Cranworth House, Birchington

  • 8 Bed
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 5 Receptions

A substantial and imposing 1930’s built detached residence, occupying a prestigious corner plot measuring approx. 0.5 acres, in a prime coastal…

Key features

  • Magnificent 1930's Built Detached Residence
  • With Unrivalled Panoramic Coastal & Sea Views
  • Some Lovely Original Features Throughout
  • Over 5000 Sq. Ft Of Accommodation
  • Seven Bedrooms - Four Reception Rooms
  • Stunning First Floor Office & Games Room
  • Plus One Bedroom Self Contained Guest Annexe
  • Within A Prestigious Half-Acre Corner Plot

Full property description

A substantial and imposing 1930’s built detached residence, occupying a prestigious corner plot measuring approx. 0.5 acres, in a prime coastal location, commanding unparalleled panoramic views along the coastline and out to sea. We believe Cranworth House was commissioned by Naval Officer, Captain A. Rodd in 1932 and was specifically positioned within its plot to ensure sea views from both the front and the side of the house.

The property combines over 5000 sq. ft of generously proportioned accommodation (including a chauffeur’s flat over the garage) with some lovely period features, including several fireplaces, picture rails and much of the original woodwork such as oak doors, architraves and a grand oak staircase. The end result is an impressive family home, with a sense of grandeur and elegance, befitting of its time.

The property is entered via a handsome solid oak front floor, which opens into a tiled entrance hall. From here, oak double doors open into a pleasant reception hall.

The principal reception room is a splendid dual aspect sitting room, with a wide, feature fireplace with an inset wood burning stove and bespoke cabinetry and shelving.

Crittall double doors open into a sunroom, which overlooks the former swimming pool.

To the left of the reception hall, there are two further reception rooms, separated by twin oak sliding doors, a formal dining room and a triple aspect drawing room with a fireplace and a wood burning stove.

To the rear of the house, a breakfast room leads to a well appointed kitchen, which has been fitted with an excellent range of modern wall and floor units, set around granite work surfaces and a mix of oak and marble flooring.

The marble flooring continues into a pantry, a well equipped utility room, with additional units, granite work surfaces and a range cooker and a useful laundry room.

Completing the extensive ground floor accommodation, there are two cloakroom/WC’s and a cosy snug.

On the first floor, a magnificent galleried landing with a balcony leads to five bedrooms, a shower room and a splendid office and games room. This has a snooker table and a wonderful dual aspect with exceptional sea views.

Two of the bedrooms have full en-suite bathrooms, four of the bedrooms have sea views, whilst one has a private balcony with sea views.

Another oak staircase rises from the first floor, to a sitting room and two further bedrooms on the second floor, which lend themselves to use as a teenager or au pair’s flat within the main house.

In addition to the main house, there is also a self-contained chauffeur’s flat above the double garage. This has a sitting room, a double bedroom and a well-appointed kitchen and bathroom and makes an ideal guest annexe.


Cranworth House sits within a prime corner plot, measuring approximately 0.5 acres and is approached via a set of twin electric gates. These open onto a gravelled driveway which provides parking for numerous cars.

The gardens are mainly laid to lawn and surround the house to all sides. A paved patio area wraps around the rear and the side of the house and leads to a former swimming pool, which has now been covered over with decking, but could potentially be renovated and reinstated, if required.

A driveway from Sea View Avenue leads to a detached double garage, with two electric roller doors and the chauffeur’s flat above.


Cranworth 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.

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 and 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.

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