Tree Tops is a charming example of the Arts & Crafts style, lovingly built and with some exceptional examples of traditional hand crafted oak, stone and brick. The 5 bedroom accommodation (approaching 3,000 sqft) is mainly set across the ground floor, with a section of the house that could be easily converted to provide a self-contained annexe (subject to the requisite planning consents being obtained). The property is set in mature gardens of nearly 1.1 acres and has a detached double garage block to the front and outbuildings to the rear.
The main house is set back from the road and the Arts & Crafts style is visible from first arrival, with access via a crafted oak front door opening on to a entrance hall with briquette floor. The accommodation then flows from the inner hallway providing access to a wonderful main sitting room with original leaded light oak framed windows, briquette flooring and a beautiful stone carved fire surround which was (we are informed by the vendor) crafted using Canterbury Cathedral stone. This fireplace also has a feature doorway which provides immediate access to the wood store area outside.
Original features include; some original leaded light windows with oak surrounds, hand crafted oak doorways, fine stonework and briquette flooring and ornate brass door furniture.
There is extensive accommodation and the opportunity to create further accommodation which could either be incorporated in to the main house, or refurbished to provide a separate one bedroom annexe with kitchen and sitting room. The principal rooms enjoy views across the lovely garden.
On the first floor and reached via the inner hallway is the access to the principal bedroom suite. This enjoys views across the mature garden and has fitted cupboards and an ensuite bathroom with separate shower, bidet, WC and twin basins.
GROUNDS AND GARDENS
The property is approached off the road on to a generous gravelled parking and turning area. This provides direct access to the detached double garage block with up and over electric door. There is also access to the side of the property and with some adjustment, this could provide access to a separate door to the potential annexe.
The garden is a wonderful feature of the property, being south facing, mature and maintained to a high standard. It features a good expanse of lawn with flower beds and borders, shrubs, bushes, evergreens and mature trees. There are also paved areas adjoining the property and garden room to the side. There is a summerhouse and garden shed. In all nearly 1.1 acres.
The property is situated on the Stodmarsh Road which provides easy access to both Fordwich and Canterbury. In the Middle Ages, the River Stour was navigable as far as Fordwich and this town became the Port of Canterbury. Fordwich was later described in the Doomsday book as a small burgh, one of only seven boroughs in Kent. The River Stour, with its abundance of wildlife and amenities for fishing, walking and pleasure boats is a modern day treasure, much enjoyed by those living close by. With its many fine period buildings, two well-known pubs and its reputation for being the smallest Town in England, the village really is a gem.
Canterbury City itself lies about 2.5 miles to the West, with its modern shopping centre, cultural interests, amenities, good range of schools in both the public and private sectors including Kings, St Edmunds, Kent College and Simon Langton boys and girls grammar schools (as well as Junior Kings at Milner Court, Sturry which is within easy access). There are also two universities and colleges of further education.
SPORT AND LOCAL AMENITIES
Sporting and recreational opportunities in the area include exceptionally easy access to golf at Scotland Hills Canterbury, famous Links golf courses at Royal St Georges and Princes, Sandwich, sailing on the coast and at the Westbere Lakes at Fordwich, county cricket at Canterbury and the nearby Polo Farm sports complex on the Littlebourne Road, just outside of Canterbury for hockey, cricket, tennis and croquet, as well as pleasant walks and rides over the various footpaths surrounding the nature reserve.
The property is well placed for access to Sturry station (just over 1.2 miles) which provides a rail link to Canterbury West and in turn the HSR service to London (St Pancras 53 mins). The property is also well placed for access in to Canterbury along the A28, which in turn links with the A2.
From Canterbury take the A257 Sandwich Road towards Wingham and Sandwich. Take the first left immediately after Canterbury Golf Club on to Stodmarsh Road. Continue on this road passing both Moat and Well Lane on the left hand side. Just before the playing fields, Tree Tops will be found on the right hand side.