12 bedroom semi-detached house for saleAppledore Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30
- Superb attached Grade II* listed manor
- over 8,000 sq ft
- 5 reception rooms
- 12 bedrooms
- 5 bath/shower rooms
- With formal landscaped gardens
An exceptional and historic manor house set within beautiful grounds on the edge of the picturesque cinque port of Tenterden
Dating predominantly from the 16th century, Finchden Manor has been designated a Grade II* listing as a property of important architectural interest and historic note. Believed to have gained its name from the de Finch family, the manor was reputedly visited by Sir Thomas More when he was Lord Chancellor of England. Over the years this fascinating property has been a Benedictine Priory, a school and a private family residence.
Finchden Manor is an outstanding timber framed manor house of excellent proportions, understood to date in the main from the 16th century with modern additions to the north west, which now form an attached separate dwelling. This wonderful family home exudes a wealth of charm and character and has been sympathetically and lovingly preserved and maintained by the current owners.
Internally, the accommodation is beautifully presented, being arranged over four floors and amounting to in excess of 8,500 sq ft including a three room cellar.Points of note include:
Good ceiling heights to the majority of rooms, an abundance of oak timbers and beams, leaded light casement windows, with oak frames, sills and decorative window furniture, beautiful oak panelling to the drawing room, exposed oak flooring, travertine flooring to the kitchen and utility areas.
In addition, there are an eclectic array of period features; the internal doorways with carved architraves depicting finches or roses, whilst outside there are a number of fine 17th century grotesques, intricately carved bargeboards and lead hoppers, some with the initials GF and EHT.
Four excellent reception rooms comprise an oak panelled drawing room, a formal dining room, a sitting room with painted panelling and a wonderful family room, all featuring lovely old fireplaces, one with a wood burning stove. Together with the impressive and welcoming reception hall these rooms provide excellent areas for entertaining.
The stylish and bespoke fitted kitchen/breakfast room has a lofty ceiling, creating a light and airy space. Appliances include a gas fired Aga with electric companion and gas hob and an integral dishwasher. Off the kitchen is a north facing larder, a pot room, a utility room with space for various white goods and a shower room.
From the reception hall a superb turned oak staircase with polished oak hand rail leads up to the first floor where seven well proportioned bedrooms are served by three bathrooms (one en suite) and two en suite WCs. Four of the bedrooms are southerly facing and enjoy views over the beautiful gardens.
On the second floor there are five further bedrooms, a bathroom and a useful store room. Both the first and second floors can be reached via two separate staircases and several of the bedrooms are currently utilised as studies/home offices.
Finchden Manor is approached via a curved gravel drive, flanked by clipped evergreen hedging and culminating in a substantial parking area to the north of the house.
The professionally landscaped gardens and grounds with Grade II listed gatepiers and walls, are a delightful backdrop to this beautiful home. To the south, a belt of mature hedging and trees enclose the expansive level lawns. Listed brick pillars with ball finials, still stand at the entrance, that at one time, would have been the original approach to the house, with a York stone path and twelve clipped yews leading to the superb jettied porch. The York stone terrace continues along the front of the house, there are rose beds, herbaceous borders and a walled garden area with mature magnolia tree.
The gardens continue to the north with a gate opening to an avenue of ornamental pear trees which provide year round colour and interest. At the end of the avenue lies the tennis
court and pavilion and to the west lies an orchard planted with varieties of fruit trees.
Outbuildings comprise a traditional building, in keeping with the house, which incorporates a bike store, a workshop and log store. There is also a quadruple garage with adjacent store room and a studio with power, light and water connected.
Square Footage: 8,485 sq ft
From our office in Cranbrook proceed in an easterly direction,
down the High Street to The Hill at St David's Bridge. Travel
out of the town towards Golford and continue straight for about
7 miles. At the T junction turn left onto the A28 and continue
into the centre of Tenterden. Turn right onto the B2067 and
at the T junction turn right on to the B2080, proceed for about
0.8 of a mile, and turn left at Leigh Green, the entrance to
Finchden Manor is the first on the left hand side.
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