GUIDE PRICE £1,350,000 - £1,650,000
‘The Farmhouse’ Circa 1800 is situated in a peaceful and secluded setting in the lovely riverside village of Shoreham in the verdant Darenth Valley. One of just three properties in a courtyard setting within the grounds of Shoreham Place. Once the home of Lord Mildmay of Flete, ‘The Farmhouse’ is available to the open market for the first time since 1958, as until now it has remained in the same family ownership for three generations.
Extended and artfully designed interiors with an emphasis on light and space, this exceptional family home effortlessly combines the fascinating features of the past and the comforts of modern day living. Although the current entrance vestibule faces out onto the courtyard, a fascinating feature is the original old gabled entrance door complete with over lamp and original door furniture and is at the rear facing out onto the gardens and neighbouring fields.
On entering the property from the courtyard side, the entrance hall has a cloakroom to one side and a split-level dining room to the other, this also provides a delightful snug area overlooking the courtyard. The sleek Shaker style kitchen/family room is superbly fitted with an excellent range of wall, base, tall and drawer units complimented by solid wood counters and integrated appliances. The central island unit provides additional storage space with side wine racks and is also the perfect breakfast bar. A bespoke seating unit with concealed storage under has views across the gardens. A boot room from the kitchen has doors to the front and rear garden and houses the oil boiler and space for additional storage. The sitting room is also split level, with a slightly raised study area, a beautifully light filled room with full height side windows overlooking the gardens and French doors to the side with fire surround and log burner. From the original entrance hall, the stairs rise to the first floor with a bi-directional landing. The principal bedroom is ensuite, and there are three other double bedrooms and a family bathroom.
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The exceptionally lovely secluded and mature grounds surround the property on three sides, lawned areas bordered by flowering shrubs and established trees backing onto farmland. A sandstone patio outside the French doors extends to the rear of the property and an additional seating area. The summerhouse shed and bar are reached via a decked walkway. Double garage to the front onto the courtyard with parking to the side completes this individual home in this extremely sought after location.
Location 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 tearoom 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, which is 4 minute walk from front door of Little Copt, 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. There are normally 31 trains per day travelling from Shoreham (Kent) to London. For more information on Shoreham visit www.shorehamvillage.co.uk
Directions From our office proceed to the roundabout and take the first exit onto Station Road/A225. Continue to follow A225 towards Shoreham. Take the left turning onto Station Road, Shoreham. Proceed along Station Road and take the left turning onto Shoreham Place where the drive to the property is found on your left.
Seller Insight “The Farmhouse has been in the family since the 1950s,” say the current owners of this much-loved family home, “spanning four generations. During that time, the house has grown and adapted with us. Most recently, within the last 6 years, we have put in a new larger kitchen; updated the bathrooms; installed new windows throughout; as well as replacing the roof, adding a significant amount of insulation; and ensuring the house is cosy and warm with new central heating throughout and underfloor heating in the kitchen and bathroom.”
This is a fabulous family home, ideally suited to entertaining both inside and out. “The kitchen is excellent for entertaining with patio doors onto the top patio,” the owner says, “which is fantastic for family barbecues and al fresco dining. The lounge is spacious and has a lovely view of the bottom end of the garden, and there is a lovely patio accessible through the French doors. Upstairs, all of the rooms benefit from lovely views over the field, and the study with the log burner is a superb space for working from home or relaxing with a good book. We have held large birthday and anniversary events in the garden, including my 50th and my daughter’s 18th; and hosted my wedding reception for 150 people with a marquee at the bottom of the garden.”
“Indeed, we spend a lot of time in the garden,” the owner continues, “enjoying the sunny aspect and wonderful views of the surrounding field from the two large patio areas and decking. Spanning just under half an acre, the garden is lovely and green with established trees and shrubs. We have a summer house used as a gym, a garden shed and a small greenhouse and vegetable plot so we can enjoy our own fresh produce from the garden.”
The local area has much to recommend it, too. “The village location is simply superb,” the owner says, “with everything one could ask for, including good rail and bus links. The village primary school is doing really well, with a good Ofsted rating; the village store is well-stocked; and the three pubs and vineyard are popular, all being dog friendly and serving delicious food. We have an excellent golf club, a recreation ground with tennis courts, and a lovely village church and church rooms which are very community-focussed. There is a picturesque river running through the middle of the village, while the cross on the hill is unique and very special to the village, visible from many of the fabulous walks right on our doorstep. We will miss so many things about living here, not least our neighbours, who have become dear friends of ours over the years.”
Entrance Hall 8'5" x 5'9" (2.57m x 1.75m). Part double Georgian style glazed door to front. Double glazed windows to front. Plain ceiling. Tiled flooring. Radiator.
Cloakroom 6'1" x 3'2" (1.85m x 0.97m). Plain ceiling. Tiled flooring. Floating vanity unit with sink and mixer tap. Close coupled W.C. Radiator.
