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Ever After | Luxury Self-Catering Home with Pool | High Weald, Kent

Ever After

Chiddingstone, High Weald, Kent, UK

Surrounded by fields of daisies and the breath-taking scenery of the High Weald beyond, Ever After is a picture-perfect home blissfully set within 57 acres of private grounds. Once belonging to the family of beloved British author Roger Hargreaves, famous for his Mr. Men and Little Miss stories, this Grade-II listed country house in Kent, with its own heated pool and hot tub, affords families the chance to get lost amongst the pages of their own tale of enchantment. Happily Ever After.

Introduction

Ever After mingles 21st century contemporary design with antiquated notions that speak of 15th century Tudor charm, in a pitch-perfect harmony of old-meets-new. Outside offers acres of immaculate country house gardens, whilst inside juxtaposes restored inglenook fires, diamond-pane windows and exposed oak beams with minimalist design features such as glass and polished steel. Perfect for multi-generational self-catering family holidays, start days with a morning swim followed by breakfast on the terrace. Fuelled and ready to go, discover the woodland trails and medieval manors that pepper the High Weald.

Inside

Masterfully pairing period features with clean contemporary design, Ever After is a page-turner in itself. The abundance of space affords room for grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles to come together for an extended family gathering. After jovial suppers in the open-plan dining room, gather in the lounge to share fireside conversation and trays of artisan chocolates. While grown-ups crack open a bottle, children can claim the ground floor television room as a den of their own. Sleeping ten guests and one dog, ascend the unique glass staircase to end the day in one of the five dreamy bedrooms, each appointed in calming colour palettes.

Outside

Approached by a gated drive in a peaceful part of rural Kent, families can look forward to long summer days relishing Ever After’s quintessentially English country garden. Mature trees and beds of fragrant blooms decorate the grounds, set on ribbons of luscious green lawns as neat as if they've been mown by Mr. Fussy himself. Little ones are sure to have hours of fun with their own ‘Little Miss Playhouse’, year-round putting green, croquet set and outdoor swimming pool to splash about in until well past bedtime. In the evening, it's outside feasts around the smoking pizza oven.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 10 guests
    From £3,595 per week, £2,750 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative group optionUp to 6 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere are three double bedrooms on the first floor. One features a super king-size four poster bed, egg-shaped bath and separate rainfall shower, with the remaining two double bedrooms having an en suite bathroom and en suite shower room. On the second floor is a further double bedroom with king-size bed and en suite shower room, and a twin bedroom. There is a separate WC on the ground floor, and a basement shower room.
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  • FeaturesHot tub, outdoor heated pool (May - September), multi-function games table, playhouse, putting green
  • PetsOne well-behaved dog is welcome
    Pets are charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms and children are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available, plus stair gates for guests with young children
  • PracticalitiesThere is ample parking for several cars. The house has a stylish SieMatic kitchen, with Miele appliances, a Sub-Zero fridge and wine fridge, Aga, Nespresso coffee machine, washing machine and dryer. The pool house has a separate kitchen, shower room and WC. The pool is available May to September, please request for use out of season.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, Freeview TVs, DVD players and DVDs, Xbox, Sonos multi-room sound system, iPhone docks, iPad, WiFi internet, a built-in pizza oven and gas Weber barbecue, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you startedHouse book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
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High Weald

Wooded valleys, rolling hills and centuries-old walkways past farms and meadows: the High Weald is the fourth largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the country and the English landscape at its picturesque best.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Ever After is located near the village of Chiddingstone in Kent, within the High Weald AONB.
  • By Car The property is just 15 minutes from Royal Tunbridge Wells and around an hour's drive from central London.
  • By Train Take the South East line serving Sevenoaks, Hildenborough, and Tonbridge from Charing Cross, Cannon St and London Bridge.
  • By Air All London airports are within easy reach, with taxis available.

From the owner

“As soon as you enter the electric entrance gates half way along the long private driveway you will be in a haven of tranquillity here. You´ll feel total relaxation in the quiet rural setting, surrounded on all sides by gardens and farmland, with panoramic views of local countryside. We may be biased, but we couldn´t think of anywhere better.”

From the owner

Grade-II listed and dated as 15th century, Ever After was originally built as two cottages. The properties were combined and extended in the late 18th century to form a single country house, benefiting from a quiet and private setting.

In more recent years the house was owned by the family behind the Mr Men, hence some references to the Mr Men and Little Miss books you'll find as you wander around.

Working with the local council, we undertook a project of refurbishment when we bought the house. We further extended and fully renovated it to blend the character and charm of the original beamed property with a modern steel and glass extension for 21st century living.

It's been a labour of love and we are delighted with the results. If you decide to enjoy a magical stay at Ever After, we hope you have a wonderful time whatever occasion brings you here! 

The Scott-Smith Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in High Weald with an insider’s perspective.

Pooh Bear Woods
To Do

Pooh Bear Woods

Originally a deer hunting forest in Norman times, nearby Ashdown Forest is an AONB boasting spectacular views over the Sussex countryside. This enchanted place is also the inspiration for A.A Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh.

The Twenty Six, Southborough
To Eat

The Twenty Six, Southborough

A relaxed restaurant where Head Chef Scott Goss changes the menu daily, Twenty Six offers "twenty six chairs for twenty six people". Designed for occasions that little bit more special, it´s not hard to understand why this restaurant is so popular.

The Castle Inn, Chiddingstone
To Eat

The Castle Inn, Chiddingstone

The Castle Inn at Chiddingstone forms part of the National Trust village, located opposite the church. A traditional English pub in a beautiful setting, it offers lunch and dinner daily, along with popular food-themed evenings.

Penshurst Place
To See

Penshurst Place

One of the loveliest Kent ancestral homes, Penshurst Place is a 14th century manor house with extensive gardens. Once the property of King Henry VIII, the State Rooms and grounds are open to the public, with a cafe and play area too.

Guest Testimonials

The most perfect location to celebrate a special 30th birthday! Thank you for sharing your beautiful house which is luxurious in every sense of the word. We even woke up to deer in the garden who came to say hello!

We had such a special stay here, what a beautiful home you have. Thank you for letting us stay; we love the decor, games room, golf green, and much much more!

The most perfect location to celebrate a special 30th Birthday! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home. Ever After was luxurious in every sense of the word. We even woke up to ten deer in the garden who came to say hello! The children were spoilt with games and the swimming pool, even in November. A truly luxurious and stunning home in a beautiful setting. Certainly a treat. Thank You!

We had the most wonderful time and truly enjoyed every aspect of the house and our stay. It was a pleasure meeting the owner when we departed which was a lovely personal touch.

We loved Ever After and it fully met our expectations. The personalised books with the children´s names was such a lovely touch. The house is multi-generational and we enjoyed walking in the gardens, playing in the playhouse, using the putting green, the games room and the pizza oven. The house was well stocked with games and books, the children especially enjoyed the Julia Donaldson books. We also saw lots of different birds, deer and a squirrel visited daily. The owner was very welcoming and helpful too.

Such a beautiful property with a warm ambience throughout, its stunning original features, contemporary twist and private setting makes it perfect for family get-togethers.

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