A beautiful timber clad oak-framed barn, set at the end of a private road just outside Penshurst. Built around 1800, and with generous accommodation, this lovely residence enjoys a wonderful semi-rural position, surrounded by glorious open countryside in a small hamlet of other properties. This is peaceful living at its best and early viewing is highly recommended.
Swale Cottage is a truly unique property, set at the end of a long private driveway in a small collection of just 10 period homes. The barn is believed to have been built around 1800 and evidence of these period roots are found throughout the house, in the leaded windows, large inglenook fireplace and beams that feature in many of the rooms. The accommodation is generous and spacious, with a successful layout flanking the garden to the front. The entrance lobby with its impressive staircase, is situated at the centre of the property, with two reception rooms to the left, currently serving as a formal sitting room and family room, and the kitchen with its “broken plan” aspect to the large dining room area is to the right.
There are excellent schooling options in the immediate area, both in the independent and state sectors, including those in the sought-after Kent Grammar system at secondary level. And if exploring the local countryside appeals, then there are a host of footpaths and bridleways on your doorstep. The fast and frequent train service to London (London Bridge, Cannon Street and Charing Cross) means that the City is just over 45 minutes away, with the West End accessible in slightly more time. There is easy access to Eurostar at Ebbsfleet as well as London City and Gatwick airports.
The uniqueness of this property’s location has to be one of its ultimate charms. Set down the end of a long private driveway in a small hamlet, close to the popular village of Penshurst, it has that rare combination of not feeling isolated, within close proximity to the neighbouring villages and larger towns of Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, and yet enjoying a peaceful rural position with lovely views.
Penshurst is a thriving village thanks to its primary school, Parish church, general store with post office, and tearooms. Penshurst Place is open to the public, with its beautiful gardens, children’s play area, shop and café. The Leicester Arms pub is very well regarded, with a popular restaurant providing delicious home cooked food. Kingdom is well worth a visit, featuring a café set in the most idyllic of locations, with stunning and far reaching views and beautiful walks. The convenient market town of Tonbridge and the vibrant spa town of Tunbridge Wells with their array of restaurants, choice of supermarkets, extensive shopping, independent outlets and leisure facilities, plus beautiful open spaces and parks are within easy driving distance.