Walden Manor is a truly stunning, Grade II Listed home.
Nestled in the small, friendly hamlet of Kevington, the property is set in approximately 3 acres of park-like grounds made up of tranquil woodland, a meadow with wonderful views across green belt countryside,a volleyball/badminton grass ‘court’ and more formal garden areas.
With its large rooms and outdoor space Walden Manor is the perfect place for entertaining, family Weddings etc. With the private gate to the meadow allowing parking for many vehicles.
Shopping and entertainment
Despite its quiet rural setting, the house is extremely well located for local amenities including an abundance of golf courses; town centre shops; a multi screen cinema; restaurants; bowling alley, major supermarkets and libraries. Alternatively, take a five minute drive and then walk over a little humped back bridge to discover a quaint entrance to the Nugent Shopping Centre with its popular high street shops and department stores.
Bluewater, one of the largest indoor shopping centres in Europe ,is only approximately 20 minutes drive away.
Commuting and Schools
The property has close access to several train stations which serve an array of London termini. Orpington station providing fast trains to London Bridge in as little as 18 minutes.
Access to Junctions 3 and 4 of the M25 motorway is only a 10 minute drive away.
There are excellent private and public schools close by, including both the highly regarded Newstead Woods and St Olave’s.
The house spans 3 floors with 5 double bedrooms and three bathrooms including a large en-suite bathroom/dressing room to the master bedroom.
On the ground floor, the kitchen/diner is spacious and welcoming and includes a walk-in pantry, an AGA cooker and separate duel fuel double oven and hob. There are also 4 reception rooms offering flexible living, plus a good sized utility room and cellar. Blending nicely into the surroundings, two attractive, chalet-style double garages provide space to house 4 cars.
History and Character
Research carried out by a previous owner discovered that there was a family living in Walden Manor as early as 1550, after which the property passed between the Mannings of Kevington and the Hart Dykes of East Hall. Towards the end of the 19th century the house became famous as the property of William Cook, the poultry breeder who developed the Buff Orpington, the humble bird which made Orpington known throughout the world. To enhance the image of his business, he renamed the house Orpington House. However, in 1937 a subsequent owner made the decision to revert back to its original name, Walden Manor.
The property has a wealth of interesting features including some original window shutters, a King Post in the kitchen, historic beams from a ship and a prison door said to be from Borough Green prison dating back to the Napoleonic wars to name a few. This house has a certain charm that cannot be recreated in modern builds; each room has its own story and history and must be viewed to be truly appreciated.
Viewings at your earliest convenience are highly recommended.