Barn CottageBoxley Road | Boxley | Maidstone | Kent | ME14 3DN
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Barn CottageBarn Cottage is a Grade II Listed property with character, situated on the fringes of Boxley. An attractive village just below the Pilgrims Way, nestled at the bottom of the North Downs. The house is thought to date back to the 16th Century, and in recent years has been beautifully renovated by the current owner, but still retains a great many stunning period features.
I think it was the uniqueness of the house that initially attracted me to it, says Isobel, and though it was definitely in need of renovation when I bought it, I could see that it had bags of potential. Elements such as the lovely wood cladding were in a very sad state and an area of the house was completely unconverted, but it has all been beautifully renovated now.
Barn cottage is an extremely spacious property that also comprises a large annexe, which can be accessed via the main house or can be shut off to become completely self contained. Just like the look and feel of the house, I would also describe the layout as unique, continues Isobel, which adds to its character. As well as the main part of the house and the annexe, last year I converted another area, just above the annexe, creating a large, open-plan living and dining room as well as an extra bedroom. Its a beautiful area that could be used as anything from a space for a teenager to extra guest accommodation.
This delightful property boasts grounds of just under an acre, which are surrounded by a mature border of shrubs and trees giving the entire space a wonderful feeling of peaceful seclusion. The garden is relaxing, says Isobel, and its filled with lots of unusual plants. As well as the large area of lawn, I also have a patio area just outside the kitchen, and Ive recently been granted planning permission for double doors to be installed in the kitchen, which would create a lovely connection between the house and garden.
I have really enjoyed living here for the past nine years, says Isobel. I have everything I could possibly want or need close at hand, as the Maidstone town centre is only a matter of minutes away. There is a pub just a stroll away and I love the fact that I can go out of my front door and walk for miles across the beautiful countryside. Ill also miss the house itself because its now a lovely home, and although Ive done a lot to it, I can see that it still has so much potential to be improved further.*
* These comments are the personal views of the current owner and are included as an insight into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on without verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent.
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This very spacious and flexible home is superbly positioned on the fringes of a picturesque Kentish village on the edge of the North Downs. The county town of Maidstone with its vast array of amenities is just minutes away. Transport links are also convenient. Maidstone now offers high speed rail services to the capital in addition to its frequent standard services and the nearby M20 motorway affords simple routes to the capital, channel ports, Ashford International rail terminus and the channel tunnel terminus at Cheriton.
This area of Kent offers a wide range of school choices, with primary, secondary, grammar schools and private schools all found in the area.The property itself is Grade II Listed in recognition of its history and architectural importance. It is believed that evidence within its structure indicates that the property has origins dating back to the late 16th Century.
The property has evolved over the following centuries and now is offered for sale as a home that can offer multi-generational living or, if required, be recombined to a form a very large family home.
At present the property is arranged with the largest segment of the home enjoying five bedrooms served by four bath or shower rooms, with a spacious lounge, a study, a country style kitchen/breakfast room and a utility.
A recent adaptation has created a wonderful self contained apartment which enjoys its own beautiful lounge, kitchen/breakfast area, stylish shower room and a double bedroom. Furthermore on the ground floor a self contained annexe has been formed and is currently arranged with a sun room, lounge, kitchen/breakfast room, bedroom and bathroom.
The property throughout exudes character. Much of the structural framework has been restored and re-exposed creating a unique ambience. The barn has been extensively insulated, is mostly double glazed and despite its size has a distinct warmth. Central heating has been installed and to ensure efficiency, three separate gas fired boilers serve the property.
The property sits within a plot that approaches two thirds of an acre. A large lawn edged by a wide variety of mature trees extends to the rear boundary with neighbouring coppiced woodland beyond. Other areas of garden are arranged with a block-paved patio, vegetable and shingled beds and an ornamental pond.
The property is secured behind remotely controlled entrance gates that lead to a shingled driveway that is large enough for residents and several guests to park comfortably. A spacious double garage block provides secure parking and important storage. A first floor room above the garage bays could be considered suitable as a home office, store or games room.
Properties offering such size, character and flexibility in such an advantageous position are always a rare find. As such prospective buyers are advised to view and express their interest at the earliest opportunity.
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Agents notes: All measurements are approximate and quoted in metric with imperial equivalents and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed on the brochure. Printed 25.06.2015
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Fine & Country West Malling 28 High Street, West Malling, Kent ME19 6QR
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