3 bedroom character property for saleHadlow Castle, High Street, TN11
- Strawberry Hill Gothic Style
- Part of Hadlow Castle
- Grade II Listed
Some homes are genuinely unique and this, 'The Keep', is most definitely one of them.
A stunning collection of individual homes, remnants of the 'castle' built in the late eighteenth century and of which 'The Keep' forms part, nestle beside Hadlow Tower.
The tower, also known as May's Folly, was built between 1838 and 1840 by Walter Barton May, Goodsall, in his Second Kentish Patchwork, referred to it as 'One of the best known, and certainly the most conspicuous folly in the county...'
The tower and castle reference Fonthill in Wiltshire in design and in Bagshaw's 1847 Gazetteer it is referred to as 'a superb mansion, recently erected, and a fine example of architectural embellishments... This tower exhibits a unique specimen of diversity and beauty...'
The main house of Hadlow Castle, built in the place of Hadlow Court Lodge, is long gone but May's legacy most definitely isn't. Rising high above the skyline the tower is a beacon announcing Hadlow to passers-by.
It is a very special environment, like no other and this collection of very individual properties provide a wonderful home for anyone who has a passion for the romance of architecture.
It's hard to know where to begin describing this home. To the first time visitor there is a sense of wonder as you turn in through the gothic gateway between the gatehouses. Wind along the driveway and a few select homes peer from behind hedges and then you turn a corner and this amazing presence appears rising up with the Tower as a backdrop. It is an intriguing introduction to a wonderful home that keeps bringing surprises as you discover new facets. It may be the shape of a window or the view through it, the living room fireplace or the view as you turn a corner outside, a casual encounter with a neighbour, all these things add to the magic of being here.
Delightful rooms rise up, the product of an eccentric mind and that romantic period of Georgian architecture. You're not sure what to expect when you visit and the property manages to surprise at every turn. Frivolous space makes it intriguing as the ante rooms add a very different feel to the living room and two of the bedrooms.
This is a home where you show off your collections, display your artwork and sit ensconced with a favourite book in your very own 'castle' room.
It is a home of romance and yet one of practicality. The living room, seeming almost square is a lovely space for daily life and for entertaining in. The kitchen, compact in comparison, works wonderfully and our clients have catered for gatherings of twelve upwards with ease here. Thoughtful design has had them place the freezer and washing machine out of sight under the stairs to maximise storage in the kitchen, a room that is incredibly easy to work in.
Up above there are three bedrooms and two have that ante room coming off. Studio space, dressing room, office, play room, use them as you will, they add a dimension to life that few homes can match.
Outside there is a private garden, lawned and hedged to provide a space to enjoy to yourself. Beyond there are grounds to wander through, a pond with seating for the residents to make use of and beautiful views across farmland.
One of our favourite things, silly as it may seem, is the lovely gateway to the churchyard set in a charming brick wall, a secret journey. Take your key, open it and you are into the church grounds and moments from the square with the bakers, greengrocers and butchers. Hadlow has a general store, hairdressers, doctor, dentist, primary school and restaurant too. It is a lovely community, known to many for the agricultural college, you can also enjoy Broadview Gardens and the tea rooms that are part of it.
Travel a little further from the village through glorious Kentish countryside and you can be in Tonbridge and commute to London, a thirty-eight-minute train journey. Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone all beckon as do the many rural public houses that you may well enjoy exploring on the way.
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