- Detached Oast
- Annex potential
- 4 receptions
- 2/3 bedrooms
- 2 bath/shower rooms
- Approx 1 acre of grounds
- 2,145 sq ft
- EPC - D
Bens Oak, an attractive Oast set in just under an acre of garden and grounds, is a very unique property located in a semi rural location yet only 1.3 miles from Marden village and mainline station. Known as the "Smallest Oast in Kent" this property offers a wealth of character. Having once been two separate dwellings, consisting of the main accommodation and self contained annex, the properties have now been linked by a beautiful dining area boasting floor to ceiling windows with views out across the garden. The accommodation offers entrance hall, cloakroom, open plan study/snug area, kitchen and sitting room with double doors to the inner entrance hall of the extended property or separate annex, if desired. The 2/3 bedroom property features dark oak beams, huge inglenook fireplace, vaulted ceilings and minstrel balcony with a quirky roundel bathroom on the upper floor. Attached is a double garage, to the rear summerhouse, greenhouse and log store. There is even a pond nestled amongst the trees by the secret garden! VIEWING IS A MUST!
Bens Oak is the perfect property for those dealing with the busy practicalities of everyday life but who still desire a piece of country living. Surrounded by open farmland yet placed in a small hamlet of desirable properties, it is approximately 1.3 miles from the village of Marden which offers shopping for every day needs, primary school, childrens' clubs, doctors and mainline station to London Charing Cross, London Bridge, London Cannon Street and Waterloo East as well as trains to the south for Ashford International and Ramsgate. The nearby villages of Goudhurst (2.5 miles approx), Horsmonden and Matfield are your typical Kentish villages with family public houses, village green with pond and historical churches.
The current owners have sympathetically modernised Bens Oak creating a very versatile living space yet retaining all of the original features. Formerly two properties, the two dwellings have now been connected creating a fabulous dining area with floor to ceiling glass panel windows with vaulted ceiling above. The property lends itself to further extensions subject to the relevant planning permission and building regulations - as you will note from the floorplan the property can be used as one dwelling or easily separated as an annex. The kitchen is located in the roundel which is small but perfectly formed with every convenience for a workable space. The property offers two staircases, one leading to the master bedroom with its adjoining nursery room or study/walk-in wardrobe. The other staircase leading to the second bedroom located in the annex offering a fabulous aspect of minstrel balcony overlooking the reception room.
Bens Oak is a detached white weatherboarded Oast with a five bar gate leading to gravel driveway with off road parking for 3-4 cars. The property boasts an attached double garage with plenty of storage space and access through to the large garden.
Latch door to cloakroom which includes window to the front. Dark wood flooring with step down to second latch door leading to main accommodation. Hall stairs rise to first floor and landing area. Latch door to:-
Master Bedroom (12' 5'' x 12' 0'' (3.78m x 3.65m))
Accessed from the stairs in the entrance hall. Two built-in cupboards, large Velux window overlooking the garden, radiator, carpet as fitted. Doorway through to nursery/dressing room.
Nursery/Dressing Room (9' 3'' x 8' 6'' (2.82m x 2.59m))
with window, continuation of grey carpet and built in wardrobe.
Set it in the upper part of the roundel - a lovely bathroom offering rolltop bath tub with rainhead shower over. Circular bowl inset into contemporary wood unit, low level w.c., neutral tiling to walls and floor, shaver point, downlights to ceiling. Loft access for the maintenance of the kiln and cowl.
White suite comprising low level w.c., suspended wash basin with splashback tiling, wood floor extending from the entrance lobby, downlights to ceiling, opaque window.
Entrance hall leading down to Study Area (11' 4'' x 9' 5'' (3.45m x 2.87m))
Step leads down from entrance lobby - stairs rise to first floor which leads to Master bedroom and bathroom. Glazed window offering secondary glazing, taking full advantage of the rear garden. Feature arch to sitting room. Carpet, feature beams, radiator with decorative cover. Door to kitchen and lobby area.
Sitting/Dining Room (28' 10'' x 0' 0'' (8.78m x 0.00m))
Sitting Room 15'10 x 11'8.
A fabulous feature of this room is the inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove. Glazed door to the side leading out to rear garden, two double aspect windows to rear and side, with secondary glazing. This room takes full advantage of what used to be the connection between the two buildings, with floor to ceiling feature windows to both sides and to include a set of French doors leading out to rear garden. With vaulted ceiling this makes a lovely dining area. Grey carpet with underfloor heating, radiator. From the dining area, double casement doors lead through to secondary hallway.
Kitchen (8' 7'' x 0' 0'' (2.61m x 0.00m))
Extending to 13'8 into lobby area. A well thought out kitchen for the space with measurement to include a range of base and wall mounted Shaker style units with dark granite work surfaces over, inset drawers. Under mount sink with inset drainer. Space for dishwasher, built-in double oven, with space for microwave next to the oven. Electric hob with extractor over and light. Light coloured localised mosaic tiling. Window overlooking rear garden, tiled floor, stable door leading out to side access and door to deep cupboard housing oil-fired boiler and meters. Under floor heating.
Secondary Hallway (13' 0'' x 11' 9'' (3.96m x 3.58m))
Terracotta tiled floor, turned stairs and latch doors to respective rooms. Electric wall mounted storage heater, double glazed window.
Ground Floor Shower Room
Shower cubicle, pedestal wash basin, heated towel rail, low level w.c. Terracotta tiled floor, opaque double glazed window and localised tiling.
Kitchen 2 (8' 7'' x 6' 4'' (2.61m x 1.93m))
Double glazed window. Measurement to include a small range of units. Space for washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge/freezer, laminate worktops, stainless steel style sink.
Sitting Room (18' 0'' x 8' 8'' (5.48m x 2.64m))
This room is most appealing, offering a full vaulted ceiling, a minstrel gallery to the bedroom, floor to ceiling full length feature windows, double glazed, and double glazed window to the rear. Wall mounted storage heater, exposed beams and carpet as fitted.
Bedroom 2 (13' 11'' x 13' 0'' (4.24m x 3.96m))
Accessed from the inner hall staircase. This bedroom overlooks the sitting room below, offering a wonderful minstrel gallery effect. Large window overlooking rear garden, carpet as fitted.
First Floor Landing
Window with modern shutter, downlights to stairwell.
Gardens and Grounds
This property offers, as we understand, just under an acre of gardens and grounds, with summerhouse, greenhouse and two sheds to the side. The garden is split up into four areas to include formal garden, large vegetable patch, secret garden and paddock area behind. The garden has side access to the front, large log shed with plenty of wood for the wood burning stove, large rear door to garage with through access to the driveway. To the principal garden, a wide variety of mature trees and shrubs, small pond and patio area.
Attached double garage to the annex, with loft access storage space and personal door to rear, light and power. Subject to planning as the garage is attached to the large second reception this could provide additional accommodation.
Oil fired boiler providing central heating to main dwelling, electric storage panel heating to annex on Warmwise tariff, mains drainage. Water meter. The two dwellings were connected circa 2006. Loft access for maintenance to the kiln/cowl through the first floor bathroom.
NB the third bedroom is accessed via the master bedroom, please see the floor plan.