Guide price £1,450,000
A substantial and spacious Grade II listed period house of great character conveniently situated and set in wonderful gardens and grounds. Reception/Dining Hall. Double aspect Drawing Room. Garden Room/Hall. Elegant Sitting Room. Inner Hall. Cloakroom. Kitchen/Breakfast Room. Old Dairy. 3 Room Cellar. Master Bedroom Suite of Large Double Bedroom, Dressing Room and Bathroom. 3 Further First Floor Bedrooms. Family Bathroom. 3 spacious Attic Rooms. Brick Garage/Workshop. Single Garage. Home Office. Timber Garage. Wonderful formal Gardens and Grounds including Paddock. Timber Stable Block. Hard Tennis Court. In all about 2 Acres. DESCRIPTION Little Hawkwell is a Grade II listed detached house with most attractive rendered symmetrical principle elevation including multi paned sash windows all under a clay tiled roof. The house is believed to date from the mid-16th Century with possible earlier origins and benefits from many period features including exposed timbers, wide oak floor boards, working shutters and fireplaces as well as a stunning main staircase which is believed to have come from the ruins of Great Hawkwell. The elegant and spacious accommodation benefits from excellent ceiling heights throughout and large rooms providing wonderful family accommodation. The most attractive gardens and grounds extend to about 2 Acres including beautiful and well stocked plantsmans gardens which are a stunning feature and are separated by a Grade II listed wall from a paddock with timber stable and hard tennis court. Also, within the garden is a recently installed "Home Office". Historical Note: It is understood that the artist JMW Turner visited his uncle many times at Little Hawkwell en route to Margate. During the Second World War the house was used as an officers mess for one of the armoured divisions in the early 1940's prior to D-day. FEATURES Timber and tiled entrance porch with solid Oak entrance door opening to: Reception/Dining Hall with wonderful easy rising carved oak staircase to all floors. Exposed wall timbers. Fireplace with cast iron insert. Double aspect panelled Drawing Room with wide open stone "Tudor" fireplace. Working shutters to sash window. Rear Hallway/Garden Room with part glazed panelled door to garden. Glass panelled door to Inner Hall with secondary stairs to all floors. Elegant double aspect Sitting Room with attractive arched windows to one side. Fireplace. Off the Reception Hall is an Inner Hallway. Capacious Cloakroom. Kitchen/Breakfast Room with 4 oven oil fired aga to inglenook. Fitted antique pine corner cupboard and dresser. Work surface area over a range of cupboards. Neff dishwasher. Eye level cupboards. Shutters to sash window, wall and ceiling timbers, tiled floor. Off the Kitchen is the Old Dairy currently used as Utility Area but offering great potential to create a formal entrance from the drive, extend the kitchen or possibly further living accommodation. Extensive Cellars comprising 3 Rooms with 6' headroom. Grant oil fired boiler and oil storage tank. Access to secondary stairs and external door. First Floor approached by a wonderful and substantial carved oak staircase via Half Landing with window overlooking rear garden to good sized Landing. Master Bedroom Suite comprising double aspect Bedroom with brick fireplace and most attractive views to the front. Dressing Room with wardrobes. Bathroom with bath and shower. 3 Further Double Bedrooms. Family Bathroom. The main stairs also give access to 2 good sized Attic Rooms with superb views and currently arranged as Bedroom and Study. Approached from the inner Landing by the secondary stairs is a large Attic Bedroom 6 and Bathroom. OUTSIDE A driveway to one side of the house provides a parking and turning area and gives access to Brick Garage Block with up and over door. Adjoining single Garage with up and over door. Door to garden. The beautiful Gardens are arranged in three areas. Approached initially from brick and paved terrace area with mature Yew steps lead up to a raised lawned area with an abundance of flowering shrubs and plants to borders. Open archway in mature hedge leads through to former orchard area with lavender walk and rose garden. Timber Office Building. Finally, a lawned area with superb southerly views and flanked by mature Lime Trees. To one side is a timber garage. To the west of the gardens a Grade II listed wall separates the Paddock area with timber Stable Block and Hard Tennis Court. In all the whole extends to just over 2 Acres. NOTE: There is a Public Bridleway that runs through the paddock following the wall. The stable block has direct access onto it. SITUATION Little Hawkwell is conveniently situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the village of Pembury with its local shopping facilities. A wide range of shopping and leisure facilities can be found at Paddock Wood, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge Town Centres, together with main line stations serving London Charing Cross/Cannon Street. There are a good number of well-regarded schools in the local area including nearby Kent College for Girls, Holmewood House at Langton Green, The Schools at Somerhill and Hilden Grange in Tonbridge and well as Sevenoaks and Tonbridge Independent Schools. There are also Grammar Schools for boys and girls in Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells including Judd and Skinners. The A21 at Pembury provides access to the M25 and thence motorway network, Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports, Channel Tunnel Terminus and South Coast as well as Ebbsfleet International and Bluewater. Leisure facilities include golf at Tunbridge Wells and Lamberhurst. Riding and walking in the local countryside. Sailing and fishing at Bewl Water and the coast. PROPERTY INFORMATION Services: All Main Services. Oil fired Central Heating. Local Authority: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Council Tax band G Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation.
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