Let me just position myself elegantly on my lawn and tilt my head titillatingly beyond my swimming pool and towards my neighbours’ land because, yes, you’re seeing that right. That’s a castle next door and Prince Charming might just be in, strutting around in his stockings and britches while I smile about my good fortune at owning Garden Cottage. This stunning Grade II listed period house adjoining Chiddingstone Castle, is just half a mile from the pretty Tudor village of Chiddingstone and five from Edenbridge. Hard not to feel smug, right?
OK, well, you got me. It’s actually only my imaginary house, but let’s not let a small detail like that get in the way of my latest Property Flirt. Will this one have you scratching your head about how much it’s actually worth?
I’ll say straight from the off that this property is way out my league, but isn’t it fun seeing how the other half live?! OK, here we go. No cheatypoos please, make your guesses before you click through! Turn the key would you please. No, no, I insist – after you…
So this handsome house boasts 4 reception rooms, 5 double bedrooms and 4 bath/shower rooms. There’s also this super-sized, triple aspect kitchen/dining room (complete with lovely limestone flooring) – perfect for your dinner soirées and ensuing kitchen discos. You can throw open those French doors and totter out onto your garden terrace.
Inside the house, there are gazillions of period features, including exposed beams, drop latch wooden doors, diamond paned, wood framed windows and inglenook style fireplaces. The house has two staircases and a separate entrance and secondary kitchen (currently being used as a utility room) so there’s potential for splitting the accommodation if, say, you want a granny annexe or a place for Prince Charming’s staff to stay when he pops over to visit.
Upstairs, the double aspect Master Bedroom (with en-suite and built-in wardrobes of course) has its own French doors opening onto a balcony – the perfect spot for one of Prince C’s sweet serenades.
The very glorious gardens include a heated outdoor swimming pool with electric pool cover and pool terrace. There’s also a large unconverted out-building with bags of potential and a double stable block for the ponies you and P.C. will regularly ride around the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
As you can see, outside is frankly delicious, with a stunning walled garden, tall trees and hedgerows to keep the likes of me and my binoculars at arm’s length. And should a purchaser be interested in acquiring additional land, there is a further 3.5 acre paddock available by separate negotiation a little further down the lane on the opposite side.
What else to tell you? Hever rail station is about 3 miles away and will get you to London Bridge in about 48 mins. Chiddingstone itself has a Ofted ‘Outstanding’ primary school and several good prep schools nearby.
Right, that’s your lot. Prince C. and I are off for a cheeky spot of croquet. Got an inkling on price yet? Confer, decide, guess and see if you’ve come within 5k of the price!