6 bedroom detached house for saleCoursehorn Lane, Cranbrook, Kent
Offers in Excess of £2,250,000
- Tucked away location
- Cranbrook School catchment
- 5 Reception Rooms
- Kitchen/Breakfast Room
- 5/6 Bedrooms
- Garage & Outbuildings
- Paddocks and Manège
- Swimming Pool & Pool House
- In all approaching 6 acres
- Staplehurst Station 5.5 miles
A magnificent Grade II* country house with leisure and equine facilities in an enviable setting on the semi rural outskirts of this historic market town. Cranbrook School catchment area * No Onward Chain *
Old Cloth Hall is situated in a private setting on the rural periphery of the historic market town of Cranbrook and within The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town offers a good range of shops and facilities along its pretty high street. More comprehensive shopping and amenities are available at Tunbridge Wells.
There are excellent schools within the area catering for children of all ages in both the state and private sector including nearby Dulwich Preparatory, St Ronans and Marlborough House in Hawkhurst and Benenden Girls School. The property is also set in the Cranbrook School catchment area.
There are excellent road and rail networks in the area with the A21 giving access via the M25 to Gatwick and Heathrow airports and the M20 providing a link to Ashford International and Dover. Regular rail services operate from Staplehurst to London Bridge, Cannon Street and Charing Cross with journey times from 57 minutes and there are services to London St Pancras with journey times of only 37 minutes via Ashford International.
Staplehurst Station 5.5 miles
A21 - 8.5 miles
Tunbridge Wells 16 miles
Ashford International 18 miles
London 58 miles
(All distances are approximate)
Description & History
Old Cloth Hall is a magnificent timber framed Grade II* listed residence originating from the 15th century when Cranbrook's great broadcloth industry was at its peak. This transformed and brought prosperity to the town which is reflected in the magnificence of the Parish Church of St Dunstan's, the 'Cathedral of the Weald' and surviving medieval weavers houses and 'cloth halls'.
Old Cloth Hall is a particularly fine example and the property presents red brick and tile hung elevations with curved braces to the first floor housing leaded light windows, all under plain tiled hipped roofs housing dormer windows and a cat-slide to the rear. Each aspect of this picturesque property displays individual architectural and the jettied frontage is enhanced by a splendid Tudor arched entrance with original boarded and ribbed door.
The well proportioned and spacious accommodation is arranged over three floors together with a useful cellar below, extending to about 6,451 sq ft. Internally, the property displays a wealth of intrinsic architectural features, including leaded light windows, fine exposed beams and splendid fireplaces, oak panelling, exposed floor-boards, parquet flooring and latch doors along with evidence of original wattle and daub. There are with surprisingly lofty ceiling heights for a building of this age and many of the rooms are double aspect providing delightful garden views.
Subject to a range of refurbishment works, the house benefits from a host of modern conveniences including an oak fitted kitchen with granite worktops and quality integral appliances and luxuriously appointed bathrooms, with this enviable setting and beautiful gardens to provide a simply delightful family home.
Points of note
o Entrance hall with stone flagged floor
o Handsome oak panelled drawing room with splendid fireplace and hidden door to secondary staircase oak window seats and glazed door to garden
o Sitting room displaying magnificent inglenook fireplace housing wood-burning stove
o Garden room with further inglenook and wood-burning stove and family room with fitted cupboards
o Kitchen/breakfast room fitted with a generous range units and complementary island unit oil fired Aga and traditional Pantry off quality integral appliances including fridge freezer dishwasher slate flooring
o Lapsed PP for extension - see Agents Notes
o 2 cloakrooms one giving access to the cellar below
o Master bedroom suite comprising spacious Bedroom with stone fireplace and wood-burning stove dressing room with walk in wardrobes en suite bathroom
o Three further first floor bedrooms one with en suite bathroom
o All bathrooms fitted to a high specification including white suites and luxury features including roll top claw foot bath heated towel rails rain shower heads steam shower cast iron radiators complementary wall and floor tiling
o Versatile 2nd floor including bedroom 5 interconnecting to dressing room/bedroom 6 and separate shower room
Old Cloth Hall is approached via ornamental wrought iron electric gates, set between stone pillars and along a lengthy gravel driveway culminating at the front of the house. The gardens and grounds are a delight, incorporating some magnificent indigenous and coniferous trees and mature rhododendrons creating a secluded setting.
Brick pathways lead around the house and at the rear is a substantial stone terrace flanked by delightful parterre gardens and stone paving leading to a pretty Victorian summer house. A lengthy pergola overhung with colourful climbing planting leads through the gardens and the sweeping lawns are punctuated by rose beds and borders lavishly filled with herbaceous plants and flowering shrubs creating colour and interest throughout the seasons.
There is also a spacious and sympathetically designed oak framed outbuilding providing further versatile space, ideal for ancillary accommodation or office use. Internally, the timber frame is exposed with masses of mellow oak beams along with oak floor with under-floor heating. Tucked away behind mature planting is the swimming pool and adjacent pool house. This is conveniently fitted with a kitchen and shower facilities and has a sun terrace with pergola over creating a lovely spot for informal entertaining and relaxing.
Old Cloth Hall also benefits from equine facilities including stables and arena which are readily accessed from the house. The gardens and grounds afford far reaching views towards Cranbrook.
Substantial outbuilding comprising double and triple garage plus games room & gymnasium both with French doors to garden shower room vaulted cinema room above log store under-floor heating and Sky T.V.
Stable block incorporating 3 stables tack room and hay barn all weather manège
Heated swimming pool with fully serviced heat exchange equipment and electrically operated cover
Timber pool house incorporating fitted kitchen and shower fcilities access to pump equipmentHartley
Botanical period style heated greenhouse
Productive kitchen garden with raised beds
Detached brick built boiler house
Approaching 6 acres including paddocks in all
Planning Permission was granted in 2010 for a ground floor extension to the west wing and replacement of the external store room. For further information please visit Tunbridge Wells Borough Council website: http://pa.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/online-applications. Planning Application No: 11/03393/HOUSE/CP3
Full Property Address: Old Cloth Hall, Coursehorn Lane, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3NR
Services: Oil fired central heating. Mains electricity and water. Private drainage system.
Fixtures & Fittings: Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation.
Local Authority: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council: 01892 526121. Council Tax Band H.
Viewing: Strictly through Jackson-Stops & Staff. Tel: 01580 720000.
Directions (Post code TN17 3NR)
From our office in Cranbrook proceed up The Hill in the direction of Tenterden. Continue for about half a mile and turn right into Coursehorn Lane, prior to Dulwich Preparatory School. After about 350 yards the gated entrance to Old Cloth Hall will be seen on the right hand side identified by a sign bearing the name of the property.
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