9 bedroom Detached House for sale: West Kent
- SOLD - Substantial Manor House
- Set in 37 acres of gardens & grounds
- Assorted leisure facilities
- 6 Principle bedrooms/ 5 bathrooms
- Integral 3 bedroom/2 bathrooms Annexe
- Equestrian facilities
- Large garaging
- Additional Coach House
- Not listed
S O L D - A substantial Manor House, with 13th Century origins (not Nationally Listed), set within 37 acres (*TBV) in a secluded elevated position at the end of a no through lane a with an integral self-contained annexe, Coach House/Garage with potential studio (scope as groom's/staff flat)- in all over 10,000sqft.
Also included on the estate is a well organised equestrian facility. This includes a stable block of 4 loose boxes including a foaling box hay store, feed store and 20m x 40m riding arena. There is woodland (scope to adapt for riding out/dog walks/cross country jumps etc.), a heated Swimming Pool (retractable full height cover) plus Jacuzzi and shower room. The gardens feature a glorious walled area (creating a wonderful backdrop to the house), a fruit orchard, kitchen garden, greenhouse and raised vegetable beds plus Polytunnel.
The main house is of period origins, with a handsome later added Georgian façade, and offers extremely versatile accommodation reconfigured over the years and now boasts both formal and informal living, along with entertaining areas, with many original features retained throughout. There are further options to reconfigure the current layout of the accommodation for those wanting to add their own interior design ideas.
The whole offers the rare opportunity to acquire a significantly sized detached family home ring fenced within its own extensive acreage in this highly sought postcode within the Metropolitan Green Belt and on the borders of the North Kent Downs.
LOCATION & AREA AWARENESS
The property is situated in a picturesque countryside location which is popular with horse riders, walkers, ramblers and cyclists yet offers the benefit of very convenient access to London and major road, air and rail networks. The nearest villages are Halstead, Knockolt and Green Street Green which between them provide local amenities (including Waitrose).
More comprehensive shopping and leisure facilities are available at Sevenoaks, Bromley, Orpington and Bluewater which are all situated around 15 minutes drive away. The mainline rail stations of Orpington (3miles), Knockholt (1.7m) and Chelsfield (1.7m) offer fast commuter links to London Victoria, Charing Cross, London Bridge, Cannon Street and Waterloo (journey times of around 30 minutes).
The M25 at junction 4 is approx. 2 miles away providing links to Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted airports as well as Ebsfleet and Ashford International Channel Tunnel Terminus with high speed rail services to Central London and Europe.
There are some excellent schools in the area both in the private sector and grammar including Sevenoaks School which enjoys a position as one of the world's leading independent schools.
Other Schools include: Private/ Public Schools: Walthamstow Hall Girls, New Beacon Boys, Tonbridge Boys, Solefield Boys, Bromley High Girls.
Grammar/State Schools: Tunbridge Wells Boys, Weald of Kent Girls, Tonbridge Girls, Newstead Wood Girls, St Olaves Boys. Preparatory Schools: Sevenoaks, Russell House, St Michael's, Radnor House. Primary Schools: St Katherine's Knockholt Church of England, Halstead Community School, Pratts Bottom Primary School.
Sports and Leisure Facilities include: Knockholt and Sevenoaks Vine Cricket Clubs, Sevenoaks Hockey Club, Wilderness and Knole Park Golf Clubs in Sevenoaks, West Kent Golf Club in Downe; Sevenoaks RFC, Orpington RFC, Westcombe Park RFC;Chelsfield Park and Sevenoaks Lawn Tennis Clubs; Sevenoaks Sports and Leisure Centre and Walnuts Leisure Centre, Orpington. Equestrian centres are numerous, including Chelsfield, Bitchet Farm Riding School, Sevenoaks and Greenacres Riding School, Keston.
ACCOMMODATION - refer to the floor plan
SET OVER THREE FLOORS - GROUND FLOOR - The original manor house is set over THREE FLOORS and contains a plethora of features depicting the many eras in which it was built. There is teak parquet flooring throughout the main receptions, with oak wall panelling within the INNER HALLWAY, DRAWING ROOM and FORMAL DINING ROOM. The formal drawing room is lined with limed oak. A focal point of the principle reception room 'fit for a King' is the stunning Inglenook fireplace with brick back and Oak surround. Recently re-furbished DAY ROOM ideal for either a breakfasting area or day time entertaining.
