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Mote Cottage, Maidstone

By Helen Geraghty

Woodpeckers and pheasants are your closest neighbours at Mote Cottage, a former coach house within Maidstone’s Mote Park. Homes & Living finds out more about this lovely historic property.

Mote Cottage, Mote Park, Maidstone
Mote Cottage, Mote Park, Maidstone

This old coach house saw the start and end of many grand horse-drawn carriage rides – and is now waiting for a journey of its own.

The present owners have worked hard to restore the rambling eight bedroom house, keeping it safe and sound, but vendors Fine & Country said there was still potential for a new buyer to invest and add value.

Chris Doe, Fine & Country group manager said: “The property has been carefully restored and preserved to retain as much period character as is practical. As such some modernisation works may be deemed necessary.

“Due to its setting, this property may well suit a larger family, or could be developed to create a boutique hotel, bed & breakfast or a wedding venue.

The lounge of Mote Cottage
The lounge of Mote Cottage

“Buyers will not need convincing that this property fully deserves the investment required to turn this delightful property into one of the area’s foremost homes.”

Tucked away Mote Cottage is on the original carriage drive for the Mote Park estate of Lord Romney, and is understood to have once been the coach or carriage house, where the horse drawn carriages and tack would have been kept.

The Grade II listed house stands in a flat 1.4 acre plot within the park, with lawns and fruit and nut trees and some woodland.

Elusive woodpeckers visit the private woodland, and pheasants strut around the grounds.

The main accommodation is arranged over three levels and has a 20ft drawing room, a large dining room and a large parlour.

Mote Cottage, Mote Park, Maidstone
Mote Cottage, Mote Park, Maidstone

There is a 16ft kitchen and a large utility room. There are eight bedrooms on the first and second floor, with two bathrooms.

Notable features include inglenook fireplaces, an elegant central staircase, exposed beams and framework and ancient doors.

The property has two large and dry storage cellars and an attached barn has potential to be developed as an annexe to the main house.

For more information, call Fine & Country on 01732 222272.

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