Albany Lodge is an attractive Neo-Georgian 4 bedroom detached house, with elevations that are of colourwashed rendering, beneath a hipped tile roof. It sits in a good size garden, approaching 0.45 acre, with ample parking to the front and an attached double garage. It is presented in excellent decorative order and provides for a wonderful family home.
Inside, the accommodation is light and contemporary, being decorated to a particularly high standard with the benefit of a gas fired heating system and sealed unit double glazing throughout. From the pillared entrance porch to the front, a door leads to a generous hall with polished strip board floor. This flooring continues throughout the ground floor and doors lead to a double aspect sitting room, with bow window to the front and a feature fireplace with raised pebble hearth and gas fire. The kitchen/dining room measures approximately 40 in length and is fitted with quartz worktops and modern Bosch appliances. Completing the ground floor there is a study and generous cloakroom. On the first floor there are four double bedrooms and two bathrooms, the principal bedroom suite being of a particularly grand size, with a dressing area and well fitted ensuite shower room.
Features include a marvelous oak and glass staircase balustrade, coved cornices, inset down lighters and stripped and grooved doors.
GROUNDS AND GARDENS
The property is reached off Durlock Road by a gravel driveway leading to a generous parking and turning area, entrance portico and attached double garage. The garden on this side is laid to lawn and screened by tall evergreens.
To the rear, the garden is of a particularly good size, featuring a terrace adjoining the rear of the property and leading on to an expanse of lawn. There are various shrubs, bushes, evergreens and trees. In all about 0.45 acre.
The property is situated in the centre of the village of Staple. The village itself derives its name from the Anglo-Norman Estaple meaning market place. It was prominent for an official market for the purchase of goods for export, whilst more recently the village was used as a munitions site during WWII, with a large caliber rail mounted gun sited along the East Kent light railway line. In modern day times, the village now has a village hall and public house (The Black Pig) whilst further amenities are available in the nearby villages of Wingham and Ash, both less than 3 miles away. These offer a variety of amenities including local convenience stores, doctors and dentists, schools, restaurants and public houses. Wider facilities are available in the ancient Cinque Port of Sandwich, with its beautiful period buildings and pair of fine golf courses, Royal St Georges (the occasional home of The Open) and Princes. The Cathedral City of Canterbury lies some 10 miles to the north west, with a modern shopping centre, boutique shops along the Kings Mile, together with a variety of schools in both the public and private sectors including Kings, St Edmunds, Kent College and Simon Langton boys and girls grammar schools. There is also the University of Kent, together with colleges of further education and international colleges.
SPORT AND LOCAL AMENITIES
These include county cricket at Canterbury, watersports on the coast, golf at the Links courses nearby, together with Polo Farm sports club on the outskirts of Canterbury for cricket, hockey, tennis and croquet.
The property is situated in a rural village, but is within easy driving distance of Dover, Sandwich and Canterbury. As such, straight forward road journeys are available from the A2 (just over 7 miles away) which offers excellent access to the Port and Canterbury. The latter has two mainline railways stations, with Canterbury West offering the HSR to London (St Pancras 53 mins). Sandwich to the east, also offers the HSR, as does Dover to the south.
From Canterbury take the A257 towards Littlebourne / Wingham / Sandwich. Proceed through the villages of Littlebourne and in the centre of Wingham, turn right onto the B2046 towards Barham and the A2. After a short distance, turn left on to Staple Road and follow this road in to the village of Staple. Proceed round to the left and as the road bears right into Lower Road, proceed straight ahead on to Durlock Road. Albany Lodge will be found immediately on the left hand side identified by our For Sale board.
Note: The location plans are for identification purposes only and should not be relied upon for accuracy. Photographs are not true depictions of fixtures and fittings. Wide angle lenses may be used. CAN150074|270815|v1