A beautiful Grade II listed farmhouse nestled in an idyllic rural position.
Sympathetically and extensively renovated to a high standard, Barelands is a comfortable and adaptable family home, enjoying a rarely found setting, with an outlook over farmland and the surrounding countryside. The property retains many interesting period features and has the benefit of modern technology providing sustainable energy, by way of solar panels and a biomass boiler which together generate an income of approximately £20,000 per year.
This property has well proportioned rooms with good ceiling heights for a house of this age and accommodation arranged over three floors. Features include leaded light and oak framed windows, aged oak wall and ceiling beams, fireplaces and character drop latch oak internal doors. Two principal reception rooms in the oldest part of the house comprise a dining room with stone inglenook fireplace and oak flooring and a sitting room with a stone open fireplace and built-in oak shelving. There is a separate study with built-in oak shelving and oak flooring, a drawing room over-looking the garden with double doors out to the terrace and a brick fireplace with a stone hearth. The modern country-style kitchen with an Aga is open plan to an impressive oak framed breakfast room with under floor heating and also features a high vaulted ceiling. This lovely family space enjoys a far reaching outlook through big windows over the garden and lakes to the rear.
Eight good-sized individual bedrooms, all enjoying a lovely outlook, and four well appointed bath/shower rooms are arranged over the first and second floors.
Formerly part of the original dairy unit on the farm, a converted brick and timber detached barn is conveniently located adjacent to the main house, accessed via a covered walk way and now offering excellent ancillary family space including an impressive 46' leisure room with a home cinema, a high vaulted ceiling and double doors opening out to a sheltered swimming pool area behind, together with a sauna, steam-shower and cloakroom, a gym with a small kitchenette and a snooker room.
A substantial agricultural barn of some 5,102 sq ft, provides a workshop and machinery store, in addition to housing the state-of the-art Heizomat biomass energy system, installed by Nexus Energy in 2013 and under a 20 year contract. This high tech system utilises seasoned wood chips which heats the water and provides central heating for the house, swimming pool and barn. Further outbuildings include a workshop, double bay open garage, pool room and, for those with equestrian interests, three loose boxes.
Gardens and Grounds:
Barelands enjoys a glorious setting within pretty gardens, with rolling countryside providing a superb unspoiled natural environment. A sheltered flagstone terrace spans the rear of the house, accessed from the kitchen/breakfast room, rear hall and drawing room, ideal for summer entertaining and the enjoyment of the outlook over three spring fed ponds and woodland beyond. A summer house sits in a secluded part of the garden overlooking the ponds, which are fox and child- proofed, and attract a wide variety of bird species. The front of the property has a more formal approach with brick paths and a parterre-style garden with low box hedging and rose borders.
Pool and Kitchen Garden area:
A roman-ended heated swimming pool lies within a pretty sheltered courtyard, with a vine and wisteria to the elevations, on the far side of the barn. A kitchen garden lies beyond, comprising enclosed raised beds, cold frames, a fruit cage and a substantial lean-to greenhouse against the dividing brick wall, also benefitting from heating.
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Wonderful position a stone's throw from Tunbridge Wells is a setting that's rarely found.Will Peppitt