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Ivors - a little piece of Kent history
If you are keen to own a little bit of Kent history in a superb location then a beautiful house called Ivors in Ivy Hatch near Sevenoaks could be what just you are looking for.
Complete with medieval ‘witch marks’ , Ivors is a captivating Grade II listed hall house which dates from the 15th Century. With additions made in the 16th, 20th and 21st centuries, Ivors has been classified as an Historic Building of Kent. It is one of the oldest properties in Ivy Hatch and not far from Ightham Mote – a romantic 700 year-old moated manor house belonging to the National Trust.
Three principal reception rooms offer ideal space for entertaining and include a cosy reception hall with open fireplace, a well-proportioned drawing room featuring 16th century chamfered beams and witch marks like those found in Ightham Mote and Knole House, and a dining room. Witch marks such as crosses carved in beams are often found in areas where there are openings or voids to discourage evil spirits from entering.
Ivors also has a magnificent chamfered wooden fireplace bressumer as a central feature within the drawing room. The house also boasts two crown-posts and decorated wall posts.
The kitchen/breakfast room is comprehensively fitted with a range of solid oak wall and floor cupboards by Chamber Furniture, granite work surfaces and tiles by Fired Earth. There is an Aga, an integrated microwave and dishwasher and space for an American-style fridge/freezer. Other features include a custom-made larder cupboard. The adjoining garage has space/plumbing for laundry appliances and incorporates a custom-made laundry chute descending from the first floor.
On the first floor is the master bedroom which enjoys wonderful garden views and features beautiful wide oak floor boards. A range of built-in wardrobes with oak latch doors offer all important storage. The en-suite bathroom is equally stylish with a roll top bath and tiles by Fired Earth. Arranged over the remainder of the split level first floor are three further double bedrooms, all boasting an abundance of exposed beams and timbers, and a family bathroom.
Outside there are beautiful landscaped gardens which feature a detached garden studio with oak flooring, under-floor heating, separate telephone line, satellite television and broadband connection. It has a shower room and well-equipped kitchenette which makes it ideal for recreational, office or ancillary accommodation. There is scope to further enhance the property as there is full planning permission to convert an unlisted barn into a two bedroom, two bathroom dwelling and tobuild a three-bay oak frame garage with log storage.
For buyers who want a convenient location for commuting but want to escape from the hustle and bustle of London at the weekend, Ivors is ideal. The area has a limitless number of footpaths and bridal paths for walking and mountain biking. One can also venture on to the Ightham Mote estate to take advantage of one of the three estate walks which offer unique views across the Kent countryside and stunning displays of flora and fauna.
Situated in the Garden of England, Ivy Hatch is surrounded by rural Kent countryside but only 45 minutes from the South Coast and Central London. The international airports of Heathrow and Gatwick are around one hour's drive as is the ferry port at Dover and international train stations of Ebbsfleet and Ashford.
The nearby towns of Tonbridge and Sevenoaks are well-known historic market towns steeped in history. The entire area of Kent has many historical points of interest, such as Hever Castle, home of Anne Boleyn. There is comprehensive shopping nearby as well as mainline rail services at Sevenoaks and Borough Green. Local schools include leading private and state secondary schools in Tonbridge and Sevenoaks.
Ivors is on the market at £1,750,000 with Ibbett Mosely’s Sevenoaks branch. Telephone 01732 452246 to arrange a viewing.
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