Kent: 3 horsey homes that we’re lusting after

  • Bag your place in a corner of Kent with our pick of horsey homes

    1. Shepherds Oast, Hunton, near Maidstone

    For you: a detached single roundel oast conversion set at the end of a no-through lane in a small enclave of houses. There are three bedrooms, plus an open- plan loft area with options to adapt as further accommodation (subject to permission), and a detached garage with a first-floor home office. Outside are well-kept gardens with wide lawns giving an open outlook, and a vine-covered terrace ideal for alfresco dining.
    For the horses: currently there are no equestrian facilities at the property, but there is ample space to add stabling and a riding arena within the immediate grounds and paddock to the front of the house (subject to permission). The property is approached from a gravelled drive into a spacious parking area that will accommodate several vehicles and a horsebox. There are also lots of bridleways in the vicinity, as well as Bon Fleur Cross Country Course. Set in 12.68 acres.
    USP: there’s a brick-and-timber building under a tiled pitched roof, insulated, with power, windows and a concrete, wide ramp, well suited as a studio.
    What’s the damage? £795,000
    Agent: Equus Country and Property
    Telephone number: 01829 829014
    Visit: equusproperty.co.uk 

    2. Greenlands, Stick Hill, near Edenbridge

    For you: a spacious family home in a semi-rural location. There’s a hall, drawing room, dining room, fitted kitchen/ breakfast room, study and cloakroom. Taking the turned staircase to the first floor, there are four bedrooms, with a master bedroom complete with an en suite shower room and walk-in wardrobe. Outside, the landscaped gardens extend to about 2.5 acres with a pond, greenhouse, covered terrace with a pergola draped in wisteria, a variety of trees, flowering plants and a vegetable garden. There is a detached double garage with a workshop and outside there’s a loo, plus ample parking.
    For the horses: there are five stables, a hay barn and tack room, an outdoor manège and just under two acres of grazing land divided into two paddocks.
    USP: it’s only two miles from Edenbridge — which has a park, Waitrose and Tesco Express supermarkets, leisure centre with swimming and squash courts, pubs, doctors’ surgery and optician, plus two mainline railway stations, with services to Victoria and London Bridge.
    What’s the damage? £1.16M
    Agent: Howard Cundey
    Telephone number: 01732 862381

    3. The Grange, Plaxtol, near Sevenoaks

    For you: a Grade II-listed country house, located in the heart of the Kent Weald with impressive views over the adjacent countryside. It has nine bedrooms, five reception rooms that are well suited to entertaining and five bedrooms, with a number of period features, including panelling. There is an impressive galleried reception hall and the kitchen has an Aga. Plus there’s a cinema room and games room. Outside the gardens are well maintained and there’s a tennis court and swimming pool. Central London is only 31 miles away and takes 30 minutes from Sevenoaks (six miles away) to London Charing Cross by train.
    For the horses: a stable yard with three looseboxes, a tack room, outbuildings and an all- weather arena. There are three large paddocks, set in 43 acres.
    What’s the damage? £4.35m
    Agent: Sotheby’s
    Telephone number: 01932 860537
    Visit: sothebysrealty.co.uk 

    Next week: Properties located in Hertfordshire

    Ref: Horse & Hound; 25 January 2018

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