This enchanting detached cottage can be found in the heart of Shoreham, a quintessentially English village set within rolling hills, with far reaching views of the stunning Kentish countryside all around.
The Retreat has been a cherished family home for the last 60 years and the current owners speak fondly of their idyllic childhood growing up in such a wonderful location, with a strong sense of community and plenty of local amenities for the whole family. Shoreham is mentioned in the Doomsday Book and is also believed to be the most bombed village in the UK during World War Two. Thankfully much of the historic architecture survived and today it is a bustling village with a station, primary school, village store and four pubs. The River Darent runs through the centre alongside the jumble of impressive manor houses, chocolate box cottages and the Parish Church.
The property itself is a very attractive yellow brick and flint cottage, believed to have been built in the 1860s. It is tucked away at the bottom of a quiet lane, set back off the road. The front door opens into a lobby with the stairs ahead leading to the first floor. To the left is a living room with an open fireplace and a window overlooking the front garden. Off this room is a lean-to. To the right of the lobby is a dining room with an open fireplace and a built-in storage cupboard. The kitchen is fitted with wall and base units with a work surface over and space for appliances, a door leads to the garden. The bathroom has been redesigned as a wet room, but there is space for a bath should someone wish to put one back in. The owners have installed a new boiler and double glazing in the kitchen and bathroom in recent years, the property has also been rewired. Upstairs there are two double bedrooms, both with a pleasant outlook over the front garden. The property now requires some updating, and there is plenty of potential (subject to planning permission) to extend the house to put a bathroom upstairs and create extra bedrooms.
Outside, through a gate from the road a footpath leads you through the pretty front garden to the front door, there is off road parking and a garage, and side access to the rear of the garden. the rear garden is secluded with a patio area running adjacent to the house, the remainder is laid to lawn. There is a shed and a green house which we understand are to remain.
This charming property is sure to have broad appeal. Maybe you are downsizing and wish to be in the centre of a thriving community, maybe you are a young couple or family looking for a property to redevelop. Alternatively it would be a fantastic weekend retreat for someone looking to escape the daily grind of city life. This is certainly a house with an interesting history book your viewing today to find out more!