Guide price £1,475,000
A beautiful example of a Grade II listed Medieval Hall House set in an idyllic peaceful rural location amid circa 20 acres. * No Onward Chain * Hecton Farm was fully renovated, refurbished and extended at the turn of this century under the watchful eye of the renowned Medieval restorer Anthony Hicks, in careful collaboration with English Heritage. The property today is a delightful Grade II listed former Hall House providing spacious family accommodation set in the most idyllic of rural settings. Surrounded by open countryside, Hecton Farm is nestled among circa 20 acres of gardens and grounds. To the rear of the house is the traditionally crafted oak built jettied extension that blends in seamlessly and has been sympathetically and expertly incorporated to the original structure. Inside, the house boasts a plethora of original features which are on show throughout the property and would be expected of a Medieval dwelling. These include a fantastic carved crown post roof, heavy oak ceiling and structural beams, grand Inglenook fireplace with bressumer beam, mullion windows, wide oak floorboards and vaulted ceilings to the first floor and exposed wattle and daub in some areas. To the ground floor is a kitchen/breakfast room, grand dining hall, sitting room, drawing room, utility, boot room entrance lobby and shower room. The most beautiful solid oak staircase with half cut treads leads to the first floor landing where a Minstrels gallery overlooks the space. This provides an ideal additional chill out space or could be utilised as an occasional bedroom for overnight guests. Five bedrooms, one of which has an additional mezzanine space, and two bathrooms are situated on this floor. Outside, the surrounding gardens are mainly laid to lawn complimented by a former vegetable garden, rose garden, apple and damson trees, bordered by mature hedging and traditional fencing. Adjacent to the house is an 18th century unconverted barn, stables, timber framed garage and brick constructed garden store. FEATURES - Entrance hall with solid oak staircase to first floor - Tiled flooring throughout the ground floor - Underfloor heating to three of the reception rooms - All internal doors are hand planed oak, some with sunken spandrels - Kitchen/breakfast room fitted with painted wood units under marble worksurfaces, Aga range cooker, integrated dishwasher - Utility room with a good selection of storage units and space for American style fridge freezer and washing machine, door to rear gravel terrace - Boot room side entrance lobby - Downstairs shower room - Dining Hall with double aspect views; Inglenook fireplace with bressumer beam fitted with a wood burning stove taking centre stage - Sitting Room with door to garden and decorative fireplace - Drawing Room with double aspect views and French doors to terrace - Sitting area to upstairs landing with views over the garden - Minstrels gallery mezzanine space overlooking upstairs landing - Master Bedroom with double aspect views and vaulted ceiling - Four additional bedrooms, one with a mezzanine area - Two family bathrooms, one with traditional roll top bath - Detached 18th century unconverted barn and stables - Timber framed garage - Brick constructed garden store and greenhouse - Gardens and grounds circa 20 acres SITUATION Hecton Farm is situated on a peaceful country lane in the most idyllic of rural settings. Surrounded by paddocks and open countryside, the location is pin drop quiet away from modern day distractions. East Sutton has a small number of local services including the 13th century St Peters and St Pauls Church and nearby Sutton Valence benefits from a post office, farm shop, garage and two village inns. Headcorn provides a good range of shops, public houses, mainline station and day to day amenities. Comprehensive shopping can be found at Maidstone. There are a range of schools in the area catering for children of all ages including Ulcombe and Kingswood Primary Schools, Sutton Valence Preparatory and Senior Schools, Dulwich Preparatory at Cranbrook and numerous secondary and grammar schools in Maidstone. Headcorn Station offers services to London Bridge, Cannon Street and Charing Cross with journey times from under an hour. Headcorn also serves Ashford International that links to the high speed to London St. Pancras with journey times from only 37 minutes and also to the Continent. The M20 gives access to Dover, Folkestone and Ashford and also to the M25 to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports and to London. Numerous golf clubs nearby include The Weald of Kent and The Ridge. Leeds Castle, with 500 acres of grounds and gardens to explore with numerous seasonal events, is just a short drive away as is Mote Park in Maidstone which incorporates numerous facilities including Maidstone Leisure Centre and sports pitches, plus opportunities for angling and water sports. Headcorn 3.5 miles M20 - 5 miles Maidstone 7 miles (All distances are approximate) PROPERTY INFORMATION - Services: Oil fired central heating. Private water supply and drainage. Mains electricity. - Local Authority: Maidstone Borough Council - Council Tax band (2020/21): H - Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation. VIEWINGS Strictly by appointment through Jackson-Stops. Tel: 01580 720000 AGENT'S NOTES i. The property is supplied with water from a local bore hole. No fees are paid for this water supply however a contribution is made to the maintenance of the supply. ii. There are three public footpaths, KH531, KH320 and KH539, that run along two of the boundaries of the property and one that crosses the grounds to the south of the property. DIRECTIONS From Headcorn station turn left onto A274 and continue for approximately 1.5 miles. Turn right into East Sutton Road. After about a mile turn left into Heniker Lane which continues into Friday street after a short distance. Hecton Farm will be found on the right after about 0.5 miles. Private Finance Jackson-Stops Private Finance specialises in advising on and arranging competitive mortgages quickly, efficiently and in a stress-free manner. Please contact the office for further information.
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