This Grade II Listed, historically significant, family home, dating from the 1580’s comes to the market for the first time in almost 40 years. Situated in the most exceptional of locations, set down a quiet country lane and surrounded by its own generous grounds, with open views to the beautiful pond and surrounding fields.
Pond Cottage is a simply beautiful countryside family home, set in just under 2 and half acres of equally lovely grounds. The main house was built in 1580 and is believed to have originally been a gamekeeper’s cottage. It was extended from its original construction in the 1600’s, and then again in 1928, when it was in the ownership of Mrs Orr-Ewing. The Orr Ewing’s used Pond Cottage as their country cottage for almost 40 years. Indeed it is believed that the Pond Cottage tennis court was the inspiration for Lord Orr Ewing’s love of tennis, and the first televising of Wimbledon! The house is very well presented, having been lovingly cared for by the current owners during their long residence, and has plentiful period features: the beam work throughout the house is exceptional.
There is easy access to Eurostar at Ebbsfleet as well as London City and Gatwick airports. Both Tonbridge and Sevenoaks are well served by a range of excellent grammar schools, including Weald of Kent, Tonbridge Girls Grammar and The Judd. There are also many independent preparatory options, including Sevenoaks Prep, New Beacon and The Schools at Somerhill, and for secondary level, Tonbridge school and Sevenoaks School, the latter having very successfully delivered the International Baccalaureate (IB) for many years now.
One of the standout features of this property is its wonderful setting. As you turn down the driveway, the aspect to the house is very appealing: the house nestles well against the generous pond and the grounds beyond create a lovely backdrop. We love that the owners have paid so much attention to the outside of the property, beautifully landscaping the grounds to create various zones in which to enjoy the setting. This rural idyll though is within easy striking distance of the three towns that surround it and which have extensive amenities, including mainline stations, whilst in Weald village, with its community shop, is just one mile away.
Weald is a picturesque and much sought-after hamlet with a wonderful sense of community. Weald Village is one mile from Pond Cottage and features a community shop, selling a range of everyday groceries. The village itself is a thriving community, with a range of social and sporting clubs to suit all ages. And if exploring the local countryside appeals, then there are a host of footpaths and bridleways on your doorstep. The market town of Sevenoaks, with its wide range of restaurants, shops, supermarkets and mainline station, is just 6 miles away. The fast and frequent train service to London from Hildenborough station (5 minutes by car) or Sevenoaks (London Bridge, Cannon Street and Charing Cross) means that the City is just over 30 minutes away, with the West End accessible in slightly more time.