The village of Shoreham sits beside the River Darent as it winds through the North Downs and is situated six miles north of Sevenoaks, in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Reputed to be the most bombed village in Britain, the famous great white cross cut in the chalk hillside is a monument to commemorate the dead of the First World War. The fascinating Shoreham Aircraft Museum holds hundreds of aviation relics and has a charming tea room and tea garden. The village has a primary school, recreation ground, several pubs serving food, an excellent village store and post office. Shoreham Village hosts lots of events throughout the year, including the famed 'Duck' Race, Village Fete, Garden Safari, Midsummer Festival and the Heavy Horse Show. The Mount in Shoreham is a boutique Vineyard producing award winning still and sparkling wines and holds regular wine tasting events. Darenth Valley golf course is located on the edge of the village. Shoreham railway station has trains on the Victoria line, Blackfriars, St Pancras, the line also goes direct to Sevenoaks in just 9 minutes, where there are a variety of trains into central London, taking approximately 40 minutes. For more information on Shoreham visit. www.shorehamvillage.co.ukDIRECTIONS
From our office proceed to the roundabout and take the first exit onto Station Road/A225. Continue to follow A225. The property can be found set back from the road on the right hand side.
Tucked away in a superb location on the edge of the popular village of Shoreham is Copthall, a very handsome family home that was originally built c1830. “It was my father’s work that originally brought us to the area,” says Daryl, “and for me, growing up in Copthall was an absolute joy. The location is just stunning: the house, which has been a wonderful family home, is surrounded by beautiful countryside; the station is literally across the road, so it’s possible to get just about anywhere with relative ease and the village itself is a thriving place with a fantastic sense of community. So for us as a family both the house and location ticked every single box.”
“The house was originally built at some point in the 1830s, but over time it has been slightly enlarged. Today it’s pretty much as it was when my parents bought it in 1983, so it retains all of its wonderful character and charm. It’s a very symmetrical house, so each of the rooms, even the bedrooms have really good proportions and because it hasn’t been dramatically altered over the years it still has a lot of its original features. It’s very spacious and the layout flows beautifully, but in my mind it has huge potential to be enhanced further.”
“When I was a child the gardens and grounds were an absolute paradise, and being surrounded by all of this beautiful countryside meant I could go off riding with my friends and I was even allowed a little motorbike,” continues Daryl. “The main area of garden wraps around the house and is mainly laid to lawn, then beyond barn there is another area of lawn and an old grass tennis court. It’s a beautiful space, but again it has huge potential, particularly for a keen gardener, and across the road we also have a two-acre paddock, which could be ideal for keeping animals.”
Favourite Room: “For me it would have to be the lounge at the front of the house,” says Daryl. “It has a huge open fireplace and we have our dining table in there, which can seat up to nine people. With a fire roaring away it becomes a real occasion room.”
Favourite aspect of the grounds or surrounding area: “Shoreham is a great little village, and the beauty of Copthall’s location is that it’s close enough for everything to be within walking distance, but just secluded enough to be away from hustle and bustle,” says Daryl. “There are some lovely little pubs along by the river, golf courses in almost every direction and there are a number of really good schools very close by, so it’s a fantastic place to bring up a family. In fact it’s such a lovely place that once people move here they tend to stay for many, many years.”
Memorable event (if not another favourite room or unique feature): “We have a large barn within the grounds which we feel has huge potential,” says Daryl. “We haven’t applied for any planning permission, but we have had some drawings done showing how it could possibly be turned into a separate two-bedroom dwelling.”
What they’ll miss most / why they are leaving: “I have nothing but very fond memories of my time living in Copthall and this lovely village,” says Daryl, “but although I’ll be sad to see the house go, I’ve no doubt the new owners will be extremely happy here.”
Five bar gate and gravel driveway to the side and rear with parking area and access to a detached double garage. Low enclosing brick wall with mature hedging. Side pedestrian access, lawn area and flower beds.ENTRANCE PORCH
Pitched tiled roof. Arrow slit windows to side. Solid wood door to front. Paving slab floor.
