Oast with plenty of char­ac­ter

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If you’ve ever won­dered why some Ken­tish oasts were square rather than round, the an­swer is sim­ple, they were eas­ier to build.

Square Oast, a barn and oast con­ver­sion set in open coun­try­side at Hun­ton Road, Mar­den, is a per­fect ex­am­ple of this ‘newer’ trend in oast build­ing, which started in the early 1900s.

The barn was built in 1886 and the oast in 1914, at the time when Ken­tish brick­lay­ers be­gan to re­alise that the orig­i­nal round oasts were more trou­ble to make.

Sym­pa­thet­i­cally con­verted to pre­serve the char­ac­ter of the build­ing, you will find the orig­i­nal pul­ley doors on the first floor and plenty of im­pres­sive oak beams and tim­bers. There are high ceil­ings through­out.

The prop­erty is on the mar­ket with Jack­son-Stops & Staff at a guide price of £750,000.

The dining room has large win­dows with great views of the gar­den and the drawing room has two sets of french doors to the ter­race. Four bed­rooms and two bath­rooms are up­stairs.

In the land­scaped gar­den there is a curved per­gola lead­ing to the house and the orig­i­nal hop press.

Nearby Mar­den Sta­tion pro­vides rail ser­vices to Lon­don with jour­ney times from un­der an hour.

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