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Three of the best homes for sale in Kent

PUBLISHED: 13:24 19 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:33 20 February 2013

Three of the best homes for sale in Kent

Three of the best homes for sale in Kent

Desirable properties in Eynsford, Hythe and Maidstone

Three of the best homes for sale in Kent

1.95m Eynsford

Eynsford Hill was built in 1913 by the author Arthur Mee, whose friendship with George Bernard Shaw lead to Shaw naming the Eynsford Hill family, his characters in Pygmalion, after the property.

The stunning Grade II listed house was constructed with no expense spared after Mee had spent years searching for the perfect location to build a country house within striking distance of his office in Piccadilly.

He incorporated many interesting artefacts during the build, such as Roman tiles with dogs paws ingrained in them and Egyptian mosaics. A time capsule dating from 1913 is buried somewhere near the front door.

The present owners bought the house in 1970 and apart from fitting a modern kitchen of the era, the property remains almost unaltered from the day it was built, although it has been well maintained. The two bathrooms are thought to originate from the 1930s, both being beautiful examples of Art Deco installations of the era.

The library is an exceptional room and here Mee wrote more than 200 books, his most famous famous being The Childrens Encyclopaedia and The Kings England.

There are five reception rooms, seven bedrooms, two bathrooms and stunning grounds that include formal gardens, outbuildings, a paddock, orchard and woodland.

Strutt and Parker (Sevenoaks)

01732 459900

925,000 Hythe

If you love being by the sea, golf and walking, then this imposing six-bedroomed detached house on the eastern side of Hythe could be the perfect place. Both the Royal Military Canal and seafront are within easy walking distance and the area is well served by golf courses, including the Hythe Imperial, Sene Valley and Etchinghill.

Totally refurbished in recent years without losing its character features, improvements include new floors throughout, quality refitted bathroom and en-suites, a new central heating system complete with retro-style radiators to most rooms, a hand-built kitchen with granite and oak work surfaces and an Aga range, an audio system with individual controls to the main reception rooms.

The landscaped gardens offer an upper decked sun terrace with panoramic views, outside speakers and inset swim spa. A detached garage complex has a studio at the rear with a self-contained unit upstairs offering a cloakroom/shower room, large office/studio and a further double room.

C R Child & Partners

01303 267421

600,000 Maidstone

Originally known as St Saviour's Church, The Chapel was designed by John Whichcord, a local county surveyor who also designed the former surrounding asylum buildings. It was converted in later years by Berkeley Homes with the help of English Heritage and many period features have been retained, including the original 34ft long chancel screen carved between 1905 and 1915 by an inmate of the asylum, together with a large stained glass window that dominates the current dining area and was added in 1914 in dedication to the memory of those who died in the nearby institution. To the stairwell is a further encased stained glass window which commemorated the dedication of the church on in 1951 by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Geoffrey Francis Fisher.

A vestibule with original flagstone flooring leads to the main entrance hall and a cloakroom/utility room, modern maple fitted kitchen, living room and split-level dining room with light oak wood flooring, wood panelling and high vaulted beamed ceilings.

On the first floor is the master bedroom with double French-style doors leading to a Juliet balcony. A guest bedroom has two stained-glass windows and exposed beams while on the second floor theres a further double bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and en-suite shower room. Outside youll find a two-chamber cellar and communal gardens mainly laid to lawn and with a wealth of well-established shrubs, hedges and flower borders.

Greyfox Prestige

01732 617227

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