This exciting home has recently been constructed to exacting standards that few other homes in the South East can compete with. Every care has been taken to ensure that the designs and specifications meet and exceed nationally recognised standards in comfort and energy efficiency.
The property sits in a quite wonderful position close to the village of Bidborough, north of the towns of Tunbridge Wells and Southborough and south of Tonbridge. This location affords the resident extremely comfortable commute times to London either by train, or on the A21/M25 by car or via a commuter coach. Typical rail journey times from nearby Tonbridge station to London Bridge are from just 32 minutes.
This area is highly popular for those families that require reputable educational facilities. High quality schools in the state and private sector are easily accessible and grammar schools can be found in both Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.
The property has just been completed and is now ready to occupy with only the soft landscaping being in need of a little more time to mature.
ACCOMMODATION The property has been designed and configured to offer four generous bedrooms served by two en-suites and a family bathroom. Both principal bedrooms have attractive countryside facing balconies - each dressed with glass balustrade.
On the ground floor the vast open plan kitchen and family room is beautifully complemented by a separate snug, study, utility and walk-in pantry. Bi-fold doors allow easy access to the rearward facing patio area and garden, which affords far reaching countryside views.
GREEN TECHNOLOGY To reduce the homeowners reliance on the National Grid, the property has been fitted with a combination of 14 solar panels, a TESLA Powerwall 2 and a Samsung Air Source Heat Pump along with the highest quality insulation. The compound effect is a property with significantly lower running costs and a much lower environmental impact than the average home.
'A' RATED EPC SCORE The property has achieved an 'Energy Efficiency Rating' and 'Environmental Impact' of score of 96, far beyond the 92 required for the A rating. Only a very small number of properties within the UK achieve such a rating.
SOLAR PANELS Located on the flat roof and not visible from ground level, 14 Trina 295 photovoltaic cells have been installed that generate electrical power to supply the TESLA Powerwall located inside the property. These cells have the potential to supply a total of 4.13 kWp of power, which translates into an 4221kWh of energy annually*, (estimated by The Little Green Energy Company).
Trina is a well established and trusted brand offering high quality, efficient and award winning 295 photovoltaic cells. Those that have been installed benefit from a 12 year warranty from date of installation.
The photovoltaic cells will assist in the charging of the TESLA Powerwall, which will in turn provide power to the Samsung air to water heater and other household appliances.
*The average detached home in the UK uses an estimated 4153kWh (EC4U, 2017)
TESLA POWERWALL 2 The electricity generated by the photovoltaic cells ensures a reduced reliance on the Grid. The second generation TESLA Powerwall offers an efficient, sleek and non intrusive means of storing this energy which can then be utilised throughout all hours of the day or night. Up to three additional TESLA Powerwalls can be combined together to increase storage capacity by up to 300%, potentially allowing the property to run using solely stored power.
This current installed system has been estimated to store enough energy to provide a property with 24 hours of power (under normal usage), even without the photovoltaic cells or Grid supplying any addition energy.
On the rare occasion where insufficient energy is being produced by the photovoltaic cells, the TESLA Powerwall is programmed to 'top up' during off peak energy times to ensure you only pay for the cheapest electricity, perfect for the winter months.
SAMSUNG AIR TO WATER HEATING (EHS) The 16kW Samsung EHS Monobloc Air Source Heat Pump, offers a cleaner solution to heating your home. This device receives power from the TESLA Powerwall, which will have been predominantly charged using the photovoltaic cells, making heating the property cost effective.
The Samsung EHS provides hot water for both the ground and first floors' underfloor heating grids, as well as hot water for the rest of the property at a fraction of the cost of traditional heating methods.
INSULATION AND GLAZING The builders have installed extremely high quality insulation throughout the build, to ensure that the highest possible energy rating is achieved. All external walls are insulated with Actis to ensure maximum sound and thermal insulation, whilst a combination of Rockwall RW3 and RW5 have been used inside the property to ensure every room and ceiling is soundproofed.
Ceilings on the first floor have been installed with multiple layers of insulation, each layer having chosen for their particular properties, resulting in insulation levels, far beyond the building requirements.
All the windows in the property are double glazed and use toughened, Argon filled, low e glass which provides security and additional thermal benefits. These high quality aluminium windows match the Marley board perfectly, whilst contrasting the white and grey render to complement the modern design
LED LIGHTING Ensuring energy is not being wasted is as important as producing the energy itself. Therefore all of the lights both internally and externally are LEDs, rather than the traditional halogen or compact florescent lights (CFL), which can be more expensive to run. LEDs by contrast emit much less heat, making them safer and much cheaper to run whilst also having a far longer life expectancy.
UNDERFLOOR HEATING Underfloor heating has been installed throughout the property on both the ground and first floor. The installed grids are energy efficient than conventional radiators due to the lower running temperatures. The underfloor heating leaves all the walls free from unsightly radiators, which frees up important floor space. The Samsung EHS air to water pump supplies all of the heated water required to run the system, offering a cost efficient method and reducing heating bills in the colder months.
