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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3

£1,495,000

Property Description

Key features

  • LOCATED IN RURAL LAMBERHURST
  • SMALL COUNTRY ESTATE IN STUNNING SETTING
  • PERIOD (15C ORIGINS) 4 BEDROOM PRINCIPAL HOUSE
  • FURTHER DETACHED 1 BEDROOM COTTAGE
  • DOUBLE GARAGE WITH FLAT OVER
  • APPROX 11 ACRES GARDENS PADDOCKS/SMALL LAKE
  • EXTENSIVE OUTBUILDINGS INCLUDING ARTISTS STUDIO
  • EQUESTRIAN POTENTIAL

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

THE STORY

A labour of love transformed the estate at Lamberhurst into the epitome of quiet English country splendour


Set in a delightful and quiet rural setting on the Kent and Sussex border, The White Magpie stands in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The now immaculate small estate, which is set upon high ground, enjoys unspoilt views over the surrounding Kent countryside. However, when the current vendor purchased the property 23 years ago, he knew it needed work.
"My late wife and I had been looking to move for some time before we found this house," he said.
"Actually, it was my wife who found it, but we both fell in love with it despite the fact it needed to be completely renovated.
"We bought it because of the position; the house we were moving from was a great house but the wrong location, this was the other way around but we turned it into a fantastic home."

COUNTRY ESTATE

The charming main house, which is reputed to date back to the 15th century, is at the centre of the estate and has been extensively renovated and extended over the years.
Many period features are still present, including numerous exposed timbers and beams, inglenook "beehive" fireplaces and leaded light windows.
The property has been extended over the last 12 years and extensively renovated, including all new services and new roof. There have also been a number of new outside buildings built, namely a garage, cottage, studio and further outbuildings.
The substantial detached garage block is built in keeping with the style of the house, with the same eyebrow window. There is also an outside staircase leading to a studio flat, which has a bed and drawing room, kitchen area and cloakroom.

HOME FROM HOME

The converted stable block known as White Magpie Cottage has proved to be a successful holiday let and is comprised of an attractive entrance hall, drawing dining room, double bedroom and cloakroom.
"There is also an external studio office for those who wish to work from home."
The office space is again very much in keeping with the rest of the estate, with its weatherboarding, leaded light windows and tiled roof and (subject to the relevant planning permissions) this could be converted into further living accommodation.
"I also have planning permission to extend the main house further by building a modern, glass-fronted kitchen."

FAR-REACHING VIEWS

The beautifully laid-out grounds are featured in the National Garden Scheme and are truly a work of dedication and love, with wide expanses of lawn, brick paved terraces and an abundance of magnificent flowering shrub and trees, they create a quintessential English garden.
"It really is a springtime garden but it looks beautiful all year round.
"During wintertime I still work out in the garden and the small wood provides all the material I need for the wood-burner in the hallway of the main house," he said.
"It is a beautiful spot and so peaceful.
"As you stand and look out from the back of the property, you look straight across the fields, towards the valley and it is completely unspoilt.
"Of course there are other properties in England with nice views but here they're endless and the location is perfect for anyone travelling into London - you get the best of both worlds."

MAIN ACCOMMODATION

The very attractive main house, reputed to date from the 15th Century, has been extended and renovated over the years including all new services, new roof along with the garage, cottage, studio and outbuildings.

Throughout the house there are many period features including exposed timbers and beams, inglenook and beehive fireplaces and leaded light windows. There is an elegant and well proportioned drawing room with doors to the garden and feature corner windows. The triple aspect garden room has lovely views over the gardens, grounds, ponds and beyond. There are two further reception rooms and a study, providing flexible living accommodation.

Upstairs there is a principal bedroom suite with dressing room and shower room, 3 further bedrooms and a family bathroom.

ANCILLARY ACCOMMODATION AND OUTBUILDINGS

The White Cottage is a very attractive converted stable block comprises an entrance hall, living/dining room, well fitted kitchen area, double bedroom and bathroom. This has proved to be a valuable source of income as a holiday let.

There is also an excellent studio/office, built in keeping with the main house, and adjoining outbuildings with weatherboarding, leaded light windows with an entrance area, large office and vaulted ceiling. There is potential to convert this to further living accommodation if required subject to necessary planning consents.

The substantial garage block is also built in keeping with the main house with eyebrow window and an outside staircase to a studio flat which has a bed/sitting room enjoying good views, kitchen area and bathroom.

SETTING THE SCENE

The delightful gardens and grounds provide an idyllic setting, not only for the main house but also for the secondary accommodation.

The property is approached through a five bar gate to an attractive circular brick paved and turning area, with a central shrub bed and the garage block to one side and a path leading to the house.

The gardens are a particular feature of this property. Surrounding the house there are wide expanses of lawn, brick paved terraces and an abundance of mature flowering shrubs and trees.

On the west side there is a particularly attractive fish pond surrounded by paved area with a glass screen, creating an ideal sun trap.

Sloping gently away from the formal garden further wide expanses of lawn lead down to the five picturesque large ponds, connected by a flowing stream. To the side of the ponds and beyond are the paddocks - the whole amounting to approximately 10.45 acres.

From the main entrance drive, the second drive leads to The White Magpie Cottage, outbuildings, including a tractor store/workshop, car port and stable and access to the paddocks where there are two further stables

WHAT'S NEARBY ()

The property is located on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Lamberhurst, (about 10 minutes walk) which has recently been bypassed by the A21 trunk road. The village itself has everyday amenities which include a village shop, baker, restaurants, public houses, churches, doctor's surgery and recently built Lamberhurst Primary School. The bustling village of Wadhurst (2.25 miles) offers a further selection of shops and the spa town of Tunbridge Wells (5 miles) provides comprehensive first class shopping facilities and recreational amenities. Leisure facilities within the area include the nearby Lamberhurst Golf Club, Bewl Water Reservoir for water sports and fishing, Lamberhurst Vineyards and walking, cycling and family play area at Bedgebury Pinetum, and is within walking distance of Scotney Castle. There are also highly regarded schools in the area, both state and private and senior schools include Tonbridge and Judd in Tonbridge and Grammar School education in Tunbridge Wells.

WITHIN EASY REACH

There are a number of mainline stations in the area including Wadhurst (approx 8 minutes away) and Tunbridge Wells (approx 16 minutes away), which offer a service to London Charing Cross/Cannon Street in 50-55 minutes in peak times.
The A21 is easily accessible and provides a direct route to the M25 national motorway network.


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Nearest stations

  • Wadhurst (2.7 mi)
  • Frant (3.4 mi)
  • Stonegate (4.7 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Wadhurst (2.7 mi)
  • Frant (3.4 mi)
  • Stonegate (4.7 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Chewton Rose, Sussex & Kent

7 High Street, Wadhurst, TN5 6AG

01892 323029 Local call rate

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