6 bedroom house for saleWingmore, Elham, Canterbury, Kent
- Entrance vestibule | Drawing room | Dining room | Garden room | Study | Cloakroom | Kitchen | Breakfast room | Utility room | Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and dressing room/bedro (truncated)
- Self-contained flat comprising: Reception room with kitchenette | Cloakroom | Bedroom with en-suite shower room
- Indoor swimming pool | Changing rooms | Steam room | office | Gym | Tennis court | Large garage with workshop | Car port
- Barn comprising: Storage | 2 Stables | Potting shed | Garden store
- About 3.62 acres
River Cottage is an exceptionally picturesque Grade II Listed property, idyllically set in the beautiful Elham Valley. The house has been extensively remodelled and enlarged during the vendors 40 year ownership, always with complete sensitivity to the original architecture, and the result is an exquisite and impeccably presented home, which offers much in addition to the main house.
The drawing and dining rooms have beautiful timbered ceilings and deep fireplaces. The character of these rooms is complemented by the stunning oak framed garden room and together these rooms provide a wonderful living space. Consistent with the quality of workmanship found throughout is the beautiful handmade kitchen.
In addition to the stunning en-suite master bedroom, which has a vaulted ceiling, there are three further bedrooms (including an en-suite guest bedroom) and a family bathroom. The fifth bedroom is currently incorporated within the master suite to provide dressing room.
The gardens have been expertly landscaped and provide a great deal of structure and setting to the house. Created as a series of rooms, the front garden provides particularly secluded areas for enjoying the views up and down the valley. The tennis court is in the south west corner. The exquisite, walled kitchen garden is beautifully set out and is a particularly impressive feature of the garden.
A rear drive continues up into the barn the vast majority of which is given over to a full height storage area with electronic roller door. There is also a potting shed, garden store and two stables.
To the front of the house is a large detached building housing the swimming pool and garaging. Two sets of double doors open into a vast garage with a tiled floor and an inspection pit, workbench and workroom space. Adjacent to the garage is a car port with York stone floor and a dog run/kennel area to one side.
To the rear a door leads to a staircase to a spacious flat above the garaging which comprises a large, bright reception room with plenty of light from three aspects including glazed infills overlooking the car port. To one corner is a kitchenette with cream units, wooden work surfaces, a sink and space for a washing machine and fridge. The bedroom has fitted cupboards and an en-suite shower room. There is also a separate cloakroom.
The magnificent indoor swimming pool occupies the other wing of the building. The pool room has a stunning vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. The swimming pool itself is an infinity pool, the water level being flush with the travertine surround and there are French doors to one end leading outside. Set overlooking the swimming pool are a study and a gym both with glazed walls. Travertine steps continue to the lower ground floor, where there is a seven-seater steam room, his and her shower rooms and a door leads to the plant room, where there are twin oil fired boilers, which heat the pool, garage and flat.
Planning consent for two holiday cottages.
River Cottage is situated between the villages of Elham and Barham in the Elham Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Special Landscape Area, over which the property enjoys fabulous far-reaching views. Elham is an unspoilt village with a local shop and good community with primary school and doctors' surgery, together with a choice of pubs and a restaurant. Barham also has a primary school and a public house. Canterbury and Folkestone offer a broader range of shopping and leisure amenities as well as a choice of schools.
The nearest station is at Sandling (6 miles) and the High Speed service to London St Pancras is accessible at Ashford International and Canterbury West (with journey times of 37 minutes and 58 minutes respectively). The property is well placed to access both the M20 and the A2/M2, as well as cross-Channel services from Dover, Folkestone and Ashford International
For information on schools in the area please visit http://www.kent.gov.uk/education_and_learning.aspx
Electronic double wooden gates open to the drive which leads to a large York stone and granite set paved parking and turning area in front of the swimming pool barn and garaging. A matching pathway leads to the front door. The front garden has been cleverly landscaped with good use of structural beech hedge planting to provide privacy and shelter and interspersed with a number of flowering cherry trees. Created as a series of rooms, the front garden provides particularly secluded areas for enjoying the views up and down the valley with the terrace immediately to the south of the house being a particularly favoured spot during the summer months.
The York stone terrace and paving continues around the rear of the house where there are ragstone and brick retaining walls with raised beds well stocked with roses, tulips and pinks giving good long term spring and summer colouring. Discreetly hidden behind mature beech hedging in the south western corner is the tennis court. At the northern end of the rear terrace steps lead up to a further lawned area with a gate in one corner leading to the barn.
Returning to the paved forecourt, further York stone pathways lead into the stunning kitchen garden. This is of exemplary standard, carefully designed by the current owners to provide a beautiful setting for the house. Walled on three sides and bounded on the fourth by a mature beech hedge, brick pathways intersperse a number of box edged borders with a central intricately designed box border planted with varieties of roses. Along the south facing wall further rose beds and climbing roses adorn the walls and these are also under planted by spring bulbs. At the top of the kitchen garden is profusely stocked fruit cage with raspberry canes, currant, rhubarb, etc. Below the garden also within the walls, is a substantial greenhouse with built-in irrigation, water and retractable plant benches. On two sides of the greenhouse are fitted cold frames. A gate then leads out into a brick paved hard standing which leads directly onto the rear drive access where a Propane gas tank and generator are also sited.
The rear drive continues up into the barn courtyard passing the oil tanks, discreetly disguised with hedging. The barn courtyard is divided into two distinct areas divided with five bar gates and also has a gate out into the paddock to the north. The barn is made up of two principal areas, the vast majority of which is given over to a large full height storage area with electronic up and over roller door. A smaller lower section houses a potting shed with sink, garden store and two stables.
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