There is so much to take in here and so much opportunity: family home, two family home, bed and breakfast business or a combination?
At first glance this house has a charming appeal, it is a rather magnificent family home, one that started life, the owners believe, as three workers cottages. Behind the lovely facade it is one of those rare homes that manages to combine so much under one roof, to offer options for many different people, for differing lifestyles and needs.
Visit it now and you can still see the old part of the house, the quaint cosy period side with wood burning stove, traditional brickwork and timbers. The house has grown from those humble origins, developed with the family as their life has changed, as children have grown, moved out and now return to visit with grandchildren.
In between it has become a home that can provide an income, in an age of Air B'n'B, endless possibilities abound, especially in a location such as this.
Simple desires brought our cients here originally, 'We were drawn out of London because we saw a better lifestyle, we could get more for our money and, here especially, with the Simon Langton school within walking distance, education for our boys was wonderfully catered for. That was over thirty years ago and we are so glad we made the move, we've loved living here.'
You can see the home has been important to them, the doors have a lovely feel to them as you move through the house, a touch of quality that only comes when you care about the property and the mark you make upon it. The other changes and additions they have made suit the path of their life over three decades and complement the house.
What appears as a very traditional home from the front unfolds as you wander through to provide a modern side, glass looking over the garden in a room that comes alive of an evening, a space that is wonderful all day long and all year round, in fact everyone will probably feel and see a different something special within it.
Two staircases provide flexibility, allowing life to be separated if you have guests. A ground floor bedroom with en suite overlooks the garden and can be repurposed if desired, it would work for a holiday let, the kitchen arrangement extending through two distinct areas makes this a simple and delightful option.
We have had some drawings done to show how the layout of the house might otherwise be altered to suit differing needs, for two families to share or to take one staircase out altogether and connect upstairs seamlessly.
There is plenty of parking with two driveways, one either side of the house. The garden is a lovely size, suited to the home it is neither too big, nor too small, just right in our eyes.
If education is important then you are within the catchment area for Bridge school, down the road is the Simon Langton and Canterbury provides education options to take children from nursery school to university all in one historic city.
For sports lovers you have Canterbury Cricket and Rugby clubs close by.
Beautiful countryside stretches away and roads and lanes lead to a profusion of eateries to visit, from gastropub The Granville to a variety of village pubs and of course the city centre provides a multitude of special places to try.
The road network takes you to the coast, across the county, to London and, for those desirous of a commute to our capital, Canterbury West places you on the high speed service to St Pancras whilst regular services take you to Charing Cross, Victoria and Cannon Street.
This is somewhere that, every time we look at it, we see possibilities, options, and that makes it pretty unique because we know so many different people will find this house ticks boxes that are important, ones that make this a home to spend many happy years within, just like our clients have.
You can get more of an insight into this home by watching the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1o4mo6wkw8&t=160sGet in touch if you like this home.