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21 acres, Starvenden Lane, Sissinghurst, Cranbrook, TN17, Kent
For Sale - Guide Price £3,000,000

  • 8 bedrooms
  • 8 reception rooms
  • 6 bathrooms
  • 21.00 acres
  • Outbuildings
  • Period
  • Detached
  • Garden
  • Village
  • Private Parking

Hartridge House is a wonderful Grade II listed family home of most impressive proportions, centrally situated amidst beautiful Grade II listed grounds. Whilst the house enjoys a private and secluded setting at the end of a long tree lined drive, it is conveniently placed for a wide variety of local amenities, excellent schools and rail communications, lying about 2.5 miles to the north of the popular and historic market town of Cranbrook and 4.5 miles to the south of Staplehurst, with its mainline station and frequent commuter services to London.

Interestingly, the gardens and grounds came first, designed, planned and laid out in 1907 by the notable horticulturalist and author Colonel Charles Grey, of the Hoare banking family. The house followed in 1913, and there is a possibility, although undocumented, that it was designed by the renowned Arts & Crafts architect Sir Mervyn Edmund Macartney.

Hartridge House is reached via a long driveway flanked by mature deciduous trees, culminating in a generous sweep to the front of the house.

Arranged around a gated courtyard area is garaging for four cars, a boiler room, log store and gardener's WC. Further outbuildings include a wood shed and oil store.

Outdoor recreational facilities comprise an all weather tennis court.

Equally important as the house are the Grade II listed gardens and grounds designated by English Heritage within the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens for their special historic interest.

Formal and informal gardens merge seamlessly with south facing level lawns, bounded by clipped yew hedging, stretching away from the house to central steps which lead to the lower gardens, planted with an abundance of rhododendrons, azaleas, a rockery and a summerhouse. The gardens continue via a lime tree walk to a lake, adjoining pond and an area of ancient woodland, featuring chestnut, oak and ash and naturalised spring bulbs. Completing these lovely grounds are two paddocks which are down to grazing and two stables.

Cranbrook 2.5 miles, Staplehurst 4.5 miles (London Bridge from 53 minutes) Tunbridge Wells 15.5 miles, London 58 miles (All times and distances are approximate)


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