London Property South picks two country family homes within easy reach of London and the City.
Poets Cottage, Castle Hill, Crowborough, TN6, £850,000, Freeman Forman
With marvellous views over open countryside Poets Cottage has four bedrooms and oodles of charm.
The detached house has been extended to create a family hub with a large bright kitchen/dinner on the south side of the property, which is flooded with all-day light. On the ground floor a large entrance hall, separate dining room, lounge with feature inglenook fireplace, downstairs WC and utility room complete the package.
Stairs rise to the first floor where there are four double bedrooms. With period features throughout you really have the feel of countryside life – with breathtaking views in every direction that go on for miles.
The property stands in about an acre of garden, mostly laid to lawn and with a private sun terrace tucked away with the far reaching views across the weald. A large summer house is positioned at the bottom of the garden.
The cottage is approached via a private driveway off an incredibly quiet country lane.
Poets Cottage is beautifully positioned in rural Rotherfield, surrounded by fields and farmland. It is a highly sought after location within reach of both the picturesque villages of Rotherfield and Mayfield. Royal Tunbridge Wells is about eight miles away with its shops theatres and facilities.
23 West Street, Geddington, NN14, £699,950, Henderson Connellan
With four bedrooms this stone built, detached house has spacious accommodation and is situated in a discrete position in leafy Geddington and has stunning wrap around gardens. There is parking for four to six cars on the paved driveway.
Three of the bedrooms are doubles and have built-in wardrobes. The master bedroom also has an en suite bathroom.
Downstairs the living room has an attractive feature fireplace with a cast inlay open fire. The dining room is ideal for formal meals and dinner parties while the study/snug is a versatile space perfect for quiet moments. The kitchen/breakfast/family room is a fabulous, free-flowing space with units, integrated twin ovens and a six ring gas hob with extractor fan. There are double doors out to the garden.
Historic Geddington has a river running through it and is host to many clubs and activities such as dance classes, mums and tots and yoga at the village hall, as well as two pubs. It has an annual beer and music festival. Buses run to nearby Kettering and Corby. Kettering station, a 10-minute drive from Geddington, has fast trains to St Pancras in under an hour.
The property is situated within an exclusive enclave with gated access that leads to a block paved driveway with space for at least five vehicles to be parked in front of the double garage. The significant established rear garden is largely laid to lawn with an Indian sandstone patio area perfect for al fresco entertaining. It is flanked by lawn and mature plantings, making it a seriously impressively sized garden that is fit to host a wedding,