A spectacular medieval hall-house, originally owned by a wealthy merchant, with generous and versatile accommodation spread over three floors and situated in the heart of the historic Cinque Port of Sandwich. Merchant Hall dates back to circa 1470 and displays some exceptional period features, ... Read more
A spectacular medieval hall-house, originally owned by a wealthy merchant, with generous and versatile accommodation spread over three floors and situated in the heart of the historic Cinque Port of Sandwich. Merchant Hall dates back to circa 1470 and displays some exceptional period features, including a wealth of exposed beams, fireplaces and a breathtaking monastic wall.
The property has been lovingly restored and sympathetically refurbished by its current owners to create a delicate blend of modern luxury with rich heritage and tradition and is impeccably presented throughout. The owners used the services of a Farrow and Ball consultant to select colours that complement the age and style of the house.
The front door opens into a spacious reception hall, with ample storage cupboards, exposed beams and a lovely chequered tiled floor. To the front of the property is a beautifully fitted kitchen and breakfast room with contemporary shaker style units, integrated appliances and a central island and breakfast bar. The modern and stylish luxury of the kitchen creates a striking contrast alongside some fine period features such as the bressumer and exposed brickwork of the chimney breast.
Beyond the reception hall, an exquisite inner hallway with many exposed beams and an ancient flint wall with an inset stone font, provides access to the garden. The clever addition of bespoke seating along the base of this splendid, monastic wall transforms this feature into a peaceful and atmospheric yet welcoming space.
Also to the rear of the property is a generously proportioned, open plan sitting room and dining room, which looks out over the pretty courtyard garden. This room has some wonderful period features, including a grand inglenook fireplace with Lancastrian Rose emblems set above it.
On the first floor, there is a most beautiful room, professionally styled with lovely exposed beams and an exposed brick fireplace with a flagstone hearth and a wood burner effect gas fire. This vast space is currently used as a drawing room, however has previously been used as a bedroom and could easily be used as such again. Also on this floor, there is a double bedroom (currently used as an office) and a well appointed family bathroom. This has been fitted with a traditionally styled white suite, including a bath and separate large shower enclosure, and has been finished with attractive porcelain tiling alongside several original exposed beams.
On the second floor, there is a spacious double bedroom with river views to the front of the house, with bespoke, high quality contemporary styled bedroom furniture. A spectacular central landing with beautifully carved medieval leaded windows leads to the master bedroom at the rear of the house. This has a wonderful beamed and part vaulted ceiling, distinctive triangular leaded windows, a bespoke fitted wardrobe and a beautifully appointed en-suite shower room with a contemporary white suite, metro style ceramic brick tiling and an exposed brick feature wall. In addition to this, there is a vast roof void which could, subject to the necessary consents be converted, creating an additional floor, if required.
The rear garden is a wonderful courtyard garden, with attractive and well stocked beds and a useful brick built shed. The garden is enclosed to all three sides by tall, historic flint walls which afford a surprisingly high degree of both privacy and sound proofing, making this an oasis of calm within the heart of this thriving town.
This property is Grade ll Listed and set within a conservation area. All mains services are connected.
Strand Street is a prime residential road, adorned by numerous historic homes and buildings and situated within the very heart of the medieval town of Sandwich. The charming and historic town of Sandwich is situated on the River Stour and was one of the Cinque Ports. Its many original medieval buildings, thriving town centre and historic quayside make this an extremely popular place to both live and visit.
While once a major port, it is now two miles from the sea and its historic centre is preserved as a conservation area. It offers a good range of shops, restaurants and a mainline station with a high speed link to Ashford and London St Pancras. The town is well served with a fine selection of state, private and grammar schools, including the renowned Sir Roger Manwood's.
Sandwich is surrounded by lovely countryside that has many good country walks and bridle paths, whilst Sandwich Bay is home to numerous nature reserves and two world class golf courses, the Royal St. George's Golf Club and the Princes' Golf Club.
The cathedral city of Canterbury is just thirteen miles to the west and 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.
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