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Fine & Country Tel: +44 (0)1580 715000 cranbrooksales@fineandcountry.com 11 High Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3EB

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FINE & COUNTRY STILEBRIDGE FARMHOUSE

Fine & Country is a global network of estate agencies specialising in the marketing, sale and rental of luxury residential property. With offices in the UK, Australia, Egypt, France, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Namibia, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, The Channel Islands, UAE, USA and West Africa we combine the widespread exposure of the international marketplace with the local expertise and knowledge of carefully selected independent property professionals. Fine & Country appreciates the most exclusive properties require a more compelling, sophisticated and intelligent presentation - leading to a common, yet uniquely exercised and successful strategy emphasising the lifestyle qualities of the property.

THE FINE & COUNTRY FOUNDATION

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This unique approach to luxury homes marketing delivers high quality, intelligent and creative concepts for property promotion combined with the latest technology and marketing techniques. We understand moving home is one of the most important decisions you make; your home is both a financial and emotional investment. With Fine & Country you benefit from the local knowledge, experience, expertise and contacts of a well trained, educated and courteous team of professionals, working to make the sale or purchase of your property as stress free as possible.

The production of these particulars has generated a ÂŁ10 donation to the Fine & Country Foundation, charity no. 1160989, striving to relieve homelessness. Visit fineandcountry.com/uk/foundation

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This is a ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to own a superb Grade II listed home with a fantastic traced history chronicling the lives of the landowners and farmers dating back to before 1700. This farmhouse was believed to be constructed in the 1600’s and has undergone various transformations, including the re-building of the chimney with a dating brick of 1703, as well as a later 20th century addition of the rear portion of the house that blends seamlessly with the original home. The house sits back from the road in a splendid semi rural setting within landscaped gardens and grounds of around 2.3 acres, plus a superb unconverted barn, former bullock shed and stable, tennis court, large pond with jetty and an enclosed paddock. The house is full of period features including a wealth of timbers and beams, lovely patterned exposed brickwork, polished York flagstone flooring, vaulted ceilings and traditional tile hung exterior. When you enter this house it immediately feels like home and you can tell the current owners have really enjoyed their time here. The entrance hall sets the scene with a lovely vaulted ceiling and stairs leading up to the galleried first floor landing. The large drawing room is situated in the oldest part of the house and has a splendid inglenook fireplace as well as enjoying a view out over the rose garden to the front. The dining room also doubles up as a sun room with two sets of French doors leading out to the garden, as well as having windows to the further two sides of the room. An attractive farmhouse kitchen has enough space for a good size table and chairs and contains an extensive range of wall and base units with a fitted Alpha dual oven range cooker, which also runs the central heating and hot water, as well as a conventional oven and LPG five ring hob. There is a huge walk-in pantry/larder with plenty of shelving and a utility room. Completing the downstairs is a charming study or snug with open framework, and a downstairs shower room. Once you climb the stairs to the first floor there is a superb galleried landing with fitted bookshelves, making a tranquil reading area with stunning views out over the grounds at the rear.

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There are four double bedrooms on the first floor and the master suite has wonderful views to the rear as well as built in wardrobes and an en-suite bathroom with roll top bath. There is a wooden staircase leading up to the large attic bedroom on the second floor, which could also be a hobbies room or office if needed. Outside the property is hidden from the road by high fencing and has double wooden gates leading into the substantial parking area with room for numerous vehicles. The unconverted oakframed barn is currently used for storage, but has potential for an annex or even a holiday let, subject to the required planning consents. To the far end of the driveway is the old bullock shed with a stable to the side. The house is surrounded by landscaped gardens which have different areas such as the apple orchard and rose garden to the front, lovely walled terraces, a kitchen garden, a secret garden with ragstone walls, deep herbaceous borders, beech hedging, large pond with jetty and an enclosed paddock to the rear. Located on the edge of the village of Marden in a lovely rural setting and within easy reach of the facilities of both Marden and Staplehurst villages. Both villages offer mainline train services to London Bridge, Cannon Street and Charing Cross stations in just under the hour. For schooling, the property is within the catchment for the grammar schools of both Maidstone and Tonbridge, as well as having very good local primary schools in both villages.

