5 bedroom barn conversion for salePlough Lane, Upper Harbledown, Canterbury, Kent
- Exquisite presentation
- Private rural position
- very accessible to Canterbury and London by car or railway
- lakeside, landscaped gardens of highest quality
- Main Barn with superb Open spaces and 5 bedrooms
- New Barn as annex or office or gym
- 4 very bright reception rooms
- Extensive high quality parking and outbuildings
The Manor Barn: Entrance hall | Reception room | Drawing room | Study area | Sunken sitting area | Designer Italian kitchen | Dining area | Cinema room | Walk-in larder | Cocktail bar | Wine cellar | Utility room | Master bedroom suite | Guest bedroom suite | 3 Further bedrooms (1 en-suite) | Family bathroom | Boot room/bedroom 5 | 2 Cloakrooms
The New Barn (potential annexe): Gymnasium | Shower/sauna/steam room | Kitchen | Office with lake views | 3 Open fronted garages | 2 Secure garages
Landscaped gardens by RHS award winning team and grounds with 2 lakes | Substantial summer house | Large garden store/workshop
About 2.8 acres
It is rare to find a home that is as well presented, privately situated and accessible to a highly sought after Cathedral City that is also readily accessible to London (64 miles) by either car or railway (56 minutes).
The accommodation provides an easy modern lifestyle in a very high quality environment, with a central kitchen and dining area, great variety of recepetion and entertaining spaces. A second building, of equal quality, provides a home office, guest suite, gymnasium or other facilities, and car parking and garden equipment are catered for on an ample scale.
Following careful consultation with the renowned architect, Sir Thomas Croft, the property was created about 7 years ago from a disused barn dating from the 1300s in the grounds of the adjacent Manor House. Whilst every facility for modern life has been carefully incorporated it was ensured that the integrity of the medieval barn was retained. The result is a spectacular home that has been carefully improved and enhanced by the current owners.
The accommodation has been designed so that the volume of the original building remains, and the enormous spaces have been subtly sub-divided to provide “rooms” for separate purposes that interlink and are flexible in their use. The whole volume of the original building is visible from all areas of the main living space, and the oak frame has been carefully restored so as to form an integral part of the design.
Approaching The Manor Barn from the driveway, which is screened behind a hornbeam hedge, you enter via glazed doors set in the glazed wall around which the house has been designed. A generous entrance hall gives access to the reception room.
At the heart of the home is the kitchen, set in the cart bay entrance with a glazed roof which, like much of the barn, has double height ceilings. Imported from Italy, the kitchen contains a superb range of fitted equipment of the highest quality. To the other side is the dining area which, together with the kitchen, adjoins outside decked terraces that link seamlessly with the internal space, providing private seating areas for indoor or alfresco dining. A walk-in larder provides an additional food preparation and storage area.
The drawing room is at a slightly lower level and, like the other reception areas, enjoys views over a large area of the garden through the southern elevation which is glazed along its entire length. These dramatic garden views from all areas of The Manor Barn across the lake are a particular feature of the house. A cinema room (second sitting room) with cocktail bar and adjoining wine cellar are found at the west end of the barn.
On the first floor in the main part of the barn are two large bedroom suites, one of which appears to float in mid air above the reception areas below, with bathrooms fitted to the highest of specifications, and dressing and seating areas. Walls of glass allow light to flood through the property. The remaining bedrooms are found in the original “cow shed” to the barn and are arranged as three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The fifth bedroom is currently used as a boot room.
The New Barn
The New Barn was constructed simultaneously with the conversion and is set across the garden from The Manor Barn. Designed to also be able to offer secondary accommodation, the very generous home office or sitting room and gymnasium sit close to the lake and enjoy views of the garden. There are also a kitchen and shower/sauna/steam room. To one side of The New Barn are three open-fronted garages and a secure garage/machinery store.
The barn has been converted with modern living and the latest technology in mind. The following (non-exhaustive) list of equipment has been incorporated:
• Home Management system: “Evolution” by Mode, featuring sophisticated lighting and LED lighting circuits, and cinema, hi-fi and television control systems.
• Air conditioning: Full, zone controlled air conditioning system, combining cooling, heating and air handling throughout both barns.
o Hand crafted Italian kitchen by Ernesto Meda.
o Two steam ovens, conventional oven, microwave grill oven, grill hob, wok hob, two standard hobs, coffee machine and warming drawer – all by Gaggenau.
o Two dishwashers by Miele.
o Barazza stainless steel sinks and work surfaces with Corian food preparation surfaces.
o Amtico flooring in the kitchen and dining areas.
o 100% natural colour woollen carpets in the reception rooms and bedrooms, spun especially to achieve the correct timbre for the barn.
o Gymnasium specialist sports flooring by Gerfloor.
• Bathrooms: The bathrooms feature Duravit baths (one with Jacuzzi style spa) and WCs, hand-crafted Corian wash hand basins and Italian porcelain tiling throughout.
• Lighting: All pendula and floor lighting by Kundalini lighting in Italy
The Manor Barn is ideally situated for London and the Continent, as well as day-to-day commuting via the High Speed service from Canterbury West. The property stands in a very private, quiet and convenient position in the much sough-after parish of Harbledown.
The city of Canterbury, a World Heritage Site, offers a full range of educational, recreational, leisure and shopping facilities. Nearby schools include The King’s School, St. Edmund’s and Kent College, which has its junior school in Harbledown itself.
For those requiring rail links to London, Canterbury and Faversham stations provide regular services. The High Speed connects Canterbury West to St Pancras in around 56 minutes. Services from Faversham to London take from 65 minutes. The M2 can be joined at Brenley Corner via the A2, providing easy road access.
The Port of Dover (21 miles) and the Channel Tunnel terminal at Cheriton (18 miles) provide access to the Continent, as do Eurostar services from Ashford International (15 miles).
A magnificent pair of electronically operated, hand-crafted, solid oak gates open from the tree-lined main driveway onto the long, private, gravel drive that leads up to The Manor Barn. The gardens are a major feature of the property and have been carefully landscaped with the same attention to detail as the barns themselves. In recent years a fully automated irrigation system has been introduced, and an oak summer house with floating deck has been built to a similar quality of the rest of the accommodation, including power, light and heating, and providing a tranquil area away from the main house.
A principal feature is the pair of stream fed lakes, stocked with brown and rainbow trout. The newer lake is carefully situated to form the focus of the principal views from The Manor Barn and The New Barn, and is set at the foot of the natural amphitheatre formed by the lawns beyond; the golf course irrigation system is fed by the lake.
Close to the barns are paved terraces, hardwood decks and formal lawns, providing seating areas designed to capture the sun at all hours of the day. At the rear of The Manor Barn is a courtyard garden, enclosed by mature beech and bamboo hedging; a decked terrace surrounded by raised flower beds and a cascading water feature are adjacent to The New Barn. Exterior LED lighting to the gates, drive, courtyard and garden features is controlled remotely.
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