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?
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.