A sensitively refurbished Grade II Listed Georgian farmhouse, affording stylish, well appointed living accommodation with fine features of the period and tall ceilings, in a delightful rural situation with far reaching views over adjoining countryside. Large mature garden of 3/4 acre with a period outbuilding providing garaging with additional storage.
ROOMS Hall, Sitting room, Dining room, Study, Kitchen/breakfast room and day room, Utility/shower room, Rear hall, Landing, Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, Guest bedroom with en suite bath/shower room, Three further bedrooms. Oil central heating. Garden of approaching three quarters of an acre. Useful outbuildings.
LOCATION Old Barrack Farm is situated in a delightful rural position off a country lane within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the hamlet of Reading Street, which once supplied workers for the Small Hythe shipyard, on a spit of land immediately to the north of another hamlet, Ebony. Ebony was the old name for the bank of land, now called Chapel Bank, between Reading Street and the Isle of Oxney. In Saxon times it was an island with a church and priory, surrounded by the Rother and the sea, and was known as Ebon. A ferry went from Reading Street to Ebony and another from 'Ebon's Island' to the Isle of Oxney. Today there is a footpath beyond the boundary of the property providing beautiful rural walks in one direction to Smallhythe Place and in the other to The Ferry Inn at Stone in Oxney. The village of Appledore, 2.5 miles, has a village store including post office, tea rooms and public house. The market town of Tenterden, 3.5 miles to the north, has Waitrose and Tesco supermarkets, quality shops, doctors' surgery and leisure centre whilst to the south, is the Ancient Town and Cinque Port of Rye (7.5 miles) renowned for its period architecture, cobbled streets and historical associations. There is a branch line train service from Appledore to Ashford International Station (12 miles) from where there are high speed connections for London St Pancras (37 minutes) and the Continent. Private schools in the area include Vine Hall at Robertsbridge, Marlborough House at Hawkhurst, Dulwich Preparatory School at Cranbrook, Benenden Girl's School and Kings College at Canterbury. There are also mainline services to London Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Waterloo and London Bridge from Headcorn (12 miles).
DESCRIPTION Enjoying far reaching views across adjoining countryside, Old Barrack Farm is a Grade II Listed double fronted period farmhouse dating from around 1724 with mellow red brick elevations set with casement windows beneath a hipped tiled roof with a central chimney stack. The property, which has been sensitively and extensively refurbished in recent years, retains many original features including inglenook fireplaces, panelled doors, exposed honeyed oak timber framing and wide oak flooring. The stylish, well appointed accommodation, which benefits from good ceiling heights throughout, is arranged over three levels, as shown on the floor plan.
GROUND FLOOR The panelled front door with a flat wooden weather-hood above opens into a hall with stairs off to the first floor. The triple aspect sitting room has exposed ceiling beams and a massive inglenook fireplace with a fitted wood burner. The dining room has exposed ceiling timbers and an impressive inglenook fireplace with a fitted wood burning stove. Adjacent is a study.
Across the rear of the house is a kitchen/breakfast room fitted with a travertine tiled floor and an extensive range of high quality cabinets comprising cupboards and drawers beneath granite work surfaces with a stainless steel Rangemaster cooker, integrated dishwasher, space for fridge freezer and breakfast bar. Open to the kitchen is a day room with a vaulted ceiling, exposed timber framing and a part glazed door opening onto the rear terrace. Adjoining the kitchen is a rear hall with a Travertine tiled floor and a door to the garden. In addition there is a utility/shower room with contemporary fitments comprising a hand basin, wc and shower enclosure, together with a granite work surface with a cupboard under, a sink and plumbing for a washing machine.
FIRST FLOOR On the first floor, the double aspect master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with a marble tiling and a freestanding metallic roll top bath with shower attachment, basin with washstand and wc. The guest bedroom has an en suite bath/shower room with a metallic roll top bath, shower enclosure, basin with wash stand and wc. In addition, there is a single bedroom.
SECOND FLOOR From the landing, a second oak staircase rises to the upper floor where there are two further double attic bedrooms with dormer windows to the front providing rural views.
OUTSIDE The property is approached from the lane via electric automated double gates and driveway with parking for several cars leading to an attractive period outbuilding providing a double bay garage with a wood-store and a storage space to the rear. The mature south west facing garden extends to approaching three quarters of an acre and is laid primarily to lawn with shrubs, various specimen trees and a mature yew hedge dividing the front and rear sections. There is a wide flagstone paved terrace directly to the rear of the house from where there are views across the garden and undulating countryside beyond. To one side is a sun room accessed directly from the garden with a flagstone floor and natural brickwork to two walls. There are two useful garden stores with power connected.
Phillips & Stubbs