Snug Dual aspect double glazed Georgian style windows with shutters to front and side. Plain ceiling. Carpet. Steps leading down to dining room. Radiator.
Dining Room 23'9" x 17'3" (7.24m x 5.26m). Dual aspect double glazed Georgian style windows with shutters to front & rear. Plain ceiling with beams. Carpet. Electric fire in fireplace. Understairs storage cupboard. Inset shelves with cupboard below. Two radiators. Smoke alarm.
Lobby Original solid wood door to rear. Plain ceiling. Carpet. Stairs leading to first floor.
Study 13'11" x 10'5" (4.24m x 3.18m). Double glazed Georgian style window with shutters to rear. Plain ceiling. Carpet. Inset shelves with cupboard below. Log burner in fireplace. Steps leading down to lounge. Radiator.
Sitting Room 17'2" x 17' (5.23m x 5.18m). Double glazed windows to front, sides and rear. Double glazed French doors to rear. Plain ceiling. Carpet. Two radiators.
Kitchen/Breakfast/Family Room 23'7" x 17'5" (7.2m x 5.3m). Open plan. Three double glazed windows to rear. French doors to side. Plain ceiling with downlights. Shaker style wall and base units with solid woodwork tops over and tall unit. Amtico flooring with underfloor heating. Space for cooker. Rangemaster hob. AEG dishwasher. Zanussi washing machine. Hoover tumble dryer. Island with two wine racks. Seated storage unit.
Boot Room 12' x 5'4" (3.66m x 1.63m). Enclosed extended passageway. Two double glazed doors to either side. Space for fridge. Oil burner. Concrete flooring.
Landing Two double glazed Georgian style window to front. Velux window to front. Plain ceiling. Carpet. Smoke alarm. Two radiators.
Master Bedroom 17'7" x 12'4" (5.36m x 3.76m). Dual aspect double glazed Georgian style windows with shutters to side and rear. Plain ceiling. Carpet. Fitted wardrobe. Two radiators.
En-Suite Shower Room Plain ceiling. Laminate flooring. Walk-in shower. Low level W.C. Wash hand basin with mixer tap. Extractor fan. Local tiling to walls.
Bedroom Two 13'1" x 10'10" (4m x 3.3m). Double glazed Georgian style window to rear. Plain ceiling with beam. Carpet. Vanity unit with sink and mixer tap. Mirror with light. Radiator.
Bathroom 12'4" x 5'7" (3.76m x 1.7m). Double glazed Georgian style window to rear. Plain ceiling with downlights and beam. Tiled flooring with underfloor heating. Panelled bath with shower over and mixer tap. Low level W.C. Vanity drawer unit with wash hand basin and mixer tap. Mirrored cabinet with light. Heated towel rail. Extractor fan.
Bedroom Three 12' x 11'3" (3.66m x 3.43m). Double glazed Georgian style window to rear. Plain ceiling. Carpet. Radiator.
Bedroom Four 14'1" x 10'1" (4.3m x 3.07m). Dual aspect double glazed Georgian style window to side and rear. Plain ceiling. Carpet. Radiator. Vanity unit with wash hand basin, mixer tap and mirror.
Double Garage 17'6" x 14'11" (5.33m x 4.55m). Up and over electric door. Plain ceiling. Storage shelving and space for parking.
Outbuildings Summerhouse. Shed. Bar. Octagonal potting shed.
Garden Wrap around garden to rear and both sides. Wrap around lawn and sandstone patio with established trees, shrubs, flower beds and hedges. Two external power sockets. Outside tap. Power point for hot tub.
Parking Available in front of garage with three further spaces on block paved area.
Transport Information Train Stations:
Shoreham 0.3 miles
Eynsford 2.4 miles
Farningham 5.4 miles
The property is also within easy reach of Ebbsfleet Eurostar International Station.
The distances calculated are as the crow flies.
Local Schools Primary Schools:
Shoreham Village School 0.2 miles
Russell House School 1.4 miles
Otford Primary School 1.5 miles
St Michael's Prep School 1.8 miles
Halstead Community Primary School 2.1 miles
Browns School 2.6 miles
Knole Academy 3.2 miles
Trinity School 3.3 miles
Walthamstow Hall 3.8 miles
Bromley Beacon Academy 3.8 miles
Information sourced from Rightmove (findaschool). Please check with the local authority as to catchment areas and intake criteria.
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Tenure The vendor confirms to us that the property is freehold. Should you proceed with the purchase of the property your solicitor must verify these details.
Council Tax We are informed this property is in band G. For confirmation, please contact Sevenoaks Borough Council.
Appliances/Services The mention of any appliances and/or services within these 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 – 5.30 pm
Viewing via Fine & Country Sevenoaks office.
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This is a Freehold property.