Dating mainly from the 16th century, fabulous Finchden Manor, near Tenterden, has been Grade II* listed as a property of important architectural interest and historic note.
Believed to have gained its name from the de Finch family, the manor was reputedly visited by Sir Thomas More when he was Lord Chancellor of England. Over the many years since then this fascinating property has been a Benedictine Priory, a school and a private family residence.
The original timber-framed house now has modern additions to the north west side, which form a separate but attached dwelling.
This is also a wonderful family home exuding a wealth of charm and character, having been sympathetically preserved by the current owners.
Internally, the accommodation is beautifully presented and arranged over four floors, amounting to in excess of 8,500 sq ft of space, including a cellar.
Features include good ceiling heights to the majority of rooms, an abundance of oak timbers and beams, leaded light casement windows, traditional oak panelling to the drawing room, exposed oak flooring, and travertine flooring to the kitchen and utility areas.
The internal doorways have carved architraves depicting finches or roses , perfectly matching the house, while outside there are a number of 17th-century grotesques, intricately carved bargeboards and lead hoppers.
The generous accommodation includes four excellent reception rooms and a welcoming reception hall on the ground floor, along with a stylish and bespoke fitted kitchen/breakfast room with an Aga, an adjoining larder, a pot room, a utility room and a shower room.
Plus a study, a cloakroom, and stairs down to a three-room cellar.
On the first floor, seven bedrooms are served by three bathrooms (one en-suite) and two en-suite WCs.
The second floor has five further bedrooms, a bathroom and a useful storeroom. Both floors can be reached via two separate staircases, and several of the bedrooms are currently utilised as studies/home offices.
Finchden Manor is approached via a curved gravel drive culminating in a substantial parking area.
There is a quadruple garage with store, a traditional outbuilding and a studio in the grounds.
The professionally landscaped gardens include level lawns, paths and terraces as well as rosebeds, a walled garden, orchards and a tennis court. In all there are 2.75 acres.
AT A GLANCE
APPLEDORE ROAD, TENTERDEN
- Historic Grade II* listed manor house
- Lovingly maintained
- Character features
- Generous accommodation
- Reception hall
- Drawing room
- Dining room
- Sitting room
- Family room
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- Utility room
- Shower room
- Three-room cellar
- Master suite with bathroom and jettied sitting area
- Six further first floor bedrooms, two with en-suite WCs
- Two bath/shower rooms
- Five further bedrooms on second floor
- Gardens, grounds and outbuildings
- Driveway, parking area and garaging
- Tennis court and pavilion
- 2.75 acres in all
For sale through Savills Cranbrook
01580 720161 | www.savills.co.uk