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The former home of ‘the fastest brush alive’ comes to the market

Royal portraitist Bernard Hailstone once enjoyed this handsome house.

The former home of Royal portraitist Bernard Hailstone — whom The Prince of Wales has dubbed ‘the fastest brush alive’ and who painted the last officially commissioned portrait of Sir Winston Churchill — enjoys a pleasingly semi-rural position, just half a mile from Hadlow village, about four miles from Tonbridge.

Grade II-listed Georgian Bourne Mill Cottage, on the market through Humberts (01732 741212) at a guide price of £925,000, has been beautifully renovated and finished to a high standard by the current owners.

The breakfast room boasts solid wood flooring and the bespoke kitchen features excellent joinery, limestone flooring and granite work surfaces.

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The principal reception room is flooded with natural light thanks to its double height ceiling and large feature window.

This room also benefits from solid wood flooring and a working fireplace with solid fuel burning stove.

Upstairs, the first floor landing leads to three good-sized bedrooms with pretty views across the garden and the family bathroom.

The pretty garden is part walled and well stocked with a wide array of colourful flowers, shrubs and heathers. There is a magnificent magnolia tree and to the rear of the property there is a raised area of decking which has charming views of the stream.

£925,000, Humberts (01732 741212;