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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Forest Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2

Sold STC £1,450,000

Property Description

Key features

  • individual character property
  • planning for extension and loft conversion
  • delightful mature garden
  • 4 double bedrooms
  • 2,467 sq ft
  • 3 reception rooms
  • kitchen/breakfast room
  • detached garage
  • about 0.51 acres
  • EPC Rating = E

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A character detached period property with a delightful, good-sized mature rear garden, on the sought-after South side of town


The property lies towards the western end of Forest Road, on a South-facing plot backing on to the home of Tunbridge Wells RFC and Borderers Cricket Club. The historic Pantiles, known for its restaurants, markets, special events and delightful individual shops, is less than a mile away. The town centre, with High Street shopping, restaurants, bars and two theatres, is within 1.5 miles of the property.

State and private schools: The Mead, Rose Hill and Holmewood House (Langton Green) preparatories, grammar schools in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge, independent secondaries in Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Mayfield.

Mainline rail: Tunbridge Wells (about 1.2 miles), with regular services to London Charing Cross (via London Bridge and Waterloo East) and Cannon Street with journey times from 50 minutes, or Frant (at Bells Yew Green, about 1.8 miles) which is the next station down on the same line.

Communications: The A21 is accessible just North of Tunbridge Wells, linking to the London M25 orbital motorway and thereby to the national motorway network, Gatwick and Heathrow airports and the Channel Tunnel terminus.


Accommodation summary
- entrance hall
- drawing room
- family room
- dining room
- kitchen/breakfast room
- cloakroom

- master bedroom with en suite bathroom
- 3 further double bedrooms
- family bathroom
- separate cloakroom

- garden
- 2 summer houses
- tandem double garage
- driveway parking

- about 0.51 acres

- EPC = E

- Planning Permission Ref: 13/02605/HOUSE, dated 18 November 2013, for a single-storey extension to the existing dwelling and a loft conversion

Laurel House is an individual character family house with an intriguing and unique history. The property was originally constructed at the turn of the 20th Century on the site of the town centre cinema and then moved in the 1920s to its current location on the southern fringes of the town. Character features include "Art Nouveau"-style leaded light windows, "Art Deco"-style bathrooms, cast iron radiators, timber-framed sash windows and high ceilings. The accommodation is arranged to maximise the flow of natural light through the large windows, with all principal rooms being at least dual-aspect. Further points of note include:
- hardwood flooring to the entrance hall and principal reception rooms;
- elegant and light-filled triple-aspect drawing room with French doors opening out to the rear garden terrace and a stone fireplace;
- family room with a delightful outlook to the garden to two sides and fitted oak bookshelves;
- kitchen/breakfast room fitted with painted units under granite worktops, an island unit with a woodblock top and integrated appliances. Door out from the breakfast area to the side courtyard;
- first floor landing with hardwood flooring, built-in cupboards and far-reaching views to the North over the town;
- dual-aspect master bedroom with lovely views of the garden and a striking "Art Deco" en suite bathroom;
- 3 further double bedrooms and an "Art Deco" family bathroom on the first floor complete the existing accommodation.

The well-stocked, mature, South-facing rear garden is a particular feature of the property, the plot extending to just over half an acre overall. Flagstone terraces lie to either side of the house, forming a sheltered courtyard between the house and garage to the East and connected by a flagstone path across the rear elevation, with border beds providing colour and texture around the buildings. The path continues at right angles, crossing a level area of lawn spanning the width of the garden, an ornamental pond with fountain creating a focal point, and leads to stone steps rising to a higher level of garden, along which the path continues towards the rear boundary.

The higher level is retained by a stone wall and is arranged as two distinct areas, a large lawn providing space for children's games and a more private garden to the side, screened by an established yew hedge and incorporating a rose garden and summer house. Mixed border beds offer year-round colour and texture and specimen trees create points of interest. The boundaries are planted with mature trees and shrubs, giving a good degree of privacy.

Proposed accommodation
The planning permission is for a single-storey ground floor extension to the rear/side, joining the house to the garage, to create a new kitchen/dining room with French doors out to the courtyard, a snug, boot room and utility room at ground floor level, an enlarged bedroom with en suite bathroom on the first floor and two bedrooms with a bathroom on the second floor.

Services: Mains gas-fired central heating. Mains water, electricity and drainage.

Outgoings: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council: 01892 526121. Tax band G.

Strictly by appointment with Savills on 01892 507000. 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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2 Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, images and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive. It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents and Savills have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise.


Square Footage: 2,467 sq ft
Acreage: 0.51 Acres


From central Tunbridge Wells, head South out of town on the A267 (Nevill Street/Frant Road). Continue up the hill and take the last turning on the left before you leave the town, into Forest Road. Laurel House is the third house on the right-hand side.

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