6 bedroom detached house for saleWhitehall Road, Thurnham, Kent
Ripple Manor is a most handsome Grade II listed property, believed to date from the early 17th Century and re-fronted with a symmetrical early Georgian facade. It stands in a secluded setting at the end of a no through lane, with a stunning backdrop of undulating countryside and the North Downs.
The house appears in excellent decorative order and has huge character, with many exposed beams and elegant sash windows. The front door leads to the staircase hall with heavy oak double doors to the drawing room; this has many exposed timbers and a deep inglenook with wood-burning stove. The dining room faces to the rear and leads to the newly fitted kitchen. A delightful, double aspect panelled sitting room faces north and east.
On the first floor are three good bedrooms and a shower room; one bedroom is fitted as a study and has great views. Stairs rise to the second floor where there are two further bedrooms and a bathroom.
A little to the north east of the house is The Cottage, an attractive single storey brick building, with useful ancillary accommodation which has recently been refurbished.
Ripple Manor lies just off a quiet no through lane within the hamlet of Thurnham and is set in an idyllic location at the foot of the North Downs near to the path of the ancient Pilgrims Way. Nestling between the villages of Detling and Hollingbourne, Thurnham offers fast access onto the A249, which feeds both the M20 to the south and M2 to the north.
The county town of Maidstone provides a wide range of educational, recreational and shopping facilities, and the charming village of Bearsted offers a number of local services, including a station with regular services to London Victoria, the journey taking approximately 1 hour 15 mins.
Alternatively, the stations in Maidstone offer a variety of services to the West End, the City and St Pancras International. Ebbsfleet International provides an alternative route to central London, taking just 18 minutes to St Pancras. The Channel Ports and Eurotunnel at Folkestone are accessible via the M20.
The property is approached through double gates and over a smart gravel drive leading to the garage. Nearby are the outbuildings, which comprise four stables, and two storage barns.
The beautiful gardens provide a suitable setting for the house. They are predominantly lawned, with some interesting trees, shrubs, borders and topiary. There is paved terracing and a kitchen garden at the rear of the house. In the front garden is a really lovely summer house positioned to take in the best views.
Close to the house is a paddock and orchard with a pond.
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