- Small Country Estate
- Characterful 4 bedroom Main House
- Double garage with annexe above
- Detatched 1 bed cottage
- Separate Office / Studio
- Holiday let potential
- 10 acres
- Park like gardens
- Outbuildings & Paddocks
- NO CHAIN
White Magpie forms a charming small Country Estate, nestled away in a very quiet corner of the East Sussex and Kent border within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with stunning views over its own land and beyond, forming a characterful four bedroom main house, a double garage with a self-contained annex above, a separate office/studio building, outbuildings and stores, plus a detached one bedroom cottage, offering income potential as a Holiday Let, or use as further ancillary accommodation, all set within just over ten acres of gardens and grounds, including a formal, wall enclosed garden, park-like open gardens with ponds, woodland and paddocks beyond. NO CHAIN.
White Magpie forms a charming, characterful and beautiful main house, with eye-brow roof line, exposed timbers and both beehive and inglenook fireplaces, leaded light windows to a number of rooms and fabulous views from the conservatory.
Adjacent is a substantial, detached double garage with a self-contained annex above and ample parking on a brick block circular drive in front. Behind both the main house and garage is a walled formal garden, with open panels from which to enjoy the views, a former swimming pool, now forming an ornamental fish pond, and an attractive studio/office building beyond.
This studio is then attached to car-ports, workshops, tractor shed and storage outbuilding, which all have access down a secondary drive. Beyond these outbuildings and stores is a detached one bedroom cottage, which has planning permission for a holiday let, or could form useful further ancillary accommodation, again enjoying the views and private access.
The whole ‘Estate’ sits within its own 10.339 acres of gardens and grounds in a very quiet location.
The Main House enjoys origins from the 15th century, has been skillfully extended by the current owner, yet retains much of the original character and many of the original features.
Approximately twelve years ago, when the extension was added, the roof was replaced, and all the electrics and plumbing were renewed.
The accommodation comprises a front entrance hall, reception hall with a fabulous inglenook fireplace and wood burning stove, exposed beams and stairs leading to the first floor. This room opens into the inner hallway, with cloakroom and coat cupboard, double doors to a study and doors to the good sized sitting room, which has windows and doors leading out to the walled garden.
The kitchen also looks out over the walled garden and currently forms a galley kitchen with open breakfast room and access to a dining room and larder. There is a good range of cupboards and drawers with integrated appliances to include ovens and a hob, extractor, fridge/freezer and a one and a half bowl sink with drainer. There is ample scope for all these rooms to be opened up, if required.
The dining room has double doors than open into a lovely family room, with brick and sandstone ‘Beehive’ fireplace, exposed timbers, leaded light windows and a double aspect to front and side, with French doors that open on to the patio and garden. This room also has a door to the inner hallway.
Beyond the kitchen is the fabulous garden room, with doors to front, the patio and garden and the rear walled garden.
The first floor comprises a master bedroom with en-suite dressing room and shower room. The bedroom has exposed timbers, leaded light windows, views and the adjacent dressing room has built in wardrobes and doors out to a large balcony, which also has an external, iron circular staircase from the walled garden. The en-suite comprises a shower, WC, bidet and basin.
There is an original bedroom, still forming an occasional bedroom, with dual aspect and a former fireplace, and providing access to a further landing area with doors to two further double bedrooms and a family bathroom, comprising a bath with shower over, WC, bidet and basin.
The views from the house are simply wonderful. You overlook your own private gardens and paddocks looking out towards partly wooded countryside beyond.
There is lapsed planning permission to add a glass extension to the kitchen/breakfast room.
Oil fired central heating from one boiler that services the main house, garage/annex and the studio. Mains water and electricity, private drainage. Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.
Council Tax Band:
Main House: G
The Garage and Annexe
The Garage and Annexe was built by previous owners and matches the style of the main house, forming a large open double garage, with sliding front doors and a window to side. There is ample space for the fitted workbench and cupboards at the back.
Above the garage, accessed via an external wooden staircase is a self-contained annexe, complete with a door into the kitchen, forming a small but functional area, with sink, cooker and fridge, opening up into the open plan sitting room/bedroom, with windows to front and both sides and fitted cupboards. Off the kitchen is also a shower room for the annex, with shower, C and basin.
This annexe provides additional accommodation for the main house, or could easily form a suitable Au Pair suite, or perhaps additional income by way of further holiday let, should one wish to do so.
Accessed via a door under the external staircase is a boiler room, housing a recently replaced central heating boiler that provides heating for the main house, the annexe and studio. Each unit has its own controller for ease of use and separation, if required.
