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Once a blacksmiths, then a restaurant and now a much loved home. This property has always played a central part in the village life of Plaxtol Entrance Hall, Kitchen/Dining Room, Sitting Room, Family Room, Study, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Garden, Off-road Parking DESCRIPTION This 16th Century property has charm and character in abundance and includes, as one of its many features, the original blacksmith's anvil and forge. Listed Grade II by English Heritage, The Forge sits in the centre of this popular and thriving village, and stands out in its individuality. The current owners moved to the property in 2007. "We picked Plaxtol as we had friends living here. Over the years we used to visit them and we would go to the Burn's Night Supper, the Plaxtol Players' productions and other social events. The Forge came up for sale an we fell in love with the place. It was right in the middle of the village and suited us perfectly." "It's cosy in the winter and equally in summer it's cool and light"." Over the past 12 years, the vendors have had much of the property rewired and put in a new kitchen, bathroom and study. They have also carried out a lot of work in the garden including laying a new patio. "The garden is one of the best features of the property. It is lovely and secluded, a beautiful spot. You can sit there and it's as though the rest of the world doesn't exist". They particular liked the versatility of the space the property provided: "It offers so much. The TV room could revert to being a dining room if needed. The office was once a playroom and could be used as another bedroom, and we use part of the kitchen/breakfast room as a dining area." The Forge's location is also a bonus: "We can walk just across the road to the primary and nursery schools and the village memorial hall. The general store, which has a post office, is less then 100 yards away and our very good pub is just a stroll away." "It's very quiet and peaceful. There is little traffic but there is plenty going on. Indeed, Plaxtol is renowned for its community activities run by organisations such as the WI, the Plaxtol School Association and the Friends of the Church. It's a delightful place to live. The annual duck race along the river Bourne in May is legendary". The property benefits from off-road parking for three cars (one at the front and two to the rear) and an attractive split level garden that wraps around the side and rear of the house, displaying a colourful array of shrubs and flowers and including a broad terrace for summer entertaining. "We will be very sorry to leave. We've had a wonderful time living in Plaxtol and we'll miss the people and the community the most. It's been quite exceptional". FEATURES - High speed fibre optic broadband. - Abundance of exposed beams, most notable in the vaulted area over the sitting room. - Several rooms in the house have exposedpainted ragstone ad brickwork. - Diamond lattice casement windows. - An aged oak drop latch door leads from the entrance hall to the sitting room and there are further drop latch doors throughout the property. - Woodburning stove in the sitting room. - Beautifully appointed kitchen with granite worktops and integrated appliances including gas hob, combination microwave oven, conventional fan oven, warming drawer, dishwasher and firdge/freezer. The cabinets also incorporate a larder unit and corner pull-out racks. - Space/plumbing for stacking a washing machine and tumble dryer in the downstairs bathroom. - Bespoke fitted/built-in storage cupboards/cabinets throughout the house including wardrobes and cupboards in the master bedroom and a fully fitted study. SITUATION The property is located in the heart of the popular and thriving village of Plaxtol, a pretty community of largely period houses, still boasting a general store/post office, public house, florist, Church and primary school, which are all within walking distance of the property. The village is conveniently situated between the towns of Tonbridge and Sevenoaks and is within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with some beautiful countryside walks, country pubs and historic places of interest nearby including Ightham Mote and the Fairlawn Estate. Tonbridge and Sevenoaks offer a wide range of shopping and leisure facilities. There are rail stations at Borough Green (4 miles) and Sevenoaks (7 miles). Borough Green serves London Victoria in about 50 minutes, whilst Sevenoaks mainline station serves Charing Cross, via London Bridge and Waterloo East, and Cannon Street with journey time of around 35 minutes. The M25 is also within easy reach, which in turn gives access to London, Gatwick and Heathrow Airports, Bluewater shopping centre near Dartford and the Channel Tunnel terminus. There are a good number of well-regarded schools in the local area including Grammar Schools for Girls and Boys in Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, and Preparatory Schools / Public Schools in both Sevenoaks and Tonbridge. Nearby there are Golf Courses at Wildernesse and Knole in Sevenoaks, Nizels Fitness Centre in Hildenborough, and Sevenoaks Sports and Leisure Centre. PROPERTY INFORMATION - Services: LPG fired central heating. Mains water, electricity and drainage. - Local Authority: Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, 01732 844522 - Council Tax band (2018/19): G - Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation. - Agent's note: Two neighbouring properties have a right of access over the driveway to the rear of the house. DIRECTIONS From the M25, take junction 5 onto the A21 and then take the first exit onto the A25 towards Sevenoaks. At the mini-roundabout in Riverhead keep left to stay on the A25 and at the second roundabout turn right to stay on the A25. Continue on the A25 into Seal and then proceed for about another 2 miles before turning right into Coach Road (towards Ivy Hatch and Ightham Mote). Follow this road for about 1.2 miles, through Ivy Hatch. At the T junction turn right onto the A227. Take the next left signposted towards Plaxtol. In the village continue past the church and bear round to the right. The property will be found on the left-hand side, on the corner of The Street.
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