The Old Village Shop, Ashford Road, Badlesmere Lees
A charming white weatherboarded period house (unlisted), offering over 2000 sq. ft of extensive accommodation, alongside pretty gardens, gated parking and a large garage and workshop, situated on the A251 between Faversham and Ashford.
Whilst the road itself is a busy 'A' road, the property backs onto stables and a livery yard and is surrounded by some outstanding countryside, including nearby Kings Wood (almost 1500 acres of ancient protected woodland) and is ideal for anyone who enjoys riding or rambling.
The front door opens into a small entrance hall, which in turn opens into one of four reception rooms. As the names suggests, the property was formerly the old village stores and this first reception room used to be the main shop area. It is now used as a spacious dining room, with solid wood flooring and two, tall sash windows which flood this room with natural light. Adjacent to the dining room, there is a pleasant, dual aspect kitchen/breakfast room, fitted with a range of cottage style wall and floor units, set around wood block work surfaces and space for appliances.
A door leads from here to a lovely sitting room, with double glazed French doors which open onto the rear garden. A central inner hallway with stairs to the first floor also leads to a study, the cellar and another sitting room. This has a dual aspect, exposed beams and a fireplace with a Victorian cast iron fire and wooden mantle.
Completing the extensive ground floor accommodation, there is a large utility room, a WC and a boot room with access to the garage and workshop and also the driveway.
On the first floor, a huge galleried landing leads to four, generously proportioned bedrooms and a shower room and separate WC. The main bedroom is a splendid dual aspect room, with a fitted wardrobes, a walk-in storage cupboard, an en-suite bathroom and views over the village green to the front and the stables and countryside beyond to the rear.
The property is approached via a timber five bar gate, just off the entrance to Deepdene Stables. These open onto a large, block paved driveway, which provides parking for numerous vehicles and leads to a garage and workshop. This has an up and over door and power connected to it.
The rear garden measures approximately 59 ft X 50 ft (excluding the side garden) and is mainly laid to lawn, with a paved patio area, pretty and well stocked flowerbeds and a variety of established shrubs. There is a greenhouse and two timber sheds and the garden enjoys a particularly high degree of privacy.
The Old Village Shop is situated on the A251 in the hamlet of Badlesmere, just opposite The Red Lion public house and the village green. There are nearby villages of Challock (to the south), and the charming village of Sheldwich to the north.
Sheldwich has a very well regarded primary school, the beautiful Grade ll Listed Church of St James and several fine period buildings, including the Grade l Listed Lees Court (previously home to the Countess of Sondes). The village has a good sense of community with various clubs and societies run from either the church or the village hall, whilst a village fete is held every year on the beautiful village green.
The market town of Faversham is just three miles away and offers a wide variety of shopping facilities including both specialist shops and national retailers. There is also a bustling market three times a week, a cinema, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool and even a cottage hospital. The town has a good selection of primary and secondary schools, including the renowned Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, whilst a good selection of private schools can be found in either Canterbury or Ashford.
A mainline railway station offers a regular service to London Victoria and Cannon Street and a high speed service to London St Pancras. There is an alternative High Speed train from Ashford, via Ebbsfleet, also to London St. Pancras.
The A2/M2 motorway network is three miles away offering good access to London and the coast, as well as the cathedral city of Canterbury (eleven miles) which again offers an excellent choice of shopping, restaurants, leisure facilities, a theatre, and has a good range of both private and state schools and three universities.
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- Charming Detached Period Residence
- Some Lovely Character Features
- Over 2000 Sq. Ft Of Accommodation
- Four Bedrooms - Four Reception Rooms
- Kitchen/Breakfast Room + Utility Room/Boot Room
- Garage, Workshop & Gated Driveway
- Secluded Garden Backing Onto Livery Yard
- Surrounded By Some Beautiful Countryside
- Good Road Access To Faversham & Ashford
- EPC RATING: E