Grade II* listed Kentish manor house for sale along with 258 acres of land; its asking price has been reduced by over £1 million
Twyssenden Manor, near Goudhurst in Kent spent much of the 20th century in use as a youth hostel, but after being purchased by its current owner, a “successful businessman who, in the late 1990s, decided to abandon his City career in favour of a quieter life in the country,” in 2002 was restored to its former glory.
Consisting of a Grade II* listed 16th century sandstone tower joining two older houses, this 8,445 square foot, 5 bedroom house has many period features and amongst them is a former chapel, a tower that was likely a confessional for a priest and several medieval murals portraying verses from the ‘marriage prayer,’ Psalm 128 also.
“There are lots of medieval farmhouses, but this is different. You might think it would be dark with low ceilings, but this place has good ceiling heights. It was clearly a house of some importance.”
“There is an entire wall intricately decorated in a 17th-century fresco in what would have been the bridal chamber. It hasn’t been touched up, all the colours are original. It is now preserved behind a glass panel.”
Standing in some 258 acres of land, the estate is approached by a private road and includes formal gardens with what Country Life’s Penny Churchill describes as “picturesque ruins,” an all-weather Astroturf tennis court, a series of spring-fed lakes, Grade III permanent pasture and woodland. Completing the package is a 2 bedroom barn conversion, a gym, games room, domestic offices, garaging and a hunting lodge also.
The present owners have derived income from letting the farmland and a “family shoot” of duck, high pheasant and partridge have provided typically 11 days per season.
The Numbers – The Twyssenden Estate, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom, TN17 2RG
May 2019 – Reduced to £6.95 million ($9 million, €8 million or درهم33.2 million).
September 2018 – For sale for £8 million ($10.4 million, €9.3 million or درهم38.2 million).
2001 – Sold for £2.2 million ($2.7 million, €2.4 million or درهم10 million).