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78 Bank Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1SJ
Guide Price £900,000 - £1,000,000. This simply idyllic Grade II listed chocolate box thatched cottage with beautiful gardens is situated in the Hamlet of Benover on the fringes of Yalding Village. Dating back to the 16th Century it is believed that the cottage was once two separate dwellings and over the years has been extended and lovingly renovated by the current owners into the truly spectacular family home it is now. The old has been beautifully blended with the new without any compromise on the original character and the extension which has been thatched has created a wonderful entertaining space with twin tri-folding doors extending it right out into the garden. The property is full of character throughout with exposed beams, original floors and leaded-light windows. On the ground floor there is a modern bespoke fitted kitchen with access to a large pantry, study/boot room with door to a utility area and door onto the garden. The living/dining room has a beautiful feature Tudor exposed brick Inglenook fireplace with double sided inset log burning stove. Double doors take you into the substantial garden room which really is the hub of the home for the family and for entertaining with stunning views of the garden. Additionally, on the ground floor there is a WC/shower room. On the first floor there are five bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master bedroom was created as part of the new extension and has a fabulous vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and its own en-suite with walk-in shower/steam enclosure and twin glass hand basins set on a glass shelf. There are a further four double bedrooms, one with fitted wardrobes and access to a large storage area. The family bathroom has a double spa bath with shower over and glass hand basin set on a glass shelf. There is also a large linen cupboard on the landing.
Thatcher's is located in the Hamlet of Benover on the fringes of Yalding village. Yalding is an extremely pretty village between East Peckam and West Farleigh. It has a good range of local facilities including a village shop, post office, small library, doctors surgery, pubs and a well regarded primary school. There are a selection of desirable comprehensive and grammar schools in Maidstone which many of the local children attend with Tonbridge School and Hadlow College also nearby. Yalding station offers excellent links to London via Paddock Wood in an hour. Maidstone town centre is 6 miles away offering excellent shopping and recreational facilities. Paddock Wood is less than 5 miles away (driving) with additional shopping outlets and direct trains to London Bridge in just 45 minutes. Yalding and Wateringbury stations are on the Medway Valley Line which connects Paddock Wood and Maidstone West. Junction 4 of the M20 provides easy access, linking with all the other motorway networks.
The gardens at Thatchers are measure approximately 0.76 acres and are truly charming. The current owners wanted to create views outside every room which has resulted in a very beautiful garden that's made up of several differing but equally attractive spaces. This includes an alpine garden by a pretty pond, a wall of succulents, orchard, rockery, number of themed planted areas and an eye catching grassy mound where you can sit and take in the surroundings. Additionally there is a natural stone terrace adjacent to the house with a herb garden near the kitchen, a spiral path leading to an elevated viewing area which provides views over the three ponds, the wooded garden, rose arbour and the neighbouring fields and woods where there are horses and sheep. The garden is full of wonderful established trees, shrubs and plants and just some of these include; The Toffee Tree, The Australian Blue Gum Tree, Sequoia Trees and a Sumac Tree. The Victorian greenhouse has been refurbished and a sheltered brick paved patio provides practicality for the keen gardener. There is also a croquet lawn and boules/petanque area for fun and entertainment. The gardens extend to about an acre and have provided a wonderful backdrop to celebrations and charity events. There have been orchestras and choirs performing and lots of BBQ's raising money for different charitable causes in the gardens over the years. To the front a five bar gate provides access to a driveway large enough for several vehicles and leads up to the double garage with rolling door, power and light and a workshop to the rear.
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