Six bedroom former oast house goes up for sale for £1.6million

Property that is oast so good! Six bedroom former oast house built on ‘industrial scale’ goes up for sale for £1.6million

  • Unique six-bedroom family home in Hadlow boasts huge grounds and stunning views of Kent countryside 
  • The impressive property is one half of a massive 16th century oast house that was built on an ‘industrial scale’ 
  • Rural home also enjoys a wealth of luxurious amenities including a swimming pool, leisure facilities and more 

An impressive family home built in a part of an ‘industrial scale’ oast house with multiple circular rooms has gone on the market for a cool £1.6million.

The unique property, in the village of Hadlow near Tonbridge, is one half of a massive former six roundel oast house, once used for drying hops during the process of brewing, that has since been expanded and renovated by its current owners.

Estate agents Knight Frank say the roundels are far larger than normally seen in most oast houses, which means the property has quirky character while also being a practical family home.

The impressive family home in Kent built in a part of an ‘industrial scale’ oast house with multiple circular rooms has gone on the market for a cool £1.6million

The unique property, in the village of Hadlow near Tonbridge, is one half of a massive former six roundel oast house, once used for drying hops during the process of brewing, that has since been expanded and renovated by its current owners

This six-bedroom family house boasts sprawling grounds and stunning views of the picturesque Kent countryside.

The rural property also has a wealth of luxurious amenities, including leisure facilities, three quarters of an acre of gardens and a swimming pool.

Oast houses started in the 16th century as a way of drying hops as part of the brewing process to make beer.

 The rural property also has a wealth of luxurious amenities, including leisure facilities, three quarters of an acre of gardens and a swimming pool. Pictured: The rustic mezzanine

Pictured: One of the property’s stunning dining rooms with parquet flooring, capable of accommodating up to 20 people at events or parties

Estate agents Knight Frank say the roundels are far larger than normally seen in most oast houses, which means the property has quirky character while also being a practical family home. Above: The property’s main hallway

The big round buildings with a conical roof were free-standing kilns and the cone created a good draught for the fire used to dry the hops.

Kent had ideal soil for growing hops, and plenty of wood for the charcoal used in oast houses to dry the hops, which is why there are so many of the buildings spread across the county.

The property has 6,296sq ft of accommodation over three floors using three of the remarkable roundels – which boast beautiful spiral staircases throughout the house.

The main entrance is through one of the roundels, where a formal dining room with parquet flooring that can seat up to 20 people is found, alongside a spacious reception room and laundry room, with the kitchen and a family room sped across the other two roundels.

On the first floor there is a large sitting room, bedroom and bathroom in the main part of the building and two bedrooms in the roundels, one with an en-suite.

Agents Knight Frank recommend the property to a family with two or three young children. Pictured: A lounge room

The spacious reception room on the ground floor (above) can be used for entertaining or for a practical family home

The heated swimming pool can be found nestled the three quarters of an acre worth of stunning gardens overlooking the renowned Kent countryside

Matthew Hodder-Williams, from estate agents Knight Frank, said: ‘This property is much bigger than normal oast houses and the oasts themselves are much bigger than you normally see.’ Above: The property’s floor plan

The top floor has a large games room capable of entertaining guests or children for hours, as well as two more large bedrooms, both with en suites.

The spacious gardens include a kitchen garden, three cascading ornamental ponds, a BBQ area, heated swimming pool and wooden summerhouse.

Matthew Hodder-Williams, from estate agents Knight Frank, said: ‘This property is much bigger than normal oast houses and the oasts themselves are much bigger than you normally see. 

‘It must have been for a large brewery as it’s on an industrial scale.

The huge games room on the £1.6m property’s second floor can entertain guests or children for hours on end

Work hard play hard: The current owners converted spare room into a spacious and efficient home office unit

The modern kitchen, located in one of the enormous ground floor roundels feels spacious yet cosy

The family single-handedly dragged this property into the 21st century according to agents Knight Frank. Pictured: An alternative view of the kitchen

‘The owners believe it’s the second biggest oast house in Kent.

‘But that means the sheer volumes of it as a property are fantastic. You’ve got 6,000 sq ft of living space, finding that in similar type properties is tough.

‘When you have smaller roundels it can be quite difficult and expensive to fit them out – it’s round so obviously everything has to be handmade. The benefit of larger roundels is that buildings things for it is much easier.

‘The second benefit is this is surrounded by countryside. You have got a neighbour across the way and it is one half of a much bigger building, but other than that there’s nothing around.

‘You’re 10 minutes from Tonbridge and close to Hadlow so you get that balance between space and outside location but very easy to get to the wider world.

‘The house was in poor condition when the owners bought it about 15 years ago. It was essentially divided into three flats and was in no way, shape or form a family home.

‘They have dragged it into the 21st century and tailored it to family life. The whole top floor they left as one great big room, about 40ft long, which is an amazing play room for children.

‘It’s a big substantial building without the oast. The oast provides you with the character and charm without losing the ability to have that big space.

‘They’re now looking to downsize because it’s just the two of them. For a family with two or three children it’s just absolutely box ticking all over the place.’

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