Beau­ti­fully con­served farm­house

Vic­to­rian Lees Lodge sits proudly in an el­e­vated po­si­tion with views to­wards the River Med­way. Will you be the one to dig the car­rots from the walled kitchen gar­den this year?

Kent Messenger Maidstone - West Kent Property - - BEAUTIFULHOMES -

A grow­ing fam­ily will en­joy mak­ing the very most of Lees Lodge, a ram­bling six-bed­room Vic­to­rian house in 1.6 acres.

Set above the vil­lage of Yald­ing, near Maid­stone, the house has a tra­di­tional high walled fruit and veg­etable gar­den, a small vine­yard and a ten­nis court.

There are three huge re­cep­tion rooms, all full of char­ac­ter, with pe­riod fire­places, sash win­dows and el­e­gant high ceil­ings.

All the rooms and prin­ci­pal bed­rooms have the or­nate cor­nic­ing loved by the Vic­to­ri­ans.

If you’re af­ter a home where you could eas­ily add value, the out­build­ings could be con­verted into fur­ther ac­com­mo­da­tion, sub­ject to ob­tain­ing rel­e­vant per­mis­sion.

The wide dou­ble en­trance door leads to a cen­tral hall­way. Turn left into a large drawing room with sash win­dows to the front and a bay win­dow to side.

A wood burner is set within a mar­ble fire­place.

At the back of the house be­hind the drawing room is a dou­ble as­pect sit­ting room with a bay win­dow to the back gar­den and an oak floor.

There is an­other wood burner set in a mar­ble fire­place and this lovely room is the spot where the cur­rent owner dis­plays a fine Vic­to­rian rocking horse.

A for­mal dining room to the right of the hall­way has two win­dows open­ing to the front of the house and would also make a great study.

There’s more than enough room for a farm­house ta­ble and chairs in the large kitchen/break­fast room. This room opens to a large con­ser­va­tory and there is a util­ity plus a down­stairs cloak­room.

There are six dou­ble bed­rooms, the mas­ter bed­room hav­ing a large en suite as well as plenty of built-in stor­age.

There is a sep­a­rate shower room, as well as an im­pres­sive fam­ily bath­room with free stand­ing slipper bath and sep­a­rate shower cu­bi­cle.

A great fea­ture of the house is that while re­tain­ing many orig­i­nal fea­tures, it is ready to move into, hav­ing been beau­ti­fully re­fur­bished and main­tained by the present owner.

For in­for­ma­tion ring the agent on 01732 222272 Lees Lodge is in a very peace­ful po­si­tion away from the road. I will miss the space and am­bi­ence of the house and gar­den, but it’s time to down­size.

Some im­prove­ments were needed. A ma­jor ex­er­cise was to move the kitchen from the front to the back of the house. There are new doors at the front and the back, which were be­spoke, made by a lo­cal car­pen­ter in the Vic­to­rian style but dou­ble glazed; the dou­ble glaz­ing in the con­ser­va­tory was also re­placed.

The house still has all its orig­i­nal fire­places but there are now large log burn­ers in the two main ones. The drive­way has re­cently been re­fur­bished.

A par­tic­u­lar fea­ture is the walled veg­etable gar­den, which has been in con­tin­u­ous cul­ti­va­tion since Vic­to­rian times – there’s a plan of the gar­den that dates from when the house was built in 1872. There’s a large fruit cage in the mid­dle, while on the walls there are fruit trees in­clud­ing apri­cot, nec­tarine and fig. There’s also an as­para­gus bed. About three years ago, in an­other part of the gar­den, 60 grapevines were planted, which should pro­duce their first crop this year.

An­other re­cent ad­di­tion was in­stal­lat­ing a bore­hole with elec­tric pump for wa­ter­ing. The gar­den has been part of Yald­ing’s open gar­den day.

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