Believed to date from the 1870s, St Martins is a fine example of the grandeur of Victorian architecture. With handsome exteriors of mellow brick and tall sash windows, the interiors retain many period features such as coloured and etched glass, marble fire surrounds and cast iron grates, tall ceilings with moulded ceiling roses and cornicing, along with some internal window shutters. Maintaining the house to a high standard, the present owners have taken care to make improvements in keeping with the original style including installing double glazed panels within the sash window frames. Flexibly arranged over four floors and extending to approximately 5,700 square feet, reception rooms are elegant with floor to ceiling windows and wooden flooring and the splendid large reception hall creates a superb first impression with limestone flooring and an easy rising staircase. The bespoke kitchen/breakfast room features a limestone tiled floor, painted wooden cabinetry, granite work surfaces, a gas fired four oven Aga set in to the chimney breast and space and plumbing for a dishwasher. Supported by a utility room, where there is also a secondary kitchen, there is also a substantial larder that has a number of built in slate shelves. The lower ground floor has a gymnasium, shower room and wine cellar. On the first floor the delightful principal bedroom enjoys outlooks over the garden and beyond, has a range of hand painted wardrobes and a well fitted en suite shower room. Five further first floor bedrooms are serviced by two shower rooms and a bathroom, one en-suite. The second floor is given over to a bed/sitting room, bedroom and a shower room.
Broadwater Down is a wide, tree-lined avenue and is one of the most highly regarded residential roads in Tunbridge Wells. It is in the favoured southern part of the town, convenient for access to the famous Pantiles where there are restaurants, tea rooms, bars and boutiques. There are excellent shopping facilities in the town, as well as theatres, restaurants, bars and cafes, along with many sporting venues such as gyms, tennis, golf and rugby clubs. The area is particularly renowned for the excellent education facilities for children of all ages including grammar schools for girls and boys, independent schools, primary and preparatory schools.
The house is approached via sweeping, gravel drive which is flanked on both sides by rhododendrons, trees and mature shrubs, leading on to a parking area. The detached coach house is comprised of a double garage with storage room and tool store behind, along with a gardener’s WC and stairs leading up to a substantial games/store room which features an attractive circular panelled window at either end.
To the rear of the house there is a courtyard garden paved with York stone slabs and bordered by well-stocked raised beds, whilst the majority of the garden, lies to the front being predominately laid to lawn with a paved terrace that traverses the width of the house, steps down to the large, level lawn and colourful borders, extensively planted with azaleas, camellias and magnolia.
Handsome Victorian villa in the Conservation Area
Approx 5700 sq ft arranged over four floors
Elegant reception rooms with period detailing
Detached coach house