Published: 06:00, 25 May 2021
| Updated: 10:27, 25 May 2021
A unique opportunity to purchase a 16th century home built using the timbers of a Spanish warship captured by the British has become available.
The historic New Barn House, a stunning period property near Longfield, has been put on the market with a price tag around the £1million mark.
Take a tour around the stunning Grade-II listed New Barn House
The Grade-II listed four-bedroom detached family home in New Barn Road, was built around 1560 and has two extra rooms in the attic.
Its main structural timbers were part of a Spanish galleon ship captured by the British and taken to Chatham to be broken up, some of which were sold for buildings.
Key architectural features such as the horizontal proportions of the ground floor, first floor and roof have been retained.
Inside, it is well furnished throughout with antique period furniture, possessing all the charm and beauty of olden times.
Visitors to the lounge are said to be loathed to leave after enjoying its comforts including its oak stanchions, main beams and half timbers, black with age.
The lounge also has an inglenook fireplace featuring a fireback plaque dated 1588 and a coat of arms, heavy oak bressumer and niches either side with leaded windows.
Outside, the house stands in grounds of approximately half an acre with several stately trees, including walnut, chestnut, ash and yew among others.
The garden is home to both a summer and a tree house with a range of outdoor seating areas.
There's also a private driveway for three to four vehicles and a double garage for further parking, if necessary.
Situated in the sought-after New Barn area, the property is within easy reach of local schools, transport links and village amenities, and can cater for families of varying sizes.
The current owners have lived in the property for 30 years and had this to say about their time there.
“In 1991, after 20 years of moving house to suit my work in the construction industry I was made director so could finally choose a family home," they said.
"We lived in New Barn and my wife and children found New Barn House and fell in love with its unique charm, so when I went to see it I was under considerable pressure. Fortunately, I loved it so we bought it, fitted a new kitchen, renewed electricity and plumbing and moved in.
"My job was quite hectic especially in difficult economic times, but New Barn House was always a wonderful calming haven to come home to.
"The children loved it and the house was always full of their friends."
They added: "We have had some wonderful family celebrations especially at Christmas where the setting is superb; the kids thought it a wonderful party house.
"It has been a great place to spend lockdown, a lovely house and garden in which to chill and lovely walks in a caring community.
"We are moving because we are getting on and the house is too big for us.
"Telling the grandchildren we are moving will be very difficult because they love the place as much as we do.”
The home has been listed for sale and is inviting offers over £995,000.
Viewings are strictly by appointment only for qualified buyers.
The property is marketed by Keller Williams, one of largest real estate franchises in the world, and the fastest growing in the UK.
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