The White House is an exceptional riverside home, bordered on two sides by the River Darent. Read more
The White House is an exceptional riverside home, bordered on two sides by the River Darent. Whilst its private specimen carp lake which is approaching 2 acres sits adjacent on a separate shared title to the property’s west boundary, the house, lake and land form a secret oasis of peace, completely hidden from the outside unless you know it’s there! The imposing five/six bedroom house with its white render facade has recently been refurbished to a high specification. Set over three floors with immaculate well-proportioned accommodation, the ground floor has been redesigned with modern living in mind. The bespoke kitchen is complimented with quality appliances and granite worksurfaces. The breakfast island opens to the dining and living areas ideal for entertaining with a separate sitting room. The upper floors offer generous private space for a sizeable family, which includes a master suite to the second floor comprising of bedroom, dressing room and ensuite. The house is set in stunning formal gardens with garage, store and cabin and is approached by a private shared gated driveway.
What makes this property really unique is the stunning lake which sits in a plot in excess of 3 acres and is in a joint ownership with the neighbouring Bungalow. Its boundaries have been mainly cleared and seeded with grasses and wild flowers with the lake banks having mature weeping willows and reed beds around the perimeter and eight constructed ‘fishing swims’ that are suitable for angling. The lake holds a large “head” of specimen carp with the largest recent capture being a common carp of 47lb! Some of the carp stocks are over 40 years old with new fish introduced in 2013 at an average weight of 8lb and these have now grown to varying recorded weights ranging between 20lb to 38lb. There are between 100-120 carp currently stocked but are not the only residents. The lake holds Tench to 9lb, large pike, roach, bream and perch but the carp are exceptional in size and appearance and highly prized in the angling community. The lake is fished infrequently, only by personal invitation from the joint owners so due to the lack of pressure on the fish the results when fishing can be quite amazing as we, the marketing agents, have first-hand experience of. Although there is a staggering amount of natural food available, the owners feed the fish daily to encourage growth and help the fish remain in A1 condition. This is not only a fishing lake but a haven for wildlife, whether you are a keen fisherman or not, the new custodian can reap great enjoyment from merely feeding the fish and watching them, along with appreciating the endless wildlife of kingfishers, grebes, woodpeckers and owls that are regular visitors. The current owners have hand reared ducks and geese who live wild on the lake and there is nothing they enjoy more than sitting by the lake, on the punt or rowing boat feeding the ducks, geese and fish whilst watching the world go by. Within the lake’s grounds there are also three bee hives which harvest honey twice a year. The owners have planted a small, varied fruit orchard on the plot at the end of the lake and benefit from three varieties of apples, two pears, cherries, plums and even peaches. This really is a lifestyle purchase, set in this rural Kent village, where the property has been in the same family’s ownership since the 1960s. The house has now come to the market for the first time since being built by the family which is a rare opportunity unlikely to be repeated.
Location South Darenth is located on the right bank of the River Darent, south of Dartford and is a village in the civil parish of South Darenth and Horton Kirby in the Sevenoaks District of Kent. The village nestles in the Darenth Valley a few miles from Dartford. Its church is dedicated to St Mary and the nearest railway station is at Farningham Road. The A225 road between Dartford and Sevenoaks passes to the west of the village. There are road links from the area giving access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as Ebbsfleet International station, airports, the coast and Channel Tunnel.
Directions From Farningham Road Station, continue east on Station Road towards Main Road (A225). Turn left on to Main Road and take the first turning on the right, into Cedar Drive. Continue along Cedar Drive to the end. Turn right onto Devon Road and continue towards the T-junction at Holmesdale Road just before the bridge there is a private driveway on the left to Frog Island the property is behind electric gates at the end of the drive and the property can be found on the right hand side.
Transport Information Farningham Road Railway Station: 0.3 miles Eynsford Railway Station: 3.3 miles Ebbsfleet International Eurostar Station: 4.3 miles
The distances calculated are as the crow flies.
Education Please check with the local authority as to catchment areas and intake criteria.
Golf Clubs Red Libbets Golf Club: 3.4 miles London Golf Club: 4.5 miles
Health Clubs David Lloyd Dartford: 2.5 miles Mercure Dartford Brands Hatch Hotel & Spa: 3.1 miles Brands Hatch Place: 3.3 miles
Agents Comments Having grown up in North Kent and being a keen angler since my youth, the series of Darenth Valley lakes are well known to me. The lake being sold in joint ownership with the property formerly comprised part of the Leisure Sport Angling Club and in more recent times part of Cemex Angling until it was sold to the current owners in 2013. The lake has been the envy of many serious carp anglers due to the lake’s history and specimen fish that it holds. The fishing is exceptional to the point I even managed to accidently catch a 28.5lb mirror carp whilst just attending the drone photography shoot in preparation for marketing. This is really an unprecedented sale that I have not come across in my 35 plus years of selling property in the area and, in my opinion, is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the right buyer.
Clifton Button Managing Director Fine & Country (North West Kent)
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Council Tax We are informed this property is in council tax band G, you should verify this with Sevenoaks Borough Council.
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.
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