Langley Estate Agents are delighted to offer this luxurious and unique property with all the convenience of local amenities in a private, tranquil setting.
A stunning three-bedroom ground floor contemporary apartment set in a magnificent Grade II listed Jacobean Mansion with breath-taking North Down views.
This landmark building entered through a double height inner hall with grand staircase and is set in circa 2.5 acres of grounds complete with a stunning long carriage entrance drive, sculptures, formal lawns, and landscaped gardens with a fully restored fountain. The owner also recently purchased a Share of the Freehold of the property.
The Orwell standing proud, benefitting from its own private door entry and its own courtyard. Itconsists of an exceptionally large and vaulted open plan living space with a modern fitted kitchen and utility room also boasting a temperature-controlled glass fronted wine room. Offering three large bedrooms and three bathrooms. The master bedroom is accessed via the glass encased spiral staircase on the mezzanine level, which has been described before "to be as fit for a Princess or Prince".
Each of the other two-bedroom suites also enjoy bespoke walnut storage solutions and very attractive and high calibre en-suite facilities that include large shower enclosures. For those that may prefer bathing, the principal family bathroom benefits from a generous bath. The property enjoys gas fired central heating via ornate period style radiators and each ground floor window is dressed with plantation style shutters. The joinery throughout the property is predominantly walnut which compliments the walnut flooring that is prominent in the main living area.
Whilst the interior is full of amazing storage options throughout it also benefits from its own secure basement storage vault which is found within the main building. This useful area exceeds the size of a single garage. Importantly, each resident enjoys the use of the beautifully kept communal gardens and reception area of the main building. This stunning space is often used for formal and informal gatherings of the residents and their guests. Preston Hall offers ample parking for residents. Two allocated spaces are provided for this property and generous levels of guest parking spaces are also provided within the courtyard and beyond.
Preston hall is located just a short distance to restaurants and wine bars of West Malling, or the beautiful green at Bearsted, which are both within 10/15 minutes away. The property lies just 20 minutes from Bluewater shopping centre, 10 minutes from Maidstone, and 5 minutes from the motorway (M20/ M2). There are two train stations within walking distance and a bus stop outside on the main road of Preston Hall. “Sainsbury, Marks and Spencer food hall, Costa, Homebase, and Halfords are all within walking distance but far enough away not to be seen or heard,” says the owner.
The manor was owned and resided in for over 400 years by the Culpepper family who were renowned for their prestigious royal connections. More recently in the early 20th century the manor was utilised as a serviceman’s hospital. Its most notable resident was the author George Orwell who is reputed to have spent time recuperating within the hospital wing that forms this very apartment.
The manor house was converted around 2014/2015 to provide exquisite high calibre apartments and mews houses that were designed to appeal to a very select market place. Although varied in their internal layout, each property was meticulously finished and presented to the highest standards. This property is the largest of all properties on the Preston Hall development and has been comprehensively enhanced to now enjoy a spectacular double height living area.
This apartment has been subsequently and comprehensively enhanced offering a spectacular double height living area and a mezzanine level portrayed by the original developer as providing a third sleeping area. Alternatively this beautiful space that overlooks the open plan living area below, could easily be used as a reception area or home office space.
Words from the current owner
“What attracted me to The Orwell at Preston Hall was its history and the fantastic architecture. The building, the grounds and the period features of this opulent building I know I will be unlikely to find again!
I knew from the first time I viewed the property that it had something very special. The property boasts stunning original features, such as the ornate beams and vaulted ceiling and the more recent additions such as the glass encased spiral staircase and the solid glass fronted 500 hole wine room blends history with a modern take.
Each room has been finished to a high standard and since living here I have changed the lights to my favourite crystal chandeliers in all the rooms, upgraded many of the features as well as adding customised length curtains and upholstery to give a more personal touch.
The grounds too are a pleasure to behold. I will miss the beautiful drive in to this prestigious building and the 200 yard view when entering, which has always reminded me of a scene from Downtown Abbey.”
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