‘Farningham Hill House’ is a most impressive country residence set in glorious grounds of circa 3 acres in a private road on the outskirts of the charming village of Farningham. The original house dates back to the early 1800s with the later addition of a southern wing around a century later adding to what was already a truly magnificent home. Many period features remain including ornate coving and cornicing to the ceilings, some of which are over 11 ft high, fireplaces and original window shutters.
Farningham Hill Road is a well-managed private road with an electric gated entrance and around ¾ of a mile from the village centre and the property is set behind electronic gates with telephone entry system. A sweeping driveway provides access to the grounds where there is an abundance of space for parking and leads to the separate triple garage block.
There are two formal entrances to the house, one in the original building with Portico entrance porch facing the eastern grounds and another in the southern addition. A boot room/tradesmen entrance can also be found to the northern side.
As you enter the house from the main entrance a sweeping staircase leads to the semi-galleried landing and you are immediately struck by the ornate cornicing and high ceilings that feature throughout the house. Oak flooring continues through the inner hallway with arch feature and leads to a second staircase accessing the northern wing. A large cloakroom and WC services the ground floor from the hallway.
There are three reception rooms facing the gardens at the front, the main drawing room having a large bay with sash windows that let light flood through and provide splendid views across the grounds. The stone feature fireplace provides the central focal point to the room which also has oak wood block flooring and decorative coving.
Reception two has a softer theme with carpeted flooring, panelled walls and a fireplace with hard wood surround. Two sash windows with shutters overlook the gardens.
The family room/library also features panelled walls and shuttered sash windows and has built in display/storage units.
A separate carpeted dining/breakfast room has shuttered sash windows and door directly accessing the kitchen.
The kitchen features under floor heating and white gloss fronted wall and base units with enamel sink and integrated ‘Neff’ ceramic hob and ‘Miele’ double oven and combination microwave oven. There is a large ‘American style’ fridge/freezer and ‘Miele’ dishwasher.
An inner lobby provides access to a separate utility room, pantry and boot room.
The boot room has its own external entrance and from here you can access an additional ground floor WC and the boiler room which houses the oil fired central heating system and pressurised hot water tanks.
Stairs from the boot room also access the basement cellar, which, with more than adequate head height and natural light from the double glazed windows, makes an ideal workshop or could be converted into a habitable space. It also features a wine cellar. The property has recently been completely rewired and it is here in the basement you will find the new consumer units.
The main first floor landing provides access to the entire first floor and has a sash window affording delightful views over the gardens. The ornate cornicing continues and there are built-in storage cupboards.
The southern wing of the house features the master bedroom suite. Here you will find a bay fronted bedroom with sash windows and window seat affording views over the gardens. There is a built in dressing table, carpeting and door to the ensuite shower room which has large shower cubicle with multi jet system, WC and vanity unit/wash hand basin.
There is a comprehensively fitted dressing room which can be accessed via either the en suite or the landing.
Bedroom two also enjoys views over the gardens via the twin shuttered sash windows and has its own en suite bathroom.
The third bedroom currently doubles as a first floor sitting room and has access from either side of the landing.
Bedroom four is fitted with a range of built in wardrobes, cupboard and drawer units and has shuttered sash windows to the rear.
Bedroom five, also with shuttered windows, has recently been fitted with a modern range of drawers, desk, shelving and display cabinet.
Bedroom six is to the northern wing of the house, accessed from a landing that has its own stairs from the ground floor or the separate corridor off the main landing.
Here, you will also find the family bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle and vanity unit with wash hand basin.
An additional shower room off the corridor has recently been modernised and comprises walk in shower, WC, floating vanity unit with wash hand basin and under floor heating.
There is a further additional WC off the corridor.
Stairs from the second landing lead up to the second floor ‘loft rooms’.
Here, you will find a large double aspect Snooker/Games room which could also make an ideal entertainment, bar and cinema room.
An additional room on this level could be used as a further double bedroom or combined with other rooms at this end of the building, a whole annex wing could be created.
The property is set in grounds of approximately 3 acres of landscaped gardens which provide a park like setting. A sweeping driveway from the gated entrance splits in direction and provides ample parking for many vehicles. It also leads to the garage block.
A courtyard to one side of the property has stone paving and an original water well feature and manual water pump. A period walled garden also encompasses the pool complex and provides a secluded spot amongst mature fruit trees and grape vines.
The vast manicured lawns are found mainly to the eastern side of the house and include many specimen trees including centuries old sweet chestnut, walnut and horse chestnut along with fruit trees such as fig and pear.
A densely wooded area to the south eastern corner provides a shelter from the heat of summer and has a winding path through leading to a magical grotto overlooking a substantial ornamental fish pond with waterfall feature.
The Pool House/Gym complex:
The detached pool house is found within the walled garden is of double glazed construction. It incorporates a changing/shower room/WC and a conservatory with a fully equipped, air conditioned gymnasium. The heated pool with diving board is approximately 12m x 5m with a maximum depth of 3m at one end.
Garage / Studio Block:
The garage block has twin remote doors from the front and double doors from the rear allowing storage of several large vehicles/garden equipment. A double glazed door at the front also provides access to a hallway and stairs leading up to the large annexe studio above.
The studio can be accessed from the front or cast iron ornamental exterior staircase at the side and includes a lounge/bedroom area, separate kitchenette and shower room with WC.
Situated close to the A20 and junction 3 of the M25, the property has excellent transport links and connection to the motorway network.
There are stations at Eynsford (1.6 miles), Farningham Road (1.7 miles) and Swanley (1.8 miles) providing links to London Victoria in c.30 minutes or Blackfriars in c.40 minutes. There are good primary and secondary schools within a 2 mile radius and the property also falls within the catchment area of Weald of Kent, Wilmington and Dartford Grammar Schools.
The picturesque village of Farningham has a number of country pubs and the River Darent runs through its heart. Shopping facilities including a large Asda superstore can be found in Swanley around 1.5 miles away and you are just 5miles from Bluewater shopping centre.