Wonderfully sited, The Ringleton Manor Estate is one of East Kent’s most prestigious private estates, with exceptional leisure facilities and two cottages.
Ringleton Manor: entrance hall, drawing room, 2 sitting rooms, family room, reception hall, dining room, 2 kitchens, breakfast room, 2 utility rooms, 3 cloakrooms, office, gym, 2 cellars, library, master bedroom suite with dressing area, en-suite shower room and bathroom, guest bedroom with dressing room/bedroom 7 and en-suite shower room, 4 further bedrooms, 2 further bathrooms
Leisure Complex: Comprising ozone swimming pool, two male and female changing rooms, Nordic sauna, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, sun bed/treatment room and kitchen, Games room/office and kitchenette
Pool Apartment: sitting room/kitchen, double bedroom, shower room
Ringleton Cottage: games room with reception area, 2 seating areas, bar, male and female cloakrooms
Ringleton Lodge: 2/3 reception rooms, conservatory, kitchen, cloakroom, 2/3 bedrooms, bathroom, garden, garage
Double garage for six cars, workshop, greenhouse, garden stores, hard tennis court, heated outdoor swimming pool, summer house with sauna and cloakroom, formal gardens, parkland
In all about 20 acres
Mentioned in The Domesday Book and set in a little known and relatively undiscovered part of rural East Kent, The Ringleton Manor Estate is located in gently undulating countryside between Canterbury and Sandwich.
Approached over a quiet country lane that terminates at the automatic wrought iron gates of the house, a long, private drive with well-tended parkland on each side leads up to the principal house. This estate offers a wonderful opportunity for the purchaser to acquire a compact, manageable estate with excellent ancillary accommodation both within the main house and in the two secondary cottages.
At the mouth of the drive is Ringleton Lodge, a detached two/three bedroom Victorian lodge house. The main house is a most handsome Grade II Listed building, the core of which dates from the 17th century and which was significantly extended and improved in the 19th century with the addition of the glorious symmetrical red brick façade on the south eastern elevation. Set in the middle of the estate, the house benefits from high levels of privacy and seclusion. Arranged to provide excellent family accommodation and with a fine range of reception rooms there are many opportunities for entertaining on both a formal and a more informal basis.
A wide, panelled, elegant front door leads into an impressive entrance hall, dominated by a series of beautifully crafted timber archways opening into a delightful reception area with a gorgeous Georgian style fire surround; the joinery here is exceptional. All the principal reception rooms are reached from the hallway, and a beautifully turned oak staircase leads to the first floor. The feeling of quality is evident from the start and is enhanced by the silk wallpaper found throughout the hallway and reception rooms.
Beyond the hall, located in the oldest part of the house, is a second sitting room/family room, which is double aspect and has an open Georgian style fire. Running the rear of the hallway is a wide passageway with a half glazed door with original shutters; this leads directly into the Amdega conservatory with marble tiled, underheated flooring. There is access to a secondary cellar in this area.
The stylish drawing room is a lovely, light room of elegant proportions, with tall ceilings and deep sash windows with shutters on two aspects; double doors lead into the conservatory. There is an open fireplace with log-effect gas fire set within an ornate marble surround and hearth, and tall windows on either side fill the room with light. There is fielded wooden panelling to dado height. Just off the reception hall is a small room leading directly into a cloakroom, beyond which is a walk-in airing cupboard.
A passageway runs to the left of the hall, off which is sited the morning room, an attractive room with a door leading directly into the reception hall. It has a central fireplace with ornate Georgian-style surround and inset log-effect gas fire. To either side of the fireplace are two built-in mahogany display cabinets with drawers and cupboards with glazed doors above. A dining room is at the end of the passageway, a beautiful room fully panelled in lime pine with a centrally sited open Georgian-style surround and fitted log-effect gas fire with matching illuminated display cupboards to either side. There is a deep hatch leading directly into the kitchen. This room is double aspect with fitted shutters.
Close by the dining room are the two kitchens. One utilised for day-to-day purposes and the other for when more extensive entertaining is called for and fitted with dark wood units, a single bowl drainer with mixer taps, Bauknecht cooker and hob and a fitted microwave. The main cellar is accessed via a door between the two kitchens.
Beyond the kitchens is the superb fully tiled reception hall, currently used as a second larger formal dining room. Other useful rooms lead off here, including two utility rooms, an informal seating area and an office. A small lobby leads directly to the gym. From here there is direct access into the pair of double garages and adjoining workshop. The leisure facilities can also be accessed from here.
