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5 bedroom house for sale

Stumble Hill, Shipbourne, Tonbridge, Kent

Sold STC £1,450,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Handsome Georgian Family House
  • Overlooking Shipbourne Common
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Walled Garden
  • Grade II listed

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A handsome Grade II listed country house with beautiful gardens overlooking Shipbourne Common

Entrance Hall, Drawing Room, Music Room, Dining Room, Superb Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Cellar, Master Bedroom with en suite Bathroom, 3 Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Attic Bedroom 5, Garages, Beautiful Secluded Rear Garden, In all about 0.44 acre. EPC: Listed


The property is situated on and overlooks Shipbourne Common in the centre of the village of Shipbourne. It is conveniently located about 4 miles North of Tonbridge and about 7 miles South-East of Sevenoaks. The popular Chaser Inn public house is next door, whilst your nearest shops are in the neighbouring villages of Plaxtol, Hadlow and Hildenborough. Sevenoaks and Tonbridge provide more comprehensive shopping facilities. One of the finest farmer’ market in Kent Shipbourne farmer’s market takes place every Thursday morning at the Church.

The village is surrounded by some beautiful countryside and historic places of interest including Ightham Mote and Knole.

There are rail stations at Hildenborough (about 4 miles), Borough Green (4.2 miles) and Sevenoaks (7.2 miles). Borough Green serves London Victoria in about 50 minutes, whilst Hildenborough and Sevenoaks serve Charing Cross, via London Bridge and Waterloo East, and Cannon Street with journey time of around 35 minutes (from Sevenoaks).
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.

Shipbourne itself has an excellent primary school and the surrounding area is well supplied with highly-regarded state and private schools including Walthamstow Hall, Sevenoaks Public School, Solefields, Granville and New Beacon preparatory schools in Sevenoaks; Hilden Grange and The Schools at Somerhill in Tonbridge. Grammar schools for Boys and Girls in Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells; and St Michaels & Russell House preparatory schools in Otford and Radnor House in Sundridge.

Sevenoaks has the Wildernesse and Knole golf clubs. Nizels Golf & Fitness Centre in Hildenborough is also nearby. There are sports and leisure centres in Tonbridge and Sevenoaks.


Shipbourne House is a beautifully extended and enhanced Grade II listed property presenting some lovely period features and elements from its history of being a former village bakery and post office.
The house enjoys an attractive outlook over Shipbourne Common to the front, with front garden, driveway and verge between the house and the road. To the rear of the house is a beautiful, secluded walled garden.

In addition to the house there is a detached garage, a tandem garage (accessed off a private road to the south) and a useful detached home office/store.


The drawing room is located in the oldest part of the house (the original shop), and is a wonderfully light, double aspect room with multi-pane windows to the front and rear. A large inglenook fireplace with oak bressumer housing a woodburning stove is located at one end, with built-in cupboard to one side. The old post box, set into the wall, has been retained as a memento of the building's prior usage. The ceiling height is very good, and in the far corner the ceiling is vaulted to expose the original wattle and daub rear exterior of the building.

The front door retains its original elaborate fanlight. The entrance hall, music room and dining room were all Georgian extensions to the original house and enjoy high ceilings with panelled doors and multi-pane original sash windows. The Music Room benefits from original folding shutters. The dining room also features an open fireplace and wooden floorboards, and a wide opening leads through to the kitchen.

The vaulted kitchen, located in the old bakery, has been significantly enhanced by the current owners to include underfloor heated limestone flooring, feature dimmer control lighting, an Esse Ironheart multi-fuel stove in the original chimney breast, wooden kitchen units with granite worktops including an island with breakfast bar and dresser units in the chimney recesses, integrated fan oven, steam combination oven, warming drawer, undermount fridge, induction hob with downdraft extractor, space for an American style fridge freezer and dishwasher, twin butler style sink with swan neck mixer tap, Quooker "boiling" water tap and prep sink with waste disposal. French doors lead out to the rear garden terraces on either side and a sky lantern in the hall between the dining room and the kitchen allows for lots of natural light.

Adjoining utility room with space/plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer, plus further butler sink next to the kitchen, with a shower room/cloakroom accessed beyond this.

Planning permission and listed building consent has been obtained to add a pantry and lobby/mud room on either side of the kitchen and to add bi-folding doors out to the side terrace.

The house benefits from a cellar room providing useful additional storage space.

Arranged over the first floor is the family bathroom plus 4 double bedrooms, including the master bedroom, located in the older part of the house and again featuring a beamed ceiling. The master enjoys a double aspect to the front and rear and has its own en suite bathroom.

Accessed from the landing, steep steps rise to a room over the master bedroom, which works well as a play room or guest bedroom with dormer windows looking out to the front and rear.

Both bathrooms have white suites with showers over the baths.


The property has an attractive approach, accessed over a gravel in and out driveway with lawn verge and front lawn between the house and the road. A pathway flanked with flower beds leads up to the front door.

To one side of the house is a detached single garage. There is also off street parking in front of the garage, and a separate tandem garage with electric sectional door accessed off a private lane to the south of the property, which has a back entrance to the rear garden. Both garages have electric car charging points.

The rear, walled garden is absolutely beautiful and very private. It wraps around the kitchen, which extends out from the back of the house. Predominately laid to lawn, there is a colourful array of established flowers and shrubs around the borders.

Broad paved terraces stretch along the back of the house, on both sides of the kitchen, one with a safety covered Roman well, and there is a further seating terrace to the far corner and a BBQ terrace to one side with raised beds for herbs/composting.

To the rear of the garage is a separate outbuilding, currently used for storage, which could be utilised as a gym or home office. There is also a children's summerhouse in the garden.

In all about 0.44 acre.

Property Information

Services: Oil fired central heating. Mains water, electricity and drainage. Underfloor heating to kitchen, utility room and ground floor bathroom.

Local Authority: Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, Tel: 01732 844522.
Council Tax Band: G

Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation.


From Tonbridge, head North on the A227, Shipbourne Road (straight ahead/fork right at the traffic lights at the top of the High Street by Tonbridge School). Continue for about 3.7 miles (over 2 roundabouts) into Shipbourne. The property will be found on the left-hand side immediately before The Chaser Inn on The Common.

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26 May 2017

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