Downsview Offers Spacious, Three-Storey Family Living

Fernham Homes is launching phase two of its highly desirable Downsview development at Westerham, near Sevenoaks, on the weekend of 31st October. Initially, seven three/four-bedroom, semi-detached homes will be available at Downsview North, all featuring a flexible fourth bedroom/study and an innovative three-storey layout that makes the most of the beautiful views over the North Downs.
The homes feature a lower ground floor space that is open to the owners’ interpretation, with a living/dining space complemented by bi-fold doors leading to the turfed garden, a kitchen with breakfast bar, separate utility room, storage cupboard and a cloakroom. The main entrance on the ground floor leads through to an elegant formal living room with Juliet balcony, from which residents can appreciate the countryside scenery thanks to the hilltop location. Bedroom two is also on this floor, with an en suite shower room that can also be accessed via the hallway.

The first floor features a versatile layout, with the master bedroom enjoying an en suite shower room and fitted wardrobes, bedroom three, a family bathroom and a home office which could be also be used as a fourth bedroom, a craft room, a playroom, or as a nursery.

There are two different house types, internally laid out the same but with distinctively different external designs. The Wisteria has a striking apex roof detail with weather boarding, while The Juniper has far more extensive weather boarding across the frontage.

Paul Rosbrook, Operations Director at Fernham Homes, said:

“The versatile layout of these three-storey homes gives every member of the family space for themselves, and is particularly suited to people who work from home, as the flexible fourth bedroom-turned-office space is on the first floor, away from the hustle and bustle of family life. We found that phase one was popular with all ages of buyers who have now formed a tight-knit community. There are only seven homes launching this time around as two have already been reserved off-plan, so we expect the launch weekend to be a busy one.”

Fernham ensures that its homes are finished to the highest standards, and at Downsview the specification will include designer kitchens with handleless soft-close drawers and cupboards and Bosch appliances including induction hob, double oven, fridge-freezer, and integrated dishwasher. Bathrooms will have white sanitary ware and chrome fixings, including heated towel rails, whilst gardens will come with patios, cycle storage and an external tap.

Downsview is extremely well connected, with Oxted Station just four miles away and Sevenoaks Station just over six miles. From Oxted, travel to London Bridge takes from 33 minutes and London Victoria from 29 minutes, while from Sevenoaks station, train services reach Cannon Street in 32 minutes and Charing Cross in 36 minutes. Access to the M25 is seven miles away and Gatwick Airport is 18 miles away by car.

Westerham and the surrounding area has plenty to recommend it. The town centre is brimming with boutiques, bars and restaurants, with a buzzing café culture that includes independent coffee shops and vintage tea rooms. Westerham Brewery produces local craft beers and ales, while wine lovers can enjoy Squerryes Vineyard & Winery. There are plenty of small local shops and convenience stores in Westerham along with a primary school, rated as Good by Ofsted. Nearby Sevenoaks has major supermarkets such as Tesco and Waitrose, plus additional schools, shops, restaurants and leisure facilities. including a thriving golf club.


Community Spirit Makes a Comeback

With the Office for National Statistics having recorded a surge in community spirit across the UK since the coronavirus outbreak*, it is not surprising, that the local community is now becoming a more prominent factor for those thinking about moving.

Paul and Beverley Lincoln (69 and 64) moved to Fernham Homes’ Ellesmere development, which is situated in the tight knit village community of Hollingbourne, near Maidstone in Kent, just before lockdown in early March, and immediately felt the benefit of living in an area where people looked out for each other and did things together.

Paul, a consultant for a construction design company, comments: “If we have to go back into lockdown again, then I couldn’t think of a better place to be than Hollingbourne. At the height of the lockdown in April and May, the pub in the village was serving takeaway meals, and Woods, the village shop took on its role as lynchpin of the community and stayed open all the time. They were superb and even operated a local delivery service to elderly people. Union Jack bunting to mark VE Day still adorns the main street and you can see rainbows in most windows.

Paul continues: “Another attraction of the village is that it is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is surrounded by a network of public footpaths, which lead right onto the North Downs, which meant we could spend most days wandering around the local countryside.

The exclusive Ellesmere development of 12 family homes is situated in the small hamlet of Hollingbourne at the foot of the North Downs. The area is renowned for the beauty of the surrounding countryside, and offers residents numerous walking and cycling routes, forming part of the National Cycle Network and historic Leeds Castle is also just a stone’s throw away. The village is home to three pubs, including ‘The Dirty Habit’, which dates to the 11th century. The village store, Woods of Hollingbourne, prides itself on only selling locally sourced Kentish produce where it can, and is still offering a local delivery service for those who are self-isolating or are unable to leave their home.

Paul continues:

“We quickly got friendly with our neighbours after moving in and we started having a takeaway evening meal from The Dirty Habit every fortnight with them; sitting on tables located at opposite ends of the green in front of our homes! Fernham inevitably had to stay off site during lockdown, so the residents took it upon themselves to look after the common areas, water the plants and cut the grass where we could. That is the kind of community we’re living in; everyone wants their home to look nice.”

