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A magnificent Grade II* listed property with leisure and equine facilities in an enviable setting on the semi rural outskirts of the town * Cranbrook School catchment area * Old Cloth Hall is a magnificent timber framed Grade II* listed residence originating from the 15th century when Cranbrook's great broadcloth industry was at its peak. The property has a fine provenance and in the 1930's was home to Bernard Rubin, one of the celebrated ''Bentley Boys' who successfully competed in numerous international motor races including Grand Prix and Le Mans. In the latter part of the 20th century, Old Cloth Hall was owned by Enzo Plazzotta, the eminent Italian born British sculptor who is best known for his study of movement in bronze with his most famous sculptures depicting horses and ballerinas (see Agents Notes for further information). The well proportioned accommodation is arranged over three floors together with a useful cellar below, extending to about 6,500 sq ft. There are a wealth of architectural features including leaded light windows, fine exposed beams and splendid fireplaces, oak panelling, exposed floor-boards, parquet flooring and latch doors along with evidence of original wattle and daub. There are with surprisingly lofty ceiling heights for a building of this age and many of the rooms are double aspect providing delightful garden views. Today, the house benefits from a host of modern conveniences including an oak fitted kitchen with granite worktops and quality integral appliances and luxuriously appointed bathrooms, with this enviable setting and beautiful gardens to provide a simply delightful family home. The property is approached via ornamental wrought iron electric gates and along a lengthy gravel drive culminating at the front of the house. The gardens and grounds are a delight, incorporating magnificent trees and mature rhododendrons creating a secluded setting. Brick pathways lead around the house and at the rear is a substantial stone terrace flanked by parterre gardens leading to a pretty Victorian summer house. A lengthy pergola overhung with colourful climbing planting leads through the gardens and the sweeping lawns are punctuated by rose beds and borders lavishly filled with herbaceous plants and flowering shrubs creating colour and interest throughout the seasons. There is also a spacious and sympathetically designed oak framed outbuilding providing further versatile space, ideal for ancillary accommodation or office use. Internally, the timber frame is exposed with masses of mellow oak beams along with oak floor with under-floor heating. Tucked away behind mature planting is the swimming pool and adjacent pool house. This is conveniently fitted with a kitchen and shower facilities and has a sun terrace with pergola over creating a lovely spot for informal entertaining and relaxing. Old Cloth Hall also benefits from equine facilities including stables and arena which are readily accessed from the house. FEATURES - Entrance hall - Drawing room - Sitting room - Garden room - Family room - Kitchen/breakfast room - Master bedroom suite - 5 further bedrooms - 3 Bath/shower rooms - Stable block - Heated swimming pool & pool house - Hartley botanical greenhouse - Detached boiler house - Outbuilding inc garaging, games room, gymnasium, cinema room - Approaching 6 acres in all DIRECTIONS From our office in Cranbrook proceed up The Hill in the direction of Tenterden. Continue for about half a mile and turn right into Coursehorn Lane, prior to Dulwich Preparatory School. After about 350 yards the gated entrance to Old Cloth Hall will be seen on the right hand side identified by a sign bearing the name of the property. SITUATION Old Cloth Hall is situated in a private setting on the rural periphery of the historic market town of Cranbrook and within The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town offers a good range of shops and facilities along its pretty high street. More comprehensive shopping and amenities are available at Tunbridge Wells. There are excellent schools within the area catering for children of all ages in both the state and private sector including nearby Dulwich Preparatory, St Ronans and Marlborough House in Hawkhurst and Benenden Girls School. The property is also set in the Cranbrook School catchment area. Good road and rail networks in the area include the A21 giving access via the M25 to Gatwick and Heathrow airports and the M20 providing a link to Ashford International and Dover. Regular rail services operate from Staplehurst to London Bridge, Cannon Street and Charing Cross with journey times from 57 minutes and there are services to London St Pancras with journey times of only 37 minutes via Ashford International. Staplehurst Station 5.5 miles A21 - 8.5 miles Tunbridge Wells 16 miles Ashford 18 miles London 58 miles (All distances are approximate) VIEWINGS Strictly by appointment through Jackson-Stops. Tel: 01580 720000 PROPERTY INFORMATION - Services: Oil fired central heating. Mains electricity and water. Private drainage system. - Outbuilding: Under-floor heating and Sky TV. - Kitchen: Oil fired Aga - quality integral appliances including fridge - freezer - dishwasher - slate flooring - Fixtures & Fittings: Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation. - Local Authority: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council: 01892 526121. Council Tax Band H. - Viewing: Strictly through Jackson-Stops & Staff. Tel: 01580 720000. AGENTS NOTES - Planning Permission No 11/03393/HOUSE/CP3: Planning Permission was granted in 2010 for a ground floor extension to the west wing and replacement of the external store room. For further information visit Tunbridge Wells Borough Council planning portal: http://pa.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/online-applications. - Photographs taken prior to marketing. - For further information about Enzo Plazzotta see: http://enzo-plazzotta.artparks.co.uk & Bernard Rubin: http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/rubin-bernard-8522 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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