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78 Bank Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1SJ
Dating back to the 1920s, this prestigious family home has been extended and updated to a very high standard with elegant decor and is situated in a private setting in the Loose Valley with magnificent views. Set in approx 1.6 acres of land, the property is substantial with 6 bedrooms, 5 reception rooms, open plan kitchen, double garage, heated swimming pool with self-contained pool house, hot tub, log cabin, pond and waterfall. At the approach to the house, two wings form a central gabled entrance, whilst to the rear there is a symmetrical arrangement of twin gables and central conservatory. The striking entrance hall has first floor galleried landing, cloakroom and storage. The elegant dual aspect dining room has parquet flooring, two sets of double doors and fits a table to seat up to 14. The sitting room also has parquet flooring and opens through to the conservatory which has stunning views over the gardens and the valley. The spacious living room has a beautiful open fire set into a recess with windows either side and double doors opening onto the garden. The open plan kitchen/breakfast room is just simply wow with an exquisite Gardiner of England shaker style kitchen and porcelain tiled floor. The central island has integrated gas hob, sink and wine fridge. The fitted kitchen also has double oven with heat tray and microwave and integrated Bosch appliances. There is a walk-in hidden larder and flame affect gas fireplace. The kitchen extends to the breakfast area with dual aspect bi-folding doors taking in those spectacular views across the garden and the valley. There is also access to the office which has a staircase to the first floor and door through to the double garage. On the first floor there are six double bedrooms, two with ensuite bathrooms and one currently being used as a dressing room. There are two separate stylish bathrooms one with huge jacuzzi bath tub and TV, wet room shower, double countertop basins and underfloor heating.
Lakenham is situated in quite an extraordinary location in a private setting on the northern slopes of the picturesque Loose Valley. The approach to the house is along Pickering Street just off the A229 approximately 3 miles from Maidstone town centre. The private setting of this house allows for some truly outstanding views across the valley and has access to a network of public footpaths leading to some fantastic country walks including to the popular Chequers pub in Loose village. Despite its rural location the property benefits from good road and transport links and many nearby facilities. Maidstone town centre offers a comprehensive range of shopping, recreational and cultural amenities. Maidstone East, Maidstone West and Maidstone Barracks are the three stations in the central area of Maidstone with trains to London Victoria and High Speed Rail Link trains to St Pancras. Maidstone is also well known for its excellent schooling with a good choice of both state and independent sectors.
Tall wooden gates open to a wide sweeping gravel driveway up to a large area of block paved parking surrounded by landscaped gardens. Twin double electric doors access a large garage currently set up as a gym with an internal door to the house and access to the garden. Paths and walkways surround the house with access to the gardens from all sides. The huge sun terrace has a heated swimming pool with electrically operated cover, an eight-man hot tub and a decked area to the side for entertaining. The pool house has been converted into a self-contained annexe with kitchen, living area/bedroom and shower room. To the rear of the pool house is a large storage area. Up the steps from the pool area is a separate sun terrace with shed and greenhouse. Tall established trees and hedgerow line much of the boundary granting the house and its grounds a great deal of privacy and seclusion. The rest of the garden is mainly laid with a flat south facing lawn with established planted flower borders and shrub beds with mature specimen trees. The bottom of the garden has a spilt rail fence with winding steps down to a secluded area, carefully reformed in the recent years to capitalise on this south facing spot and its striking valley views, enhanced with a pond and rock garden, finished off with a feature water fall, dropping over the exposed ragstone and lit up to shine over the valley at night. From here there is access to a number of public footbaths and walks. In addition there is also access to a log cabin which could be converted for your requirements subject to the correct building and planning regulations.
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