These two historic Kent houses elegantly exemplify their architectural styles.
Boughton Monchelsea, Maidstone
6 bedrooms, kitchen/breakfast room, garden with lake
This stunning Grade II* listed Tudor Hall has been configured into a smart, six bedroom family home. Sitting within a two-acre plot the property boasts formal Elizabethan-inspired gardens and its own picturesque lake with waterfall. There is a choice of mainline stations nearby that provide regular services to London. Typical journey times from Marden station are around 1 hour.
Fine & Country (01732 222 272; www.fineandcountry.com)
Vicarage Hill, Westerham
9 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 open plan kitchen/breakfast rooms
A remarkable 2.2 acre haven, once the home of Alice in Wonderland, just 22 miles south of London. The Grade II listed townhouse boasts 9 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and secluded, part walled gardens. At the bottom of the garden, the River Darent runs across the lower end of the grounds. Perfect for commuters, the property is within easy reach of the M25.
Jackson-Stops & Staff (01732 740 600; www.onthemarket.com)