5 bedroom house for sale

Chessenden Lane, Smarden, Ashford, Kent, TN27


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A wonderful unlisted period house in the heart of Smarden village offering substantial accommodation as well 2 Normandy Barns that date back to the 15th & 18th Century. The Barns have been converted to provide a fabulously appointed Office and Golf Academy. The delightful gardens and grounds blend perfectly with the unique golfing facilities and offer a superb opportunity for a golf professional or a keen enthusiast. Alternatively, the Barns are convertible for a number of residential or business opportunities subject to planning permission.

The Property
Appletrees is a delightful unlisted detached period house, dating back to the 19th century with later additions. It is constructed of red brick with attractive tile hung upper elevations. The double-fronted property offers well-proportioned and substantial family accommodation, in excess of 3800 sq ft in the main house.
The front door opens into an entrance hallway giving access to the principal reception rooms. To the right there is a spacious triple aspect sitting room with a fireplace and bay window to the front. On the opposite side of the entrance hall there is a formal dining room which also has a bay window to the front. To the rear there is a TV/family room with double doors opening to the rear terrace.
The impressive kitchen/breakfast room is a particular feature of the house and has bi-fold doors opening onto the rear terrace and gardens creating a perfect entertaining space. The kitchen with its vaulted ceiling and exposed timbers is fitted with a bespoke Smallbone kitchen with extensive storage, integrated appliances (Sub Zero, Wolf, Gaggenau, Miele, Quooker & Insinkerator), a central island and space for a large dining table. Off the kitchen, a rear hall gives access to a useful utility room, w.c. and boot room with secondary door to the front.

1st Floor
There are two Suites that occupy the 1st Floor, a Master with a spacious dressing room (this could be used as a Nursery if required) & a Guest Suite that has a dressing area. Both have en suite bathrooms, equipped with Bath, Shower, WC & Washbasin (the Master also has a Bidet). They each have a designer tiled art feature.

2nd Floor
Stairs lead up to the 2nd Floor into an interesting triple aspect mezzanine lounge with double doors opening to a small balcony enjoying fabulous views over the gardens. There are two further bedrooms on the second floor, both with en suite bathrooms with Bath, Shower, WC & Washbasin. Both bathrooms have a designer
tiled art feature.

15th Century Normandy Barn
Adjoining the kitchen is a 15th Century Normandy Barn which houses 2 Car Ports and a large Garden Store on the Ground Floor with a magnificent triple aspect Office with a splendid Garden View on the first floor.

Currently housing 3 large Desks, 4 Stationery Cupboards, Sofa and Coffee Table, this area is large enough for 5-6 Desks, The Studio offers potential to convert into a granny/teenager's annexe including the ground floor Car Ports and Garden Store (subject to obtaining the necessary consents).

Grounds & Gardens
The delightful gardens are beautifully maintained and include a multitude of mature trees, shrubs and plants as well as a meandering stream and two ponds. To the rear of the house there is a paved terrace and a further patio overlooking the Putting Green and alongside the Academy. In all about 2 acres.

An 18th Century Normandy Barn
Within the grounds, Studio 2 is currently used as a Golf Professional Coaching Academy. The characterful period barn provides a spacious double aspect reception room with a wealth of exposed beams, vaulted ceiling and double doors opening onto a terrace overlooking the pretty pond. There is also a well-appointed bathroom and a small kitchen area on this level. Stairs lead up to a mezzanine bedroom with lounge which
enjoys stunning views over the gardens and grounds.

A Unique Opportunity For A Golf Professional or A Sporting Playground For Just A Mad Keen Golfer

The Academy facilities could easily be adapted for alternative uses, private or commercial and subject to planning approval. The golf facilities were designed by the owner who is one of the UK’s leading Golf Coaches having taken Tour Players to 11 Open Tour victories and Ryder Cup success. The Academy was described by the PGA
Director of Training, Kyle Philpotts, as World Class. For a Golfer, if you are a Professional, it has been built to a very high specification and unique in its design with a totally private setting. Or for the mad-keen enthusiast, it is the finest sporting playground and just perfect to hone every ‘on course’ shot. The facilities include an 1800sq ft Huxley Chipping Green & 900 sq ft Championship Putting Green (also Huxley & running
at 9-10 on the Stimp Metre), a Splash Bunker, a 6ft St Andrews Revetted Bunker and a challenging
undulating Short Game area.
The Academy facilities could easily be adapted for alternative uses, private or commercial and subject to planning approval.

Appletrees is located in the popular village of Smarden which is well known for being one of the prettiest villages in Kent with its picturesque timber framed properties and church. There is a strong village community and amenities include a community store and post office, 3 public houses, church, primary and nursery school. The neighbouring villages of Headcorn, Biddenden and the market town of Tenterden are both easily accessible, as are the larger centres of Tunbridge Wells and Ashford. Headcorn Aerodrome and railway station are just a 7 minute drive, the latter giving acess to Waterloo East, London Bridge & Charing Cross and Ashford providing fast trains to London St Pancras.
There is an excellent choice of schooling in the area, in both the state and private sectors, including Benenden School, Homewood School in Tenterden, Cranbrook School, Ashford School, Sutton Valence, Bethany in Goudhurst, Dulwich Preparatory in Cranbrook, Marlborough House and St Ronan's in Hawkhurst, and grammar schools in Ashford, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells. Leisure activities in the area
include golf at Chart Hills, Tenterden, Weald of Kent, Ashford, Dale Hill, Rye, Littlestone & The London Club; tennis in Biddenden, Pluckley & Bethersden, cricket in Smarden, Tenterden, Ashford, sailing and fishing at Bewl Water and on the south coast, flying at Headcorn Aerodrome.

Directions (TN27 8NF)
From Junction 8 of the M20, follow the signs to Leeds Castle on the A20/B2163. Proceed through the village of Leeds and, upon reaching a staggered crossroads, turn left onto the A274. Continue south on the A274 for approximately 5.1 miles, through the village of Headcorn, and turn left onto Smarden Road (signposted Smarden/Egerton). After 2.6 mile, turn left at the T-junction onto Bell Lane (signposted Smarden). After 0.2 of a mile, turn right onto Water Lane. Continue for 0.7 of a mile and turn left onto The
Street. Continue for approximately 0.3 of a mile, through the centre of Smarden and, just before Smarden Charter Hall, turn right onto Chessenden Road. The electric gated entrance to the property will be found on the left-hand side.