4 bedroom detached house for saleBoughton Road, Sandway, Maidstone, Kent
Guide Price £1,850,000
- Entrance hall
- 3 Reception rooms and conservatory
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- Master bedroom with dressing area and en-suite
- 3 Further bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
- 2 Bedroom ancillary accommodation
- Detached music studio
- Extensive gardens and grounds
The Dower House:
Entrance hall | Drawing room | Dining room | Library | Kitchen/breakfast room | Conservatory | Utility room | Cloakroom | Wine cellar | 3 Cellar store rooms | Master bedroom with dressing area and en-suite bathroom | 3 Further double bedrooms | Family bathroom | Shower room | Separate WC
Entrance hall | Sitting room | Kitchen/breakfast room | 2 Double bedrooms | Bathroom 2 double bedrooms
Outbuildings and Grounds
Boiler room | Store room | Detached music studio comprising 3 recording rooms, kitchenette, WC and a store room | 2 Further store rooms | Greenhouse | Garage
Stunning formal gardens with a large terrace, lawns, lake and former aviary | Partly walled gardens with a fruit orchard | Woodland with its own natural spring | Paddock
In all about 13.24 acres
This wonderful and sophisticated Grade II Listed country house is found in a very private setting, within an extensively walled garden, and enjoying views over its own lake. The Dower House sits in a raised position to make the best of the views, alongside The Bothy Cottage, which provides for guests or relations, or perhaps a letting investment.
As well as the formal gardens which lead down to the lake, there are two walled gardens and an extensive area of woodland and pasture beyond.
The house has been a much loved family home for many years, and has been carefully extended and improved in recent years. It now offers three elegant reception rooms, and a kitchen breakfast room along with 4 bedrooms and bathrooms in the main house. The Bothy Cottage has two more bedrooms and could be further extended into the former stables and music studio subject to any necessary consents.
The Dower House was built in 1952, by Eric Akers Douglas (4th Viscount Chilston). The Chilston Park Estate had been in his family for over 150 years and he chose to build the Dower House in the most beautiful part of the garden. While living here he enjoyed his collection of exotic birds (hence the Aviary), which he left to Leeds Castle upon his death. He had an extensive collection of antique books, which he kept in the cellar and he used some of these to create the secret door in the library. The garage was built to house his over-sized Bristol vintage car. He built the house to be a miniature version of the main Manor house and incorporated a number of features that instilled the grandeur that he was accustomed to including a dance floor, two beautiful antique hand-carved Limewood fireplaces, six 18th Century mahogany doors and various cornicings and crests.
Note: video tour of the house and grounds available on request.
The Dower House sits in a commanding position along a long driveway in the beautiful Chilston Park. The house is 1.7 miles from the attractive
village of Lenham with its market square, range of pubs, shops and restaurants. Lenham also has a station with links to London Victoria and Ashford.
Maidstone is approximately 10 miles away with a comprehensive range of shops, schools and recreational facilities. The M20 at junction 8 is 5.9
miles providing links to the national motorway network, Channel Tunnel, London and the Kent coast. Ashford International Station is 12.1 miles
with its high speed links to London St. Pancras and Europe.
There are numerous schools in the area including Maidstone Grammar School for Boys and Maidstone Girls Grammar school, Invicta Girls
Grammar, together with Sutton Valence and its associated prep school. There is also the award winning Ashford School. Sporting facilities
include golf at The Ridge and Chart Hills, the country club at Marriot Tudor Park together with recreational facilities at the nearby world renowned Leeds Castle.
The gardens are especially pleasing, with formal lawns, specimen trees, flower and shrub borders and wonderful vistas towards the lake which lies at their heart. There are two large walled gardens, and a variety of outbuildings and stables etc.
Beyond the lake is the woodland (where the spring that supplies water rises and is piped to the house, thence being filtered and pumped to provide high pressure showers. A modern wood pellet boiler provides heating, and RHI payments approaching £6000 per annum.) and beyond that is a meadow.
In all there are about 13.24 acres
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