A spacious family home situated on a peaceful residential road within the highly desirable village of Bidborough offering 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 receptions, a double garage, and lovely front and rear gardens.
Ellstone is a substantial and beautifully presented period property occupying a very generous plot in the charming village of Bidborough. The house dates from the 1920s and internally has a strong Arts and Craft feel, with detailed fireplaces and exposed oak beams adding character and interest throughout. The accommodation is set over 2 floors and has been arranged very much with the family market in mind, with a large entrance hall providing access to the principal ground floor rooms and stairs to the first floor. The large kitchen has extensive base units, with an AGA and integrated appliances, plus plenty of room for dining and a walk in larder cupboard. This room flows into the family room, fitted with a cream woodburner and window seat in the front bay window.
We love the sense of style that the current owners have injected, embracing the oak strip boarding in much of the groundfloor accommodation and painted boards on the first floor. Indeed the owners have improved much of the house, but have also obtained planning permission to extend both the ground floor and first floor accommodation, creating a larger kitchen and more bedroom and bathroom space. The garden is also a real delight, featuring a mixture of deciduous and evergreen trees, and mature shrubs. Its highly secluded and leafy outlook could lead you to believe that you are in the depths of the countryside, whilst having so many fabulous amenities on your doorstep.
The plot of Ellstone is substantial, totalling 0.4 of an acre. To the front is a tarmacked driveway leading to the separate garage, and an area of lawn. The fully enclosed rear garden has a large terraced area, shed, expansive lawn, and sequential planting creating year-round interest.
Bidborough is a very popular area for families, drawn to the excellent local schooling options combined with generous detached homes. Darnley Drive is a prestigious address, synonymous with these large detached homes, most of which are of a more period design. The houses were constructed in an age when land was at less of a premium, and so all sit on generous plots, which are secluded thanks to their established trees. Ellstone is a fabulous example of all of these elements. The period home is beautifully positioned on its generous plot, generating real curb appeal from its attractive elevations and Kent peg tile hung exterior. Internally, the period charm continues, with those fabulous beams creating interest throughout the ground floor accommodation.
Bidborough is a most desirable village which has acres of beautiful common land on its doorstep, including lovely woodland trails. Ideally located between the market town of Tonbridge and the vibrant spa town of Tunbridge Wells, there are an array of amenities nearby including restaurants, supermarkets, extensive shopping, independent outlets and leisure facilities. There are excellent independent and state school options in the area, including those in the sought-after Kent Grammar system. Tonbridge and Hildenborough stations are just over 2 miles and 4 miles distant respectively, with both stations offering a fast and frequent service into Central London, with daily, monthly or annual parking facilities. Easy access to the A21 makes the impressive, award-winning Bluewater Shopping Centre very reachable and if you want to escape to the coast, then the lovely seaside towns are approximately 30 miles away.