6 bedroom character property for sale

Maidstone Road, TN12

Guide Price £895,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Grade II Listed
  • AnnexDouble Garage
  • Sprawling Gardens
  • Easy access to Staplehurst Station

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Home is a feeling! That's a phrase we love to use and this wonderful period property is the perfect embodiment of that statement.
Step inside and you get a sense that the home has a very personal character all of its own, one that seems to inspire and encourage you. It is a place that has slowly grown through perhaps eight centuries. Many generations have added to the home, altered it and improved it and the current family has played its part. Wandering through you can't help but be struck by the beautiful timber work, architecturally it is fascinating as you get a glimpse of how homes were built in Tudor times. It isn't a house that is stuck in the past though. It embraces its age, revels in it and champions it yet has a blend of modern convenience as well as styling to the newer areas. You might expect there to be a clash but the later extensions somehow enhance the awareness and appreciation of the oldest parts. There is never a sense of being cramped, from the broad staircase to the spacious living rooms the house has a grandeur that is comforting and somewhat understated perhaps, in a reassuring, comforting way. Modern gas central heating provides a practical back up to those lovely fires and improved electrics provide for peace of mind.
Ask the owners what they love about living here and most of the answers will revolve around fabulous memories, moments that they will cherish forever. Sunday mornings cooking breakfast for a raucous gaggle of teenagers seem to have been a favourite. It's very easy to picture the hustle and bustle as you wander into the kitchen and breakfast area, to almost hear the laughter and imagine yourself part of it. The timbers of this aged home have a mellowness that creates a wonderful atmosphere, a sense of calm and of ease about being here, you instantly relax and want to take a seat to enjoy the feel of the house.
One corner, according to a local historian, is believed to date back to around 1279. That is in 'The Gentlemans Room', a title that made us smile when we heard it. 'The kids looked at The Chesterfields and called it that, the name stuck ever since.' said the owners. That sums up what this home is about, it has personality and challenges you to rise to the occasion, to enjoy it and revel in living here, to create a very original and personal experience within the home. It will be fascinating to see how the incoming owners decorate and what inspires the next generation.
Through the rambling rooms and upstairs, visiting is a voyage of discovery. Turning each corner opens up a new wonder, curved doorways, cruck beams and reaching fireplaces. Look back at the past and try to imagine what people experienced when part was the milkhouse, there was a parlor and a little buttery, a cheese chamber. Nowadays you have the cinema room downstairs, or should we call it dad's hideaway, the breakfast room, sitting room and yes 'The Gentleman's Room'.
This is somewhere that draws people together yet, when you need it, there is plenty of room to find somewhere to sit quietly, read a book, chat intimately or just sit and watch your own TV program. The addition of an annexe means that there is somewhere for the au-pair or a relative to live with some privacy and could even suit a foray into the world of 'air b 'n' b' if you fancied it.
Because the home is a short distance from Staplehurst station it is an incredibly practical location. Pop into the village when you need to, it's close enough to be convenient and far enough not to be bothersome, you know it's there when you need it. Of course there is so much to do around the area, beautiful countryside to explore, pubs to discover and restaurants tucked away.
Outside the house there is garden to spread out in. A driveway exists from the Maidstone Road but the owners don't use it. They approach via Couchmans Green Lane and get an even better sense of being in the countryside as they do so. The grounds seem to swallow cars up as there is so much space for parking along with a lovely double garage sporting one of the most impressive passion flowers we have ever seen.
It would be easy to keep writing, complimenting and recommending but there is nothing quite like experiencing somewhere first hand...

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Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
23 September 2016

Nearest stations

  • Staplehurst (0.5 mi)
  • Marden (2.6 mi)
  • Headcorn (3.4 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

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Graham John, Ashford

The Lodge Office, Smeeth, TN25 6QZ

01303 473008 Local call rate

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Graham John, Ashford

The Lodge Office, Smeeth, TN25 6QZ

01303 473008 Local call rate

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Nearest stations

  • Staplehurst (0.5 mi)
  • Marden (2.6 mi)
  • Headcorn (3.4 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Graham John, Ashford

The Lodge Office, Smeeth, TN25 6QZ

01303 473008 Local call rate

How much will it cost me to call the number displayed on the site?

Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles apply and calls may be included in your telecom provider's call package.

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