How many people can say about their home, 'During the Napoleonic war French prisoners were kept here!'? Probably not many more can say, 'Come and see the bread oven outside, there from when the property was the local bakery supplying the market at Blackheath!'?
It's stories such as these that add an incredible lustre to life in a listed home. Dating back to 1737 this four storey Georgian town house has lived through so much and if only it could talk, how wonderful would the other forgotten stories be.
From the outside the home has a distinct majesty, striking to the eye and yet inviting. Part of a delightfully photogenic terrace there is much to discover inside, real treats for the lover of period homes.
Wandering through you'll be struck by not only the number but the variety of fireplaces. Each room, each floor all have a character of their own it seems. There's a cellar, the owner uses it to store tools and it is a little workshop area, looking around at the condition of the items stored it seems incredibly dry too.
Outside also has its surprises. Stepping from the house you enter the initial courtyard, full of colour, it has a cottage garden feel and there in front of you proudly stands a superb bread oven, a building in its own right. It has seen better days and the current owner has carried out the first steps in restoring it. It's still a project but one that can be so exciting. Beyond the oven is another area, accessed from a small lane to the rear, that provides a prized parking area and houses the outside loo.
Three of these homes were re-furbished in 1986 by Roger Davis and at the time Neil Burton, from the GLC historic buildings division, referred to the restoration as 'exemplary' and believed the buildings should have been considered for upgrading because ‘so much of the original buildings have been preserved'.
'For the Bexley Area they are very special - and for the whole of London, they are pretty special,' he concluded as recorded in a local paper of the time.
Wandering up the stairs to the attic bedroom you find lovely rooms on the way, to use as you will. Currently the owners have a first floor sitting room, in conjunction with the two receptions on the ground floor. The other first floor room is the 'studio' with paints and easel, a great place for artistic inspiration and there's plenty to fuel the imagination close by.
'Wandering through the meadow' was an activity the owners instantly highlighted as one of the many great things about living here. Just a few minutes’ walk from the front door you'll find a two hundred and fifty-acre park with river, woodland and meadow. Incredibly picturesque the area is a haven for wildlife and provides fabulous interest throughout the seasons.
For those whose focus is on the commute then you will find yourself around 1.5 miles from Sidcup station by car with a service that takes you to Cannon Street and Charing Cross in around thirty-five minutes, times can vary obviously depending upon when you need to travel.
The property is Grade II Listed and although many may imagine that restricts opportunity, you need only take a quick look at planning applications for neighboring homes in this terrace to see that two have had ground floor rear extensions approved. This is a lovely home as it stands but for those who are excited by the chance to improve a period home then there is a really exciting possibility here, subject to planning permission of course.Get in touch if you like this home.