About the property
- House2012 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Historic carriage house providing luxurious accommodation for 6 people in Kent
The Clock Tower is a newly converted Grade I listed carriage house and stables with clock tower built in 1728, located in the Weald of Kent and 6.5miles from Tonbridge station (London 45 minutes) and 2.5 miles from Paddock Wood Station (London 50 minutes). It has been renovated to the highest standard 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. There is 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 and the whole house is heated by underfloor heating. 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.
As the owners 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.
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.
There are main line stations 2.5 miles away at Paddock Wood and 6.5 miles away at Tonbridge, with trains to London and the south coast. Buses pass through the village regularly. The M25 is 16 miles away.
Overlooking the green with its cricket pitch, pavilion and duck pond this is a quintessentially English village. It is within easy reach of the spa town of Tunbridge Wells, 2.5 miles from a mainline railway station from which you can reach London in 45 minutes and within driving distance of historic towns such as Canterbury, Chatham and Rochester. It is also only 25 miles from the south coast, with beautiful towns such as Rye, Hastings and Eastbourne to visit, with Brighton and Whitstable, famous for its oysters, a little further afield. There are many interesting places to visit in the immediate locality including Royal Tunbridge Wells and many lovely towns and villages including Cranbrook, Tenterden and Rye. Driving in the area you will pass oast houses, windmills and hop gardens. The largest group of oast houses in the world is only 4 miles away at The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood! Local highlights include Tonbridge Castle, Tudeley church with its Marc Chagall stained glass windows, Lamberhurst church with its John Piper stained glass window, Capel church where there are fascinating 13th century wall paintings and 11th century Brenchley church. A little further afield are Vita Sackville-West's famous Sissinghurst gardens, Pashley Manor garden, Christopher Lloyd's former home at Great Dixter with its wonderful garden and Lutchyens house, Knole Park in Sevenoaks (the largest house in Kent), Penshurst Place, Anne Boleyn's home - Hever Castle, Bodium Castle, Leeds Castle and Sir Winston Churchill's country home at Chartwell, Westerham. The adventurous or young at heart will enjoy Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Camber Sands, the Dymchurch and Tenterden Railway and activities such as cycling & walking at Bewl Water and Bedgebury Pinetum. There are many beautiful walks around the village of Matfield. Full details and maps are provided in the house along with plenty of tourist information.
Fine food can be had in the village of Matfield at The Poet, with traditional pub fare at The Star and home made pizzas at The Hopbine just a mile away. Several lovely country inns are known for their real ales especially The Halfway House 2 miles away at Brenchley (traditionally a coaching inn half way between Rye and London).
With London so accessible as well you will be spoiled for choice for what to see, do and visit, but if you just want to relax in a beautiful place surrounded by historic buildings then this is the place for you.
A recent review from our first guests in August 2017 states, "The Clock Tower near Tonbridge is breathtakingly beautiful. The house itself is artfully designed and furnished, and the impeccably-manicured grounds are spacious and inviting. My children (aged 7, 5, and 1) loved exploring the garden behind the house. They were delighted to find rabbits, frogs, and ladybirds to chase after and spent much of their time scouring the orchard for apples and blackberries. Sarah is a gracious and helpful host, and the whole family was thoroughly pleased with the extent to which she stocked the house, especially the kitchen, with an impressive array of upscale amenities and treats. Even seasoned cooks will find everything they need for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For dining out, there are several charming restaurants in Matfield, which we found to be a very pleasant area. We had a relaxing and enjoyable stay and wholeheartedly recommend The Clock Tower to anyone looking for a memorable holiday not far from the London area. Many thanks to Sarah for sharing your very special property with us; we wished we could have stayed longer!"
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- Apr 8, 2018
I grew up in the area, 6 miles away in Tunbridge Wells and have lived in Matfield since 1997 and the previous 8 years in nearby Brenchley, having moved down to Kent from London, where I trained to be a doctor. I have had a career in General Practice locally, but gave this up 4 years ago to renovate the buildings at Matfield House and secure the future of these important local assets. My husband grew up at Matfield House, which has been in his family since 1960 - we are only the 3rd family to own the house since it was built in 1728 by the Marchant family, who sold in 1952.
Sarah purchased this House in 2011
Why Sarah chose Brenchley
This is simply one of the most beautiful Georgian houses I know and it is a privilege to live here and to look after it. It stands in the glorious Weald of Kent, surrounded by beautiful countryside, villages, historic houses and gardens. There is so much of interest to see and do in the local area and we are a short train journey from all that London has to offer. Getting the old carriage house and stables 'The Clock Tower' back into use for the first time in possibly 100 years has been a labour of love. It is essential that we start to earn some income from the property here in order to maintain it and all the other buildings and to be able to stay here.
What makes this House unique
As Nikolaus Pevsner says about Matfield House in his book The Buildings of England, West Kent and the Weald, "Matfield Green is remarkable for its N side. Beyond the duck pond, half hidden by a row of pollarded sycamores, stands a perfect early Georgian group". These consist of the house and Clock Tower listed grade I, two barns, 3 cottages, the garden walls and the gates and railings listed grade II* and an oast house and mounting block listed grade II. This is unique in the area. We absolutely love it here.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Excellent Accommodation and hosts *****
We arrived at the Clock Tower on the 23rd December for our Christmas Break, the property is faultless, furnished to a very high standard with all the facilities you could wish for. Sarah the owner and host welcomed us upon arrival, nothing was too much trouble. The extra touches such as Christmas Tree, homemade Apple Juice, Chocolates and welcome pack was all very much appreciated.
The location within the centre of the village, within private grounds with easy access to all local amenities. The local family owned butchers, a short walk from the house has such a large selection of fresh produce including Meats, Cheese and Vegetables, most certainly a must visit.
Sarah, you helped make our family Christmas break enjoyable and most of all a memorable one – Thank you from all of the family!
The images of the property do not do it justice, we have stayed in many properties throughout the world and this has to be right up there at the top!
Thank you again Sarah for allowing our family to stay in such a beautiful property.
We would all without a doubt recommend The Clock Tower!
It is lovely to receive such a positive review from excellent guests.
We have attempted to make the Clock Tower as comfortable and up-to-date as possible within a building dating from 1728 and it is good to receive feedback that this is being appreciated.
The village position of the property is delightful and I will pass on the positive feedback to my near neighbour at the village butcher!
Perfect in every way
Perfect location for a lot of activities in Kent. The house itself is a gem, in which you will want for nothing.
There are many local attractions including the Mark Chagall stained glass windows at Tudeley Church and rare medieval wall paintings at Capel Church.
The spa town of Tunbridge Wells is 6 miles away and Tonbridge 6.5 miles away.
Nearby gardens open to the public include Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, Pashley Manor Gardens and Great Dixter.
Houses to visit include Knole at Sevenoaks, Chartwell, Groombridge Place and Penshurst Place.
Tonbridge Castle, Scotney Castle, Chiddingstone Castle, Leeds Castle, Bodium Castle, Rochester Castle, Dover Castle, Hever Castle and Hastings Castle are all within driving distance.
The historic towns of Tunbridge Wells, Battle and Hastings, Canterbury, Rochester and Chatham are all within easy reach.
There are many beautiful villages to drive through or visit. This is the centre of hop and apple growing in the UK - the Garden of England and you will pass many oast houses on your travels, most now converted to residential properties.
Water activities are available at Bewl Water reservoir and there is golf, riding and fishing available locally.