A SUBSTANTIAL LISTED COUNTRY HOUSE IN NEED OF EXTENSIVE REFURBISHMENT ENJOYING A SPLENDID ELEVATED SETTING WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS
Comprehensive Shopping: can be found in Headcorn, Staplehurst, Maidstone and Ashford. Bluewater shopping is located just off the M25 Junction 2 (A2/M2).
Mainline Rail Services: Headcorn and Staplehurst stations offer commuter services to Charing Cross/Cannon Street in about 60 minutes or there are services from Maidstone East station into London Victoria. Eurostar trains are available from Ashford International and a high speed train service runs from Ashford to London St Pancras in about 37 minutes.
Education: Like many parts of Kent there are some excellent schools nearby. In the state sector there are grammar schools for boys and girls in Maidstone, Cranbrook and Tonbridge. There are also some local primary schools with excellent Ofsted reports. In the private sector there are independent girls and boys' schools including nearby Sutton Valence preparatory and senior schools with other girls and boys' schools in Canterbury and Tonbridge.
Motorway Links: The M25 via the M20/M26 can be accessed at J5 and the M20 (6 miles) via J8 both providing links to Gatwick and Heathrow airport and other motorway networks.
Priory House is a substantial country house which is understood to date from the 17th Century with later additions, although undocumented, earlier 14th century origins are indicated. The property, which has over the years been a vicarage and preparatory school, occupies an enviable, elevated position, nestling amidst mature secluded grounds and commanding far reaching panoramic views.
Now coming to the market for the first time in over 48 years, this Grade II listed family home with internal accommodation amounting to over 5,500 sq ft, together with various period outbuildings, is in need of extensive and sympathetic refurbishment to restore it to its former glory.
Points of note include:
A variety of period features remain including high ceilings to a number of reception rooms and bedrooms, period fireplaces, painted panelled internal doors, some working window shutters, pine floorboards, exposed timbers and beams and brick flooring to the older parts of the house.
The reception rooms are of good proportions and feature open fireplaces, with the sitting and morning rooms both enjoying a southerly aspect, access to a terrace and wonderful views, whilst the dining room, located in the older part of the house, also has an inglenook fireplace.
Further ground floor accommodation includes a study, kitchen with fitted cupboards, a four oven solid fuel Aga (not working) and several freestanding appliances, a north-facing pantry with shelving, a cloakroom and rear hall giving access to two further cloakrooms and a rear porch which in turn links the main house with the former classrooms, now a playroom and games room.
Located over the first and second floors are eight bedrooms which are served by two bathrooms and a separate WC. A number of the bedrooms have period fireplaces and/or built in cupboards.
Gardens, Grounds & Outbuildings
Priory House is approached via a long winding drive, flanked on either side by well established indigenous hedging and mature trees, and, as the drive turns a corner the house, setting and its wonderful backdrop can first be appreciated. An area of parking and turning lies to the east with a spur continuing past the jettied front elevation to the former coach house, now utilised as garaging and a mower store.
Stretching away from the house the gently sloping lawns and grounds are interspersed with shrubs, roses and a wide variety of coniferous and deciduous trees including lime, tulip, copper beech, bay and fruit trees such as quince, apple and mulberry.
To the north-east and east of the garden lies the remaining land comprising two fields divided by a belt of trees and currently down to grass. The field to the north-east is thought to be situated on the site of an ancient Roman vineyard.
Further outbuildings include a summerhouse/workshop and a former stable which is adjacent to the coach house and has ladder access to a generous first floor loft area.
Agent's Note: A public footpath runs through one of the fields and along part of the drive.
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