Whitstable Road, Blean, Canterbury
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Offering a wide variety of potential uses, subject to the normal planning consents, is this large detached home which is currently divided to provide five bedrooms, three reception rooms plus conservatory, office, kitchen and utility room to the family home to the front. Plus a large attached twelve bedroom extension which is currently used as student accommodation with its own kitchen, dining, lounge and bathroom facilities.
The property stands on a good-sized corner plot providing off street parking for numerous vehicles. Close by are Kent College and St. Edmunds private schools, as well as the University of Kent.
The property is conveniently located within easy access to the city with its wide variety of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, as well as offering numerous leisure and recreational facilities. Canterbury West railway station provides a high-speed rail service to London St. Pancras in under an hour. In the other direction within 5 miles is the popular and fashionable seaside town of Whitstable with its popular beach, working harbour and quaint high street with its independent shops.
Ground Floor Main House -
Entrance Hall -
Lounge - 5.74m x 3.71m (18'10 x 12'2) -
Office - 3.71m x 1.27m (12'2 x 4'2) -
Reception Room - 4.17m x 3.76m (13'8 x 12'4) -
Conservatory - 3.76m x 1.96m (12'4 x 6'5 ) -
Dining Room - 6.12m x 3.73m (20'1 x 12'3) -
Kitchen - 5.41m x 2.64m (17'9 x 8'8) -
Utility Room - 5.41m x 2.24m (17'9 x 7'4) -
Main Boiler Room - 4.57m x 2.24m (15'0 x 7'4) -
Inner Hall To Extension -
Bedroom One - 2.84m x 2.39m (9'4 x 7'10) -
Bedroom Two - 2.82m x 2.39m (9'3 x 7'10) -
Bedroom Three - 2.82m x 2.34m (9'3 x 7'8) -
Utility Room - 2.84m x 2.34m (9'4 x 7'8) -
Shower Room -
Dining Room - 5.03m x 2.34m plus 5.03m x 2.67m (16'6 x 7'8 plus -
Kitchen - 3.76m x 3.23m (12'4 x 10'07) -
Utility Room - 3.76m x 1.91m (12'4 x 6'3) -
Lounge - 5.13m x 4.65m (16'10 x 15'3) -
Shower Room -
First Floor Main House -
Bedroom One - 5.13m x 3.71m (16'10 x 12'2) -
Dressing Room - 2.87m x 1.88m (9'5 x 6'2) -
Bedroom Two - 4.75m x 3.12m (15'7 x 10'3) -
Bedroom Three - 3.71m x 3.61m (12'2 x 11'10) -
Bedroom Four - 2.59m x 2.46m (8'6 x 8'1) -
Bedroom Five - 3.71m x 2.84m plus en-suite shower room (12'2 x 9' -
Separate W.C -
First Floor Extension -
Bedroom Four - 3.71m x 2.74m (12'2 x 9'0) -
Bedroom Five - 3.71m x 2.69m (12'2 x 8'10) -
Bedroom Six - 3.00m x 2.90m (9'10 x 9'6) -
Shower Room -
Bedroom Seven - 5.05m x 2.57m (16'7 x 8'5) -
Bedroom Eight - 5.05m x 2.49m (16'7 x 8'2) -
Bedroom Nine - 2.72m x 2.36m (8'11 x 7'9) -
Bedroom Ten - 2.87m x 2.36m (9'5 x 7'9) -
Bedroom Eleven - 2.69m x 2.41m (8'10 x 7'11) -
Bedroom Twelve - 2.87m x 2.41m (9'5 x 7'11) -
Rear Garden -
Driveway For Off Street Parking -
Garage - 5.74m x 2.82m (18'9" x 9'3") -
The Vendor's View - The family who owned this property before us loved to holiday near Monte Bre so much so that they named their home after the small mountain east of Lugano. When we purchased the property in 1974, we decided to retain the house name as Monte Bre and enjoy telling the story behind it.
The property was a private residence with five bedrooms. In 1975-76 an extension of nine small bedrooms was added to accommodate student Sisters attending the Franciscan Study Centre [FSC] or local colleges. A further extension to those quarters was added in 1989. The third extension completed in 1991 added another three bedrooms and made the students’ accommodation completely self-contained and efficient. With the small group of sisters living in community in the convent part of the house, Monte Bre developed as a place of hospitality and welcome – with an open-door approach to anyone in need of a listening ear.
Monte Bre’s Welcoming Apostolate to FSC and to the University has been valued as a truly Christian outreach to students, often from developing countries.
In more recent years we moved our formation training to Monte Bre for the training of our new sisters: they attended courses at FSC and were involved in outreach to the local community on various levels on a voluntary basis.
Over the forty-five years that we have been in residence it has been a very happy home and some of the students from all over the world who came for one year’s study or for longer – still keep in touch and reminisce about their happy memories of their time at Monte Bre.
For over thirty of those forty-five years the grounds of Monte Bre were home to a previously homeless man by the name of William Anderson [Willie]. He helped the sisters in the garden and helped maintain the grounds and lived in his caravan at the rear of the property. He was somewhat of a local character and was known and loved by all from near and far until he died after a short illness in 2012.
Following the closure of the Franciscan Study Centre in recent years we took the decision to withdraw from Canterbury and have moved our formation training to Sussex. It has been a very happy home and a peaceful place of study for all who have lived there over the years.
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Whitstable Road, Blean, Canterbury
NEAREST STATIONSDistances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode
- Canterbury West Station1.2 miles
- Canterbury East Station1.8 miles
- Sturry Station3.0 miles
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