Once a derelict ruin located in the curtilage of the Grade II listed farmhouse, the Oast House has been carefully restored and converted into a characterful family home, which blends with the rural landscape of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Dating from the nineteenth century, the buildings had originally consisted of a rectangular two-storey 9.6m x 6.6m brick barn with two different sized circular kilns, for drying hops grown in the area. However, the buildings had fallen into disrepair and then suffered massive damage during the storms of 1987.
Significant rebuilding work was undertaken using a mixture of traditional and modern materials in order to respect local historic building methods rather than exactly replicate the original structure.
The new roofs were completely rebuilt and tiled with traditional clay Kent Peg tiles manufactured by Tudor Roof Tiles in a mix of 75% red antique and 25% dark antique to complement those on the adjacent buildings and oast tiles were manufactured with tapered sides specifically for roundels.
Tudor Roof Tiles was recommended by a specialist roofing contractor as the most sympathetic handmade peg tiles still manufactured in the Kent area, which have a gentle camber and “a genuine handmade quality with a natural variation of tone and texture, whilst being practical to handle and peg”.
This restoration has created a unique family home, which retains the natural and rural appearance of the original oast house and its setting. The owners said: “The Oast House has been a true labour of love. We are proud to have preserved this heritage asset not just for ourselves and our family but for future generations.”
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