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Broadwater Lodge Broadwater Forest Lane | Eridge | Tunbridge Wells | Kent | TN3 9JPBROADWATER LODGEThis wonderful home is superbly located on a country lane,…
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Broadwater Lodge Broadwater Forest Lane | Eridge | Tunbridge Wells | Kent | TN3 9JPBROADWATER LODGEThis wonderful home is superbly located on a country lane, opposite a RSPB reserve, to the south west of Tunbridge Wells.The property consists of a detached Grade II period cottage with origins believed to date back several centuries - all sitting within beautiful gardens that are surrounded by its own woodland. The overall plot is approximately 5 acres in total. Although rural in feel, the property is only minutes away from the comprehensive amenities of Tunbridge Wells - that include a mainline rail station, extensive schooling and a very wide range of retail and leisure facilities. There are several nearby villages that offer pubs and restaurants and alternate stations from which to commute to London by train if required. The main cottage enjoys very generous levels of accommodation, with four reception rooms, plus a further study. A traditionally styled galley kitchen leads to a utility. There is also an entrance hall and a rear lobby which provide easy access from both the east and west entrances. The property also benefits from two ground floor W.C’s. and a useful cellar.Seller Insight This charming home, a portion of which was originally built back in the late 15th century, boasts a beautiful woodland setting just under three miles from the historic town of Tunbridge Wells. “We bought this house thirty-seven years ago and our prime motivation for moving to the area was the quality of the schooling, but what really sold the property to us was its sheer character and charm, and also this superb location,” says Eddie. “The house and garden are surrounded by a stunning array of mature trees so whether inside or out you feel as if you’re miles from anywhere, and yet just a few miles down the road we have the bustling town of Tunbridge Wells that caters for just about every need. For us it’s been ideal, which I suppose is why we’ve stayed for so long.” “The original part of the house was built in 1485, at which time it formed two rather modest cottages, but it was purchased by opera singer Lady Elizabeth Campbell in the 1960s and turned into one more substantial home. However the previous owner to us had extended it and then again split it in two, so when we arrived it was definitely in need of work, but we could see that it had the potential to be turned back into one really lovely family home and so that’s exactly what we did. We opened up the partitions, rejigged the layout, redecorated and updated the bathrooms, and during the renovation work we were also able to expose and enhance some of the lovely old features. It’s quite a quirky house with a cottagey feel and so it has a wonderfully warm and welcoming atmosphere. I love everything about it and therefore it’s going to be a real wrench to leave.” “The house has been a wonderful family home and the garden and woodland provided a magical environment for our children as they were growing up,” continues Eddie. “They’d spend hours outside, playing in their treehouse, building dens and racing around the garden and, like the dogs, they were only allowed back in once they’d been fully hosed down. We have lots of shrubs including azaleas and magnolias that create a riot of colour in spring, and a huge array of trees – none of which have TPOs – which we decided not to thin out because they attract such a tremendous variety of wildlife,(such as owls, woodpeckers, pheasant, deer and foxes), but if the new owners wanted to open up the space a little bit more, that would be perfectly possible.” “The living room with the huge inglenook is probably my favourite room in the house. It’s very spacious so it’s a place where we can gather with the family, read or chat, and despite being a large room, when the fire is roaring away it has a really cosy atmosphere.” “I think the real beauty of the location is the fact that our immediate surroundings are so leafy and green, and it’s wonderfully peaceful here, and yet just under ten minutes down the road we have the lovely town of Tunbridge Wells with its superb array of shops, cafes, restaurants, theatres… just about everything you could possibly want. We also benefit from having excellent transport links. The train station is just five minutes away so I always enjoyed a very easy commute into London.” “We have a double and a single garage, both of which have rooms above. My sons used to use the room above the double garage as a games room and gym, and I used to have my office above the single garage. They are both a decent size so they could be used for just about anything.” “I’ve had thirty-seven extremely happy years in this house so there’s no doubt I’ll be sad to leave,” says Eddie. “I think I’ll miss the sense of peaceful seclusion most of all. This really is a unique and very special place to call home.”* * These comments are the personal views of the current owner and are included as an insight into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on without verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent.The first floor is equally as impressive, with five bedrooms served by an en-suite to the master bedroom and a further family bathroom.The property has attractive replacement timber casement windows, gas fired central heating and a private drainage system. Externally there are gardens to four sides, each of which are well tended. There are large swathes of lawns edged with mature flower and shrub borders. At the rear there is a paved courtyard designed for relaxation and outside entertaining. The gardens border the property’s own woodland which is full of wild life. It is not uncommon to encounter deer, foxes and badgers plus a very wide range of wild birds. The property has extensive outbuildings, that include a wooden garden chalet - ideal for use recreationally as an art room or home office. There are two garage buildings, the larger is arranged in an L shape with two faux stables, two garages, an internal store and a large first floor room - which could make an ideal gym or games room. The second garage building is again generous in size and also has another room above which has been formerly used as a home office. In addition to the secure parking found within the garaging, there are two driveways providing parking for numerous vehicles.Registered in England and Wales. Company Reg No. 06959315 Registered Office: Morgan Alexander Kent Ltd (formerly Fine & Country Kent Ltd.) 36 King Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1BS. copyright Š 2019 Fine & Country Ltd.EPC ExemptAgents notes: All measurements are approximate and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed on the brochure. Printed 23.08.2019FINE & COUNTRY Fine & Country is a global network of estate agencies specialising in the marketing, sale and rental of luxury residential property. With offices in the UK, Australia, Egypt, France, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Namibia, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, The Channel Islands, UAE, USA and West Africa we combine the widespread exposure of the international marketplace with the local expertise and knowledge of carefully selected independent property professionals. Fine & Country appreciates the most exclusive properties require a more compelling, sophisticated and intelligent presentation - leading to a common, yet uniquely exercised and successful strategy emphasising the lifestyle qualities of the property.THE FINE & COUNTRY FOUNDATIONThis unique approach to luxury homes marketing delivers high quality, intelligent and creative concepts for property promotion combined with the latest technology and marketing techniques. We understand moving home is one of the most important decisions you make; your home is both a financial and emotional investment. With Fine & Country you benefit from the local knowledge, experience, expertise and contacts of a well trained, educated and courteous team of professionals, working to make the sale or purchase of your property as stress free as possible.The production of these particulars has generated a ÂŁ10 donation to the Fine & Country Foundation, charity no. 1160989, striving to relieve homelessness. Visit fineandcountry.com/uk/foundation6Fine & Country Tel: +44 (0)1892 701900 tunbridgewells@fineandcountry.com 7 London Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1DG
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