This is a home that has an instant impact, it's delightfully photogenic and tugs at the heart strings from afar. Visit in person and it weaves magic upon you, finding a place in your heart forever.
Winding your way down a lane towards this home gives time to appreciate the delightful countryside, it sets the scene for discovering a home of very particular charm.
Postling is a small hamlet close to the wonderful Cinque Port Town of Hythe. It sits amidst a glorious rural Kent landscape, within the Wye Downs area of outstanding natural beauty. You'll pass footpath signs as you drive and, when you explore these, you'll find yourself immersed in a scene that rivals any in the country for beauty, in our minds.
Walk onto the hilltops and views will greet you that are simply majestic.
It is from Postling that springs rise and the East Stour or 'Old Stour' begins its journey, from nearby to the picturesque church.
Pent Farm, on the edge of the village was home to Joseph Conrad, famed Polish - British novellist and 'Lord Jim', 'Typhoon' and 'Nostromo', were written there apparently.
The area is rich in literary history and contemporary, HG Wells lived at Sandgate and visited Conrad, Bernard Shaw set foot in Postling too. Conrad stayed for eight years, his sons born here.
It is a location that captures the heart and our clients fell in love when they first viewed, over thirty years ago.
'We'd lived abroad, returned to England and a move, driven by work, brought us to the Kent coast. The house was being turned upside down when we looked at it. A builder was renovating as part of a bigger project and yet, once we arrived the decision was made, our hearts taken and no other home was going to compare.
Our daughter grew up here and now our grandchildren fill the house with laughter when they visit.'
This is an intriguing home to describe to you. In some ways it defies convention, the library is upstairs, really it is a bedroom but step into it and you are transported to a different time. The wood panelling and floor are so evocative, it is a room that has a presence and a grandeur, one that seems so apt for a house of this nature.
This house is attached to the main building, the Manor House, by the hallway, a room in its own right, and upstairs by part of the stairwell and 'the fairy bedroom', a delightful space that has a magic that speaks particular to children, this is a home that, once inside, could easily be detached for all you notice the lovely neighbour.
Including 'the library', there are three main bedrooms upstairs, and the space we lovingly call 'the fairy bedroom' sits to one side, off the landing, making for a fourth.
High ceilings give everywhere a grand feel and exposed timbers add visual character. Stop and peer from any of the windows and the charm of the area is instantly evident, we don't think there is a window, especially upstairs, that doesn't have a captivating outlook.
That isn't at all surprising for a Grade II listed home set within a conservation area and an AONB. Postling Court has origins dating back to the Norman conquest, the Manor House has mid 16th century origins and, as with all things, subsequent generations altered what was here and added to it.
Downstairs the living room was once two, a broad chimney breast features, home to a wood burning stove and the room stretches out, incorporating a dining area. French Doors open into the garden and the view of this mature space is captivating, enticing you out to enjoy its charms. The study looks over that garden and the kitchen too, it's somewhere to sit at the breakfast table with one eye admiring the colours within the flower beds.
Inside and out there are 'hidden' delights to find. We won't give away all this home’s secrets, they're demure ones but nonetheless charming to discover, fun and in many cases extremely practical.
A garage and open fronted bay provide parking and external storage, part of the mews development, above which the church tower rises and beyond the hills beckon.Get in touch if you like this property.