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Key Features

  • • Farm building with Prior Approval for Change of Use to 2 Bed Dwelling
  • • Agricultural and Woodland totalling some 0.88 acres
  • • Further area of woodland available adjacent

VIEWING: Strictly by appointment with the Agents’ Paddock Wood Office on 01892 832325.

DIRECTIONS: The postcode to the property is TN27 8RE. Dering Lodge Barn is located on the northern outskirts of the village of Smarden. From Charing village on the A20 to the north, take the Pluckley Road heading south west out of the village. Pass over the M20 and Channel Tunnel rail link and proceed through the village of Pluckley, and after 1.8 miles the property will be found on the right-hand side just before the railway bridge.

SITUATION: Dering Lodge Barn is located on the rural outskirts of Smarden parish in between Smarden and the historic village of Pluckley. Both villages have basic ranges of village amenities and are located in a rural yet assessable location with access to the A20 some 4.5 miles to the north east, with its onward connections to Maidstone and the M20 some 17 miles to the west. The market town of Ashford with its fast international rail links to Europe and London St. Pancras in approximately 36 minutes, is located around 7.5 miles to the south east. Pluckley has a main line rail station connecting to London Bridge Station in 1 hour and 4 minutes with connections every 30 minutes. Onward connections link to Charing Cross and Cannon Street. Direct trains run to London Victoria from nearby Charing.

LOCAL AUTHORITY: Ashford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 1PL www.ashford.gov.uk, tel: 01233 331111.



Dering Lodge Barn is located to the immediate south of a pretty Pluckley style Game Keepers Lodge House with a shared access off the Pluckley Road. The building comprises of a three bay concrete portal frame building (13.55m x 6.15m) with part corrugated fibre cement and part timber cladding, with one bay mainly enclosed with block walls. It has Prior Notification for a Change of Use as an Agricultural Building to a Single Dwelling, the consent granted by Ashford Borough Council on 27th January 2017 (Subject to Conditions). The proposed accommodation on the ground floor comprises open plan kitchen, dining and living area with a family bathroom, two bedrooms and the building has a small approved garden curtilage (hatched blue on the plan) and is offered for sale with a larger area of agricultural land (in total 0.88 acres/0.35 hectares) to the south west bordering woodland. The boundary of the land is defined by the edge of the wood. Access to the Barn is over the shared right of way shown hatched on the sale plan and the buyer of the barn will be responsible for contributions to its maintenance and repair.

Note:  Preference will be given to offers for both Lots 1 and 2 combined.

SERVICES: Mains electricity and water are available adjacent to the site. Purchasers must rely on their own enquiries as to the location and suitability of their services.



8.75 acres of Mixed Broadleaf Woodland 

DESCRIPTION: The woodland extending to 8.75 acres is available to the buyer of Lot 1 only.  It comprises mixed broadleaf, mainly coppice woodland with a mature overstorey. The vendors are flexible about the acreage that is available should a buyer require more or less acreage. The woodland is part of Dering Wood which is subject to a general Tree Preservation Order. Copies are available on request. 

PLANNING HISTORY: Prior Approval for a Change of Use from an Agricultural Barn to one Dwelling and associated Operational Development was granted by Ashford Borough Council on 27th January 2017 Ref: 16/01776/AS (subject to conditions). 


(1) The property can only be developed as a single residential dwelling.

(2) If a mobile home is sited during conversion, this must be removed on first occupation of the Barn or the expiry of the current planning consent.

(3) No further building shall be erected on the land without the prior approval of the vendors.

(4) The sale contract will include a ‘no nuisance’ covenant.

Copies of the approved plans can be downloaded from the Lambert & Foster website or emailed on request. 

PARTICULARS, PLANS AND SCHEDULES:The particulars and acreages stated therein, together with the plans are believed but not guaranteed to be correct. They are given by the Agents to assist viewers but are specifically excluded from any contract and prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves as to the information contained therein. 

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Lambert & Foster themselves and the vendors and/or lessors of this property whose agents they are, give notice that:

  • The particulars are set out as a general outline only for guidance and do not constitute part of an offer or contract.
  • All descriptions, dimensions, references to condition and necessary permissions for the use and occupation and other details are given in good faith and are believed to be correct but any intending purchasers should not rely on them as statements or presentations of fact but satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of them. If there are any points which are of particular importance to you, please contact the office and we will be pleased to check the information, particularly if you are travelling some distance to view the property.
  • In accordance with the Property Misdescriptions Act 1991, we must advise that we have not tested any of the main services, various electrical or gas applicances and fixtures which may be referred to in these sales particulars. Any prospective purchasers are strongly advised to satisfy themselves that such are in working order.
  • No person in the employment of the Agents has any authority to make or give any representations or warranty whatever in relation to this property.