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Second phase of Downsview opens next weekend

Three/four bedroom homes are ideal for those looking for a home office away from the main living areas

This coming weekend (October 31) sees the launch of phase two of the Downsview development at Westerham, near Sevenoaks. Initially, seven three/four-bedroom, semi-detached homes will be available at the Fernham Homes development, all featuring a flexible fourth bedroom/study and an innovative three-storey layout that makes the most of the beautiful views over the North Downs.

The homes feature a lower ground floor space that is open to the owners’ interpretation, with a living/dining space complemented by bi-fold doors leading to the turfed garden, a kitchen with breakfast bar, separate utility room, storage cupboard and a cloakroom. The main entrance on the ground floor leads through to an elegant formal living room with Juliet balcony, from which residents can appreciate the countryside scenery thanks to the hilltop location. Bedroom two is also on this floor, with an en suite shower room that can also be accessed via the hallway.

The first floor features a versatile layout, with the master bedroom enjoying an en suite shower room and fitted wardrobes, bedroom three, a family bathroom and a home office which could be also be used as a fourth bedroom, a craft room, a playroom, or as a nursery.

There are two different house types, internally laid out the same but with distinctively different external designs. The Wisteria has a striking apex roof detail with weather boarding, while The Juniper has far more extensive weather boarding across the frontage.

Paul Rosbrook, operations director at Fernham Homes, said: “The versatile layout of these three-storey homes gives every member of the family space for themselves, and is particularly suited to people who work from home, as the flexible fourth bedroom-turned-office space is on the first floor, away from the hustle and bustle of family life.

“We found that phase one was popular with all ages of buyers who have now formed a tight-knit community. There are only seven homes launching this time around as two have already been reserved off-plan, so we expect the launch weekend to be a busy one.”

Fernham ensures that its homes are finished to high standards and, at Downsview, the specification will include designer kitchens with handleless soft-close drawers and cupboards and Bosch appliances including induction hob, double oven, fridge-freezer, and integrated dishwasher. Bathrooms will have white sanitary ware and chrome fixings, including heated towel rails, while gardens will come with patios, cycle storage and an external tap.

Downsview is well connected, with Oxted Station just four miles away and Sevenoaks Station just more than six miles distant. From Oxted, travel to London Bridge takes from 33 minutes and London Victoria from 29 minutes, while from Sevenoaks, train services reach Cannon Street in 32 minutes and Charing Cross in 36. Access to the M25 is seven miles away and Gatwick Airport is 18 miles by car.

Westerham and the surrounding area has plenty to recommend it. The town centre is brimming with boutiques, bars and restaurants, with a buzzing café culture that includes independent coffee shops and vintage tea rooms. Westerham Brewery produces local craft beers and ales, while wine lovers can enjoy Squerryes Vineyard & Winery. There are plenty of small local shops and convenience stores in Westerham along with a primary school, rated as Good by Ofsted. Nearby Sevenoaks has major supermarkets such as Tesco and Waitrose, plus additional schools, shops, restaurants and leisure facilities. including a thriving golf club.

Homes at Downsview North start from £695,000. For more information or to arrange an appointment to view the show suite on the launch weekend, call 01959 580 313 or visit


David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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