5 bedroom detached house for saleSmeeth, Smeeth, Ashford, Kent
Guide Price £2,800,000
- Entrance lobby | Reception hall | Boot room | 2 Cloakrooms | Drawing room | Sitting room | Dining room | Kitchen Pantry/utility room | Cold room/larder | Flower room | Cellar | Master bed (truncated)
- The Oast House: 2 Double bedrooms | Kitchenette | Bathroom | Sitting room
- Annexe: Living room | Kitchenette | Bedroom | Bathroom
- Stable yard: 12 Loose boxes in total | Tack room | All-weather manege (60m x 20m) | Feed shed | Railed paddocks
- About 23 acres
A wide front door opens into an entrance lobby, to the right of which is a useful boot room and a cloakroom with door to a separate WC. From the lobby, wide terracotta steps lead down into the magnificent reception hall, a beautifully styled room with heavy timbered ceiling, oak panelling and a moulded oak fireplace with inset cast iron fireplace and mantel over. From here stairs rise to the first floor and an archway leading to a part-panelled inner vestibule with a door to the drawing room, a light and elegant room with views of the garden to the south. A part-glazed door with ornate fanlight over leads directly into the garden. The adjoining sitting room, which can also be accessed off the reception hall, is another good sized reception room with ornate mantel surrounding an open cast-iron fireplace and having fitted shelves and cupboards to the alcove on the right.
Returning to the inner vestibule, a door leads to the dining room; a wonderful panelled room with heavily beamed ceiling and windows overlooking gardens to the west, with lovely rural views beyond; a half-glazed door leads out to the terrace. There is a deep brick fireplace with an ornate Georgian surround and a large walk-in glass cupboard to one side. A door leads into a vestibule, off which is a cloakroom and an excellent pantry/utility room with butler's sink, fitted wall and floor cupboards with work surfaces over and a door to the kitchen. The kitchen is a magnificent handmade, hand- painted setting with an extensive range of floor cupboards with light granite work surfaces over, There is a matching dresser and an alcove which houses a three-oven electric Aims Aga with twin hobs. A short passageway leads into a cold room/larder with wine bins and shelving. To the end of the kitchen an archway leads into a double aspect breakfast area with glazed double doors to the terrace. Off the kitchen is a rear boot room and a door leads out to a further storeroom with freezers etc. Immediately outside the kitchen with a door leading to the hall are steps to a cellar with oil-fired boiler for central heating and hot water.
An elegant Georgian staircase leads to the first floor landing which is lit by a circular window allowing light to the landing area. The master bedroom is to the right, a bright double aspect room with superb views; steps lead down to the en-suite bathroom which has a return door to the landing and a door to the adjacent dressing room, fully fitted with cupboards on two walls. On the other side of the landing is the main guest bedroom, similarly double aspect, with deep cupboard and wash basin. Adjacent is the family bathroom, newly fitted with WC, roll top bath, separate shower and wash basin and exposed brick wall. The main landing then leads to an inner landing, a spacious library/study area with evidence of an enormous beam and part of a king post. A passageway then returns round to join with the main landing where there is a further sunny double bedroom with a double aspect, fitted cupboards, original cast iron fireplace and Georgian surround. Adjoining is bedroom four, a triple aspect room with exposed timber studding and en-suite bathroom with corner bath with separate shower over, wash basin and WC, and there is a good range of fitted cupboards along one wall. The accommodation is completed with a further family bathroom and another double bedroom with walk-in dressing room and separate WC.
The Oast House
The Oast House is located on the other side of the driveway and is a ragstone single kiln oast. The accommodation on the first floor comprises a large sitting room with cast iron wood-burning stove, a kitchenette to one corner with hob, sink and fitted cupboards, a double bedroom with separate shower room, and a short flight of stairs leads up to a roundel bedroom.
Attached to the side of the Oast House is a separate annexe with living area, kitchenette, bathroom and bedroom.
Lodge House is situated on high ground a little way to the east of the village of Smeeth, which offers a range of local facilities including a shop, excellent village school and public houses. There are good schools locally, both in the independent and state sector, including grammar schools. Canterbury, about 16 miles distant, offers a complete range of educational, recreational, cultural and shopping amenities.
Ashford International is about 6 miles away offering regular commuter services to the Continent, as well as High Speed services to London St Pancras in around 37 minutes. There are excellent road communications, with the nearby M20 giving access to major motorway network
Lodge House, listed Grade II*, is one of those rare country houses of enormous charm and appeal with a meltingly beautiful, symmetrical Georgian facade clad in mature wisteria, set in front of a 15th Century timber-framed Wealden hall house. The gardens slope gently away from the house and provide interest and colour all year round with swathes of spring bulbs interlaced with wide, profusely stocked shrub and herbaceous beds; ancient fruit trees pepper the lawn and give further interest.
A little way up the lawn is the pond garden, partly walled with an ancient brick wall and magnificent herbaceous beds stocked with traditional old English plants in soft pastel colours. Beyond is an iris border with a lawn leading towards the paddocks via a nut walk. The partly walled kitchen garden adjoins and leads through to a rose arbour walk which leads into a lawned area where there is a full size, hard tennis court.
The house is approached over a long driveway with paddocks on both sides and at the far end on the left is the stable yard. Built within the last five years, this provides an excellent range of undercover boxes providing eight loose boxes and tack room. Beyond the stable yard to the rear is an all-weather manège (60m x 20m), paddocks and a further four timber loose boxes, with plenty of hard standing for a horse box.
To the rear of the Oast House is a useful single storey brick and ragstone building with double garage with adjoining implement store and log shed and adjacent to that is an open fronted implement store.
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