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For sale Linton Park, near Maidstone, has asking price dropped from £32m to £28.5m

Agents have knocked £3.5 million off the price of a grand Georgian mansion and its extensive estate.

Linton Park is in a prominent position on a hill overlooking the Weald and can be seen by motorists using the A229 from Staplehurst to Maidstone.

Buy just the house for £12m
Buy just the house for £12m

It first went on the market in May last year with a price tag of £32m.

That included 440 acres, a set of farm buildings let on commercial leases, a cricket pitch, 14 other properties, and a separate plot, known as Ranters Land, comprising 89.4 acres of arable land along with six acres of woodland.

The price now being asked is £28.5m.

Alternatively, you can buy just the mansion and its immediate 20 acres of parkland for a mere £12m.

For that you get the Grade I-listed house, with its six reception rooms and 12 bedrooms.

It is reached via an avenue of lime trees ending in a turning area around a lavender-fringed island.

The impressive main staircase
The impressive main staircase

The house was designed by Robert Mann around 1730 and was later extended for the fifth Earl Cornwallis by Thomas and William Cubitt in 1825.

They added a third storey to the original building and constructed two-storey wings on each side.

The north entrance is at ground level, but as the house is built into the slope, this is effectively first-floor level along the southern front.

The garden floor below has large windows opening onto the southern terrace.

The current owners have carried out extensive renovations throughout.

Can you imagine living here?
Can you imagine living here?

The house comprises an entrance hall, east and west ante rooms, a salon, dining room and morning room, each with floor-to-ceiling sash windows giving spectacular views over the Weald.

There is also a breakfast room.

A canti-levered staircase leads to the first floor where a wide landing runs the length of the house leading to four bedrooms on the south side and four on the north.

A secondary staircase leads to the second floor which provides a further four bedrooms and a sitting room with views over the Weald and surrounding parkland.

The secondary staircase also leads down to the garden level where rooms have high ceilings and large windows with those on the southern front having French doors out onto the wide terrace.

Every aspect has been restored
Every aspect has been restored

A wide central passageway gives access to a large summer room, commercial kitchen, garden room, estate office and vaulted room.

Along the northern front the rooms include a billiard room, cloakrooms, staff room, lift lobby, various store rooms and a substantial boiler room with oil-fired boilers.

A back door at the end of the garden floor gives access to a hidden parking area accessed by a spur from the main drive, which has three electric car-charging units.

From the basement, stairs lead down to a small cellar with wine bins around the walls and a separate small store room.

Outside, the gardens themselves are Grade II* listed and extend to 20 acres.

The peak of luxury living
The peak of luxury living

It is on sale through Strutt and Parker.

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