Kingshill Farmhouse

  • 12/12/2018

The renovation of Kingshill Farmhouse is now taking shape

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Part 1: The project so far

Kingshill Farmhouse is a Seventeenth Century Grade II listed farmhouse. It is situatued in Kingshill Farm in the heart of Elmley National Nature Reserve.

This beautiful farmhouse commands breathtaking views over the marshes, across to the Swale.

It has a long history and has been standing long before Elmley Island was joined to the rest of Sheppey. One of its earliest guests was King James II who was locked up here in 1688 - having been captured by local fishermen whilst trying to flee Protestant England.

When the house wasn't acting as a royal prison, it was a family farmhouse for many years - with the last family having 13 children, who went to school via ferry to the mainland.

Sadly, the house had fallen into disrepair, so it has been our long time wish to restore it. And we are so excited that this project is now reaching completion.

The extensive renovations of Kingshill Farmhouse will be year long project in total.

There were significant structural issues with the house, added to many years of mixed use and indelicate additions.

It has been our ambition to restore the building to one whole house, and sensitively restore the period features. It is a beautiful house in an entirely unique and stunning position, so it has been utterly essential for us to consider every detail carefully and ensure the character of the house and its heritage is preserved, whilst creating a luxury place to stay for the modern day.

When we begun the project the house was stripped down to its bare bones, but the last few months have seen the reinstalment of beautiful Georgian sash windows and fire places, and stunning kitchen extension. The final months of the project will see the installation of luxury, heritage bathrooms, cosy and ecclectic furnishings and a natural swimming pool.

We have been working with a fantastic team comprised of Dunn Architects, Gransdens Contractors, Rowan Plowden Interior Design and Studio 31 Landscape Designers.

Even at the barest of bones, the textures within the Farmhouse are so rich and it has been a pleasure to bring them through the project and thank you to Rebecca Douglas Photography for capturing the raw beauty of the build

diagram of farmhouse