A unique proposition - lovingly renovated and extended traditional oast house in an idyllic rural location over a mile from the nearest public road yet within just 2.5 miles of town
The approach to this hidden gem is as delightful as it is surprising. Hardly having left the centre of Tunbridge Wells behind, High Woods Lane, ultimately a no-through-road, begins in town before quickly plunging into woodland and emerging into what feels like another world. All of a sudden you find yourself on a country lane with high hedgerows offering glimpses of the glorious farmland all around. As the view opens up to an expansive vista across the valley, the unmistakable cowl of an oast house becomes visible below to your right in the small cluster of buildings that once formed the centuries-old farmstead of Dodhurst Farm.
Arriving at the property the visitor finds a classic Kentish scene, the property sits proudly within its land, set back behind a traditional post and rail fence and an extensive gravelled approach, with the classic form of the single roundel taking centre stage. Two substantial brick-built outbuildings can be seen to the left. Currently used as stores and a spacious studio/office, these valuable assets have been granted planning permission for development as ancillary accommodation with work already started.
The current owners took on this unique property in the early 1970s and lovingly and skilfully created a dramatic and striking home. Notable for the juxtaposition of its traditional architecture and the distinctive light-filled modernist interior, The Oast House has been further extended and updated to exacting standards, making use of carefully selected German components and appliances.
Currently configured with three-bedrooms, two with en suite bathrooms and all enjoying the wonderful unbroken views to the south, the downstairs offers a spacious dual-aspect sitting room and a kitchen/dining room that takes full advantage of the enviable open outlook. A further attraction is the flexible upstairs space that uses the structure of the original roofspace to dramatic effect to create a vaulted and adaptable family living area.
Enjoyed for decades as a country bolt-hole for unwinding and entertaining, the idyllic location is within easy reach of Tunbridge Wells and convenient for commuting. Together with the possibilities offered by the additional outbuildings, the property is also appealing to a growing family looking for something very special.
Ref: 14/00480/FULL/TA1 dated 22/04/2014 for the conversion of the existing barn/milking parlour with established incidental use to an ancillary granny annexe.
Ref: 14/500961/FULL dated 2/09/14 for the conversion of the existing 2nd barn/store to provide ancillary accommodation.
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A rare surprise and, even for most local people, an unknown location, with a wonderful rural feel, just 2.4 miles from Tunbridge wells station!Robert Jacobs