If you're looking for an exclusive new build, try a coach house within the grounds of Great Maytham Hall in Kent.

Where exactly is it? Just outside Rolvenden, which is set in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and around five miles from the great market town of Tenterden.

Monster housing estate or tiny boutique development? You don’t get much more exclusive than this one. Just two Grade II listed coach houses are available, both of which are within the grounds of Great Maytham Hall, a stately home designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

How much will it cost me? A two bedroom coach house is available at £595,000 and a three bedroom property is priced at £645,000. Both will be completed and ready to move in within weeks.

What is so great about it? Set in some of the county’s lovely open countryside and extremely pretty. Residents have the use of a 17.5 acre private estate and gardens, and can use the Churchill Room, within the main hall, for parties and events.


Surely its not completely perfect? Those prices are fairly punchy. You could expect to buy a two bedroom cottage locally for £250,000 to £300,000, and a three bedroom property for around £400,000. But of course you get what you pay for – in this case privacy and beauty. The Hall was rented by the writer Frances Hodgson Burnett's in 1898 and it was the inspiration for her classic children’s novel The Secret Garden.

Who will my neighbours be? John Murray, sales manager of estate agent Mann says apartments and new build coach houses within the estate have tended to sell to affluent downsizers and those in search of a rather smart pied a terre. Sir Terry Farrell, the architect, owns part of the main house.

What is Rolvenden itself like? Terribly pretty with white painted weatherboard houses, and some good village shops, a post office and a (gastro) pub.

Is it any good for kids? Children will have a whale of a time roaming the private grounds and you are only eight miles drive from the coast. Kent’s grammar schools are some of the best in Britain.

How are the public transport links? This is the country, so not great. Commuters will need to drive to Headcorn, nine miles away, to pick up a train to Charing Cross (one hour 13 minutes) or 12 miles to Ashford, where they can pick up a high speed service to St Pancras (38 minutes).

Is it up and coming? Already up and come, but a prime part of the Home Counties and so considered a safe, long-term investment. Average prices stand at £466,745, up 7.84 per cent in the last year.

I like the sound of Rolvenden what else is on sale there?

1. You could pick up an apartment in Great Maytham Hall, which was converted in around 2009, for £345,000.

2. A pretty two bedroom house in the village outskirts, dating from around 1960 but built in traditional style, is on the market for £395,000.

3. In Tenterden itself you could buy a weatherboard terraced house, Grade II listed, and with fantastic views of open countryside, for offers over £315,000.

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