6 bedroom detached house for saleSpeldhurst Hill, Speldhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3
Sold STC £3,350,000
- prime village position
- manor house with 3 bedroom cottage
- 2 principal reception rooms, plus snug
- 6 bedrooms, 5 bath/shower rooms
- House: 7864 sq ft, cottage: 1,200 sq ft
- kitchen/breakfast room/study area
- well-placed for schools
- 4.4 miles Tonbridge MLS
- London from 42 minutes
An impressive Grade II listed manor house enjoying a prime position in this delightful village, together with a substantial detached cottage.
The Manor House is situated in a prime semi-rural position in the heart of the sought-after village of Speldhurst, close to St Mary's Church and the well-regarded 13th Century George and Dragon "gastro" pub. The village lies about 3.8 miles to the North West of Tunbridge Wells and enjoys excellent local amenities, including a post office/general store and an acclaimed Church of England primary school, Ofsted rated "Outstanding".
State and private schools: Speldhurst CofE Primary School, preparatory schools in Langton Green (Holmewood House), Tunbridge Wells (Rose Hill) and Tonbridge (The Schools at Somerhill), grammar schools in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge, independent schools in Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Eastbourne.
Mainline rail: Tunbridge Wells (3.8 miles) and Tonbridge (4.4 miles) with services to London Cannon Street and Charing Cross (via London Bridge and Waterloo East) from 42 minutes (Tonbridge to Cannon Street).
Communications: The A21 (accessible just North of Tunbridge Wells) links to the M25 (about 14.5 miles). The A264 (from Langton Green) West links to Gatwick Airport (about 21 miles) via the M23.
Total of 9,084 sq ft comprising:
- reception hall
- 2 principal reception rooms
- kitchen/breakfast room with study area
- walk-in larder
- utility room
- 2 bedrooms
- bath/shower room
- games room
- 4 en suite double bedrooms
Lower ground floor:
- extensive stone cellar store rooms with internal and external access
Manor Gate Cottage:
- 3 bedrooms
- sitting room
- dining room
- attic storage
- EPC = E
- swimming pool with changing room and shower
- about 1.60 acres
The Manor House is a statement listed property set in an elevated position in the heart of this popular village and enjoying a far-reaching view over mature grounds to open countryside at the rear. Historic records link The Manor House to the Powell family and it is documented that Robert Baden-Powell wrote "Scouting for Boys" during a stay in the early 1900s.
Dating back to around 1840, The Manor House is a strikingly attractive property with the elegant proportions of the Victorian period and built with fine sandstone ashlar masonry. The accommodation is enhanced by generous high ceilings and large sash picture windows which maximise the natural light and frame a lovely outlook from the majority of rooms.
The current owners have undertaken a sympathetic programme of improvements, creating a well-appointed and spacious home which retains the inherent period charm and provides contemporary-style family accommodation, with the added benefit of a substantial detached cottage. Further points of note include:
- period features include working wooden shutters to most of the windows, decorative masonry, joinery and glazing, fireplaces, picture rails, deep skirting boards and window sills, all complemented by traditional-style contemporary fixtures and fittings;
- principal front entrance through big oak doors with arched glazing above and opening into a large inner porch;
- gothic-style windows and double doors into a formal reception hall with limestone flooring, Jacobean-style oak panelled walls and a carved oak staircase rising to the first floor;
- elegant formal drawing room with a decorative wall frieze and timber Doric columns and featuring a notable pewter fireplace given to Charles W. Powell in 1907 and believed to be an original Adam-design originating from Mercers Hall. A large triple bay window frames an outlook over the garden and double doors give access out to the terrace;
- dining room with a triple bay window and interlinking through retractable double doors into the drawing room, creating substantial adaptable space for entertaining;
- impressive kitchen/breakfast room forming part of a recent extension to the South side, with a stylish bespoke Martin Moore fitted kitchen, atrium skylight, doors out to the terrace and limestone flooring with under floor heating which extends to most of the ground floor;
- fitted study, partly open plan to the kitchen/breakfast room, with a wood burning stove and offering practical family space;
- large walk-in larder and a separate utility room with good range of built-in cupboards and space for appliances;
- the "North wing" was originally the servants' quarters, separated from the main house by a glazed passage which has been cleverly incorporated into the accommodation and gives access to a large games room and a guest suite comprising two double bedrooms and a bath/shower room. A bank of Neptune cupboards in the passage provides useful storage space;
- dual-aspect master bedroom, with a far-reaching view through triple bay windows and a well-appointed contemporary bath/shower room, and 3 further en suite double bedrooms on the first floor;
- substantial 2,073 sq ft lower ground floor cellar rooms spanning the major part of the property, offering potential scope for a variety of uses with two means of access, one internally from the reception ha ll and one from the garden to the rear.
Manor Gate Cottage:
Of particular note is a charming detached cottage located on the front boundary, under a separate title from the main house and currently providing a useful source of income. Comprising a sitting room, dining room, three bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom, together with a garage and dedicated parking space, it is ideal for those requiring self-contained ancillary accommodation.
The garden extends to about 1.60 acres in total, with the majority lying to the rear of the property and featuring a variety of established shrubs, including rhododendron, and a specimen lime tree. A border of mature trees and mixed hedging provides a high level of privacy to all sides.
A wide brick terrace spans the rear of the house, accessed from the drawing room and kitchen/breakfast room providing a lovely spot for enjoyment of the views. Large areas of terraced lawns extend down to a sheltered swimming pool on the lower tier, together with associated changing rooms, w.c. and a shower.
To the front, the property is approached from the road through high trellised gates with wrought iron fittings and elegant sandstone plinths into a substantial brick driveway providing ample parking and turning space, with a side spur servicing the cottage.
Services: Mains gas-fired central heating. Mains water, electricity and drainage.
Outgoings: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council: 01892 526121. The Manor House: Tax Band H, Manor Gate Cottage: Tax Band F.
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Square Footage: 7,864 sq ft
Acreage: 1.6 Acres
Head South on the A26 through Tunbridge Wells and turn right into Mount Ephraim and on to the A264 Langton Green Road. Pass through Langton Green and turn right by The Hare public house towards Speldhurst. Continue towards the village, passing the primary school on your left and then turn right at the t-junction in the centre of the village. Pass the George and Dragon pub on the right and the church on the left and the gates for The Manor House will be found on the right-hand side.
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