Savills | Sandhurst Farm, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 8AX | Property for sale
234 Ac(94.70 Ha)
Guide price £5,250,000

Sandhurst FarmLamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 8AX

  • Under offer
  • Freehold

Key features

  • Lifestyle farm with environmental credentials
  • Extensive equestrian facilities
  • Ample ancillary accommodation
  • Gardens, swimming pool and tennis court
  • Further farm buildings
  • Private yet highly accessible

A private and exceptionally pretty lifestyle farm with enviable equestrian facilities, environmental stewardship opportunity and ample additional accommodation within easy reach of London.

About this property

  • A long private driveway leads from Clay Hill Road down to the farmstead. There are electronic gates at the top and bottom of the driveway and halfway down a magnificent view opens up through the woodland. The farmstead lies in the centre of this ring fenced farm which is predominantly down to grass and surrounded by woodland giving it an exceptionally high degree of privacy. The principal dwelling house, equestrian facilities and ancillary accommodation lie centrally within the farm. Privacy and seclusion are key features at Sandhurst Farm, there being only one footpath over the property which runs well away from the farmhouse and other buildings

    Believed to originate from the late 15th or early 16th century, this is a classic example of the type of farmhouse one would expect to find on the Kent/Sussex Weald. The farmhouse is Grade II Listed and constructed of brick and timber elevations under a tiled roof. It is well maintained and faces south overlooking its beautifully landscaped gardens. From a pretty courtyard to the front of the farmhouse the front door leads directly into the orangery with exposed brick walls, paved flooring and part glazed open ceiling. From the orangery there are doors to the rear lobby and a cloaks/ shower room. There are steps up and an opening to the family room/TV room. The dining room lies in the original part of the house. It is beamed and has a fireplace with a wood burning stove inset and south facing doors to the terrace. The dining room opens through to the kitchen/breakfast room creating a lovely area for entertaining or day to day family living.

    Very much a farmhouse kitchen, there are a range of painted base and wall units with granite work surfaces and a butler sink as well as a cream coloured 4 oven Aga, quarry tiled floors and exposed timbers. From the breakfast area there is a stable door with steps down to a walled terrace garden. From the kitchen there is access to the laundry room with loft storage and a cloaks area which leads full circle to the rear lobby where there is a door to a veranda leading down to a more extensive parking area at the rear of the farmhouse. The drawing room is a particular feature of the farmhouse and is heavily timbered with good ceiling heights and an impressive inglenook fireplace. It opens through to a study area, giving the whole room a bright southern and westerly dual aspect. There is a door leading to the terrace and other oak doors giving access to the cellar and first floor staircase.

    The first floor landing has exposed floor boards in part and leads to three bedroom suites. The master bedroom is spacious with a dual aspect to the south and west. There are built in cupboards and an ensuite bathroom. Bedroom 2 is also dual aspect with a huge beam running across its middle and it is served by its own ensuite bathroom. Bedroom 3 faces south and has the benefit of an ensuite shower room. Stairs lead up from the landing to the second floor where there is a further large bedroom with the crown post at its centre. Lying off this bedroom is a cleverly designed bathroom suite.

    The gardens are a particular feature of the farmhouse and lie to the south. Beautifully landscaped and well maintained, the gardens have a relaxed and informal feel to them. The paved terrace makes the most of the southerly aspect, giving way to mature herbaceous borders and in turn to the lawn. There are further shrub and flower bed borders and an attractive water feature which incorporates two ornamental ponds and a waterfall. In a terraced and sheltered area to the west of the farmhouse there is a heated outdoor swimming pool and tucked away beyond the garden there is also a hard surface tennis court.

    Adjoining the farmhouse are a workshop and garden store, which have planning permission to create an additional bedroom suite, accessed via the family room and ideal as a private area for guests.

    To the rear there is a three bay oak framed garage and a wood store. Accessed via steps to the rear there is a gardener's wc/shower room and a store room.

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Local information

  • Sandhurst Farm is situated near the Kent/East Sussex border between the popular and pretty village of Lamberhurst and the spa town Royal Tunbridge Wells. The location is peaceful, secure and private.

Additional information

  • Sandhurst Barn lies to the south of the farmhouse providing additional or ancillary accommodation. To the ground floor there is an entrance hall with stairs to the first floor and this leads to an open plan living room with glazed double doors and an outlook over the gardens. There is also a kitchen and cloakroom on the ground floor. To the first floor there is a landing, off which lie two bedrooms and a bathroom.
  • A former hop barn, known as ‘The Red Barn' has been converted into ancillary accommodation.
  • • The Hop Loft is a three bedroom farm manager's cottage with garden and a lovely southerly aspect.
  • • The Hay Loft is a two bedroom holiday let.
  • • The Bothy is a one bedroom staff or grooms flat.
  • Within the farmstead is a fully enclosed and secure building that has previously been used for the storage of classic motor cars. Adjacent to the stables there is a substantially rebuilt twin roundel Oast house, at present this is being used as additional stabling housing two loose boxes within the roundels with two rooms above.
  • Sandhurst Farm has an extensive range of equestrian facilities, which have been developed by the current owner.
  • To the north of the farmhouse there are two purpose built brick and timber stable buildings which house 8 loose boxes, a wash down room, secure tack room, cloakroom, feed room and kitchen area. There is an open fronted hay barn and 5 field shelters around the stable yard heading into the all-weather turn out paddocks.
  • Ample hard standing and good vehicular access make the stable yard a practical and secure facility. Beyond the stables is a parking area for horse boxes and trailers, and a horse walker.
  • To the west of the stable yard lies a good range of modern farm buildings, one of which has been adapted to create an indoor school (49m x 24m) with floodlighting, irrigation and a viewing gallery. There is also an outdoor ménage (60m x 20m). The farmland has numerous rides and gallops running over it and there is further potential to build on the existing facilities.
  • Additional modern agricultural buildings include a steel framed barn with a block enclosed workshop and lambing shed to the side and an open sided hay/machinery barn.
  • To the east of the farmstead and near the stables there are smaller post and rail field enclosures and all weather turn out paddocks servicing the equestrian facilities. To the west are larger fields leading to the higher ground at the “Top of the World” where there are some superb views across the Weald. There are several blocks of woodland and shaws which, along with undulating landscape, provide excellent sporting potential. Numerous ponds have created wonderful wildlife habitat, one of which has a summerhouse overlooking it designed as a peaceful retreat.
  • Over the past 20 years Sandhurst Farm has been actively managed with conservation in mind with the restoration of natural ponds and hedgerows. Whilst some of the land has been cropped in the past, it is now primarily used for the grazing of livestock. It has been part of various environmental stewardship schemes, firstly at Entry Level and then Higher Level. This has resulted in established hedgerows, ponds, and scrapes which has encouraged the return of wildlife and birds and the grazing and cutting regime has produced a wide variety of plants and grasses. The current scheme comes to an end on 30th September 2022.
  • Changes in approaches to farming and the direction of grant support mean that UK Agriculture now has a diverse range of options open to it. The farm could be suitable for re-wilding, vine growing, or forestry, to name but three and these could sit alongside its established equestrian yard, sheep flock and haylage production which have all proved profitable. In total Sandhurst Farm extends to approximately 233 acres (94 hectares).
  • Directions: From junction 5 of the M25 (Sevenoaks) follow the A21 southbound past the Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells exits. After the Kippings Cross roundabout the road becomes single carriageway. Continue for approximately 1 mile taking the right hand turning into Clay Hill Road, which is signposted Hook Green. After about a third of a mile the entrance to Sandhurst Farm can be found on the right hand side.
  • EPC Rating = F
  • Tenure = Freehold