Paned glass door to entrance. Double aspect leaded light windows to front and side. Radiators. Carpet as fitted. Original built in corner dresser. Stairs to first floor. Decorative carved wood fire surround with over mantle and brick hearth. Wall lights. Paned glass door to lobby.STUDY
Leaded light window to front. Radiator. Carpet as fitted. Original fitted dressers to alcoves. Small inglenook with mantle above.CELLAR
Head height. Arched window to side. Storage and wine rack areas.BATHROOM
Window to side. Panelled bath. Low level WC. Pedestal wash hand basin. Radiators. Tiled floor.LOBBY
Doors to Kitchen, Sitting Room and Boot Room.KITCHEN
Window to side. White wood wall, base and drawer units, work surfaces running above.Inset stainless steel sink unit. Range cooker with extractor hood above. Space for fridge freezer. Space for dishwasher.Tiled floor.SITTING ROOM
French doors to garden. Double aspect leaded light windows to side. Brick fireplace with timber surround and over mantle. Tiled hearth. Carpet as fitted. Radiators.BOOT ROOM/ REAR HALL
Window to rear. Door to rear. Brick fire surround with high mantle. Wood burning stove. Original flagstone floor. Door to glazed lobby with access to various out buildings.OUTBUILDINGS TO MAIN HOUSE
BOILER ROOM, UTILITY ROOM, LOG STORE, COAL SHED, GARDENERS WC
Carpet to stairs and landing.Access to loft.LOFT
Extensive loft area with natural light.
Arrow slit window to front. Hanging and shelving space.BATHROOM
Windows to rear. Double airing cupboard housing hot water cylinder. Built in storage cupboard. Panelled bath. Pedestal wash hand basin, low level WC. Shower cubicle.Radiator.BEDROOM ONE
Double aspect windows to side and rear. Original fireplace. Carpet as fitted. Pedestal wash hand basin. Radiator.BEDROOM TWO
Double aspect windows to side and rear. Carpet as fitted. Pedestal wash hand basin. Radiator.BEDROOM THREE
Double aspect latticed windows to front and side. Carpet as fitted. Radiators.Ornate fireplace with over mantle.BEDROOM FOUR
Window to side. Ornate fireplace with over mantle. Built in cupboard. Pedestal wash hand basin. Carpet as fitted.GARDENS
The property sits in pleasantly secluded half an acre plot with a rear patio with steps leading to a level lawn with a centre path. Mature trees and established flower borders and shrubs. Side path to Tennis lawn.Heated greenhouse with a water supply.Rear path to further detached buildings:PADDOCK
(on the opposite side of Shoreham Road)
Approaching two and a quarter acres with a water supply, flood lights (generator fed), storage barn and pig sty.
Otford Railway Station:- 1.5 miles
Shoreham Railway Station – 0.1 miles
Sevenoaks Railway Station – 4.8 miles
All distances are approximate and calculated as the crow flies.
For information regarding travel please visit: http://www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel
Otford Primary School - 1.8 Miles
Shoreham Primary School – 0.5 Miles
Kemsing Primary School – 2.8 Miles
The Knole Academy – 4 Miles
Trinity – 4.3 Miles
The Weald of Kent Grammar School (Annexe) – 4.3 Miles
Tonbridge Grammar – 16 Miles
Russell House – 1.5 Miles
St Michaels – 2.0 Miles
Walthamstow Hall – 4.3 Miles
Information sourced from www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/school-search
Please check with the local authority as to catchment areas and intake criteria.
Darenth Valley Golf Club - 0.1 miles
Woodlands Manor Golf Club – 3.9 miles
Dartford Mecure Brands Hatch Health Club – 5.7 miles
Reynolds Retreat 8.5 miles
St Julians – 7.3 miles
Nizels Golf and Country Club – 8.1 miles
We recognise that buying/renting a property is a big commitment and therefore recommend that you visit the local authority website www.sevenoaks.gov.uk, and the following websites for more helpful information about the property and local area before proceeding.
Some information in these details is taken from third party sources. Should any of the information be critical in your decision making, then please contact Sevenoaks for verification.
We are informed this property is in council tax band Gyou should verify this with Sevenoaks Borough Council on 01732 227000.TENURE
The vendor advises us that this property is Freehold. Should you proceed with the purchase of the property your solicitor must verify these details.APPLIANCES / SERVICES
The mention of any appliances and/or services within these sales particulars does not imply that they are in full efficient working order.MEASUREMENTS
All measurements are approximate and therefore may be subject to a small margin of error.OPENING HOURS
Monday to Friday 9.00 am –6.00 pm
Saturday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Sunday - By appointment
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