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6 bedroom terraced house for sale

High Street, Cranbrook, Kent. TN17

£800,000

Property Description

Key features

  • CHARACTER FEATURES & ORNATE FIREPLACES
  • PARKING TO REAR FOR 3-4 CARS
  • 6.5 MILES STAPLEHURST MAINLINE STATION
  • PLANNING PERMISSION FOR DETACHED ANNEXE
  • BASEMENT/CELLAR
  • THREE RECPRTION ROOMS
  • TWO BATHROOMS
  • NO ONWARD CHAIN

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

CAREFULLY CRAFTED

Inside and out, the property at West Terrace in Cranbrook is something of a work of art. The historic, six-bedroom house dates back to the 1870s and is one of four exquisite Arts and Crafts terraced houses built by notable architect William West Neve. The current owner has lived at the property since 2003 and has brought her own artistic eye to the interior. Carefully retaining its period features, she has enhanced its spaces with a finish of her own. “I have to say that as far as houses go, WW Neve built them beautifully,” she says. “There is wonderful Victorian attention to detail here, with period touches in every room and seemingly endless storage space in unexpected places. As an artist, I have done a lot to the house myself – I wanted to conserve all the features and the period detail, and bring in my modern pictures.”

LIGHT FANTASTIC

Located within easy reach of the High Street and all its amenities, and well within the catchment area for the sought-after Cranbrook School, the property offers accommodation across three storeys. It also has a cellar and planning permission for a detached annexe or eco-style, three-bedroom house to the rear of the garden. At ground floor level, there is an entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, breakfast room and kitchen, together with a cloakroom. Three bedrooms and the family bathroom are located on the first floor while two more bedrooms, a shower room and a study or sixth bedroom are on the top floor. "I work up on the top floor, where the brightness is plentiful because of the skylight, which sends sunlight down through the centre of the house," she says. "I know other artists have lived here too in the past."

AMPLE SPACE

She remembers exactly what attracted her to the house: "I just loved its space and airiness - it had a lovely atmosphere. The things that I enjoy most now are the solidity of the house, the high ceilings and large doorways and the cast iron fireplaces in every room." She also loves the views from the top of the house, out over rolling hills and farmland to the south. "Every one of the bedrooms here is a good size as they are all doubles," she adds. "My children have had the choice of the rooms over the years and there has always been plenty of space for friends. New owners could even consider converting the loft (subject to the relevant planning permissions) as there is ample room up there too."

ENHANCING THE HOME

Over the time she has been at the property, she has maintained and enhanced it. Recent updates and additions include a new Miele washing machine and electricity circuit board and underfloor insulation in the drawing room, hallway, and dining room. The shower room on the top floor has been given a travertine stone floor and walls and Triton shower unit, and there is a new energy-efficient Valiant boiler. "I have also carried out work such as stripping and painting the floorboards," she adds.

GLORIOUS GARDENS

The gardens at West Terrace have also given her great pleasure. "They are split into two parts and are well stocked with plants such as camellia, lavender, hebe and bay," she says. "There are also quince, silver pear, holm oak, acer, and two fruiting walnut trees, and in the spring, the snowdrops, tulips, bluebells and daffodils appear." A natural sandstone terrace has been laid to the rear of house and there is new six-foot high, feather edge, timber fencing to either side of the first rear garden. "There is full planning permission to build a new house in the grounds," she adds. "This would have its own access." There is currently a detached garage on this spot, which is believed to have been a meeting place for the Home Guard during the second world war.

VIBRANT TOWN

Cranbrook itself is steeped in history, she observes. "It has the tallest smock mill in the UK, which dates back to 1814; the Providence Chapel, built in 1795, and other buildings in eclectic mixture of architectural styles," she says. "It is a very sociable town, with a sports centre, rugby club, strong arts community, library, museum, police and fire stations, copious local produce, coffee and gift shops, public houses, restaurants and a very convenient supermarket, just five minutes' walk away." It is easy to travel into London by train from the town and to reach the coast. "There are wonderful walks, in places such as Bedgebury Forest and Bewl Water, as well as historic castles like Sissinghurst, Scotney, Bodiam and Hever to visit. I do like being in this area and I do love this house too - it has been a wonderful family home."

SETTING THE SCENE

The rear gardens at the West Terrace house are in two sections. The land has established hedging running the length of the plot on either side and there are two timber garden sheds at the top of the garden. The rear section has planning permission for a detached, three-bedroom, eco-style house. There is currently a detached garage (20ft 2ins by 12ft 2ins), which is in need of updating, on this site: this has double sash windows to side, and an up-and-over door. The mature gardens are well stocked with a range of colourful English garden plants and flowers.

WHAT IS NEARBY

Cranbrook is a historic market town located almost halfway between Maidstone and Hastings. This pretty town offers a wide range of interesting shops and ancillary services and is probably best known nowadays for the popular Cranbrook Grammar School.
In addition to this there are also a good choice of other state and private schools for all ages within the locality.
In spite of its small size, Cranbrook has a great deal to offer including narrow medieval streets which are lined with pretty old houses, no less than six churches, several hotels, pubs and restaurants, an excellent town museum and the wonderful Union Mill, the tallest and finest working smock mill in England. The area is also well known for its outstanding beauty and there are numerous other quintessential English villages, wonderful walks and many places of interest to visit within the locality including the beautiful Sissinghurst Castle.

WITHIN EASY REACH

Staplehurst Mainline Station is 6.5 miles away (approximately 15 minutes by car) with services to London and the South Coast. There are a number of local bus services covering routes from Cranbrook to Tunbridge Wells or Tenterden. The A229 is also close by and links up with the M20/M25 providing good road access for Gatwick, Heathrow or the port of Dover.

DIRECTIONS:

From the A21 proceed south towards Hastings. As you begin to approach Lamberhurst, turn left on the A262 towards Goudhurst, follow the road through Iden Green towards Sissinghurst. At the roundabout turn right onto the A229 (Angley Road) and then after approximately 1.5 miles turn left onto the High Street. The property can be found close to the Junction of New Road.


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