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I admit it, I'm a property tart. This month, I've been led astray by a handsome hunk that goes by the name Lapwings

Ok, I admit it – I’m a property tart. There’s no pattern to where my wandering eye might roam. One minute it’s a dishy art deco with a long winding drive and a bulging big garden, the next it’s a trend-setting townhouse with snazzy window frames and carmine cellar.

This month, I’ve been led astray by a handsome hunk that goes by the name Lapwings. He’s a well-proportioned fellow with classic good looks and views to die for. Yes, I’ve gone all flirty Gertie.

There’s something of The Great Gatsby about Lapwings – built in the roaring Twenties as it is, and still retaining many of the charming features from that fabulous era. Outside, it’s set in 1.3 acres of grounds -with enchanting formal and informal gardens, and sweeping lawns. Double electric gates and a gravel driveway lead you to the house.

It’s about a mile out of Limpsfield Village, and just under two miles from Oxted. There’s a south-facing garden and a wide stone terrace – perfect for sipping a vodka martini on a warm summer’s eve. Don’t mind if I do!

And keeping with the garden’s period charm there’s a walled courtyard and original 1920s glass house.

Inside, you’ve got a house that’s made for entertaining. The stunning entrance hall leads onto a grand reception hall, with a kitchen/breakfast room and family room off to the left and a sitting/dining room off to the right. Both living areas are a wonderful mix of the traditional and the modern, with French doors that lead out to the garden.

And when the party’s over there are four bedrooms plus a master suite that includes a dressing room and ensuite bathroom, in which to retire. All of the bedrooms have spectacular views over the gardens and the fields beyond – which does remind me a lot of where I grew up in Australia. I’ve got my bags packed Mr Muddy, when can we move in?

So how much do you reckon this beauty’s worth?  Find out here, while I adjourn to a sun-lounger and supervise the crack-team of gardeners.







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