Newly converted Grade I listed carriage house and stables with clock tower built in 1728, located in the Weald of Kent, 6.5 miles from Tonbridge station (London 45 minutes) and 2.5 miles from Paddock Wood Station (London 50 minutes).
Renovated to the highest standard and with all facilities to cater for 6 people in comfort and luxury. The house has 3 bedrooms and 3 bath/shower rooms plus fully equipped kitchen, dining room, sitting room and cloakroom.
Exclusive use of a hot tub and shared use of a tennis court, croquet lawn and several acres of grounds. There are two patio areas, one with outside sofa and hot tub and the second with barbecue and table and chairs for outdoor dining.
This is a Grade I listed converted former carriage house and stables, part of a group of exceptional Grade I and Grade II* Georgian buildings, built in 1728 during the early reign of King George II.
Described by Nicholas Pevsner in his book The buildings of England, West Kent and the Weald as 'a perfect early Georgian group' the house and its outbuildings are situated on the north side of the Green in the village of Matfield, 6 miles to the east of Tunbridge Wells. The Clock Tower is part of this group of four buildings.
The owners live in the adjacent house and over the past 5 years have been undergoing a major restoration project of the whole property, due to be completed in 2019. The Clock Tower was completed in July 2017. As many original features as possible have been retained during the conversion process, including an original manger in what is now the dining room, original metal framed windows, part of the old stable floor, many interesting beams and, of course, the clock (although this has yet to be renovated to make the movement work).
The space has been skilfully designed by award winning architect Nick Kidwell (RIBA award 1998 and short listed for the first Stephen Lawrence award in the same year for conversion of a listed oast house in the grounds). It includes the use of curved walls finished with Venetian plaster in two of the bedrooms and high specification flooring, kitchen and bath and shower rooms.
The Clock Tower has been furnished to a very high standard with our guests' complete comfort in mind. A gas 'log' fire provides a cosy atmosphere in the sitting room. The kitchen is equipped to exacting standards.
All double beds are superking size (6' wide), zip/link beds with hybrid individual pocket sprung/memory foam mattresses. They can be split into two twin singles on request. The house is usually set up with two double beds and a twin room, but individual requests for a different configuration can be accommodated.
Guests can use the whole of the ground and first floors of the building. There is a locked door on the landing leading to a storage space and the stairs to the clock, which are not generally accessible to guests, although if the owners are present a guided tour will be available on request. There is some interesting stained glass worth seeing in the tower itself, as well as the 1736 clock mechanism.
Interaction with guests
I manage bookings personally.
As we live in the adjacent house we will be available during your stay if we are here. If we are away there will be a named person who can be contacted if necessary.
Other things to note
- There is ample off road parking immediately behind the Clock Tower. Access is via a remote/keypad operated gate
- £400 Damages Deposit per week is required
- Check in time 4-9pm, check out time 10am. Minimum let is 3 nights at the weekend and 4 nights during the week, with changeovers on Friday and Monday
- Linen and towels provided
- Two patio areas, one with outside sofa and hot tub and the second with barbecue and table and chairs for outdoor dining
- No smoking
- Not suitable for pets
- No parties or events
- Check in time is 4PM - 9PM
- Please respect the neighbours and keep noise after 10.30pm to a minimum
- No shoes in the house
- Shower to remove sun cream/perfume etc before using the hot tub