10 bedroom detached house for sale

Boys Hall Road, Willesborough, Ashford, Kent, TN24

Guide Price £1,950,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Superb Listed manor house
  • Currently a hotel and wedding venue
  • 5 reception rooms
  • 10 bedrooms
  • 10 bath/shower rooms
  • Conservatory
  • Detached stable block with lapsed planning
  • Part walled gardens
  • About 2.75 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A rare and magnificent listed Jacobean manor house
protected by private and mature grounds

Description

This rare and fascinating house is believed to have been built in 1616 by Thomas Boys and his wife, Margaret (nee Allcock), and was noticeably extended in 1632. The Boys were an important and influential family, Thomas' brothers being Archdeacon of Canterbury Cathedral, who built what is believed to be the first hospital in Kent, and another who was the Keeper of Dover Castle. The family have their own vault in Canterbury Cathedral. Eventually the estate passed into the Mersham family and then the Knatchbull family. It is reputed that Charles I is understood to have stayed at Boys Hall whilst fleeing to France and Samuel Pepys is also understood to be amongst its famous visitors.

Boys Hall is an impressive Jacobean house which is Grade II listed as being of architectural and historical interest. The external elevations are principally of Kentish ragstone, with some brick, tile hanging and half timbering, the latter being on a splendid gable to the rear of the house.
The roofs are tiled and the south front of the house has four gables and stone mullioned windows. Within the house are numerous period features including a fine oak principal staircase with nine ornate and prominent newel posts, impressive carved oak door casements and exceptional fireplaces.
The excellent accommodation has some very well proportioned and conveniently arranged entertaining rooms and bedroom accommodation, spread over three floors, together with a three room cellar.
The main entrance is via a vestibule on the south front of the house with double doors leading into a delightful and large reception hall with a handsome chimneypiece having English Delft tiles, carved stone surround and oak over mantle. To the west side is the drawing room with mullioned windows and a Kentish marble surround to the fireplace with guilded decoration and oak over mantle. The dining room, approached via a linen fold panelled door, has a splendid wide fireplace with stone hearth and crested over mantle. Capable of comfortably seating over thirty guests, this room is conveniently situated for access to the kitchen.
The ground floor also has a panelled study and a bar/sitting room. The kitchen is well fitted with extensive cupboards, polished granite work surfaces and integrated appliances, including a dishwasher, refrigerator, a range cooker with eight burners, oven and plate warmers, three wall mounted ovens and one microwave. In addition the ground floor has various inner halls, three cloakrooms and a truly splendid period oak main staircase.
At the back of the house is an air conditioned conservatory with a flagstone floor incorporating a swimming pool, (now covered with a removable timber floor as it has not been used by the present owner).
The excellent cellarage is in three compartments, including a wine cellar and another with the remnants of a secret passage which, it is understood, once led to Sevington Church.
The first floor has various landing areas and a total of six attractive and generous bedroom suites and a seventh bedroom served by a private bathroom. The principal bedroom is a wonderful oak panelled room with a domed ceiling and a white marble chimneypiece with intricately carved panels believed to have been gifted from Windsor Castle. There is a large en suite bathroom and a walk in wardrobe.
Arranged over the second floor is a further bedroom suite and two additional bedrooms, one benefiting from a dressing room) together with two further bath/shower rooms.

Victorian Stable Block
To the east of the house is a substantial and detached Victorian stable block, understood to have been built in 1832. It has brick dressed stone elevations under a slate roof and within is a stable area, formerly in six stalls (now removed,) and there is a groom's or tack room with corner fireplace. The first floor is one large room, partially lined in match boarding and to the west side of this building is an enclosed courtyard with a covered area incorporating a horse shower.

Gardens and Grounds
Boys Hall is approached via old iron gates which are electrically operated and set within stone capped brick piers. The drive winds up to the south front of the house, passing a very generous parking area to the south of the stable block. There are expansive areas of lawn, to the south west corner there is an octagonal summerhouse and the upper lawn features pleached lime trees. There is a former hard tennis court and this is walled on the north side forming part of a large walled garden. To the west of the house are stone terraces, well planted rockeries and a further sweep of lawn to the south of which is a wild garden, formerly surrounding a delightful pond.
The gardens and grounds are established and have an abundance of specimen trees and shrubs including an ancient mulberry tree, huge copper beech and pine trees together with a great variety of ornamental and flowering shrubs, all of which afford a good deal of seclusion and privacy for the main house, the south front of which is clad in an ancient wisteria.

Square Footage: 10,919 sq ft
Acreage: 2.75 Acres

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30 September 2016

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  • Ashford International (1.2 mi)
  • Wye (3.7 mi)
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  • Ashford (1.1 mi)
  • Ashford International (1.2 mi)
  • Wye (3.7 mi)
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