by Aspect County

Langold House, Birling, Kent

Langold House is an elegant Regency house set in magnificent grounds of four acres, on the edge of the picturesque village of Birling in Kent. The house is believed to date from 1817, when it was constructed to serve as a rectory for the Earl of Abergavenny, and later enlarged by his son in 1865, subsequently hosting visits from royalty.

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It offers well-proportioned accommodation retaining charming period features combined with contemporary embellishments. There is a bespoke kitchen, stylish bathroom suites, multi pane sash windows, dado rails, decorative cornicing, attractive feature fireplaces, a sweeping principal staircase with an oak handrail, and decorative radiator covers. 

The superb principal reception rooms comprise a spectacular drawing room with a feature fireplace and a wide bay to the side with doors opening to the Italian garden, a library/dining room with attractive views to the south and built-in shelving and cupboards to either side of the fireplace, a sitting room with access to the kitchen/dining room, and a family room. 

The bespoke kitchen by Roundhouse is fitted with a comprehensive range of contemporary wall and base units with integral appliances including a Wolf cooker, and a central island unit with a breakfast bar. Doors open out from the kitchen onto the terrace. A utility room provides additional storage and space for appliances, with a well-appointed study and two cloakrooms completing the ground floor. Arranged over the lower ground floor is the most impressive games room with an adjoining wine store, a glass divider and fitted furnishings. 

From the entrance hall, the sweeping staircase rises to the first floor and double aspect principal bedroom suite with built-in wardrobes and an impressive en suite bathroom. There are seven further bedrooms, two served by Jack and Jill bathrooms, and five with en suite shower/bathrooms.

Arranged over the entirety of the second floor and completing the accommodation is a spacious and versatile recreation room, a bedroom and bathroom.

The Coach House has been stylishly converted by the current owners to provide superb ancillary accommodation with an excellent finish, comprising a double aspect sitting room with French doors opening to the garden, a contemporary kitchen with an island incorporating a breakfast bar and doors leading to the front and side terrace, and a cloakroom and coats cupboard. There are two double bedrooms, one with a stylish en suite shower room and walk-through dressing room and the other served by a stylish bathroom with a freestanding copper bath. 

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Langhold House is approached over a long, sweeping gravel drive with electrically operated wrought iron gates. The drive is flanked on both sides by wide areas of lawn, and leads to the front and side of the house where there is ample parking. 

The impressive, established gardens are a particularly attractive feature of the property and are predominantly laid to lawn with many varieties of trees and shrubs including cedar, oak, horse chestnut, sweet chestnut and beech. To one side of the house is an Italian garden enclosed by a pillared balustrade and featuring paved and gravel paths with beds stocked with olive trees and roses, edged with box hedging. 

On the opposite side of the house is a terraced area with flower beds, both providing excellent opportunities for al fresco entertaining. 

A gravel path leads to the swimming pool complex featuring a heated swimming pool, pump house and excellent summerhouse with shower, WC and kitchenette with drinks fridge. To the side of the swimming pool area is a hard tennis court and on from there are two small paddocks and mobile stable block, comprising two loose boxes and a tack/feed store. To the far boundary is a pond with equatic planting and as a whole, the grounds provide a high degree of privacy and seclusion. 

Langold House is on the edge of the picturesque village of Birling with its church and pub. West Malling has many good cafes and restaurants.

David Johnston of Savills Sevenoaks says: Langold House is a stunning home both inside and out – with secondary accommodation among the best I have seen.”