A substantial seven-bedroom period Kentish farmhouse on a delightful 0.66 acre plot, located between the villages of Stelling Minnis and Bossingham, surrounded by open countryside and farmland.
The property dates back approximately 400 years and has been extended over the years to provide a spacious family home with versatile and flexible accommodation. In addition, there is a detached car port barn with a separate fully self-contained one bedroom apartment.
This spacious home offers versatile accommodation with a wealth of character, beams and many unique features. On the ground floor, there is a vestibule leading to a charming drawing room with wood-burner, large open-plan dining room/family sitting area. The country style kitchen/breakfast room overlooks the gardens, there is also a study, utility/boot room with cloakroom and a large double sized bedroom with en-suite wet room which could be adapted to suit a variety of needs.
On the first floor, there are six bedrooms, with two en-suites, as well as a family and Jack ‘n’ Jill bathroom.
Externally, there are extensive gardens surrounded by countryside with lawns, well-stocked flower borders, mature trees and shrubs, terrace, pond and hedging. There are stables, tack room and loose box plus a paddock. There is also a double car port/barn with separate self-contained apartment with lounge, kitchen, shower room, double-sized bedroom and an outside decking area.
Stelling Minnis boasts a post office/store and a public house, whilst at Bossingham there is an excellent Primary School and a further public house/restaurant. A bus service runs to the Cathedral City of Canterbury to the North and to the South, to Hythe. Both offer excellent shopping, recreational and educational facilities including mainline train services to London. A similar distance is the expanding market town of Ashford with its International Station.
Drawing Room (4.65m x 4.04m (15'3 x 13'3))
Open-Plan Dining Room (4.78m x 4.04m (15'8 x 13'3))
Lounge (5.89m x 3.56m (19'4 x 11'8))
Study (3.56m x 2.24m (11'8 x 7'4))
Kitchen/Breakfast Room (6.58m x 3.45m (21'7 x 11'4))
Utility/Boot Room (3.45m x 2.39m (11'4 x 7'10))
Bedroom (3.71m x 2.82m (12'2 x 9'3))
En-Suite Wet Room
Bedroom One (5.51m x 3.76m (18'1 x 12'4))
Bedroom Two (3.71m x 3.53m (12'2 x 11'7))
Bedroom Three (3.89m x 3.51m (12'9 x 11'6))
En-Suite Shower Room
Bedroom Four (3.68m x 3.48m (12'1 x 11'5))
En-Suite Shower Room
Bedroom Five (4.34m x 2.79m (14'3 x 9'2))
Jack 'n' Jill Bathroom
Bedroom Six (3.58m x 2.36m (11'9 x 7'9))
With lawns, well-stocked flower borders, mature trees and shrubs, terrace, pond and hedging. Stables tack room, loose box and paddock.
Carport/Barn (5.44m x 5.21m (17'10 x 17'1))
Store (3.45m x 2.64m (11'4 x 8'8 ))
Utility (2.64m x 1.22m (8'8 x 4))
Workshop (3.66m x 3.00m (12'0 x 9'10))
Annex First Floor
Lounge (4.29m x 3.00m (14'1 x 9'10))
Kitchen (2.18m x 1.93m (7'2 x 6'4))
Annex Bedroom (4.29m x 2.74m (14'1 x 9'0))
The Vendor's View
We were first drawn to this house because we wanted to bring up our children in the countryside. This house, on the edge of a large common, had some land to give them space and as it needed renovation, we could make it our own,
Because it is not listed, over 33 years we have been able to adapt the house to the changing needs of a growing family. We have moved walls and doors, adding many modern facilities and recently photo-voltaic “solar” panels which are virtually invisible yet yield useful income. We have sympathetically retained all the period features: It is heavily beamed, has two inglenook fireplaces, a large farmhouse kitchen and a walk-in larder.
The house makes a great family home; it is large enough for everyone to enjoy their own space. There is additionally an annex, which is currently rented out, bringing extra income. It would be possible to run a business from here. We’ve developed a beautiful garden, which produces much fruit and vegetables and the patios are fine entertaining spaces.
Stelling Minnis itself is a quiet village spread around the edge of the common, with a friendly community spirit. The location is perfect in the sense that you are tranquil, set in the countryside, and yet on a bus route to local towns. The village has a good primary school, a general store, two pubs, two churches and many community groups. Canterbury has a range of Secondary Schools, including Grammar and prestigious private schools. The universities make it a lively busy centre. London and France are easily reached using the fast train services.
We moved here with two toddlers, and the house has been a fantastic family home for our daughters, growing up with an exciting childhood in the countryside. We’ve had ponies, lambs, piglets, ducks and chickens. Later it became a venue for teenage parties and many family celebrations. It has been all things for our family and we feel sure that it will continue to be for the next family that live here. We will be sad to leave but need to be closer to urban amenities for the sake of our disabled daughter.