A beautiful Grade II listed country house with detached two bedroom oast, superb unconverted barn and grounds of about 9.3 acres.
Barnden Farm is a beautiful Grade II Listed property of timber frame construction, believed to date in part from the mid 16th century with later additions.
This fascinating and characterful home has been sympathetically extended and refurbished over the years, utilising a variety of local reclaimed materials, including a ‘dragon beam’ to the study, Bethersden marble flooring to the reception hall together with a beautiful ornate stone fireplace. Part walled gardens surround the house and are adjoined by fields to the north east and west, in all amounting to in excess of 9 acres. To the south and south west there is a pretty listed oast house and superb thatched barn, also designated as Grade II listed.
This delightful family home offers well presented and versatile accommodation which is arranged over three floors. The double height reception hall is a wonderful room, overlooked by a galleried landing and having a reclaimed fireplace with woodburning stove. Four well proportioned reception rooms comprise a drawing room with French doors to the garden, a formal dining room, a study and a triple aspect sitting/family room with terracotta floor tiles and attractive fireplace.
The excellent and substantial kitchen/breakfast room, situated within the oldest part of the house, boasts a range of hand-painted cupboards and central island by Mark Wilkinson. Appliances include a four oven Aga, microwave, electric hob, integral dishwasher and freestanding Fisher & Paykal fridge/freezer. The adjacent utility room offers additional storage cupboards and space for various white goods.
A wooden dividing staircase leads to the first floor where there are four bedrooms all of which have en suite bath or shower rooms. The principal bedroom benefits from a walk-in dressing room equipped with hanging and shelving. Two further bedrooms, a shower, separate WC and excellent range of cupboards are located on the second floor. Access can be gained to the generous part boarded attic.
Barnden Farm is approached via timber gates which open to a substantial gravel parking area.
The level lawned gardens are partially walled and surround the house, there are a variety of specimen trees, planted borders, a pond and orchard. Within the garden there is a superb recreational barn with open fireplace, kitchen and BBQ area, ideal for parties and ‘al fresco’ dining. To the north of the garden lies the heated swimming pool with electric cover and paved surround. Two fields, one with separate vehicular access, abut the gardens and are down to grass.
To the south west of the main house is a beautiful and substantial Grade II listed timber framed barn with weatherboard elevations. Internally, this unconverted barn comprises several store rooms, a tractor store and a log store. Further outbuildings include an attractive garden store constructed in a similar style to the house and a pool pump house.
Barnden Oast is situated to the south east of the main house and is a pretty Grade II listed detached single oast with sitting room, kitchen, two bedrooms with en suite facilities.
Local Authority: Ashford Borough Council – Band H
Services: Oil fired central heating, mains water, electricity and private drainage.
Square Footage: 5,612 sq ft
From Savills office in Cranbrook proceed to the Wilsley Pound
roundabout on the edge of Cranbrook and take the A262 to
Sissinghurst and Biddenden. Turn left at the T-junction in Biddenden onto the A274 towards Headcorn. Continue for approximately 3 miles and turn right onto Bell Lane at the staggered crossroads with Frittenden Road. Continue along this road for about 1 mile and the entrance to Barnden Farm will be found on the left hand side.
Local Shopping: The pretty and historic village of Smarden is about 1.5 miles to the east with shops catering for everyday needs and Headcorn (2.5 miles) with a bakery, grocery, fishmongers, chemist, post office and various restaurants.
Comprehensive shopping: Major supermarkets can be found in Tenterden, with further shopping in Ashford, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells. Bluewater shopping is located just off the M25 Junction 2 (A2/M2).
Mainline rail services: to London Charing Cross and Cannon Street can be found at Headcorn station (2.7 miles). Eurostar trains are available from Ashford International (11.7 miles). A high speed train service runs from Ashford to London St Pancras in about 37 minutes.
Education: There are excellent schools in the area in both the state and private sectors at primary and secondary levels.
Motorway links: The M25 via the A21 can be accessed at J5 and the M20 via J8 both providing links to Gatwick and Heathrow airport and other motorway networks and channel tunnel terminus.