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Bayham Abbey, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, TN3

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Winkworth, Tunbridge Wells

Key features

  • **Virtual tour available upon request**
  • 5 double bedroom house
  • 4 acres of land with decked entertaining space and pond
  • One of 6 residences in the former stately home of Bayham Abbey
  • Gallery staircase
  • Original features throughout
  • Grade II* Listed
  • Set in 40 acres of listed parkland
  • Large master suite, with dressing room and en-suite
  • 6.1 miles to the centre of Tunbridge Wells

Property description

Tenure: Freehold

Fantastic opportunity to acquire this large 5 double-bedroom property with 4 acres of land, set in the house and grounds of Bayham Abbey. The former country home of Marquis of Camden was constructed in the 1870s while the Humphrey Repton-designed gardens and parkland were commissioned in 1799. In the late 1970s, the buildings and 40 acres of surrounding grounds were split into 20 private dwellings, each with a private garden.

The Bell House is one of six residences located in the main house and named after the bell tower, which sits proudly above the main entrance. Occupying part of the former servant’s quarters, this property effortlessly earns the word “grandeur”, with a large galleried dining hall, generously proportioned rooms, an abundance of features (including original shutters) and high ceilings throughout.

The property includes approximately 4 acres of land, which includes a pond and the remains of the original swimming pool, now set as decking with an outbuilding connected to mains electric and water.

Located in the grounds of Bayham Abbey, the notable one-mile driveway allows for spectacular views over the former 1000+ acres of parkland, Bayham Lake and the other properties contained within the estate.

Tunbridge Wells centre can be found just over 6 miles away, with the famous Pantiles, shopping area and great selection of cafes and restaurants.

A little closer to home, the villages of Lamberhurst and Bells Yew Green are both just over 2 miles away and offer local amenities.

Frant mainline station is 2.9 miles with trains direct into London Bridge, Charing Cross and Cannon Street.


Set across two-storeys, this grand family home has everything you need. As you walk through the entrance hallway, you are greeted with an open fireplace, high ceilings and attractive cornicing.


The kitchen (the former still room), situated at the heart of the ground floor, enjoys views out onto gardens and provides an excellent hub for entertaining. Featuring original cupboards, it is fully fitted with modern appliances, including Quooker tap, Miele microwave, steam oven, dishwasher and Neff induction hob and ovens.

Drawing Room

The drawing room, forming part of the original housekeeper’s quarters, is now home to an amazing library and reading area, with an open marble fireplace in the main part of the room. East-facing, it has large sash windows with views onto gardens, creating a large bright room.

Dining Room

The double-height dining room is arguably one of the finest features of the property. This was the original kitchen to the mansion and has a doorway into the courtyard to the rear. A 165 bottle wine rack now occupies the recess where the original cooking range once stood.

The room benefits from underfloor heating and is illuminated by a large skylight, creating an ambiance of natural light while boasting a grand staircase, which wraps round to open onto a gallery balcony overlooking the dining area below. This space is a wonderful area for entertaining.

Ground floor living

A well-proportioned living room, with open marble fireplace and large sash windows, can be found at the west-facing front of the property. Additionally, a good-sized study and downstairs WC, with plumbing for a shower, make up the ground floor.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom suite is located at the end of the long upstairs hallway, spanning across the southern side of the property. It contains an open fireplace, while the generously sized dressing room, with its own fireplace, offers fantastic views across the parkland. A large en-suite, housing a bath, double-basin vanity unit, suspended WC and shower, is accessed from the dressing room. The en-suite also provides access to the bell tower.


The other four bedrooms are all of a good size, with views to the east and west. All rooms are suitable for double beds and offer additional storage space. The two double bedrooms at the front of the property are connected through an internal door.


The family bathroom is located at the front of the property and offers an amazing stand alone, roll top bath, large shower, WC and wash basin. It also has two heated towel rails and a large storage unit with a second hot water tank.

Utility Space

At the north end of the large upstairs hallway, is a large additional space, which is currently being used as a linen store and ironing area.


This remarkable property also comes with approximately 4-acres of land, which is accessed via a shared footpath. The Bell House garden has some incredible features, including a large open pond, terrace with outbuilding and sunken outdoor decked dining area with fish a smaller pond in the former swimming pool. The outbuilding is connected to mains electric and water and is used for entertaining and storage. The garden enjoys incredible views across the adjoining countryside and the Bayham Abbey Ruins.

Adjoining the main house is a shared courtyard, which is a great space for sitting out with an enjoyable glass of wine of an evening. The property also comes with a stone built store, which provides storage for the 1,800 litre oil tank, as well as bin and log store with room for additional requirements.


Located off the Bayham Road and accessed via a mile-long driveway, The Bell House is in a great location for access to both the countryside and the town. Tunbridge Wells is situated just over 6 miles away, and offers The Pantiles, for great shops and restaurants, the High Street and The Royal Victoria Place shopping centre as well as a variety of pubs and bars. The villages of

Lamberhurst and Bells Yew Green are both just over 2 miles away and offer local amenities as well as villages pubs and dining.

The Bell House is located nearby plenty of local attractions, including the Bayham Abbey Ruins (1.8 miles), Scotney Castle (4.2 miles), Bewl Reservoir (7.5 miles) and Bedgebury Pinetum (7.2 miles).


Frant station, located in Bells Yew Green, is a little over 2 miles away and offers links into London Charing Cross, London Bridge and Waterloo East in just over an hour, with services running every hour throughout the day.

The A21 is easily accessible and offers good access to the M25 for London and north and also towards Hastings and the coast.


There is a great selection of primary and secondary schools at both state and independent level in the surrounding areas.


• Freehold
• Grade II* listed
• Oil fired central heating
• Private drainage
• Mains water and electricity
• Fibre optic broadband
• EPC exempt


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Bayham Abbey, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, TN3

NEAREST STATIONSDistances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode

  • Frant Station2.0 miles
  • Wadhurst Station2.7 miles
  • Tunbridge Wells Station3.6 miles
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