3 of the best country homes in Kent
PUBLISHED: 08:43 10 October 2014 | UPDATED: 08:43 10 October 2014
The Garden of England has many superb listed rural houses, here are three currently for sale in ide Hill, Cranbrook and Newington
Ide Hill £3,100,000
Great Norman Street Farm is a superb Grade II-listed Hall House dating from the 15th century which extends to a 19th-century oast to the rear.
Set in an AONB, with lovely gardens and grounds, principal reception rooms comprise a drawing room where the 15th-century inglenook fireplace has a wood-burning stove, a dining room featuring open stud work and a sitting room with a double-height vaulted ceiling open to the galleried landing.
The spacious kitchen/breakfast/family room has polished flagstone flooring with underfloor heating, an oil-fired Aga and fitted bench seating; the room opens onto the family area, which has direct access to the gardens to either side.
The master bedroom is triple aspect and has an adjoining bathroom; there are five further bedrooms, one of which links the older part of the house with the galleried landing and onto the oast house.
Two well-appointed bathrooms complete the first-floor accommodation.
The second floor comprises two further bedrooms with vaulted ceilings, while a separate annexe offers a kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room, bedroom and bathroom with an area of terraced garden to one side.
There is an impressive timber-frame barn with a double-height vaulted ceiling, exposed timbers, a mezzanine storage area and wine cellar.
The stables comprise two loose boxes and there is a useful garden tools store in the extensive grounds.
Savills 01722 426 849
Sene Farmhouse is an impressive Grade II-listed country house with a detached two-bedroom cottage set in landscaped gardens of nearly 1.7 acres.
On high ground in a secluded setting bordering Sene Valley golf course in an AONB, the house dates from the 18th century, with later additions. Under the present owners it has been modernised, creating spacious, light and stylish accommodation.
On the ground floor you’ll find a large reception hall with stripped wood flooring and a decorative woodburning stove, a study, games room, store room, laundry and boiler room.
The first floor, rear-garden level has an airy reception room with double doors to a balcony and doors leading through to the dining room with a carved marble fireplace and arched doors opening on to the drawing room and kitchen.
A conservatory/breakfast room with garden access has steps leading up to the kitchen with its hand-made oak units, fireplace and Travertine tiled floor.
The second floor has a triple-aspect main bedroom with views across the golf course, a dressing room and Jack and Jill-style bathroom with roll-topped bath and a separate shower cubicle.
Three further bedrooms are on this level along with an additional shower room, while the third floor has two further bedrooms, with the potential to create an additional bathroom.
Smith-Woolley & Perry 01303 226622
One Dukes Cottage is a delightful unlisted semi-detached cottage set in seven acres of landscaped gardens and grounds.
Sympathetically extended and refurbished, period features ranging from oak beams and timbers to feature fireplaces.
Living space across three floors includes a welcoming sitting room with a cosy wood-burner, a smart fitted kitchen open plan to the conservatory/dining room (in the airy new extension).
Four double bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en suite) are above and the attic bedroom boasts a barrel-vaulted ceiling and lovely orchard views.
Outside, horse owners will delight in the detached stable block and two paddocks, post- and rail-fenced and gated.
Beyond is an area of natural woodland which at present houses a pig hut.
Jackson-Stops & Staff 01580 720000