Within 0.34 Acres Of Beautifully Manicured Gardens
Particularly Well Presented Throughout
Many Original Period Features
Four Bedrooms - Four Receptions
Luxury En-Suite & Family Bathroom
High Spec Kitchen From Thoroughly Wood
Driveway Parking & Large Detached Garage
Situated In One Of Kent's Most Sought After Villages
EPC RATING: D
Full property description
Fern Cottage is a handsome detached residence, dating back to the 1850s and set within 0.34 acres of perfectly manicured gardens, in the highly sought-after village of Ickham. The property displays a wealth of fine period features, including original tiling, tall sash windows (some with their original shutters) and several lovely fireplaces. However, the property has also seen a host of sympathetic improvements in recent years and now offers an elegant and beautifully presented interior, set behind a classically balanced and symmetrical Victorian faade.
The property is entered via a pretty painted front door, which opens into a dual aspect reception hall, with a separate cloakroom and original geometric floor tiles and a traditionally styled radiator.
To the right of the reception hall, there is a cosy sitting room, with a fireplace with a wood burning stove and a charming sash bay window with built-in seat and original shutters. From here a door leads to the cellar, with characterful brick steps which descend to a small room with a beamed ceiling, latch-key doors and a butler sink, currently used as an ideal utility room.
The kitchen has been fitted with bespoke wall and floor units from Thoroughly Wood, which have been meticulously crafted to an exceptionally high standard set around Zimbabwe granite worktops, a twin Belfast sink, integrated appliances and a striking Smeg stove, which sits splendidly within these handmade kitchen cupboards.
Stained glass doors connect the kitchen to a magnificent conservatory, carefully constructed by Oak Leaf Conservatories of York. This spectacular entertaining space takes in every aspect of the garden, with double doors to both the rear garden and the drawing room, this room really is the heart of the home.
Also to the rear of the house, there is a charming drawing room, which can be accessed from both the conservatory and the kitchen. This is a calm, tranquil room, with fine garden views, attractive cornicing and an impressive wood burning stove, making this the perfect room in which to relax.
On the first floor, you will find four comfortable double bedrooms and a well-appointed family bathroom, complete with a rolled top bath, a walk-in shower, a traditional basin, Victorian style taps and lavish marble tiling. The main bedroom is a splendid room, with fitted wardrobes, a stylish en-suite shower room and fine views over the gardens.
Fern Cottage sits within a generous and secluded plot of 0.34 acres. The front garden is immaculate and sits either side of the pathway leading to the front door. To the side of the property, a block paved driveway leads to a large, detached garage with double doors and power connected to it.
The gardens wrap round the house and every corner has been carefully manicured, showcasing the beautiful rose bushes within the box hedges. There is a wonderful pergola on the patio area from which alfresco dining can be appreciated. A lawn extends to the rear of the garden where silver birch and fruit trees offer a welcome element of shade and privacy to this magnificent garden.
Fern Cottage is situated right in the heart of highly regarded Ickham (known locally as 'the friendly village'), which lies 5 miles southeast of the city of Canterbury. This picturesque location has many well-preserved listed buildings, with an interesting mix of architecture, including the 11th-century church of St. John the Evangelist. There is a popular dining pub, the Duke William and a Spa retreat. Ickham also has a village hall, used as a venue for a range of activities, and a regular bus service to and from Canterbury. The village is surrounded by some beautiful countryside, with numerous footpaths, making this an ideal location for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits.
The adjoining village of Wickhambreaux also has a church, a public house (The Rose Inn) and a well-regarded primary school, rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted. The larger village of Littlebourne just a mile away, benefits from a post office, shop, a primary school, a church and a GP practice, whilst nearby Bekesbourne is home to Howletts Zoo, along with a mainline train station which connects with Canterbury East station.
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 Londons St Pancras from Canterbury West station in just under one hour.
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