Plumford Farmhouse is a fine and imposing 5 bedroom period house, originally dating from around the 16th Century and rebuilt in 1805 and further remodeled in 1947, with classical elevations of colourwashed render with symmetrical sash cord windows, parapet and hipped tile roof. The property comprises 3 reception rooms, a magnificent kitchen/dining/family room, cellars and 5 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms, including 2 suites. Outside, the house sits towards the centre of its land of nearly 1.6 acres, which is principally laid to lawn with a gravelled parking and turning circle, detached double garage with room above and heated swimming pool with summerhouse.
Inside, the current owners have paid considerable attention to detail to the finish of the property and it now offers a wonderful period home with modern contemporary quality fittings. From the front a panelled door with flat headed pediment opens to a generous hall, with doors and an archway leading to the principal reception rooms. These comprise a triple aspect drawing room with central fireplace and three full height windows/doors out to the terrace and garden. Adjoining the drawing room, there is a sitting room with simple fireplace with wood burner and oak surround, flanked on both sides by round headed glass display cupboards. The dining room is a magnificent room, reached off the kitchen, comprising a spacious rectangular room in to a semi-circular bay, with three large aperture sash cord windows. This room is tastefully decorated with moulded cornice and an internal door with matching architrave to the butlers pantry which again has been fully fitted by Plain English, with an extra dishwasher, farmhouse sink, oak worktop and two very large pantry cupboards. A further arched door then leads to the kitchen/dining/family room. This room is both light, spacious and fitted with bespoke painted Plain English drawers, dresser and cupboards with black granite worktops and space for a range cooker. There are also various wall cupboards, space for a dining table to seat 10, a large informal seating area together with a spiral staircase providing access to a basement with three rooms and boiler. Completing the ground floor, there is a side entrance hall with cloakroom and utility room all with stone slabs. The utility room is fully fitted, with an extra oven, fridge and laundry appliances.
On the first floor and reached off the galleried landing with space for sofa and large aperture sash cord windows are the bedrooms and bathrooms. There are a choice of two principal bedroom suites, one of which is a lovely triple aspect bedroom with a super light bathroom suite with oversize shower and twin basins, whilst the other bedroom suite comprises a double bedroom which is located over the dining room and therefore features a semi-circular bay and with access to a sumptuous marble tiled Fired Earth bathroom suite with roll top bath, spa shower cubicle, twin basins, WC and bidet. Completing the first floor, 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. All rooms are wired for Bang & Olufsen, broadband and television with Bang & Olufsen outside speakers. All the doors and windows are oak, all of the door furniture is bronze and new oak wide boarded floors are fitted to the majority of rooms.
GROUNDS AND GARDENS
The property is approached off the lane by a gravel driveway with automatic gate and estate fencing, leading to a parking and turning circle with feature olive tree. This in turn leads to the detached double garage with room above and mower shed to rear. This is currently arranged as an office with windows to front, side and rear and was completely rebuilt in 2004 and offers the potential as extra accommodation (subject to the requisite consents being obtained). The gardens themselves are extensive and a riot of colour, with a variety of shrubs and bushes, roses and plants, manicured lawns, a sunken pond, climbing wisteria to the house, box hedging and a variety of shrubs and mature trees.
Beyond the immediate garden and screened by an evergreen hedge, lies the heated swimming pool with summerhouse and decking. There are also various terraces and decks adjoining the house, which provide perfect seating areas and from the eastern side of the house there are some lovely views of the sea. In all nearly 1.6 acres.
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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