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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Kilndown, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17

Under Offer £2,950,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Impressive listed country house
  • Elevated position with splendid views
  • 6 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
  • 4 Reception Rooms
  • Detached 2 bedroom cottage
  • Triple Garage
  • Secondary Accommodation
  • Swimming Pool
  • 5084 Approx Sq Ft

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A most impressive XIX Century Listed country house in a wonderful elevated setting with splendid views &
park-like grounds together with a two bedroom cottage in its own gardens


Kilndown House is situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, set off a country lane and well screened by its own grounds. The sought after village of Goudhurst is easily accessible providing good local shopping facilities and amenities, including a bakery, butcher & grocery store, chemist, newsagents, hairdressers, several public houses and a hotel.

Comprehensive shopping: More extensive shopping and amenities can be found in and around the picturesque small towns of Hawkhurst (6.4 miles) and Cranbrook (7.6 miles) which include leading supermarkets and a variety of restaurants whilst Tunbridge Wells (10 miles), with its period architecture has an excellent shopping mall, boutiques, extensive retail park, leisure complex and cinema. Bluewater shopping centre is located just off the M25 Junction 2 (A2/M2).

Mainline rail services: Marden (7.2 miles) and Paddock Wood (9.5 miles) with direct services to London Bridge (about 42 mins), Waterloo, Charing Cross and Cannon Street. Early morning and evening direct services to and from Cannon Street. Eurostar trains run from Ashford International. A regular high speed train service from Ashford International to London St Pancras, with a journey time of 37 minutes.

Private School: Dulwich Preparatory, Marlborough House, Saint Ronan's, Vinehall and Claremont School preparatory schools. At senior level, Benenden Girls' School, King's School Canterbury, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Mayfield and Sutton Valence Schools.

Primary schools: Goudhurst, Benenden, Sandhurst, Hawkhurst.

Leisure/sporting facilities: Cranbrook School (voluntary aided non-denominational boarding and day co-educational state grammar school), Homewood School, Tenterden (Arts College), Highworth Grammar School Ashford (Music specialist), Norton Knatchbull for Boys (Language College and offering the International Baccalaureate) and High Weald Academy, Cranbrook.

Motorway Links: The M25 via the A21 can be accessed at J5 and the M20 via J8, providing links to Gatwick and Heathrow airports and other motorways.


Kilndown House is a most impressive Victorian country house designed by the architect Richard Cromwell Carpenter in the gothic revival style and Grade II listed as a property of architectural interest and historic note. Two of Carpenter's most well-known buildings were the schools at Lancing and Hurstpierpoint. Kilndown House is featured in "The English Parsonage in the Early Nineteenth Century" by Timothy
Brittain-Catlin. Built originally as the vicarage to Kilndown Church in 1849-1855, this beautiful home with its Ashlar sandstone elevations enhanced with climbing roses, hydrangeas and mature wisteria, sits amidst park-like gardens and grounds and enjoys an elevated yet private position with wonderful far reaching views towards the historic village of Goudhurst. To the west of the main house lies a charming listed former coach house and stable courtyard, also designed by R C Carpenter, and benefiting from separate access and private garden.

Internally, Kilndown House features beautifully presented accommodation amounting to over 5,000 sq ft with the majority of well proportioned rooms enjoying the far reaching views towards Goudhurst. Points of note include;

High ceilings with ornate cornicing and ceiling roses, mullioned trefoil windows, moulded arched inner doors, some with stone architraves, flagstone flooring to the halls and kitchen/breakfast room.

Of particular note are the beautiful fireplaces which feature prominently throughout the house.

Elegant, light reception rooms situated off the long reception hall, include a beautiful drawing room, formal dining room, southerly facing morning room and study with bespoke cupboards and book shelving. All provide excellent areas for entertaining whilst enjoying vistas over the gardens and grounds. To the south end of the kitchen/breakfast room, accessed via double doors, is an excellent playroom/sitting room with wooden flooring and open fireplace.

The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with a range of handpainted cupboards and central island. Appliances include an oil fired two oven Aga, electric fan oven, four ring (LPG) gas hob and integral dishwasher. A door leads to a larder with extensive shelving and space for an American style fridge/freezer.

Off the rear hall lies a laundry room equipped with further cupboards and space for a washing machine and tumble dryer, a boot room and cloakroom.

In addition, there is a cellar with a storage room housing the boiler, a wine store with bins and coal hole.

A principal stone staircase, overlooked by a superb leaded light window and featuring a part carved wood and carved stone handrail, leads to the first floor where there are six attractive bedrooms, three bath/shower rooms, two being en suite and a separate WC.

Gardens, Grounds & Outbuildings
Kilndown House is approached from Ranters Lane via electronically operated gates. The drive, flanked by level lawns and an array of mature trees, leads to an area of parking to the south west of the house and continues round to the triple garaging, with a spur leading off to the cottage and secondary entrance.

The gardens and grounds are a delightful feature of the property providing an outstanding setting and benefiting from privacy and seclusion. To the north of the house lies a substantial York stone terrace with stone steps leading down to an expanse of lawn, with a semi circular clipped yew hedge screening the rose garden and a shingle pathway continuing through to a lime walk. To the south, the gardens continue with Portuguese laurel hedging and further terraces, ideal for al fresco entertaining.

A heated swimming pool with electric cover and slate surround lies to the south east. A gate leads through to the kitchen garden with fruit cages and there is an orchard planted with varieties of apple, pear and cherry trees.

Outbuildings include a detached triple garage block with two electric doors, a period weatherboarded garden/machinery store with tiled roof and a greenhouse.

The Coach House
To the west of the main house, screened by a bank of rhododendrons and laurel hedging lies the charming Grade II listed coach house with brick courtyard and private gardens. Internally, there are two reception rooms, a fully fitted kitchen, utility room, cloakroom, two first floor bedrooms, a bathroom and integral garage.

Oil fired central heating system via radiators to the main house and coach house. Private drainage system, mains water and electricity.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council - 01892 526121.
Kilndown House - Band H - 2014/15; The Coach House - Band G.

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1. They are not authorised to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property either here or elsewhere, either on their own behalf or on behalf of their client or otherwise. They assume no responsibility for any statement that may be made in these particulars. These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact.

2. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, images and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive. It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents and Savills have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise.

Square Footage: 5,084 sq ft
Acreage: 4.3 Acres


From Goudhurst village, head in a westerly direction along the A262 towards the A21. At the bottom of the hill, turn left onto the B2086 towards Kilndown. Proceed for about 0.9 of a mile and the entrance to Kilndown House will be found on the left hand side.

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07 March 2016


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