Five minutes from the center of town, past the Maidstone Golf Course and a short distance from the tony houses owned by the art dealer Larry Gagosian and the entertainment manager Sandy Gallin, sits a seven-bedroom English-country-style manor house.
It’s the kind of space people spend a lifetime working 60-hour weeks to acquire: two-plus perfect acres with ivy-covered walls, a gorgeous weeping willow on the front lawn and a pool in back.
But today, the house looks somewhat run-down. The once-magnificent garden needs pruning. The front lawn facing Middle Lane is patchy. And the two people who own it have barely been home in more than a decade.
What can they say? They just really don’t want to be there...