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4 bedroom detached house for sale

The Street, Benenden, Kent

Sold STC £1,250,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Self containted annexe
  • View over village green
  • Lovely period property
  • Beautifully presented
  • 2 receptions & conservatory
  • Farmhouse kitchen
  • 4 bedrooms inc master suite
  • Approaching an acre of grounds
  • A21 only 7.5 miles
  • Cranbrook School catchment area

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A classic Grade II listed village house with annexe amid circa an acre of gardens within walking distance of shops and amenities * Cranbrook School catchment area

Clevelands is a classic Grade II listed residence, dating from the early 17th century, subsequently extended with Gothic revival influences and more recently improved by the addition of a sympathetically designed conservatory. The property presents mainly brick elevations with some weather-board and tile hanging and the front is most attractive having two storey canted bays to each side and a pretty trellised wooden porch adorned with climbing plants.

Internally, the property displays a wealth of period features including warm oak beams, timbers and wide floor boards, original oak staircase, a range of decorative fireplaces (some sealed) and wood panelling. There is a combination of multi-paned casement and arched Gothic style windows, many of which benefit from original window shutters. A particularly delightful feature is the working bell station which is situated in the kitchen.

Good levels of storage are provided throughout and the extensive attic above provides potential for conversion, subject to planning. There is also a completely self contained annexe which provides income potential or useful additional space for guests.

The property has an all round attractive outlook affording views over the landscaped gardens and grounds. From the first floor windows at the front there are absolutely idyllic views over the village green to the Parish Church of St George, from the first floor windows at the front.

o Spacious drawing room enhanced by bay windows with window seats and inglenook style open fireplace- extensive fitted bookshelves and parquet flooring
o Study including fitted shelves and storage
o Kitchen/breakfast room incorporating a good range of fitted cabinets with tiled work-surfaces and matching island unit - integral appliances include electric hob, slim-line dishwasher plus recently replaced double oven and fridge - natural stone floor tiles
o Utility room including washing machine, 2nd fridge and freezer - natural stone floor tiles
o Large scullery benefiting from Butler sink and natural floor tiles - door to garden
o Conservatory displaying Gothic arched windows and French doors to garden - ceramic floor tiles
o Bedroom and dressing room providing extensive fitted wardrobes plus en suite shower room with white suite
o Three further double bedrooms all with integral wardrobes and/or storage
o Family bathroom and separate W.C. with modern white suites
o Substantial attic reached by a period staircase with beautiful wide floor boards and dramatic vaulted ceiling
o Self contained annexe comprising sitting room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom providing income potential
o Attached substantial brick built outbuilding providing excellent storage/work-shop area and log store
o Detached timber and brick built garden store
o Generous single garage
o Approaching an acre of mature gardens and grounds

The gardens and grounds at Clevelands are a delight, incorporating established trees, beds and borders and encompassed by mature hedging creating a delightful setting for the property. The rose clad front elevation has a climber clad porch flanked by colourful herbaceous and rose borders, creating a delightful welcome to the house.

The gardens and grounds amount to about an acre, which is surprisingly large for a village house. Mainly laid to lawn, with paved and brick pathways leading around the house, passing through climber clad pergolas and trellising to the grounds include clipped box hedging and topiary, beds and borders filled with masses of flowering shrubs, herbaceous plants and rose varieties generating colour and interest throughout the seasons. There is also a productive orchard.

There are cast iron gates leading to an in-and-out gravel driveway at the front, and a secondary drive to the north-west boundary leading to further parking and garaging. There are a number of useful outbuildings including a useful and well proportioned brick built store attached to the annexe which provides potential for a number of different uses. There is also a timber and brick built detached outbuilding which offers exemplary garden storage with plenty of space for ride on mowers and the like, plus a generous detached single garage.

Cranbrook 3.5 miles Tenterden 5.5 miles
Headcorn Station 9.5 miles
Tunbridge Wells 17.5 miles
A21 - 7.5 miles
London 60 miles

(All distances are approximate)

In an enviable location, Clevelands is set in a discreet position, opposite the village green in the sought after village of Benenden, within the village Conservation Area and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village provides local shopping and services including a butcher, store, post office and The Bull Inn & Restaurant, all within easy walking distance. The market towns of Cranbrook and Tenterden offer a good selection of shops, restaurants and facilities and Tunbridge Wells provides comprehensive amenities.

Various golf courses in the area include Chart Hills at Biddenden and Hemstead Forest Golf Club at Cranbrook. Leisure facilities can be found at The Weald Sports Centre, Cranbrook and Tenterden Leisure Centre. Cycling, walking, running, riding and cultural events are available at Bedgebury and Hemsted Forests. Numerous footpaths nearby provide access to a network of walks and bridleways over the surrounding un-spoilt countryside.

There are numerous excellent schools within the area, including Benenden Primary School, Benenden Girls School and Dulwich Preparatory at Cranbrook, plus St Ronans and Marlborough House at Hawkhurst. The property also falls within the highly regarded Cranbrook School catchment area.

The mainline stations at Headcorn and Staplehurst offer frequent services to London Bridge, Charing Cross and Canon Street with journey times of under an hour Ashford International Station operates services to St Pancras with journey times from about 37 minutes and to the continent. The A21 gives access to Gatwick and Heathrow Airports and the city.

Property Information
Agents Notes
i) The photographs were taken early in 2016, prior to marketing.
ii) The neighbouring property has a Right of Way over the north west drive
iii) EDF Energy pay a peppercorn rent and have an easement to inspect and maintain the electricity sub-station on the grounds.
iv) The annexe currently generates a rental income of circa £5,000 p.a.
Services: Gas fired central heating. Mains water and electricity. Mains drainage. CCTV system & Sky TV system. Hot water heater to ground floor cloakroom.
Local Authority: Tunbridge Wells Borough 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 our office in Stone Street, proceed up The Hill and over St David's Bridge onto Golford Road. Continue for about a mile and turn right into New Pond Road. Carry on for two miles to the crossroads and turn left into Benenden. Continue to the village centre and the entrance to Clevelands is on the left hand side, directly opposite the village green (and just before The Bull public house which is on the right).

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14 September 2016

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