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It's that time again - prepare to snoop around someone else’s house, push our noses up to the windows, peer in the cupboards, knock a few walls knowledgeably, and then the fun bit – guess how much it’s worth!

Today’s house of dreams is a six-bed, four-bathroom Grade II listed masterpiece, nestled in 10.8 acres of grounds (available with less land) just off Shipbourne Common.

The house is a total work of art – created by pre-war design partnerhips Gropius & Fry – in a modernist style. And even more importantly, it has a pretty local pub The Chaser Inn (priorities, people!).

It’s a truly unique space – let’s slip inside for a gander…

Downstairs there’s an entrance hall, no less than four reception rooms (including a library!) alongside a study, kitchen/breakfast/family room, utility room and pantry. Oh and there’s a garage too.

The show-stopping, airy, open-plan kitchen-diner has PARTY! written all over it.

Anyone that likes properties with bags of character or historical content will love the knowledge that this house was ahead of its time – a minimalist pioneer.

Walter Gropius was a famous German architect, widely renowned as one of the pioneering masters of the international modernist style. Together with Sir Maxwell Fry, an English architect, they are responsible for the design of this exceptional property.

Light and bright – there’s wonderfully high ceilings throughout. And large casement windows that create the kind of continuous flow between the house and gardens that would get our friend Kevin McCloud in a lather.

There’s two bedrooms on the ground floor and four further bedrooms on the first floor, including a Master Suite with dressing room, bathroom and balcony.

There’s also 3 Bath/Shower Rooms (1 on the ground floor) so lots of space – to sleep or wash.

There’s also bags of built-in storage, not necessarily something you come to expect with historically listed buildings. Basically, perfect for big families or simply having loads of guests to stay.

Outside the extensive wrap-around gardens and patio lends itself nicely to summer dining (and discos?) over looking the apple, pear and quince orchards.

There’s also a pond for wild-life lovers and an outdoor swimming pool for lazy-lying-on-lilo days.

There’s sheds a-plenty in the grounds as well as a twin-bay garage / workshop attached to the house.

More clues? Shipbourne is a spectacularly rural setting, but also perfectly positioned between Sevenoaks and Tonbridge – giving you the best of both worlds.

There’s Sevenoaks mainline rail station for fast and frequent services to London Charing Cross (via London Bridge and Waterloo East) and Cannon Street in about 32 minutes.


You’re also superbly placed for state, grammar and private schools. And for shops you’ve got Sevenoaks or Bluewater shopping centre not far away.

So how much is it on for, do you think? Best guesses in the comments box below (or if you insist playing cheatypoos, then click here to find out).

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