3 of the best Kent homes for sale
PUBLISHED: 10:46 17 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:47 17 March 2014
Properties with great family gardens
In the shadow of the North Downs, Thornham Friars is one of a handful of houses in this hamlet on the ancient Pilgrims Way.
There has been a house on the site since the early 17th century and, 300 years later, the addition of a major portion of a 17th-century house and barn, transported from Sussex, has created a striking architectural mix.
The gardens, sloping gently away from the house at the rear and allowing long, distant views over The Weald, form a particularly magical setting. A wide terrace runs along the width of the house and has box topiary edged beds; there is also a tennis lawn and secluded swimming pool.
Inside, period features abound, from an entrance vestibule with 17th-century decorated panelling and an ornate plaster ceiling, an oak-mullioned bay window in the drawing room and an ornate turned and carved oak staircase with massive supporting oak timbers and a fine moulded stone fireplace in the reception hall.
The barn room is now a superb kitchen/family room with herringbone brickwork and inset stained-glass motifs within the main window’s leaded lights. A big stone fireplace gives a focal point to the room, which has space for a cream four-oven Aga and informal sitting and dining areas.
Upstairs are five bedrooms, including the bright master bedroom with lovely views over the parkland and gardens
On the second floor two secondary bedrooms lead into a large family/games room, currently arranged with a small kitchenette area with a stone and brick fireplace.
Strutt & Parker 01227 451123
Garlinge Green £895,000
The rear garden at Flaxlands enjoys lovely views across the Downs and adjoins open countryside and woodland beyond.
Well screened from the adjoining property by mature trees and hedging, a paved terrace is surrounded by box hedging and the front garden is informally laid out to lawn with wide hedging.
Inside, the welcoming hallway has full-length windows overlooking the garden and woodlands beyond. There’s a dining room with a large bay window, a bright, spacious family room, study and an elegant drawing room with an open fireplace and granite hearth.
The kitchen/breakfast room forms the heart of the house and has space for sofas, a dining table and chairs as well as painted wall and floor units with granite work surfaces over. Adjoining is a utility room and there is also a downstairs cloakroom.
Upstairs, a window on the galleried landing overlooks the rear of the house, where you’ll find the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom.
There are four other bedrooms, two with en suite shower rooms, and a family bathroom.
Strutt & Parker 01227 451123
Halfway down a little-used lane on the edge of this well-connected village, The Maples is an attractive family house designed and built by the present owners in 2000, with brick and tile-hung elevations under a tiled roof.
The beautifully maintained gardens are a lovely feature and include a shallow stream running through it with brick and wooden bridges across.
Internally, the well-planned accommodation includes a superb kitchen/breakfast room which, together with the oak-floored dining room, opens into a spacious garden room.
There is also a sitting room with a square bay window out to the front, and a utility room.
A single flight of stairs leads up to the part-galleried landing, spacious en-suite master bedroom and three further double bedrooms overlooking the garden. The family bathroom includes a shower.
Jackson-Stops & Staff 01732 740600