- Six Bedroom country house
- Spectacular function room, currently run as a micropub
- Two self-contained 2 bedroom cottages
- Equestrian yard with menage
- Paddocks, orchard & large vegetable garden
- Significant potential for hosting large events (subject to all necessary consents)
An impressive Grade II listed unique country house, currently also providing a high-quality boutique Bed and Breakfast business, plus two self-contained cottages and a former coach house with further potential for conversion. Externally the house enjoys extensive grounds incorporating paddocks, manege and equestrian yard currently used as a smallholding. The current owners have also developed a successful micropub business serving both guests and non-resident patrons.
The house itself provides well-presented and versatile accommodation with a most attractive kitchen/breakfast room, three principle reception rooms plus a utility room. The spectacular function room, currently run as a micropub also has adjacent ladies and gents w.c. facilities. The property has significant potential to develop both the hospitality and pub business being potentially suitable for hosting large events and even as a camping/glamping/motor home destination (subject to all necessary consents).
On the first floor are six bedrooms, four of which are currently utilised as ensuite B&B rooms. The letting rooms are all beautifully presented with a host of exposed timbers and part-vaulted ceilings. The master bedroom and second family bedroom share access to the stunning family bathroom. The property also has two cellars, one is currently used as a functioning, temperature controlled, beer cellar to the bar, the other provides useful additional storage. To the front of the main building there is a large courtyard currently used as the micropub beer garden.
To the rear of the house the formal gardens comprise a substantial paved seating area which rises to a large lawn enclosed by hedging and fencing. To the far end of the lawn are further w.c. facilities with an enclosed area and block-built garage for mowers and garden equipment plus a further garden store. To the front vehicular access is gained onto an extensive in/out drive with ample turning and parking. From the drive a further five bar gate gives access the equestrian yard and paddocks.
The equestrian yard comprises a main block including five loose boxes, washing/grooming areas, hay store and rug store plus a secure block-built tack room. From the yard a gate accesses the manege with post and rail perimeter fencing. The associated grazing is divided into paddocks to the side and rear of the house which has recently erected stock fencing and access gates. There is an orchard and large vegetable garden and fenced pens for ducks and chickens. A public footpath runs from the road in a straight line through to the rear boundary.
In all the gardens and grounds extend to 3 acres (1.21 hectares).
The current owners have made extensive improvements to the fabric of the buildings including specialist replacement of lead roof gullies, complete overhaul of the electrical and plumbing system, improvements to waste water drainage and refurbishment of the Annexe Cottage.
The property is located just outside the village of Shepherdswell which is popular village with a primary school, post office, pub, mini supermarket and mainline railway station. The surrounding east Kent countryside provides lovely walking and cycling whilst the A2 is within easy reach giving access to the ferry terminals at Dover, the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone and the M2 motorway. The Cathedral City of Canterbury is easily accessible and provides a comprehensive range of shopping facilities, a wide selection of restaurants, pubs and bistros, leisure and sports facilities. The City also hosts an impressive range of schools, colleges and universities. Canterbury west station provides high speed rail services to London St. Pancras with a journey time of approx. 55 mins.
Oast Cottage Stables
A most impressive conversion of the former stable building providing stunning accommodation with a contemporary finish. On the ground floor the living accommodation is open plan with attractive kitchen and good size sitting/dining room opening to the courtyard garden. The family bathroom is most attractively fitted and includes separate shower. On the first floor is a lovely master bedroom with ensuite bathroom. The property enjoys gas fired underfloor heating and extensive solid wood flooring. Externally is a private, enclosed courtyard garden with paved surface and brick retaining wall with integral lighting and further wall lighting. Courtyard measures approximately 42ft (12.79m) x 12ft (3.65m). A gate gives pedestrian access to the front.
Oast Cottage Annexe
Currently let at £725.00 pcm on an assured shorthold tenancy agreement, adjoining the main house to the south side and comprising a delightful cottage with period front elevation and accommodation including a comfortable open-plan sitting/dining room, kitchen and useful porch. On the first floor are two bedrooms and the bathroom. The cottage has recently been refurnished throughout.
The Cottage has a private lawned garden to the front, including former well, and has a gate giving direct access to the road.
Former Coach House
Situated between Oast Cottage Stables and the main house the coach house provides further development potential for conversion (subject to all necessary consents being obtained). There are two sets of double doors giving vehicular access to the front drive, a mezzanine level currently providing additional storage or workshop space and a utility area currently used as the B&B laundry. A pedestrian door gives access to the rear terrace.