A home fit for a princess


    Believed to have been built for Queen Victoria’s daughter, Princess Louise, Dornden House is an impressive late 19th-century mansion, rebuilt in 1925, and now comprising three substantial portions.

    These include the Middlehouse, which retains the principal reception rooms, as well as the striking entrance hall with its decoratively carved joinery and front porch.

    The Middlehouse has been sympathetically updated with stylish contemporary fixtures and fittings which complement the lovely period features, and the well proportioned accommodation is arranged over three floors.

    Further points of note include the stone steps leading up to the impressive gabled entrance porch with its wide, oak-panelled front door, and the reception hall’s high ceiling, oak flooring, and mellow oak-panelled walls.

    Plus large stone mullioned windows with square leaded light panes and decorative wrought iron work, and a Jacobean-style oak staircase rising to the first floor.

    On the ground floor, the drawing room has a moulded elliptical door with an oak frame alongside leaded light windows that opens out to the rear garden terrace. It also has oak wall panelling and a stone feature fireplace with a brick hearth and carved oak surround which is fitted with a contemporary wood-burning stove.

    The contemporary-style kitchen/dining room has an outlook to the front, wood flooring, fitted twin electric ovens, a five-ring gas hob, fridge, dishwasher and a wide open fireplace with a gas fire.

    There is also a charming study/family room with wood flooring, a built-in desk and cupboards.

    On the lower ground floor is a utility room fitted with storage cupboards, a Belfast sink and space for an American-style fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.

    The first floor houses the master bedroom, which enjoys an outlook over the garden to the rear, a well appointed ‘Jack and Jill’ bath/shower room, a further bedroom and a family bath/shower room.

    On the second floor there is a generously proportioned landing encompassing a sitting area and giving access to two further double bedrooms, a smaller bedroom and another shower room.

    Outside the drawing room is a paved terrace with a stone balustrade and a Judas tree providing a shady corner.

    From here, steps descend to a good sized level lawn with planted borders under mature trees. There are topiary yew features and low box hedging fringes a gravel path.

    A private drive from Langton Road gives access to several properties. There is space here for car parking close to the gate, and a double garage.



    • Entrance porch
    • Reception hall
    • Drawing room
    • Study/family room
    • Kitchen/dining room
    • Master bedroom with en suite bath/shower room
    • 3 double bedrooms
    • Family bathroom
    • Landing with sitting area
    • Child’s bedroom
    • Shower room
    • Utility room
    • Cloakroom
    • Enclosed gardens to front and rear
    • Garden studio
    • Double garage
    • About 0.40 acres

    Savills Tunbridge Wells
    01892 507000 | www.savills.com