About the Property
John Oram’s much loved home and personal studio, with separate permissions for business and residential use within the same Grade II listed property.
Quick sale required due to relocation to Europe.
This wonderful 5 bedroom English home dates back some 800 years and comes with planning permission for a further 2-bed cottage in place of the barn.
Joined onto the house is an entirely separate recording studio with additional green screen facilities as well as live room and offices. The recording studio is world-class and John personally guarantees the equipment for 2 years.
The house – The Old Forge – consists of:
Main house: featuring deeply historical characteristics in timber, brick and weatherboarding architecture, including an inglenook fireplace that once served a blacksmith’s trade.
Two Kentish barns:
One was built by the current owner upon moving into the property, using Grade II listed materials to satisfy local conservancy rules. The owner has recently secured planning permission for conversion into a 2 bedroom cottage and that work is ready to commence. The added value of the completed conversion has been estimated at £350,000.
The second barn built in 1964 and which now houses two office units and a fully equipped & operational recording studio complex with an extensive list of regular clients. A Certificate of Lawful Use exists for the operation of a business within this building.
The equipment within the studio and the offices is included in this sale and would include a warranty to be agreed as the current owner is renowned in audio and electronic engineering. Full high speed broadband is operational and the offices and house have a network for computer sharing.
The highly spec’d analogue & digital recording studio with large live recording area has been adapted to multimedia applications for green screen video shoots. The commercial recording business has run successfully for many years.
The current owner built the recording studio to a high spec for use in various capacities, not least as a wider professional application in researching & developing the pioneering technology used as the basis of two world-famous brands of pro audio established by the vendor.
The studio and office units all have full commercial air-conditioning installed.
The console is the top of the range 48 input Oram Pro-24/80 with full 5.1 monitoring and mixing capabilities.
The studio has three entrances: one from the house via the rear patio to the back door in the kitchen and another two from the front driveway – one being a set of double doors to allow for easy loading of equipment.
The studio is totally isolated from exterior sound sources and is fully compliant with permissions and regulations.
The property has 5 bedrooms, the master having air-conditioning. Three on one wing of the house share a family bathroom.
Two bedrooms on the opposite wing have their own bathroom with toilet and washbasin, separate shower and toilet and basin. This annexe is perfect for guests and also has a study with telephone and computer points and an independent Sky television port.
The house has a comprehensive infra-red proximity security alarm system installed covering ground floor rooms.
The house – a spectacular example of Olde English heritage – is entered into at the centre of the building and the dining room is immediately within. The original hall house dating to 1260 and built with timbers probably 100 years older and part of a sailing ship frame this room. Wattle and daub and flint stones are visible. This room has underfloor heating. A wine cellar leads from this room.
To the right of the entrance area is a sitting room with open fire place. To the left is the second sitting room with inglenook fireplace and underfloor heating and oak beams dated around 1550 and straight ahead leads to the kitchen / dining area. This was built as an extension in 1964 and is a fully fitted kitchen. The owner having owned a quality restaurant for four years and an experienced chef, the kitchen is fitted with an ice maker, freezer, two fridges, a deep-fat fryer, a chargrill, a 4 burner gas hob (one for wok cooking), an electric convection oven, a hot plate griddle and extractors (mostly NEFF equipment). A dishwasher, washing machine and separate dryer and microwave oven complement the installation. The kitchen has the benefit of a Gas Company insurance on almost all of the appliances. A gas fired central heating boiler is situated in a garden outhouse that also has a toilet and washbasin used by the studio.
The Property is approached from Wrotham Road, the A227 into a small lane and shown as a designated right of way on the plans of the house. This access road is considered private and is shown as such. A historical right of way is granted to the neighbouring restaurant (originally a public house) by the owner of the house.
A forecourt in front and to the side of the house has parking for 7 or 8 cars.
Full equipment list included in the sale (details upon request) and can be covered by up to a 2 year warranty and maintenance agreement to be separately negotiated.