4 bedroom cottage for saleWingham Well Lane, Wingham Well, Canterbury
Sold STC £585,000
Full description‘Rats Castle’ is a delightful and picturesque detached part thatched cottage, dating back to the 17th Century. This Grade II listed home has been improved and maintained in excellent condition by the present owners and provides well-proportioned and versatile living accommodation.
The property boasts many attractive and appealing features including beamed ceilings and walls, latch doors and an impressive inglenook fireplace found in the lounge. The property benefits from four double bedrooms, one having a modern en-suite shower room. The garage conversion and extension provides a contemporary space, ideal as an office, family room or annex, with one of the bedrooms being above. Another feature is the country style kitchen with integrated appliances.
‘Rats Castle’ stands on a plot of just over 0.4 of an acre in well-maintained gardens which are laid mainly to lawn but well stocked with a variety of plants, trees and shrubs. There is a delightful slate and paved patio area to the rear of the house with a timber chalet and large decked area at the bottom of the garden. There is also a large shingled driveway and parking for numerous vehicles.
Wingham Well is found just under 1 ½ miles from Wingham village where you can find a variety of local shops and amenities including bars and restaurants. The Cathedral City of Canterbury is within easy access being approximately 6 ½ miles away where you will find a wider variety of shopping, dining and cultural facilities, as well as a high-speed rail link to London. There are also a number of highly regarded schools and colleges in both the private and state sectors.
Ground Floor -
Lounge - 5.66m x 3.91m (18'7 x 12'10) -
Kitchen - 3.91m x 3.33m (12'10 x 10'11) -
Dining Room - 3.91m x 3.10m (12'10 x 10'2) -
Office/Family Room/ Annex - 5.28m x 3.91m (17'4 x 12'10) - Stairs rising to bedroom with en-suite shower room
First Floor -
Bedroom (Above Office/Family Room/Annex) - 4.95m x 3.56m (16'3 x 11'8) - Accessed from the office/family room/potential annex
En-Suite Shower Room -
First Floor Landing -
Bedroom One - 3.91m x 3.58m (12'10 x 11'9) -
Bedroom Two - 3.91m x 3.10m (12'10 x 10'2) -
Bedroom Three - 3.18m x 2.36m (10'5 x 7'9) -
Gardens - Just over 0.4 of an acre of well-maintained gardens, mainly to lawn, well stocked with a variety of plants, trees and shrubs, slate and paved patio area, timber chalet and large decked area
Shingled Driveway - Providing off street parking for numerous vehicles
Our Time Here - Youd be forgiven for thinking that Rats Castle is a new property as we have sympathetically brought it into the 21st century. Nothing needs doing to this unique 17th century house. Unlike traditional expectations of a cottage, there is nothing small or dark about this property, which is sun-drenched all day, drawing in the light and providing an airy and spacious feel.
We weren't actually looking to move when we first saw this property. I kept seeing Rats Castle advertised in an agent's window in Whitstable. We decided to have a look at this unique property, which was unlike anything else we'd ever seen. We felt that she hadn't reached her full potential and we have lovingly restored the house with all modern comforts such as underfloor heating and luxurious kitchen and bathrooms, which work in perfect harmony with the charming historical features. It has the most wonderful tranquil feeling and stunning countryside views.
Rats Castle is just the most wonderful place to live and the atmosphere is filled with 400 years of history, yet generous with space; we have lived in 4 bedroom houses that are tiny in comparison! The lounge is over 30ft long and we have transformed the old garage into a beautiful second sitting room for our grandchildren to play in. We have used this space as an office and it can also be used as a separate annexe as it has use of the kitchen along with a bedroom and en-suite. We often have up to ten people staying here very comfortably, and we have seated 14 for dinner on many occasions.
The location is absolutely idyllic, we have commuted to London in the past, just a 57 minute journey to St. Pancras on the HS1 from Canterbury, which in turn is just 12 minutes from the house. The coast is just 15 minutes away too. There is also a wonderful village community here.
We feel so privileged to have been a guardian of the house and have been a part of it's 400 year history. It is now time for us to start a new chapter and to pass the house on to its new owner, who will love it just as much as we have.
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