181 St Leonards Street
Historic England’s National Heritage listing for Yew Tree describes it as “a fine Wealden Hall house with unusually complete survival of internal features”.
Believed to date back to the 1400s, the house was extended in the 1920s and 30s and, apart from care and maintenance, has largely been untouched since.
We are delighted now to offer this much loved family home for sale for the first time in more than a century.
The house retains many original features however it does require updating to cater for modern family living, but will appeal to buyers who appreciate its space, history and character.
The house sits in grounds of 2.12 acres including a substantial kitchen garden, lawn tennis court and more than an acre of orchard.
In addition to the house there is a large adjoining former farm building currently providing garaging and storage, but having superb potential, subject to any necessary consents, for conversion into ancillary or office accommodation.
* Entrance Hall * Reception Hall * Drawing Room * Music Room/Study * Dining Room * Kitchen * Breakfast Room * Larder * Butler’s Pantry * Scullery * WC * 5 Double Bedrooms * 2 Bathrooms (1 En Suite) * 1 Shower Room * WC * 1970 sq ft former farm building comprising garaging, store and recreation rooms * About 2.12 acres
– The house displays an abundance of oak beams. Generally there are good ceiling heights throughout.
– Elizabethan inglenook fireplace, being the focal point of the principal central reception hall in the original building.
– Oak floorboards throughout much of the property.
– Lead light casement windows, several in the original house being diamond lattice with wooden mullions.
– Beautiful aged oak doors, each individual in nature. – Historic detailing in some of the wooden decorative elements including castellated cornicing and apotropaic carvings to deter witches.
– Several attractive fireplaces including the magnificent Elizabethan inglenook.
– The gardens provide a wonderful playground for children or focus for a keen gardener and include: – extensively planted flower garden – part-walled kitchen garden with apple, pear, peach and damson trees – grass tennis court – over an acre of traditional Kentish apple orchard – fully intact Second World War air raid shelter.
– Large ragstone and brick farm building including a former oast roundel and two storey barn, currently comprising three garages, several stores and a games room.
The property is located on St Leonard’s Street, about three quarters of a mile from the vibrant Kent market town of West Malling. The remains of a Norman castle, St Leonard’s Tower, and the 52 acre Manor Park Country Park are just down the road with lakes, meadows and paddocks.
West Malling offers an abundance of restaurants, cafes, pubs and tea rooms, a supermarket, independent shops and a monthly farmers’ market. The railway station is about 1.2 miles from the property and serves London Victoria/Blackfriars from 56 minutes, or Elephant & Castle (change for London Bridge) in just over an hour. Junction 4 of the M20 is less than 4 miles away, providing fast connections to London and Folkestone.
Maidstone shopping centre is only about seven miles away providing comprehensive retail and recreational facilities. Both Sevenoaks and Bluewater at Dartford are only about a half hour’s drive away.
Maidstone, Tonbridge and Rochester each have grammar schools. West Malling, Leybourne and Offham all have primary schools. There are a number of preparatory and public schools in and around Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, including Sevenoaks School and King’s at Rochester.