Guide Price £1,300,000
The Green, Otford, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14
The Corner House, formally, Mount View is situated in a unique position at the heart of Otford Village and has unparalleled views across Otfords historic pond and beyond to Otford Mount.
Steeped in history, this impressive GII listed Georgian detached double fronted house circa 1750 has a plethora of splendid original features including a magnificent inglenook fireplace, exposed beams and a rather grand central oak staircase.
Located in the centre of the village within walking distance of Otford Railway Station, schools and shops.
The accommodation is arranged over three floors. Reception Hall, Sitting Room, Dining Room, Cloakroom, Cellar, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Five Bedrooms and two Bathrooms. Park-like secluded walled gardens.
The warm and welcoming wood-panelled Reception Room has a central oak staircase rising to the first floor, a generous corner brick fireplace, and a front-facing window with original side shutters with a window seat below.
The 28 ft sitting room, a combination of two rooms, is a sheer delight. The windows to the front have the original shutters and window seat, there is a tucked away recessed study area. At the end of the room there is a beamed vaulted ceiling and French Doors to the garden. However, the focal point has to be the magnificent inglenook fireplace with a dog leg grate, canopy and splendid Bressumer beam. We are informed by the vendor that there are two concealed bread ovens, and the coin set in the Bressumer is a George lll penny.
The dining room is light and sunny with double aspect windows overlooking the garden. The fitted kitchen has solid oak wall base and drawer units and a breakfast area. There is a rear-facing window and door to the garden. There is a ground floor cloakroom and an accessible cellar.
On the first floor, the en suite master bedroom has views across the pond, the Otford mount and St. Bartholomews Church. There are two further double bedrooms and a family bathroom. On the top floor there are two further bedrooms and a central area which could potentially be a dressing room or could serve as an additional bedroom.
External The superb park like gardens, concealed behind a tall Tudor wall have been lovingly planted with an abundance of specimen shrubs and trees around extensive lawns and paved seating areas. A large ornamental pond and smaller pond feature in the main garden. The Outbuildings include two summerhouses a large timber built shed and spacious detached studio. The detached studio has double doors onto a paved area sheltered by fruit trees and a mature climbing vine over a pagoda. At the rear of the garden there are an abundance of soft fruit bushes and fruit trees.
Brief History The tall Tudor wall which borders much of the house, was once the boundary of an extensive Elizabethan estate. Its bricks almost certainly came from near-by Otford Palace.
The Polhill family of Broughton Manor built the Corner House as a small farm estate c. 1765 at the start of the reign of George III. One of the conditions with which their tenants had to agree, was that a room in the house should be set aside for the rest and refreshment of the minister from Shoreham who would come to officiate at St. Bartholomew’s on Sundays. (As Otford had no resident vicar of its own.)
The original house was L-shaped until a long cat-slide roof was added to its rear in about 1840. The new room it created was used as the kitchen and the truncated chimneys of its range and bread oven are still evident outside.
Today the house shares the same view of Otford Mount as it did when it was built almost 250 years ago, hence its earlier name, Mount View. On the 19th April of that year, across the Atlantic, the America Revolution was being declared.
Location Otford Village is an attractive 16th century village approximately 3.7 miles from Sevenoaks town centre. Once the site on an archbishop’s palace, the village has a variety of small shops, historic houses, several pubs and a restaurant, a 16th century church, a library, the village primary school and nursery, a recreation ground and playground for small children as well as two halls which host events and club meetings. There are two private prep schools in the area: St Michael's school which takes children from age 2 to 13, and Russell House School. At the centre of the village is a very picturesque spring-filled pond which is the location of the smallest listed duck pond in England. The attractive village green is surrounded by historic buildings including Chantry Cottage and St Bartholomew's Church. Otford has a mainline rail service with frequent services to Victoria. Sevenoaks mainline station is approximately 3 miles away and provides frequent services to London Bridge/ Charing Cross.
Directions From our Fine & Country office in Otford, the property is located opposite our office on the corner facing the duck pond.
Vendors Interview It was a cold December day when we first stepped through the front door of The Corner House. I stood on the open staircase and looked down across its panelled hall and wide fireplace. “Our Christmas tree is going right there. That okay with you guys?” We were home! It was the beginning of twenty-four happy years of living at The Corner House.
The house is old, 1760, but it is an incredibly friendly and familiar home. In no time our kids were chasing one another around the circle formed by the long sitting room, dining room and hall, and then back again. Then exploring the inside of the wide inglenook fireplace. It has this very friendly feel about it.
