Old Tong Farm is an outstanding country property in Kent with 14th century origins. The house has been gradually improved with the current vendor, who has been there for 40 years, but many attractive period features remain including exposed ceiling and wall timbers and solid oak doors; the Huguenot murals in the dressing room to the master bedroom in particular are noteworthy, and date back to 1625.
Inside, the house offers spacious family accommodation over three floors: the kitchen/breakfast room on the ground floor is welcoming and spacious, and the family room, larder and pantry are all to be found off here, as is access to the terrace. The drawing room is a comfortable space with an impressive arched brick fireplace, and leads to the sitting room with its stone fireplace – an inglenook fireplace is a feature of the dining room. The study has wonderful fitted shelves and a cellar currently used as a wine store: this part of the house is believed to be the oldest part, dating back to 1351.
Upstairs the large master bedroom has an inglenook fireplace, dressing room and bathroom, while the other two double bedrooms are also en-suite. The second floor has three further double bedrooms and a family bathroom.
The cottage was built in 1988 and provides useful ancillary accommodation over two floors with two receptions and two bedrooms There are an array of outbuildings connected with the property, plus a greenhouse and a tennis court in need of a little TLC.
The gardens are a great feature of the property and for years were open as part of the the National Gardens Scheme. Extending to around three acres they are principally laid to lawn with a variety of mature trees, shrubs and herbaceous borders. There are a further six acres of woodland with a stream, meadow and orchards.
The large south-facing terrace is great in the summer and the heated swimming pool sits to one side with a well-maintained rose garden and an enclosed kitchen garden. Further land is available by separate negotiation.
Old Tong Farm is situated over a mile south of the village of Brenchley and two miles from Horsmonden which has a good local post office, newsagent, village store and primary school and two pubs. Paddock Wood is four miles and has a mainline station into London Bridge and Cannon Street.
The guide price is £1,975,000. For further information please contact Strutt & Parker on 01732 459 900.
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