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The Old Forge and Tea Rooms
This picturesque country property in Goathurst Common, near Ide Hill, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is perfectly located for buyers who are looking for doorstep access to the countryside combined with easy commuting. The nearby town of Sevenoaks is one of the most desirable towns in Kent and the area is well known for its golf courses, excellent schools and pubs.
Set back from the road and accessed via a winding drive, The Old Forge and Tea Rooms dates back to 1841 and offers lots of character combined with practical living and tasteful fittings. Once a popular local establishment, the Tea Rooms is a detached barn-style building which is currently comprises a games room, kitchen and shower room on the ground floor and bedroom to the first floor. It offers ideal accommodation for guests or extended family or could also make a perfect home office in this detached barn-style building.
With tile hanging to the first floor and is rendering to the ground floor with a tiled roof, the house reflects typical Kentish style. It has been extended over the years and has scope for further improvement as there is planning permission to enlarge considerably including a two-storey extension.
The property overall feels light and spacious with a beautiful painted wood kitchen/breakfast room with wood surfaces being one of the many fine features of this family home. The drawing room is the hub of the home with a stone surround fireplace with wood burning stove. In addition on the ground floor there is a dining room, a study, a family room, a conservatory and a cloakroom/shower room - offering plenty of space for a large family or buyers who enjoy hosting friends and relatives.
Upstairs there are four bedrooms as well as an en-suite shower room to the master bedroom, a family bathroom and a useful ensuite cloakroom to the second bedroom. Storage is always an important consideration and this has been carefully incorporated even in the family bathroom. Also upstairs there is a playroom.
The outside space is in excess of three quarters of an acre and incorporates a parking area in front of a double garage with up and over doors, side log and storage areas. In the well-screened garden there are paved terraces and patios, lawns, banks of rhododendrons, azaleas, fruit trees, flowering trees and shrubs, a wisteria and rose arch. There is a summerhouse and greenhouse.
Ide Hill is a village within the parish of Sundridge in the Sevenoaks District of Kent. It stands on one of the highest points of the sandstone ridge about five miles south-west of Sevenoaks. Its name first appears on record in 1250 as Edythehelle meaning 'Edith's hill' from the Old English hyll 'hill'.
The Old Forge and Tea Rooms is situated in a beautiful rural location outside of the village centre. The Woodman gastropub is nearby as is the village church, a well-regarded primary school, village shop and pre-school. Sevenoaks is about 5 miles and Tunbridge Wells about 12 miles. Sevenoaks Station serves London Bridge in about 28 minutes and Charing Cross and Cannon Street in about 35 minutes. Other schools include Sevenoaks, Walthamstow Hall, Granville, New Beacon, Solefield, St Michael’s Prep, Combe Bank and Tonbridge. There are also golf courses and other sporting facilities in the area including sailing at Bewl Water. Opposite the entrance to The Old Forge there is a vast number of tracks and bridle paths to enjoy the Kent countryside. Places of interest nearby include Bough Beech Reservoir and the National Trust’s Emmetts Garden. A large area around the reservoir is leased to the Kent Trust for Nature Conservation as a nature reserve.
The Old Forge and Tea Rooms, Goathurst Common, Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 6JD is on the market with Ibbett Mosely at £1,350,000. To arrange a viewing call Ian Beagley FNAEA at the Westerham office on 01959 563265.