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House Details

Status: Sold or Rented Property Reference: HS-0000085376

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

Key features:

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

Full description:

Soles Hill Farmhouse: 5 bedrooms | Kitchen | Sitting Room | Dining Room | Drawing Room | Leisure Room | 3 bathrooms | Utility Rooms | Cellar

Pickers Cottage: 3 bedrooms | Kitchen | Sitting Room | 2 bathrooms

Lot 1 Comprises Soles Hill Farm House, the gardens, about 20 acres of pasture and extensive equestrian facilities with a well appointed 3 bedroom cottage (\"Pickers Cottage\").

Soles Hill Farm House is approached from the lane via two pairs of wrought-iron gates leading in turn to the private drive to the house and the adjacent farm drive, which also gives access to Bankside Cottage. It is arranged over two floors with large cellars below and has been substantially, modernised, extended and improved by the current owners; it is presented in excellent order throughout.

An entrance porch leads to an inner hall with stairs rising to the first floor. There is a good range of reception rooms set across the front of the house, retaining a variety of period features and interesting fireplaces. The dining room has a French style woodburning stove set in an inglenook fireplace and the sitting room has a heavily timbered ceiling, a good range of fitted cupboards and a massive inglenook fireplace. The drawing room is set at the end of a corridor from where there is access to the cellars. There is also a garden room, boot room, shower room and dog room.

To the rear of the property is a spacious and well appointed kitchen/breakfast room which is well fitted with a variety of units centred on a large island unit and with a bright and spacious garden room opening to the large, paved terrace enjoying views over the gardens and countryside beyond.

The first floor is arranged with five bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room and another with a large en-suite bathroom and an extensive range of fitted cupboards. There is also a very well equipped family bathroom with walk-in shower/wet room. The landing is bright and airy with a window to the front of the house.

Soles Hill Farm is located in a delightful rural location approximately 0.5 miles from the village of Chilham, which provides local amenities including a post office, primary school and public houses. The Cathedral City of Canterbury (about 7 miles) offers a comprehensive range of educational, leisure and shopping facilities. Schooling is well catered for in both the state and private sectors.

There are excellent road and rail communications in the area with the A2/M2 (4 miles) and the M20 can be joined at Ashford.

Trains from Faversham to London Victoria take approximately 70 minutes. Ashford International (9 miles) offers the High Speed link to St Pancras in 38 minutes and regular services to the Continent via Eurostar. The Channel Tunnel terminal at Folkestone (24 miles) gives access to shuttle services to the Continent.

The well tended gardens are mainly laid to lawn with a large pond and an adjacent summerhouse. There are extensive areas of terrace and a secure brick store. The gardens are largely walled with brick and flint. To the front of the house is a more formal garden with box hedging, adjacent to a spacious parking and turning area, together with a brick-built heated dog kennel. There is a well to one side and across the secondary drive is a range of period brick-built stables, an adjacent pair of large double garages with extensive storage.

Beyond the gardens is the stable yard and \"Pickers Cottage\". The principal yard comprises 9 boxes with soft flooring (built in 2004), with a secure tack room, feed room, wash-down stall and shower room. There is a timber framed open sided barn ideally suited for storage of a horse lorry. A separate stable block of 6 boxes is set adjacent to the horse walker (available by separate negotiation) and the Olympic sized manege with fibresand surface.

\"Pickers Cottage\" was recently developed and could serve as useful staff accommodation being situated close to the stable complex. It enjoys 4 bedrooms and under floor heating.

The Paddocks, extending to about 20 acres, lie immediately beyond.

A small part of the orchard on the west side of Lot 1 is currently let on a Farm Business Tenancy that is due to expire in November 2012.

In all about 23 acres

The land has been classified as Grade 2 by DEFRA

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