An outstanding and important listed country estate occupying a superb parkland setting.
Heronden Hall is a superb Grade II listed gothic-style mansion of architectural interest and historic note, dating from circa 1846, when local landowner William Whelan, employed the notable early 19th century architect, William John Donthorn, one of the founders of what became the Royal Institute of British Architects, to design this impressive building that stands today. At the same time, Donthorn, who was famous for his Gothic, Classical and Greek Revival styles (few of which remain today) was also responsible for the design of the gatehouse, built in the perpendicular style at the head of the drive and affording a dramatic entrance to the estate, it has become an important part of the town's heritage.
Driving through the gatehouse, leaving the pretty historic and bustling town of Tenterden behind, you are instantly transported into the enchanting 45 acre estate setting, which feels a world away from the town, with undulating parkland dotted with majestic oak, beech and chestnut trees and swathes of ancient woodland, amidst which sits this impressive family home, enjoying over 10,000 sq ft of internal accommodation including a substantial basement with plenty of natural light. In addition and adjacent to the main house is a two bedroom coach house.
The gardens and parkland setting are a splendid feature of this property, merging formal and informal areas and affording privacy and seclusion. Immediately to the south of the house lies a substantial Yorkstone terrace, continuing to an expanse of lawn and a "haha", affording uninterrupted views over the adjoining parkland. Overlooking the lawn is a unique summerhouse which has been clad with timber and fir cone detailing.
To the east, lies an avenue of pleached pear trees and beyond is "The Wisteria Walk Garden", designed by Catherine Berkeley and built by Mark Wilmshurst. This area takes on an Italianate style, using plants to give structure and form, including hornbeam obelisks, yew hedging, rose-clad walls and arbour and a wonderfully long wisteria walk, under-planted with hostas. Pathways continue to "The Well Garden" and on to the "Yew Labyrinth" also designed by Catherine Berkeley.
Beyond the formal garden lies the old walled garden with asparagus beds, gooseberries and blackcurrants. Outbuildings include the original glasshouses, a potting shed, tool shed, log store and gardeners WCs. The glasshouses and summerhouse are in need of some repair.
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Such grand country houses in this part of the country are rare. Rarer still are those in walking distance of such a popular market town, yet hidden from view and so private.Will Peppitt