13 bedroom detached house for sale

Frittenden Road, Staplehurst, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12

Guide Price £1,950,000

Property Description

Key features

  • First time to the market in over 50 years
  • Lot 1:
  • Principal listed family home
  • 3 bedroom bungalow
  • Detached period barn
  • Glorious grounds
  • About 6 acres
  • Cranbrook School catchment (2018)
  • EPC Rating = G

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Coming to the market for the first time in over 50 years, a beautifully situated country house, detached barn and bungalow surrounded by glorious gardens and grounds and enjoying rural views

Location

Spilsill Court sits in an elevated position amidst glorious grounds protected by neighbouring farmland. The property is conveniently placed for the local village of Staplehurst, which has good local shopping facilities and a station with regular services to London. Further shopping, sport and leisure facilities are available in Cranbrook and Tunbridge Wells.

Mainline rail services: Fast and frequent commuter services can be found at Staplehurst with trains directly to London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East and Charing Cross.

Education: Spilsill Court is situated in the renowned Cranbrook School catchment area (2018). Further excellent education opportunities can be found locally at both primary and secondary levels, in the private and state sectors. These include Saint Ronans, Marlborough House and Dulwich preparatory schools, The High Weald Academy, Benenden School for Girls and further afield there are independent girl and boy’s schools in Sutton Valence, Tonbridge and Canterbury.

Communications: The M25 can be accessed from the A20 at junctions 5 or 6, which links to other motorway networks and Gatwick and Heathrow Airports.

Description

HISTORY
Spilsill Court is an impressive country house of architectural interest and historic note and designated a Grade II listing. The original house is believed to have been built in the late 13th century and the first owners were the de Speldselle family, whom we understand took their name from the site. Over the centuries the house has passed in to different ownership including Walter Mainey who was Sherriff of Kent during the reign of Elizabeth I and it was during this time that the chapel, now the sitting room, was built on the north side of the house for the sect of the Particular Baptists and the local villagers of Staplehurst. In 1920 Spilsill Court was bought by Miss Christina Knowles who transformed the gardens and grounds into what they are today and built a chapel at the bottom of the rose garden in remembrance of her mother.

DESCRIPTION
Coming to the market for the first time in over 50 years, Spilsill Court is an idyllically situated country house atop a long private drive in a rural country lane setting. The thriving village of Staplehurst lies just over a mile to the west where there are a good range of shops, amenities and mainline station with frequent links to London and the Continent.

The principal residence, with its medieval origins still very much in evidence, consists of a substantial Grade II listed country house dating in part from the 16th century with 19th or 20th century additions. Within the delightful grounds lie The Bungalow and The Court Barn, a superb unconverted oak framed barn and oast which has, in past years, been used as a theatre for plays and opera productions.
This charming family home with internal accommodation approaching 8,000 sq ft is now in need of some modest updating and features three principal reception rooms of excellent proportions, some boasting reclaimed oak panelling and each with fine fireplaces.
Further reception rooms include a study, a sitting room (understood to have at one time been a chapel for the local villagers) and a family room.
The kitchen/breakfast room has a range of cupboards and a propane gas fired four oven Aga. There is an adjoining scullery with additional cupboards and a north-facing pantry.
Arranged over the first and second floors are thirteen bedrooms, including the master bedroom suite which enjoys lovely vistas over the ‘Rose Garden’ and benefits from an en suite bathroom.
The remaining bedrooms are served by four bath/shower rooms and three separate WCs.

ANCILLARY ACCOMMODATION
To the south west of the drive there is a single storey three bedroom cottage set within its own enclosed private garden. This is currently tenanted with a two month rolling notice period either way.

THE COURT BARN
This substantial detached 17th century oak framed barn and oast of over 3,700 sq ft is currently divided to incorporate a number storage rooms, garaging, a kitchen and an outstanding recreational area of 52 ft with a galleried mezzanine floor.

GARDENS, GROUNDS & OUTBUILDINGS
Spilsill Court is approached via a long private lane, flanked by mature trees, indigenous mixed hedging and neighbouring pasture. Once over the cattle grid, the drive bypasses The
Court Barn and Spilsill Bungalow and continues around to the main house with a spur leading off to the various outbuildings.
The beautiful gardens and grounds, which extend to about 6 acres, are an outstanding backdrop. Having been meticulously designed and laid out they feature individual garden areas, cleverly merging formal and informal areas. To the east lies a knot garden with a Fleur De Lys design. A pathway circumnavigates one of the Bethersden Marble lined ponds and leads to the orchard whilst a hornbeam walkway gives way to the adjoining ‘garden rooms’ which include ‘Scotch Corner’, the ‘Spring Garden’, the ‘Blue Garden’, the ‘Dry Garden’, the ‘Pageant Lawn’ and the ‘Rose Garden’, behind which is a family chapel.

Square Footage: 7,923 sq ft
Acreage: 6 Acres

Directions

From the centre of Cranbrook proceed to the Wilsley Pound roundabout and follow the A229 towards Staplehurst. Immediately after the garage turn right in to Frittenden Lane and proceed for about 0.5 of a mile where the drive leading to Spilsill Court will be found on the left hand side.


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Added on Rightmove:
10 April 2018

Nearest stations

  • Staplehurst (1.0 mi)
  • Headcorn (2.9 mi)
  • Marden (3.1 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Staplehurst (1.0 mi)
  • Headcorn (2.9 mi)
  • Marden (3.1 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

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