Thorn Farm has all the hallmarks of a small country estate but one that is steeped in the modern world rather than in history. The impressive house was only completed about 10 years ago and nestles in about three acres of gardens surrounded by some 12 acres of beautiful grounds that include a lake, a reservoir, a hard tennis and basket ball court as well as a stunning indoor swimming pool on the lower ground floor that opens up to a vast terrace with an amazing waterfall. It also offers outstanding accommodation as well as the latest in technical know how and it is this aspect that really sets it apart from other upmarket properties. It includes two windmills providing electricity, a bore hold and an irrigation system that services all the gardens and grounds.
From the moment you enter through the wrought iron gates to the in and out driveway you will be awestruck. Walking under the Palladian style porch to the double sized front door you will be impatient to see what lies beyond and you won’t be disappointed. The central hall and vast atrium with its cathedral style double height windows and dining and seating areas provide an impressive introduction to this fascinating place with plenty of light streaming in from the wall of sliding glass doors that open on the upper terrace.
There is an elegant drawing room and large dining room for more formal occasions as well as a beautifully fitted study and a stunning bespoke kitchen/breakfast room designed by Thoroughly Wood. This includes a large island/breakfast bar, a Wolfe range cooker, a two drawer dishwasher, coffee machine, combi microwave and a warming drawer and still leaves plenty of room for a large table and chairs.
The lower ground floor is the piece de resistance with a simply stunning indoor swimming pool with a built in Jacuzzi and a wall of sliding doors to the vast lower terrace that, when open, bring the outdoors inside. Around the pool there is a steam room, plunge pool and infra red and classic sauna as well as a shower room, changing rooms, a large playroom that would make an excellent cinema and a utility room with two washing machines and two tumble dryers.
On the first floor there is a galleried landing with a library and seating area leading to the five double bedrooms. They all have en suite facilities including the master that has a large bathroom with a stand alone contemporary bath and a vast dressing room with his and hers walk in wardrobes. On the second floor there is a music room or additional bedroom leading to a lovely roof terrace providing stunning views over the grounds and the surrounding countryside. If additional accommodation is required there is an annex above the garages that includes a kitchen, shower room, living room and bedroom while under the garages is a vast room that would make an ideal snooker room and bar.
The gardens have been professional designed and include delightful lawn areas to sit and relax as well as lily ponds, fish ponds and charming walkways. Beyond the gardens are the grounds that not only incorporate the lake and reservoir but also orchards with apple, pear and plum trees and over a 1000 other trees that have been planted to provide a superb backdrop. There is also a large lawned party area with a built in table and chairs and a vast brick barbecue that also has a pizza and a tandoori oven as well as a roasting spit. For those who enjoy the good life there is a large kitchen garden producing plenty of fresh vegetables as well as a polytunnel and a very large greenhouse providing produce for the family all year round.
"There was originally an older farmhouse on the site but we were advised by the town planners that it would be more appropriate to demolish the old house and build a new one. So we started the ‘labour of love’ building this amazing property at the end of the last century and finished it some 10 years later. We both come from Africa and have always enjoyed homes with plenty of light so that was a very important aspect when initially designing our new residence. In order to create the fabulous lower ground outdoor terrace so we could wander out from the swimming pool to a large open space, we had to dig out the whole area and all the soil has gone into the landscaping of the surrounding gardens. While the earth from digging out the lake and the reservoir has been used to landscape the 12 acres of grounds. Over the years we had three gardeners designers providing wonderful creations for different parts of the garden and grounds and we are extremely proud of the delightful results.
When building the property we have tried to incorporate everything of the highest quality and to provide a beautiful and relaxing home for ourselves, our family and our friends. We love our home but are now about to embark on a new chapter in our lives and we look forward to new owners being able to take advantage of everything we have done to create the ultimate in a modern country estate. This not only includes the accommodation, the pool and outdoor leisure facilities but also the amazing technology that has gone into providing automatic systems for everything from the windmills ensuring that we generate our own electricity to the in house systems referred to in the technical information.
The location is fantastic. Although we are out in the country and it is so private that you could even drive down our lane and not even realise what lies beyond the wrought iron gates, we are only a short distance from Canterbury with its historic buildings, high street stores, bars and restaurants as well as some of the best schools in the country. If you need to commute to London or want to go on the Eurostar to the Continent we are not far from Ashford where the high speed train will whisk you to London in just over half an hour. Folkestone and Dover are easily accessible if you want to take the car abroad.
However if you enjoy local delights there is a charming pub and village store in Stelling Minnis for any immediate needs. There is a good choice of primary schools with the Bodsham Primary school rated as Outstanding by Ofsted also within the vicinity. You can enjoy walking on the Minnis and there are excellent places for cycling as well as riding at the Bursted Manor Riding Centre or hacking through the nearby Lyminge Forest. Golfing enthusiasts can play at the nearby Roundwood Hall Golf Club or go further afield to Etchinghill or Sene Valley in Hythe".
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