There is obvious potential to convert this into further accommodation, subject to obtaining any necessary planning consents. It could also form a wonderful gymnasium, if that were more suitable.
The rear of the studio is then attached to the garden stores and outbuildings, which are accessed via the separate driveway.
There is a workshop, open car-port or tractor store and stable, all with power and security alarmed.
Outside the property is approached via a winding, narrow, single track lane, with a wide gated access to the driveway. The driveway splits, with one section leading down to The Cottage and outbuildings and paddocks, whilst the other part becomes a brick block circular driveway leading to the garage and house.
Steps lead down to the front door with a paved pathway that leads around the house to the patio, which enjoys the main view, down across the park like area of garden to the sequence of ponds and the paddocks and trees beyond.
The garden is well stocked, with several specimen plants, shrubs and trees and used to be opened as part of the National Garden Scheme.
Climbing roses adorn the house and there is a red Acer on the front lawn, beyond which the lawn opens up, interspersed with trees, rhododendrons and opening up to the ponds, with wild flowers and wild life aplenty.
The walled garden is a superb, almost completely enclosed formal garden located between the main house and the studio and garage. The walls have clear panes in them, to enjoy the view, flower bed borders to the central lawn, with the former swimming pool, now a fish pond. There are seating areas, obelisks with climbing plants, gated access to the driveway and rear garden, as well as doors to the conservatory and sitting room of the main house.
There is also an area, fenced and tucked away that houses vegetable patches and two green houses.
On the other side of the driveway to The Cottage is an area of wooded garden, around the outside of which is a footpath that then runs parallel to the driveway and along the edge of the fields that belong to the property.
There is a corrugated outbuilding in the first field, which is hedge and fence enclosed, with the other fields also being stock fenced. There is ample scope to add stables, and indeed a ménage or perhaps a tennis court, if one so wished.
The Cottage is called White Magpie Cottage and has planning permission for use as a holiday let, creating a useful income. The Vendor used to utilise the services of English Country Cottages.
Originally the cottage was a tractor shed, but the current owner re-built it, in a similar style to the studio, to include leaded light windows and timber cladding.
The accommodation comprises an entrance hall, a vaulted, open plan living/dining room and kitchen area, with a fitted kitchen including a range of units to include sink with drainer, dishwasher, washing machine, cooker and hob with extractor above and windows to front and rear.
There is a good sized part vaulted bedroom, with cupboards to one wall and rear facing windows. The bathroom comprises a bath with shower over, WC and basin, with a window to front.
The views from the rear windows are superb, and being tucked away at the end of the drive, it is a very quiet spot.
The Cottage has its own electricity supply with electric heating.
White Magpies is located on the very rural fringes of Lamberhurst, along a single track, quiet country lane.
Nearby amenities within Lamberhurst include several pubs, an extensive local village store with Post Office, a primary school, doctor’s surgery/pharmacy, Bewl Reservoir and the renowned Lamberhurst Golf Club.
Lamberhurst sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers a number of local clubs and societies. There is a large recreation ground for football, games and dog walking plus an excellent children’s adventure playground. The property is approximately 1 mile away from the A21 for ease of access North and South, although there are better routes into Tunbridge Wells via Bayham and Bells Yew Green.
Wadhurst is merely 3 miles distant with a further array of shops, services and amenities. There are many choices to be made from Period Inns, Gastro Pubs, Restaurants, Cafés, an Art Gallery and many other Societies and Clubs.
From a shopping perspective there can be found a very good and newly opened local supermarket, a family run butcher’s, greengrocer, chemist, delicatessen, two banks, a high quality gift shop and ladies outfitters, library and very well stocked and traditional Post Office and Book shop, a local Doctor’s Practice and Dentist.
Railway stations can be found at Wadhurst (4.5 miles) and Tunbridge Wells (8 miles). These provide a fast and regular service to London Charing Cross, London Bridge and Canon Street.
There is an excellent choice of education and care from Nurseries and Primary Schools through to Secondary schools, for both boys and girls, in the private and state sector.
There are also beautiful walks on the numerous footpaths and bridleways that criss-cross the area, the ever popular Bedgebury Pinetum and Bewl Water Reservoir which offers sailing and other outdoor pursuits.
Approximately 7 miles North of Lamberhurst is the lovely Spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells, with its fabulous shopping and beautiful Regency style paved Pantiles area, theatres and various other leisure facilities. This town also has very high achieving grammar schools.
Also within 45 minutes of Lamberhurst is the Coast with all that it has to offer. In terms of places to visit, within an easy drive are various National Trust properties such as Bodium Castle, Sissinghurst with its famous and beautiful gardens, Scotney Castle and Batemans (Rudyard Kipling’s former home).