Guide price £1,395,000
An exquisite Georgian villa with 4,821 sq ft of beautifully proportioned and exceptionally elegant accommodation, together with a delightful well screened garden DESCRIPTION 1 Gransden is a substantial proportion of an elegant Georgian villa and has retained an abundance of its original character over the ensuing 200 years. The interior is exceptionally striking and many of the original features have been retained including fireplaces, high ceilings, original wood flooring, panelled doors, moulded ceilings, wood panelling and elaborate cornicing. There are even original working shutters in both the drawing and dining rooms that either fold or slide away. The house offers versatile family accommodation and is presented in immaculate order. It is set back from the road with a walled parking/turning area to the front, garage and car port. FEATURES - Side access gate with entry phone system, leading around to the main entrance to the house and the beautiful west-facing garden. - The front door with glass panes opens into an elegant hallway leading in turn through double swing opening doors with etched glass panels to a magnificent reception hall with an impressive turned oak staircase with wood panelling, twisted spindles, decorative finials and pillar style newel posts. A large stained-glass window dating back to 1890 bathes the reception hall with natural light. There is also an ornate ceiling rose. - The spacious and light double aspect drawing room features tall mahogany framed sash windows and French doors leading out to the garden. The high ceiling and walls feature decorative panel detailing and the room is divided in part with an ornate arches atop corinthian pillars. This room also features a fireplace housing a woodburning stove and beautiful wooden floorboards. - The handsome dining room features an attractive feature fireplace with tiled inserts and stone surround, and bespoke fitted shelving and cupboards with picture lights. - The kitchen is open plan to the orangery, which provides a lovely area for breakfast/casual dining and has French doors leading out to the garden terrace and an electronically operated roof lantern. The kitchen comprises painted units with marble worktops, marble effect backsplashes and feature copper detailing. Integrated appliances include a Neff dishwasher, Stoves range cooker with three electric ovens, two grills and an induction hob. Space and plumbing for an American-style fridge/freezer. - Large utility room with space/plumbing for a washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge and more fitted units. This leads to boot room with direct access to the garden terrace. - The basement comprises a cinema room, games room and storage rooms. - Spacious galleried landing which can accommodate a study area if required. - Double-aspect principal bedroom with views out over the garden and open fields beyond. Built in wardrobes and an original open fireplace. En suite bathroom with twin sinks, spa bath and power shower. - Two further large double bedrooms and family shower room complete the first floor accommodation. - There is another spacious landing on the second floor with large storage cupboard, two further double bedrooms (5 in total) and another shower room. From the top floor there are views to Wateringbury Place grounds, oast house and nearby vineyards. - The level west-facing, primarily lawned garden has a variety of specimen trees and shrubs providing a good degree of screening around the perimeter. There is also a brick paved terrace and covered seating area at the back of the house, ideal for al-fresco dining. - Single garage with adjoining car port, storage and log store. SITUATION Wateringbury is a small village, the history of which can be traced back to the 10th century. It is located about 5 miles south-east of the popular market town of West Malling and 5 miles west of the larger shopping centre of Maidstone. The village has a lively community and has a village hall, post office, convenience store, hairdressers, tea room/antiques store and pub/restaurant as well as a good primary school and railway station. The rail services from Wateringbury (station about 3/4 of a mile from the property) serve Paddock Wood (11 miuntes) and Maidstone West (9 minutes). Paddock Wood has services to London Charing Cross in around 55 mins and Maidstone West serves London St Pancras (direct and via Strood) from 51 minutes. Train travel to Tonbridge from Wateringbury (direct and via Paddock Wood) takes about 30 minutes. In addition to Wateringbury primary, there are a number of other primary school options in the nearby villages. Maidstone and Tonbridge both have grammar schools for boys and girls and Tonbridge School is one of the leading public schools in the country. East Malling, Aylesford and Maidstone have alternative secondary school options. Nearby Maidstone, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells have large shopping centres, restaurants, cafes, bars and leisure facilities. PROPERTY INFORMATION - Services: Mains water, electricity and drainage. Gas fired central heating. - Local Authority: Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, 01732 844522 - Council Tax band: G (2021/22) - Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation. DIRECTIONS From the A26 heading north from Tonbridge, pass through Hadlow, take the second exit at the roundabout crossing Seven Mile Lane, and at the next roundabout take the second exit to stay on the A26 towards Wateringbury. Upon entering the village, pass the Church on the left and follow the stone wall along. Where the wall steps back with iron wailings in front, turn left into the entrance to Gransden.
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