8 bedroom detached house for sale

Stede Hill, Harrietsham, Kent

Offers in Excess of £2,500,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Breathtaking views
  • Excess of 9,200 sq ft
  • 5 Receptions
  • Kitchen/Breakfast Room
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bath/Shower Rooms
  • Indoor Leisure Complex
  • Triple Garage
  • Summer House
  • About 25 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A prestigious Palladian style mansion set in park like grounds occupying a prominent position, affording breathtaking views across the Weald * No Onward Chain *
* 5 Reception Rooms * Kitchen/Breakfast Room * 8 Bedrooms * 5 Bath/Shower Rooms * Indoor Swimming Pool Complex * Triple Garage * Summer House * Landscaped Gardens and Grounds of about 25 acres * EPC F *.

Stede Court is a magnificent unlisted Palladian style mansion displaying architectural styles which reflect its history, with Tudor, Victorian and mainly Georgian characteristics. Timber framed on a stone plinth, the property presents a grand façade to the south, featuring symmetrical stucco elevations enhanced by a portico with classic Doric columns and pediment above inset with an ocular window. The east elevation, also stucco finished, displays a wide bay and banks of windows offset with a feature archway. To the north and west, the elevations are of warm brick with open studwork and plaster infil incorporating some fine period details including decorative archways, beams and timbers, pretty oriel window and a balcony. This is all set under hipped tiled roofs with pretty gables at the rear.

A fine provenance of the property is widely documented, dating back to the Battle of Hastings when William the Conqueror gave the estate to his half brother Odo, Bishop of Bayeux and Earl of Kent. During the latter part of the 16th century the property passed into the hands of the Stede family who remained its custodians for about 200 years. The property is mentioned in the reknowned Hasted’s ‘The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent’ and one of its subsequent owners, architect and author Robert Goodsall who bought the house in 1935 wrote two books: ‘Stede Hill: The Annals of a Kentish Home’ and ‘A Third Kentish Patchwork’. The latter describes Field Marsh Montgomery’s stay there in March 1942, in what would later be called “The General’s Room”’. The property was requisitioned as an Army officers’ mess during the 2nd world war and it is also reputed that Churchill and Montgomery met at Stede Court during this time.

Providing in excess of 9,200 sq ft of residential accommodation with exceptional entertaining space, the accommodation is of excellent balance and proportions. Lofty ceiling heights and capacious windows take advantage of high levels of natural light and it should be noted that all principal rooms afford spectacular vistas over open countryside. There is a combination of sash and leaded light casement windows and plethora of splendid architectural features have been retained including numerous fireplaces with ornamental surrounds and Delft tiles, elegant archways, oak panelling, flooring and magnificent carved beams along with impressive elaborately moulded coving and plasterwork.

Presented in excellent order, this magnificent residence has been subject to a range of recent improvements to a high specification and many of the windows have been replaced in a sympathetic manner to include some double glazing. The accommodation is extremely flexible, currently providing five reception rooms, indoor swimming pool and eight bedrooms. It offers potential for the western wing, the Tudor Cottage, being utilised as a completely self contained annexe with its own separate entrance, subject to any necessary planning consent(s).

"Any house which has survived for several centuries must inevitably enshrine a story of family life, changing from age to age at the dictates of progress, fashion and comfort but always adding something to the pattern and history of the County and so to the life of the Nation, Stede Hill is no exception to the rule."

Features
o Elegant reception room 1 incorporating ornate open fireplace with marble insert - dado height oak panelling - window seats
o Reception room 2 displaying ornamental open fireplace with marble insert - door to portico - oak flooring - wide staircase to 1st floor - window seats
o Kitchen/breakfast room incorporating an extensive range of solid maple cabinets incorporating imaginative storage solutions - granite work-surfaces - ceramic tiled flooring - traditional pantry - quality integral appliances including Blomburg induction hob - 2 Miele ovens -Bosch dishwasher - Atag Japanese Grill Plate - Miele fridge
o Stunning 3rd reception room enhanced by wide curved bay housing French doors to garden - decorative crockery cupboards - marble fireplace housing cast iron wood burning stove - adjacent store room
o Indoor swimming pool with tiled surround and feature archways - Sauna - full height windows and doors to gardens
o Utility room with solid maple units - cloakrooms -boot room - boiler room - lift
o Master suite including spacious bedroom with wide curved bay - dressing room - en suite bathroom luxuriously fitted with double shower cubicle housing power shower - twin wash hand basins in stone surround on vanity unit - roll top claw foot bath - marble tiling
o Five further 1st floor bedrooms (two are en suite) enhanced by pretty fireplaces - some fitted wardrobes/integral storage - one bedroom currently used as an office with wash hand basin
o Imposing 4th reception room/billiard room displaying part vaulted beamed ceiling - brick fireplace housing wood burning stove - oak panelling and matching bookshelves
o Secondary staircase from the billiard room leading to reception room 5 and further bedroom with en suite facilities - generous storage areas -one with water in situ creating potential for a kitchenette (subject to planning)
o Brick built triple garage with power and light connected
o Pretty period summerhouse
o Park like gardens and grounds of about 25 acres

Outside
The beautiful park-like grounds at Stede Court have evolved over the course of time to create a fitting setting for the mansion. They feature sweeping lawns, clipped box hedging, topiary and well filled shrubberies, herbaceous borders and evergreens creating colour and interest throughout the seasons. The grounds are punctuated by numerous majestic indigenous and specimen trees under-planted with spring bulbs and encompassed by mature planting ensuring high levels of privacy and seclusion.

