The Wood House
Upper Green Road
Walter Gropius was a famous German architect, widely renowned as one of the pioneering masters of the international modernist style. Together with Sir Maxwell Fry, an English architect, they are responsible for the design of this exceptional property.
The modernist style that they adopted was based on new and innovative technologies whilst embracing a minimalist and functional form.
The house, being the only known weather-boarded design by Gropius in England and mentioned in Pevsner’s Buildings of England and featured in Country Life articles, has a teak frame with brick infill and cedar external cladding with copper detailing under a slightly sloping felt roof. The present owners have extended the property largely in keeping with the original build including cedar cladding with copper detailing and a sedum (living green) flat roof.
Great care has been taken to retain/restore as many of the original features as possible, several of which are specifically referred to in the Grade II listing of this historical building, including three copper light fittings, door furniture and window casements by Zeiss of Germany, and a rather impressive beige marble topped dining table.
Whilst retaining the essence of the property, the owners have replaced the central heating system with a pressurised system with water softener. They have also significantly extended the property to create an impressive kitchen wing to the house.
– Wonderfully high ceilings throughout.
– Large casement windows designed to create a continuous flow between the house and grounds and affording lots of natural light and delightful multi-angled views over the gardens and grounds.
– Copious amounts of built-in storage including original solid wood cupboards and wardrobes with internal drawers and shelving.
– Original open fireplace in sitting room with flint stone surround, copper hood and quarry tiled hearth.
– Window pelmet and recessed lighting as well as several of the original light fittings including listed copper wall fittings in the dining room.
– Concealed picture rails.
– Bi-fold doors leading out to the loggia from the dining room.
– Library with walnut shelving and window box seat, woodburning stove and striking Amtico flooring.
– Beautifully appointed kitchen, hand crafted by Grants of Sevenoaks, with soft-touch granite worktops and copious amounts of cupboards and drawers. It incorporates a large central island with breakfast bar at one end. Included in the kitchen are twin under mount and prep sink by Franke with Perrin & Rowe taps, 4 door AGA, integrated Neff slide and hide oven, Liebherr tall fridge, 4 ring induction hob with integrated Bora extractor, Bosch dishwasher and wine cooler.
– The adjoining utility room is fitted with matching units to those in the kitchen and has space/plumbing for a washing machine and tall freezer and access to a cold walk-in pantry.
– The kitchen/breakfast room also benefits from bi-fold doors leading out to the rear patio.
– Wired broadband with points in many rooms of the house.
– Quality bathroom suites and fittings from the likes of Hansgrohe, Aqualisa and Duravit.
– Wrap around gardens including an expanse of lawn to the south of the house and various paved (primarily limestone) patios on three sides of the house.
– External patio and garden lighting.
– Many magnificent oak and other specimen trees throughout the grounds.
– Orchard of various apple, pear, quince and other fruit trees.
– Rain fed pond.
Outdoor swimming pool, now requiring refurbishment, together with pool house in former sunken Italian garden.
– Flint stone cart barn plus various sheds/stores in the grounds.
– Attached twin bay garage/workshop.
– The gardens amount to about 3.3 acres including the orchard.
– Paddock of about 1.3 acres
– There are an additional 6.2 acres of fields with vehicular access to Back Lane, which the sellers are prepared to offer separately if not required by the purchaser of The Wood House.
The property is located just off The Common in the popular village of Shipbourne, about 4 miles North of Tonbridge and about 7 miles South-East of Sevenoaks. The ever-popular Chaser Inn public house is only a short walk away, whilst your nearest shops are in the neighbouring villages of Plaxtol, Hadlow and Hildenborough. Shipbourne holds a weekly award-winning farmers market at the St Giles’ Church next to The Chaser. Sevenoaks and Tonbridge offer more comprehensive shopping facilities.
Some lovely walks can be enjoyed across The Common and in the surrounding countryside, which lies within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
There are rail stations at Hildenborough (about 4.3 miles), Borough Green (4.4 miles) and Sevenoaks (7 miles). Borough Green serves London Victoria in about 50 minutes, whilst Hildenbroough and Sevenoaks serve Charring Cross, via London Bridge and Waterloo East, and Cannon Street with journey time of around 35 minutes (from Sevenoaks).
The M25 is also within easy reach, which in turn gives access to London, Gatwick and Heathrow Airports, Bluewater shopping centre near Dartford and the Channel Tunnel terminus.
The area is well supplied with highly-regarded state and private schools including Tonbridge (public) School for boys, grammar schools for both boys and girls in Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, the Schools at Somerhill and Hilden Grange Preparatory schools. Sevenoaks also has several excellent schools including Walthamstow Hall, Sevenoaks (secondary) School and Sevenoaks Preparatory. There is also St Michaels & Russell House Preparatory schools in Otford and Radnor House in Sundridge. Shipbourne itself boasts an excellent primary school.
There is a popular tennis club on Shipbourne Common, plus golf clubs in Sevenoaks (Wildernesse and Knole) and Hildenborough (Nizels), and sports and leisure centres in Sevenoaks and a private health/fitness centre at Nizels. Cricket and Rugby are played and enjoyed at various venues including The Vine in Sevenoaks.