An attractive Grade II listed farmhouse with a Victorian walled garden, several cottages and 100 acres has come to the market near Eythorne, a rural village in east Kent between Canterbury and Dover.
Home Farm is in a mature parkland setting which forms part of the original Waldershare Park Estate. Waldershare Park was laid out between 1702 and 1710 by Sir Robert Furnese, with many of the trees planted remaining in maturity today. Sir Robert’s daughter, Catherine, married the 1st Earl of Guildford in 1751 and the park has remained in the Guildford family ever since.
The attractive Grade II-listed farmhouse is at the heart of the estate. The farmhouse, last refurbished in 2016, has four reception rooms, a kitchen/breakfast room, entrance hall, cloakroom and utility room. On the first floor is the main bedroom suite with dressing room and en-suite bathroom, four further double bedrooms, a family bathroom, large shower room and a study area with a staircase leading to the second floor, giving access to bedroom six which has an en-suite.
Landscaped gardens surround the house to the front and back, providing views over its own parkland. There is a sheltered, heated, outdoor swimming pool with accompanying pool house and ample parking.
Alongside the farmhouse is a collection of cottages and buildings, including Home Farm Annexe, Barn Cottage, Shepherds Cottage, an estate office and the village hall, which was previously granted permission for conversion into a pair of two-bedroom cottages to be used as holiday lets. The engine shed, with two workshops, was also granted planning permission for conversion into a one-bedroom holiday let. In addition there is a garage, a Grade II-listed timber framed and weather boarded granary set on staddle stones, and two lodges.
The walls of the Grade II-listed walled garden are approximately 8ft high, with a central entrance and secondary entrances in opposite corners.
Home Farm straddles two sides of a gentle valley overlooked by the farmhouse and cottages. The farmland is mixed, comprising about 30 acres of arable, 28 of pasture and the rest, about 22 acres, woodland, tracks and gardens, including an impressive avenue of horse chestnut trees beyond the walled garden.
Chris Spofforth, head of Savills South East farms and estates team, said: “Waldershare Park is a hugely impressive estate that has a wealth of history and charm. Home Farm is at the heart of the estate. The main house is imposing, with high ceilings and good-sized reception rooms, yet it retains a homely feel. The additional cottages, lodges and buildings provide a useful income and scope for additional family accommodation or alternative uses. About 100 acres of land affords perfect protection or amenity for lifestyle buyers, who can be hands on or hands off if they wish to continue letting the land to local farmers.
“Communications in this part of Kent have improved significantly in recent years, making it more accessible to London while retaining a truly rural feel. The area is particularly popular, not only in terms of the property market but with both domestic and international tourists due to its proximity to European transport links and to the heritage coast.’’
Home Farm is being marketed by Savills for a guide price of £4.5 million.
For more information, contact Chris Spofforth on 01732 879050.