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Tutsham Farm, West Farleigh, Maidstone

£650,000 Guide Price
  • Ref: 9570802
  • Type: Detached Bungalow
  • Availability: Sold STC
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Reception Rooms: 2
  • Tenure: Freehold
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Property Features

  • 2 BEDS
  • EPC: G 1,063 SQ FT

Property Summary

A rare opportunity to acquire a project located in the most idyllic setting with fishing and mooring riparian rights onto the river Medway. Offering NO CHAIN - set in approximately 2 acres of mature gardens which includes a mill ruin within the grounds. Currently offering 2 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, newly fitted shower room and cloakroom. This could be a simple update of the current building or a complete re-development subject to planning permissions but definitely one not to miss! Call 01892 838363 to book your appointment today.

Full Details

Location - photo -Lock side of river
The property is located betwixt West Farleigh and Teston village, West Farleigh offers a parish population of approximately 450 and is bounded by the civil parishes of East Farleigh, Hunton, Yalding and over the River Medway Wateringbury, Teston and Barming. Maidstone is approximately 4 miles distant. There are good family pubs surrounding the village and a well renowned sports club. The village of Teston offers community village stores, post office and farm shop located on the A26. There are bus routes into Maidstone town centre. The property is located just afoot of the Teston bridge and is situated on a private lane leading to Tutsham Farm. Most attractive medieval bridge which links from the private lane to the A26. To the rear of Mill Cottage is the River Medway and afoot of the lock. The bridge is medieval but was widened for river traffic in 1749. The lock was originally constructed in 1740 when 14 locks were built to make the river navigable from Maidstone to Tonbridge to allow export of iron products from the Weald, for example, cannon to the royal dockyard at Chatham. The current locks dates from 1911 and will take craft up to 24.5m x 5.6m with a draught of 1.7. At Teston bridge there is a country park on a 12 hectare meadow with public day ticket fishing and a continuous footpath along the bank of the Medway which at this point is included in the Maidstone Millennium river park and Medway Valley Walk.

This could be a wonderful re-development project for the discerning buyer looking for something spectacular. The almost 2 acres of grounds offer an idyllic setting. Offering river frontage with fishing and mooring rights. Mill Cottage sits in an elevated position with commanding views over the garden which sweeps down to the river Medway with fishing opportunities and of course the beautiful Mill ruin which would attract anyone's attention to the detail of this majestic building. This is definitely a project to achieve the 'forever home' . There are several eclectic stories from the locals as to how a ruin runs alongside a smugglers tunnel which leads to the Tickled Trout!

Detached garage, picket fencing with gate leading through to Mill Cottage and the grounds.

Entrance lobby
Glazed window, glazed door, radiator.

Wash basin, wall mounted Assardia hot water tank, low level WC., window.

Study (8' 6'' x 6' 4'' (2.59m x 1.93m))
Double glazed window, radiator, cupboard

Sitting room (22' 8'' x 11' 7'' (6.90m x 3.53m))
With stunning views over the garden and ruin, a real feature of this room is the large wood burning stove, double glazed doors and loft hatch.

Kitchen (11' 7'' x 11' 0'' (3.53m x 3.35m))
Measurement to include a range of dated base and wall mounted units, electric hob and oven (not tested) , three double glazed windows and door through to further hallway. Airing cupboard housing hot water tank.

Utility room (6' 1'' x 5' 5'' (1.85m x 1.65m))
Plumbing for washing machine. Door leads through to conservatory

Conservatory (7' 8'' x 8' 5'' (2.34m x 2.56m))
Taking full advantage of the garden views and door to external boiler cupboard housing gas boiler

Shower room (8' 1'' x 7' 4'' (2.46m x 2.23m))
Re-furbished with large shower cubicle, fully tiled, low level W.C., radiator, wash basin, double glazed window and cupboard.

Inner hallway
The inner hallway offers window and wall mounted heater.

Bedroom 2 (11' 1'' x 8' 1'' (3.38m x 2.46m))
Radiator, two double glazed windows.

Bedroom 1 (11' 8'' x 12' 1'' (3.55m x 3.68m))
Double glazed window taking full advantage of the garden, this room has been re-furbished with carpet as fitted and radiator.

Rear garden/plot
This plot would capture anyone's imagination. Rolling down to the river Medway from Mill Cottage with an abundance of mature trees and shrubs, sweeping footpaths, wooded areas, quiet seating areas and of course the beautiful ruin which stands in full glory to far end. Truly spectacular! There is a brick built pumping station for the weir to the bottom of the garden and there is a right of way for the water board to access this building periodically.

Agent's Note
The local water company do have a right of way down to the sub station at the weir through the grounds of Mill Cottage

History of the Mill
Tutsham Mill, also known as West Farleigh Oil Mill, is situated at Teston Lock on the River Medway. It was a water-powered oil seed cake mill, originally of the 19th century. John Rennie is reputed to have built it in 1808. The first known operators were Startup and Philpott from about 1839 onwards. In 1847 the mill was taken over by Thomas Boorman.

It became Boorman, Wild and Co., operated by Robert Manning Hayman in 1862. Robert Leigh of Barham Court installed Anglo Machinery for a short while. It was leased by the Stewart Brothers from 1882 and by Spencer of Strood from 1884 to 1885.

The mill was partly destroyed by fire in 1889 and is now ivy-covered ruins, which are still visible.

Teston Lock area view only
Photos taken of the river the other side of the Mill ruin. All of the photos following this picture are of the lock on the other side of the river to show the area.

A Winter's Tale
Photos taken mid winter

River frontage foot of garden
The garden is directly onto the river with a small area for fishing.