5 bedroom detached house for saleBoughton Malherbe, Nr Lenham, Kent
Guide Price £1,950,000
About 0.38 acre
South Barn is a substantial Kentish Barn and is believed to date from 1837 (the date emblazoned on the building). The barn was partly created from the demolished wing of a nearby manor house, this part being dressed stone, with the remainder being rag stone. Unusually for a barn there are many large windows providing light and views. The present owners have completed an absolutely magnificent conversion of the highest quality to provide a stunning family home. Although the conversion was completed in 2005, due to the quality of the original conversion and the care and attention to the property since, it still feels almost as new.
About the barn there is much use of oak with heavy joinery and flooring. The windows are double glazed and the oil-fired central heating is by way of a water under floor system on both the ground and first floors. The conversion cleverly incorporates a stylish and modern feeling interior within a beautiful early Victorian building.
A door leads to the rear entrance hall, with a large coat cupboard, door to cloakroom with shower, and door to an excellent utility room with full range of cupboards, granite work surfaces and plumbing for two washing machines and space for a dryer, and adjacent boiler/drying room. The flooring in this area comprises large slabs of polished slate which continue through double doors to the kitchen/breakfast room. This is a super light room with double aspect and fitted with a full range of bespoke cabinets crafted in pippy oak with a stunning granite work surface. Integral appliances include a Smeg 6 burner hob, Neff double ovens, dish washer and microwave. There is a large walk-in pantry with slate shelving and flooring. Part of the kitchen is open to the full roof pitch which gives the room extra character and a feeling of space as well as a galleried landing overhead. Double doors lead through to a family room with oak floorboards and a window facing south with views over The Weald.
A beautifully crafted oak staircase, in a modern style rises to the first floor. Opposite is a mellow brick fireplace with an oak bressumer beam and polished slate hearth with a stylish triangular suspended wood-burning stove. The fireplace is open through to the drawing room on the other side, which is reached through double doors. There is a continuation of the oak flooring, large glazed double doors face east with a good view of the church.
Divided from the sitting room by the staircase is the dining room, a dramatic space open to the full roof pitch with galleried landing surrounding it on two sides. A door and large picture windows take full advantage of the views over The Weald.
The room has been carefully designed with one wall in oak providing an interesting contrast. Doors lead to the main entrance hall. Off the hall is a study with a storage cupboard, and a window overlooking The Weald. At the west end of the building is the play room which has a stylish solid fuel stove and some excellent walnut storage.
A wide oak staircase leads to the first floor landing, which is galleried around the dining room. There is a large library area and a door which leads to the master suite. The bedroom is open to the full roof pitch with an array of mellow timbers which set off the oak floor. There are four oak-fronted double wardrobe cupboards as well as a walk-in dressing room. The en-suite bathroom is luxuriously fitted with a bath, surrounded by limestone, a shallow wash basin on a double cabinet, a power shower, WC, further storage and a limestone floor.
Bedroom 2 is at the south-east corner with a huge diagonal timber giving the room great character. There is a fine view and the room has a wardrobe cupboard and a luxurious en-suite bathroom. Bedroom 3 faces south with exposed timbers and a great view. Bedroom 4 has huge picture windows facing east and good storage. Bedrooms 5 and 6 are at the rear, both having individual characters and excellent storage. The owners believe bedroom 6 could be converted to an additional bathroom if required. The family bathroom is well fitted with a bath, chunky wash basin in a cabinet, WC and shower in double cubicle.
Across the courtyard from the main barn is the annexe, with an exterior of stone under a clay tile roof. A heavy glazed door leads to the open plan kitchen/sitting room, which has an oak floor and is well fitted with a contemporary kitchen. A feeling of space is enhanced by the high ceiling, and character is provided by exposed timbers. Steps lead up to a door to the bedroom, which is of a great size and has an oak staircase leading to a mezzanine/sleeping loft above. There is a well-appointed en-suite bathroom and a large walk-in wardrobe
South Barn lies within the picturesque hamlet of Boughton Malherbe, with its ancient church, on the upper slopes of the Greensand Ridge overlooking the Weald. Lenham village (2 miles) nestles at the foot of the North Downs in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a rare example of a medieval village still retaining excellent local facilities. Centred on a picturesque square, Lenham provides boutique shops, hair and beauty salons, village store, butcher, bakers, pubs, a library, medical centre, schools and railway station.
The village of Headcorn (4.5 miles) has a further selection of shops and a railway station with a commuting time to from 60 minutes.
The M20 (junction 8) accessed via the A20 is 7 miles distant. The High Speed service from Ashford International takes 37 minutes to St Pancras. The Channel Tunnel at Folkestone, the Port of Dover and Ashford International provide services to the Continent.
The property is approached from the lane through heavy hard wood electric double gates and a brick paved drive leads to a large parking and turning area with access to triple open bay cart lodge for parking. On the northern side is a store room which also houses the boiler for the annexe. On the south side is a matching store room/workshop with a boiler and pressurised hot water cylinder for the west end of the main barn. Outside the kitchen is a large flagged terrace and beyond the drive is an area of lawn and steps up to a further area of lawn surrounded by a stone wall and inset water feature. The whole of the garden is well stocked with borders of plants and shrubs. The property also owns an area of the lawns to the front and side which are bordered by lavender.
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