7 bedroom detached house for saleGills Green, Cranbrook, Kent, TN18
- Handsome Regency style 19th Century mansion
- Lovely landscaped park-like grounds
- Elegant reception rooms
- Two bedroom cottage
- Swimming Pavilion. Cranbrook School Catchment Area.
Situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Kentish Weald and believed to date from 1870, Ellerslie House is a classically handsome country mansion built on land once synonymous with the notorious eighteenth century smugglers the 'Holkhourst Genge' (Hawkhurst Gang).
Ellerslie House holds a commanding position between the town of Cranbrook and the village of Hawkhurst and is set within lovely park-like grounds. Its fine façade has been added to in recent times by the present owners who have also carried out a programme of refurbishment and renovation encouraging and complementing period detailing and the grandeur of the original property with sophisticated interiors and modern technology. High ceilings with decorative cornicing, tall sash windows - some with original shutters - mahogany internal doors and marble fire surrounds, sit marvellously alongside limestone flooring, contemporary bathrooms with under floor heating, handcrafted kitchen cabinetry and an integrated Sonos sound system to the principal areas and the Gym. Accommodation in the house is arranged over three floors plus excellent cellars and extends to approximately in excess of 8,100 square feet. The elegant reception rooms are of gracious proportions with all having a fine outlook over the grounds. Bedrooms are arranged over the first and second levels and are approached via an easy rising staircase with polished handrail. The principal suite has a stunning bedroom with a dual aspect over the grounds, opening to a very well fitted dressing room which has a pedestal mounted bath with Aquavision TV together with an adjoining shower room. Six further double bedrooms across the two levels are serviced by three bath/shower rooms and there is ample storage space on the second floor together with a kitchen.
Ellerslie Cottage is attached to the main house via the utility room but self-contained with its own entrance. Accommodation is spread over two floors and includes a sitting room, kitchen, utility room, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
As mentioned before Ellerslie House sits within the Kentish Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and yet is only a mile from the charming village of Hawkhurst and approximately three miles from the historic town of Cranbrook. Hawkhurst itself has a range of local shops, restaurants and supermarkets, whilst Cranbrook is famed for its eclectic selection of artisan shops, antique stores and organic produce. More extensive shopping can be found in the bustling and fashionable, Royal Spa town of Tunbridge Wells approximately fifteen miles north west of Hawkhurst. There are good many local public houses, cafes and restaurants of various types to be explored in the area.
Rail links to London can be accessed either from Etchingham Station or Staplehurst both with services in to Central London and the south coast and good road communications via the A21 which joins the M25 at Junction 5 providing access to London and the airports.
There is an excellent choice of good schools in the area including the renowned Cranbrook School - the house lies within the day school catchment area - St Ronans, Marlborough House, Dulwich Prep and Benenden School for Girls together with the many alternatives in Tunbridge Wells, including Holmewood House, and Tonbridge School for boys at Tonbridge.
Besides the walking and outdoor opportunities afforded by its location, recreational facilities in the area include golf at Hawkhurst and Hemsted Forest, sailing and fishing at Bewl Water along with many tennis, rugby, hockey and soccer societies. Walking and riding are popular pastimes with a wealth of marvellous sites to explore including Hemsted Forest and the Pinetum at Bedgebury.
Ellerslie House is approached via a main entrance and a pair of tall electronically operated wrought iron gates and on to a large gravelled drive providing a good deal of parking and turning. There is a second gated entrance to the north west of the house. Covered parking is by way of a detached triple garage. The park-like grounds and landscaped gardens are superbly laid out around the property. Predominately backing south, there are sweeping lawns, majestic mature trees such Cedar of Lebanon, herbaceous birders and a rose garden. The side courtyard has a central fire pit and BBQ area and is over looked by the detached leisure building housing the gymnasium. Beyond the courtyard is a part walled croquet lawn with yew hedging, which in turn leads to the box hedged parterre and beyond to the kitchen garden, soft fruit cages and orchards. There is an evergreen maze, a children's play area and a tennis court. Gently sloping lawns sweep down to a series of tiered ponds which flow in to a large pond/small lake which is stocked. There are various outbuildings providing amole storage for garden equipment, green housing and tractor stores.
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