Over 3600 Sq.Ft Of Spacious & Versatile Accommodation
Four/Six Double Bedrooms & Dressing Room
Potential To Fully Convert Second Floor
Bursting With Period Features Including Exposed Beams
Three Characterful Reception Rooms
Situated In A Peaceful Courtyard With Parking
South Facing Rear Garden With Idyllic Views
Village Location Close To The Cathedral City Of Canterbury
EPC RATING: C
Full property description
A magnificent period oast conversion, with over 3600 sq ft of luxuriously appointed and highly versatile accommodation, period features flourish throughout and include exposed brick, oak beams, solid wood block flooring and characterful round rooms within the kilns. This impressive property is situated in the heart of Ickham village in a private courtyard and holds impressive views over unspoilt meadows. This beautiful oast has been meticulously converted when the current owners took on the restoration in 1999 and now it combines an abundance of light and space with a great deal of attention to detail.
The main front door opens into a large entrance hall which has a convenient cloakroom and a splendid staircase that has been lovingly handmade from 400 year-old oak beams reclaimed from a barn in Burgundy, France. Slate floor tiles flow through to the kitchen breakfast room which is perfectly on point for an oast house with a lovely country feel. Colourful ceramic wall tiles complement the solid wood units which surround a large kitchen island and several free-standing appliances, this is further enhanced by a convenient utility and boiler room.
To the rear of the property double oak doors open into a splendid sitting room which has reclaimed block wood flooring, characterful beams, and panelled cupboards. The wood burning stove is nestled between the exposed brick of the two kilns and sits perfectly beneath a bressummer. This charming family room leads to the two round rooms that sit within the former kilns, one is a formal dining room and the other a reading room which leads to the rear garden, both have rich oak wide-planked flooring.
To the first floor there is a spectacular landing with admiring views out to the courtyard and beyond to the church spire. The landing leads to a well-appointed family bathroom and three spacious double bedrooms, one with an ensuite. The main bedroom sits in one of the roundels, with adoring views of unspoilt countryside and benefits from a dressing room which has bespoke wardrobes and an abundance of space.
The oak stairs rise to the second floor which has a vaulted ceiling that could be revealed by removing loft storage. The space on the second floor is spectacular and could easily be divided to create additional bedrooms and ensuite bathroom or alternatively a master suite. This floor has it's own lockable entrance door and could be converted into self-contained apartment for a teenager or an au pair.
The enchanting courtyard is bursting with colourful flowers and a row of cottages that lead you to the two oasts houses that sit at the foot. The heart of the courtyard offers an allocated parking space for each property and an area to keep waste bins. The brick pathway takes you to the main entrance and an enclosed storage area that also offers access to the bridleway.
At the rear of the property the attractive garden is bursting with herbs, fruit trees and mature shrubs. The garden backs onto the meadows which offer a variety of walks through this idyllic countryside.
The oast 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 an Ayurvedic 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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