Inside a £10million eight-bedroom country house near Maidstone that was once home to a Prime Minister’s family

What would you buy if you won the lottery? If an eight-bedroom country house with a swimming pool, tennis courts and over 120 acres of parkland is on your list, you might want to grab a ticket.

This spectacular property, with an asking price of £10million, has the joint title of the most expensive house on the market in Kent, alongside three other homes in Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells.

The large Hunter Court estate is on the market. Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573352)

For Maidstone residents, however, it’s the only house you’ll find nearby with such a high price tag – and it’s easy to see why.

Hunton Court is a historic Grade II listed building full of traditional features.

The original house, dating from the 13th century, was originally a half-timbered farmhouse.

It was later converted into a Georgian style building in the early Victorian period.

Until 2008 the estate was owned by the Bannerman family, including Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman when he was Prime Minister from 1905 to 1908.

This large bastide has exceptional facilities.  Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573354)
This large bastide has exceptional facilities. Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573354)
Character is present in the many rooms of this house.  Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573372)
Character is present in the many rooms of this house. Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573372)
Cross the paved courtyard to the old coaching inn.  Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573376)
Cross the paved courtyard to the old coaching inn. Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573376)

The house has been maintained by the current owners and much of its historic character is still in place.

From the original attic roof and crown posts to the exposed beams and cobblestone courtyard, walking through this home is like stepping into a period drama.

However, this does not mean that you will live in the dark ages.

The main house has many impressive facilities perfectly suited to the modern family.

There is a large kitchen and pantry, a huge dining room and two reception rooms for entertaining guests and giving residents their space.

Admire the park from the second living room.  Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573360)
Admire the park from the second living room. Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573360)
The dining room is sure to impress your guests during dinner.  Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573362)
The dining room is sure to impress your guests during dinner. Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573362)
The living room is a spacious room for entertaining.  Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573358)
The living room is a spacious room for entertaining. Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573358)

There is also a charming morning room which, along with the old chapel, is the oldest room in the house.

The first floor houses six of the property’s eight bedrooms.

This is where the magnificent master bedroom is located, with its own walk-in closet, en-suite bathroom and magnificent views of the garden.

The master bedroom has plenty of space and overlooks the estate.  Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573364)
The master bedroom has plenty of space and overlooks the estate. Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573364)
Step up and shine in the master suite.  Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573366)
Step up and shine in the master suite. Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573366)
There are eight breathtaking properties on the property.  Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573368)
There are eight breathtaking properties on the property. Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573368)

The second floor is, if possible, even more impressive, with a home cinema, recording studio and children’s playroom – things you certainly won’t find in most ordinary homes.

As if the main house weren’t enough, the estate also includes the former coach house – which has been divided into two apartments – a workshop and storage unit, traditional stables and a three-bedroom south lodge, which has its own office and kitchen.

Enjoy blockbuster movie nights in the home theater room.  Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573370)
Enjoy blockbuster movie nights in the home theater room. Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573370)
These working stables are perfect for riders.  Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573378)
These working stables are perfect for riders. Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573378)
The South Lodge is separate from the main house and has three bedrooms.  Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573380)
The South Lodge is separate from the main house and has three bedrooms. Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573380)

If you’re not already convinced by the extraordinary buildings, the sprawling grounds are sure to win you over.

With 128 acres of country parkland, plus 30 acres of scenic woodland, you’ll be amazed at the vast green space that surrounds this idyllic home.

Driving to the property is like being in a period drama.  Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573356)
Driving to the property is like being in a period drama. Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573356)
Enjoy the countryside at your doorstep.  Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573384)
Enjoy the countryside at your doorstep. Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573384)

The grounds of Hunton Court, all centered around a peaceful lake, are a garden lover’s dream.

The mix of lively formal lawns, busy flowerbeds and walled garden, which houses the greenhouse, vegetable patch, orchard and tennis courts, is simply breathtaking.

Take a dip in your own private pool.  Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573374)
Take a dip in your own private pool. Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573374)
Walk through your own wooded estate.  Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573382)
Walk through your own wooded estate. Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573382)

Just outside the back doors of the main house is also a terrace and heated outdoor pool for those lazy summer days.

If you wish to venture further, the village of Hunton is only a short walk away.

Maidstone town center is, traffic permitting, a 15 minute drive away – although with so many beautiful outdoor spaces on your doorstep you might choose to stay home.

View of the lake on the Hunter Court estate.  Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573350)
View of the lake on the Hunter Court estate. Photo: Strutt and Parker (55573350)

If you want to know more about this property, contact Strut and Parker.

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