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THE HOUSE ENTRANCE HALL Oak front door leading into the entrance hall. Full of period features including timbers, herringbone pattern exposed brickwork and polished York flagstone floor tiles. Stairs lead up to the first floor with a lovely vaulted ceiling. Feature open framework to the study. DRAWING ROOM Part of the original house, with three sets of casement windows to the front with a view of the rose garden. Exposed timbers and brickwork features. Large Inglenook fireplace with oak bressumer beam and exposed brick work. Feature cast iron fittings. Fitted cast iron wood burning stove set on a brick hearth. Wall lights. Carpeted. DINING ROOM Double set of French doors to the rear opening onto the patio and further casement windows to either side aspect. Lovely shaped brick fireplace with beam and brick hearth. Inset wood burning stove. Wealth of timbers. KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM Superb farmhouse kitchen with casement windows on three sides. Fitted with a range of oak units and matching granite worktops. Fitted two oven Alpha range cooker, combination microwave oven and single oven and LPG five ring hob. Space for a dishwasher and large fridge/freezer. Walk in larder cupboard with shelving. Wealth of exposed timbers and brickwork. Tiled splashback. Terracotta tiled flooring. UTILITY ROOM Casement window to the rear and door to the side. Open framework feature to one wall. Fitted with a run of units with a sink and space for a washing machine and tumble dryer. Granite worktop. Terracotta tiled flooring. STUDY Casement window to the side. Fitted with wooden panelling. York flagstone flooring. SHOWER ROOM Enclosed shower cubicle to one side. W.C. and wash hand basin. Tiled flooring.

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Indoors we have modernised the kitchen and bathrooms in classic style. Throughout the house we have been very careful to keep all the period features in place. It’s hard to choose one favourite room but the kitchen really is the hub of the home. It’s bright and sunny with views out to the orchard and gardens and everyone congregates in here to enjoy the warmth from the AGA.”

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The space and privacy, combined with easy access to everything we need, makes this a very special place to live.�

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We believe that this type of house is never ‘owned’, we’re merely temporary custodians in a long chain and it’s been a privilege to live here. This is a great family home and, as the family has grown up, the time has come for us to downsize. Probably we shall, miss the large rooms,the various ’gardens’ and the open space around us.

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GALLERIED LANDING Lovely galleried landing with vaulted ceiling and casement window looking out over the grounds. Fitted with a range of bookshelves and perfect for a reading area. Polished decorative wooden flooring. MASTER BEDROOM Lovely room with casement windows to the side and rear with views out over the grounds beyond. Fitted with a run of wardrobes. Eaves storage area. Carpeted. Door to the en-suite bath room. ENSUITE Gorgeous en-suite bathroom with claw foot roll top bath. W.C. and wash hand basin. Carpeted. BEDROOM 2 Casement windows to the front and side. Wealth of exposed timbers. Understairs cupboard. Carpeted. BEDROOM 3 Casement window to the front. Exposed timbers. Carpeted. BEDROOM 4 Casement window to the front. Full of exposed timbers. Cupboard. Carpeted. INNER HALLWAY Part of the old house with exposed timbers and original oak doors. Carpeted. Doorway with stairs leading up to the attic room and doors to all three bedrooms on this side. BATHROOM Superb size bathroom with casement window to the front. Fitted with bath and electric shower over. Oak vanity dresser unit with shaped ceramic basin. W.C. Exposed timbers. Part tiling to the walls. Carpted. BEDROOM 5 Attic bedroom with casement windows to front and rear with lovely views. Good size room with fitted cupboards to one end. Access to the eaves for storage. Carpeted.

