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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Furnace Lane, Cowden, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8

Sold STC £1,100,000

Property Description

Key features

  • major renovation project
  • Grade II listed historic country house
  • statutory consents in place
  • currently 6 bedrooms
  • 5,104 sq ft
  • substantial extension also approved
  • Cowden MLS 2.8 miles
  • about 2 acres overall

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

An exciting major renovation project of a Grade II listed country house with 16th century Tudor origins on the Kent/Sussex/Surrey borders


Scarletts is located within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Kent/Sussex/Surrey borders. It is situated within a valley in a peaceful rural location along a country lane, which passes through the Kent Water valley, 1.6 miles from the small village of Cowden. The property is near the site of a former 16th century Wealden iron blast furnace and was believed to have been the former ironmaster's house. It is understood that railings for St Paul's Cathedral were subcontracted to the Scarletts furnace.

- Gatwick Airport - just over 15 miles
- Central London - 32 miles

Shopping and Dining: Local facilities available in Edenbridge (6 miles) including a Waitrose supermarket and Tesco Express, post office, public houses, butcher, florist, hairdressers, beauty salons and petrol stations. More comprehensive shopping, dining, commercial and cultural facilities available in East Grinstead (4.5 miles), Tunbridge Wells (just over 10 miles), Redhill (15.4 miles) and Reigate (17.4 miles).

Schools: There is a good choice of schools in the state and private sector in the area including Brambletye prep, Ashdown House prep, Lingfield Notre Dame, Sackville School; grammar schools in Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells and public schools in Sevenoaks and Tonbridge. (

Rail Links: Cowden (2.8 miles), Dormans (3.4 miles) and Lingfield (4.5 miles) stations offer services to London Victoria/Bridge in under the hour. (

Road Networks: The M25 is just over 16 miles and the M23 about 12 miles providing access to the national motorway network, Gatwick/Heathrow/Stansted International airports and the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone. The A264 and A22 provide access to the south coast including Eastbourne.

Leisure Facilities: Local clubs and societies in Cowden village including cricket and tennis clubs; golf at nearby courses including Holtye and Sweetwoods Park (both under 2 miles) and Royal Ashdown Forest; Lingfield Race Course.

* All distances are approximate


Accommodation summary
- reception hall
- drawing room
- dining room
- sitting room
- pantry
- proposed kitchen
- proposed breakfast room
- proposed utility/cloakroom
- cellar
- spacious first floor landing with proposal to create new staircase to second floor
- master bedroom with dressing room & proposed en suite bathroom
- 5 further bedrooms
- 3 further proposed bathrooms
- second floor proposed bedroom 7/playroom
- 5,104 sq ft
- semi-derelict garage/stable for restoration
- driveway with parking
- gardens and grounds - requiring landscaping
- in all about 2 acres

Scarletts is a substantial detached period country house with Tudor origins, listed Grade II as a building of architectural or historical interest. Built of part painted mellow brick and tile hung upper elevations, with a central classical medieval timber framed house with painted plaster infill panels, and a mixture of diamond leaded light and panelled casement windows, under a tiled roof.
The shell of the building has had substantial works carried out to make it wind and water tight as it had previously been in a semi-derelict condition. Some internal restoration works have been carried out including reinstatement of board floors and some decoration in readiness for the renovation project.

This highly individual property now offers an exciting restoration opportunity with incredible potential and requires refurbishment including rewiring, replumbing, heating system installation and bathrooms and kitchen installations, as there are currently no bathing or cooking facilities. Planning permission and listed building consent exist under references: SE/13/00550/HOUSE and SE/13/00551/LBCALT (both expiring April 2016) and include the creation of two large dormer windows on the rear roof elevation to facilitate the conversion of the second floor.
There is additional planning consent for the creation of a 17m outdoor raised swimming pool and contemporary pool house under ref: 13/01478/FUL (expiring in January 2017).

Scarletts is approached from the lane through a gateway over a concrete drive which leads past concrete parking bays and bases to former outbuildings, up to the rear of the plot and to the site of a derelict timber framed glasshouse.

The gently sloping rear garden area has been terraced over four levels in preparation for landscaping.

To the rear of the house is a broad gravelled terrace looking out across the garden.

The front garden has been the subject of considerable landscaping and is laid to lawn and includes a collection of rare Japanese shrubs plus a number of semi-mature oaks, with young beech hedging to the lane.

Approached over a secondary driveway is a detached semi-derelict stable building, built of brick under a tiled roof, with potential to create garaging.

In all the property extends to about 2 acres.

Services: Mains electricity and water. Private drainage.

Local Authority: Sevenoaks District Council - 01732 227000.
Current Council Tax Band: G.

Agents' Notes
The photographs give an illustrative use only.
Photographs taken in May 2014 and June 2015.
The VAT rate on building work is 5%.

Viewing: Strictly by prior appointment with the owners' joint sole agents, Savills on 01892 507000 or Jackson-Stops & Staff on 01892 521700.
If there are any points which are of particular importance to you we invite you to discuss them with us especially before you travel to the property.

Savills, their clients and any joint agents give notice that:
1. They are not authorised to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property either here or elsewhere, either on their own behalf or on behalf of their client or otherwise. They assume no responsibility for any statement that may be made in these particulars. These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact.
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: 5,104 sq ft
Acreage: 2 Acres


From Tunbridge Wells, head West on the A264 to Holtye. Turn right onto Holtye Hill, signposted to Cowden and proceed for about ½ a mile down the lane. Turn left into Furnace Lane and continue for about 1.1 miles and Scarletts will be found on the right hand side.

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Added on Rightmove:
15 September 2015

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