Garden Cottage is a delightful 5 bedroom detached period house dating from 1680, with attractive elevations that are of colourwashed rendering, beneath hipped tiled roofs, with tiled dormer windows. The property sits in a good size garden overlooking the village green, with a self-contained studio flat above a double garage, together with a further detached large garden studio with kitchenette and bathroom.
Inside, the current owners have transformed the property in recent years to provide a light, spacious and perfectly proportioned family home. The accommodation is reached off the hall to the side of the property leading to an extended double aspect, open plan family / dining room, with doors leading to a triple aspect playroom and a lovely sitting room with inglenook fireplace. Off the main hall, there is a cloakroom/utility room and a modern bespoke solid wood painted kitchen/breakfast room with black granite worktops. The kitchen features an ancient curved supporting beam, believed to be of English elm. Throughout the ground floor there is solid wood waxed flooring with the inglenook room having traditional polished parquet.
On the first floor, there is an excellent principal bedroom suite with ensuite bathroom and roll top bath, a guest bedroom with ensuite bathroom, together with three further double bedrooms and a family bathroom, also with roll-top bath. These bathrooms benefit from tiled floors with underfloor heating.
The accommodation has been very well maintained and now provides quality accommodation in a sought after village location.
GROUNDS AND GARDENS
Off the lane there is a driveway leading to the garaging, rear garden and a lovely brick winding pathway leading to the front entrance. The garden here is laid to lawn with a mature Discovery apple tree and has been planted in a traditional cottage style including foxgloves, delphiniums, native pink cranesbill and primrose.
To the rear, there is a colourwashed rendered and tile detached double oak framed garage, with an external staircase leading to a stable door opening to a kitchenette, shower room and bed/sitting room, which could also be used as an office. In addition to the garage block, there is a further single storey large garden studio with kitchenette/bathroom, this building has its own oil fired central heating system, underfloor heating and is fully insulated (our vendors can provide certificates upon request). The garden to the rear is principally laid to lawn with shrubs, bushes, evergreens and trees, together with a terrace of reclaimed York stone paving adjoining the rear of the house.
The property is situated in the thriving rural village of Stelling Minnis with its many acres of scenic common land providing lovely walks and rides within this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Special Landscape Area. The village itself has a store/post office and the Rose & Crown Inn, together with primary schools in the neighbouring villages of Bossingham (Ofsted Good), Bodsham (Ofsted Outstanding) and Stowting (Ofsted Outstanding). The property is also roughly equidistant between the pleasant rural villages of Elham and Petham, whilst the vibrant village of Wye is within easy access with its doctors surgery, restaurants, farmers market and station.Further amenities are available in the Cathedral City of Canterbury which has an excellent modern shopping centre, a choice of schools in both the public and private sectors including Kings, St Edmunds, Kent College and Simon Langton boys and girls grammar schools, together with the University of Kent and colleges of further education. The City is also well known for its cultural interests, including the Marlowe Theatre, Gulbenkian and the Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.
SPORT AND LOCAL AMENITIES
Sporting and recreational opportunities in the area include; County Cricket at Canterbury, golf at Scotland Hills, point to point at Charing, sailing on the coast, tennis in both Chilham and Wye and the highly regarded Polo Farm Sports Complex, just outside Canterbury.
The property is well placed for access onto the Roman Road of Stone Street (B2068) and lies roughly midway between Canterbury and the delightful seafront town on Hythe. The village of Wye (just under 7 miles) offers a one-stop service to Ashford International (12 miles), with High Speed Rail services to London (St Pancras 36 mins) and the continent. The City of Canterbury has two mainline railway stations including Canterbury West (9.1 miles) providing HSR services to London (St Pancras 56 mins). The M20 (6 miles) offers excellent access to the port of Dover (via the A20), Ashford and London.
Leave Canterbury on the Old Dover Road heading towards the County Cricket ground after which, turn right into Nackington Road (B2068). Follow this road towards Hythe for approximately 6.5 miles, turn left into Curtis Lane (signposted Stelling Minnis). After about 0.4 mile, turn left into Minnis Lane, whereupon Garden Cottage will be found after a short distance on the left hand side.
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