Thirteen BR Detached House For Sale In Tonbridge, Kent
10+ BR, 1 BA
LocationSpilsill Court sits in an elevated position amidst glorious grounds protected by neighbouring farmland. The property is conveniently placed for the local village of Staplehurst, which has good local shopping facilities and a station with regular services to London. Further shopping, sport and leisure facilities are available in Cranbrook and Tunbridge Wells.Mainline rail services: Fast and frequent commuter services can be found at Staplehurst with trains directly to London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East and Charing Cross.Education: Spilsill Court is situated in the renowned Cranbrook School catchment area (2018). 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, The High Weald Academy, Benenden School for Girls and further afield there are independent girl and boy's schools in Sutton Valence, Tonbridge and Canterbury.Communications: The M25 can be accessed from the A20 at junctions five or 6, which links to other motorway networks and Gatwick and Heathrow Airports.DescriptionHistorySpilsill Court is an impressive country house of architectural interest and historic note and designated a Grade II listing. The original house is believed to have been built in the late 13th century and the 1st owners were the de Speldselle family, whom we understand took their name from the site. Over the centuries the house has passed in to different ownership including Walter Mainey who was Sherriff of Kent during the reign of Elizabeth I and it was during this time that the chapel, now the sitting area, was built on the north side of the house for the sect of the Particular Baptists and the local villagers of Staplehurst. In 1920 Spilsill Court was bought by Miss Christina Knowles who transformed the gardens and grounds into what they are today and built a chapel at the bottom of the rose garden in remembrance of her mother.DescriptionComing to the market for the 1st time in over 50yrs, Spilsill Court is an idyllically situated small country estate atop a long private drive in a rural country lane setting. The thriving village of Staplehurst lies just over a mile to the west where there are a good range of shops, amenities and mainline station with frequent links to London and the Continent.The principal residence, with its medieval origins still very much in evidence, consists of a substantial Grade II listed country house dating in part from the 16th century with 19th or 20th century additions. Within the delightful grounds there is a versatile range of accommodation ancillary to the main house, including Spilsill Cottage, The Bungalow and The Court Barn, a superb unconverted oak framed barn and oast which has, in past years, been used as a theatre for plays and opera productions. To the north lies a further detached barn, which could be considered suitable for conversion, subject to all necessary planning consents.This charming family home with internal accommodation approaching 8,000 sq. feet is now in need of some modest updating and features 3 principal reception rooms of excellent proportions, some boasting reclaimed oak panelling and each with fine fireplaces.Further reception rooms include a study, a sitting area (understood to have at 1 time been a chapel for the local villagers) and a family room.The kitchen/breakfast room has a range of cupboards and a propane gas fired 4 oven Aga. There is an adjoining scullery with additional cupboards and a north-facing pantry.Arranged over the 1st and 2nd floors are thirteen bedrooms, including the master bedroom suite which enjoys lovely vistas over the 'Rose Garden' and benefits from an en suite bathroom.The remaining bedrooms are served by four bathrooms/shower rooms and 3 separate WCs.Ancillary accommodationTo the north of the main house lies a detached 2 storey cottage which comprises 2 reception rooms, a fitted kitchen with space for various white appliances, three beds, abathroom and private garden.To the south west of the drive there is a single storey three beds cottage set within its own enclosed private garden.Both Spilsill Bungalow and Spilsill Cottage are currently tenanted with a 2 mnth rolling notice period either way.The court barnThis substantial detached 17th century oak framed barn and oast of over 3,700 sq. feet is currently divided to incorporate a number storage rooms, garaging, a kitchen and an outstanding recreational area of 52 feet with a galleried mezzanine floor.Gardens, grounds outbuildingsSpilsill Court is approached via a long private lane, flanked by mature trees, indigenous mixed hedging and neighbouring pasture. Once over the cattle grid, the drive bypasses TheCourt Barn and Spilsill Bungalow and continues around to the main house with a spur leading off to the various outbuildings, cottage and detached barn to the north.The beautiful gardens and grounds, which extend to over seven acres, are an outstanding backdrop. Having been meticulously designed and laid out they feature individual garden areas, cleverly merging formal and informal areas. To the east lies a knot garden with a Fleur De Lys design. A pathway circumnavigates 1 of the Bethersden Marble lined ponds and leads to the orchard whilst a hornbeam walkway gives way to the adjoining 'garden rooms' which include 'Scotch Corner', the 'Spring Garden', the 'Blue Garden', the 'Dry Garden', the 'Pageant Lawn' and the 'Rose Garden', behind which is a family chapel.To the north of the drive lies kitchen garden with fruit cages and an enclosed field which is down to grazing with water connected.DirectionsFrom the centre of Cranbrook proceed to the Wilsley Pound roundabout and follow the A229 towards Staplehurst. Immediately after the garage turn right in to Frittenden Lane and proceed for about 0.5 of a mile where the drive leading to Spilsill Court will be found on the left hand side.For more information: https://realtyww.info/houses/13-bed-detached-house-for-sale-in-tonbridge-kent_i9524277
3,700 sq. ft.
Fireplace, Parking, Storage
October 12 on RealtyWW