5 bedroom detached house for saleChurch Road, Willesborough, Ashford, Kent
Guide Price £775,000
The Old Rectory is a handsome Grade II listed house thought to date to the 16th Century with a substantial Georgian addition. A panelled front door with a fanlight opens to an extremely elegant hallway with a sweeping staircase rising to the first floor. Doors either side lead to the principal reception rooms. To the left is the magnificent drawing room with wonderfully high ceilings and tall sash windows with shutters to either side overlooking the front garden. There is a marble fireplace, picture rail and cornicing. Across the hall is a double aspect sitting room, again with tall sash windows to the front of the house; there is also a brick fireplace. A door to the end of the hall opens to a rear lobby, off which is a less formal snug or study, which occupies the older part of the house and has a lovely beamed ceiling, a fireplace with a wood-burning stove and a stripped wooden floor. There is also a downstairs cloakroom and a door leading outside. Along the corridor is a storage cupboard and a well-fitted utility room with a range of units with work surfaces over and space for a tumble drier and washing machine; a door from here leads back to the drawing room.
Set to the back of the house is a bright, spacious kitchen with a ceramic tiled floor and fitted with a range of light units beneath work surfaces, all arranged around an Aga with space for a large range cooker in addition. This generous room is triple aspect with doors leading to both the front of the house and to the gardens at the rear. Adjacent to the kitchen is a dining room where a fireplace houses the boiler and a bay window gives views of the garden. Steps from the rear lobby lead down to the cellar which is divided into two rooms and provides excellent storage.
On the first floor the generous master bedroom is situated to the front of the house. It is a lovely bright room with a cast iron fireplace. There is a well fitted en suite bathroom as well as a dressing room with wardrobes across one wall. Within the Georgian part of the house are two further bedrooms, one of which is a particularly good size and has a cast iron fireplace and an adjoining dressing room. Stairs from the landing descend to a rear landing where there are two further bedrooms, both overlooking the garden. The first of these has an en suite shower room. The accommodation is completed by a large family bathroom with a free-standing bath as well as a separate walk-in shower cubicle. There is a further separate WC and a large airing cupboard. A secondary staircase returns to the rear hall.
The Old Rectory is situated in Willesborough, on the extreme eastern outskirts of Ashford. There is a conveniently located Tesco superstore and the William Harvey Hospital is a short drive away. There is a good range of shops in Ashford town centre, together with a McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Centre.
There are good schools locally, both in the independent and state sector, including grammar schools. Canterbury about 15 miles distant offers a complete range of educational, recreational, cultural and shopping amenities.
Ashford International is about 1.9 miles away offering regular commuter services to the Continent, as well as High Speed services to London St Pancras in around 37 minutes. There are excellent road communications, with the nearby M20 (Junction 10) giving access to major motorway networks
The Old Rectory is approached via a pair of wrought-iron gates leading to a gravel drive and a large parking area to the front of the house. There is a single and a double garage. The house is set well back from the road towards the middle of its plot behind a mature conifer hedge, which provides a good level of privacy. The gardens to the back of the house are well bordered with close-board fencing, the boundaries of which are planted with mature shrubs and trees, including yew, beech, monkey puzzle and fir. Immediately behind the house is an area of terrace with flowerbeds and to one corner is a vegetable garden.
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