Time to play by the book

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Clubs Round-up -

t’s not ev­ery Grade II listed house that gets a men­tion in a book on do­mes­tic ar­chi­tec­ture, but this his­toric four-bed­room farm­house has fea­tures to im­press the most dis­cern­ing ex­pert. Dat­ing from the 15th cen­tury, the de­tached house was re­clad in brick in the 17th cen­tury and it is this work which sets it apart from oth­ers of the style and mer­its it a men­tion in An­thony Quiney’s 1993 book Kent Houses. The house, which has six acres and its own sad­dle­stone-mounted gra­nary, is in partly-wooded coun­try­side at Col­dred, 12 miles from Can­ter­bury. It is ap­proached through a five-bar gate and along a grav­elled drive­way and a wide pan­elled door leads into a re­cep­tion-din­ing hall with flag­stone floors, ex­posed beams and a deep in­glenook fire­place. The dou­ble as­pect fam­ily kitchen, with ex­posed ceil­ing tim­bers, is fit­ted with custom-built and hand-painted cup­boards. A two-oven Aga cooker is set in a deep brick fire­place. The draw­ing room is dou­ble as­pect, has ex­posed ceil­ing tim­bers and open stud work di­vid­ing the room into a for­mal sit­ting area and li­brary. Also on the ground floor is a play­room with win­dows to three sides and good views, a fam­ily snug/study, a cloak­room and util­ity room. The mas­ter bed­room has an en suite cloak­room with twin wash­basins, as well as a sep­a­rate en suite bath­room and toi­let. An­other bed­room has an en suite shower room. Two fur­ther bed­rooms share a bath­room. There are stairs to an at­tic. There are a num­ber of out­build­ings in­clud­ing an orig­i­nal cart-barn and four garages. There is a walled gar­den at the front, a back gar­den which is mainly lawn and a paved ter­race. There are two pad­docks. For more de­tails con­tact the agent on 01227 451123.

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