6 bedroom detached house for saleAshford Road, Chartham, Canterbury, Kent
Guide Price £2,150,000
- Reception hall
- 5 Reception rooms
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- Master bedroom suite with dressing room and bathroom
- 5 Further bedrooms and family bathroom
- Former offices/store with 7 Rooms and kitchen
- Extensive gardens and grounds
Reception hall | Drawing room | Sitting room/library | Dining room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Utility room | 2 Cloakrooms| Billiard room | Work room | Boiler/2nd utility room | Master bedroom suite with dressing room and en-suite bathroom | 5 Further bedrooms | Bathroom | Separate WC | EPC rating F
Former offices/store: 7 Rooms | Kitchen | 2 Cloakrooms | EPC rating E
Gardens and grounds
In all about 18 acres
Approached over a long, private drive through an impressive avenue of lime trees, Milton Manor stands proudly at the top of the drive in a commanding position overlooking the Stour Valley to the west. Built in 1958 to a traditional Georgian plan, this handsome country house sits in a wonderful location, on the edge of Canterbury yet benefitting from rural views.
Architecturally, the house is formally laid out with generous reception rooms and excellent communal space. A large, welcoming hall leads to all the principal reception rooms. The drawing room, on the left, is a bright sunny double aspect room with ornate plaster ceilings and elegant decorative columns. The sitting room/library is on the right of the hall has fitted bookshelves and is another fine, formal room. The intimate dining room is a lovely, panelled room with a trompe d'oeil painted ceiling and fitted corner display cupboards.
The kitchen, which has been significantly extended and upgraded by the current owners, is the absolute heart of the home. This is a magnificent space, extensively fitted out with solid oak units by Clive Christian and having all Gaggenau appliances. Centred around a large island unit the kitchen has extensive granite work surfaces, and there are two distinct eating spaces; the main breakfast area is at the far end of the kitchen, which is more akin to a glazed sun room with views over the adjoining terrace.
There is an extensive lower ground floor. The principal room has natural light and is suitable for a variety of uses, billiard room, study, etc. Beyond this is a good size work room and the boiler/2nd utility room.
An elegant staircase rises to a beautiful galleried landing. All the bedrooms are accessed from the landing and are each individually styled and presented. The master suite has the benefit of a good sized dressing room and en-suite bathroom. There are three further double bedrooms and two single bedrooms on this floor. A family bathroom and separate cloakroom completes the first floor accommodation.
To the side of the main house is a separate building, currently arranged with five ground floor rooms, two large first floor rooms, two cloakrooms and a kitchen.
Milton Manor is situated on the outskirts of Canterbury barely 2 miles from the city centre. Ashford and Faversham, all of which have widely regarded shopping, leisure and recreational facilities, as well as well-regarded state and private sector schools, are within 12 miles.
The London bound A2 is a mile to the east, as is the useful shopping centre of Wincheap. Services in Chartham, a mile to the west, include a store, public house, doctor's surgery and railway station, with frequent services to London and Ashford International.
The High Speed service to London St Pancras is available from Canterbury West, Ashford International, and Faversham. The area has good access to the Continent.
Milton Manor has a magical setting. The long, tree-lined drive and electronic gates give an immediate sense of "arrival". Set in the coombe of the hill, the gardens form a wonderful, lightly wooded backdrop for the house. The informality of the gardens, with a variety of intersecting paths and beds, allows the different "rooms" to be found unexpectedly on a gentle amble around the grounds.
Swathes of bluebells and daffodils carpet the wooded areas in early spring then, in the late spring, fritillaries and hostas produce another lovely display. The easily maintained gardens are mainly laid to lawn, and no English garden would be complete without a display of roses, which are in abundance close to the drive. A circular clipped holly hedge encloses a central "dry" garden with stone ornaments surrounding. Wonderful mature trees surround the perimeter of the garden, and a belt of woodland give high levels of seclusion. To the north-east is a good sized paddock, from where there are distant views of Canterbury Cathedral.
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