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3 bedroom house for sale
High Street, Downe, Kent
- Central village location
- Renovated period property
- 3 bedrooms
- 3 reception rooms
- Charming cottage garden
Downe was home to naturalist Charles Darwin for 40 years and open to the public is Down House (English Heritage) where he lived and worked. The village is a favourite among those who appreciate the beauty of Kent countryside and there is little doubt as to why Downe and its surroundings have been nominated to become a World Heritage Site. Dorset Villas is in the heart of Downe village (within the Metropolitan Green Belt) and therefore within easy walking distance to the villages amenities. These include the Village Hall, St. Mary's Church, Queen's Head, George & Dragon public houses, cafe, Indian restaurant and an antique shop. There is a village pond. Two golf courses lie close to the edge of the village and nearby are a number of riding schools and livery yards. Downe Cricket Club is adjacent to Down House. Downe provides access to excellent walking and the National Trust properties of Chartwell, Mariners' Hill and Wolfe House are close to the village. Westerham, Sevenoaks and the Weald are within easy reach. The Village benefits from a mobile library service.
Local Shopping: Sainsburys in Locksbottom, three Waitrose stores within a few miles.
Comprehensive Shopping: The Glades in Bromley, Orpington High Street and Bluewater Shopping Centre and Sevenoaks town centre.
Mainline Rail Services:
Chelsfield Station (3.5 miles) to London Bridge (from 17 mins), Waterloo East, Charing Cross and Cannon Street.
Orpington Station (3.0 miles) to London Bridge (from 17 mins), Waterloo East, Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Victoria, Blackfriars and Ashford International.
Bromley South Station (5.3 miles) to London Victoria (from 20 mins), Blackfriars, City Thameslink (from 33 mins), Ashford International and the Kent Coast.
Frequent Bus services from Downe directly to Orpington and Bromley stations.
Primary Schools: Downe Primary School, Warren Road Primary School, Tubbenden Infant School, Cudham CE Primary School, Keston CE Primary School.
Secondary Schools: St Olaves for Boys, Newstead Wood for Girls, Coopers, Charles Darwin School
Private Schools: Bishop Challoner, Bickley Park, Breaside Prep, Bromley High School for Girls, Coombe Bank School for Girls, Farringtons and Babbington House Girls in Chislehurst, Eltham College for Boys, Ashgrove School, as well as Sevenoaks and Tonbridge schools.
Motorway Links: Junction 4 of the M25 is within easy reach and provides access to London Gatwick and Heathrow Airports, Channel Tunnel Terminus, Ebbsfleet International, the South Coast and Bluewater shopping centre.
22 Dorset Villas is a charming locally listed attached property, dating back to the1870's it is thought to have originally been a sweet shop. The property has since been extended and now offers modern living accommodation whilst retaining some of the original period features. The elevations are yellow brick with red brick window dressings and slate roof. Situated in the heart of the Conservation Area of Downe village, many of the historical values have been preserved providing a great deal of character.
Points of note include:
- Double glazing throughout, coving and spotlights. Under floor heating (set by a timer) to the entrance hall and breakfast/dining room.
- Travertine stone tiles to the entrance hall, breakfast/dining room and kitchen.
- The breakfast/dining room gives direct access to the rear garden and features an internal glass door with glass panels to either side and above, and a central pyramid skylight allowing plenty of natural light.
- The open plan kitchen and utility room both comprise a range of wall and base units. The kitchen located through the archway from the breakfast/dining room, benefits from an enjoyable outlook over the rear garden and comprises pull out larder, Corian worktop with tiled splash back, fitted deep stainless steel sink with Fired Earth pull out shower spray tap. Integral appliances include AEG sensor touch halogen hob (with extractor over), AEG oven with plate warming rack, new Bosch dishwasher and space for fridge/freezer. Utility room with tiled work top and pelmet lighting. Integral appliance includes AEG washer/dryer.
- The cloakroom offers plenty of space for storage, featuring a bank of fitted floor to ceiling cupboards with hanging space.
- The large double aspect family room and sitting room is divided by a split level. Both with a feature wall of exposed painted brick work and Pergo flooring. The family room to the upper level benefits from a gallery overlooking the sitting room and features a spiral staircase to the first floor and stairs down to the sitting room. Sitting room with a high ceiling features an elevated open fireplace with brick surround and stone hearth.
- The master bedroom offers a delightful view of St Mary's Church (c.1290) and the village. Comprises his and hers bespoke shaker-style fitted wardrobes by Andrew Macintosh. En suite with tiled floor, heated towel rail, W.C, shower, extractor, sink with vanity unit and mosaic tiled splash back.
- There are two further bedrooms. One of which benefits from a dressing area and part vaulted ceiling. The other comprises built in display shelves.
- The well appointed family bathroom with part tiled wall, heated towel rail, pedestal wash basin, W.C and fitted bath with mixer tap and separate shower attachment.
- To the front of the property is street parking for a number of cars. A low level brick wall with pillars encloses the property and a pedestrian gate to the side provides access to the property with a paved pathway leading to a covered front door.
- To the rear is a charming, split level cottage garden. A low level brick wall with herbaceous shrubs and steps lead to an elevated level area of patio and laid to lawn area to the rear. The paved patio is an ideal area for table and chairs. To the perimeter a low level brick wall with elevated herbaceous borders and trellises to either side. Some of the many plants include Bluebells, Tulips, Snowdrops, Wild Rose, Jasmine and Montana. The rear garden is enclosed by brick walls and close paneled fences.
- Covered wooden lean-to with shelves and storage space below. Brick built garden tool shed. Outdoor power point, water point, wiring for garden lights.
From our office in Locksbottom, depart left on Crofton Road. Turn left at the traffic lights onto the A21 Farnborough Common and continue to follow the road. Go straight across the first roundabout. At the second roundabout, take the third exit, then take the first left onto Shire Lane. Follow the road and take the second left onto High Elms Road. Continue to follow the road to the end. At the end of the road turn right onto the High Street. Go past the George & Dragon pub on your left and take the first left. Number 22 is the first property on the left directly opposite St Mary's Church.