GUIDE PRICE £490,000 - £520,000
The Old Post House is a timber framed Grade II Listed building situated in the idyllic village of Chart Sutton, Maidstone. Chart Sutton is a civil parish and small village on the edge of the Weald of Kent, England. Approximately 5 miles south of Maidstone the location is perfectly situated for a lifestyle which provides a perfect balance between rural village life and that of the busy inner towns and cities. On the doorstep is a local community shop run by volunteers where a selection of local produce is available, plus a new healthy living centre in the old public house with a gym, homeopathy and osteopathy services and a local walking club that meets once per month.
The train lines from Headcorn and Staplehurst terminate at Charing Cross and are both approx 5 miles away. Bearstead Station (approx 4 miles) goes to London Victoria. Also close by is Langley for a large Aldi, Sutton Valance for excellent schools and Tenterden for the local markets.
This beautiful property is steeped in history and maintains much of its original features. The front part of the property which comprises the lounge, dining room, two bedrooms and the attic date back to 1760, then later in 1860 a double level rear extension was added to provide a large kitchen on the ground floor and a third bedroom and family bathroom on the first floor. More recently a utility room and downstairs WC were built off the back of the kitchen which are approximately 25 years old. Inside the property the wooden beams and spiralling staircases speak of a home that is rich in history and the features radiate a sense of warm comfort and traditional English heritage. Each floor is built around a central chimney stack. Unlike many properties of this age the ceilings are reasonably high, although as expected the doorways are not as high as you would find in more modern buildings.
As you enter the property, to the left is the lounge which has a large fireplace and access down to a cellar. On your right is a delightful dining room with sash windows that bring in plenty of natural light and another fireplace. From here the property leads you through to the kitchen at the back of the property, which forms the ground floor of the first extension. The kitchen is beautifully presented with a very sociable and family-oriented layout with a central island and work surfaces to the back and side walls. The fittings are solid and feel good as new but have a rustic and traditional style which compliments the antiquity of the building. With plenty of storage space and room for an arga this will be, like most family homes, the heart of the house. Off here is a small area ideal for a fridge/freezer, which takes you through to the relatively new utility room which can accommodate at least a couple of appliances. To the rear is a downstairs WC and patio doors out to a walled garden.
Upstairs via the first of two winding staircases are three bedrooms and a family bathroom. The first two bedrooms are at the front of the property, both doubles and both with the lovely traditional sash windows with internal shutter blinds. Following the hallway to the rear of the property is a large family bathroom which has a beautiful free-standing bath and separate shower cubicle. After here is the third bedroom which is also a large double and looks out over the garden and surrounding countryside.
You can access the attic bedroom via the second winding staircase. As you enter the room at the top of the steps you are welcomed by a very inviting space with natural light pouring in through the window at one side and then you are further astonished to discover that this room goes just as far in the opposite direction, spanning the full width of the original building. What seems to be one nice size room is twice as big and would serve perfectly as either a fourth bedroom for a large family looking for extra space, or as a bit of a man-cave or she-cave for the mum and/or dad looking for that bit of privacy for some down time or to indulge in a personal project.
Outside the garden space is a good size and is kept nice and private within its walls. Currently it has been laid out for growing plants, with a gravel path winding along from one side to the other. There is also a good-sized shed to one side.
Properties with such character that are as unique as this one do not come to the market every day.
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Based on a sale price of £490,000 the total amount of stamp duty payable will be:
Last updated: The calculators have been updated following the introduction of a stamp duty holiday until 31st March 2021.
* This value is based on the standard rate and not applicable to first-time buyers or buy-to-let / second home buyers.
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