Savills | Water Lane, Smarden, Ashford, Kent, TN27 8QB | Properties for sale
3,061 sq ft(284.38 sq m)
Guide price £1,300,000

Water LaneSmarden, Ashford, Kent, TN27 8QB


    Key features

    • Video tour available on request
    • Prime central village location
    • Coming to the market for the first time in nearly 40 years
    • Three reception rooms
    • Six bedrooms over two floors
    • Glorious landscaped garden
    • Pluckley station 3.7 miles with services to London
    • No onward chain

    A stunning Grade II* listed family home in the heart of this highly sought-after village

    About this property

    • History
      Dating in part from the 15th century, Hartnup House is an enchanting detached property of architectural interest and historic note and designated a Grade II* listing.

      In 1671, the south east wing was added by Matthew Hartnup, who was understood to have been the village apothecary and whose name is inscribed along with the date on the bressumer oversail. On either side are two single petal roses of the houses of York and Lancaster and two carved rhinoceros, which had strong medical associations throughout Europe by the 17th century. Indeed The London Society of Apothecaries featured German artist, Albrecht Dürer's rhinoceros on its crest as early as 1617 and it was believed that vessels carved from rhino horn had the ability to detect poisons.

      Hartnup House and the beautifully landscaped garden with the medieval church of St Michael the Archangel as a backdrop, has been in the same ownership for almost 40 years and has been sympathetically and lovingly preserved by the present owners.

      This fascinating property, originally built in the traditional ‘hall house' style of the 15th century, is beautifully presented throughout with excellent family accommodation over three floors. Points of note include;
      • An abundance of exposed timbers and beams feature throughout, including some wonderful heartwood/duramen beams in the oldest parts of the house, impressive inglenook fireplaces, parquet, limestone and travertine flooring.
      • The three attractive reception rooms are of good proportions, with the drawing room and study both enjoying a lovely garden outlook and the former benefitting from a wood burning stove.
      • The kitchen/breakfast room has an extensive range of bespoke cupboards and appliances comprise a gas fired Aga, electric oven, integral dishwasher, microwave, fridge and freezer. French doors open from the family area to a pretty terrace and the gardens beyond.
      • A minstrel's gallery overlooks the staircase leading to the first floor where three of the four bedrooms enjoy a double or triple aspect and are served by a family bathroom.
      Separate staircases lead to the two attic bedrooms and a further bathroom.
      • Hartnup House has a driveway with parking for several cars and access to a detached double garage with useful first floor room.
      • The glorious landscaped garden lies mainly to the south and south west (an ‘invisible boundary' with the neighbouring property lying to the west). The garden, with gently
      sloping lawns, is stocked with mixed herbaceous borders, specimen trees, a rose and clematis-clad walkway and paved terraces. There is a kitchen garden, a pond and a stream which adjoins the river Beult.

      View payable Stamp Duty for this property

    A chance to acquire a wonderful village house which has been in the same family for almost 40 years

    Duncan PetrieProperty agent

    Local information

    • Local & Comprehensive Shopping: Smarden village has a village green, a butcher, art gallery, two public houses together with a 13th century church, popular primary school and pre-school and tennis court. Further shopping and facilities can be found in Headcorn, Cranbrook, Tenterden, Ashford and Tunbridge Wells.
    • Mainline rail services: Services run from London from Pluckley and Headcorn, with access to London Victoria from Charing. A high speed train service runs between London St Pancras and
    • Ashford in about 38 minutes and Eurostar trains are available from Ashford International.
    • Education: There is a wide range of schools in the area in both the state and private sectors at primary and secondary levels.
    • Motorway Links: The M25 can be accessed via the M20 at junction 8 providing links to Gatwick and Heathrow airports and other motorway networks.

    Additional information

    • Directions: From Cranbrook proceed to Wilsley Pound roundabout and follow the A262 through Sissinghurst to Biddenden. In Biddenden turn left onto the A274 and after about 0.9 of a mile turn right into Smarden Road and proceed for about 3 miles into Smarden continuing in to the the village and bear left into Water Lane, where Hartnup House will be found shortly on the left hand side
    • EPC Exempt