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St Leonard's Street, West Malling, Kent, ME19

Guide price £1,650,000

5 Beds 3 Baths 5 Receptions

REF: TON130125

PROPERTY FEATURES

  • 3,752 sq ft detached period home
  • 1,970 sq ft adjoining former farm building
  • Over 2 acres of gardens and grounds
  • Within 3/4 of a mile of West Malling town centre
  • 1.2 miles to West Malling railway station

THE PROPERTY

An exceptional Grade II* listed Wealden Hall House with substantial former farm building and more than 2 acres of grounds Entrance Hall, Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Music Room/Study, Dining Room, Kitchen, Breakfast Room, Larder, Butler's Pantry, Scullery, WC, 5 Double Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms (1 En Suite), 1 Shower Room, WC. 1970 sq ft former farm building comprising garaging, store and recreation rooms. About 2.12 acres. DESCRIPTION Historic England's National Heritage listing for Yew Tree describes it as "a fine Wealden Hall house with unusually complete survival of internal features". Believed to date back to the 1400s, the house was extended in the 1920s and 30s and, apart from care and maintenance, has largely been untouched since. We are delighted now to offer this much loved family home for sale for the first time in more than a century. The house is considered to require updating to cater for modern family living, but will appeal to buyers who appreciate its space, history and character. The house sits in grounds of 2.12 acres including a substantial kitchen garden and more than an acre of orchard. In addition to the house there is a large adjoining former farm building currently providing garaging and storage, but having superb potential, subject to any necessary consents, for conversion into ancillary or office accommodation. FEATURES - The house displays an abundance of oak beams. Generally there are good ceiling heights throughout. - Elizabethan inglenook fireplace, being the focal point of the principal central reception hall in the original building. - Oak floorboards throughout much of the property. - Lead light casement windows, several in the original house being diamond lattice with wooden mullions. - Beautiful aged oak doors, each individual in nature. - Historic detailing in some of the wooden decorative elements including castellated cornicing and apotropaic carvings to deter witches. - Several attractive fireplaces including the magnificent Elizabethan inglenook. - The gardens provide a wonderful playground for children or focus for a keen gardener and include: - extensively planted flower garden - part-walled kitchen garden with apple, pear, peach and damson trees - grass tennis court - over an acre of traditional Kentish apple orchard - fully intact Second World War air raid shelter. - Large ragstone and brick farm building including a former oast roundel and two storey barn, currently comprising three garages, several stores and a games room. SITUATION The property is located on St Leonard's Street, about three quarters of a mile from the vibrant Kent market town of West Malling. The remains of a Norman castle, St Leonard's Tower, and the 52 acre Manor Park Country Park are just down the road with lakes, meadows and paddocks. West Malling offers an abundance of restaurants, cafes, pubs and tea rooms, a supermarket, independent shops and a monthly farmers' market. The railway station is about 1.2 miles from the property and serves London Victoria/Blackfriars from 56 minutes, or Elephant & Castle (change for London Bridge) in just over an hour. Junction 4 of the M20 is less than 4 miles away, providing fast connections to London and Folkestone. Maidstone shopping centre is only about seven miles away providing comprehensive retail and recreational facilities. Both Sevenoaks and Bluewater at Dartford are only about a half hour's drive away. Maidstone, Tonbridge and Rochester each have grammar schools. West Malling, Leybourne and Offham all have primary schools. There are a number of preparatory and public schools in and around Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, including Sevenoaks School and King's at Rochester. DIRECTIONS Heading east on the M20 from London, exit at junction 4. Take the second exit onto the A228 towards Tonbridge/West Malling. At the second roundabout continue on the A228. Continue for just under 1 mile. At the crossroads/traffic lights turn left onto the A20 towards West Malling. Take the next left onto the A20 towards West Malling. At the roundabout take the first exit onto Town Hill. Proceed through West Malling and out onto St Leonard's Street. Yew Tree is the last house on the left-hand side. From Wrotham Heath, follow the A20 for 3.2 miles. At the roundabout take the second exit onto Town Hill towards West Malling. Proceed through West Malling and out onto St Leonard's Street. Yew Tree is the last house on the left-hand side. PROPERTY INFORMATION - Services: Mains gas, water, electricity and drainage. Individually operated gas fired heaters and open fires (no central heating). - Local Authority: Tonbridge & Malling Council, SVL - Council Tax band (2019/20): G - Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation.