2 bedroom detached house for saleThe Old Chapel, Pett Bottom, Canterbury, Kent
This former chapel building can be found in a stunning setting in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty off a small lane in the Kent countryside. Set in gardens of approximately half an acre (subject to measurement), there are wonderful views of the Downs that create a rural idyll of the kind that is rare to find in the South East. Despite the tranquil nature of the location, however, the cathedral city of Canterbury, which runs train services to London in under one hour, is a just a few miles away.
The timber-framed chapel is now in need of some updating and there is potential to extend and rework the building. The acclaimed London-based architects ZMMA have produced a set of plans that propose creating three bedrooms, a kitchen / dining room and living room on the first floor with a large fourth bedroom and bathroom on the first floor. They also propose a studio / office building in the gardens. Although the current owner invested a considerable amount into creating these plans, a change of circumstances meant that they have never been submitted for planning however. It should also be noted that there is a covenant that prevents extending the property further to the rear, without the express permission of the local farmers.
Currently accommodation includes two bedrooms on the first floor and on the ground floor a wonderful vaulted living room, kitchen / dining room and shower room with a garage / workshop as well.
The current owner intended the property to be ‘off grid’ so whilst there is mains electricity and an LPG boiler supplying the hot water system, heating is via a large multi fuel burning stove. It also has its own private water supply and drainage system.
The gardens are principally lawn, although there is a vegetable garden and greenhouse (both in need of restoration). There is parking space for a couple of vehicles.
The local area has some wonderful places within walking distance, including the acclaimed gastropub The Duck Inn just a couple of minutes by foot and, a little further, a farm shop at Lower Hardres. There are numerous footpaths, bridle paths and cycle routes.
The neighbouring village of Bridge has a number of shops, a primary school, doctors' and dentists' surgeries and a number of pubs and restaurants. For a broader range of services there is Canterbury close by, which is well known for its excellent schools, good restaurants, historic architecture and train services to London St Pancras. Access to the continent is also excellent from either Ashford or Folkestone, both of which are easily reached by car.
N.B. Due to the timber frame construction of the building, it is unlikely that a mortgage will be issued on the property so the owner is seeking cash offers only.
Property ref: 121_2280_4262337
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