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Fine & Country Tel: +44 (0)1580 715000 11 High Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3EB Tel: +44 (0)1892 701 900 7 London Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1DG lisa.ross-mires@fineandcountry.com

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Knight Frank Tel: +44 (0)207 861 5390 55 Baker Street, London W1U 8AN Tel: +44 (0)1892 772 942 47 High Street, Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 1XL julia.robotham@knightfrank.com

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COLLINGWOOD A most impressive Grade II* Listed Palladian Style Mansion with a self contained annexe and a stunning indoor swimming pool complex all set amidst beautiful secluded grounds of around 3.5 acres, with far reaching southerly views.

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HISTORY Collingwood House is a most impressive Palladian mansion, predominantly Georgian, and of great architectural interest and historic note. Completed in 1810 for Jesse Gregson it replaced an earlier house known as ‘Slipmille’ which is documented in the Domesday Book. In 1816 the house was bought by Admiral Lord Collingwood’s daughter and her husband George Newnham. Following his death the house, then known as Moor House, was acquired (in 1839) by the Polymath and eminent astronomer and one of the founders of the Royal Astronomical Society, Sir John Herschel Bart, who wrote to Sarah Newnham asking if he could rename the house ‘Collingwood’ after her father. During his time at Collingwood House Sir John became Master of the Mint and a leading pioneer in the early development of photography, and contributor to botanical study, whilst continuing to evolve his love of astronomy and it is said that, as a member of The Royal Society, he entertained numerous notable figures of the day. Sir John enjoyed a full family life whilst living at Collingwood House with his wife Margaret and their twelve children. From 1890, when the Herschel family finally sold it, to the present day Collingwood House has been home to several distinguished residents, in the 1920s it became an hotel, known as ‘The Hotel of Gracious Living’, thence it became a small private school and now, once again, it is a beautiful private family residence.

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Main House Ground Floor: -Entrance Vestibule, Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Study, Kitchen, Breakfast Room, Laundry Room, Cloakroom, Recreation Room, self-contained apartment with one bedroom, Indoor Pool Complex with Shower, Changing Room, WC. Substantial Basement: - Games Room, Treatment Room, Sitting Room, Boiler Room, 7 Store Rooms First Floor: - Master Bedroom Suite with Bathroom and Dressing Area, Guest Bedroom with En Suite Bathroom, 8 Further Bedrooms, Dressing Room/Study, 2 Bathrooms, Separate WC, Linen Room, Former Staff Kitchen/Store Room. Gardens and Grounds: - Attractive Secluded Gardens, Three Terraces, Walled Garden, Mediterranean Garden, Former Grass Tennis Court. All set in about 3.5 acres.

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This superb Grade II* listed mansion, situated in a Conservation Area, enjoys a secluded setting surrounded by its mature grounds with far reaching vistas to the south east. Within the main house, the superbly proportioned accommodation, which retains an abundance of period features, amounts to in excess of 12,600 sq ft including a self contained ground floor apartment, ideal for a relative as well as a substantial basement. In addition, there is a stylish indoor swimming pool complex. Points of note include: The House Beautiful decorative high ceilings with intricate cornicing, mahogany and painted interior wooden panelled doors with moulded architraves, deep skirtings, wood flooring to the principal reception rooms, including quartered oak to the kitchen and breakfast/family room, impressive sash windows, several rising from floor level and the majority with working shutters, ornate marble fireplaces (one working) feature throughout the house. Of further note is the sound system with wiring and speakers in place for the indoor pool complex, recreation room and ‘Mediterranean’ terrace. Four elegant and generously proportioned reception rooms include a drawing room, dining room, sitting room and breakfast/ family room and together with the impressive reception hall all provide excellent areas for entertaining.

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The kitchen is equipped with an extensive range of bespoke cupboards and central island complemented by Corian and granite work surfaces. Appliances comprise a 4 oven Aga and Miele dishwasher. There is space for a fridge/freezer. This lovely room enjoys both south and easterly aspects with wonderful far reaching views and access to the outer terrace. Floor to ceiling folding doors open to the adjacent breakfast/family room, with access to a further terrace, creating a versatile family or entertaining space. The west hall leads to a cloakroom and steps lead up to a laundry room with additional cupboard storage and space for a washing machine and tumble dryer.

