7 bedroom detached house for saleFarleigh Hill, Nr East Farleigh, Maidstone, Kent
Hall | Drawing room | Dining room | Office | Kitchen/breakfast room | Scullery | Flower room | Cloakroom | 5 Principal bedrooms (2 en-suite) | 3 Bathrooms | 5 Second floor rooms
Cottage: Hall | Sitting room | Kitchen | Dining room | Bathroom | 2 Bedrooms
Garages | Workshops | Stores | Summer house | Round house | Stable | Gardens | Paddocks
About 5.5 acres
The property is believed to date from the 15th Century with a handsome 18th Century façade of painted render under a clay tile roof. Internally the house has three large reception rooms across the front, creating an impressive entertaining area full of character and with great views through the large windows across the drive and garden. The kitchen and some useful utility rooms are at the rear. There are five good bedrooms on the first floor, and a staircase rises to the impressive second floor landing with kingpost and exposed beams. The house has been in the same family ownership for over half a century, and does require considerable modernisation and improvement.
At the rear of the house is a large courtyard with the cottage on one side. This has been modernised and has useful accommodation, with a private garden.
The rest of the courtyard is surrounded by a superb range of mixed outbuildings, including a two storey oast roundel in need of restoration. It is considered these buildings may have potential for conversion subject to obtaining the necessary consents.
Bydews is set just to the south west of Maidstone, in a tucked away position near the popular village of East Farleigh. Within the village there are a wide range of facilities including pubs, primary school, church, and railway station with journey time to London from 79 minutes.
The County town of Maidstone has a full range of range of educational, recreational and shopping facilities. There is an excellent selection of schools in the area including the independent Sutton Valence catering for children from 3 to 18 and state grammar schools in Maidstone.
Junction 5 of the M20 is easily accessible connecting with other motorway networks, Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted and City airports, Ashford and Ebbsfleet International stations, The Channel Tunnel, Canary Wharf and Bluewater Shopping Centre.
The property is approached from the road over a 200 metre long drive (the first part being a right of way). This leads to a turning circle at the front of the house, and the rear courtyard. The approach is impressive, flanked by some mature trees and a paddock. A wrought iron gate leads to the front garden with lawns and topiary. The main gardens are to the side, partly walled and extremely well stocked and maintained, with a colourful range of trees and shrubs, and interesting features including a pond and ragstone walls. A paddock lies to the east, and nearby a former ragstone quarry. A further paddock with a stable building lies to the west of the drive.
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