Set within period brick walls is a pretty brick built summerhouse. This overlooks an area of level lawn suitable for cricket or croquet with a magnificent Cedar of Lebanon providing an area of shade for the summer. From the lawn, there are doors giving direct access to the swimming pool and dining room plus a built in barbeque creating the perfect space for summer parties and entertaining.

There are three different entrances to Stede Court. The south entrance affords access via a gravel driveway through brick pillars leading to a long driveway culminating in a carriage sweep in front and around the building. From here, stone ballustraded stairs lead to the house and stone paving wraps around the building. The second access is through a beautiful traditional wrought iron gate. The north entrance is through Stede Court Estate entrance and leads to the rear of the property where garaging is provided within a triple garage block of brick construction with a pitched tiled roof. Alongside is a generous parking and turning area providing space for numerous vehicles along with further parking at the front of the property. The grounds include meadows and woodland, much of which is visible from the house and gardens.

"Beyond the valley the rising folds of the opposite hill form a chequer-board of ever-changing colour as the seasons bring the endless rotation of bare fallow and crops, a pageant of beauty which marches triumphantly forward."

Location
Stede Court sits in a rural elevated position on the south slope of the North Downs within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The setting of the house at the head of the rising valley commands outstanding vistas over rolling countryside across the Weald to Sussex, Romney Marsh and the Channel. The property is set on the rural periphery of the village of Harrietsham with its primary school, shop, pub and station with links to London Victoria.

There are a variety of leisure and tourist attractions in the area including town and country parks, vineyards, museums, historic houses and castles including the nearby Leeds Castle which hosts a diverse range of cultural and family events. Mote Park in Maidstone provides a Leisure Centre and opportunities for sailing, fishing and walking. The nearby Pilgrims Way gives access to a range of lovely walks and bridle ways over the surrounding countryside. Numerous local golf courses in the area include The Tudor Park Golf and Country Club at Bearsted, and nearby world renowned Leeds Castle Golf Club.

There are numerous excellent schools in the area catering for children of all ages including Sutton Valence School and its associated preparatory school, Ashford Friars Preparatory, The Kings School at Canterbury, Dulwich Preparatory at Cranbrook, Benenden Girls School plus numerous boys and girls grammar schools at Maidstone, Tonbridge and Ashford.

The property benefits from excellent communication links with the M20 and railway station close by. The M20 provides links to the national motorway network which give access to London, Ashford and the ports, Gatwick and Heathrow Airports. Harrietsham Station provides regular services to London Victoria and Blackfriars with journey times from 1 hour 8 minutes. Alternatively Ashford International offers its high speed service to London St Pancras from only 37 minutes.

Harrietsham Station 1 mile - M20 3 miles
Maidstone 9 miles - Ashford 11 miles
The Coast 25 miles - London 47 miles

(All distances are approximate)

Property Information
Services: Oil fired central heating. Mains water and electricity. Private drainage system.
Maidstone Borough Council: Tel: 01622 602000. Tax Band H.
Fixtures and Fittings: Fixtures and fittings are not included in the sale but may be available by separate negotiation.
Viewings: Strictly by appointment with Jackson-Stops & Staff Cranbrook office: 01580 720000.

Agents Notes
i) Quotations are from Robert Goodsall’s book ‘Stede Hill: The Annals of a Kentish Home’ printed in 1949.
ii) Stede Court benefits from a Right of Way over neighbouring property to access the north entrance.

Directions (ME17 1NR)
From the M20 exit at Junction 8 and take the third exit signposted to Leeds Castle/Bearsted. At the next roundabout take the first exit staying on the A20 towards Lenham. Proceed over the next two roundabouts and under the M20. After approximately 1.7 miles, in Harrietsham, turn left into Church Road. Continue for 0.3 miles then turn left up Stede Hill. Carry on for half a mile, passing straight across the Pilgrims Way and Stede Court will be found on the right hand side, entered via the first set of entrance gates.

Private Finance
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Nearest stations

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  • Lenham (1.6 mi)
  • Hollingbourne (2.8 mi)
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  • Harrietsham (1.1 mi)
  • Lenham (1.6 mi)
  • Hollingbourne (2.8 mi)
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