Registered charity number: 1160989
Versatility is the key factor when describing this stunning 10 bedroom late-Victorian residence. Ideally situated less than half a mile from Canterbury West station and just a 10 minute walk from the city centre in one direction and the University of Kent and private schools in the other, this imposing red-brick villa combines grandeur and functionality. Currently run as a thriving bed and breakfast business it could equally well become a large family house that includes a self-contained annex for a family member or as a rental, or provide office space for those wanting to run their business from home. It could also continue as a successful B&B with an immediate income available to the new owners.
Originally built by a local builder for his family, the house was superbly constructed and has been sensitively refurbished from top to bottom four years ago by the present owners. This included rediscovering and revealing many original features as well as modernising the utilities and extending the rear of the property. This beautiful house is now immaculate. The present owners have managed to capture the essence of a bygone era by retaining its period charm but have ensured that it is also suitable for life in the 21st century.
From the moment you walk up to the panelled outer front door with its original stained glass windows that continue on the inner door you can feel the warm and friendly atmosphere. This prevails once you are across the threshold and is enhanced by the lovely features that flow throughout the property including working fireplaces, original flooring, tall skirting boards and high ceilings, picture rails and the original sash windows that have been renovated and double glazed.
With the exception of the attractive dining room with its original flooring and bay window that is used as the guests’ breakfast room, the whole of the ground floor has been fascinatingly redesigned to be a discreetly ‘hidden’ three bedroom apartment for the owners. It includes the spacious light and airy lounge/dining room with its attractive fireplace and wood burning stove and incorporates the extension with glazed doors to the garden. From the lounge an inner hallway leads to the three bedrooms including one with an appealing internal window and ‘the master’ with windows to the garden on two sides. There is also a large family bathroom incorporating inset shelving and a contemporary kitchen/breakfast room with a peninsular breakfast bar, a range cooker, an American fridge freezer and a wall of modern storage cupboards.
The staircase to the first floor divides near the top and to the right, currently part of the owners’ accommodation, is a Office/Study which could be converted into a bedroom and dressing room/bathroom if required On the other side is the ‘guest’ area where all the bedrooms are ensuite and have a TV point, these include the family suite with two bedrooms and a contemporary bathroom, and two grand spacious double bedrooms with inner hallways and en suite shower rooms. The top floor has a large landing leading to a double bedroom with an attractive bathroom and two twin bedded rooms with en suite showers. However this configuration could easily be altered should an alternative accommodation arrangement be required.
Outside there is paving and flower and shrub borders to the front and a driveway leading to the back of the property where you can park four cars. There is a charming and easy to manage garden with a large patio for al fresco dining as well as a lawn, summer house and raised beds.Read more
Fine & Country Canterbury
23 Watling Street Watling Street
Tel: 01227 email@example.com
Registered charity number: 1160989