- Semi-Detached Cottage
- Restored And Extended Immaculately
- 200ft Quintessential English Country Garden
- Picturesque Village Location
- 15th Century
- Detached Barn
- Original Features
- Victorian Outhouse
- Grade II listed
- Mezzanine Gallery
- Bespoke Oak Kitchen
- Inglenook Fireplace
- Coal Fired Rayburn
- Can Be Viewed from 7th January 2019
*Available for viewings from 7th January 2019* LeGrys is delighted to bring to market this historic Grade II listed semi-detached 15th Century cottage which lies in the heart of the picturesque village of Penshurst, close to Penshurst Place and Gardens. The cottage which forms part of a Medieval Hall House has been restored and extended immaculately to retain and enhance the original features of this quaint home. This property will appeal to those who are looking for a certain lifestyle and who value the experience of living in a historic home.
The current owners have used traditional materials in the sympathetic restoration of the building drawing on research into medieval buildings, and the use of green oak in the extended part of the property blends beautifully with the original. The house sits on a plot of nearly 200 ft with mature trees and herbaceous borders leading to a stream. The part walled garden has a 27’ three bay open brick barn dating from 18th century with lapsed planning for a garden studio/workshop.
Entry to this charming cottage is across the brick path and via the original ledge oak painted door into the entrance lobby which is tiled with brick pavers. There is useful space for coats and shoes. A small step takes you into the delightful cosy living room with exposed beams, brickwork, and the original inglenook fireplace with bread oven is a principal feature of this room. The floors are of terracotta making them a real feature of this lovely room. The front aspect window is an original leaded light whilst the other side aspect windows are wooden Georgian style. The staircase which is made of solid oak and is based on a medieval design leads to the landing where the oak balustrade has been glazed with contemporary glass. (Living Room/Lobby Area 16’9 x 9’9)
A small step from the living room leads into the internal lobby which is lined with oak shelving and storage against a lime washed wall panel with beams and paved floor. From here a lovely oak latch door takes you through to the delightful kitchen with coal fired Rayburn which provides water for some radiators and hot water in winter. The kitchen is the epitome of country charm with terracotta flooring and green oak framed windows looking out over the beautiful garden and Kent countryside beyond.
The kitchen comprises bespoke cabinets made from dried oak planks with strap hinges and a Belfast sink on brick piers with sycamore drainer. There is space for washing machine, fridge, and dresser whilst the double oven is an AEG and will remain at the property. There is ample space for storage in the built- in oak cupboards. There is a fully glazed oak door to the garden allowing plenty of natural light into this cosy room. (Kitchen 12’2 x 10’1).
From the lobby outside the kitchen you enter the bathroom which comprises a white suite with basin, mounted next to a granite shelf, chrome mixer taps with shower attachment, Stainless steel towel rail above the radiator and natural terracotta floor tiles. There is a lovely oak framed window with obscure glass and a window to the garden making this an airy light filled bathroom.
The handmade oak staircase leads to the first floor where you enter an open bedroom from the galleried landing which has a vaulted ceiling with feature crown post. The bed nestles into a space behind a small screen above which is a mezzanine gallery with space for a bed or storage. This lovely 17’ x 10’ space has restored original medieval oak mullioned windows and bespoke oak handmade shutters based on an original medieval design. The extra wide floorboards are original and the new oak boards have been made to match where the originals were missing. (Bedroom one 17' x 10').
From this bedroom you enter a study space that might allow for a shower room or WC to be installed if the new owner wishes it. (Study 7’6 x 7’)
This leads into the stunning second bedroom with vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and original roofline incorporated into the space. This unique space makes a lovely bedroom with views over the garden to the surrounding countryside. The room is constructed of green oak and has oak floorboards and the original exposed brickwork of the medieval chimney forming a feature of historic and design interest. There is ample space for freestanding furniture and a large double bed. (Bedroom two 13’7 x 12’6).
There is additional loft space from the first floor which is fully boarded with ladder access, socket and light.
The garden is a stunning feature of this property with an 18th century barn with lapsed planning which could be reinstated for a studio garden room, and a Victorian outhouse. There is also a separate building housing the fully functioning toilet with original Victorian sanitary ware. The 200ft garden runs down to a stream and is the quintessential English country garden with herbaceous borders, part walled, with mature trees and lovely views over the surrounding countryside.
Penshurst is a village full of royal history, with Penhsurst Place most notably used as a hunting lodge by Henry VIII. Aside from its history Penshurst is a friendly, community and a conservation village boasting a church, tea room, post office, garage, doctor’s surgery, and public house. Nearby Penshurst, Cowden and Hildenborough train stations offer links to London City whilst highly regarded primary schools can be found in Penshurst, Fordcombe, & Chiddingstone and this property lies within the catchment area of many of Kent’s top Grammar Schools in Royal Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge.