Charming country house with a separate cottage and extensive equestrian facilities set in secluded grounds of about 11.8 acres.
Hitherfield is situated within secluded established gardens on the edge of the popular village of Knockholt and enjoys extensive southerly views.
Comprehensive Shopping: Sevenoaks (7 miles), Orpington (7 miles) & Bromley (10 miles).
Mainline Rail Services: Sevenoaks or Orpington to Charing Cross/Cannon Street. Knockholt or Chelsfield stations also offer a service to Cannon Street/Charing Cross.
Primary Schools: Knockholt, Brasted, Cudham.
Grammar/State Schools: Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells.
Private Schools: Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Walthamstow Hall
Public Schools: Sevenoaks, Solefields and New Beacon
Preparatory Schools in Sevenoaks: St Michaels & Russell House Preparatory Schools in Otford: Combe Bank School for Girls in Sundridge.
Sporting Facilities: Various local Golf clubs. Knockholt Cricket Club. Sevenoaks sports and leisure centre. Hockey, Football and Rugby in the Vine area of Sevenoaks.
Communications: The M25 can be accessed at junctions 4 or 5 linking to other motorway networks and Gatwick and Heathrow Airports.
Hitherfield is a distinctive Tudor-style country house set in the middle of its own established gardens and grounds and enjoying far reaching southerly views. The property benefits from a separate cottage, a heated swimming pool, a tennis court and extensive equestrian facilities. Hitherfield has many character features including oak internal thumb latch doors and architraves, oak framed lattice and lead light windows with oak sills, some oak ceiling and wall timbers, and stone, wood and tiled flooring to the ground floor. The gardens provide a high degree of privacy and with the adjoining paddocks, the total plot amounts to about 11.8 acres. Points of note include:
The principal reception rooms which together with the entrance hall provide excellent areas for formal entertaining. The drawing room is double aspect with a bay window to the side and the rear window has an oak window seat. There is an attractive brick fireplace with a stone hearth, and an arched door provides access to the rear terrace. The triple aspect dining room also has a fireplace, wood flooring and an attractive outlook over the gardens.
The family room is double aspect with direct access to the rear garden and together with the adjoining kitchen/breakfast room provides an excellent informal living space.
The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with a comprehensive range of wall and base cupboards including basket drawers, plate and wine racks with a matching island unit providing a breakfast bar. Appliances include two oven oil fired Aga, Bosch oven, induction hob and extractor fan, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and freezer.
A larder cupboard, utility room, with direct access to outside, and two cloakrooms complete the ground floor.
A oak staircase rises to the first floor galleried landing with an outlook to the front and leads to a useful study area with outlook over the rear garden.
The master bedroom is double aspect with a bay window to the side and served by a stylish en suite bathroom with roll top, claw and ball bath, W.C., basin and separate shower cubicle.
There are four further bedrooms, all with an attractive outlook over the gardens. Two are served by well appointed en suite shower rooms. A family bathroom completes the first floor.
The Cottage and Outbuildings
The cottage is attached to the garaging and comprises a sitting room with brick fireplace and glazed doors to the side garden, a kitchen with a range of units, electric cooker and fireplace, a bedroom and a bathroom.
The garage comprises a tandem and single garage to one side. Power and light connected.
To the rear of the garage is a log store and adjoining studio.
The house is approached over a long tree lined drive with electric gates, and leads under a charming gatehouse joining the house to the cottage. The drive continues to the generous turning circle with an area of lawn and a weeping oak with clipped yew trees and a variety of flowering shrubs to the side of the house. To the rear of the house are two paved terraces both providing excellent areas for al fresco entertaining. The garden is predominantly laid to lawn with many shrubs and trees providing a high degree of privacy. To the far end is a fence enclosed pond with aquatic planting.
There is a further area of garden by the cottage with rose beds and lawns.
The swimming pool is enclosed by evergreen hedging and has an attractive summer house and pool house. The hard tennis court is adjacent to the gymnasium.
The Equestrian facilities
There is separate road access to the yard as well as a path leading from the house. The stabling comprises two stable blocks with 8 loose boxes and a tack store in one and 3 loose boxes and feed store in the second. There is a generous concrete apron enclosed by post and rail fencing. There is a modern portal frame barn to the rear of the yard, a horse walker and two paddocks, one of which has a sand school located. The paddocks amounts to about 9 acres.
Agents Note: There is a public footpath which crosses the larger of the two paddocks.
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74 High Street
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33 Margaret Street
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