Spire House is an impressive 4/5 bedroom detached modern family home, set in a rural village location, forming part of a former farmstead. This spacious residence was built in 2001 to compliment both the barn conversions and neighbouring Grade II listed farmhouse, to form a charming courtyard development set within a conservation area. The property is presented to a high standard throughout and benefits from a surrounding garden, double garage and ample parking to the front.
The main house is accessed via a large solid oak door which opens on to a double height dining hall with French doors providing access to the garden. This is an impressive space, flooded with natural light and links to both the sitting room, study/bedroom 5 and kitchen/breakfast room. The sitting room with wood burner leads to a lovely wood conservatory which provides a fully glazed space in which to enjoy the garden. The kitchen/breakfast room is a generous space and is fitted with bespoke solid wood painted units, this in turn links with a generous boot/utility room, cloakroom and walk in pantry.
The first floor accommodation is accessed via a staircase which leads to a galleried landing. This light filled space provides views over the courtyard and the original hop barn wheel, located above the front door, can be seen clearly. There is also a hatch providing access via an installed ladder to a half-boarded loft space. From this landing there are four double bedrooms including a spacious principal bedroom suite with excellent storage and ensuite shower room. All the bedrooms have good storage and views either over the courtyard or garden to the rear.
All of the accommodation is presented to a high standard having been well maintained and cared for. All of the internal doors, double glazed windows and conservatory frame are manufactured from sustainable British Columbian Pine. The entrance doors to the front and side are solid oak. There is a water softener installed in the cloakroom and a B&O sound system wired throughout the property. Weve also been advised by our vendor that a good broadband service is available to the property with speeds of up to 30Mb.
GROUNDS AND GARDENS
The property is approached off Church Road through a walled entrance which in turn leads to an expansive gravelled courtyard parking and turning area. From here, there is external access to the boot/utility room and also gated access on both sides of the house to the partially walled gardens to the rear and side of the property. These have been landscaped to provide a Japanese garden, paved seating areas and vegetable garden, all of which have views of the pretty church spire. There are two garages in the adjacent building which were originally the former dairy.
The property sits in a Conservation Area at the edge of the village, which has a primary school, village hall, church and playing field. Local amenities are available in the nearby villages of Upstreet and Broomfield, whilst wider facilities are available in either Herne Bay or Canterbury, which offers a modern shopping centre, choice of schools in both the public and private sectors (including Junior Kings at Milner Court, Sturry), colleges and universities, together with a variety of restaurants.
SPORT AND LOCAL AMENITIES
Sporting and recreational opportunities in the area include golf at Scotland Hills, the renowned Polo Farm sports centre on the Littlebourne Road offering hockey, tennis, cricket and croquet, together with county cricket at St Lawrence cricket ground, all of which are available at Canterbury. There is also sailing on the coast, with Herne Bay being within easy reach and pleasant walks and rides over various footpaths in the local vicinity. East Blean Nature Reserve can be found nearby, along with a cycle track for BMX bikes at Broomfield. The adjacent village of Maypole even has its own airfield.
Hoath itself benefits from a regular bus service. Herne Bay station (5.2 miles) offers good car parking and provides High Speed Rail services to London (St Pancras 83 mins, Victoria 92 mins). HSR rail services are also available from Canterbury West (6.3 miles) to London (St Pancras 53 mins). The property is also well placed for access to the A299 Thanet Way, which provides links to the Thanet towns, Whitstable, Faversham and on to London.
For the easiest route to Spire House, leave Canterbury on the Broad Oak Road, which runs parallel to the A28, towards Sturry. At the roundabout take the first exit onto Shalloak Road and at the T-junction turn right on to Sweechgate. After a short distance turn left on to the A291/Herne Bay Road. After 1.5 miles, turn right on to Hicks Forstal Road and follow this to the end. Turn left, then immediately right onto Church Road and after about 0.3 mile the private entrance to the former farmstead will be found on the left hand side, being accessed via a broad walled opening on to a gravelled courtyard. Spire House is set to the right hand side of the original farmhouse.
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