IN ACCORDANCE WITH CURRENT GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES, WE REMAIN OPEN AND ARE ABLE TO FACILITATE PROPERTY VIEWINGS UNDER STRICT COVID-SECURE PROCEDURES. Originally built in the 1950s for the area manager of Costain Builders The Hive is a substantial four bedroom detached house with many original and ... Read more
IN ACCORDANCE WITH CURRENT GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES, WE REMAIN OPEN AND ARE ABLE TO FACILITATE PROPERTY VIEWINGS UNDER STRICT COVID-SECURE PROCEDURES. Originally built in the 1950s for the area manager of Costain Builders The Hive is a substantial four bedroom detached house with many original and unique features such as oakwood flooring and banister, ornate brickwork fireplace, quarry tiled, boot room/office space and unique understairs cupboard/bar as well as many original doors and fixtures.
In one South Canterbury's most sought after locations, the property has been sympathetically extended by the current owner, greatly increasing the bedroom space. Whilst Canterbury town centre is within comfortable walking distance, there is also substantial driveway parking, a garage and a large rear garden.
Protected from the elements by an attractive, brickwork archway porch, the beautiful craftsmanship of this home is apparent from the start, with the original oak front door, with frosted glass and ironwork and continuing into the characterful entrance hallway with its original oak flooring and the sensuous flow of the stylish, original, solid oak feature banister rail. The entrance hall gives access to the dining room, sitting room, a good sized cloakroom, with extensive double storage cupboard, laundry room and kitchen, as well as a unique understairs cupboard which has a secret serving hatch to the sitting room and was originally a bar!
The dining room has beautiful, original parquet flooring and is lovely and bright with a large, double-glazed window overlooking the driveway. There is also a useful, crisply plastered, service opening to the kitchen connecting the spaces. On the opposite side of the hallway the double aspect sitting room is flooded with light from a huge picture window to the front and patio doors to the rear giving a superb view of the rear garden. The handsome original brickwork, feature fireplace houses a tasteful, real flame, convector gas fire with a bespoke surround.
The kitchen, with its hardwearing natural wood flooring, contains an extensive mix of wall and base units, with two carousel storage systems, draw units, an integral dishwasher and a fridge larder. There is ample worksurface space and a breakfast bar with a double-glazed window overlooking the garden and door to the quarry tiled lobby. The lobby area has an internal door into the garage, which has power, lighting and draw and worktop units. It also gives access to a utility/study space which houses the regularly serviced boiler. At the rear of the hallway the laundry room features double glazed french doors to the patio, quarry tiled flooring and space with washing machine and dryer.
The beautiful, curved lines of the oak banister take one to a half landing where a double height, frosted glass window baths the landing and hallway in light. The stairs continue to an impressive landing, with a large airing cupboard and further linen closet and an elegant, original archway moulding.
There are four double bedrooms, two of which have been extended, including the master bedroom, which has an en-suite shower room and fantastic views of the garden. The other two bedrooms have great built in storage with hanging and shelf space. There is also a generous, fully tiled bathroom, with dark wood effect, cushioned vinyl flooring, a corner bath and a separate shower. There is a very usable, boarded, loft space with ladder, power and lighting accessed from the landing which could lend itself to further accommodation, subject to necessary permissions.
Set back on a private residential road The Hive has a generous frontage with a sweeping driveway for several cars. To the front an attractive established hedge provides privacy, with lawned areas and mature shrubs and borders. A path leads from the drive to the wide side gate access to the rear garden. The rear garden measures approximately 126ft and is mostly laid to lawn with a range of mature trees to the side as well as some established hedges and grasses to the rear. Directly behind the house there is a patio area and path leading down the garden with a well-appointed garden shed to the side of the house.
The property is situated in the highly desirable area of South Canterbury. This convenient setting provides excellent access to the city centre, many of Canterbury's very well regarded schools, Canterbury East station and the Kent & Canterbury Hospital.
The cathedral city of Canterbury is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, with a thriving city centre offering a wide array of High Street brands alongside a diverse mix of independent retailers, cafes and international restaurants. The city also offers a fine selection of sporting, leisure and recreational amenities, including the refurbished Marlowe Theatre.
Canterbury has an excellent choice of educational amenities, ranging from Grammar schools to well regarded private schools and three universities. Canterbury offers a regular rail service to London Victoria, Charing Cross and Cannon Street and the high speed rail link connects with London's St Pancras from Canterbury West station in just under one hour.
Ashford International station and the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone are both about 14 miles away and provide regular Eurostar and shuttle services to the continent, whilst the A2/M2 motorway provides good access to both London and the Channel port of Dover.
The surrounding countryside is predominantly farmland and is ideal for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits, such as walking and horse riding, whilst the nearby Stodmarsh Nature Reserve offers excellent bird watching. There are also numerous pretty villages nearby with typical village pubs to visit, such as Wingham, Littlebourne, Ickham and Wickhambreaux, giving you the ideal balance between city and country living.
We endeavour to make our sales particulars accurate and reliable, however, they do not constitute or form part of an offer or any contract and none is to be relied upon as statements of representation or fact. Any services, systems and appliances listed in this specification have not been tested by us and no guarantee as to their operating ability or efficiency is given. All measurements, floor plans and site plans are a guide to prospective buyers only, and are not precise. Fixtures and fittings shown in any photographs are not necessarily included in the sale and need to be agreed with the seller.