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A wonderful Grade II Listed home, built in the early 17th century with a wealth of period features throughout including exposed beams and original fireplaces, located in an area of outstanding natural beauty close to Bough Beech Reservoir. It is a handsome building constructed of a mixture of red and blue bricks with ornamental clay tiles on the upper elevations and roof and timber casement windows.
The current owners use the side entrance as the primary access into the property, the solid oak stable doors open into the stunning kitchen-dining room which is a marvellous open plan space. Oak flooring flows from the kitchen within the original building into the glass and oak framed orangery which combines a fabulous mixture of modern architecture and period charm. The orangery dining area is a lovely bright place to sit and enjoy the manicured gardens and provides direct access out onto the decked sun terrace. The kitchen is fitted with a range of cream shaker style units with stainless steel handles and Quartz worktops with matching upstand. There is plenty of cupboard space including a butchers block island unit and a beautifully ornate butler sink overlooking the side garden. A large electric AGA with dark blue enamel is included in the sale, ideal for those with a flair for cooking and there is also an integrated dishwasher.
The kitchen leads through into the snug which features a fabulous inglenook fireplace fitted with an attractive wood burning stove and stairs leading to the first floor. The triple aspect sitting room, which is almost 20 feet long, also boasts a brick inglenook fireplace with matching wood burning stove and carpeted floors. It is a perfect space for relaxing with the family and also benefits from having French doors that lead out onto the sun terrace. A cloakroom adjacent to the under stairs storage area completes the ground floor accommodation.
Upstairs the first floor landing leads to 3 good sized bedrooms, the family bathroom and a good size airing cupboard. The spacious master bedroom has fitted wardrobes and features a galleried area with a fourth room that can be used as a study, nursery or dressing room. The second bedroom is a double and also benefits from having fitted wardrobes. Both the second and third bedrooms overlook the beautiful gardens to the front of the property and the pleasant views beyond. The family bathroom is absolutely delightful with a contemporary roll top bath, separate freestanding power shower, an oak vanity unit with basin, oak wood flooring with inset lighting and white shutters to the window.
The property is in excellent decorative order throughout and has oil fired central heating.
The property is approached via twin gates with a sweeping gravelled driveway flanked by box topiary that provides off road parking for several vehicles and leads to the attractive detached double garage. The garage can accommodate two modern vehicles and could potentially be converted into an annexe, should further accommodation be required (subject to obtaining any necessary consents).
The delightful garden is a special feature of this property and wraps around the house which is positioned in the centre of the plot. In total it amounts to approximately 0.37 of an acre. The front garden is split into 2 sections separated by the driveway. To the right hand side is a shaped area of lawn with well stocked herbaceous borders including roses and an ornamental pond. A stone terrace offers a pleasant space to sit and enjoy the morning sun with pleasant views across fields. The front garden on the left hand side is mostly laid to lawn with an imposing weeping willow and spectacular magnolia tree, together with a large composting area.
A stone pathway wraps around the house and leads to the secluded rear garden which offers plenty of space for children to play or just to relax and enjoy the afternoon sun. A decked sun terrace at the back of the house, accessed from the orangery and living room is ideal for al fresco entertaining with plenty of space for a sofa, table and chairs and also features a hot tub spa. There is a large area of lawn with mature hedging and a wide variety of evergreen shrubs and flowering plants that wraps around the house and behind the double garage where there are raised beds designed for growing vegetables. The rear garden also features an outdoor bar with cooking facilities and sink with running water for the adults and a large tree house with slide for the children.
The property is situated in a semi-rural location in Bouch Beech, which is a sought-after hamlet that lies within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The fantastic Wheatsheaf pub is a short walk away as is Bough Beech Reservoir with its sailing club, bird watching and adjacent to a beautiful nature reserve. The village of Chiddingstone is within 1.5 miles, providing a village shop/post office, tea room, church and The Castle Inn pub. The larger towns of Edenbridge and Sevenoaks are 3.2 miles and 6.9 miles away respectively and have a wide array of restaurants, shops and leisure facilities.
For those commuting into the city, Hever has its own railway station (approximately 3 miles away) with train services to London Bridge and London Victoria via Edenbridge and East Croydon. Hildenborough Station is approximately 5.6 miles away, with mainline services to London Bridge, Waterloo East, Charing Cross and Cannon Street in as little as 31 minutes. The M25/A21 (junction 5) is close by at the Chevening interchange and gives access to the major motorway network, Gatwick and Heathrow airports, Channel Tunnel and both Ashford and Ebbsfleet international stations.
The area boasts an outstanding range of sports and leisure facilities with several fantastic golf courses, an extensive network of bridle paths and foot paths including the ''Eden Valley Walk'' footpath from Tonbridge to Edenbridge and many other historical places of interest close by including Hever Castle, Penshurst Place & Gardens, Chartwell and Emmetts Garden.
There is an excellent range of educational facilities nearby in both the state and private sectors including Chiddingstone, Ide Hill, Hever and Weald primary schools. Preparatory schools in Sevenoaks including New Beacon, Granville and Solefields, Fosse Bank in Hildenborough and Radnor House in Sundridge. A wide selection of grammar and comprehensive schools in Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells and several internationally renowned private schools including Sevenoaks School and Tonbridge School.
Mains electricity and water. Oil fired central heating and private drainage.
Sevenoaks District Council. Council Tax Band G.
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