Guide price £1,250,000
This exceptional property must be viewed to fully appreciate what is on offer from the no-expense spared, quality refurbishment to the private 0.7 acre garden setting, all within a short walk of the vibrant market town of West Malling DESCRIPTION This beautifully refurbished character property forms one half of the original coach house/stables to Douces Manor, a Grade II* listed Georgian manor house. The building itself is not listed although it is believed to have been built in the late 1700s, and it has recently undergone a complete albeit sympathetic upgrade by the present owner and the quality of the property really has to be seen to be appreciated. One of the lovely things about this property is that it is set in a generous, well screened plot of about 0.7 of an acre with its own private gated entrance. The adjoining property is accessed completely separately and the thickness of the walls means that you could quite easily believe you were on your own. This is quite a rare find in such close proximity to the town centre. FEATURES - Private gated entrance with wrought iron double gates hung on stone pillars with video entry-phone system, opening onto a long tarmac driveway with lamp posts leading up to a generous parking area at the front of the house. - Detached garage with electric door, power and lighting and log store to the side. There is also planning permission to build another similar sized garage to the side of the existing one should this be required. - The house is an attractive Georgian Kentish ragstone and red brick building under a slate tiled roof with double glazed windows and an oak framed front porch. - Internally the house has high ceilings (some vaulted) with exposed mellow timbers. It is presented in excellent order, having been fully refurbished. - The present owner added a sympathetic extension to the house in 2019, utilising matching materials, which has allowed for a stunning open plan kitchen/breakfast/family room with bi-fold doors leading out to the garden terrace. The triple aspect family room has a vaulted ceiling with exposed oak trusses and a woodburning stove to one corner. - The kitchen is a bespoke, hand-crafted, sold oak design with quartz worktops incorporating a central island with breakfast bar. The drawers and cupboards have internal elements to maximise storage space including pull out larder shelving and tiered drawers. Integrated appliances include Siemens conventional oven, steam oven, 4 ring gas hob with concealed extractor, Liebherr tall fridge, tall freezer with ice maker and wine cooler. - Separate utility room and ground floor cloakroom. - Integrated Sonos sound system. - The double aspect sitting/dining room has French doors out to the rear garden and an inglenook fireplace housing a woodburning stove. - The study, hallway, utility room, cloakroom and bathrooms all have beautiful wood effect Karndean flooring. - Four double bedrooms including two with vaulted ceilings. - Family bathroom and master en suite shower room. - Good sized loft with potential for conversion, subject to the necessary consents. - Indian stone paved terrace wrapping around the house including a broad patio with built in barbeque and pizza oven, superb for outdoor entertaining and summer dining. - Lawned gardens stretching out in a southerly direction from the house, interspersed with mature trees including a beautiful copper beech. - Garden shed and store with power and lighting. SITUATION The property is located on St Leonards Street, about half a mile from the vibrant Kent market town of West Malling. The 52 acre Manor Park Country Park is practically on the doorstep with lakes, meadows and paddocks to walk around as are the remains of a Norman castle - St Leonard's Tower. West Malling offers an abundance of restaurants, cafes, pubs and tea rooms, convenience stores, independent shops and a monthly farmers' market. The rail station is about 1.2 miles from the property and serves London Victoria/Blackfriars in about 1 hour, or Elephant & Castle (change for London Bridge) in about 55 minutes. Junction 4 of the M20 is under 4 miles away, providing fast connections to London and Folkestone. Maidstone shopping centre is only about 10 miles away providing comprehensive retail and recreational facilities. Also, Bluewater at Dartford is only about a half hours drive away. Maidstone, Tonbridge and Rochestser each have grammar schools. West Malling, Leybourne and Offham all have primary schools. There are a number of preparatory schools in and around Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, plus 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 1st exit onto Town Hill. Proceed through West Malling and out onto St Leonard's Street. The property will be found on the left-hand side just past Manor Park Country Park. From Wrotham Heath, follow the A20 for about 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. The property will be found on the left-hand side just past Manor Park Country Park.
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