3 bedroom end of terrace house for saleSandwich
Offers in Excess of £475,000
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The Chanter's House in Strand Street, Sandwich provides one of the finest examples of a medieval timber framed house, in the longest run of jettied properties in the country. With parts dating back to the 13th Century (possibly earlier) there is heavy structural beamwork to be seen throughout the property. The house which is Grade II Listed and garden (within the shell of a Norman merchant's house or chantry that is believed to date from c.1250) used to stand upon the quayside of the former bustling Cinque Port prior to the silting up of the Haven in the late Middle Ages. In recent years there have been sympathetic improvements which have provided a new kitchen and bathroom, cloakroom and comprehensive re-decoration.
The property now provides a versatile layout of character and charm which is suitable for many purposes and benefits from being centrally located in the heart of the town's Conservation Area within walking distance of all local shops, schools and the mainline railway station with regular high-speed services to London and the Kent coast.
The small stone building in 3 Kings Yard now stands roofless and was originally a Norman merchant's house built about 1230. It became for a time a chantry chapel, becoming a ruin after the Reformation, later being converted back into a house when Flemish refugees poured into Sandwich, as added brickwork in it shows. Originally, it had an undercroft, above which the owner lived in a hall which occupied two-thirds of this part, behind which was a small retiring room or bedroom. The whole building measured only 9.30 by 7.30 m. (30ft. 6 in by 24 ft). The undercroft had two very narrow loop windows on each side, an entrance door at the north-west corner, and a circular stone stairway at the south end, connecting with the room above. The hall had twin lancet windows on each side, and the bedroom two single lancets. The hall had a doorway at the north end, approached by outside stairs, the upper floor being usually of stone flags, supported by massive joists. Only the wealthiest had stone-vaulted undercrofts (Quote from Archealogia Cantiana 1984 Volume 100).
A gate off 3 King's Yard leads across an enclosed entrance garden to a heavy oak entrance door with overhead light surrounded by a mature clematis which opens into:-
with slate flooring with opening to:-
Kitchen/Breakfast Room 15' 2 x 11' 6 (4.62m x 3.51m) max narrowing to 9ft
Double aspect with window to rear overlooking the courtyard garden and window to side overlooking the entrance garden. An external door leads out and gives access onto the entrance garden. The kitchen is fitted to three sides with modern wall and base cabinets with granite worktop, inset one and a half bowl ceramic sink/drainer, double width gas cooker with eight burner hob and multiple ovens under and integrated appliances include dishwasher, washing machine/tumble dryer, fridge and separate freezer and microwave. Slate tiled floor. To one side of the room a large timber bressummer runs across a recess which was formerly a fireplace and now houses the cooker and other units. Beamed ceiling overhead.
Living Room 14' 10 x 13' 4 (4.52m x 4.06m)
Impressive wide exposed brick fireplace with stout bressummer over fitted with a gas fire on a quarry tiled hearth. Beamed ceiling. Exposed beams to wall. Doors to one side open to reveal a useful storage cupboard (currently housing the television). Useful understairs storage. Stairs lead from this room up to the first floor landing above. Doors fashioned in the form of bookcases open into the dining room to the front and cloakroom to the side.
Dining Room 23' 7 x 10' 9 (7.19m x 3.28m)
with fireplaces across two corners of the room, one which is closed off and the other is open to the brickwork and houses a cast iron duck's nest corner fireplace with brick surround and inset bressummer. Exposed beamwork to walls and to ceiling and an external door to the front gives access into the property from Strand Street if required. Recently fitted plantation blinds to the front windows are included in the sale.
Window to rear overlooking the entrance garden. Work surface with fitted cupboards under. Ceramic tiled floor. Hat and coat rack to one side. Door to:-
Window to rear overlooking the entrance garden. Low level WC. Wall mounted wash hand basin. Pair of attractive display niches fitted into the wall with full height storage cupboard to one corner. To another corner is fitted a gas-fired combination central heating and hot water boiler. Exposed beams to ceiling. Quarry tiled floor.
Staircase To First Floor
Exposed beams to walls and ceiling.
Bedroom One 22' 6 x 12' 3 (6.86m x 3.73m)
Three windows to the front and a small smuggler's window to the side. Exposed beams to walls and to the ceiling.
Bathroom 9' 5 x 6' 5 (2.87m x 1.96m)
Window overlooking the entrance garden. Recently refitted with a white suite including a double-ended hip bath, pedestal wash basin, bidet and close coupled WC with chrome heated ladder style towel rail radiator. Exposed beams to walls and to ceiling.
Dressing Room/Bedroom Two 15' 5 x 12' 10 (4.70m x 3.91m)
to include the space occupied by a row of built-in wardrobe cupboards to one side extending into the chimneybreast recess and over the stairwell. Large partly exposed brick chimneybreast with timber bressummer over and duck's nest fireplace inset. Exposed beams to ceiling and to walls. To one corner of the room is a further recessed area beside the chimneybreast where a door leads through to the third bedroom beyond and from where a ladder style wooden staircase leads up to the vaulted loft room above.
Bedroom Three 16' 1 x 10' 6 (4.90m x 3.20m) max narrowing to 8ft 10ins by the doorway
A double aspect room with windows overlooking both courtyard gardens. Exposed beams to ceiling and to the walls. Wooden panelling to one wall surrounding the doorway.
Vaulted Loft Room 14' 7 x 10' 5 (4.45m x 3.18m) - Main Area
with additional space at the head of the stairs which rise up into this room from the dressing room/bedroom two below. Small window to rear overlooking the rear courtyard garden below with views to St Peter's Church clock tower. Many exposed original beams to the walls and to the ceiling. This room is currently used for storage and as an occasional office with desk to one side. To the front end of this room a door gives access to the remainder of the roof space which is over dressing room/bedroom two and bedroom one. This roof space is accessible and could be useful for storage with all of the roof timbers visible from this vantage point. It is considered that this attic would be of considerable historical interest from an architectural point of view.
A walled pathway leading to a lean-to open fronted store provides access through an original door frame to a most unusual enclosed garden formed within the shell of the former Norman house that used to stand on the site. This enclosed garden is paved, with inset ground lighting and planting areas, whilst set within the walls are numerous arched (former window) recesses and Caen stone mullioned window frames. The overall dimensions are approximately 25' x 25'.
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