Three bedrooms with two bathrooms occupy the first floor, while a further two smaller bedrooms and connecting playroom occupy the second. It was the perfect design for our family with two growing youngsters. Whether you are staring out across the village pond with its church beyond or entertaining friends at a BBQ on the patio, what comes across is that this is a home in which to relax.
And of course there is the secret garden. Secret? Well, it lies behind a tall Tudor brick wall, entirely hidden from the outside world. The garden is certainly a jewel with long expanses of lawn, wooded areas and fishponds. There is a designed soft-fruit and vegetable area, and at its end stands an entirely independent timber studio building, for that is how we used it. Whether it be football, badminton or outside entertaining, this garden provides the ideal venue.
The Corner House is special – very special. It stands at the very hub of the village. Where else could one live in such privacy, just a short walk from the station, the doctors, the recreation ground and the village school Very private and very discreet, and yet, in its cladding of blue wisteria and climbing roses, a beautiful landmark in the village centre.
Favourite room: “I’m currently sitting in my study, which has the most glorious view out across the village pond. I can see the people walking up and down the street – if a friend passes by I can call out and invite them in for coffee. Each of the rooms has its own unique character and charm, but this is a particularly lovely spot.”
Favourite aspect of the grounds or surrounding area: “Before moving here twenty-four years ago, my family and I were living in a beautiful house in Sevenoaks, but we never saw our neighbours. Otford couldn’t be more different; it’s an exceptionally friendly place and we’ve been blissfully happy here. I’m now the local historian so I’m fully imbedded in the community; the village is my family.”
Memorable event (if not another favourite room or unique feature): “The village has a fascinating history and The Corner House is an integral part of that history. The wall surrounding the garden is of particular interest as it was constructed from bricks that were salvaged from the old Otford Palace – the palace was surrendered to Henry VIII in 1537, but after his death it fell into ruin. Interestingly, I have a vine in the garden that was grown from a cutting from Henry’s Vine at Hampton Court, yet another intriguing connection the property has to the king.”
What they’ll miss most / why they are leaving: “I have had the great privilege of spending the past twenty-four years in what I would consider to be the most beautiful house going,” says the owner. “It will be a terrible wrench to leave, but I feel the time is right for a new family to fill it and enjoy it every bit as much as we have.”
Transport Information Otford Railway Station: 1.6 miles
Shoreham Railway Station: 0.4 miles
Dunton Green Railway Station: 2.6 miles
The distances calculated are as the crow flies. For information regarding travel please visit: https://www.doogal.co.uk/MeasureDistances.php
Local Schools Primary Schools
Otford: 0.07 miles
Shoreham: 1.5 miles
Dunton Green: 1.56 miles
The Knole Academy: 1.78 miles
Trinity: 1.87 miles
Wrotham School: 5.23 miles
Russell House: 0.17miles
St Michaels: 0.81 miles
The Granville School: 2.29 miles
Knole Development Centre: 3.35 miles
Browns: 3.84 miles
West Heath School: 4. miles
Information sourced from www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/school-search
Please check with the local authority as to catchment areas and intake criteria.
Golf Clubs The Darenth Golf Club: 1.3 miles
Wilderness Golf Club: 2.6 miles
The London Club: 4.3 miles
Health Clubs Brands Hatch Mercure Spa: 3.6 miles
St Julians: 5.9 miles
Nizels: 7.3 miles
Useful Information We recognise that buying a property is a big commitment and therefore recommend that you visit the local authority website www.sevenoaks.gov.uk and the following websites for more helpful information about the property and local area before proceeding.
Some information in these details is taken from third party sources. Should any of the information be critical in your decision making, then please contact Fine & Country Sevenoaks for verification.
Tenure The vendor advises us that this property is Freehold. Should you proceed with the purchase of the property your solicitor must verify these details.
Council Tax We are informed this property is in council tax band G you should verify this with Sevenoaks Borough Council on 01732 227000.
Appliances/Services The mention of any appliances and/or services within these sales particulars does not imply that they are in full efficient working order.
Measurements All measurements are approximate and therefore may be subject to a small margin of error.
Opening Hours Monday to Saturday 9.00 am – 6.00pm.
Viewing Strictly via Fine & Country Sevenoaks.
- Grade II listed Georgian House
- Five bedrooms
- Exposed beams & Inglenook fireplace
- Stunning park like gardens
- Outbuildings plus large detached studio
- Parking for several cars
- Otford village centre & close to railway station.