5 bedroom detached house for saleThe Street, Preston, Canterbury, Kent, CT3
A charming Grade II listed residence situated in this sought after village near Canterbury and with excellent potential (subject to the relevant permissions) to create a building plot within its generous gardens of approx. half an acre.
Japonica dates back to the 17th century and abounds with much character throughout. Features include inglenook fireplaces in the principle reception rooms, exposed beams and brickwork throughout, an old bread oven, typically low ceilings and a lovely cat slide roof to the rear. The property offers particularly generous and flexible accommodation spread over two floors, including a superb en suite bedroom with an adjacent sitting room which would make an ideal teenage/granny annexe on the ground floor.
The front door opens into a small, tiled entrance hallway which leads to a wonderful dual aspect drawing room and an impressive dining room. The drawing room has an inglenook fireplace with a multi fuel stove, a beamed ceiling and a lovely fitted wooden dresser, whilst the dining room has oak flooring, exposed beams and a grand inglenook fireplace with a wood burning stove.
The dining room leads through to a spacious and well equipped kitchen/breakfast room, which has been fitted with a good range of wall and floor units set around solid wood and black granite work surfaces and a ceramic tiled floor.
The kitchen runs through to a useful breakfast room and a wonderful family room. This has a beamed and vaulted ceiling, stripped wood floors, exposed beams and French doors which open onto the garden.
Also to the rear of the property, an inner hallway with stairs to the first floor and excellent built-in storage cupboards, leads to a utility room and a cloakroom. The generous ground floor accommodation is completed by another sitting room with a wonderful old feature bread oven and oak flooring, which leads to a large, dual aspect bedroom with a well appointed en suite shower room. These two rooms would make an ideal annexe for a teenager or perhaps an older relative.
On the first floor, there are four double bedrooms and a family bathroom which has been fitted with a high quality contemporary suite, including a stunning double ended bath, a separate double shower enclosure, oak flooring and modern and stylish wall tiles.
The master bedroom is a good size double room with ample built-in storage and a well appointed en suite bathroom with a huge double ended Jacuzzi bath.
Japonica is situated just of the main street in the charming village of Preston. Preston is home to the Church of St. Mildred, The Half Moon and Seven Stars public house, a village shop, a butchers and a primary school.
Preston is surrounded by some beautiful countryside which is ideal for walking, cycling and riding, whilst the nearby Stodmarsh Nature Reserve is home to many species of migrating birds and wildlife.
Situated close by is the historic market town of Sandwich which is a bustling little town and one of the Cinque ports. It has many independent shops and restaurants, a well regarded grammar school and a lovely quay.
The village of Wingham is approximately two miles away and also offers a wider range of shops and amenities including a doctors surgery and a dentist.
There is always a regular bus route between Sandwich, Wingham and Canterbury and the A2 can be accessed via the nearby villages of Barham and Bekesbourne.
The bustling cathedral city of Canterbury is just eight miles away and this offers an excellent range of shopping, leisure and educational amenities, including both state and private schools and three universities. It has two hospitals and two mainline railway stations (one with a high speed rail link which reaches London St. Pancras in just under an hour), along with a vibrant high street offering a fine selection of high street brands, independent boutique style shops and a wide range of pubs and restaurants serving a host of international cuisines.
The Channel Tunnel terminal at Folkstone (17 miles) provides a regular shuttle service to the Continent, whilst the Port of Dover (19 miles) also provides regular ferry crossings to the Continent.
Japonica sits within a generous and mature plot measuring approx. half an acre and is approached via a five bar gate from The Forstal (rather than The Street). There is a pretty front garden with well stocked flowerbeds and a small lawn with a fruit tree.
A long driveway leads to a large shingled area, which provides parking for numerous vehicles and a detached double garage and single garage (both with power connected to them).
The rear garden enjoys a high degree of privacy and is mainly laid to lawn with various mature trees and numerous beds, stocked with a rich variety of flowers and shrubs.
Due to the shape of the plot, the garden could easily be sub-divided to create a potential building plot (subject to the relevant permissions), with the repositioning of the garages allowing access to it.
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