A prestigious unlisted Palladian style mansion set in parklike grounds, occupying a prominent position and affording breathtaking views across the Weald.
Five Reception rooms
Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom
Seven Further bedrooms and four further bathrooms
Indoor swimming pool complex
Triple garage and summer house
Landscaped gardens and grounds
Entrance hall | Five Reception rooms | Kitchen/breakfast room | Utility room | Two Cloakrooms | Basement boiler room | Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom | Seven Further bedrooms | Four Further bathrooms | Indoor swimming pool complex | Triple garage Summer house | Landscaped gardens and grounds | EPC F
About 25 acres.
Stede Court is a magnificent unlisted Palladian style mansion, displaying architectural styles which reflect its history, with Tudor, Victorian and mainly Georgian characteristics. Timber-framed on a stone plinth, the property presents a grand façade to the south, featuring symmetrical stucco elevations enhanced by a portico with classic Doric columns and pediment above inset with an ocular window. The east elevation, also stucco finished, displays a wide bay and banks of windows offset with a feature archway. To the north and west, the elevations are of warm brick with open studwork and plaster infill incorporating some fine period details, including decorative archways, beams and timbers, pretty oriel window and a balcony. This is all set under hipped tiled roofs with pretty gables at the rear.
A fine provenance of the property is widely documented, dating back to the Battle of Hastings when William the Conqueror gave the estate to his half brother Odo, Bishop of Bayeux and Earl of Kent. During the latter part of the 16th century the property passed into the hands of the Stede family who remained its custodians for about 200 years. The property is mentioned in the reknowned Hasted’s ‘The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent’ and one of its subsequent owners, architect and author Robert Goodsall who bought the house in 1935 wrote two books: ‘Stede Hill: The Annals of a Kentish Home’ and ‘A Third Kentish Patchwork’. The latter describes Field Marshal Montgomery’s stay there in March 1942, in what would later be called “The General’s Room”’. The property was requisitioned as an Army officers’ mess during the 2nd World War and it is also reputed that Churchill and Montgomery met at Stede Court during this time.
Providing in excess of 9,200 sq ft of residential accommodation and with exceptional entertaining space, the accommodation is of excellent balance and proportions. Lofty ceiling heights and capacious windows take advantage of high levels of natural light and it should be noted that all principal rooms afford spectacular vistas over open countryside. There is a combination of sash and leaded light casement windows and a plethora of splendid architectural features have been retained, including numerous fireplaces with ornamental surrounds and Delft tiles, elegant archways, oak panelling, flooring and magnificent carved beams along with impressive elaborately moulded coving and plasterwork.
Presented in excellent order, this magnificent residence has been subject to a range of recent improvements to a high specification and many of the windows have been replaced in a sympathetic manner to include some double glazing. The accommodation is extremely flexible, currently providing five reception rooms, indoor swimming pool and eight bedrooms. It offers potential for the western wing, the Tudor Cottage, to be utilised as a completely self- contained annexe with its own separate entrance (subject to any necessary planning consents).
The beautiful park-like grounds at Stede Court have evolved over the course of time to create a fitting setting for the mansion. They feature sweeping lawns, clipped box hedging, topiary and well filled shrubberies, herbaceous borders and evergreens creating colour and interest throughout the seasons. The grounds are punctuated by numerous majestic indigenous and specimen trees under-planted with spring bulbs and encompassed by mature planting ensuring high levels of privacy and seclusion.
Set within period brick walls is a pretty brick-built summerhouse. This overlooks an area of level lawn suitable for cricket or croquet with a magnificent Cedar of Lebanon providing an area of shade for the summer. From the lawn, there are doors giving direct access to the swimming pool and dining room plus a built in barbeque creating the perfect space for summer parties and entertaining.
There are three different entrances to Stede Court. The south entrance affords access via a gravel driveway through brick pillars leading to a long driveway culminating in a carriage sweep in front and around the building. From here, stone ballustraded stairs lead to the house and stone paving wraps around the building. The second access is through a beautiful traditional wrought iron gate. The north entrance is through Stede Court Estate entrance and leads to the rear of the property where garaging is provided within a triple garage block of brick construction with a pitched tiled roof. Alongside is a generous parking and turning area providing space for numerous vehicles along with further parking at the front of the property. The grounds include meadows and woodland, much of which is visible from the house and gardens.
Lot Acres: 27