Guide price £850,000-£950,000
A unique opportunity to purchase a self-build plot situated in the popular village of Brenchley including the existing cottage (part to be demolished and retained as annex).
It is proposed to retain part of the existing building. The existing structure measures 142 GEA with 76 sqm will be demolished as per the approved plans.
Placed to the south of the original cottage, utilising the existing slope the new dwelling measures 100 square metres GIA at first floor level, with a further 280 square metres of basement space and an existing double garage. The upper level comprises of living area, a bathroom and a gym whilst accommodation cut into the slope will include the kitchen, dining room and bedrooms. This lower area is located below ground and screened by the existing 2.5m high hedge for privacy.
The design is south facing to optimise the sun for light and solar gain. It has a flat roof design, to further lower the property into the landscape, with a modest swimming pool to the east of the property. Tall windows and glazing reduce the need for artificial light producing airy bright accommodation but also take advantage of the views over countryside to the south and adjoining views.
External materials have been chosen for their natural appearance and their ability to blend into the wooded landscape. The natural timber weatherboarding will be visible from the west and south elevation, whilst the dark coloured roof will also not intrude in its setting and background.
The site extends to 2023 sq m (half an acre) and is roughly triangular in shape. It slopes down from the road junction to the southeast. It is well screened sides with trees, hedging and fencing. It is not, therefore, proposed to undertake any major new landscaping, but simply to create the new plot boundary by additional fencing and new hedging. The major remaining part of the plot would be laid to lawn, with further trees planted.
The Site Paygate Cottage is set on the junction of Horsmonden Road and Fairman’s Lane, behind high mature hedges. Situated 100m from the center of Brenchley village, with the popular cafe the little Bull and a pub, the halfway house both within walking distance. Other facilities in the village include a butcher, post office, dentist and doctors' surgery and highly regarded village school.