Link Detached House
Mulberry House, 205 Canterbury Road, Birchington
A substantial Grade ll listed six-bedroom link-detached residence, with excellent leisure facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool and gym, in addition to a superb, self-contained one bedroom annexe, all set within beautifully landscaped gardens and situated within walking distance of a mainline (high-speed) station and the golden sandy beaches at nearby Minnis Bay.
Mulberry House dates back to circa 1830, however it has undergone a sympathetic, yet comprehensive programme of renovation, culminating in an exceptional period home. The property now combines extensive and beautifully appointed accommodation, spread over three floors, with some exquisite, carefully restored period features throughout.
The front door opens into a central entrance hall, with a tiled floor and an elegant staircase which rises to the first floor. To the left of the entrance hall, there is a splendid, dual aspect drawing room, with dado rails, cornice work and a fireplace with an open fire, whilst tall, sash windows look out over the carefully landscaped gardens.
To the right of the entrance hall, there is another reception room, currently used as a library. Beyond the entrance hall, there is a generously proportioned dining room, with a lovely parquet floor, wood-panelled walls, exposed beams, traditionally styled radiators and a grand fireplace. This has an open fire, with an ornate backplate and a distinctive 'woven basket' style metal hood. The dining room also enjoys access to the rear gardens, along with a well-appointed ground floor shower room. To the rear of the property, there is a breakfast room, which in turn leads to the kitchen. This has been fitted with an excellent range of traditionally styled wall and floor units, set around rolled top work surfaces, integrated appliances and an underfloor heated stone floor. The kitchen is complemented by a useful utility room, which leads to the indoor pool and gym.
The pool room has an impressive underfloor heated flagstone floor, with a recently re-fibreglassed heated swimming pool, a shower area, a dehumidifying unit and triple glazed bi-folding doors which open onto a patio area.
On the first floor, a split staircase leads to three bedrooms, all of which are double rooms with fireplaces. The master bedroom is a grand room, with delicate wood panelling and cornice work, built-in storage cupboards and a cast iron fireplace. The main bedroom is complemented by a large dressing room with extensive fitted storage and a luxuriously appointed en-suite bathroom. This has been fitted with a high quality traditionally styled Heritage suite, including a walk-in shower enclosure with a rainfall shower, a free-standing claw-foot bath and beautiful underfloor heated Carrara marble wall and floor tiles.
The staircase continues to a galleried landing on the second floor, which leads to a beautifully appointed double bedroom with wood panelling and a fireplace on one side, and a bedroom (currently used as a study) on the other. This leads to an impressive double bedroom with fine period features and a well-appointed family bathroom.
Finally, the extensive accommodation is completed by a large, two-chamber cellar, accessed via the entrance hall. This has a good ceiling height and is ideal for storage or use as a wine cellar.
In addition to the main house, there is a completely self-contained annexe, with an open plan kitchen/dining/living space, a large double bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and a stylish bathroom with a modern white suite.
Mulberry House sits within a generous and secluded plot of approximately 0.3 acres and is approached via a set of tall, electronic gates. These open onto a large driveway which provides ample parking for numerous cars. The gardens have been beautifully landscaped to create a cottage-style garden, with a variety of mature flower, shrubs and fruit trees. Adjacent to the pool house, there is a raised patio area, with an inset water feature channelled around its edges, creating a wonderful space for outdoor entertaining. Finally, there is a charming 'Fairy Garden' for children, with a water feature built into a rockery and a raised timber deck with a Wendy house, enclosed by a tall flint wall.
Mulberry House is situated in the charming sea-side village of Birchington, with its many shops, bakeries, pubs and restaurants which adorn its bustling High Street. The village has a mainline station with high-speed links to London and is also served by a primary school. Birchington is home to Quex Park, 250 acres of beautiful parks and gardens which include the historic Quex House and Powel-Cotton Museum, whilst numerous beautiful sandy beaches are just a mile or so away including nearby Minnis Bay, known for its fine sunsets.
The thriving town of Margate is less than four miles away and is one of England's most quintessential seaside towns, with its long, sandy beaches and traditional seaside shops and arcades. However, there is also a new and vibrant atmosphere in Margate, with the world-renowned Turner Contemporary art gallery (opened in 2011) and the regeneration of the Old Town, with its vast array of boutique shops and international cafes and restaurants. The town is also served by a variety of High Street stores, whilst the recently developed Westwood Cross shopping centre offers a superb array of shopping and recreational amenities. Margate has much to see and do, including three theatres, the Winter Gardens, The Theatre Royal (the second oldest theatre in the country) and the Tom Thumb Theatre (one of the smallest theatres in the world).
The Isle of Thanet offers a wide selection of schools, including 41 primary schools and 13 secondary schools (including both state grammar schools and several well regarded independent schools) and an outstanding Forest Kindergarten. Thanet enjoys excellent road links with a dual carriageway to Dover (20 miles) and Folkestone (30 miles) which have ferry and Eurotunnel connections to the continent. Furthermore, the Thanet Way and M2 provide access to Canterbury (13 miles), Faversham and Central London (75 miles). Birchington and Margate stations offer a regular service to London Bridge, Victoria, Cannon Street, Blackfriars and Charing Cross along with the three high-speed links to St Pancras.
The vibrant city of Canterbury also offers a wide choice of amenities including a fantastic range of High Street and independent retailers, restaurants, pubs, leisure facilities and the very popular, recently refurbished Marlowe Theatre. It has an excellent selection of both state and independent schools, along with three universities, two mainline railway stations, two hospitals and a very good bus service. There is a regular rail service to London Victoria, Charing Cross and Cannon Street and the high-speed rail links connects with London's St. Pancras from Canterbury West station in just under one hour.
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- Magnificent Grade ll Listed Link-Detached House
- Sympathetically Renovated Throughout
- Many Splendid Period Features
- Six Bedrooms - Three Reception Rooms
- Luxury En-Suite & Dressing Room To Master
- Completely Self-Contained One Bedroom Annexe
- Indoor Heated Swimming Pool & Gym
- Close To Beaches, Parks, Village Shops & Mainline Station
- Short Walk To Mainline Station, High-Speed Links To London
- Listed Planning Consent For Kitchen Extension & Orangery