SECURITY & CCTV With home and property security of paramount importance a high quality CCTV and security system has been installed. These system includes motion detectors in key rooms, eight CCTV cameras, electric driveway gates, electric garage door and sound proof fences.
CCTV footage can be accessed remotely with 24/7 local or remote recording facilities available as required.
CAT 6 ETHERNET CABLING & WI-FI CAT 6 is currently the fastest solution for domestic properties, allowing for TVs, smart home appliances, computers and games consoles to use wired connections to achieve maximum internet speeds. Two CAT 6 sockets have been terminated in every bedroom and living space to ensure adequate sockets in every room. Coaxail cabling is also
A Ubiquiti's WI-FI system has been installed to maximise high quality WI-FI connectivity throughout the house. Nest Fire and Co2 alarm system.
All these services can be accessed and managed through a centralised server cabinet.
Security Alarm, Security Cameras, Fire Alarm, Heating, Solar Pannel and Tesla can all be accessed and monitored from a smart phone.
THE KITCHEN The hand crafted bespoke kitchen is situated towards one end of the vast main living area and has been designed to accommodate all modern day requirements with minimalistic sharp clean lines. The 1.2 metre by 3 metre kitchen island is topped with a stunning white quartz worktop, which is both low maintenance and eye catching. The kitchen is fitted with twin electric ovens, and induction hob, integrated dishwasher and a traditionally styled ceramic sink.
Generous additional storage has been incorporated behind the kitchen with a walk-in pantry (with plumbing and space for a sizable American fridge freezer) and large utility room. In addition, a further workspace has been included to provide a tea, coffee and breakfast preparation area, in a position out of direct sight of the main living area.
EN-SUITES & BATHROOMS The property has been installed with high quality contemporary ceramic and chrome sanitary fittings dressed with modern tiling and floor coverings. Each area benefits from underfloor heating and extraction.
GARDENS & GROUNDS The property sits quite centrally within a plot of around 0.5 acres. Since construction an extensive programme of hard and soft landscaping has taken place. The property now has swathes of established lawns, high quality paved patios designed with entertainment and relaxation in mind, several flower beds and a host of trees selected for their aesthetic and screening properties. The property has been fitted with a mixture of soundproof and close board fencing on three sides. The remaining side has a rustic, post and rail fence which ensures the exquisite countryside views are uninterrupted.
ENTRANCE GATES Automatic bespoke gates manufactured from cor-ten steel have been installed providing a stylish first impression and added security.
DOUBLE GARAGE A 6 metre by 7 metre garage has been designed to complement the main house and constructed to accommodate two 4x4s comfortably. The fitted powered premium sectional door adds further convenience and security. Internal cabling has been installed to allow for the installation of electric vehicle charging points .
LOCAL EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES
PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Hilden Oaks School, Tonbridge (Primary), 3.3 miles
- The Schools At Somerhill, Tonbridge (Primary), 2.9 miles
- Tonbridge School, Tonbridge (Secondary), 3.3 miles
- Beechwood Sacred Heart School, Tunbridge Wells (Secondary), 5.8 miles
- Kent College Pembury, Tunbridge Wells (Secondary), 3.5 miles
- Sevenoaks School, Sevenoaks (Secondary), 7.8 miles
GRAMMAR SCHOOLS - Tonbridge Grammar School, Tonbridge, 3.8 miles
- The Judd School, Tonbridge, 4.0 miles
- Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School, Tunbridge Wells, 6.0 miles
- Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, Tunbridge Wells, 5.7 miles
- The Skinners' School, Tunbridge Wells, 6.1 miles
- Weald of Kent Grammar School, Tonbridge, 3.5 miles
OTHER SCHOOLS - Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Tunbridge Wells, 6.4 miles
- St Gregory's Catholic School, Tunbridge Wells, 5.7miles
- Skinners' Kent Academy, Tunbridge Wells, 5.4 miles
- Hillview School for Girls, Tonbridge, 3.3 miles
TRAIN STATIONS AND SERVICES - Tonbridge Rail Station, 3.6 miles - London Bridge from 32 minutes
- Tunbridge Wells Rail Station, 6.7 miles - London Bridge from 42 minutes
- Sevenoaks Rail Station, 8.6 miles - London Bridge from 23 minutes
BUS & COACH SERVICES - Various public buses are available for all of the schools listed above.
- Centaur Travel operate a commuter coach service to canary Wharf, City of London & Westminster.
- Gatwick Airport, 35 miles
- Stansted Airport, 62miles
- London Heathrow, 53 miles
- London City Airport, 40 miles
OTHER TRANSPORT HUBS - Port of Dover, 61 miles
- Eurostar terminus at Ashford International , 34 miles
- Eurostar terminus at Ebbsfleet International , 26 miles
- Channel Tunnel, 51 miles