Swan Street House, Ashford
An idyllic situated Grade II listed farmhouse with a range of period ancillary accommodation and glorious gardens.
Swan Street House is a delightful Grade II listed 15th century former hall house of immense charm with a wealth of features and landscaped gardens and grounds, which have been designed and planted by the current owners. This beautifully presented family home retains an abundance of character and benefits from a modern east wing with excellent open plan living accommodation of great proportions, including a stylishly fitted kitchen/breakfast room, family room and adjoining TV room. Further reception rooms, in the oldest part of the house, include the stunning sitting room with daïs beam, brick flooring and inglenook and a beamed dining room also with open fire and a snug.
On the first floor there are four double bedrooms, two served by en suite bathrooms and two by a Jack and Jill bathroom, all are very well appointed with white sanitary ware. There is a further attic bedroom and large storeroom.
Swan Street Barn
To the north of the main house and currently utilised as a successful holiday let business lies the most impressive attached timber framed barn, which has been sympathetically converted and features a magnificent 43ft reception room incorporating sitting and dining areas and full height glazing to part of the west elevation overlooking the walled garden. There is a well appointed fully fitted kitchen/breakfast room and on the first floor a galleried walkway linking three attractive bedrooms all with en suite bath and shower rooms. All the ground floor rooms and bathrooms benefit from underfloor heating with individual thermostatic controls.
To the east of the of the barn lies The Hayloft, a former farm building which has been converted also as use for holiday lets. The well-presented accommodation comprises a sitting room, kitchen/dining room, bedroom, adjoining dressing room, a shower room and a private courtyard garden.
Swan Street House is approached via a gravel drive leading off to the extensive garaging for seven cars with further parking, adjacent to the orchard. To the front of the house is a part walled garden with central pathway to the front door, with lavender beds and lawn to one side. The superb beautifully landscaped mature gardens continue with a tropical garden featuring a covered and decked BBQ area with hot tub. To the south a terrace, with arbour clad in grapevine and wisteria, stretches away to lawns with a long rose walk, wide array of specimen trees and an ornamental fish pond surrounded by varieties of Japanese maples. Completing the gardens is an orchard planted with apple, pear, plum and cherry.
Swan Street House is located about 1.2 miles to the west of Charing village where there are a good range of shops and amenities including a post office, butchers, greengrocers, village shop, tennis courts and playing fields. More extensive shopping and leisure facilities can be found in Ashford (7 miles), Maidstone (13.5 miles) and Canterbury (16.5 miles).
There is an excellent selection of schools in the area in both the state and private sectors at primary and secondary level, with nearby commuter rail services to London Victoria are available from Charing. Ashford International station has connections to London and the continent, whilst a high-speed link runs from Ashford to London St Pancras in about 37 minutes
Sarah Hunt, property agent at Savills in Cranbrook, says ‘This fascinating property has a wealth of charm and character, complemented by stunning gardens.’
Swan Street House is being marketed by Savills for a guide price of £1,500,000.