An impressive property with echoes of the original modernist movement – although this Richard Reid-designed six-bedroom house in Old Chelsfield, Kent is a fairly recent build.
Reid himself is one of the UK’s leading architects, a winner of RIBA awards, and star of exhibitions at the Royal Academy, the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Victoria & Albert Museum. You’re talking a house with pedigree here.
From that, you know you’re getting a house that both looks good and is functionally impressive. Formerly part of the Lullingstone Estate, it sits on a south-facing ridge in approximately six acres of land. The house itself covers around 3,328 sq ft.
The property is approached by a glass and steel bridge into the main entrance, with accommodation in the main house comprising of six bedrooms, four bathrooms and a cloakroom, kitchen with family room, utility room, double-height dining hall with balcony, triple-aspect reception room, study and laundry/plant room. According to the agent, the lower-ground-floor rooms could potentially be used as a gym or home cinema.
In terms of detailing, there is extensive glazing, projecting window bays plus glass cupula and high ceilings, all making the place incredibly light. Verandahs and terraces are also designed to pick up the light at all times of the day, while full-height double glass doors open to reinforce Richard Reid’s ethos of inviting the countryside in. Pretty much everything is high end, as you would expect, within.
Aside from the main six-bedroom house, there is a garage, swimming pool and storage rooms recessed into garden walls. There’s also planning permission for replacement farm buildings – two barns, five loose boxes and a tackroom – for which the footings have already been laid. So the possibility to add value too.
Unfortunately, you’ll have to spend big to make that money – £2,050,000 is the asking price.
Find out more at the Modern House website