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A rare opportunity to acquire a beautiful Grade II* Listed Wealden Hall House, in an elevated position on the Lympne escarpment in one of the most secluded and sheltered settings imaginable, with stunning coastal views over Hythe Bay and the Romney Marshes.

The French House is situated in the small village of Lympne which lies 3 miles west of the pretty Cinque Port town of Hythe. The village itself is well known for the medieval castle and Port Lympne Wildlife Park, and also offers a local shop, post office, County Members public house/restaurant and an excellent primary school. The neighbouring town of Hythe with its quaint High Street offers individual shops, Waitrose and Sainsbury supermarkets, with a wider range of facilities being found in Folkestone and the market town of Ashford.

Recreational and sport facilities include sports centres, swimming pools, Hythe Imperial Spa with golf course, Sene Valley & Etchinghill golf clubs, Folkestone Rugby, Cricket at Canterbury and water sports can be found along the coast.

There is a choice of primary and secondary schools with the Girls & Boys Grammar schools in Folkestone and Ashford and private schools with Spring Grove at Wye.

Connections are good with the M20 linking into other motorway networks, and the Channel Tunnel Terminal and the Port of Dover offer services to the continent. Folkestone Central, Folkestone West & Ashford Int'l operate the high speed service to London St. Pancras, with Sandling & Westenhanger offering services to London.

The French House is a beautiful Grade II* Listed Wealden Hall House, dating around 15th and early 16th Century. The other two sections of the house were added by Sir Philip Sassoon, when a full renovation was carried out around 1920 by H. Charlton Bradshaw, Member of Parliament for Hythe and Private Secretary for Field Marshal Haig during WW1 & cousin of Siegfried the war poet. Further restoration took place in 1953 and 1985.

Hythe miles
M20 3 miles
Channel Tunnel Terminal 6 miles
Dover 13 miles
Ashford 9 miles
Canterbury miles
(Distances are approximate)

The original Hall House is timber framed, brick and mortar based with timber rendered plaster fa ade. To the gable end and to the rear are moulded dragon posts, the right end bay jettied to the front and gable end is a plain dragon post, hipped roof, projecting stone stacks with brick dressings and diagonal set brick flues. The property also boasts beautiful wood mullion leaded light windows and French doors, oak rib and stud entrance doors, a wealth of exquisite beams, oak and timber latch internal doors, flagstone and parquet flooring to the hallways, original pantry with marble shelving, fabulous butler's room with wall mounted cabinets (some glass fronted for display) and butler sink. To the two main bathrooms there are what we believe to be original Delft tiles, and cast iron baths, adding character and charm to this beautiful Wealden home, which is now in need of further modernisation and restoration.

Entrance hall, beautiful balustrade oak staircase
Drawing room, inglenook fireplace, crown posts
Morning room, beautiful washed oak beams to include dragon beams
Sitting room, exposed washed oak beams and dragon beam
Dining room
WC, high cistern, hand basin set in granite vanity top
Boiler room
Kitchen/breakfast room, range of base and wall mounted cabinets now in need of refurbishment
Utility room
First Floor
Master bedroom with vaulted exposed beam ceiling
5 Further bedrooms
4 Bathrooms
Linen & laundry room
Store room/studio with WC
Grounds & gardens of approx 3 acres

The gardens and grounds extend to approximately 3 acres with outstanding views across the marshes to the channel. The gardens are mainly laid to lawn with well stocked flower borders, under-planting, mature trees, shrubs and a small wooded area. To the eastern side of the house, which is adorned with wisteria, is a croquet lawn, well stocked borders, and an attractive ragstone wall. There are various outbuildings, garage block, courtyard, and redundant tennis court.

The property is approached off the Aldington Road onto an unadopted lane which leads down to the French House via a private drive to the paved courtyard, which provides ample parking.

From the M20 coast bound exit at Junction 11, take the third exit following signs for Hasting/Hythe/Sellindge. At the second roundabout take first left and head towards the A259. Take the second turning on your left signposted Lympne onto Stone Street and continue for of a mile until approaching the T-junction. Turn right, passing the County Members public house on your left hand side. Proceed 200 yards and the private lane is on the left hand side, just past two new build houses.

Services Mains water, electricity. Private drainage. Telephone & Broadband. LPG bottled gas for cooking.

Local Authority Shepway District Council. Tax Band "G".

Fixtures & Fittings   Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation.

Viewing Strictly by appointment through Jackson-Stops & Staff. Tel: 01227 781600

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