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7 bedroom detached house for sale

Tunstall, Tunstall, Sittingbourne, Kent

Guide Price £2,850,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Exquisite small estate as a whole or in lots.
  • Lot 1: Tunstall House with outbuildings, gardens, and about 25.83 acres
  • Lot 2: The Stables with 4 bedrooms
  • Further land in 4 more lots totalling 54.4 acres in all

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

As a whole or in up to 6 lots
The Whole: £2.85milion
Lot 1: £1.975million

Lot 1: Tunstall House, dovecote, gardens and grounds.

Entrance porch | Drawing room | Dining hall | Smoking room | Telephone room | Study | Conservatory | Kitchen/breakfast room | Utility room | Milk room | Former servants' hall | Former butler's bedroom | Cloakroom | 2 Cellars | Workshop | 7 Bedrooms (5 en-suite) | Separate WC | Bathroom | 3 Second floor store rooms | Clock room | Well house | Dovecote | Swimming pool | Gardens and grounds

About 25.83 acres

Lot 2: The Stables:

Reception hall | Sitting/dining room | Study | Conservatory | Kitchen/breakfast room | Utility room | Cloakroom | 4 Bedrooms (1 en-suite) | Bathroom | Garden

About 0.73 acres

Lot 3: About 9.97 acres of traditional cherry orchard and pasture

Lot 4: A further 6.20 acres of traditional orchard and pasture

Lot 5: A 4.48 acre block of pasture with useful outbuildings

Lot 6: An additional 7.19 acre block of pasture

In all about 54.4 acres

Tunstall House was built around 1660 for Sir Edward Hales' steward, John Grove. The house has been described by the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments as 'a remarkably complete example of a small gentry house of the mid-seventeenth century'.

In its 350 year history, Tunstall House has only been sold twice, with the current family having owned the property for over 200 years. Three generations of the Groves lived in the house before it was sold to Reverend Thomas Bland, the Vicar of Sittingbourne in 1755. In 1809 William Lacey Murton purchased Tunstall House. In an unusual twist, three of William Lacey Murton's daughters married three Webb brothers and, ultimately, the Webb family inherited Tunstall House and have owned it ever since.

In the late 18th century, under Bland ownership, the house was briefly used as a girls' boarding school, however it has primarily been used as a family home and place of business for the Murton and Webb families, who were land agents, surveyors and farmers.

Tunstall House is an important property with a rich history that benefits from the rare knowledge of lineage of ownership spanning five different centuries.

Lot 1 - Tunstall House
Tunstall House is an outstanding Grade I listed, 17th-century manor house and the most substantial found within the small and pretty village of Tunstall, which lies between the North Downs and the coast. Passed from one generation to the next, the house has been cherished by the same family for over 200 years, evolving and adjusting over time to accommodate the changing requirements of day-to-day life. The house retains a great sense of warmth and history, and presents a rare opportunity to acquire a magnificent family home.

The house is built with beautifully mellow red and blue chequered bricks. A high, buttressed wall to the front boundary flanks tall pillars with double gates creating an impressive approach to a sizeable walled courtyard, around which the house, The Stables and dovecote form an extremely picturesque collection of buildings.

A front door set within a large porch opens to a fine, panelled dining hall to the centre of the house, dominated by a magnificent open fireplace. The further principal reception rooms are also arranged to the front of the house, providing both an elegant double aspect drawing room and a more intimate sitting room, the smoking room. Both have the panelling found throughout much of the house and large open fire places. A charming 'telephone room' is found off the dining hall and a study sits to the back of the house.

A wing extends to the rear of the house, where there is a generous farmhouse kitchen with a central island and a deep chimney breast housing an Aga. Beyond this the former servants' hall and the butler's bedroom provide a games room and a store room. There is a good sized utility room and 'milk room' and a staircase leads down to the cellar and wine store. A beautifully crafted conservatory has been carefully added to provide a superb, bright living area adjacent to the kitchen.

An impressively wide staircase rises from a rear hall to the first and second floors. Five generous principal bedrooms all have en-suite bathrooms and include a master bedroom looking to the front of the house, with a storage room providing extensive hanging space. Beautiful wooden panelling is found throughout many of the rooms together with ornate carved fireplaces and cornicing. A large landing on the second floor leads to two further good bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and a bathroom. There are also three store rooms and a room which houses the clock mechanism. A secondary staircase returns to the first floor.

To the rear of the house a charming walled courtyard nestles to the back of the house and in front of the well house, providing a delightful, sheltered al fresco dining area.

Lot 2 - The Stables
The Stables is a delightful Grade II Listed property which was converted in the early 1990s. A separate drive provides access from the village lane and the gardens are set mainly to the front and side, and extend to about 0.73 acres.

A front door opens to a reception hall, off which is a cloakroom. To the back of the house is the kitchen with a utility room. A triple aspect sitting/dining room with a fireplace gives way to a study and conservatory beyond.

On the first floor are four bedrooms, one of which has an en-suite shower room, and a family bathroom completes the accommodation.

Lot 3: About 9.97 acres of traditional cherry orchard and pasture

Lot 4: A further 6.20 acres of traditional orchard and pasture

Lot 5: A 4.48 acre block of pasture with useful outbuildings. Please note that a neighbour has a vehicular Right of Way across this lot.

Lot 6: An additional 7.19 acre block of pasture

Tunstall is a pretty village with a collection of attractive period properties. Tunstall House is situated in the heart of the village conservation area and is just 2 miles from the shops and station at Sittingbourne, from where trains on the High Speed link reach London St Pancras in an hour. The station also provides services to Victoria, again with a journey time of approximately one hour, Cannon Street and London Bridge. Alternatively Ebbsfleet international (24 miles) accessed via the M2 offers High Speed services to London and the Eurostar to Paris.

The M2 (Junction 5) is about 3 miles to the west, and the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone and Port of Dover can both be reached via the M2/M20

A wide range of schooling, in both the state and private sectors, is to be found in the towns of Sittingbourne, Faversham, Maidstone, Canterbury and Rochester, all of which also provide extensive shopping and recreational facilities.

Tunstall House is well situated within its acreage, with the formal gardens surrounding the house being divided into various rooms by lovely old brick walls and yew hedging, providing lawns with established herbaceous borders, a kitchen garden, and a discreetly tucked away swimming pool. Lawns flanked by mature trees stretch out to the north-east of the house leading to less formal area of meadow and a tranquil wooded track which leads to the parish church. The property enjoys far reaching views towards the Swale across gently rolling countryside.

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