Rarely available Decimus Burton villa in this prestigious private park
Calverley Park was the first residential park in Tunbridge Wells, constructed in the early 19th century and designed by the re-knowned architect Decimus Burton, whose career spanned the Georgian, Regency and Victorian periods and whose work included Regents Park and many of London's other iconic buildings. He developed the concept 'rus in urbe' - bringing the beauty and values of the countryside into the town and his vision has remained true in Calverley Park, thanks to conservation controls.
The Park is considered to be one of the most prestigious addresses in Tunbridge Wells, comprising a number of sizable villas arranged in an arc overlooking private 'pleasure grounds', giving the illusion of sole enjoyment of acres of parkland, right in the centre of town. The majority of the 'pleasure grounds' were purchased by the Council in 1920 and now boast formal gardens, tennis courts, croquet and bowling greens, a basketball court and cafe. The road and park grounds immediately in front of the villas are still privately owned and controlled by a trust held by the Park residents.
10 Calverley Park forms half of an iconic Grade II* listed Regency double villa, being one of just two originals like this. Constructed from locally quarried sandstone with a slate tiled roof, the house boasts the wonderful proportions typical of the period, with high ceilings throughout and a wealth of period features.
The spacious light-filled accommodation is arranged over three floors, with polished wood flooring in the principal reception rooms, which comprise a welcoming reception hall with a fireplace and elegant mahogany railed spindle staircase, together with two impressive formal reception rooms on the southerly side, both with feature fireplaces, tall sash windows, French doors and working folding shutters. The dining room opens out to pretty hooded verandah.
Of particular note is the creation by our clients of a generously proportioned and well fitted David Haugh kitchen/breakfast room extension in 2012, which adds crisp contemporary family space opening out to the garden, together with practical domestic areas, including a boot room and a utility room. The original kitchen is now a cozy informal family room and still features the domestic bell system and the wide range recess, now fitted with a modern gas-fired "wood effect stove".
The principal bedroom has a lovely outlook to the south-west over Calverley Park from the first floor and has two doors with wrought-iron juliette balconies and a contemporary en suite bath/shower room. There are three further good-sized bedrooms on this level (one en suite) and a family bath/shower room, with the fifth bedroom and attic storage space on the second floor.
The basement provides additional space, arranged as a cinema room with a study area off, the original brick wine racks cleverly utilised as storage space.
The property sits on a generous plot of about 0.32 acres and extending to three sides. The large rear landscaped garden comprises a wide flagstone terrace, accessed from the kitchen/breakfast room creating wonderful sheltered entertaining space, and an upper level with high hedging and mature trees to the boundaries providing a good level of privacy, and with well-stocked herbaceous and shrub borders.
To the front, the garden is parterre-style with low box hedging and standard roses, with the hooded verandah offering a lovely seating area where view can be enjoyed over the Park, with its majestic Lebanese cedar trees.
To the side, the driveway to the front entrance provides parking space for several cars in front of the detached garage, which is currently used as a studio with shower room and gardener's w.c.
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This is one of four original 'semi-detached' villas in the park, built by Decius Burton. In many ways I believe it is the equal of the biggest, detached examples, especially with this perfect position in the road.Robert JacobsProperty agent