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House Details

Status: Sold or Rented Property Reference: HS-0000085183

Houses for sale
7 bedroom detached house
Canterbury, United Kingdom, United Kingdom

Key features:

Retirement: No
Shared ownership: No
New Build: No
Have Pool: No

Full description:

Tenure: Freehold

Entrance hall | Drawing room | Dining room | Family room | Playroom | Kitchen/breakfast room | Utility room | Cloakroom | Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and dressing room | 5 Further bedrooms (3 en-suite)| Family bathroom | Study/bedroom 7 | Quadruple garage| Workshop and store | Period granary | Walled garden | Formal gardens|

The Manor House at Hoath Farm is a beautifully and historically restored period home, dating back to the 15th Century. The property is a magnificent country house, set on one of the highest points on the outskirts of the Cathedral City of Canterbury.

Michael Powell, the esteemed Hollywood Film Director, moved in as a tenant and spent the vast majority of his childhood just after the First World War at The Manor House, Hoath Farm, detailing his wonderful memories in his autobiography.

This is only the third time, since the Manor House was built in the 15th Century, that it has come to the market.

The Manor House ahs been the subject of significant restoration and extension by the much respected local firm of Graham Oates Associates. This specialist company has been responsible for some of the landmark developments in the Canterbury area over the past decade, and the hallmark of quality for which they are widely and justifiably known is much in evidence in this masterful restoration.

Manor House now provides an extraordinary family home designed to meet the demands of a busy family. Whilst contemporary in its feel the house retains the ambience of a much loved period house with many of the original features still in evidence. Set in wonderful gardens and grounds, including a fully walled garden, Manor House is a property of rare quality, and enjoys a lovely semi rural location on the edge of Canterbury, with views across open fields.

The kitchen and family room is a stunning new extension to the house. The area has been desgined and built to suit both the style of the house and modern living. It has been handcrafted and fitted by a local team, with both hand painted and oak units. The worktops are all granite, with an inlaid induction hob and a new 4 oven electric aims Aga, and all built in appliances.

A bay window and external French doors have been designed to lead you out onto the terrace and to give you views over the entire garden. The room is beautifully finished with a natural limestone floor.

The internal spaces have been designed to encompass modern living with a media room, a formal sitting area and dining room with open fires and a children\'s playroom. All the rooms are adjoined to a very spacious and welcoming hallway.

A lighting scheme has been carefully designed to all the rooms, offering control and style in every area, enhancing features and creating the correct mood for all occasions.

A new energy efficient heating system was professionally installed throughout the house, complementing the open fires and woodstoves in all the main sitting areas.

The upstairs rooms have also been carefully designed, offering en-suite facilities to 5 of the 7 bedrooms and built-in cupboards in most rooms.

The bathrooms are all individually designed with high quality natural stone tiling, waterfall taps and modern sinks and toilets.

The third floor offers a totally self-sufficient guest suite, with two bedrooms and an elegant en-suite bathroom.

The Manor House lies in an enviable rural location about two miles from Canterbury city centre, and enjoys open field surroundings. The nearby village of Bridge offes a wide range of local amenities and facilities, including supermarket, butcher, pubs, restaurant, schools, etc. For all amenities, Canterbury has a wide array of cultural, leisure and shopping facilities. These include two theatres, sports halls and some of the best shopping in Kent. There are good local schools within the independent and public sectors, including King\'s School, St Edmunds and Kent College, and the Simon Langton Grammar Schools for Girls and Boys.

The nearby dualled A2 gives access onto the motorway systems and fast access to Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Ashford International Station, about 14 miles away, has regular services via Eurostar to Paris, Brussels and Lille, and the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone is about 12 miles to the south. Canterbury West station offers high speed services to London in 58 minutes. There is a local station at Bekesbourne with direct services to London.
The adjoining countryside gives a number of opportunities for countryside pursuits, including walking, riding and cycling, sailing and angling around the coast (Whitstable 6 miles away).

The front of the house is approached through double oak gates to a gravelled parking and turning circle, to the right of which are four garages in a block with massive oak doors. There is a circular parking and turning area immediately in front of the house

The main garden is to the side of the house and is divided into two principal areas. A wide level lawn ( formerly a grass tennis court) leads to the Walled garden. In each corner there are box hedgings with two soft fruit cages on the right hand side and shrub beds to the left, one with a magnificent Judas tree and a wisteria. In the centre is a sunken garden with yorkstone paving and retaining walls. There is also an ancient, gnarled mulberry tree. Facing the main lawn is an attractive, recently refurbished barn used for garden storage. There is also an old granary on staddle stones.

A tall beech and shrub bed divides this area garden from the second water garden with a long expanse of lawn with flowering cherries and ornamental trees and a beautiful pond with a water feature.

Wrapping around the kitchen and family room is a raised yorkstone terrace where there is a hot tub and further garden area with sculptural plantings.

There is an additional 9 acre paddock and a detached office which are for sale by separate negotiation

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