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Seller Insight When we first viewed Stilebridge Farmhouse, we knew it was exactly what we wanted. A large, classic Kent farmhouse surrounded by fields and with a huge sense of history. Originally a working farm until the 19th Century, we know it dates back to the 1600’s and has even featured in the ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ magazine,” say the current owners. “The house was significantly extended in 1985 and it’s hard to tell if you’re in the original or the new part. The house has lots of character with beams and brickwork throughout and we like to relax in the lounge by the huge inglenook fireplace with its cosy woodstove. Another favourite spot is the galleried landing which we use as a library and it’s the perfect quiet space to sit and read a book.” “Marden is a busy country village with everything we need, including a butcher, pharmacy, pubs, restaurants, convenience stores and a petrol station. It’s a very friendly community with lots of groups, including the history society, gardening club, sporting activities, Scouts, WI and a theatre group. The mainline station offers an excellent service to London in around 50 minutes. We’re also within easy driving distance of Tunbridge Wells, Leeds Castle and Sissinghurst.” “We spent a lot of time and energy bringing the unloved garden back to life when we moved in and it’s now a series of spaces, identified by their different names, including the rose garden, the Secret Garden, the herb garden and the orchard which produces plenty of fruit. Our grandchildren love to play in the woods and it’s a brilliant area to host large events, such as our son’s wedding celebration. We hosted 100 guests with a marquee on the lawn, catering and music and it was a perfect day with plenty of space for everyone to easily mingle.” “The house really comes into its own at Christmas when it’s dressed in its festive finery. The beams and brickwork really add to the sense of occasion.”*

* These comments are the personal views of the current owner and are included as an insight into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on without verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent.

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OUTSIDE TENNIS COURT All weather tennis court with mesh enclosure and gate. UNCONVERTED BARN Good size unconverted oak-framed barn situated next to the house and accessed at both front and rear. Ideal for conversion to an annex or studio, subject to the required planning permissions. Currently used as a workshop and storage area. BULLOCK SHED & STABLE Brick built building previously used as a bullock shed with a window and door to the front. Adjacent to this is a small wooden stable with additional wood store or tack room. ENCLOSED PADDOCK To the rear of the plot is an enclosed paddock with fencing and a gate. DRIVEWAY Large parking area in front of the barns and house with double gates to the front entrance. FRONT GARDEN Lovely open plan front garden with mature planting, Rose garden and apple orchard. Pathway leads round to the side with a formal landscaped area with terrace and box hedging. REAR GARDEN Full of charming areas with lovely deep east and south facing terraces with plenty of seating space. Secret garden with a ragstone wall. Kitchen garden for vegetables and herbs. An area of indigenous woodland which is full of bulbs in the spring. A lovely covered walkway runs next to the tennis court and looks out over the formal lawn. There is also a large pond with a wooden jetty. The gardens have been well maintained and looked after over the years and have even hosted a recent wedding with a marquee!

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Fine & Country Ltd. Company Reg No. 06959315 Registered Office: Morgan Alexander Kent Ltd (formerly Fine & Country Kent Ltd.) 36 King Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1BS. copyright © 2018 Fine & Country Ltd.

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Agents notes: All measurements are approximate and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed on the brochure. Printed 09.02.2018

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FINE & COUNTRY STILEBRIDGE FARMHOUSE

Fine & Country is a global network of estate agencies specialising in the marketing, sale and rental of luxury residential property. With offices in the UK, Australia, Egypt, France, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Namibia, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, The Channel Islands, UAE, USA and West Africa we combine the widespread exposure of the international marketplace with the local expertise and knowledge of carefully selected independent property professionals. Fine & Country appreciates the most exclusive properties require a more compelling, sophisticated and intelligent presentation - leading to a common, yet uniquely exercised and successful strategy emphasising the lifestyle qualities of the property.

THE FINE & COUNTRY FOUNDATION

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This unique approach to luxury homes marketing delivers high quality, intelligent and creative concepts for property promotion combined with the latest technology and marketing techniques. We understand moving home is one of the most important decisions you make; your home is both a financial and emotional investment. With Fine & Country you benefit from the local knowledge, experience, expertise and contacts of a well trained, educated and courteous team of professionals, working to make the sale or purchase of your property as stress free as possible.

The production of these particulars has generated a ÂŁ10 donation to the Fine & Country Foundation, charity no. 1160989, striving to relieve homelessness. Visit fineandcountry.com/uk/foundation

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Fine & Country Tel: +44 (0)1580 715000 cranbrooksales@fineandcountry.com 11 High Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3EB

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Stilebridge Farmhouse, Maidstone Road, Kent  
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