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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Mill Lane, Frittenden, Kent

Sold STC £1,250,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Quiet and idyllic setting
  • Cranbrook School catchment
  • Grade II listed
  • 5 elegant reception rooms
  • 6 bedrooms - 4 en suites
  • Cottage
  • Swimming pool
  • Woodland, stream & pond
  • About 10 acres in all
  • Staplehurst mls about 2 miles

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A fascinating Grade II listed mill house with detached cottage amid about 10 acres in an idyllic setting * Cranbrook School catchment area *

Maplehurst Mill is a most intriguing mill house and water mill, justifiably Grade II listed of special architectural and historical importance. The principal portion dates from 1756 with mid 19th century additions, although the oldest section originates from the 15th century or earlier. However, it is understood a mill was established much earlier on the site. The major part was created for David Papillon of Acrise (descended from a French Huguenot family) and the mill has a fascinating documented history as described in Edward Hasted's 'History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent'. The property presents red brick and weather board elevations housing casement and sash windows under half hipped and gabled plain tiled and slate roofs. There is a dovecote and double terracotta plaque inscribed with D.P. 1756, displayed at the front of the house. The mill machinery is described in Fuller and Spain's 'Watermills: Kent and the Borders of Sussex'. This survives virtually complete, although the water-driven mechanism is no longer operative.

Internally, the property has been converted to preserve the inherent character of this unique building and retains a host of original features. Accommodation is arranged on three floors with generous reception rooms incorporating original beams and timbers, pine joinery, exposed brickwork and splendid inglenook fireplaces. Further generous living space above may be accessed via two staircases. There are six double bedrooms, four with en-suites. On each floor there are store rooms and further storage in a garret above (accessed via a high level door from Bedroom 2).

Points of particular note include:
o Wide oak entrance door to spacious reception hall with exposed pine joinery and flooring
o Light and airy double aspect drawing room overlooking original water wheel
o Cosy sitting room and atmospheric dining room - both with impressive inglenook fireplaces
o Further reception space including music room and 'Millers Office' - both with fitted bookshelves
o Kitchen/breakfast Room fitted with a good range of cream coloured base and wall units with complementary island unit housing a good range of integral appliances including two AEG stainless steel ovens - two halogen hobs
o Library housing cast iron wood burning stove on a quarry tiled hearth - extensive fitted bookshelves
o Four bedrooms benefiting from en suite bathrooms - three with dramatic vaulted ceilings - one a 'Victorian' bedroom with mullion window and pretty period fireplace
o Two further bedrooms
o En-suite bathrooms fitted with traditional white suites and incorporating features including roll top claw-foot bath - heated towel rail - sink set in pine vanity unit

The Stables
In keeping with the main house, this detached period conversion presents brick and weather-board elevations under a tiled roof. Internally, the welcoming accommodation includes a part vaulted sitting room with three sets of French doors giving access to the garden along with a fully fitted kitchen and bathroom to the ground floor. Above, is a most inviting part vaulted bedroom with en-suite bathroom off and a 2nd bedroom/study. The Old Stables offers charming independent ancillary accommodation ideal for a number of uses and affording income potential (subject to planning).

Maplehurst Mill is accessed from a country lane via a five bar gate leading to a substantial gravel parking and turning area. Landscaped gardens adjacent to the property incorporate lavishly filled beds and borders well stocked with herbaceous borders, roses, flowering shrubs and climbing plants which create stunning displays in the summer months. Beyond, the grounds have swathes of daffodils and snowdrops along with established trees and hedging subtly creating naturalistic 'garden rooms' providing secluded areas to enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings. Tucked away in a sheltered spot is the heated swimming pool which has a paved surround along with a pretty hexagonal timber summer house. Opportunities for home grown produce include productive vegetable and fruit gardens, two greenhouses, a small vineyard and Walnut trees. Mowed pathways through further grounds lead through meadows, over rustic timber bridges, past the pond and alongside the millstream. The boundaries, mainly of water, blend seamlessly with the surrounding landscape creating a wonderful natural setting and encouraging wildlife visitors which include a variety of birds including Little Owls, Barn Owls, Kingfishers and Willow Warblers along with visiting otters. The gardens and grounds amount to approaching 10 acres in all. A further adjoining paddock of approximately 1.8 acres could be available by separate negotiation.

Maplehurst Mill is idyllically set on the banks of the millstream, well away from main roads and surrounded by the rich farmland of the Weald. The village of Frittenden offers a number of local services including village stores, primary school and the parish church of St Mary's, along with tennis, cricket and sports clubs. Nearby Cranbrook and Headcorn offer a good range of individual shops and facilities. The property is set in the sought after Cranbrook School catchment area.

Comprehensive Shopping: Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone and Ashford

Mainline Rail Services: Nearby Staplehurst Station provides frequent services to London Bridge, Cannon Street and Charing Cross with journey times from under an hour (

Private Schools: Dulwich Preparatory at Cranbrook, Bethany School at Goudhurst, Benenden Girls School, Sutton Valence School, St Ronans and Marlborough House at Hawkhurst (

Leisure Facilities: Various golf clubs in the area include Dale Hill at Biddenden and Hemsted Forest Golf Clubs, The Weald Sports Centre at Cranbrook, walking, cycling and cultural events at Bedgebury Forest, sailing at water sports at Bewl Water Reservoir

Communications: The A21 gives access to the M25 for Gatwick and Heathrow airports with the M20 to Dover, Folkestone and Ashford International Station

Cranbrook 7 miles - Staplehurst Station 2 miles
Maidstone 12 miles - Tunbridge Wells 20 miles London 50 miles
A21 - 12 miles - M20 - 10 miles
(All distances are approximate)

Property Information
Property Address: Maplehurst Mill, Mill Lane, Frittenden, Kent TN17 2DT.

Oil fired central heating. Mains water and electricity. Private drainage.

Local Authority
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Tel: 01892 521 600. Tax Band H.

From our office in Cranbrook, take Waterloo Road to the Wilsley Pound roundabout. Go straight on towards Staplehurst. After 0.4 miles take the second right hand turn (signposted to Frittenden). Proceed over the staggered cross roads and continue for approximately 2.7 miles into Frittenden. In the centre of the village turn left into Mill Lane. Proceed for about a mile and Maplehurst Mill will be found on the left hand side.

Fixtures and Fittings
Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation.

Strictly by appointment with Jackson-Stops & Staff on 01580 720000. If there is any point which is of particular importance to you, we invite you to discuss this with us, especially before you travel to view the property

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03 November 2016

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