3 bedroom detached house for saleHarvest Lane, Stelling Minnis, Canterbury, Kent
Guide Price £595,000
The Old Methodist Chapel dates from 1862 and has most handsome elevations of knapped flint and mellow brick under a slate roof with pierced ridge tiles. There are large symmetrically placed sash windows with additional character added by stonework on the front elevation. In 2004 the property was extended to the south side with a matching profile with barge boarded elevations under a slate roof.
The front door opens to the kitchen/breakfast room, well fitted with free standing cabinets with beech wood and stainless steel work surfaces over and integral appliances, including an induction hob and dishwasher. There is an extractor hood over a central island, a raised roof pitch and French doors to garden. The floor is of marble tiles and these extend through to the study and drawing room. The study has a range of store cupboards, a spectacular cantilevered staircase and French doors to a terrace. The drawing room has a modern style wood- burning stove and floor to ceiling windows to the front; it is divided from the study by a curved wall. The windows in the modern part of the house are all double glazed with internal shutters with adjustable slats.
The first floor of the modern extension has a curved staircase rising in the centre, with curved walls on each side. To the front is the master bedroom with wide oak floorboards; a window and roof lights flood the room with light. Black and white Sliderobe mirrored doors extend the length of one wall, enclosing a substantial amount of shelving and hanging space. To the other side of the curved wall is a magnificent wet room with part-mosaic tiled walls, body jet shower and bath inset into Travertine tiles and twin Travertine wash basins.
Reached by a passage from the kitchen - and leading to the older, chapel part of the property - is the dining room. This is a wonderful room, open to the full roof pitch with pine floorboards and polished pine lining the roof with two king post trusses. There are four tall sash windows, pine panelling to the dado and a wood-burning stove. Double doors lead outside and a staircase rises to the galleried landing above. From this landing a door leads to bedroom 2 with a Velux to the north and a large en-suite shower and dressing room with Velux to the south. Bedroom 3 on the ground floor, also with an en-suite shower room, is accessed from the dining room.
The utility room, reached by a passage from the kitchen, is fitted with a range of base and wall units, with windows and a stable door to the outside. There is a good size ground floor bathroom complete with corner bath and shower over.
The Old Methodist Chapel is situated in a really lovely rural position, accessed by an unmade, unadopted road on The Minnis. This is an area of beautiful common land, mainly ancient woodland, that lies between the villages of Stelling Minnis and Bossingham.
Stelling Minnis boasts an excellent primary school, a popular inn, a local shop and a post office. Fresh produce is available direct from several local farm shops. A more comprehensive range of facilities are found in Canterbury which provides an excellent shopping centre, theatre and cultural interests as well as highly regarded schooling in both the private and state sector, various colleges and two universities.
The High Speed service has much improved travel to London, with journey times from Ashford International and Canterbury West in around 38 and 57 minutes respectively.
There are good recreational facilities with a selection of golf courses, sports, leisure and swimming pools, cricket at The Spitfire St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury and a variety of water sports accessible along the coast.
The property is approached from the lane that runs between Stelling Minnis and Bossingham over approximately 400 metres of shared private road which then leads to a private parking area at the front of the property. The parking area is shingled and extends around to the south side where a pedestrian gate then leads to the gardens.
There are raised planters for growing vegetables and, at the rear of the house, a pergola outside the study with a well-stocked border and a water feature opposite the terrace outside the kitchen. The path continues around the rear of the house leading to a large terrace with raised pond. There is a timber garden store and covered log store. Timber steps lead up to a small raised terrace by a magnificent oak tree.
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