One of Kent's finest Grade II* listed Georgian houses, set in magnificent formal gardens, conveniently located and enjoying views over the surrounding countryside.
The Postern was built on the site of a hunting lodge for John Eldridge Esq in 1757 and it is Grade II* Listed, being of historical and architectural importance. It is well proportioned and constructed of mellow brick under a tiled roof.
Particular internal features include the fine panelling in the drawing room and study, multi-pane sash windows and high ceilings. The accommodation is arranged over three floors. As well as being ideal for entertaining the house provides a charming family home, and extensive bedroom accommodation. Of particular note are the wonderful views of the garden from every aspect of the house and from all floors. The property is also extremely well equipped with a tennis court, swimming pool, summer house, pool house, greenhouses and garden stores and outbuildings.
The magnificent garden, designed by the distinguished landscape architect Anthony du Gard Pasley in the 1950s was described as one of the best gardens in Kent by House and Garden in November 1982 issue. The gardens were detailed more fully in a 5 page article in Country Life, which appeared on 14th May 1981. There is a further article in The Garden magazine in 2003.
The Postern is a splendid family house with the benefit of extensive garaging and a Coach House.
A wide front door with side screens and a generous fan light window above, leads to the panelled entrance hall with stairs rising and access to a cloakroom.
The impressive and elegant principal reception rooms comprise a drawing room and dining room. Both with fireplaces and charming window seats.
The double aspect study also has a fireplace.
Providing informal family living is the sitting room/playroom which has fitted dresser style cupboards and high level storage.
The spacious kitchen/breakfast room is double aspect with the breakfast area featuring a roof light and double doors opening to the side courtyard. Appliances include a 4 oven oil fired Aga, a microwave oven, Bosch two ring electric hob and dishwasher.
Adjacent to the kitchen is a laundry room with space for appliances and a spacious boot room with loft access and a door to a boiler room which in turn leads to the wine cellar.
Arranged over the first floor are four bedrooms all with wardrobes and attractive fireplaces. There are two bathrooms, one of which has interconnecting doors from two bedrooms and the landing.
The second floor comprises a further five bedrooms. Two of these bedrooms connect via double doors and provide versatility.
There are two further bathrooms with interconnecting doors from two bedrooms and the landing.
The Coach House
The accommodation comprises a lounge/dining room and a well-appointed kitchen to the ground floor with three bedrooms and one bathrooms arranged over the first floor. There is a large store room off the main bedroom.
This U-shaped outbuilding provides a generous workshop, apple store, double garage, bicycle store, a stable and further store rooms. Adjacent to the Coach House is an extensive garage.
Potential Two Bed Cottage
Both Planning consent and Listed Building Consent has been granted by TWBC Ref 22/00681/FULL and 22/00841/LBC respectively, for the conversion and extension of an outbuilding in to a two bedroom dwelling.
The formal gardens, extending to over 4 acres, are a magnificent feature of the property and provide year round interest. They are divided into a number of separate compartments, surrounded by more open areas, all of which link naturally with the countryside beyond.
To the south of the house is a generous flagstone terrace providing an ideal area for al fresco entertaining. The terrace overlooks a large rectangular lawn interspersed by trees and shrubs including an Atlas Cedar tree, with countryside views beyond. From here steps lead to a further lawn with an ancient Mulberry tree adorned by a rambling rose. The lawn continues, flanked on both sides by deep herbaceous borders, culminating at the double fronted timber pavilion which in turn leads to the tennis court. There is a sunken rose garden which leads to a lime tree walk and on to a camellia garden all enclosed by established hedging. The fence enclosed pool area comprises a swimming pool with paved surround and pool house with changing area. There is also a separate pump house. The kitchen garden is part wall enclosed and features a greenhouse and a brick outbuilding providing storage for garden equipment. At the end of the garden is a plum orchard, where a number of solar panels are located. To the west of the property is a trout stream running through the garden, which flows into the River Medway to the north.
Up to a further 30 acres of adjacent orchards may be available by separate negotiation.
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