The west half' of this exceptional country house division, set within grounds between Hartfield and Cowden and within approximately 8 miles of Tunbridge Wells.
Formed out of this impressive and substantial country estate, built around the late nineteenth century for Frederic Herbert Maugham, 1st Viscount Maugham and Lord Chancellor from 1938-39. His brother, the writer Somerset Maugham was said to be a regular visitor and it may well be the case that Churchill met and lunched at the house, not living far away himself at Chartwell and being a former Chancellor himself. Churchill had also recommended Somerset for the Companion of Honour award in 1954. The property was later believed to have been used by the Canadian military during the war and then converted into two homes by two sisters, a short time after the second world war. The imaginative division provides Tye House West with extensive, character family accommodation over three floors, plus a useful cellar.
Our selling clients have been in residence since 2013 and have undertaken considerable upgrades to the fabric and cosmetics of the property to provide a very fine and interesting, character family home, which is well appointed, complete with generous gardens and grounds, still providing much of the feel of the original estate, with the long approach drive, the views and its impressive park-like gardens and grounds, with a total landholding of about 3.94 acres.
Details include a stunning, well proportioned country style kitchen/ breakfast room with Aga and direct access to the rear entertaining terrace and to the original dining room, again with fireplace, oak flooring and decorative panelling. The sitting room also has good proportions and features a fine period style fireplace, as does the principle bedroom, which also features the renovated, original wardrobes. The bathrooms are all spacious, individually designed and feature separate showers.
Outside the property, there is a long, shared approach drive, past the lodge house at the road, with parking in front of the house and access to the detached, double garage.
A secluded side patio with built in barbecue leads around to the rear entertainment terrace, accessed from the hall and kitchen. This is attractively finished in trellised fencing and decorative, brick block paving, with access out to the gardens and grounds, to the west. There is also an outside access room, integral to the house, with a further room housing the boiler and pressurised water cylinder. This is currently storage although has other potential.
The lined, park-like gardens and grounds feature impressive and substantial mature trees, woodland with bluebells, shrubs and bushes and there is ample room for the renovated tennis court. Other features include an orchard, a pond and a paddock, with a somewhat. dilapidated brick stable block - offering potential for a variety of uses, subject to any required permissions. There is also good external security lighting and a functioning alarm system which can be operated remotely via a mobile application.
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This is an impressive, character home, which has been the subject of upgrading, repairs and improvements, where I can see a good deal of care and attention has been paid to the detail. Makes for a stylish, historical residence, which I think will appeal to London buyers.Robert JacobsProperty agent