Ofsted Outstanding).
SPORT AND LOCAL AMENITIES
Sporting and recreational opportunities in the area include sailing on the coast, county cricket at Canterbury, golf at Belmont and Boughton, together with point to point at Charing. There are also a number of footpaths and bridleways.
The property is well placed for access on to the M2 (J6) being just over 2 miles away, whilst Faversham station offers HSR services to London (St Pancras 68 mins), Canterbury (11 mins) and the coast. As an alternative, HSR services are also available from Canterbury West (11 miles) to London (St Pancras 53 mins) and Ashford International to London (St Pancras 36 mins). Ebbsfleet International is approximately 30 mins away by car and also offers HSR to London (St Pancras 19 mins)
From the M2 at Brenley Corner (J7), drive in a westerly direction towards London and take the next exit (J6). At the T-junction turn left and take the A251 Ashford Road towards Challock and Ashford. Turn first right into Porters Lane and continue along this road to the T-junction. Turn left into White Hill and first left into Plumford Lane. Follow this road for a short distance and immediately after a farm, Plumford Farmhouse will be found on the left hand side.
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