English villages with rural surroundings are amongst the most popular spots to reside. With Kent, the garden of England, featuring twice in a recent Sunday Times top 50 list of the best rural places to live in Britain.
A prime example of these locations, is the village of Platt, where Millwood Designer Homes has launched its exclusive new development, Bell Orchard, offering three individually designed country houses.
These detached new homes blend traditional Kentish vernaculars with a first-class specification and the latest trends in modern-day living, including wiring for multi-room audio systems, custom-made kitchens, wood burning stoves, energy-efficient induction hobs and solar water heating. The homes are surrounded by unspoilt countryside, but within easy reach of the upmarket towns of Sevenoaks and West Malling.
Behind the traditional façades, the 2,958 and 3,343 sq ft five-bedroom houses, offer an impressive balance of informal and formal living space with the latest technology for smart living. At the heart of each house is a beautiful staircase with solid oak handrail, around which the flexible living space unfolds. The spacious interiors are flooded with natural light, with clean lines providing a stylish blank canvas.
Each of these new homes include a study, drawing room, separate dining room and spectacular open-plan kitchen, family and garden room that can seamlessly transition between entertaining for a dinner party to a more relaxed hub for family life. Dual aspect bi-folding doors open onto the private rear gardens which are surrounded by mature trees and shrubs. Two of the houses have master bedrooms, which have their own balcony and dressing room.
The properties feature an excellent, high-end specification throughout with bespoke designed kitchens, granite worktops, Siemens and Liebherr appliances, underfloor heating and ceramic flooring to the kitchen, bathrooms, en suites and cloakroom. Sleek Villeroy & Boch suites and Hansgrohe chrome furnishings have been used in the timeless, hotel-style bathrooms, with a ‘his and hers’ sink in the opulent master ensuites. With Millwood having only recently started building the properties, there is also the opportunity for interested purchasers to bespoke their home and choose the design and specification of the kitchen, bathrooms, walls and flooring.
Perfect for families, Platt, with its own pub, primary school, petrol station and grocery store, combines quaint village charm with good amenities and first-class transport links. Situated within the heart of the village, Bell Orchard is also conveniently located near the larger village of Borough Green, which offers a selection of shops and a mainline rail station serving London Victoria in 45 minutes. The area also boasts a selection of leading primary, grammar, private and preparatory schools.
Nearby Sevenoaks (seven miles) and West Malling (four miles) offer a wider selection of high street shops and specialist boutiques, bars, restaurants, leisure and entertainment facilities with rail connections into London that take less than 35 minutes. The shopping centres at Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells and Bluewater are also within reasonable driving distance.
Perfect for commuters, Ebbsfleet International station is less than 15 miles from Bell Orchard offering services into London St Pancras in just 19 minutes, as well as Eurostar trains to France and Brussels. The M20 is under three miles away from Bell Orchard, connecting to the M25, Gatwick and Heathrow airports and the Channel Tunnel Terminus at Folkestone.
Philip Brown, Sales Director at Millwood, said: “Millwood has combined all that is best in the local architectural history with the latest in modern technology and innovation at Bell Orchard. Not only will the development appeal to those looking for a family home in the countryside, surrounded by good schools and countryside pursuits, but also those after a commuting base that offers easy access into central London.”