In the round

Oast houses to get you hop­ping down from London

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East Sus­sex, £1.695 mil­lion

In the High Weald AONB, close to Tice­hurst vil­lage and Wad­hurst, The Oast has six bed­rooms, a dra­matic oak-framed in­door swim­ming-pool area and land­scaped grounds ad­join­ing farm­land. Roundel rooms in­clude a bed­room, two bath­rooms and the kitchen/break­fast room. There’s also a min­strels’ gallery and a Wendy house and London is about 50 miles away. Sav­ills (01892 507000)

Kent, £1.295 mil­lion

With one round kiln tower and one square, un­usual, mid-vic­to­rian The Slade Oasts is about seven miles from Tun­bridge Wells, near Lam­ber­hurst vil­lage (four miles from Wad­hurst sta­tion), and comes with two acres of de­light­ful grounds. The sit­ting room has a wood-burn­ing stove, ex­posed brick and tim­ber walls and French doors into the gar­den. There’s also an im­pres­sive glass gar­den room, a roundel din­ing room, two roundel bed­rooms and the mas­ter bed­room has a mez­za­nine en-suite bath­room. Batcheller Monkhouse (01892 512020)

East Sus­sex, £3.95 mil­lion

In rolling coun­try­side, Lodge­field Farm con­sists of a Grade Ii-listed four-bed­room farm­house, a four-bed­room oast house, a farm cot­tage and an of­fice at the cen­tre of a 200-acre ring-fenced es­tate run­ning down to the River Med­way. Near Groom­bridge, the prop­erty ben­e­fits from non-farm­ing income from com­mer­cial units, which cur­rently house a cook­ery school, an of­fice, a Pi­lates stu­dio and a fire­wood busi­ness. The over­all es­tate income to­tals just over £60,000 per year and London is only 35 miles away, less than an hour by train. Knight Frank (020–7629 8171)

Kent, £975,000

Of­fer­ing the best of both worlds, four-bed­room Crit­ten­den Oast, just out­side Mat­field vil­lage, presents a charm­ing pic­ture, tucked away off a farm track with views of the North Downs, but only 3.8 miles from Pad­dock Wood. It comes with a gar­den room and nearly two acres of en­closed gar­den and pri­vate wood­land and trains to London take just over 40 min­utes. Sav­ills (01892 507000)

East Sus­sex, £700,000

In land­scaped gar­dens with a pad­dock and wood­land, be­tween the vil­lages of Sta­ple­cross and Bo­diam in ‘1066 coun­try’, Hol­low Wall Oast dates from the mid 18th cen­tury, al­though the roundels were added in 1843. It has four bed­rooms, a wood-burn­ing stove and a rose gar­den and its his­tory is doc­u­mented in sev­eral no­table books on oast houses. Jack­son-stops & Staff (01580 720000)

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