Located in the middle of Kent, Tunbridge Wells is steeped in history, making it one of the most desirable towns in England. Prices there have been soaring amid the recent boom in the housing market, but we’ve done the hard work for you to find some of the best properties currently on the market there, whatever your budget…
New from Cubed Homes, Speeds Farm Place is a collection of individually designed properties ranging from two-bed single-storey houses to four-bed two-storey houses. Each has its own stores and parking areas, and all have large garden areas, with the majority of the properties also benefiting from additional grass land. The design of the properties and their relationship to each other has been driven by the desire to replace old, dilapidated farm buildings and lessen the overall impact of these new properties on the wider rural outlook. Built using traditional masonry construction, ceiling heights are generous, and the windows are large to maximise the views and the amount of light coming in. Plus, most of them harness green energy to make them more efficient and kinder to the environment.
This stunning period home comes with some superb character features – such as large original sash windows, striped wooden flooring and high ceilings. The ground floor plays host to an entrance hall, study, living room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room and a cloakroom, before a staircase leads down from the entrance hall to the lower ground-floor room, which the current owners use as a playroom. Stairs also rise to the first-floor landing, which gives way to the impressive main bedroom with a range of fitted wardrobes. There are three further bedrooms on the first floor along with a contemporary bathroom.
Sandstone Quarry is a beautifully refurbished building offering a collection of ten apartments. Set back from the road, some of the apartments offer outside space and all come with one allocated off-road parking space. There are contemporary Ashton Lewis solid hardwood kitchens throughout, with a range of integrated appliances including double ovens and a microwave, plus induction hobs, quartz worktops and an integrated fridge/freezer. All the apartments are fitted with Hugo Oliver bathrooms, too, with a Craven Dunnhill Fine ceramic wall and floor tiles. This particular apartment has a light and modern feel, with bay windows and an open-plan living and kitchen area.
A west-facing terrace, garden and private balcony from the main bedroom makes this a truly elegant property. Surrounded by landscaped gardens and featuring a spacious kitchen/dining area complete with a range of Bosch integrated appliances and stone worktops, double doors lead into the large drawing room and the sunroom. There's a cloakroom and utility cupboard on the ground floor, while the bedroom features an en-suite and fitted wardrobes. The third bedroom could be used as a home office or hobbies room – and there's also a separate bathroom on this level. Plus, it comes with ample storage space and allocated parking.
Etchinghill is an elegant country house with well-proportioned rooms, plenty of light and a welcome feel. This old farmhouse is believed to date from the 17th century, with later 20th and 21st century additions. Together with a fine detached timber framed barn – which has been converted into extra accommodation – its beautiful gardens and grounds enjoy far-reaching views over the Kent landscape. The front door opens to an archway which leads through to the reception hall where the internal accommodation flows freely. On the first floor the main bedroom suite has views over the gardens and beyond, with a further four bedrooms arranged over this floor. On the second floor are two pretty attic bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and exposed timbers, a bathroom with slipper bath, and access to the ample loft. Finally, the gardens extend to just under two acres, with wide herbaceous borders stretching away to the east and south, and a saltwater swimming pool surrounded by terracing.
Three-Bedroom Apartment, Molyneux Park Road, £625,000
A light and beautifully presented Edwardian ground floor apartment with its own garden, parking and garage, this property lies on an established residential road off Tunbridge Wells Common. Large well-proportioned rooms come with tall ceilings, retaining most of their original period features, while the front rooms have Edwardian sash windows with shutters. You’ll find original parquet flooring in the reception hall, plus exposed and prepared floorboards elsewhere, while many of the rooms come with moulded cornices. The kitchen/reception room has Edwardian French doors which lead out onto the private garden, as well as an operational fireplace. Finally, the main bedroom offers immediate access to the garden, and the good-sized bathroom has a standalone claw-foot bath.
This spacious cottage sits behind a pretty front garden with picket fencing. On entering the property, you’ll notice the open-plan living/dining area comes with a welcoming open fireplace and stairs leading to the first floor. Beyond this is the kitchen, with views over the large rear garden. Upstairs the property has two bedrooms of which the main one is a good size and bright. The second enjoys beautiful views over the garden, while the spacious family bathroom has a white suite and linen cupboard. The garden is a real feature of this home, with its laid lawn and pretty patio area. The village recreation grounds, children's play park and village hall are all within a short walk, too.
This two-bedroom Victorian property is filled with arts and crafts character and is set in a convenient location near to the town, schools and stations. The back door is currently used as the main entrance as the front porch leads directly to the parking area, so at the back of the house is where you’ll find a vaulted hallway and on one side, a downstairs cloakroom. The kitchen includes some integrated appliances, including the oven and hob, with an open connection through to what the current owner uses as a formal dining room. Upstairs are two bedrooms and family bathroom. The bathroom is a generous space, with enough room to remodel if desired. Outside, a lawned area surrounded by mature shrubs and trees offers a peaceful and private feel, with two terraced areas and a handy garden shed.
The Manor House is a charming, detached family house located in the centre of the hamlet of Heaverham. Arranged over three floors, it retains some of its original period features including fireplaces, exposed timbers, picture rails and multi-pane sash windows. Of particular note is the impressive orangery, which overlooks the south-west facing gardens and the substantial detached barn and other outbuildings. On the first floor there are four bedrooms, one of which comes with an en-suite bathroom with a separate shower cubicle, a family bathroom with a roll-top claw and ball bath and a split-level gym. The second floor comprises two further bedrooms and a playroom which is accessed by a separate staircase from the ground floor. To the front of the house is a gravelled parking area with a close boarded gate to the garden. From there, steps lead down to the part-wall enclosed lawns, which are interspersed with trees and shrubs.