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Smarden Road, Pluckley, Kent, TN27

Offers in excess of £700,000

3 Beds 1 Bath 2 Receptions

REF: CRA220138


  • Enchanting cottage
  • With detached annexe
  • Village setting
  • Lovely cottage gardens
  • Ashford 7 miles
  • M20 6 miles


A charming Grade II listed thatched cottage and separate converted forge set amid cottage gardens in walking distance of village amenities * No Onward Chain * Sitting side by side, Forge Cottage and The Old Forge offer the opportunity for multi-generational living or as a home with separate holiday let, subject to any necessary planning consent(s). The properties are set in an elevated location within the village and benefit from far reaching views to the front. Both have heaps of character and charm, however provide scope for updating/modernization to your own taste. Forge Cottage is a Grade II listed thatched cottage dating from the 16th century. Internally the property displays a wealth of period architectural features including beams and timbers, leaded light, mullion and stained-glass windows and oak joinery and floorboards. You enter the property via a spacious reception hall which has an oak staircase to the first floor. Within the adjacent sitting room is a magnificent inglenook fireplace with original niches and bread oven. The fireplace now houses an electric ''wood burner'. There is also a good size storage cupboard with a potentially medieval window which would make an ideal pantry (being north facing) and parquet flooring underfoot. There is a separate dining room, with a full length fitted oak bench, that gives access to the kitchen. This benefits from fitted cabinets and space for appliances. There is also a ground floor bathroom and secondary staircase leading to the first where there are three double bedrooms. The master bedroom has a door giving direct access to the terrace, one has built in wardrobes and there is also a part vaulted cloakroom. The Old Forge is also Grade II listed and dates from the 19th century. It was imaginatively converted in the mid 1990's to provide predominantly single storey accommodation. There are vaulted ceilings throughout along with beams and timbers and exposed brickwork providing an inviting atmosphere. There is a vaulted sitting room plus a second reception room featuring a central brick pillar with a gas fired ''wood burner' plus a stable door to the garden. Beyond is the fitted kitchen and shower room. Two staircases lead to the separate mezzanine floors above which provide open plan sleeping/study areas and there is a generous sized attic store/walk in wardrobe. The gardens are enchanting, predominantly south facing they are set on a slope and split into garden rooms, with a wealth of herbaceous plants, flowering shrubs and roses creating a mass of colour throughout the seasons. Highlights of the gardens include a productive kitchen garden with fruit cage, a useful potting shed, stone paved pathways and terrace plus stone stairs overhung with flowering plants and cast-iron railings. It would be possible to split the gardens to provide each of the properties their own independent area of garden. Generous parking is providing on a gravelled driveway which has timber gates giving access to a further block paved drive. FORGE COTTAGE - Reception hall - Sitting room - Fitted kitchen - Dining room - Bathroom - Three bedrooms - Cloakroom THE OLD FORGE - Sitting room - Dining area - Kitchen - Shower room - Mezzanine bedroom - Mezzanine bedroom 2/study OUTSIDE - Delightful landscaped cottage gardens - Kitchen garden and potting shed - Generous area for vehicular parking SITUATION Forge Cottage and The Old Forge are situated in the picturesque Kent village of Pluckley, in an elevated position on the Greensand Way. The property is ideally located within walking distance of the village centre. The village offers a range of amenities including village store, butchers, farm shop, primary school, mainline station and an historic public house. Tenterden offers a good range of local shops, supermarkets and high street names along its tree lined high street and Ashford provides comprehensive shopping and services. A host of leisure facilities and tourist attractions nearby include walking, foraging and events in Dering Woods, Tenterden Leisure Centre, Chart Hills Golf Club at Biddenden, Godinton House near Ashford, the Big Cat Sanctuary at Smarden, the Kent and Sussex Railway at Tenterden and numerous historic public houses. Along with Pluckley Primary School, other notable schools in the area include Smarden Primary School, Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre in Tenterden plus Ashford Prep School and numerous secondary and grammar schools in Ashford. Pluckley Station provides services to London Charing Cross in just over an hour and also to Ashford International Station which offers a high speed service to London St Pancras in just 37 minutes plus services to the continent. The M20 gives access east to Folkestone, Dover and the ports and west to the M25 and national motorway networks. M20 6 miles Ashford & International Station 7 miles Tenterden 10 miles London 55 miles (All distances are approximate) DIRECTIONS From the A274 Headcorn Road at Biddenden head north for about 2 miles and turn right at the crossroads into Bell Lane signposted to Pluckley. Stay on this road, which becomes Smarden Bell Road for about 6 miles. At the T junction turn left towards Pluckley village and after half a mile the properties will be seen on your right as you proceed up the hill. PROPERTY INFORMATION - Services: Mains gas central heating in The Old Forge and electric heating system (circa 5 years old) in Forge Cottage. Both properties have mains electricity, water and drainage. - Local Authority: Ashford Borough Council. Tax bands: Forge Cottage F / The Old Forge E (2022/23) - Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation.