The conical roof and cowls mark it out as an oast house (Picture: Mediadrumimages/Jackson-Stops)
With energy bills going up and colder weather on the way, how well our homes retain heat is a growing concern.
But insulation won’t be a problem for whoever buys this Kent property, as it was formerly used as a giant kiln.
On the market for £1.25 million, the Grade II five-bedroom ‘oast house’ in Hunton dates back to the mid-19th century.
Back then it would have been a hub of the brewing process, with three conical towers (known locally as kells) serving as hop kilns before the property was converted into a house in the 1970s.
1 Bull Oast retains its distinctive trio of turrets, with a number of its rooms featuring circular walls and curved windows.
It’s ideal for pottery enthusiasts and introverts alike, set on 2.1 acres of land, with a private driveway and expansive views of the surrounding countryside.
The property boasts five bedrooms set across two floors (Picture: Mediadrumimages/Jackson-Stops)
The listing reads: ‘The main entrance opens into a spacious circular entrance hall with tiled flooring.
‘Of particular note is the magnificent panelled drawing room furnished with an impressive inglenook fireplace with wood and coal burning stove; a magical setting for cosy nights in front of the fire.
An inglenook fireplace adds to its old-school charm (Picture: Mediadrumimages/Jackson-Stops)
‘French doors open out onto a paved terrace, ideal for al fresco dining.’
Arranged over two floors, the house has three bathrooms, a substantial loft, a hidden office nook in the drawing room, and three bedrooms located within the kilns.
Some of the rooms are rounded, like this spacious kitchen (Picture: Mediadrumimages/Jackson-Stops)
A stable block, with four stables, is also included in the sale – perfect for horse-lovers.
‘Outside, the gardens are mainly laid to lawn interspersed with mature trees and bordered by mature hedging, fencing and brick walling,’ the listing continues.
‘The garden leads into a small paddock with an apple orchard beyond.
‘There are good road links nearby with the M20 providing access east to Ashford International Station and the coastal ports and west to the M25 for Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted Airports.’
Bonus points; whenever you hyperbolically say ‘it’s like an oven in here’, you’re guaranteed to get a few laughs.
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