6 bedroom detached house for sale
Canterbury Road, Kennington, Ashford, Kent
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Tenure: FreeholdDining room | Drawing room | Sitting room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Utility room | Cloakroom | Games room | Study | Storage room | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | WC | 2 Attic rooms | 2 Cellar rooms | Gardens | Double garage | Garden store/stable building |
About 2 acres
This lovely, mainly 18th century, Grade II Listed mill house has enormous appeal, with excellent accommodation and the opportunity to significantly increase the accommodation with the incorporation of the mill building (subject to planning consent). Sitting in a beautiful riverside garden - this is a wonderful opportunity to acquire a lovely home that could benefit from some updating.
From the courtyard a panelled door leads into the hall, which is half-panelled with all the doorcases having original Georgian moulded cornicing over. To the left is a formal dining room, a lovely room for entertaining with a unique local marble fireplace with cast-iron inset. From this room there are fabulous views through to the wooded gardens beyond. To the right of the hall is the elegant and charming double drawing room, with panelling to dado height and original open fireplace; there are double doors to an adjoining further seating area with original fireplace surround and a bay window with shutters overlooking the mill stream and the garden. A door from the drawing room leads to the secondary staircase, a very fine carved, original Georgian staircase, and there are steps down to a small half-cellar.
Continuing from the hall a half-glazed door leads through to the kitchen which has tall ceilings, tiled floors and a range of floor and wall cupboards with hardwood work-surfaces over. There is a door to a second cellar and two doors leading from the kitchen to the outside.
Off the dining room is a utility room and a cloakroom and beyond these a door leads into the old mill building, which is on three floors. The ground floor is currently given over to a full size snooker room. An open tread, hardwood staircase leads to the first floor which is currently used as a study; the second floor is used for storage. This building would, subject to the usual consents, be suitable to conversion for a number of purposes.
The principal staircase is approached from the hall and leads to a light, sunny landing, off which are a separate WC and a store cupboard. All the main bedrooms are accessed from here. Bedroom 1 is a large room with an original Georgian moulded surround and also has a door to the secondary staircase. Adjacent is the family bathroom with spa bath and hand shower attachment, wash basin, WC and a range of fitted cupboards. Bedroom 2, another large double room, also has access to the secondary staircase. A second bathroom is adjacent to this room, with a panelled bath with hand shower attachment, WC, bidet and wash basin. Bedroom 3 overlooks the millstream. Bedroom 4 overlooks the woods and from here there is access to an inner vestibule and a third bathroom; there is also a door which links into the mill building at first floor level.
Approached off the secondary staircase there is a second floor where there are two further rooms, one overlooking the garden and which could usefully become a fifth bedroom, and the other being suitable for storage, etc.
* Mill House is in a secluded location on the outskirts of Kennington. Kennington itself has a public house, general store, post office, doctors' surgery and dental surgery.
* The nearby market town of Ashford provides a good range of educational, shopping and recreational facilities, together with excellent transport links. Canterbury (12 miles) has a further wide range of leisure, cultural and educational facilities.
* The M20 (approx 3 miles) provides excellent road access. Trains from Ashford International to London take about 75 minutes, with the High Speed service linking Ashford to London St Pancras in 38 minutes. Eurostar services to the Continent also run from Ashford International.
The house is approached off a private road and there is pedestrian access into a front courtyard area, from where the front door can be approached. The courtyard is paved with yorkstone and the main front façade is bounded with rambling roses and wisteria. This area of the garden is walled on one side by a 10' ancient brick wall
Further down the lane is a five-bar gate leading into a gravel parking and turning area where there is a range of outbuildings, including a former stables (now used for storage of garden equipment, etc) and a double garage. From here one can gain direct access to the gardens, which are laid out in a romantic and typically English style with wider herbaceous beds, packed with hundreds of shrubs, roses, herbaceous plants and trees, giving masses of interest and colour all year round. Without doubt the millstream which runs alongside the house adds significant charm and appeal to what is a delightful and appropriate setting for this most interesting of houses. A box and standard salix walkway leads into a charming area of woodland which, from Spring onwards, gives wonderful displays of snowdrops, primroses, daffodils, wild garlic, cow parsley, etc with the added benefit of the wide millstream running directly through the middle and making it a haven for wildlife and birds.
There are a number of interesting and rare species of trees within the wooded areas giving displays of blossom in early Spring and Summer