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£2.25m seven-bedroom country mansion for sale in Temple Ewell, near Dover


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If you’re in the market for a truly scrumptious new home, this Grade II country house near Dover could be just what you’re looking for.

This magnificent seven-bedroom mansion was once owned by the Hollis family.

Woodville Hall was once home to the car that inspired Ian Fleming's novel Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Picture: Strutt and Parker
Woodville Hall was once home to the car that inspired Ian Fleming's novel Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Picture: Strutt and Parker

During their time at the house, Mr Hollis bought himself a car - but this wasn’t just any car. It was an aero-engined racing car, Chitty 2, which was the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s 1964 children’s novel, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The writer first spotted the car when it was owned by Count Zoborowski, who lived at Higham Park - now known as Highland Court - in Bridge, near Canterbury.

There's plenty of space to park your cars - famous or not - in the four-bay barn garage. Picture: Strutt and Parker
There's plenty of space to park your cars - famous or not - in the four-bay barn garage. Picture: Strutt and Parker

The young car enthusiast caught the attention of the novelist with his wealthy exploits and self-built cars, which included the series of 23-litre Maybach-powered racers he built with engineer Captain Clive Gallop they called Chitty Bang Bang.

Count Zoborowski sold Chitty 2 to the Hollis family during their time at this beautiful home in the village of Temple Ewell.

Woodville Hall is now on the market for £2.25m and features seven bedrooms, two of which come with en-suite bathrooms, a charming fitted kitchen with a central island, and four impressive reception rooms, all centred around a grand sweeping staircase.

Even the largest of families can fit in here, with seven bedrooms tucked away inside the mansion. Picture: Strutt and Parker
Even the largest of families can fit in here, with seven bedrooms tucked away inside the mansion. Picture: Strutt and Parker
There are two en-suite bathrooms, along with a family bathroom and shower room. Picture: Strutt and Parker
There are two en-suite bathrooms, along with a family bathroom and shower room. Picture: Strutt and Parker
The country kitchen fits perfectly with the property's rural location. Picture: Strutt and Parker
The country kitchen fits perfectly with the property's rural location. Picture: Strutt and Parker
You won't be short of places to sit and relax with four reception rooms. Picture: Strutt and Parker
You won't be short of places to sit and relax with four reception rooms. Picture: Strutt and Parker

In between entertaining guests, this home is also perfect for remote working as it includes a study room and two offices, as well as a number of practical storage rooms in the attic and basement.

Working from home won't be a problem as you'll have two offices and study room to choose from. Picture: Strutt and Parker
Working from home won't be a problem as you'll have two offices and study room to choose from. Picture: Strutt and Parker

Don’t worry, it’s not all about work - there’s plenty of opportunity to play here too, as the home features an impressive cinema room, a games room and home studio to indulge in your favourite hobbies.

Set in 12 acres of stunning grounds, including vibrant woodland and colourful gardens, this incredible home has just as much to offer on the outside. Spend summer evenings enjoying al fresco dining on the lawn or take a stroll through the grounds for some fresh countryside air.

Even walking up to the front door will take your breath away. Picture: Strutt and Parker
Even walking up to the front door will take your breath away. Picture: Strutt and Parker
Take a relaxing evening walk through 12 acres of beautiful woodland, lawn and gardens. Picture: Strutt and Parker
Take a relaxing evening walk through 12 acres of beautiful woodland, lawn and gardens. Picture: Strutt and Parker

Just beyond your secluded woodland haven is the picturesque Downs, the quaint village of Temple Ewell and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You are also only a short drive from Dover town centre and the beach at Saint Margarets Bay, and less than 25 minutes from the city of Canterbury.

Find yourself in a little slice of literary, film and motor racing history at this grand country estate.

This grand family home is full of history and charming features. Picture: Strutt and Parker
This grand family home is full of history and charming features. Picture: Strutt and Parker

If you would like to know more about this magnificent mansion, visit Strutt and Parker.

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