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House Details

Status: Sold or Rented Property Reference: HS-0000085374

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

Lot 1 - The Old Vicarage:
Entrance hall | Drawing room | Dining room | Sitting room | Family/garden room | Kitchen | Conservatory | Utility room | 2 Cloakrooms | Secondary kitchen | Study | Cellar | Gym | Sauna | Indoor swimming pool | Master bedroom with split level dressing room and en-suite bathroom | Guest suite with mezzanine level and adjoining bathroom | 3 Further bedrooms (1 en-suite) | Family bathroom | Detached double garage with office | Landscaped gardens

About 1 acre

Lot 2 - The Cottage:
Sitting room | Dining hall | Study | Kitchen | Bathroom | Separate WC | 2 Bedrooms (1 en-suite) | Garden | Parking

Lot 1 - The Old Vicarage
The Old Vicarage is a beautiful and substantial Grade II Listed house situated in the heart of a pretty and much sought after village. Believed to date to the 15th Century the house has been thoughtfully restored and meticulously maintained by the current owners to create a wonderfully spacious and comfortable family home. The house is set amongst exquisitely landscaped gardens which perfectly compliment the house and to which St Mary\'s church provides a picturesque backdrop.

An oak font door opens to a magnificent full height galleried hall to the centre of the house. To the left is a cloakroom and a door leads down to a half cellar. The principal reception rooms lie across the back of the house enjoying views across the garden to the church. The drawing room is a light and elegant room with a panelled bay window and a marble fireplace. A door leads into the dining room, a formal room with french doors leading out onto the verandah.

Adjacent to this is a superb double aspect family room with a bay window looking to the garden and a lovely glazed door with pretty fanlight to the delightful conservatory giving side access to the village lane. Glass fronted cabinets are along one wall of the family room and a door leads to the kitchen which is well fitted with a range of custom built, painted wooden units with part granite and part wooden surfaces arranged around a central island and an Aga. Beyond this are a utility room, larder and second cloakroom.

Off the hallway are the gym and a sauna, which can also be accessed from the summer sitting room, a beautiful light room with gabled, glazed roof and two pairs of double doors to the terrace. A fireplace houses a wood burning stove. A passageway leads to a second kitchen, a triple aspect room with french doors. From the summer sitting room folding doors lead into the pool house which, in turn, has four sets of french doors leading out to the garden. To one end is a shower room.

An elegant staircase rises to a half landing where there is a tall window overlooking beautiful gardens to the front of the house. The stairs continue to a large landing with a gallery overlooking the entrance hall. A wide corridor leads to the master bedroom, a very generous room overlooking the garden and church beyond. A door leads to an en-suite bathroom, which has a modern free standing bath as well as a separate shower, and a further door leads to a superb dressing room which is fitted with extensive wardrobes and has steps leading to a second floor with additional storage space. Also to this end of the house is a second bedroom suite, comprising a sitting room with a galleried bedroom above which is open to the eaves exposing lovely roof timbers and is accessed by a solid oak staircase. Adjacent to this room is a bathroom. There is a door which closes off this suite from the main landing if desired.

Bedroom 3 is another light room with views to the church, and has fitted furniture across one wall. Bedroom 4, again at the back of the house, is another delightful room. Adjacent to these bedrooms is a good sized family bathroom with a free standing ball and claw bath set to the centre. Bedroom 5 is double aspect with an en suite shower room.

To the front and centre of the house is a wonderful study which is open to the eaves and looks back to the void above the entrance hall through a window with gothic arched glazing.

Lot 2 - The Cottage - Available in addition, Guide Price £450,000

To the right of the entrance gates is the cottage. Originally a stable building it has been beautifully converted to provide excellent additional accommodation retaining many of the lovely original features. A stable door opens into a splendid dining hall to the centre of the cottage which is double aspect with tall windows enjoying views of the garden and the church beyond. The floor has been re-laid with the original bricks and one of the stable partitions remains.

To the right of the hall is a sitting room, again with a beautiful brick floor and tall windows, and doors opening to a terrace and parking area to the front. Across the hall the kitchen is fitted with a range of wooden units and to one corner of the house there is a study. On the ground floor there is a bathroom and a separate WC. Stairs rise to the first floor where there are two good sized bedrooms one with an en-suite bathroom.

The garden includes a range of apple trees, fruit bushes and a vegetable patch bounded by lavender and a delightful Victorian style greenhouse.

The Old Vicarage is located in the village of Patrixbourne which is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty surrounded by fields and open farmland. The nearby village of Bridge (1 mile) offers a wide range of local amenities and facilities, including supermarket, butcher, pubs, post office, chemist and a well regarded primary school.

The Cathedral City of Canterbury (4 miles) has a wide array of cultural, leisure and shopping facilities, as well as good schools within the independent and state sectors, including The King\'s School, St Edmund\'s School, Kent College and the Simon Langton Grammar Schools for girls and boys.

There is easy access to the A2, which connects to the M2 (12 miles). Ashford International station (17 miles) and the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone (18 miles) have regular services to the Continent. There are stations at Bekesbourne (1 mile) and Canterbury with stopping and commuter services to London and the High Speed service from Canterbury West station to London St Pancras takes about 58 minutes.

The Old Vicarage is set in beautifully landscaped gardens and is approached via electric wrought iron gates leading to a parking area. A path lined with standard Acer trees leads from here to the house through a formal knot garden of clipped box. The front garden is designed in a series of rooms with a beech hedge in a keyhole design leading on to a rose and orchard garden with shaped beds, with thousands of spring bulbs and old fashioned shrubs in front of a high brick wall, which runs along the entire perimeter of the front and side of the house. There are further raised herbaceous beds and a rose and peony bed. At the junction of the pathways is an ornamental fountain and a further pathway leads into an enclosed courtyard with a door leading out into the village lane and dominated by a variegated holly tree and an ancient bay tree. In front of the parking area there is a garage building, to one end of which is a self contained office suite with double doors leading out into the small terrace.

A wrought iron gate leads directly into the rear garden, a magnificently landscaped area of further rooms. Brick pathways meander between clipped box hedges beneath an octagonal rose arbour passing two useful garden sheds. Under an ancient weeping willow sits an octagonal summer house. An old fashioned dog rose hedge leads into the rear garden, where a fish pond and adjoining water feature are linked by a small channel, creating a focal point for this area of garden with the high hedge and the ancient parish church being a backdrop. Dominating the garden and the vista from the house is a magnificent copper beech tree, from where further paved and gravelled pathways lead along the perimeter following Serpentine shaped shrubbery full of interesting flowering shrubs and trees.

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