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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Great Chart, Kent

Sold STC £950,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Peaceful rural location
  • Period unlisted country house
  • 4 reception rooms
  • 4 bedrooms
  • Potential for annexe stp
  • Far reaching views
  • 0.6 acre garden
  • Pasture & stables by sep neg
  • Ashford International 3 miles
  • M20 3.5 miles

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

In a tranquil location with outstanding views, a handsome country residence amid beautiful gardens and grounds

For Sale as a Whole or in 2 Lots
Both Lots 1 & 2 Guide Price £1,025,000
Keepers Lodge, gardens, stables and pasture • about 4.6 acres in all
Lot 1 Guide Price: £950,000
Keepers Lodge amid 0.6 acres of gardens
Lot 2 Guide Price: £125,000
Approximately 4 acres of pasture and stables

* 4 Reception Rooms * Kitchen/Breakfast Room * 4 Bedrooms * 3 Bath/Shower Rooms * Double Garage * Gardens and Grounds of 0.6 acres * 4 acres of Pasture and Stables by separate negotiation * EPC E

Keeper’s Lodge is an elegant country residence, dating from about 1850 and latterly sympathetically extended to provide an exceptional family home in a stunning location. It would originally have been the game keepers lodge for a prestigious country estate, in all probability nearby Godinton House. The property presents brick elevations, housing timber casement and sash windows under hipped and pitched tiled roof. The rose and Virginia Creeper clad frontage is particularly attractive, being symmetrical with window shutters, Dutch gables to each side and arched windows.

Typical of the era, the property provides well balanced and proportioned accommodation, with lofty ceilings and capacious windows. Much of the accommodation is double or triple aspect taking advantage of high levels of natural light. A number of fine period features are evident including original panelled doors and numerous attractive fireplaces. The property affords an all around attractive outlook over neighbouring countryside with particularly lovely far reaching views from the rear. The property is presented in good order, with décor in a range of tasteful tones. It has generous reception rooms, with a large sitting room featuring arched windows, a dining room, a smaller sitting room and a welcoming kitchen with dining area. Unlisted, it also provides potential for remodelling and in particular the creation of a completely self contained annexe within the west wing or the conversion of the garage to further accommodation, subject to any necessary planning consent(s).

o Bright and airy reception room enhanced by open fireplace and tall arched picture window - fitted bookshelves • door onto terrace with views of the garden
o Double aspect sitting room benefiting from open fireplace with fitted bookshelves - tall sash windows
o Elegant dining room with sash window and view of front garden
o Kitchen/breakfast room fitted with a good range of natural wood cabinets plus integral appliances including range cooker and dishwasher • views to back garden
o Triple aspect study or additional bedroom/playroom
o Cloakroom - fitted utility room - boot room
o Master bedroom with fitted wardrobe and en suite bathroom
o Two further double bedrooms both incorporating built in storage
o Bedroom 4 with part vaulted ceiling and en suite bathroom approached via secondary staircase with galleried landing • double aspect sash windows with views across countryside
o Bathroom with traditional white suite • scope for modernization or remodelling
o Double garage accessed from utility room
o Boiler room accessible from the garden
o About 0.6 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds including paved terrace area • apples and damson trees • large shed
o Brick built period kennels with wrought iron surround • in need of refurbishment
o Paddock of about 4 acres and 4 stables • mature trees • container for tack

Gardens and Grounds
The gardens and grounds at Keeper’s Lodge provide a peaceful and secluded setting for the house having beds and borders filled with masses of roses, shrubs and herbaceous plants, creating vibrant displays throughout the seasons.

At the front, there are two timber gated entrances leading to gravel parking areas, each side of the house, one of which is adjacent to the garages. The front garden is bordered by indigenous hedging, with a central brick pathway, flanked by colourful herbaceous borders, creating a lovely welcome to the house.

At the rear, the gardens are arranged in an informal manner with gravel paths leading past well filled beds and borders and through a delightful rose and climber clad archway to the terrace. The terrace has a curved brick retaining wall and direct access from the sitting room, providing a sheltered spot for summer parties and to take advantage of the wonderful setting.

The lawns are bordered by mature indigenous hedging and lead down to an orchard area which retains a number of productive apple and damson trees. The period brick built kennels at the bottom of the garden have the original rustic iron railings. They are in need of repair but add a further delightful highlight to the grounds. There is also a timber detached garden store and children’s play house. The gardens amount to about 0.6 acres and far reaching views providing a wonderful backdrop.

Lot 2 Paddock and Stables
A four acre paddock with horse fencing is set on the other side of the lane, opposite Keeper’s Lodge and clearly visible from the house. There is vehicular access from the lane, leading to the stables and an area of hard standing. The timber stable building comprises four stables and there is water on hand. On site, there is also a former shipping container providing useful storage space.

Keeper’s Lodge is set in an exceptionally quiet and peaceful location on a country lane, surrounded by open farmland, between the villages of Great Chart and Bethersden and within easy reach of Ashford. Great Chart provides a number of local services including a primary school, 2 public houses and a golf centre and Bethersden has a post office, artisan butcher and grocer, two historic village inns and is home to the renowned Stephenson Bros Rocking Horses. Godinton House and Gardens nearby have beautiful grounds open to the public and also hosts a range of cultural and leisure events. Comprehensive amenities and shops including Waitrose and John Lewis can be found in Ashford.

There are a number of schools in the area catering for children off all ages include Ashford School and Ashford Preparatory School, Norton Knatchbull and Highworth Grammar Schools at Ashford and Kings Canterbury.

The property is only 3 miles from Ashford International Station and the current owner commutes to central London in 1 hour 15 minutes door to door. Ashford International Station provides services to London St Pancras with journey times from 36 minutes and also to the Continent. The M20 gives access to Dover, Folkestone and the ports and to the M25 for Heathrow and Gatwick Airports and the City.

Property Information
Services: Oil fired central heating. Mains water and electricity. Private drainage system. Calor gas fired range cooker.
Local Authority: Ashford Borough Council: Tel 01233 637311. Tax Band G.
Fixtures and fittings Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation.
Viewing: Strictly by appointment through Jackson-Stops & Staff. Tel: 01580 720000.
Private Finance: Jackson-Stops & Staff Private Finance specialises in advising on and arranging competitive mortgages quickly, efficiently and in a stress-free manner. Please contact the office for further information.

From Ashford, travel south west for about 3 miles, following signs for the A28 to Tenterden. Continue along the Great Chart Bypass and turn right signposted to Great Chart and Hothfield. Then turn immediately left into Goldwell Lane signposted to Hothfield and the golf complex. Continue for approaching 1 mile, taking the 2nd turning on the left, signposted to Bethersden. Keeper’s Lodge will be seen after about 1/3 mile on the right hand side.

Agents Notes
i) The property was subject to partial under-pinning of an external wall circa 1990.
ii) There is an overage clause (25 years from 2003) which provides that if the paddock is sold or disposed of with the benefit of planning permission for development which raises its value, then 25% of the increase in value needs to be paid to a local landowner.

Ashford International 3 miles
M20 – 3.5 miles
Hythe & the Coast 15 miles
Canterbury 18 miles
Maidstone 23 miles
London 57 miles
(All distances are approximate)

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01 July 2016

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