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Royal connections, rooms of resplendence and your very own airstrip: A glorious compact estate in Kent

For sale for the first time in 30 years, Mount Offham in Kent is steeped in history and offers the ultimate family home.

It’s Monday, the start of a new work week, and the weather at the weekend was bad. With that in mind, we are not going to get too clever with our property stuff today. We are going to, in the words of LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, ‘shut up and play the hits’.

The orangery, one of the many entertaining spaces at Mount Offham.

And what a hit it is. Mount Offham in West Malling, Kent. Almost 10,000sq ft of opulent splendour in 36 acres of the Garden of England. Yours for offers in excess of £5 million with Savills. 

The property as viewed from the front.

Originally constructed between 1840–70 by the Rhodes family, cousins of Queen Elizabeth II, the property wawa owned in the 1950s by Baron Plunkett, who was apparently something known as the ‘Master of the Queen’s Bedchamber’. More interestingly, he was also chairman of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and it is he who added many of the aesthetic features at Mount Offham, such as glazing bars, cornices and marble fireplaces.

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The entrance hall and stair.

Since then, the property has been in the care of its current owners since 1993, and has been lovingly maintained since then. Mount Offham is now a ‘charming and compact’ estate, with seven bedrooms in a primary residence, as well as a range of versatile commercial and leisure elements.

The rear of the property. Divine formal gardens and one of the more tasteful outdoor pools I’ve seen.

Arranged over four floors, the property is ideal for both family living and formal entertaining. There are all the usual hits of a grand house of this kind, namely high ceilings, exposed flooring, sash windows, dado rails, original shutters, fireplaces and bay windows.

The kitchen/breakfast room, with snug area.

We could go through it room-by-room, but best to just sit back and enjoy the pictures.

The double-aspect dining room.

Outside, the excitement continues. Approached via a long, tree-lined driveway, the property and its park-like grounds are predominantly laid to lawn, with plenty of specimen trees and a lake beyond.

Borders and beds you can set your watch to.

There is also an outdoor heated swimming pool, and an outdoor kitchen with Wolf appliances. A tennis court? Why yes of course.

One of the bedrooms.

For those interested in equestrian entertainment, a U-shaped stable block is on sight with 10 stalls, a barn, hay store and tack room, manege, lunging area and grazing paddocks.

The ground floor sitting room.

But wait, there’s more. The property also features a grass air strip, authorised by the UK Border Force for international flights, and a helicopter hangar and apron. Further outbuildings, mostly for administrative use, make up the rest of the 36 acres. 

Mount Offham is for sale with Savills for £5 million. For more information and pictures, click here