…After a decade of domination by new City money, 2009 will see the country-house market revert to the less flamboyant, more risk-averse ways of the traditional ‘old money’ brigade. And life will carry on, although at a less frenetic pace. Meanwhile, a new mood of realism among vendors and buyers should lead to a lot of perfectly good country properties, which fell through the net for whatever reason last year, changing hands at what now appear to be bargain prices. For Peter Edwards of Knight Frank the worst hit areas of the Home Counties have been the south-eastern fringes of London and north Kent, both traditionally reliant on City buyers.
A real bargain here is Grade II-listed Cookham Dene at Chislehurst, a substantial 7,460sq ft, Arts-and-Crafts-style house built by Sir Aston Webb in 1882, set in four acres of grounds within the private Manor Park estate. It came onto the market in June at a guide price of £5.3 million, and is now for sale at £3.95m.
Predictably, Surrey’s commuter belt has also been feeling the pinch, and Mr Edwards underlines the value for money of secluded South House with 14.4 acres of wooded grounds at Oxted, close to the M25 between Westerham and Godstone: it launched through Knight Frank in September with a guide price of £3.5m, since reduced to £2.85m.
Originally built in about 1740 and later extended, South House has four reception rooms, eight bedrooms, four bathrooms, a cottage, a coach house, a swimming pool and a tennis court…
And here’s some Cookham Dene history from the Chislehurst Society website-
As a student at Avery Hill College, I was resident at Cookham Dene House from 1972-6 when it was in good condition, surrounded on three sides by a substantial garden of several acres. The house and lodge were the last of three built in Manor Park by Philip, Maurice and, perhaps, Sir Aston Webb in 1883. The College apparently acquired the house for the sum of about £8,000.00 in 1948. Its plans are lodged at the British Museum and it was listed Grade II. It was sold by the college to the then Milk Marketing Board and re-christened Cookham Dene Manor
We believe that the house was designed by Sir Aston Webb around 1882 for his brother Edward ( co-author of “The History of Chislehurst”). It still stands, and the land to the east is still open. The land to the west is less so. Cookham Dene Close leads from the house to Manor Park. To the north of the Close is The Coach House, which looks contemporary, but to the south a small number of executive style houses have been built.
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