The development at Ellesmere comprises four two-bedroom, three four-bedroom homes and five larger, five-bedroom houses, all with landscaped gardens and with the four and five-bedroom homes benefitting from large garages. The exteriors, designed by DHA Architecture, have been detailed to reflect the historic homes in and around Hollingbourne, featuring two colours of red bricks, brown and red roof tiles and white render, as well as gable-ended roofs typical of the area. Great care has been taken to preserve the country feel of the development, with many of the existing trees and hedges being retained.

Paul, who moved from Hempstead in Gillingham where Beverley and he had lived for the last 25 years, wanted to downsize and find a property that required less maintenance, continues: “Working in the building profession, I like the traditional build methods and design elements that Fernham has used. The quality of the finishes are also second to none. The house itself is exactly what we wanted, it’s smaller than our previous home, easier to maintain and with lower running costs, but still has the space for family to come and visit when we get back in more normal times.”

Paul Rosbrook, Operations Director at Fernham Homes, comments:

“The lure of a new lifestyle, one that is quieter, with open green space and countryside walks on the doorstep and a strong local community, was an attraction for buyers like Paul and Beverley before lockdown. But since lockdown, people are looking for this in greater numbers with rural Kentish villages like Hollingbourne now appealing to those who have the flexibility to commute less often.”

The homes at Ellesmere are located less than half a mile from the railway station which offers direct services to London Victoria in as little as one hour and 12 minutes. The area also offers a good selection of schools, including Hollingbourne Primary School in the village and Grammar schools in Maidstone. Nearby Bearsted and Maidstone offer more extensive facilities, and the M20 provides easy access to the motorway network.

In addition to the pubs and village store, there is also a church and village hall within easy walking distance from Ellesmere. For a village of its size, there are numerous local groups and clubs to get involved with, including a Cricket Club, Breton Dancing, Golf Society, Football Club, Art Group, Garden Society, Pantomime Group, Pilates, Bowls and the Women’s Institute. A mobile library also normally runs in the village hall car park each week.

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Family Homes in the Peaceful Garden of England

Fernham Homes is launching the second phase of its popular Boughton Park development in the historic village of Boughton Monchelsea in Kent. At the weekend launch on 3rd and 4th October, 10 new three and four-bedroom properties will be available to purchase off-plan, with prices starting from just £385,000.

Fernham Homes has redesigned its house type range with modern family lifestyles in mind, featuring open plan kitchen/diners, and externals which will blend in with the local architecture. Phase two at Boughton Park will introduce six different, new house types, ranging from the semi-detached, three-bedroom The Fairfield with its separate formal living room, to the generously sized and detached The Heverham, which boasts four double bedrooms and a handy utility room. All come with allocated parking spaces – some with a car port – and enjoy landscaped front gardens and turfed rear gardens with Indian sandstone patios, as well as large bi-fold doors.

Inside, the specification will be equally impressive, including fully fitted kitchens with integrated Bosch appliances, master bedroom suites with smart fully fitted wardrobes, and USB sockets fitted to the kitchens and master bedrooms.

Lynne Smith, Director of Sales and Marketing at Fernham Homes, notes:

“The first phase at Boughton Park is almost completely sold out, so we are expecting the launch weekend for these new homes to be busy. Boughton Monchelsea is a great location, offering both a thriving village community and good links to London, so buyers should register their interest as soon as possible.”

The new homes are part of Fernham’s select development of 43 three, four and five-bedroom properties on the edge of the village. The location is ideal for families as the village primary school is just a few minutes’ walk away and there’s a great selection of amenities on hand, including a playground, village hall, shop, post office and farm shop.

Award winning housebuilder Fernham Homes prides itself on finding great locations for its new developments, and Boughton Park benefits from the best of both town and country. Maidstone station is just four miles away, offering services to Ashford International (with onward connections to mainland Europe) in 32 minutes, London St Pancras in 51 minutes and London Victoria in just over an hour, whilst Marden station is less than six miles away, offering services to London Charing Cross in under an hour.

Maidstone itself, the county town of Kent, is ranked in the top towns in the south east of England for shopping, with more than a million square feet of retail space, including The Mall Maidstone and Fremlin Walk shopping centres. The riverside Lockmeadow Centre boasts a multiplex cinema, restaurants and nightclubs.

For those who prefer country to town, the North Downs and the Weald of Kent are close at hand for pleasant walks, and Boughton Monchelsea deer park has summer openings where you can glimpse the shy animals close at hand. There are tranquil walks along the River Beult, fishing at the Monk Lakes and the chance for a quiet pint in the local pub, The Cock Inn, which has been pouring out the ale since 1568. There’s also a craft brewery, Rockin Robin, and an award-winning restaurant, The Curious Eatery, in the village.