4 bedroom detached house for saleFurnace Lane, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 8LH
Guide Price £1,750,000
- Listed farmhouse with planning to extend
- Listed 3 storey mill with superb potential
- Listed detached oast, garages/stores
- about 19.7 acres
- farmhouse currently 2792 sq ft
- proposed house 3257 sq ft
- lovely tucked away position
- long privately owned driveway
- only 6 miles from Tunbrdge Wells
Furnace Mill and its buildings are located at the end of a long privately owned driveway that takes you away from the road and neighbouring properties. The house enjoys a peaceful, unspoilt rural outlook over its own land and the surrounding countryside on the border of the River Teise, in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Despite this feeling of seclusion, the property is located only 1.7 miles from the centre of Lamberhurst village, which has a general store and post office, bakery, butcher, pubs and restaurants. There are country pubs even closer at Hook Green (the Elephants Head – 0.6 mile or shorter by footpath) and Lamberhurst Down (The Vineyard – about 1 mile).
Comprehensive shopping: Tunbridge Wells is only about 6 miles to the north. It offers a wide variety of shops, bars, cafes, restaurants, pubs and leisure facilities.
Schools: There are several excellent primary schools in the surrounding villages including Lamberhurst, Goudhurst and Wadhurst. Also in Wadhurst are Uplands Community Technology College and the Sacred Heart School and Bricklehurst Manor Preparatory School is just beyond near Stonegate. There is also an impressive selection of independent and grammar schools in nearby Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge.
Mainline rail services: Frant station (actually located in Bells Yew Green) is only about 3.7 miles along the B2169 Bayham Road with services to Charing Cross (via London Bridge and Waterloo East) and Cannon Street in about an hour.
Communications: The A21 is located just the other side of Lamberhurst providing direct access to the M25 London orbital and thereby the national motorway network, Gatwick and Heathrow Airports.
Leisure: Bewl Water reservoir and Bedgebury Forest are very close by providing for a wide range of outdoor activities from riding and cycling to water sports and fishing. Golf can be played at a number of local courses including Lamberhurst, the Nevill, two at Royal Ashdown, Crowborough Beacon, Dale Hill, Piltdown and the East Sussex National at Uckfield.
The main house sits in an elevated position surrounded by well stocked partially walled / well screened mature gardens.
The tile hung timber framed Grade II listed house does require some updating but has a lovely ambience with exposed mellow beams, pretty casement windows and wide oak floorboards (some covered with carpet). The kitchen/breakfast room has an oil fired 4 oven Aga and tiled floor, which continues through the hallway to the dining room, which has a large inglenook fireplace housing a woodburning stove. The double aspect drawing room also has an open fireplace and beams to the walls and ceiling. There are two generously proportioned bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on the first floor with good ceiling heights and 2 further double bedrooms on the second floor.
- 2 reception rooms
- kitchen / breakfast room
- utility room
- 4 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- planning permission has been granted for a two storey extension creating 4 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, 5 bedrooms, 3 bath/shower rooms (see Planning Permission heading below).
An attractive and substantial brick and white weather boarded, heavily beamed Grade II listed former corn mill, located to the south-east of the farmhouse. This capacious building is currently divided over three floors with the high vaulted ceiling exposed on the top floor. The current owners have utilised this building as a party venue on several occasions and as a soft furnishings and interior design outlet in the past. The potential here is incredible. Subject to the necessary consents being granted it could be converted into accommodation, office or studio space, or used for storage or recreation.
Attached to the mill is a cart store and three stables.
The detached Grade II listed single roundel oast and barn, constructed of brick under a tiled roof with timber cladding to the south-facing end, are located about 30 meters to the north-east of the farmhouse. The building is divided over two floors. Subject to the necessary permission being granted, this attractive oast would particularly lend itself to being converted into a separate dwelling.
Garaging & Stores
There is a substantial brick garage block with workshop providing storage for cars, tractors, farm machinery and mowers, a further detached double garage with storage space above and a row of small outbuildings near the house comprising a farm office (ideal for working from home), a woodstore and a garden store.
Planning permission has been granted (TW/11/02347) according to plans drawn up by the well regarded local architect Stephen Langer to add a two storey extension to the house providing a new family kitchen / breakfast room and utility room on the ground floor and a new master suite with dressing room area and en suite shower room on the first floor. The current kitchen would become a spacious reception hall, the current utility room would become a study and the current master en suite would be relocated to allow for the access hallway to the new master bedroom. If carried out, the extended house would provide 4 reception rooms plus a large family kitchen / breakfast room and utility room, cloakroom, 5 bedrooms and 3 bath / shower rooms.
Gardens & Grounds
The formal and kitchen gardens around the main house are a particularly attractive feature of the property, well stocked and screened from the other buildings.
The remainder of the land is predominantly divided into paddocks with the River Teise bordering the eastern boundary. The long privately owned driveway takes you away from the road deep into the plot with paddocks on either side. There is also just under 6 acres of woodland to the south-east of the property.
A clearing to the left of the driveway denotes the former site of Gloucester Furnace, the largest iron working furnace and mill in the Weald in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Agent’s Note: A footpath follows the driveway from Furnace Lane, up to and past the mill, between the oast and office / store room building and out to the north-west. A second footpath crosses over the River Teise via a bridge and follows the fence between the two northern fields and then continues past the mill on the left out to the west (this path leads to the Elephant’s Head in Hook Green).
*Please note:- the post code / sat nav will most likely direct you to Furnace Farm, not Furnace Mill, which is about half a mile away.
From Tunbridge Wells, head south on the A267 Frant Road. At The Bull pub, before the speed camera, fork left onto Birling Road. At the end of this road continue straight over Forest Road onto Bayham Road. Follow this road for about 5 miles passing through Bells Yew Green and Little Bayham. Crossing the border into Kent you will enter the hamlet of Hook Green. Continue past a pub on the right called the Elephants Head and head down the hill. The next drive on the left leads to Furnace Mill.
From the M25, take junction 5 onto the A21 in the direction of Hastings. Follow the A21 for about 20.6 miles over three roundabouts. At the fourth roundabout take the third exit towards Lamberhurst (B2162). Follow this road through the village and up the hill. At the cross roads on the green turn right towards Frant and Tunbridge Wells (B2169), passing The Vineyard pub on your right. At the bottom of the hill there is a right hand bend with a road on the left towards Crowhurst. The driveway to Furnace Mill is the next on the right hand side.
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