Guide price £1,195,000
A STUNNING UNLISTED PERIOD FARMHOUSE WITH PP FOR FURTHER ANCILLARY ACCOMMODATION AND A RANGE OF OUTBUILDINGS ON THE RURAL FRINGE OF THE VILLAGE * CRANBROOK SCHOOL CATCHMENT AREA * DESCRIPTION Gatehouse Farm is a striking period farmhouse, probably dating from the 16th century with later additions including the conversion of part of the adjoining outbuilding to create an atmospheric family home. The property provides circa 5,000 sq ft of versatile accommodation. Numerous historic architectural features are on display including impressive beams and timbers, stunning queen post, period fireplaces including an inglenook, wide elm exposed floorboards, vaulted ceilings and exposed brickwork. There are three generously proportioned reception rooms as well as a ground floor annexe providing useful ancillary space. Part of the adjacent outbuilding has been converted to provide a wonderful studio which along with the first floor office creates versatile additional potential for numerous uses. The kitchen has been stylishly fitted to include a range of contemporary cabinets and the bathrooms are equally luxuriously appointed. The gardens provide a stunning setting for the house. They are split into delightful garden rooms, with lavishly filled flower beds around the house creating dazzling displays during the various seasons. Highlights of the gardens include pergolas overhung with climbing plants and natural ponds incorporating a range of aquatic planting including majestic Gunnera. More peripheral areas are informally planted including an orchard with mown pathways threading through. An extensive range of outbuildings have been added by the current vendor. They have been sympathetically designed and constructed using traditional materials to create the appearance of period agricultural buildings. Outbuildings include a trellised West Indian style barn, a large workshop with secure tool-store, potting shed, mower shed and boiler room, chicken house and run plus a Victorian style glasshouse with apricot and peach trees in addition to a modern greenhouse. FEATURES - Sitting room - Dining room - Kitchen with walk-in pantry - Breakfast room - Studio - Office - Boot room - Utility room - 6 Bedrooms - 3 bath/shower rooms - Extensive outbuildings - Victorian style glasshouse - Detached barn - Natural ponds - Circa 3/4 acre grounds in all PLANNING PERMISSION Planning Permission 18/500791/FULL was granted in April 2018 for the conversion of part of the existing workshop to a self contained Studio Annexe. Further details can be found on Maidstone Borough Council Planning portal: https://pa.midkent.gov.uk. SITUATION Set on the rural periphery of the village, the property is approached via, and surrounded by open countryside. The village of Staplehurst offers a range of local shops including a convenience store, bakery, historic village inn, off licence and pharmacy along with a medical centre, primary school and the mainline station which is 12 minutes walk via a public footpath (over fields). There are a range of good schools in the area catering for children of all ages. In addition to the village primary school, there are numerous grammar schools in Maidstone and Tonbridge, Sutton Valence Schools, Bethany School at Goudhurst and the property is set in the sought after Cranbrook School catchment area. Staplehurst mainline station offers services to London Bridge, Charing Cross and Cannon Street with journey times from under an hour. The M20 gives access to the M25 for Heathrow and Gatwick Airports and to the City. Staplehurst Station 1 mile Cranbrook 6 miles Maidstone 9 miles M20 Motorway 8 miles London 40 miles (All distances are approximate) VIEWINGS Strictly by appointment through Jackson-Stops. Tel: 01580 720000 DIRECTIONS From the centre of Staplehurst proceed north on the A229. At the traffic lights go straight on towards Maidstone and continue for a mile, turning right into Couchman Green Lane. Continue for 0.8 miles and Gatehouse Farm will be found on the left hand side, just before Turley Farm. PROPERTY INFORMATION - Services: Oil fired central heating. Mains water and electricity. Private drainage system. - Local Authority: Maidstone Borough Council. - Council Tax band (2018/19): G. - Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation. Private Finance Jackson-Stops Private Finance specialises in advising on and arranging competitive mortgages quickly, efficiently and in a stress-free manner. Please contact the office for further information.
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