Charm, style and atmosphere – all contained in one of the best timber-framed houses in East Kent.
Just under an acre.
Set on high ground at the edge of the village and enjoying distant views over adjoining countryside, Baillie Hall is a truly outstanding Grade II* Listed Tudor manor house. The property has been fully restored by the current owners and is presented in a style that is at once charming and peaceful with rooms elegantly dressed to show them to their fullest extent. Dating in parts back to the 15th Century, the house was extended in 1914 by renowned architect Baillie Scott, and the Arts and Crafts influences throughout work in harmony with the original Tudor wings of the house.
The rather splendid principal front door is on the eastern flank and opens into a welcoming entrance hall with a delightful cloakroom to the right. From the hall, timber steps rise from the parquet brick floor into the main drawing room. This glorious yet comfortable room exudes an overwhelming sense of calm and serenity, with leaded light windows looking onto both the south and north aspects which fill it with light, whilst the many original Tudor features include a large inglenook fireplace and beamed ceiling. A door to the right of the fireplace opens into the magnificent dining room, an atmospheric space with panelling to three-quarter height and deep windowsills – it is a room that works perfectly for an intimate or more formal dinner party.
Off the main drawing room and facing south is a charming study which has a beautiful fireplace edged with original Arts and Crafts tiles and has French doors to the garden. From here a parquet brick passageway leads through to the wonderful kitchen, a sizeable room with ample space for a farmhouse table and chairs, which features a deep fireplace housing a three oven oil-fired Aga. Adjacent to the kitchen is a cosy snug which leads to two further rooms, a utility/scullery room and a quirky butler’s pantry with a door leading back to the dining room. Beyond the dining room is a third reception room; an elegant sunny sitting room, which was originally Baillie Scott’s studio that has high ceilings and lovely views across the garden to the fields beyond. A door leads through into a small entrance lobby with a door opening outside onto Padwell Lane. Off the lobby is a light pleasant bedroom with Arts and Crafts fireplace and a large, smart adjacent bathroom.
The main staircase rises from the hall to the first floor landing. Two beautiful bedrooms both with original fireplaces face the front and have lovely views across the gardens. To the end of the passageway is a family bathroom. The stunning master bedroom has exposed oak beams and a deep Delft tiled fireplace; it is a lovely airy room and a great place to wake up in. The en-suite bathroom is beautifully styled with reclaimed claw-foot bath, twin sinks and bidet. A secondary staircase leads down to the ground floor, and also up to the second floor, which can also be accessed by a further staircase at the other end of the passageway.
The main second floor space is taken up by a high ceiling beamed room which doubles as a bedroom and large study with double aspect windows. Adjacent is a further small study or dressing room. At the other end of the main room is an en-suite bathroom. This bathroom is a shared (Jack and Jill) bathroom with a further bedroom beyond. This bedroom has access to a secondary staircase to the ground floor.
Outside, adjacent to the kitchen door, is a useful outbuilding with a quaint WC, boiler house and two store rooms, but with the necessary consents, could convert to either separate accommodation or a home office/study.
Approached through electronic double gates there is a large parking and turning area beside a three-bay oak-framed car port and store room, from here paths lead to the main house.
To the right of the main path is an open, lawned area with lovely box parterre hedging. The beautiful side and rear gardens are informally landscaped with large lawns, mature beds and an orchard of fruit trees planted with thousands of spring bulbs and summer meadow flowers. A ragstone path and terrace leads to the main lawn which has a feeling of privacy but has lovely rural views.
Approximate Square Feet:
Lot Acres: 0.8