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Lower Road, East Farleigh, Maidstone, Kent ME15 0JW

Guide Price Of £1,250,000

A substantial Grade II listed former Vicarage providing over 5,500 sq ft of accommodation ideal for dual family occupancy amid beautiful landscaped grounds in the Conservation Area of the village
* 4 Reception Rooms * Kitchen/Breakfast Room * Basement * 5 Bedrooms * 3 Bathrooms * Attic Rooms * Outbuilding inc Garages, Stores & Games Room * Gardens and Grounds including Kitchen Garden & Ice House * In all over half an acre.
                                          
The Old Vicarage is located within the Conservation Area of the ancient village of East Farleigh. Local amenities include historic village inns, primary school and railway station. The nearby villages of Coxheath and Barming offer a number of traditional local shops and services or alternatively Maidstone provides comprehensive shopping and facilities.

There are a good selection of state and private schools in the area including Sutton Valence Junior and Senior School and numerous secondary and grammar schools at Maidstone.

Nearby rail services include those from Barming and West Malling to London Victoria (from 57 & 53 minutes respectively) or Marden and Paddock Wood to London Bridge, Cannon Street and Charing Cross (from 57 minutes & 50 minutes respectively). East Farleigh Station offers links to Paddock Wood, Gatwick Airport and Maidstone from which there are high speed links to St Pancras.

The M20 gives access to Ashford and Ebbsfleet International Stations, Dover and to the M25 to Gatwick and Heathrow Airports.

M20 3.5 miles - Maidstone 3 miles
Paddock Wood 8 miles - Barming 3 miles
London 39 miles
(All distances are approximate)

Description
The Old Vicarage is a fine Grade II listed residence, the original property probably dating from the late 17th century although documentary evidence suggests there has been a building on the site since the 1200's. The property is now on the market for the first time since 1895 and an extensive provenance of its history is documented. It is mentioned in William Hasteds 'History and Topography of Kent' and various other historic tomes. William Wilberforce, the leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade, lived at the house in his later life and made his penultimate speech in nearby Maidstone. The last vicar who resided at The Old Vicarage was Charles Lutwidge who was Lewis Caroll's uncle, leaving in 1842.

Internally, a wealth of period features are on display including coving and picture rails, panelled and latch doors, beams and timbers, original window shutters, decorative archways, authentic servants bells and gas lamps and an eclectic mix of ornamental fireplaces. Much of the accommodation benefits from lofty ceiling heights and capacious windows taking advantage of good levels of natural light and delightful garden vistas.

The accommodation amounts to over 5,500sq ft in all and is arranged to provide four reception rooms and six bedrooms with a cellar below and servants' quarter above. This creates a substantial family home, however, would work equally well as a family home with independent grandparents' wing/secondary dwelling.

Fascinating historic evidence of the property's history is documented for those interested parties. Please call the office for further information.

Extract from William Wilberforces' Diary
March 7th 1833
'What cause for thankfulness have B and I for having been spared to find so peaceful a haven'

Features
o Bright and airy drawing room enhanced by original carrara marble fireplace, over-mantle mirror and pelmets - full height sash windows enjoying garden views
o Elegant dining room having striking black marble fireplace - full height sash windows enjoying garden views - exposed floor boards
o Comprehensively fitted kitchen/breakfast room incorporating extensive fitted cabinets with granite worktops over and integral appliances including freezer - dishwasher - Britannia range cooker
o Sitting room displaying period fireplace with cast iron insert & original firebox and hotplate
o Further reception room/secondary dining room with impressive inglenook fireplace
o Secondary kitchen/utility room including a range of cabinets and integral appliances - double oven & microwave
o Laundry room - boot-room - 2 cloakrooms
o Six bedrooms (1 with en suite) largely with fitted/integral wardrobes & pretty period fireplaces - two benefiting from wash hand basins
o Three useful and versatile attic rooms - two of which are interconnecting - one with fireplace
o Family bathroom with modern coloured suite and separate shower cubicle
o Sizeable cellar with arched recesses
o Former stables and coach house providing extensive garaging - games room - stores
o Intriguing original ice house - ornamental pool - productive kitchen garden
o Beautiful professionally landscaped part walled gardens and grounds of over half an acre

Outside
The property is set amid beautiful part walled landscaped gardens and grounds designed by Chelsea Gold Award Winner, Roger Platts. They incorporate masses of herbaceous planting, evergreens, shrubs in addition to collections of flowering plants, specimen and indigenous trees. In all this creates a fitting setting for the house. At the front, the gardens include an intriguing original ice-house and rockery containing a pretty ornamental pool.   

To the side, is a York stone terrace providing the perfect spot for outside entertaining and to enjoy lovely aspects over the grounds. There is a productive kitchen and herb garden with raised beds and above a staggered oak pergola with various climbing roses. There is also a chicken coop tucked away discreetly behind established hedging and a courtyard area at the rear is flanked by old stone walls.

Substantial garaging and storage is provided by converted period stables and coach house.   This incorporates a double and single garage, various garden and log stores plus a room above. This is approached via timber internal stairs and provides a triple aspect part vaulted games room. The building is very versatile and provides potential for a number of uses, subject to any necessary planning consent(s).   

The gardens are encompassed by historic brick and stone walls in addition to established hedging, creating good levels of privacy and a fitting setting for this special historic home.

Property Information
Agents Note: There are two Title Deeds for this property.
Services: Mains gas fired central heating. Mains water, electricity and drainage.
Local Authority Maidstone Borough Council. Council Tax Band H.
Fixtures and Fittings: Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation.
Viewing: Strictly by appointment through Jackson-Stops & Staff. Tel: 01580 720000.

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