The first floor is approached via an elegant turned wooden staircase, which leads to a galleried landing with an archway to the library, which has custom built book shelves and forms a quiet reading area. The library benefits from its own cloakroom.
The master bedroom is an elegant, bright double aspect room with deep sash windows, fitted shutters and a raised bed area. This room is fully fitted with Smallbone handmade wardrobe furniture. Double doors lead to a concealed en-suite shower room with steam shower, wash basin and WC. A dressing area off the main room has matching Smallbone furniture and leads through to a magnificent en-suite bathroom with marble tiled floor, twin was basins in marble surround, bidet and WC, all with gold-plated fittings. On the opposite side of the passageway are two further double bedrooms – one is double aspect and fully fitted with a desk and a range of wardrobes and drawers, the other a second guest bedroom with window to the front.
A matching passageway on the western side leads to two further double bedrooms, one with fully fitted furniture and windows to the front. There are two further bathrooms, both equipped to a high standard with marble floors and surfaces, gold-plated fittings and Villeroy & Boch Jacuzzi baths. Bedrooms 6 and 7 are approached form a small rear landing with a staircase down to the secondary kitchen. Bedroom 6 is a bright, spacious double room that has been recently refurbished with concealed wardrobes and an en-suite shower room behind mirror wardrobe doors. Bedroom 7 is currently used as a dressing room.
The main entrance to the leisure complex is via external doors reached from within the enclosed courtyard in front of the garages. This is an impressive building by any standards.
Ringleton Manor has been the subject of extensive expenditure over the past 40 years and has one of the most outstanding leisure complexes. Built to resemble a traditional Kentish Barn the principal area is given over to a magnificent Roman-style heated, mosaic lined, 17m ozone swimming pool that does not require significant chemical treatments. The pool has an electronic cover To enjoy the pool to its maximum the complex is equipped with twin changing rooms, a kitchen, Nordic sauna and Turkish Bath, sun room and spa pool. Above the pool complex is a large games room/office, which has a small landing with a cupboard housing kitchenette facilities. The games room/office has windows on all four aspects and three internal doors overlooking the pool area.
Set over the garage and approached by an external door is the self-contained flat with sitting room/kitchen, double bedroom and shower room.
Ringleton Cottage is a detached, brick-built single storey period cottage situated a little way to the south of the main house. Set in one corner, the cottage enjoys attractive views of the garden and parkland to the west. Originally a three bedroom cottage, the property was converted to provide an additional entertainment area in the style of an “at home“ wine bar/pub atmosphere, with space for relaxing near the bar – or in one of the cosy seating areas. There are male and female cloakrooms.
Ringleton Lodge stands at the mouth of the drive and is a white rendered, detached, early Victorian lodge house. There are three ground floor rooms, a kitchen, a cloakroom and a new conservatory, and on the first floor two bedrooms and large family bathroom. The property benefits newly fitted double glazed windows and doors. There is a small garden and a garage.
The grounds to the The Ringleton Manor Estate offer something for everyone and are a delightful environment for this first class property. A long winding drive meanders through park-like grounds with gently undulating meadows drifted with a fine selection of mature specimen trees. As the drive arrives close to the house, it splits to allow parking either in front of the house or - more practically -in a gated courtyard in front of the garaging. The main house is beautifully protected and has a high element of privacy with swathes of woodland to the eastern side and with long distance views across adjoining countryside on the western side.
The main formal area is the delightful sunken water garden immediately in front of the house. Steps lead down to the garden which is bounded in part by a lovely mellow red brick wall. Centrally sited is an ornamental pond. Surrounding the perimeter are various shrub and herbaceous beds and a rose clad pergola walkway leads to a delightful raised seating area with views over the grounds. To the side of the house is an outdoor swimming pool, with a summer house (containing a shower, cloakroom, sauna and refreshment area), and to the side of the pool complex is a full size hard tennis court, together with two useful barns for storage of farming/gardening equipment. Additionally, there is large greenhouse house.
Surrounding the house to the rear are open expanses of lawn. Shaves of woodland give some lovely shady areas. There are two orchards, producing pears, plums, grapes, blackberries and a variety of apples. The tranquillity and extent of the grounds help make this a very special and unique property which, in this busy part of the South East of England, is quite rare.
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Lot Acres: 20