The KITCHEN has been totally re-furbished and has an assortment of units, range cooker with overhead Extractor, tiled flooring and large RAYBURN set into the wall with drying rack over. Off the kitchen is a large UTILITY / EATING ROOM with further base and eye level cupboards/ large built storage cupboard/ Granite work surface /sink with mixer tap, space for washing machine.
FIRST FLOOR: 6 BEDROOMS (5 of them with EN-SUITE BATHROOMS) plus separate WC (newly laid carpet on the stairs and upper hallway, and 5 of the bedrooms)
SECOND FLOOR -further 6 ROOMS; -The second floor has historically been used as offices / staff accommodation, and is an ideal living area for an Au-pair and / or extended family. The area also could be used /converted for use as a RECREATIONAL AREA including - Hobbies and or Home Cinema, Video Games Room/s. One room with en-suite shower and 3 with wash/hand basin facility, plus BATHROOM and KITCHENETTE.
Further CELLAR & WINE STORE - refer to the floor plan.
INTEGRAL ANNEXE-refer to the floor plan
Recently converted to offer a new fully integrated Annexe to the main house;
GROUND FLOOR: Modern Mopalba KITCHEN including a large central island, fully fitted with base and wall units, along with Rayburn, integrated hob, cooker and microwave and dishwasher etc. With a trifold divider, this can be open-plan into a large SITTING ROOM (stairs up to the first floor) plus LARGE BEDROOM SUITE (with doors opening out onto a decking, SHOWER /WET ROOM/WC.
FIRST FLOOR: 2 BEDROOMS each with access to separate SHOWER ROOMS & WC.
THE OAK HALL
A stunning and substantial 'standalone' Reception hall ideal for entertaining throughout the year, with French doors leading out to the extensive terrace area. The oak frame and cross beams are a beautiful feature as is the large brick fireplace with Bresumer oak beam at one end and full oak flooring completing the ambience. To the other end there is a small mezzanine first floor area accessed via a wrought iron staircase which has large opening windows offering a view towards London. This room can also be accessed via the internal lower ground garaging or the integral annexe. Stairs also lead down to the outside pool complex and garaging.
THE COACH HOUSE- refer to the floor plan
COACH HOUSE - Brick built and located to the rear of the property with access via the farm gates, or via double doors from the lane. Already partially converted for staff/groom, there is scope to develop this ancillary accommodation further. Currently used in part to one end as garaging.
OUTDOOR RIDING ARENA - (20m x 40m) Constructed 2016- post and railed with sand riding surface.
L SHAPED CHART STABLE BLOCK- On concrete platform with post and railed yard area and including 4 Timber loose boxes of mixed sizes: 3 x 12ft x 14ft and 16 x 12 Foaling box and a 12ft x12ft hay and feed store. A 17' x 9' brick-built building for secure tack and feed storage and a further 17' x 9' straw store with rug drying room. Power/Lighting and Water all laid on. Side access to rear area for muck trailer and further storage.
PRECAST CONCRETE GARAGING - used for general machine store/ rear lean to for further hay/straw storage.
TRIPLE GARAGING - Accessed from the rear via a gentle slope, the underground garaging is located on the lower ground floor of the main dwelling with internal staircase leading up to the house. Three large garage doors lead into each parking area offering ample and secure space for the largest of vehicles. Power and good lighting internally as well as externally.
OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOL approx. 14ft x 40ft, depth running from 3ft 6 shallow end to 6ft' 6 with full height telescopic glazed cover- fully heated. With paved BBQ area.
BRICK POOL HOUSE - including Jacuzzi, changing room with shower and filter room.
LAND, GARDENS & GROUNDS
GARDENS - to the front there is a large area of grass allocated for Summer entertaining and making the most of the view of the fields. To the rear the glorious walled gardens offer an ideal sheltered area. Landscaped with mature beds, shrubs and trees and with ornate central Fountain complementing the overall surrounds of the 'Manor House'.
