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26a Castle Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2PU
Guide Price £850,000 - £875,000. This quintessential Kentish cottage is located in the tranquil and picturesque village of Rhodes Minnis in an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty. The property has everything one could wish for when it comes to country living whether it be clean fresh air, breath-taking views or long walks surrounded by nature. The property is steeped in history having started its life as a private residence and then being converted to a country pub in the 1800's. In 1992 it was transformed back to a beautiful family home. It has a Kent peg tiled roof with a tile hung elevation and leaded light windows very typical of its era. Inside the property is stylish and modern while retaining all of its original character and charm. The spacious and welcoming entrance hall leads into the superb open plan living room with exposed beams and a wonderful inglenook fireplace with a log burner and a Bressummer beam. This room flows through to the farmhouse style kitchen/dining room which has a triple aspect filling the room with natural light. There is an AGA, a range cooker, space for a freestanding fridge/freezer and plumbing for a dishwasher. A butler sink is well positioned under the window with glorious views over the garden. From the living room there is access through to the sitting room/snug with a log burner. This room connects to a large double bedroom on the ground floor and both rooms are currently being used as an annexe, perfect if you are moving with parents so they can have some private living space. The ground floor is completed by a utility room/shower room and a study which are accessed via the hallway. To the first floor there are five bedrooms, two of which are large doubles. The main bedroom has fitted furniture and a luxury en-suite bathroom with a corner bath. The first floor is completed by a stylish shower room with contemporary grey tiles and a large walk in shower.
The property is located in the pretty rural village of Rhodes Minnis, which has its own village hall, Methodist chapel and playing fields, together with both cat and animal sanctuaries. Just a short distance away is the popular village of Lyminge, which offers an excellent range of amenities, including a convenience store, a post office, a newsagent, a library, a pharmacy, a Chinese restaurant, a pub, a hairdresser, a doctor's surgery and a veterinary centre. Lyminge primary school has a good Ofsted rating and there is also a popular pre-school. The surrounding countryside forms part of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, over which there is a wealth of walks, bridle paths and cycle routes. A regular bus service runs through the village giving access to the historic Cathedral City of Canterbury, the Channel Tunnel town of Folkestone and the ancient Cinque Port Town of Hythe, on the coast. These all offer a wider range of shopping, recreational and leisure facilities.
The fantastic rear garden is fully enclosed with a variety of specimen trees along the rear boundary giving a leafy outlook while providing a high level of privacy and seclusion. The garden is mainly laid to lawn with mature shrubs and plants providing a natural habitat for garden birds and other wildlife. There is a patio as you step out from the kitchen/dining room which extends round to a large seating area with plenty of space for garden furniture and a barbecue; the ideal place to entertain family and friends with some alfresco dining in the warmer months. There is a further hardstanding area which could also be used for seating, a hot tub, a shed or a greenhouse depending on the owner's requirements. This superb private garden is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the area while offering a vast space for the children to play. Opposite the property on the other side of the lane there is a substantial parking area and a detached double garage. This area leads to a field contributing to the properties approximately 1.2 acre plot. This would make an ideal paddock for a horse or pony and stabling could be erected on the hard standing area (subject to the appropriate planning permissions).
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