The home that has it all - including its own maze

Idyllic Kent farmhouse for sale

Badsell Park Farm

It's not unusual for house-hunters to dream of a country retreat that will be the perfect hideaway. But for one family, that will be literally true.

The new owners of Badsell Park Farm, near Tunbridge Wells in Kent, will be able to escape to the centre of their very own maze.

The house, for sale with Knight Frank for £2.6 million, was built around the time of King Edward VII and was once the Earl of Westmoreland's hunting lodge. It later became a fruit and arable farm, and is now a Grade II listed home.

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And its 96 acres of land includes not only woodland and pasture but also an eight-foot Leylandii maze. Built by a previous owner 25 years ago, the maze takes most people half an hour to escape - and four days a year to keep trimmed.

The maze at Badsell Park Farm

The house itself has six bedrooms and two bathrooms, with four reception rooms, a utility room and a conservatory.

"There is a large 30 foot drawing room and a cosy sitting room," say agents Knight Frank. "The feature room is the open plan kitchen/breakfast room at the rear with its large open fireplace and Aga cooker."

There are plenty of original features, including open fireplaces, exposed beams and wooden floors, and outside there's a large open garage with store room and a 25-foot studio room above.

The kitchen of Badsell Park Farm

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It's the first house we've come across with its own maze - but plenty of properties have a surprise or two. Earlier this year, for example, we reported on the unassuming terraced house in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, which was hiding a secret 28-foot vaulted cave.

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In 2014, a house in Snowdonia went up for sale complete with its own railway station; and a Crystal Palace home was revealed to have a mock-up of a spaceship in the loft.

Meanwhile, an £850,000 Cornish manor house went on the market complete with a castle in the garden dating back to 1066.




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