9 bedroom equestrian facility for saleGrange Hill, Plaxtol, Sevenoaks, Kent
- 9,009 sq ft of flexible accommodation
- Up to 10 bedrooms in main house
- 2 Bedroom cottage can be incorporated or self-contained
- Detached unconverted rubble stone barn
- Stable yard, sand school and about 43 acres
- Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool
- Tennis Court
- Wonderful views over your own grounds
A remarkable and distinguished Grade II* listed country residence with superb views to the North Downs and over its own extensive grounds, only about 30 miles South East of central London on the rural fringe of a popular Kent village
Reception Hall, 4 Formal Reception Rooms, Family Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Games/Billiards Room, Study Hall, Scullery, Utility Room, 2 Cloakrooms, Cellar Stores & Wine Cellar, Master Bedroom Suite (Dressing Room could be used as additional double Bedroom), Guest Bedroom Suite, 6 further Double Bedrooms plus Cinema Room (up to 10 Bedrooms in total), 4 Bath/Shower Rooms in total (2 En Suite), Laundry Room, 2 Bedroom self-contained attached/integrated Cottage, Rubble Stone 1,347 sq.ft. Barn, Stable Yard with Barns & Manege, Formal Gardens, Orchard, Swimming Pool, Tennis Court, Grounds & Paddocks. In all about 43 acres. EPC: Listed
Sevenoaks – 6.5 miles
Tunbridge Wells – 14 miles
Bluewater – 16 miles
Eurotunnel at Ebbsfleet – 22 miles
Central London – 30 miles
Gatwick Airport – 32 miles
South Coast (Hastings/Eastbourne/Brighton) – 40-45 miles
Heathrow Airport – 53 miles
Stansted Airport – 55 miles
Recognised for its architectural importance, not only through its Grade II* listing, but also meriting a reference in Pevsner’s Buildings of England, The Grange is believed to have Elizabethan/Jacobean origins, although it was re-fronted in 1702 in a classical Queen Anne style and extended and remodelled by the famous British architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1926, as well as receiving various remodelling and updating works by the current owners over the years. It boasts some impressive rooms and period features throughout.
In addition to the main house, attached to its south-east corner, there is a self-contained, two-bedroom cottage. This can be configured as a separate residence for household staff, used as a large suite for visiting families, or formally combined with the main house.
The property is located down a quiet country lane on the outskirts of the pretty Kent village of Plaxtol, about 6.5 miles East of Sevenoaks and about 6 miles North of Tonbridge. Its land, totalling about 43 acres in total, is divided into the principal gardens and grounds lying predominantly to the South of the house, to include a separate 1,347 sq ft rubble stone vaulted barn, heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, orchard, formal gardens, sweeping lawns, equestrian facilities and paddocks. The remaining land, amounting to about 24.75 acres, lies to the North of Grange Hill (the lane). The house enjoys a delightful outlook over both, and to the North the view extends to the North Downs.
High ceilings and light and spacious rooms.
Feature fireplaces, several used for open fires including the reception hall and sitting room.
Wood panelled and panel detail walls.
Multi-pane sash windows, many with working shutters and some recessed with box seating.
Impressive double height reception hall with open fire, galleried landing, stone floor, arched windows and oeil de boeuf to the front and a view through the sitting room to the far-reaching gardens at the rear.
Extended, part-vaulted family kitchen/breakfast room and adjoining scullery.
Lots of useful built-in storage cupboards, plus an extensive cellar.
Attractive Grade II listed rubble stone barn with red brick dressings, slit windows and wagon doors. Internally, the vaulted barn provides 1,347 sq ft of vaulted space to include a lean to store room at one end. The considerable oil tank is stored in the barn. It is useful garaging space and includes a service pit.
The gravel driveway provides ample parking and there is an additional car port tucked away to one side of the barn.
The drive continues down to the stable yard, which comprises 3 loose boxes, tack room, store room and various open barns, arranged in an L shape block with roof overhang and concrete yard with gates leading into the southern fields and manège, which has a further open barn to one end.
The heated swimming/diving pool is located in a well screened, enclosed area between the house and the stable yard and includes an electric safety cover and pool house, with a paved bathing terrace around.
The tennis court is also well screened from the house, tucked away to one end of the orchard.
The gardens are a particularly attractive feature of the property, comprising more formal areas including dining terraces, fountains/water features, a parterre garden and a colourful array of flower beds and borders, the orchard, level lawns and a 450ft undulating lawn that stretches due south from the back of the house to the woods, providing a wonderful outlook. Also, from the end of the garden, where the current owners have strategically placed a gazebo, there is a stunning view back over the grounds and paddocks to the North Downs.
There are three paddocks surrounding the stable yard, plus a further two fields opposite the house across the lane.
A wooded tree line wraps around the outer boundaries of the property providing a great degree of privacy, widening into a deeper area of wood in the far South-West corner.
Plaxtol is a popular Kent village, conveniently situated between the towns of Tonbridge and Sevenoaks, within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village has a general store/post office, public house, Church and primary school. It is surrounded by some beautiful countryside and historic places of interest including Ightham Mote and the Fairlawn Estate.
There are rail stations at Borough Green (4 miles) and Sevenoaks (7 miles). Borough Green serves London Victoria in about 50 minutes, whilst Sevenoaks mainline station serves Charing Cross, via London Bridge and Waterloo East, and Cannon Street with journey time of around 35 minutes.
The M25 is also within easy reach, which in turn gives access to London, Gatwick and Heathrow Airports, Bluewater shopping centre near Dartford and the Channel Tunnel terminus.
There are a good number of well-regarded schools in the local area including Grammar Schools for Girls and Boys in Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, and Preparatory Schools / Public Schools in both Sevenoaks and Tonbridge.
Nearby there are golf courses at Wildernesse and Knole in Sevenoaks and Nizels in Hildernborough. There are many local private and public sports and leisure facilities.
Rights of Way
There are two public rights of way crossing the pastureland to the north of the house. There are no public rights of way crossing the land which forms the main gardens and grounds of The Grange.
Services: Oil fired central heating. Mains water and electricity. Private drainage.
Local Authority: Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council: 01732 844522. Council tax band: H.
Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation.
From the M25, take junction 5 onto the A21 and then take the first exit onto the A25 towards Sevenoaks. At the mini-roundabout in Riverhead keep left to stay on the A25 and at the second roundabout turn right to stay on the A25. Continue on the A25 into Seal and then proceed for about another 2 miles before turning right into Coach Road (towards Ivy Hatch and Ightham Mote). Follow this road for about 1.2 miles, through Ivy Hatch. At the T junction turn right onto the A227. Take the next left signposted towards Plaxtol. In the village, turn left immediately after the Church into Tree Lane. Take the next lane on the right (Grange Hill), and the entrance to The Grange will be found a little way down this lane on the right-hand side.
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