Main Suite With Dressing Room, Juliet Balcony & Ensuite
Triple Aspect Sitting Room With Exposed Brick Fireplace
Impressive Open Plan Kitchen/Dining/Family Room
Double Garage & Sweeping Gated Driveway
0.40 Acre Of Attractive Landscaped Gardens
Just Ten Miles From Canterbury & Kings School
EPC RATING: C
Full property description
A magnificent detached five-bedroom barn conversion, set within approx. 0.40 acres of grounds including a sweeping driveway and situated in the highly sought-after village of Ickham. The Barn was sympathetically converted in 2003 and designed by the award winning Clague Architects who have embraced the key characteristics of a Kentish barn, including vaulted ceilings, exposed brickwork, and floor to ceiling windows. High quality materials have been used throughout including solid oak flooring, luxuriously appointed bathrooms and a beautiful bespoke kitchen/breakfast room.
A handsome front door sits under the barn canopy and opens into a vaulted entrance hall with floor to ceiling windows, French oak flooring, bespoke coat storage and a stunning staircase leading to a glass galleried landing.
To the left of the hallway, one will find a study, which could be the perfect place for a consultancy or treatment area, as it is conveniently located just off the hallway and opposite the cloakroom.
To the rear of the barn a delightful open plan kitchen/dining room enjoys splendid views of the garden through the French doors. This comprises of a casual sitting room with a contemporary gas burning stove and a dining area. Whilst to the right a beautifully appointed kitchen which includes a range of bespoke beech wall and floor units, a double range Smeg oven with stainless steel extractor fan, and a granite island/breakfast bar. The kitchen is further complemented by a useful and well-equipped utility room.
The hallway brings you to a spectacular triple aspect family room with impressive, vaulted ceiling and an exposed brick fireplace that encompasses a stylish wood burning stove, which sits central to the room. Vertical oak beams create a division between the formal dining area and the elegant sitting room. There are multiple sets of French doors to the garden and the huge glass windows flood this space with light and energy.
To the first floor one will find three double bedrooms and a well-appointed family shower room. The main bedroom has an imposing vaulted ceiling, Juliet balcony, and vast dressing room. The luxuriously appointed ensuite has been stylishly deigned to offer a free-standing bath, separate rainfall shower and two vanity units all finished with natural stone tiles.
The second floor has been reconfigured to allow for two double bedrooms and a shower room. With built in sliding wardrobes and glass access bridge between the two rooms, this area would be perfect for older children sharing, or an au pair needing their own bedroom/living space.
The beautiful grounds cover 0.40 of an acre and include an impressive sweeping driveway to the front of the property, where one will find ample parking to the front of the double brick-built garage which has electric doors and power points.
To the rear of The Barn, there is an enchanting, secluded garden which is mainly laid to lawn. There is an array of established shrubs, and mature trees including a silver birch, weeping ash and apple tree which offer a delicate amount of shade. In the far corner there is a wildlife pond, firepit and BBQ area whilst closer to the barn there is a hexagonal greenhouse and paved terrace area that runs the full width of the property and brick planters.
Ickham Court Farm is situated right in the heart of highly regarded Ickham 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 local farm shop called Ivy Barn which also has a little caf. Within the village there is also 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. Wingham lies just a few miles from Ickham and is another idyllic village with a local bakery and an award winning fine dining restaurant and hotel.
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.