Church House Yalding, Occupying an elevated position in the heart of the village adjoining St Peter and St Paul’s church, a handsome, Grade II* Listed house with origins dating back to the seventeenth century and set within charming walled gardens of approximately 0.5 acres (0.2h) Church House, High Street, Yalding, Kent ME18 6HU

Mileages Town Centre – 6 miles; Town Centre – 4.1 miles; Paddock Wood Station – 4 miles (London Charing Cross from 55 mins; London Cannon Street from 54 mins); Town Centre – 9.8 miles; M20 J5 – 7.1 miles; Gatwick Airport – 37.4 miles; City of London – 36 miles; (All distances and times approximate)

Accommodation Reception hall, drawing room, dining room, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room with Aga and walk-in pantry, cloakroom, rear hall, secondary staircase, cellar

Principal bedroom with dressing room and en-suite shower room, three further first floor bedrooms – one with en-suite bathroom; family bathroom

Second Floor: Bed/sitting room with en-suite bathroom; guest/ staff flat – sitting room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom

Detached former coach house providing garaging, workshop and storage, Amdega conservatory, walled garden

In all about 0.5 acres (0.2 hectares)

Tenure: Freehold

1 Description Mentioned in Pevsner, Church House is a fine Grade II* Listed village house of importance in a quintessential village setting alongside the parish church. Its handsome exteriors reflect the early eighteenth century additions to the original seventeenth century house and include many architectural features of the period. Exteriors of red and grey brick with mathematical tiles to the first floor in Flemish bond, a tall Kent peg tiled roof with dormer windows and eighteen pane sash windows to the main part of the house, an ornamental cut brick tablet and an imposing entrance door with six panels, pilasters and a ten pane fan light above, have been maintained with great care by the present owners. Internally there are panelled walls to the reception hall and dining room, internal window shutters, some window seats, panelled doors and fireplaces of varying styles - throughout the house there are many outstanding and original features. Reception rooms are elegant, whilst the sitting room is perfect as an informal family living space. With access to the rear courtyard and fitted comprehensively with granite work surfaces and a bespoke range of wall and floor cabinetry by Causeway Joinery, the kitchen/breakfast room has a moveable central island, a gas fired Aga as well as a walk-in pantry. An elegant, easy rising staircase leads to the first floor, which at present is arranged to provide four bedrooms. The principal bedroom has a dual aspect with views to the front over the village and beyond, panelled walls, window seats and a fireplace together with a dressing room and en-suite shower room. There are three further bedrooms – one with an en-suite bathroom – and a bathroom on this level. From the landing, an internal staircase leads to the second floor where there is a bed/sitting room, which has an en-suite bathroom. A former staff staircase rises from the ground floor, and on to the second floor staff/ guest flat, which comprises of a sitting room/bedroom, bedroom, bathroom and a kitchen.

2 3 4 Situation Yalding is a charming historic and thriving village, well known for a varied selection of period architecture. At the join of the rivers Teise and , there are three bridges in the village; the Twyford Bridge (meaning twin ford, where there was originally a double crossing of the two rivers) is reputedly one of the finest medieval bridges in the southeast of . Yalding was one of the principal shipment points on the for cannon, from villages of the Wealden iron industry. Served by a village store and post office, the village also has a primary school, a doctor’s surgery and library. The larger towns of Tonbridge and Maidstone provide a full array of shopping facilities, banks and building societies, whilst Paddock Wood – just over four miles away – has local stores, a Waitrose supermarket and a station with main line services to London and the coast. The area is particularly well served by an excellent selection of schools, which includes the grammar schools in Maidstone, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, served by bus services from the village. Private schools include , Tonbridge School for Boys, Kent College and prep schools in Tonbridge. Primary schools include Yalding, and . Recreational amenities include the David Lloyd Health Club in Kings Hill, leisure centres in Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and golf at Kings Hill, and Weald of Kent.

5 6 7 Garden and Grounds The house holds a prominent position within the village, being one of the most recognisable in the locality. To the front, wrought iron railings enclose a formal garden with a gate opening on to a stone path to the front door. To the side is a pair of tall wrought iron gates, opening on to a cobbled parking and turning area, which in turn leads to the garaging. A former coach house has been converted to provide covered parking with a mezzanine area above for storage and a workshop attached to the side. Immediately to the rear of the house is a small courtyard area with a high stone wall adjoining the churchyard. The charming gardens are enclosed by a red brick wall and have deep, well-stocked herbaceous borders containing a wonderful selection of colourful perennials and shrubs. The large, level lawn is peppered with majestic trees including an ancient yew, whilst there is a conservatory by Amdega with power and light connected and a brick and stone terrace with pergola over for outdoor entertaining.

Services: All mains services connected.

Local Authority: Maidstone Borough Council; Tax Band H

Directions From the southbound A21, leave the dual carriageway at the exit for A26/Tonbridge. At the first roundabout take the second exit carrying on the A26, at the following roundabout, take the third exit on to the B2017, Tudeley Road. After approximately 3.7 miles, at the roundabout turn left on to the A228, Maidstone Road, continuing straight at the next roundabout. At the following roundabout, take the third exit, turning left towards after about 0.4 of a mile. At the ‘T’ junction, bear left on to Lees Road and continue until reaching Yalding. In the centre of the village, turn left on to the High Street and proceed over the bridge and up the hill, whereupon Church House will be found on the right hand side, just after the church.

