THE PROPERTY: Hunton Court is Grade II-listed and is built using a mellow ragstone. The extraordinary main house sits at the end of two driveways that stretch through the property’s 170 acres – both of which have lodges where they meet the public highway. With a large serpentine lake meandering around the west side of the estate, it is a perfect oasis of tranquillity.
THE LOCATION: Even with the home’s picturesque pastoral setting, it is conveniently close to amenities. The property sits on the edge of the village of Hunton, which has a primary school, a nursery and a village hall with a shop and café – but for more lively shopping, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells are also nearby.
There are excellent road and rail connections to London, with a number of train stations nearby, including Marden and Paddock Wood, from which you can reach London Bridge in 40 minutes. By car, it’s just seven miles to the M20, which provides links to the M25, Gatwick and Heathrow airports.
THE INTERIOR: The house simply exudes splendour. With eight bedrooms, five vast reception-rooms, a striking pillared living space and a stone balustrade parapet that reaches around the top of the house’s three storeys – plus detailed cornicing and magnificent fireplaces throughout – the interiors are undoubtedly impressive.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This is a mansion steeped in history; despite its Georgian façade, parts of the house date back to the 13th century, when the monks of Christ Church Priory in Canterbury were lords of the manor. Following the Reformation, Hunton Court was bestowed to Thomas Wyatt, who was knighted and appointed the high sheriff of Kent by King Henry VIII.
Upon the Dissolution, Thomas Wyatt’s son (also named Thomas) decided to lead a hapless rebellion against Queen Mary I, who sought to reverse the Reformation instituted by her father. The young Thomas was executed for treason and Hunton Court was claimed by the Crown. Elizabeth I later bequeathed the property to John Baker of Sissinghurst, and in 1850 it became the country residence of the Bannerman family, later including Henry Campbell-Bannerman, who served as the Prime Minister from 1905 to 1908.
BUY IT NOW: £10,600,000 with Strutt & Parker