Tunstall House is an outstanding Grade I Listed, 17th Century 7-bedroom manor house. The house is built with beautifully mellow red and blue chequered bricks and retains a great sense of warmth and history, presenting a rare opportunity to acquire a magnificent family home. Double gates set within a high wall to the front create an impressive approach to a sizeable walled courtyard, around which the house, dovecote and pond form an extremely picturesque collection of buildings.
Tunstall House, Tunstall, Sittingbourne. ME9 8DX
Guide Price - £1,500,000
Entering the house through a striking, enclosed porch in to the dining hall, one is immediately aware of the quality of this splendid building. Fully panelled walls give a mellow warmth to this most welcoming of rooms and a deep brick fireplace adds further charm. One of the charming idiosyncrasies of the property is to come across rooms such as the small telephone room” situated off the main hall. By comparison the adjoining panelled drawing room is a gracious and elegant room, perfect for formal entertaining or the occasional family “get together”. This is a lovely light double aspect room. At the other end of the hall is the snug, an intimate and cosy room – the perfect place for reading the Sunday papers on a cold winter’s day.
Without doubt the heart of the house is the spacious farmhouse kitchen, dominated by a huge inglenook fireplace, with a four oven Aga set within it. A large island unit is the focal point for socialising and there is plenty of space for a large table and chairs for informal entertaining, and a door leads into a lovely south west facing conservatory. Accessed off the kitchen is a spacious utility room, and set beyond the kitchen are two large rooms which have remained largely unchanged for a number of years; the first room would make a very convenient play room with potential for a useful store room beyond. There is also an inner hall with wide steps down to a wine cellar. The ground floor accommodation is completed by a study to the rear of the drawing room and a large, walk in cold room.
A magnificent oak staircase rises to the first floor. Uniquely for a house of this age and style, all five bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. The master bedroom is a fully panelled, double aspect room, flooded with light and of generous proportions. Two further bedrooms face the front and bedrooms four and five are at the back, overlooking the rear and side of the house. The stairs continue to the second floor where there are two further bedrooms and family bathroom. Beyond the bedroom are a series of three attic rooms, one of which contains the workings for the clock.
The formal gardens surround the house and are divided into a number of “rooms” with well-established yew topiary, and an old brick wall and hedging provide structure. Wide expanses of lawn with established herbaceous borders, a kitchen garden, and a discreetly tucked away swimming pool create the perfect “old English” setting for this lovely house. Lawns flanked by mature trees stretch out to the north-east of the house leading to less formal area of meadow and a tranquil wooded track which leads to the parish church. To the rear of the house is an enclosed, sunny courtyard, the perfect spot for alfresco dining. This adjoins the old well house.
Tunstall House is situated in the heart of the village conservation area and is just 2 miles from the shops and station at Sittingbourne, with high Speed link trains to London St Pancreas in an hour. The station also provides services to Victoria, with a journey time of about one hour, Cannon Street and London Bridge, Ebbsfleet International (24 miles), via the M2, offering High Speed services to London and the Eurostar to Paris.
The M2 (Junction 5) is about 3 miles.