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A charming characterful Grade II listed cottage amid generous gardens in need of updating, set along a quiet rural lane * Cranbrook School catchment area * When you think of quiet rural location then you will think of Cattsford. A quintessential Grade II listed cottage, believed to be constructed around 1775, coming to the market for the first time in almost 40 years. The new custodians will be able to fully update and put their own stamp on the property. Formerly a farmhouse, Cattsford exhibits red brick construction under tile hung elevations with an impressive catslide roof to half of the rear elevation. Internally there is an abundance of delightful original features including ceiling beams, two inglenook fireplaces, 15th century dais beam in the inner hall, vaulted ceiling in the main bedroom, wide floorboards on the landing, original bread oven, Chinese slate to the kitchen floor and wooden casement windows. As is common of rural dwellings, entry to the property is through the side entrance, opening directly into the kitchen/dining room. The ground floor is complemented by a sitting room with an impressive Inglenook fireplace taking centre stage, and an additional reception room currently being used as a bedroom plus the family bathroom. Stairs down from the kitchen access a cellar space. To the first floor are four further bedrooms and stairs up to a boarded vaulted attic space furnished with power and light, with ceiling heights of approximately 7' to the apex. The garden is a real feature of the property. It has everything that you would expect of a rural country cottage garden; vegetable and fruit beds, cottage garden planting, fruit trees and an expanse of lawn bordered by mature hedging. To the rear corner of the garden is a fenced-in natural pond that attracts much wild life including families of ducks. In addition, there is a 12' x 12' former dairy with light and power points. There is also a covered fresh water well adjacent to the kitchen entrance. To the rear of the property is the former freestanding three seat Privy which is of the same age as Cattsford and the reason for the Grade II listing. FEATURES - Front entrance porch and inner hall - Farmhouse kitchen/dining room with oil fired Rayburn for cooking and heating - Sitting room with Inglenook fireplace and oil fired stove - Cellar with 6' headroom - Five bedrooms - one formerly a reception room - Family bathroom - Boarded attic space with power and light - Gardens circa 0.6 acres including kitchen garden - Former dairy 12' x 12' with power and light SITUATION Set on a quiet country lane on the periphery of the sought after village of Benenden and within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village provides a butcher, shop and post office and The Bull Inn & Restaurant. The market towns of Cranbrook and Tenterden offer a good selection of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities. There are numerous excellent schools within the area that cater for both state and private education, including Benenden Primary School, Benenden Girls School and Dulwich Preparatory at Cranbrook, plus Saint Ronan's and Marlborough House at Hawkhurst. The property also falls within the highly regarded Cranbrook School catchment area. Commuter links can be found at Staplehurst and Etchingham stations and the A21 for links to national motorways is about 8 miles away. Benenden village 2 miles A21 8 miles Staplehurst 9.5 miles Etchingham 9.2 miles (All distances approximate) PROPERTY INFORMATION - Services: Oil fired heating. Mains electric and water. Private drainage. - Local Authority: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. - Council Tax band (2020/21): F - Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation.
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