Unlisted, equestrian property offering a lifestyle opportunity in the Kent countryside. This iconic, detached, triple Oast House was converted into fantastic family home, by the existing owners, a little over 30 years ago.
The substantial living accommodation runs to around 4500 sq feet and many of the rooms benefit from a double-aspect with views over the surrounding land. There are also two garages and workshop adjacent to the house.
The extensive plot is c 11 acres (unmeasured) in total and includes the beautiful and practical stable block, designed and constructed by Chart Stables, with 5 individual horse boxes.
Located in an idyllic, rural, location on the outskirts of Laddingford yet close to shopping amenities and transport links in nearby towns. Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone are all a short drive away and there are good links to the M25 to travel further afield. Nearby are the picturesque villages of Yalding, Brenchley and Matfield. In Paddock Wood there is a mainline station, offering a fast direct service to London and Ashford International (with direct connections to European cities), together with a range of amenities including a Waitrose store.
The large entrance lobby welcomes you into the house and, at the far end of the hall, you will find the extremely spacious, fully fitted, kitchen/breakfast room with an oil-fired aga, a large central island and a separate utility area (housing the new Bosch washing machine). In the main kitchen there is a wide range of mahogany-coloured base units for storage and ample preparation space on the tiled work-surface. There is a dishwasher and a tumble-dryer aswell as a newly fitted Bosch fridge-freezer. From here the back door gives access to the large rear garden and patio area where you can enjoy the peace, entertain friends, or let little ones play.
Opposite the kitchen you find the roundel oast, which can be used as a sitting room or formal dining room, with an ornamental fire within an amazing wooden carved fireplace. This leads into a large reception/family room with patio doors to the garden. The hallway and receptions have traditional parquet flooring. Back in the entrance lobby there is also a handy cloakroom and a large double-aspect bedroom with an ensuite bathroom.
On the first floor, the magnificent main reception has a high-ceiling and is double aspect offering great views of the surrounding countryside. The large Stovac log burner ensures it is toasty whatever the weather.
There are three further spacious double bedrooms, all with built in wardrobes and ensuite bathrooms, which are very useable but could benefit from modernisation. One of these rooms is in the roundel oast offering an appealingly quirky room layout.
The property benefits from many of its original features; including the highly detailed wooden fire surround in the roundel oast. Viewing is highly recommended to experience the true charm and character this property has to offer.
Land and Stables
There is a total of c 11sqm of land surrounding the property, on three sides, including the west-facing gardens adjacent to the property. To the east, leading back to the road a large field incorporates the bespoke stables which were designed for the current owners to include five stalls, a large tack-room and a walk through hay-store. The roof of the stables was replaced in 2018.
A word from the owners
“This Oast House was renovated to a very high standard by our family, some 30 years ago, initially as a home for ourselves. As we say goodbye to tenants of more than 8 years we will redecorate the house to provide a blank canvas for a new family to put their stamp on it and make their own memories. The huge spaces in the cowl of each Oast provide potential for additional rooms, e.g. for home working, a play room or storage (subject to building regulations). The surrounding land would suit anyone with horses or aspirations to own horses. We originally designed the stables to offer a large, practical space for our own horses and ponies and there is plenty of flat land to install a very large menage (subject to plannning permission).”
The property is hidden from the road and accessed via a shared driveway off Darman Lane although the new owner would have an opportunity to build their own private access, subject to planning. There is plenty of parking for several cars to the front of the property and there are also two garages. At the back the larger one is a workshop area with light and power, ideal for hobbies or work, together with a vast loft space for storage.
The exterior cladding was replaced in 2019 ensure the property is well insulated and more efficient to heat. At the same time, many of the windows were upgraded to double-glazed units in a style in-keeping with the character of the house.
There is mains electricity and heating is provided via oil-fired radiators. The property is connected to the mains water supply and there is a private drainage system.
EPC rating: E.