White Rose Thatch, 190 Canterbury Road, Westbrook
A simply magnificent period home, with a two bedroom detached annexe/holiday cottage, situated less than 1 kilometre from the beach in the delightful seaside town of Westbrook, offering excellent potential for use as a high specification Bed & Breakfast. White Thatch Rose was built to an exacting standard in 1929, using many reclaimed materials including stonework and masonry reputed to have come from the nearby Dent-de-Lion medieval fortress. The combination of brickwork, stonework, reclaimed beams and a recently re-ridged thatched roof, create a distinctive and unique architectural offering, making this a landmark local property.
However, despite the property's period heritage, the current owners have embarked upon a sympathetic yet comprehensive programme of renovations, culminating in a well appointed yet characterful interior, which must be seen to be believed.
The property is entered via a set of impressive double doors, which open into a useful entrance porch. From here, another set of double doors open into a grand reception hall, with oak flooring, a cloakroom and a wide oak staircase which ascends to the first floor.
To the left of the reception hall, there is a splendid, triple aspect drawing room, with a leaded bay window, a beamed ceiling and a wide inglenook fireplace with a wood burning stove.
To the right of the reception hall, there is a generously proportioned dining room, with a beamed ceiling, a stone fireplace and elegantly restored wood panelled walls.
The kitchen/breakfast room is to the rear of the property and has been fitted with an excellent range of wall and floor units, set around black granite work surfaces, a range of integrated appliances and a ceramic tiled floor.
A wide oak staircase rises to an incredible first floor landing, overlooked by a fabulous stained glass mullioned window, which is also reputed to have come from the 15th century Dent-De-Lion fortress at Garlinge. The master bedroom is an impressive, triple aspect room, with an open plan en suite area.
There are two further double bedrooms on this floor and the family bathroom. This has been transformed into a luxurious wet room, with a stylish modern suite which includes a double ended bath and a separate walk-in shower enclosure.
Another staircase rises from the first floor to a smaller landing on the second floor. This leads to a useful hobby room and a spacious double bedroom, with an en suite and a freestanding rolled top, claw foot bath.
Finally, the extensive accommodation is completed by a lower ground floor office, which is externally accessed via the rear garden.
White Rose Thatch sits within a generous plot of over a quarter of an acre of carefully landscaped gardens. It is enclosed within brick and flint walls and is approached via a set of wrought iron double gates. There open into a large block paved driveway which provides parking for numerous vehicles.
The gardens are divided into three distinct areas, a front garden which is mainly laid to lawn and planted with ornamental Yucca plants and palm trees, the rear garden and a private garden for the cottage. The rear garden is also laid to lawn, with mature and well stocked borders, an extensive patio area and a koi carp pond and water feature, safely enclosed behind a low level brick wall. At the bottom of the main garden, there is a substantial log cabin. This has power, lighting and double glazing making an ideal home office or gym.
This is of brick and stone construction, with a Kent peg tiled roof and offers a superb addition to the main house. On the ground floor, there is a large open plan living space and a well equipped kitchen and bathroom, with two double bedrooms on the first floor. This is currently run as a successful holiday cottage, bringing in approximately £25,000 per annum, however this would also serve as ancillary accommodation to the main house for an older or younger relative.
Westbrook is a Victorian seaside resort, located on the Thanet peninsula, in the south eastern corner of Kent. Just fourteen miles from the university city of Canterbury, it is dominated by Victorian architecture with some fine examples of the period, many of which can be found in the town centre, where there are covered pedestrian walkways which are so reminiscent of that bygone era.
The beautiful Westbrook Bay beach is less than three quarters of a mile away, where the sand stretches for over a kilometre. The mainline station at Margate is under a mile away and has high speed rail service to London St Pancras in just over 1 hour 30 minutes. There is a secondary school nearby and numerous infant & junior schools.
The popular seaside town of Margate is only a mile away and is a British seaside icon. Three main factors have been key to Margate's renaissance over the past few years. Firstly, in 2011, the Turner Contemporary opened on the seafront the exact spot where Turner himself had lived. The location of the gallery was a coup for the area and brought much-needed attention to Margate's better qualities. At the same time, the local council was helping to regenerate the historic Old Town quarter, encouraging independent businesses to open. And finally, in 2015, after a decade of campaigning, Margate's famous old theme park, Dreamland, reopened for business.
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 link connects with London's St. Pancras from Canterbury West station in just under one hour.
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- A Magnificent & Distinctive Period Residence
- Spectacular Period Features Throughout
- Sympathetically Renovated & Modernised
- Drawing Room With Inglenook Fireplace
- Four Bedrooms - Three Bathrooms
- Plus Two Bedroom Self Contained Annexe
- Potentially Ideal For Use As A Bed & Breakfast
- Close To Beach In Popular Seaside Location
- MAIN HOUSE EPC: E
- ANNEXE EPC: D