The property occupies a delightful setting on the edge of the attractive village of Hawkhurst, located at the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Hawkhurst is a thriving and well served village which offers a wide range of everyday shopping and leisure facilities including a Waitrose supermarket, a post office and cinema. More extensive shopping facilities can be found in the nearby towns of Royal Tunbridge Wells, Wadhurst and Heathfield.
The area has excellent road and rail links from the A21 at Hurst Green which provides links to the south coast and with the M25 which provide easy access to London and Heathrow and Gatwick international airports as well as linking to the Channel Tunnel. Mainline rail services to London Bridge, Charing Cross and Cannon Street operate from Etchingham (4.3 miles), Staplehurst (11 miles) and Tunbridge Wells (14 miles) stations.
There are a number of well-regarded schools in the area in both the state and private sectors including Marlborough House and St Ronan's at Hawkhurst, Dulwich Preparatory School in Cranbrook, Benenden School, Holmewood House Preparatory School in Langton Green, Tonbridge School, Kent College (for girls) at Pembury.
There are also grammar schools for boys and girls in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge and we understand the property lies within the Cranbrook School Catchment Area.
There are numerous sporting and recreational interests in the area including golf at Dale Hill, Chart Hills, and Crowborough Beacon. Sailing and boating at Bewl Water, and the South Coast centres such as Brighton Marina, Eastbourne, and Hastings. Opera at Glyndebourne. Horse racing is at Goodwood, Lingfield and Brighton. Motor racing can also be found at Goodwood.
There are an abundance of country walks and riding to be had in the surrounding area utilising the extensive public foot and bridle paths, including Bedgbury Forest and Hemstead Forest.
Elfords is an extremely attractive Grade II listed hall house surrounded by beautiful gardens. Elfords, is believed to date back to 1422 with later extensions. The façade is rendered underneath a tile hung roof, with mullioned windows, and ornate chimneys. Stepping in through the impressive wooden panelled entrance door you are greeted by the incredible double height vaulted ceiling entrance hall, with grand staircase.
The accommodation extends to over 12,300 sq ft arranged over three floors, and offers a great balance between formal and informal living. The main reception rooms are accessed off the grand reception hall and comprise a dining room, drawing room, sitting room and family room. The rooms have many interesting features including decorative friezes, vaulted ceilings, large fireplaces and exposed beams. Also on the ground floor is the bespoke Roundel kitchen/breakfast room which is well equipped with a central work island, appliances and a large gas and electric AGA.
The gym area, indoor heated swimming pool, two study rooms, secondary kitchen, laundry room and coal store can also be found on the ground floor. Accessed from the ground floor is the wine cellar.
The first floor has excellent accommodation that is accessed off the spectacular galleried landing. The accommodation comprises of a generous principal bedroom suite with lovely bay window over looking the garden, with an en suite bathroom and dressing room. There are three further bedroom suites with en suite bathrooms, and three further bedrooms that are served by two bathrooms on the first floor.
On the second floor there is a minstrels gallery and two further rooms.
Gardens and Grounds
Elfords is approached via a gated entrance and gravelled drive that leads to the large parking area and the garage building at the front of the house. Sitting within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the gardens and grounds are an important feature of Elfords and form the most delightful and tranquil setting, complementing the house extremely well.
Elfords enjoys a stunning well-maintained garden with many established specimen trees, shrub and flower beds, orchards and a glass house and potting shed. The gardens encircle the property and include a swimming pool tennis court, and the two-storey coach house, complete with original stables. There is also a paved terrace area at the rear of the property, enjoying beautiful views over the gardens and provides an excellent setting for al fresco dining. In all the gardens and grounds extend to approximately 2.21 acres.