There's a breathtaking amount of space to this home; a really interesting and fun conversion that is surrounded by glorious countryside and on the outskirts of historic Canterbury city.
Great homes create family traditions. We love this one the owners shared with us: ‘Losing ourselves on the Boxing Day walk’.
'Every year since we moved here we have gone for a big walk on Boxing Day with a flask and shortbread biscuits. Without fail we have found ourselves on unfamiliar footpaths and wondering how to get back home. It has become a tradition and a joke with friends and family alike. It’s a tradition we treasure and still continue’.
Traditions become established once you live somewhere but aren’t the trigger to buy, so what brought the owners here? What made this home stand out from all the rest?
Space' was the simple concise answer to our question.
'We were living in Canterbury at the time, we had three children and were feeling constricted'. Having moved back from living in Australia prior to that they were probably all the more conscious of a lack of space in their city accommodation. 'We'd always been drawn to the idea of an oast conversion and when we saw the rooms here it was easy to say yes'.
Standing in the main family living room it is so obvious why this home grabbed their attention. The delight of family life in such a broad open space, encompassing a seating area, dining area, a kitchen that was remodelled in 2016 (and looks just fabulous), plus that wood burning stove that you can imagine provides a delightfully soothing warm glow to wintertime here, it is all so enticing and so engaging. Search out the wooden post with the heights of previous and current families recorded. This room has a wow factor which is suddenly enhanced when you remember that it is just one stand-out room in this oast. Remember, space was the lure and still is.
The home is on split levels, it adds a distinctive charm, a connection that is unusual to feel and momentarily makes you think: how many more rooms to see?
Step up from this family space and you are in the kiln room; the ceiling stretches away to the cowl twenty-nine feet above (about eight point eight metres). It is a square kiln and so much more practical to live in than those that are round, as much as we love the look of them. Another few steps and you are in what we term the studio bedroom. It's a delightful space - office, playroom, bedroom all rolled in to one and galleried so it is connected to the family room below. Everyone will see a different purpose in the room and it is easy to be wowed again.
There's so much we haven't mentioned. The family bathroom, remodelled in 2015, four bedrooms, the master having a lovely ensuite and separate dressing room.
The door to the garage has been altered to a stable door and the space is more storage and workshop. Beside it is a small area ideal for the oenophile: we're told on good authority that the ambient temperature is a very favourable near constant, ideal for wine storage. There are various storage spaces and cupboards for those things a family always accumulates and needs.
To the rear is parking and across the drive that serves the oasts lies the garden. Delightfully laid out there are beds full of colour, vegetable patches, lawn and a large seating and barbecue patio area. 'We enjoy barbecues more here than we did in Australia', was the surprise comment of our visit; really? 'It's just so lovely to sit out and relax into the latter part of an evening, we get so much joy from the garden'.
We could keep on waxing lyrical but we'll allow you to savour the photos, to imagine the space and plan to come and see this home for yourself.
On a practical note, it's around a ten minute drive from here to the university, according to the owners past work experiences. Two of their children went to school in Faversham, one took the bus to school in Canterbury and Canterbury station serves the high-speed commute into London. Delightful countryside surrounds you, orchards galore and the walks are delightful - we took a stroll through some of them ourselves.
We love this home and, in due course, we look forward to hearing whether you've added to the tally of childrens’ heights and what tradition this home creates for you.Get in touch if you like this property.