SMALL ORCHARD - to the rear of the stable yard and vegetable garden is a small Orchard with specimen trees.
KITCHEN GARDEN with RAISED BED / VEGETABLE GARDEN - to the side of the stables is a fenced area with broken slate pathways allowing for ease of movement around the various raised beds. POLYTUNNEL - For year-round growing options.
THE CHASE - This one mile long formal tree lined driveway offers a second entrance to the property (accessed from the A21). Though is not regularly used by the present owners and probably only accessible with a four-wheel drive vehicle at present.
PASTURELAND - There is a large paddock (approx. 7.66 acres *TBV) to the front of the manor which wraps around and to the side of the main house. A further large parcel of grassland (21.59 acres *TBV) is set to the north side of the property. An area of WOODLAND (1.98 acres *TBV) is also set to the North East side of the property.
The acreage stated at the property is *TBV (To Be Verified), which means that the land has not been formally measured by Equus and or its sellers/clients. Where available a Title Plan from Land Registry will have been acquired showing the boundary and acreage. Otherwise an online measuring tool will have been used to check the acreage where possible. Interested applicants/buyers are advised that if they have any doubts as to the plot size and wish to have verification of the exact area of the entire plot, they will be required to make their own arrangements, at their own cost, by appointing the services of an accredited company who can measure the area for a compliant Land Registry Title Plan.
RIGHTS OF WAY
There is a public footpath along the access drive from Norsted Lane, running to the South of the property along the first 50m or so of the chase, before heading West towards the village of Cudham. It does not cross the gardens etc.
We recommend that you visit the local authority website pertaining to the property you are interested in buying for all the planning consents / restrictions / history and the following websites for more helpful information about the property and surrounding local area before proceeding in a purchase:
SERVICES & OUTGOINGS
LOCAL AUTHORITY: BROMLEY
SERVICES: Mains water. Triple-phase electricity. LPG gas. Private drains. Oil Central Heating to main house (boiler replaced 5yrs ago, tank 2019). RAYBURN linked to central heating. Solar power 64 panels, ground-mounted system.
TAX BAND: H
EPC RATING: D 65/80
INTEGRAL ANNEXE SERVICES: Heated via wet Under Floor Heating (Air Source Heat Pump).
POOL HEATING: Air Source Heat Exchange.
All Viewings are strictly by Appointment with the Vendors Agent
Equus Country & Equestrian, South East/South West
T: 01892 829014
DISCLAIMER: All prospective buyers view all properties for sale with Equus International Property Ltd at their own risk and neither the Agents, Joint Agents nor the Sellers take responsibility for any damage or injury however caused to themselves or personal belongings or property. By viewing a property with Equus you accept this disclaimer. If inspecting the outbuildings, equestrian facilities or any other building within the grounds you must wear appropriate clothing and footwear and children must be either left in the car or supervised at all times. Livestock should not be touched and all gates left shut or closed after use.
Exit Junction 4 from the M25 and take the exit for the A21 Pratts Bottom. Continue over the next roundabout still on the A21 and at the next roundabout turn left into Rushmore Hill. Continue for 300m and turn right into Norsted Lane. This is a narrow lane. Continue for 500m to the next crossroads with Charmwood Lane. Go straight over at the triangle of grass. The drive to the Manor is clearly signposted PRIVATE. Take this drive entrance and continue for 300m past the farm buildings and thus to the large black wrought-iron gates to the property in front of you. Use the pillar mounted entrance buzzer to alert your arrival.
FORMER FORMAL DRIVE - THE CHASE - former tree lined drive via the A21 to the property which is approx. 1 mile long. Although usable with a four wheel drive it is not used as a daily access to the property.
EQUUS PROPERTY BUSINESS ADDRESS
Equus Country & Equestrian Property covers the South East and the South West of England
Equus International Property Ltd
Registered Head Office
Old Bank House
1 High Street
West Sussex BN18 9AD
South East Office
85 High Street
Kent TN1 1XP
EQUUS PROPERTY REGIONS
EQUUS PROPERTY cover the following counties
SOUTH EAST: Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire
SOUTH WEST: Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall
GUIDE PRICE £3,400,000 FOR THE FREE HOLD
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