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Two staircases lead to the upper floors, the main staircase being top lit and of geometrical design with wreathed handrail. Arranged over the first and second floors are ten bedrooms, four bath/shower rooms, two being en suite, a separate WC, linen room and former staff kitchen/store room. The master and guest bedrooms enjoy wonderful views and benefit from en suite bath facilities.

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The indoor swimming pool complex is accessed via the west hall. Steps lead down to a stone corridor off which lies a separate WC, kitchenette, the changing room which in turn continues through to a shower and splendid pool room with 50 ft ‘saltwater’ pool having coloured under water lighting, reflective ceiling, electronic cover and travertine marble flooring. Three staircases give access to the substantial basement, where there are 11 rooms, the majority with natural light and two of which have built in wine storage. Several of the rooms are currently utilised as recreation rooms, whilst the remaining rooms provide ideal storage.

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The Gardens and Grounds Collingwood House is approached over a sweeping drive, flanked by mature coniferous and deciduous trees, shrubs, climbing roses and flowering cherry trees. The driveway divides leading to both the house and coach house where there is ample parking, screened by topiary hedging. The secluded gardens are a lovely feature of the property, to the southerly aspect of the house the lawns extend away from a substantial terrace planted with mature wisteria and a secondary terrace, both affording wonderful far reaching views. Banks of rhododendrons stretch along the southern boundary, and the lawns under planted with daffodils, feature Lime trees, a Tulip tree, a Wellingtonia, golden scented azaleas and varieties of specimen trees. To the south lies the ‘Mediterranean Garden’ with red granite chippings, fig and olive trees, a vine, blue and pink hibiscus, oleander and white wisteria. Beyond this lies the old walled garden which has been cultivated in preparation for planting. There is a large rainwater collection and storage tank beneath the pool terrace. SITUATION Collingwood House is situated within a Conservation Area, on the outskirts of the historic village of Hawkhurst, with beautiful surrounding areas and a long and fascinating history, once home to the notorious ‘Hawkhurst Gang’ of ruthless 18th Century smugglers. Today there are two distinct areas; The Moor with its beautiful Parish Church and village green and Highgate with its village shops situated along the nearly 200 year old Colonnade. There is a digital cinema, two supermarkets, tennis, squash and golf clubs, fishing facilities together with a variety of excellent local pubs and restaurants.

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Local & comprehensive shopping: Can be found in Cranbrook with more extensive shopping in Tenterden, Rye, Tunbridge Wells and the historic towns of Battle and Hastings. Education: Collingwood House is in the renowned Cranbrook School catchment area (2014). Further excellent education opportunities can be found locally at both primary and secondary levels, in the private and state sectors. These include Saint Ronans, Marlborough House and Dulwich preparatory schools, Hawkhurst and Sandhurst primary schools, The High Weald Academy, Benenden School for Girls and Homewood School in Tenterden. Further afield there are schools in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and Eastbourne. Leisure facilities: Good sports and leisure opportunities can be found in Hawkhurst, Cranbrook, Tenterden and Tunbridge Wells with the coast about 20 miles to the south. Bewl Water Reservoir offers a wide range of activities including sailing, rowing, and walking. Excellent local walks, cycling and riding can be found in Hemsted Forest and Bedgebury Pinetum. Mainline rail services: Rail links into London are found at Etchingham and Staplehurst. These connect into London Bridge, Waterloo East, Cannon Street and Charing Cross. Motorway links: The A21 gives links to the M25, the coast, major motorway networks, Heathrow and Gatwick airports and the Chanel Tunnel Terminus. Directions From the Cranbrook office travel along the A229 to Hawkhurst for approximately 4 miles. At the traffic lights proceed straight over and up the hill to The Moor. Turn left signposted to Bodiam Castle and the gated entrance to Collingwood House will be found shortly on the left hand side at the commencement of Stream Lane.

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EPC Exempt - Grade II Listed

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 08.05.2018

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COLLINGWOOD A most impressive Grade II* Listed Palladian Style Mansion with a self contained annexe and a stunning indoor swimming pool complex all set amidst beautiful secluded grounds of around 3.5 acres, with far reaching southerly views.

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Fine & Country Tel: +44 (0)1580 715000 11 High Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3EB Tel: +44 (0)1892 701 900 7 London Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1DG lisa.ross-mires@fineandcountry.com

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Knight Frank Tel: +44 (0)207 861 5390 55 Baker Street, London W1U 8AN Tel: +44 (0)1892 772 942 47 High Street, Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 1XL julia.robotham@knightfrank.com

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