Kemnal Road, Chislehurst, North Kent
- Bedrooms: 6
- Bathrooms: 6
- En Suites: 6
- Receptions: 4
- Kitchens: 1
- Tenure: Freehold
- Sale By: Private Treaty
Originally a working farm, the Home Farm Estate was acquired by the current owners in 1994 and has since been significantly developed to create a private country estate offering the ideal balance between city and country life, situated in beautifully landscaped park-like grounds, surrounded by peaceful farm and woodland yet conveniently situated within 10 miles of Canary Wharf. Home Farm has a superb luxury residence, Greenacres, as its centrepiece, with its own private swimming pool, tennis court, gym and gardens; there are seven further dwellings and a barn with potential for conversion (subject to planning permission) situated within the 20.5 acre grounds.
Classically inspired and elegantly proportioned, with an impressive approach via a sweeping drive through the landscaped grounds, Greenacres is the centrepiece of the Estate. The property was built in 1995 to an exceptional standard, and has since been further extended and improved.
Every room has been carefully considered and planned to create a beautiful home which provides a superb setting for entertaining on a grand scale, yet is also ideally suited to family life. Features of note include beautiful tiled flooring to the reception hall and dining room, elaborately carved coving and architraves, and marble bathrooms. Large windows, double height ceilings and roof lights to the reception hall all combine to ensure that natural light spills throughout the house, creating a spacious feel. A large pair of solid wood front doors open to the grand reception hall, which is double height with two sweeping staircases leading up to the first floor galleried landing, and has a bar situated at one end, with three sets of double doors opening to the drawing room, creating an excellent space for entertaining.
The open plan kitchen/breakfast room is a wonderful space suited for more informal family life; the kitchen is extremely well-equipped and open to the vaulted family area and to the orangery, which has bi-fold doors to the terrace. The dining room and its adjoining music room provide a sophisticated setting for formal events, served by a cleverly positioned butler's kitchen; there is a comfortable sitting room, and stairs leading down to the gym. From the galleried landing, curved double doors open to the master bedroom suite with large dressing area, two walk in wardrobes and a spacious en suite bathroom fitted with book matched marble tiles throughout. There are five further en suite bedrooms, a mezzanine study, a utility room and a cloakroom also situated on the first floor.
The private gardens are a particular feature of Greenacres, being created from the original late Victorian walled kitchen garden of the Foxbury Manor Estate. The front lawn is set with a graceful stone pavilion, past which the driveway leads to a block paving parking area ahead of the house and the triple bay garage bloc. Secure double gates lead to a side courtyard garden and an arch leads through to the Bothy Cottage and on to Polo Mews.
The landscaped rear garden is mainly laid to lawn, with beds planted with exotic shrubs, and a breeze house. Close to the house is a spacious south facing terrace which spans the rear elevation, perfect for entertaining al fresco with ample space for tables and chairs and easy access from most principle reception rooms. The pool house and office are situated next to the swimming pool, which is enclosed by wrought iron fencing. There is a further brick and timber storage room which could be converted to a games room subject to the necessary consents; from here the brick drive extends to secure double gates which open to a track joining with a secondary driveway, providing convenient access to the rear garden. A path leads around the side of the garden to the steps up to the tennis pavilion and the all weather tennis court.
1 - 4 POLO MEWS & THE BOTHY
Lying to west of Greenacres and approached via a spur from the main drive are seven dwellings which were converted from existing buildings to create a residential hamlet within the boundary of Home Farm.
These seven properties are all currently let on Assured Shorthold Tenancy basis, providing a consistent rental income (schedule available on request). Originally the polo stables, 1 - 4 Polo Mews comprises four semi-detached mews houses arranged around a courtyard. There are three two bedroom houses and a one bedroom house, all with allocated parking spaces.
The Bothy is believed to date from 1870 and originally provided staff accommodation for Foxbury Estate. The Bothy has been converted into three outstanding dwellings: three bedroom Bothy House, two bedroom Bothy Cottage and two bedroom Bothy Flat. All have parking, gardens and garaging (under construction). The floorplans give an excellent overview of the layout of these properties. Greenacres, Polo Mews and The Bothy are situated in lovely park like landscaped grounds; to the north is the large barn and machinery store which has power and water connected, and could be suitable for conversion to residential use, subject to obtaining the necessary consents and permissions. The paddocks stretch away to the east, giving Home Farm's properties an idyllic rural outlook. In all, about 20.5 acres.
Cherry Tree Cottage, situated to the east of Greenacres, is not part of Home Farm and is not included in this sale. Cherry Tree Cottage is subject to an option agreement with exclusive rights to purchase for the current owner which will be assigned to any purchaser of Home Farm. Cherry Tree Cottage has right of way over the drive from Kemnal Road. Home Farm has right of way over the track running north to south at the western edge of the estate boundary. Please refer to the site plan.
There is a footpath crossing the eastern paddock, from north west to south east. Home Farm is situated in a wonderful location at the end of a private road in Chislehurst, offering a peaceful oasis within the M25, just 10 miles from Canary Wharf and 16 miles from central London. Chislehurst is a picturesque village enjoying a range of shops, restaurants, pubs and bars including the popular Due Amici. The surrounding Kent countryside, swathes of National Trust land and public parks, and a wealth of golf courses provide a beautifully green backdrop.
Comprehensive shopping: The Glades, Bromley 3.8 miles; Bluewater, Greenhithe 13 miles; Central London (West End) 16 miles
Communications: Main line rail services are at Chislehurst (1.6 miles) to London Bridge (19 minutes), Waterloo East, Charing Cross and Cannon Street and Bickley (2.3 miles) to London Victoria (23 minutes), Blackfriars, City Thameslink and Ashford International. The A20 is within easy reach and connects to central London, the M25 and the national motorway network. Biggin Hill private airport: 7 miles; City airport: 12 miles; Gatwick airport: 27 miles.
Schools: There is a good range of independent and state schools in the area, including Chislehurst C of E primary school, Bullers Wood, Beaver Wood, Chislehurst School for Girls and Coopers Technology College, Farringtons, Babington House, Bromley High School, Bickley Park and Eltham College.
Chislehurst is a pretty village replete with its own cricket club, tennis club, duck pond and a Royal Parade of shops. The green spaces of Chislehurst Common and the Scadbury nature reserve, perfect for runners and dogwalkers alike. Excellent transport links into London and the nearby A20 to Dover and the Channel Tunnel. There is a fantastic selection of schools in the locality. A wide selection of bars, boutiques and restaurants.
Please contact us on 020 8325 8000 if you wish to arrange a viewing appointment for this property, or require further information.
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