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Guide price£3,950,000
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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Smarden Road, Biddenden, Ashford, Kent, TN27
Detached house
6 bed
4 bath
5.36 acre(s)

Key information

Tenure: Freehold
Council tax: Band H
Broadband: Basic 11Mbps *
Mobile signal: 
EE O2 Three Vodafone
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Property description & features

  • Tenure: Freehold
  • An historic and stylishly presented family home
  • Glorious gardens and grounds
  • 6 to 7 bedrooms (2 en suite)
  • Versatile and elegant reception rooms
  • Tennis court
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Ample parking
  • About 5.362 acres
A beautiful Grade II* listed family home on the rural outskirts of the popular village of Biddenden.


Vane Court is a stunning and immaculately presented Grade II* listed home, featured in numerous historic editorials including Pevsner who described the property as “the only house in Biddenden of the Wealden type".

The house, which has been dated to 1419, has half-timbered brick and weatherboard elevations under mainly tiled roofs and is partially jettied to both front and rear with flying posts in both the central recesses to both front and rear of the building with later additions at the back of the house.

The ground floor has the original entrance hall with an oak staircase to the first floor and a cloaks cupboard. To the right of the hall is a south facing and light drawing room with a beautiful oak framed fireplace and wood burner.

To the north side is a magnificent dining room with a splendid inglenook and at the back of the house is a kitchen with American walnut units and granite worktops and oil fired Aga. Beyond the kitchen is a further entrance hall, cloakroom and storage room and off the kitchen is a garden hall, back staircase with oak staircase with beautiful newel posts and finials, an excellent utility room and family room with door into a south facing loggia.

From the rear hall is access to the oak framed study/gym with shower room off currently arranged as a bright and stylish office space with access to the sun terrace and garden.

There is access to the car port from the rear of the house.

The first floor has a landing in various areas with a staircase to a second floor.

There is a principal suite, south facing, with a lavishly fitted bathroom. Next is a central bedroom which is a lovely room with walk-in wardrobe and pretty fireplace and a third bedroom to the front.A further landing area and family bathroom leading through a study area and beyond the back stairs are two intercommunicating rooms with a bathroom which would make a fine suite.

The second floor has a landing and two bedrooms, one of which is known as the King’s Room with a magnificent crown post and fireplace, once occupied by the King of Siam, and bathroom.

Vane Court has exceptional gardens. To the south of the house are formal gardens, a sunken rose garden and a water garden with what is known as the King’s Pond and a bridge and further areas of water.

There is a heated swimming pool enclosed by established hedging and an adjacent tennis court which is also bounded by established hedging.

There is an open fronted four bay garage with all mod-cons leading to a series of useful utility areas and on to the house itself.

In all about 5.362 acres.


Vane Court is situated on the outskirts of Biddenden, where there is a general store, beautiful old church, village primary school and public house.
Further comprehensive shopping and other facilities can be found in Headcorn, Tenterden and Ashford.
Mainline rail services: Headcorn and Pluckley stations provide excellent commuter links to London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross. A high speed train service runs between Ashford and London St Pancras in about 38 minutes.
Education: There are an excellent number of schools in the area in both the state and private sectors at primary and secondary levels.
Motorway Links: The M25 can be accessed via the M20 at junction 10 providing links to Gatwick and Heathrow airports and other motorway networks, the channel tunnel.

Square Footage: 6,652 sq ft

Acreage: 5.36 Acres


From Savills office in Cranbrook proceed to Wilsley Pound roundabout. Take the A262 to Sissinghurst and Biddenden. In Biddenden turn left onto the A274 towards Headcorn. Proceed for about 0.9 of a mile and turn right onto Smarden Lane. Continue along this road for 0.6 of a mile and the drive for Vane Court will be found on the right hand side behind a five bar gate.

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