Old HarbourlandSet in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this impressive, historic house stands in its own garden, surrounded by beautiful, gentle, countryside, and has been the family home of its present owners for over thirty years. A house containing an abundance of history. Originally it was possibly occupied by a yeoman or prosperous working farmer, which later became farm workers cottages, until it was reverted back to a family home in the 1930s. This is a Grade II timber-framed house built in the mid16the Century, partly rebuilt in the 18th Century with 19th Century additions. The original roof timbers are still in place in the loft and there are exposed beams and posts inside. Ground floor walls are brick with first floor elevations tile hung with thick bands of plain and fish scale tiles under a plain peg tiled roof. A large central brick chimney stack serves two open hearths on the ground floor and two fireplaces in the major bedrooms where Victorian cast-iron grates and mantles were installed. Thirty years ago the owners uncovered the original inglenook which had been blocked up. They found the original wrought iron chimney crane, still in position and movable on its hinges. The Snug provides a wonderful atmosphere when the inglenook is working in full glow.
An elegant house with lots of space for the comings and goings of family life. The large, farmhouse style kitchen with its Aga, is where guests tend to gather whilst meals are prepared and they later withdraw to the Dining Room. In Autumn or Winter of course, the inglenook draws them into the fire-light. Such a house readily provides a friendly capacity for entertainment, whether it is guests for the weekend, Christmas time, parties for children, or a wedding reception, with marquee, held in the garden. There is always plenty of space for such events.
The garden is now mature and contains well established shrubs and several specimen trees including a magnificent Foxglove tree. Beneath the old Bramley apple tree the owners also unearthed the original brick-lined well which is 62 ft. deep. There is a large patio, from which steps lead up into a part walled garden, an area often used by the family for relaxed dining or just to sit and enjoy the amazing peace and tranquillity which surrounds the house. The local village boasts an excellent pub, and beautiful 13C church, but other amenities are located in nearby villages. There is a wide ranging selection of schools available, which are convenient to access, and the grammar school system still operates in the area. Maidstone is nearby which offers a choice of railway stations for journeys into central London. The Channel ports and Le Shuttle are easily accessed and the road network is excellent.
It is now time for another family to enjoy this wonderful home, but it is the memories of an incredible happy life here which will remain with the present owners forever.*
* 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.
This quite striking period farmhouse is located on the fringes of one of North Kents most sought after villages and is just minutes from superb road and rail links and the exceptional amenities of Maidstone.
The property has a distinctly cottagey feel with much of the buildings character having been retained. The property is currently configured with five bedrooms served by a master bedroom en suite and a family bathroom. The ground floor is equally spacious and benefits from a lounge, dining room, second snug lounge with inglenook, study, cloakroom and a large kitchen with adjoining utility room.Externally, there a lovely gardens, a generous driveway and a double garage.
ENTRANCE Wooden entrance door opening into ground floor accommodation.
ENTRANCE HALLWAY Glazed door and window to rear. Inner door to garage. Block paved floor.
INNER HALL Parquet Floor. Radiator. Door to cellar (of good height with light)
LOUNGE Glazed door to garden. Windows to side and rear. Open fireplace. Radiators. Fitted carpet.
DINING ROOM Glazed door to garden. Windows to side and rear. Beamed fireplace opening. Parquet flooring. Radiator.
SECOND LOUNGE/SNUG Windows to front and side. Inglenook fireplace opening. Oak flooring. Radiator.
STUDYBay window to side. Radiator. Fitted carpet.
KITCHEN Windows to front. Twin stainless steel circular sinks. Range of cupboard and drawer base units plus upright cabinet and counter tops. AGA range cooker. Pine dresser. Understairs storage cupboard. Radiator.
UTILITY ROOM Door to front. Glazed window to front. Space for washing machine, dishwasher and further appliances.
PRINCIPAL STAIRS TO FIRST FLOOR Hand rail and fitted carpet.
LANDING Fitted carpet. Large built in closet with hot water cylinder and storage shelving.
MASTER BEDROOM Windows to side and rear. Fireplace. Storage cupboard. Radiators. Fitted carpet.
EN SUITE Window to side. Wall hung wash hand basin. Low level W.C. Bath with hand shower and screen.
BEDROOMWindows to side and rear. Fireplace. Storage cupboard. Radiators. Fitted carpet.
BEDROOM Window to side. Radiator. Fitted carpet.
BEDROOM Window to side. Storage cupboard. Radiator. Fitted carpet.
BEDROOM Window to front. Wall hand basin. Radiator. Fitted carpet. FAMILY BATHROOM Window to side. Low level W.C. Panelled bath with mixer taps, hand shower and screen. Radiator. Fitted carpet.
GARDENS Paved sun terrace. Delightful lawn areas interspersed with established trees and shrubs.
DRIVE AND PARKING Gravelled driveway leading to a parking area for several vehicles. GARAGE Double width up and over door. Power and light. Window and door to rear.