Detached house for sale in Bayham Abbey, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells TN3

Guide price £3,950,000
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Detached house for sale - 8 bedrooms 8 4 3
Council tax band:
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Property features

  • Important and historic major portion of a stunning Grade II Listed country mansion
  • Exceptional far reaching views
  • Stunning interior design solutions of great flair
  • Private gardens in excess of 5.3 acres.

Property description

In a slightly elevated position, taking full advantage of a fine southerly aspect over the valley and beyond, Bayham Hall is formed from the west wing of an undeniably extraordinary Grade II Listed country mansion. Designed and constructed in the 1870s by David Brandon under special commission by the Marquess of Camden to create his country home, the Bayham Hall Estate occupies a site close to the protected ruins of Bayham Abbey, which itself dates from the reign of Richard I. Now Listed Grade II, the character of the architecture was commissioned to replicate the important Jacobean manorial houses of the late sixteenth/early seventeen centuries. External elevations are of red brick, made on the estate and Kentish Ragstone, along with Bath stone quoins, window and door dressings, under a green slate roof.
Subject to an extensive and imaginative programme of restoration and refurbishment by the present owners, Bayham Hall itself is most unusual in that twenty-first century technologies and energy saving devices have been the focus of ensuring the protection of such a wonderful property. A geo-thermal ground source heat pump and solar panels have been installed, specific permission from conservation officers was obtained to install custom designed secondary glazing and Thermo Protect insulation, whilst fibre optic broadband and Cat6 cabling allow for high-speed connectivity. The concept of the restoration was to preserve and celebrate the many inherent original features and allow them to take centre stage whilst at the same time creating a modern, family home. Therefore the magnificent, tall ceilings - some with marvellous moulded ribs and enrichments – and imposing fireplaces with mantle pieces of coloured marble and alabaster, handsome windows with original shutters, masterful stained glass window of the reception hall are just some of the period detailing which is seamlessly enhanced by almost achingly ‘cool’ interior styling design ideas.
The accommodation extends to over 7,800 square feet and is arranged over three floors. A beautiful double front door with ornate wrought iron detailing opens through to the entrance hall, which in turn continues to the magnificent reception hall with its cathedral-like stained glass window and handsome oak, easy rising staircase with ornate carved panels leading up to a galleried landing. Polished timber floors run throughout the property and the decorative palette is one of predominantly pale neutral colours. The two primary reception rooms have a gracious grandeur with gorgeous views through the spectacular windows and the kitchen/dining room is set within the former library, so has expansive proportions. Artisans were employed to furnish the space with handcrafted cabinetry with grey granite work surfaces and Miele integrated appliances, designed to take in to account the size of the room. Bedrooms are laid out over the upper two levels with the principal suite occupying a large portion of the first floor, again with marvellous proportions and enjoying the marvellous views. There are seven further bedrooms serviced by two bath/shower rooms, one en suite.

The property is approached via a mile long drive, which sweeps through the beautiful grounds of the Bayham Estate and on to the courtyard, where Bayham Hall is the west wing of the mansion. The gardens and grounds extend to approximately 5.35 acres and include vast, well-manicured lawns and wonderful terracing from which to take in the exceptional location and views of the ancient Bayham Abbey ruins. The gardens are both relaxed and formal, with some areas protected by covenants to ensure the preservation of the whole property and some, which are perfect for family enjoyment and entertaining. There are some lovely, ancient trees – some planted by European royalty – and a marble BBQ area. There are remote controlled external lights, a timed natural spring water irrigation system along with a double garage and storage shed.

Set within approximately 1000 acres of outstanding parkland including the marvellous Bayham Lake, the Bayham Estate adjoins the Kent/Sussex border and has wonderful views over the Teise valley to the south. Frant station is about 3 miles away offering commuter services to Charing Cross or Cannon Street via London Bridge /Waterloo East and Cannon Street with access to the national motorway network via the A21 at Lamberhurst in 3.5 miles. The ever-popular Royal Spa Town of Tunbridge Wells with its marvellous and eclectic selection of shopping, eating and entertainment opportunities is 5.3 miles to The Pantiles. The area is renowned for walking, sailing and equestrian facilities with the famous Bewl Water Reservoir and Bedgebury Pinetum close by, whilst local golf courses include Lamberhurst and Dale Hill. There is an excellent choice of good schools in the area at primary and secondary levels, in both the state and private sectors including primary schools in Lamberhurst, Wadhurst and Frant, Sacred Heart at Wadhurst, Holmwood House, Marlborough House and St Ronan’s prep schools with senior schools including Tonbridge, Uplands Community College in Wadhurst, Mayfield and Bede’s in Lower Dicker.

Additional Information
Tenure: Freehold
Services: Ground source heat pump; lpg back-up boiler; Solar panels; Electricity; Water; Shared private drainage – Klargeister.
Residents Association, Estate Charges: Approx.: £2,400 per annum
Local Authority: Tunbridge Wells District Council. Council Tax – Band G

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