Property of the Day: The Dower House, Kent

A Grade II-listed country house with a detached Georgian cottage set in beautiful gardens

THE PROPERTY: Comprising a six-bedroom, Grade II-listed country house, a separate two-bedroom cottage and outbuildings including a music studio and two store-rooms, this is an impressive property with excellent environmental credentials.

THE LOCATION: Based in Chilston Park, fewer than two miles from the pretty village of Lenham (which offers rail links to London Victoria and Ashford), the property is also within easy driving distance of Maidstone.

THE INTERIOR: Built in 1952 by Erik Akers Douglas, 4th Viscount Chilston, whose family had owned the Chilston Park Estate for more than 150 years, the Dower House has a grand feel, with its antique fireplaces, 18th-century mahogany doors and cornicing. The music studio on the estate owes its existence to the late composer Eric Woolfson, who bought the property in 1987 and recorded much of his work there. 

WHY WE LOVE IT: The extensive gardens are ideal for alfresco entertaining, particularly the south-facing terrace. There is a painted bridge leading to an island that looks as if it could have come straight out of a Monet artwork.

BUY IT NOW: Guide price of £1,850,000 with Knight Frank Sevenoaks (01732 809 277)

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