A calmness always settles upon us as we drive to this wonderful rural spot, a conservation area within which this delightful period home nestles.
This is one of those homes that creates a sense of delight as you walk around it. The drive to find it is special enough, discovering an area that provides an escape from the usual hustle and bustle we associate modern life with; that's the joy of being within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As the owners put it so simply, 'We moved thirty minutes up the road and felt we'd been transported a thousand miles!'
What brought them here was the lure of an older home, the look, the character that comes with age and a Grade II listed property. The setting was an unexpected surprise, perfect for those who want to feel they have stepped properly into a rural life, one that provides community and friendship.
The owners have made some simple improvements to suit them and one of the things that drew them, the freedom the layout of accommodation provided has been especially useful.
'We liked the downstairs arrangement, the two side rooms and shower were set up like an annexe, a bedroom, shower room and study. We repurposed the bedroom as a second home office and it means we can both separate our work life from home life easily.
The fireplaces were a lure, part of the charm we hinted at, exposed timbers, interesting spaces, a cellar that doubles as a utility room. Light comes in from a window where the coal chute was, warmth from a radiator, worksurfaces and spaces for appliances mean that wonderful kitchen above isn't cluttered with laundry.
Stood in the kitchen when they first viewed, it was obvious that they were going to move here, 'it just felt so right the thought of us living here!'. That connection is something we all seek, the feeling that we belong somewhere.
The garden provides space to spread out and enjoy time outside. There is access in from the green via gates to an off-road parking area in the rear garden, rarely used as it’s so convenient to park on the green in an area set aside for this purpose. To the right-hand side of the house there is a garden shed and a fenced area houses the Klargester, a waste treatment unit. Utilities are electric and incoming water. The central heating is oil fired.
When you see what a lovely home they have made here it's easy to see how special this house has made their lives feel. Opportunities come along when least expected and so sometimes people find a move that wasn't anticipated at all looming in front of them, a new adventure.
Someone new will get the chance to feel the warm embrace of this home, to enjoy winter nights in front of the fire, sunny mornings with the sunlight flooding into the kitchen, daffodils bursting through on the green and the change of the seasons around the local footpaths.
Faversham, Canterbury, Ashford, Maidstone, wherever life takes you, living here you get to come home to an oasis in the Kent countryside.Get in touch if you like this property.