About this property
The Postern was built on the site of a hunting lodge for John Eldridge Esq in 1757 and it is Grade II* Listed, being of historical and architectural importance. It is well proportioned and constructed of mellow brick under a tiled roof.
Particular internal features include the fine panelling in the drawing room and study, multi-pane sash windows and high ceilings. The accommodation is arranged over three floors. As well as being ideal for entertaining the house provides a charming family home, and extensive bedroom accommodation. Of particular note are the wonderful views of the garden from every aspect of the house and from all floors. The property is also extremely well equipped with a tennis court, swimming pool, summer house, pool house, greenhouses and garden stores and outbuildings.
The magnificent garden, designed by the distinguished landscape architect Anthony du Gard Pasley in the 1950s was described as one of the best gardens in Kent by House and Garden in November 1982 issue. The gardens were detailed more fully in a 5 page article in Country Life, which appeared on 14th May 1981. There is a further article in The Garden magazine in 2003.
The Postern is a splendid family house with the benefit of extensive garaging and a Coach House.
A wide front door with side screens and a generous fan light window above, leads to the panelled entrance hall with stairs rising and access to a cloakroom.
The impressive and elegant principal reception rooms comprise a drawing room and dining room. Both with fireplaces and charming window seats.
The double aspect study also has a fireplace.
Providing informal family living is the sitting room/playroom which has fitted dresser style cupboards and high level storage.
The spacious kitchen/breakfast room is double aspect with the breakfast area featuring a roof light and double doors opening to the side courtyard. Appliances include a 4 oven oil fired Aga, a microwave oven, Bosch two ring electric hob and dishwasher.
Adjacent to the kitchen is a laundry room with space for appliances and a spacious boot room with loft access and a door to a boiler room which in turn leads to the wine cellar.
Arranged over the first floor are four bedrooms all with wardrobes and attractive fireplaces. There are two bathrooms, one of which has interconnecting doors from two bedrooms and the landing.
The second floor comprises a further five bedrooms. Two of these bedrooms connect via double doors and provide versatility.
There are two further bathrooms with interconnecting doors from two bedrooms and the landing.
The Coach House
The accommodation comprises a lounge/dining room and a well-appointed kitchen to the ground floor with three bedrooms and one bathrooms arranged over the first floor. There is a large store room off the main bedroom.
This U-shaped outbuilding provides a generous workshop, apple store, double garage, bicycle store, a stable and further store rooms. Adjacent to the Coach House is an extensive garage.
Potential Two Bed Cottage
Both Planning consent and Listed Building Consent has been granted by TWBC Ref 22/00681/FULL and 22/00841/LBC respectively, for the conversion and extension of an outbuilding in to a two bedroom dwelling.
The formal gardens, extending to over 4 acres, are a magnificent feature of the property and provide year round interest. They are divided into a number of separate compartments, surrounded by more open areas, all of which link naturally with the countryside beyond.
To the south of the house is a generous flagstone terrace providing an ideal area for al fresco entertaining. The terrace overlooks a large rectangular lawn interspersed by trees and shrubs including an Atlas Cedar tree, with countryside views beyond. From here steps lead to a further lawn with an ancient Mulberry tree adorned by a rambling rose. The lawn continues, flanked on both sides by deep herbaceous borders, culminating at the double fronted timber pavilion which in turn leads to the tennis court. There is a sunken rose garden which leads to a lime tree walk and on to a camellia garden all enclosed by established hedging. The fence enclosed pool area comprises a swimming pool with paved surround and pool house with changing area. There is also a separate pump house. The kitchen garden is part wall enclosed and features a greenhouse and a brick outbuilding providing storage for garden equipment. At the end of the garden is a plum orchard, where a number of solar panels are located. To the west of the property is a trout stream running through the garden, which flows into the River Medway to the north.
Up to a further 30 acres of adjacent orchards may be available by separate negotiation.
- The Postern is situated down a private lane in a wonderful rural location, between Tonbridge and the hamlet of Tudeley, within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Tudeley is famed for its Church with its stained glass windows designed by Marc Chagall.
- Shopping: Tonbridge (1.7 miles), Tunbridge Wells (6.8 miles), Sevenoaks (10.1 miles) and Bluewater (26.6 miles).
- Mainline rail services: Tonbridge station (1.8 miles) to London Bridge/Cannon Street/Charing Cross/London Bridge (approx. 38 mins).
- Schools: There are many highly regarded state and private schools in the area. Preparatory schools include Somerhill, Hilden Grange, New Beacon and Sevenoaks Prep. Private secondary schools include Tonbridge School, Kent College, Sevenoaks and Walthamstow Hall. There are excellent state, primary and grammar schools including Judd School, Tonbridge Grammar and Weald of Kent Grammar.
- Sporting Facilities: Mountains private health club and Nizels Golf and Country club, both in Hildenborough, with popular golf clubs in Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells. There are superb local walks and easy access to lovely riding country, with many country pubs in the surrounding villages. In Tonbridge there is also a range of football, rugby and swimming clubs. Nearby sailing in Bough Beech.
- Excellent road and rail links can be accessed via the A21 (2 miles) leading to the M25, Gatwick (33.9 miles) and Heathrow Airports and the Channel Tunnel at Ashford (36.7 miles).
- All distances are approximate.
- Services – Oil fired central heating. Mains electricity. Private water and drainage.
- Directions: From the M25 junction 5, proceed along the A21 and take the first exit after the Tonbridge (A26) turn off. Follow the signs to Maidstone and turn right at the second roundabout towards Tudeley. Proceed along this road, passing the Somerhill Schools (on the right) and then turn left onto Postern Lane. Continue for about 0.5 of a mile where The Postern will be found on the right.
- EPC Exempt
- Tenure = Freehold