Hamstreet, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2EN | Property for sale | Savills
4,310 sq ft(400.41 sq m)
Guide price £1,450,000(€1,721,288)

HamstreetAshford, Kent, TN26 2EN

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Key features

  • A wonderfully versatile home designed by the architect, Thomas Blashill
  • Beautifully proportioned reception rooms
  • High ceilings and a wealth of period features
  • Attractive gardens and grounds including a former tennis lawn and paddock
  • Hamstreet station about 0.5 of a mile with services to Ashford and Rye
  • Ashford International 5.6 miles with high speed train to London St Pancras in 37 mins
  • Historic town of Rye about 11 miles away

A beautiful Victorian unlisted country house with lovely southerly-facing gardens and grounds.

About this property

  • Orlestone Grange is a handsome Victorian country house of wonderful proportions, situated within the parish of Orlestone, on the periphery of the village of Hamstreet, under six miles to the south of Ashford and about eight miles to the east of Tenterden.

    This impressive home was designed by Thomas Blashill, a renowned architect in his own right and contemporary of Sir Edwin Lutyens, responsible for designing the entrance gates to the Blackwall Tunnel amongst other notable buildings. Orlestone Grange dates from 1878 and was originally commissioned by the church as a rectory for the vicar of nearby St Mary's Church.

    The property has been sympathetically refurbished retaining many of the period features typical of the Victorian era, including high ceilings, painted panelled internal doors, beautiful multi-paned windows affording light filled rooms, many working period fireplaces and exposed pine flooring or quarry tiled floors to a number of rooms.

    Generously proportioned principal reception rooms offer ideal areas for formal entertaining and include elegant drawing and dining rooms with garden vistas, the former having a wide bay window and French doors to a lovely verandah. Further reception rooms are situated off the reception hall and comprise a sitting room with fitted bookshelves and open fireplace and a snug/TV room.

    The kitchen, with old pine flooring, has hand-painted cupboards, a freestanding dresser in keeping with the period, a larder and space for various appliances. The adjoining dual aspect breakfast room has original cupboards and a refurbished electric Aga.

    The staircase leads to a split level landing on the first floor where there are four attractive bedrooms, served by two bathrooms and a separate WC. These include the superb principal bedroom with walk through dressing room incorporating hanging and shelving and a luxuriously appointed bathroom with clawfoot bath. On the second floor there are three further bedrooms, a bathroom, linen cupboard and access to a substantial attic space.

    Orlestone Grange with its westerly elevations enhanced by mature wisteria, is approached via a gravel drive leading to a parking area to the front of the house.

    The delightful gardens lie mainly to the south and west and comprise sweeping expanses of lawn interspersed with an abundance of coniferous and deciduous shrubs and trees. There is a former tennis lawn partially screened by hornbeam hedging, rose arches and various fruit trees. Terraces lie to the east, south and west providing lovely areas to enjoy the sun throughout the day. Adjoining the garden is a paddock area and ancient oaks are planted to the major boundaries.

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When I came to Orlestone Grange I thought of the TV programme 'What the Victorians Did For Us' - they certainly knew how to design a house, such elegant light rooms of wonderful proportions

Sarah HuntProperty agent

Local information

  • Orlestone Grange is situated under one mile to the north of the village of Hamstreet where there are a good range of local facilities including a supermarket and post office for day to day shopping, a church, tennis courts, bowling green, football club and a public house. More comprehensive amenities can be found in Ashford (5.6 miles), Tenterden (8.1 miles) and Rye (11.2 miles).
  • Mainline rail services: Hamstreet station has services to Ashford, Rye, Hastings and Eastbourne. A high speed train service runs from Ashford to London St Pancras in about 37 minutes. Trains to London Charing Cross and Cannon Street can also be found at Ashford.
  • Education: There is an excellent number of schools in both the state and private sectors at primary and secondary levels. These include Hamstreet, Woodchurch and Aldington Primary schools, Ashford School, Highworth Grammar School and The Norton Knatchbull School in Ashford, The King's School in Canterbury, Homewood School in Tenterden, Sutton Valence Nursery, Prep, Senior and Sixth Form School and Benenden School.
  • Motorway links: The M20 is accessed via Junction 10 or 11 giving good links to Dover ferry terminal, the channel tunnel and various motorway networks.
  • *All mileages and journey times are approximate

Additional information

  • Services: Oil fired central heating via radiators. Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Victorian rainwater harvesting system.
  • Local Authority: Ashford Borough Council-Tax band G
  • Directions: From our office in Cranbrook proceed down the High Street to The Hill at St David's Bridge. Travel towards Golford and continue for about 7 miles to Tenterden. In the centre turn right signposted to Woodchurch and proceed along the B2067 for about 9.4 miles passing through the village of Warehorne. On reaching the crossroads in Hamstreet turn left and continue passing the station, after 0.5 of a mile turn right into Church Lane and Orlestone Grange will be found on the right hand side.
  • EPC Rating: F
  • Tenure: Freehold
  • Council Tax Band: G