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• 1920’s thatched property with separate 1 bedroom lodge
• Sat on a 0.686 acre plot including a beautiful mature garden
• Detached double garage and vast in & out driveway
• Existing full planning permission to use as a Guest House
• Spectacular 31 foot triple aspect orangery with garden views
• Existing planning permission for a 4 room extension
• No onward chain - early possession possible
• EPC energy rating D (65)
You will really feel the 'wow factor' when you first set eyes on this beautiful four/five bedroom recently re thatched 1920s property in historic Fordwich, near Canterbury. It is set well back from the road nestling within a very large and delightful wraparound garden and fronted by a recently rebuilt detached double garage and an 'in and out' driveway incorporating a vast hard standing area. Having taken in the fabulous exterior you will be impatient to see what lies beyond the front door and you won't be disappointed when you see the way the owners have sensitively refurbished and extended the house, with no expense spared and no detail left untouched. They have also incorporated some delightful features whether it is the wood doors or unusual brickwork wherever you look there is something special to behold. There is the beautiful light and bright orangery with its large skylight, ceramic tiles, underfloor heating, emergency lighting and access to both a secluded patio and the lovely raised and wrought iron ballustraded decked area overlooking the garden as well as linking the main house to the trendy one bedroom 'bachelor pad' style two storey lodge (number 8a). You can wander into the beamed dining room through the double glass doors from the orangery and admire the intriguing brick surround fireplace with a large log burner that is open to both the dining room and the delightful adjacent lounge. This is also accessed via the orangery and the dining room through double glass doors. Both these rooms are spacious with plenty of windows providing an abundance of natural light including a wall of glazed sliding doors opening on to a covered loggia outside the dining room where you can sit and sip your early evening cocktails. The enormous and superbly fitted kitchen/breakfast room will delight anyone who enjoys cooking. It is another very bright room with a vast atrium style skylight, plenty of windows and double glazed doors to the side patio. It includes a selection of handcrafted oak units and a range cooker inset into an impressive brick surround as well as other integral appliances and enough room to put a table large enough for probably a dozen people to sit around.What the Owner says:
“We moved here 11 years ago because we loved the property and the area and sitting in our garden on the decked terrace just listening to the birds and watching the wildlife in the garden is a delight. We have a family of hedgehogs and woodpeckers that have been in the garden for the past 10 years. Although it is a very quiet and peaceful rural environment it is also extremely convenient as we are only a five minutes drive from the centre of Canterbury and a minute's walk from the station at Sturry for the high speed train to London. We have loved living here and both extending and refurbishing the property over the years so that now anyone moving into it will have nothing to do except put the kettle on and their feet up. Indeed, only this January did we replace the roofing with a new Norfolk reed thatched roof that can last for more than fifty years. We were intending to develop the property as a hotel and have current planning permission available for a further four bedrooms but unfortunately personal health issues have meant that our plans have had to change. However if another owner wished to expand on this concept the plans are still in place. Fordwich is famous for being the smallest town in England with its own town hall. It is full of attractive and historic buildings and the river Stour running through the centre. It includes two excellent olde worlde pubs – the Fordwich Arms and the George and Dragon - that you can easily walk to if you want a drink and a meal."Room sizes:Entrance HallSitting Room: 19'9 into bay x 18'1 (6.02m x 5.52m)Dining Room: 16'3 x 9'9 (4.96m x 2.97m)Kitchen/Breakfast: 25'0 (7.63m) x 11'0 (3.36m) narrowing to 10'9 (3.28m)Study: 9'0 x 8'9 (2.75m x 2.67m)Bedroom 2: 17'3 (5.26m) x 13'7 into bay (4.14m) narrowing to 9'3 (2.82m)En-suite bathroomBedroom 3: 16'3 (4.96m) x 12'3 (3.74m) narrowing to 9'2 (2.80m)Family BathroomOrangery: 31'3 (9.53m) x 12'0 (3.66m) narrowing to 10'3 (3.13m)LandingMaster Bedroom: 22'8 x 11'9 into fitted wardrobes (6.91m x 3.58m)En-Suite Bathroom: 19'1 x 7'4 (5.82m x 2.24m)Bedroom 4: 12'0 x 10'2 (3.66m x 3.10m)Rear GardenSide GardenFront GardenDrivewayDouble GarageLounge/Kitchenette: 22'5 (6.84m) x 19'6 into bay (5.95m) narrowing to 16'7 (5.06m)Bedroom/En-Suite Shower Room: 16'3 (4.96m) x 14'8 (4.47m) narrowing to 10'7 (3.23m)BalconyDecking Area
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