6 bedroom detached house for saleChurch Hill, Boughton Monchelsea, Kent
Guide Price £1,600,000
- Weald and deer park views
- 5 Receptions
- Kitchen/Family Room
- 6 Bedrooms
- 3 Bath/Shower Rooms
- Double Garage
- Swimming Pool
- Tennis Court
- About 2.3 acres in all
- Staplehurst mls 4.5 miles
The Old Vicarage is a substantial Victorian vicarage dating from about 1860 with Gothic Revival influences and has been sympathetically extended by the current owners. The property displays elevations of characteristic local rag-stone (also used in the construction of many notable buildings including Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament). At the front of the building is a beautiful carved Gothic arched entrance and the symmetrical rear elevation is particularly pleasing. Above are gabled and pitched tiled roofs topped by decorative ridge tiles.
Internally, substantial and elegant family living space is enhanced by tasteful décor throughout. All principal rooms are south facing and have lovely open fireplaces. There are French doors to the terrace where there is a stunning outlook, ideal for entertaining and summer parties. There is a substantial cellar below and above seven well proportioned bedrooms, the majority having pretty cast iron fireplaces and three bathrooms all fitted to an exceptionally high specification. A wealth of classical features are retained within including original fireplaces, plaster cornicing, dado rails, panelling, archways and timber sash windows, some with original shutters. The high ceilings are complemented by copious full height windows and French doors creating a welcoming and bright atmosphere.
Literature dating from 1914 at the property gives a fascinating personal insight of day-to-day life in the vicarage. The lasting impression of this fine residence is that of status and elegance.
o Wide Gothic arched entrance door to entrance hall with traditional geometric design flooring - stairs rising to galleried landings - secondary servants staircase
o South facing drawing room affording magnificent views via French doors flanked by full height windows - Adam style fireplace
o Library incorporating a generous range of bespoke book shelves and cupboards
o 'The Bell Room' including traditional crockery cupboard and exposed oak floor boards - original servants bell station board - Gothic arched fireplace
o Kitchen fitted with a range of cream cabinets with granite work tops over housing quality integral appliances - electric hob and double oven - microwave - dishwasher
o Adjoining family room with French doors and full height windows - striking fireplace with oak surround carved with Ecclesiastical quote
o Orangery added in 2001 comprising hand painted mural and four sets of French doors and roof lantern
o Boot room and cloakroom
o Extensive cellar having four rooms - wine bins - original salting benches
o Master bedroom suite benefiting from en suite bathroom with dressing area housing extensive wardrobes
o Three further 1st floor bedrooms with fitted wardrobes - two of which are interconnecting & one with en suite - all with pretty cast iron fireplaces
o All bathrooms luxuriously fitted with white suites and luxury features including freestanding curvilinear bath - Pierre Cardin wash hand basin - heated towel rails
o Storage room and laundry loom
o Three 2nd floor bedrooms - one having En Suite shower - all with fitted wardrobes
o Tennis court
o Swimming pool
o Gardens and grounds of 2.3 acres surrounded by deer park on two boundaries
The park like gardens and grounds at The Old Vicarage are enclosed by rag-stone walls and established hedging creating a secluded and private setting. Sweeping lawns are punctuated by a variety of indigenous and specimen trees under-planted with spring bulbs, established Yew hedges and topiary. Delightful formal beds and borders adjacent to the house are filled with flowering and herbaceous planting creating wonderful displays throughout the seasons.
The south facing terrace at the rear has stone steps leading down to the lawn and there is a Wisteria clad pergola with classic stone columns creating a shady spot for the summer months. Further highlights include a raised ornamental pond, orchard, tennis court plus the heated free-form swimming pool. This has a stone surround and adjacent delightful stone gazebo.
The informally arranged peripheral areas are designed in a naturalistic fashion blending with the surroundings. Being set in such a tranquil location, a range of interested wildlife often visit the garden. Deer are usually to be seen, grazing in the surrounding park.
Providing garaging for two vehicles plus an open bay, the outbuilding has painted weather board elevations under a tiled roof with a picturesque clock tower above. External timber stairs lead to a generously proportioned storage room above. This creates opportunities for a home office, games room or annexe (subject to planning). There is a large store to the rear. Vehicular access is provided from both Church Hill and Peens Lane. The former, having rag-stone walling housing cast iron electric gates and pedestrian access to a carriage sweep at the front of the house. The latter also has electric gates leading to a lengthy gravel driveway which approaches the house from its pleasing rear angle. The gardens and grounds amount to about 2.3 acres in all.
In an idyllic location, The Old Vicarage is set along a quiet country lane, in an elevated location commanding outstanding views. The property is flanked by fields, woodland and a deer park creating a wonderful verdant outlook from all areas.
The village of Boughton Monchelsea offers a good range of local services including convenience store, Post Office, primary school and the Parish Church of St Peters. The nearby County Town of Maidstone provides comprehensive shopping restaurants, Hazlitt Theatre and Mote Park with its extensive grounds, leisure and recreational facilities. Nearby, fine walks with breathtaking views may be enjoyed along the Greensand Way passing through neighbouring bluebell woods and by the adjacent deer park.
A variety of state and private schools in the area catering for children of all ages include Sutton Valence Junior and Senior Schools, Dulwich Preparatory at Cranbrook, Boughton Monchelsea Primary School and numerous secondary and grammar schools at Maidstone.
Marden and Staplehurst Stations offer frequent commuter services to London Bridge, Cannon Street and Charing Cross with journey times from under an hour. The M20 gives access to Dover, Folkestone and Ashford International and also to the M25 for Gatwick and Heathrow Airports.
Staplehurst 4.5 miles
Maidstone 4 miles
M20 5.6 miles
London 42.5 miles
(All distances are approximate)
Services: Oil fired central heating. Mains water and electricity. Private drainage system. Swimming pool heat exchanger.
Local Authority: Maidstone Borough Council. Currently Council Tax Band G.
Fixtures and fittings: Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation.
Viewing: Strictly by appointment through Jackson-Stops & Staff. Tel: 01580 720000
From Staplehurst travel north on the A229. Travelling towards Linton, pass the Stile Bridge Inn and take the second right turn into Butt Green Lane. Church Hill is the second turn to the left in about a mile. Travelling northwards up the hill, take the first right turn into Peens Lane and enter the property by the white iron gates on the left after 100 yards.
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