8 Hamptons International – Prime and Country House Department

Sevenoaks Sales 24 London Road Sevenoaks Kent TN13 1AP

01732 280801 [email protected] www.hamptons.co.uk

9 High Street, Yalding, Maidstone Approximate Gross Internal Area = 569.6 sq m / 6131 sq ft Garage / Workshop = 59.7 sq m / 642 sq ft Summer HouseChurch = 14.5 House sq m / 156 sq ft Approximate gross internal area. Main house = 6,131 sq ft / 569.6Total sq = m,643.8 Garage sq m /Workshop / 6929 sq = ft 642 sq ft / 59.7 sq m, Summer House = 156 sq ft / 14.5 sq m.

Up Kitchen High Street, Yalding,3.45 xMaidstone 3.32 11'4 x 10'11 Dn Approximate Gross Internal Area = 569.6 sq m / 6131 sq ft Garage / Workshop = 59.7 sq m / 642 sq ft Eaves Sitting Room / Access Summer House = 14.5 sq m / 156 sq ft Bedroom Store Bedroom Dn Store Room Wine Store Total = 643.8 sq m / 6929 sq ft 5.62 x 4.03 5.17 x 3.38 5.62 x 3.08 Bedroom 5.86 x 5.23 7.38 x 3.67 18'5 x 13'3 16'11 x 11'1 18'5 x 10'1 4.07 x 3.74 4.09 x 3.70 19'3 x 17'1 24'2 x 12'0 13'4 x 12'3 13'5 x 12'1

Up Kitchen 3.45 x 3.32 11'4 x 10'11 Dn Celler Second Floor Eaves Sitting Room / Access Bedroom Store Bedroom Dn Summer Room Store Room Wine Store 5.62 x 4.03 5.17 x 3.38 5.62 x 3.08 Bedroom 4.12 x 4.12 5.86 x 5.23 7.38 x 3.67 18'5 x 13'3 16'11 x 11'1 18'5 x 10'1 4.07 x 3.74 4.09 x 3.70 19'3 x 17'1 24'2 x 12'0 = Reduced headroom below 1.5m / 5'0 13'6 x 13'6 13'4 x 12'3 13'5 x 12'1

Celler Second Floor (Not Shown In Actual Kitchen / Location / Orientation) Up Summer Room Breakfast Room Log 4.12 x 4.12 8.03 x 4.26 Store = Reduced headroom below 1.5m / 5'0 13'6 x 13'6 26'4 x 14'0

Up Up Dn Dn Dn (Not Shown In ActualMezzanine Up Kitchen / Dn Location / Orientation) Store Breakfast Room Up Log Up 8.03 x 4.26 Store Drawing Room Master Bedroom 26'4 x 14'0 Workshop Garage Entrance Dining Room 6.35 x 4.33 Bedroom 6.37 x 4.13 Up Up Dn 5.94 x 4.51 5.94 x 4.68 Hall 20'9 x 14'2 5.61 x 3.07 Bedroom Dn Bedroom 20'10 x 13'6 4.73 x 4.57 Dn 19'6 x 14'9 Mezzanine 19'6 x 15'4 15'6 x 14'11 Up 18'5 x 10'0 4.41 x 4.32 3.97 x 3.93 Dn Store 14'5 x 14'2 13'0Up x 12'10 Drawing Room Master Bedroom Workshop Garage Entrance 6.35 x 4.33 Bedroom 6.37 x 4.13 Dining Room 5.94 x 4.51 5.94 x 4.68 Sitting Room Hall 20'9 x 14'2 5.61 x 3.07 Bedroom Bedroom 20'10 x 13'6 4.73 x 4.57 19'6 x 14'9 19'6 x 15'4 6.76 x 6.07 15'6 x 14'11 18'5 x 10'0 4.41 x 4.32 3.97 x 3.93 22'2 x 19'11 IN 14'5 x 14'2 13'0 x 12'10 Sitting Room (Not Shown In Actual Location / Orientation) 6.76 x 6.07 22'2 x 19'11 IN (Not Shown In Actual Location / Orientation)

Ground Floor First Floor Ground Floor First Floor

For clarifi cation, we wish to inform prospective purchasers that we have prepared these sales particulars as a general guide. We have not carried out a detailed survey, nor tested the services, appliances and specifi c fi ttings. Room sizes are approximate and rounded: they are taken between internal wall surfacesIllustration and therefore for identification includeIllustration cupboards/shelves, purposes for identification only. etc.Notpurposes Accordingly, to scaleonly. Not they to scale should not be relied upon for carpets and furnishings. Formal notice is also given that all fi xtures and fi ttings, carpeting, curtains/blinds and kitchen equipment, whether fi tted or not, Ref:are 214997deemed removableRef: 214997 by the vendor unless specifi cally itemised within these particulars. Hamptons International is a trading name of Countr y wide Estate Agents. Head Offi ce: 7th Floor, UK House, 180 Oxford Street, London W1D 1NN