Guide price £1,275,000
A remarkable, immaculately presented period property offering spacious, sympathetically updated family accommodation, prominently positioned in this popular village Situation The property is situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Ightham. Located about 4 miles East of Sevenoaks, about 6 miles North of Tonbridge and about 28 miles South-East of London, Ightham is a popular village with good communication links. Borough Green rail station (1.2 miles) has services to London Victoria and Blackfriars in about 48 minutes. Sevenoaks (5.8 miles) has services to Charing Cross and Cannon Street (via London Bridge/Waterloo East) from around 36 minutes. The M25 is easily accessible via Sevenoaks (jct. 5 - 7.3 miles) and the M20 is accessible at Wrotham (under 3 miles). On the outskirts of the village there is a recreation ground, primary school and general stores. In the centre of the village is the George & Dragon public house and a village hall, which hosts several local clubs and classes. Borough Green (1 mile) has a wider selection of local shops, whilst Sevenoaks (5.5 miles), Tonbridge (7 miles), Tunbridge Wells (12 miles) and Bluewater shopping centres (17 miles) all offer more comprehensive shopping opportunities and facilities. Sevenoaks has an excellent selection of well-regarded public and private schools and there are grammar schools for boys and girls in Tonbridge and Maidstone. Description The Forge is a special Grade II* listed character village house that really has to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. The house provides spacious rooms with excellent ceiling heights throughout. Evidently, the house has an abundance of character. It has been tastefully and sympathetically enhanced over the years. Complementing the house perfectly, the part walled, immaculately manicured rear garden has been designed to provide a secluded sanctuary, with stretches of lawn, colourful borders and various seating areas, screened with mature trees. Features No doubt, the stand out room of the house is the vaulted barn at the back of the house. Utilised as an open plan drawing and dining room. Featuring a large brick chimney breast housing a wood-burning stove and a wealth of exposed beams and brick/stone work, plus some of the original wattle and daub infilling, this exceptional space is a sight to behold. An excellent kitchen/breakfast room fitted in a country style with a contemporary twist including a dresser, hand-painted units, wooden worksurfaces, AGA and an open fireplace. The adjoining utility room is fitted with a comprehensive range of units and has space for an American style fridge freezer, washing machine and dishwasher. Several of the rooms in the house feature wide oak floorboards or mellow brick flooring. Exposed beams are a recurring feature throughout the house, yet the ceiling heights for a property of this age are excellent. Drop latch wooden doors, multi-pane and lead light windows with wooden shutters. Old shop front secondary glazed display window in the sitting room. Fireplaces in the drawing/dining room, sitting room (both having wood-burning stoves), kitchen, reception hall and two of the bedrooms (2 blocked/disused). Period style cast iron radiators throughout. Five good sized double bedrooms on the first floor. Traditional style modern white bathroom suites including a roll-top standalone bath in the family bathroom. Glazed viewing window on the first floor displaying the exposed original roofing tiles for the house. Detached double garage plus additional parking on the gravel driveway behind lockable double close-board gates. Beautiful part-walled garden with various seating areas, lovingly planted borders, fruit and ornamental trees. Property Information Services: Mains gas fired central heating. Mains water, electricity and drainage. Local Authority: Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, 01732 844522. Council Tax Band (2020/21): G £3,239.53) Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation. Directions From jct. 5 of the M25, take the first exit from the A21 towards Sevenoaks (A25). Continue on the A25 through Riverhead (over 2 roundabouts), over the Bat & Ball cross-roads and through Seal village (about 6.3 miles). After the recreation ground on the left-hand side, turn right onto the A227 towards Ightham. At the T junction turn left onto The Street. As you drop down into the village you will see The Forge straight ahead of you. The driveway is located on the right, just past the house.
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