Time to play by the book
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.