A substantial oast house offering over 1900 square foot of accommodation, situated in a highly secluded village setting, just two miles from the cathedral city of Canterbury. Matthews Oast dates back to 1744 and has retained some wonderful period features, however it has also seen numerous improvements, including a generous extension and now offers extensive accommodation over two floors, along with the opportunity to create further accommodation (subject to planning consent) by converting the top floor.
The property is entered via an oak front door, which opens into a spacious entrance hall, with exposed beams, a modern cloakroom/WC and stairs to the first floor. There are two generously proportioned reception rooms, an impressive dining room with oak flooring and a splendid dual aspect sitting room. This has exposed beams, a red brick fireplace with a wood burning stove and double glazed patio doors which open onto the rear garden.
A cherry wood latch-key door leads from the dining room to a spectacular open plan kitchen/breakfast room, with a part-vaulted ceiling and bi-folding doors which connect with the rear garden. The kitchen has been fitted with a range of wall and floor units, set around a mix of oak and rolled top work surfaces, a Rayburn, a wood burning stove and a natural slate floor. The kitchen is complemented by a pantry and a useful utility room.
grand staircase rises to a galleried landing on the first floor and four double bedrooms and a family bathroom. This has been fitted with a stylish and contemporary suite, including a stunning slipper bath and a separate shower with body jets.
The main bedroom is a spacious double room, with ample built-in wardrobes and an en-suite shower room, whilst the second bedroom has built-in wardrobes, concealing a useful hand wash basin, and plumbing which could allow for a second en-suite, if desired.
A study (formerly another bedroom) now has a staircase which rises to a vast loft room with exposed beams. This measures approx. 47 ft, has an excellent head-height, a window overlooking the garden and could potentially be converted (subject to the necessary consents) to create further accommodation.
The property is approached via a long, tarmac driveway, which provides parking for numerous cars and leads to a brick built double garage with an electric motorised door. The rear garden measures approximately 48 ft and is mainly laid to lawn, with mature flower and shrub borders and a full width patio area adjacent to the oast. A vine draped pergola provides shade, whilst several mature trees create a welcome sense of privacy. A pathway leads from the main patio to a further, well-screened patio and hot tub area with a hydro therapy hot tub.
The small village of Upper Harbledown is surrounded by some lovely countryside including rolling farmland and woodland, however it is also extremely well placed for access to the cathedral city of Canterbury and the seaside town of Whitstable. The nearby village of Rough Common has a village hall, a village green and a childrenÂs play area, whilst nearby Harbledown offers The Old Coach and Horses, a charming pub and restaurant.
The city of Canterbury (approximately 2 miles) offers a superb array of shopping and recreational amenities, including the White Friars Shopping Centre and a bustling High Street with a good mix of large national stores and small independent retailers. The city also has a good selection of both private and State schools, three universities and two hospitals. The city is served by two mainline stations with a high speed service reaching London St Pancras from Canterbury West Station in just under an hour.
Upper Harbledown also enjoys excellent access to the A2/M2 motorway network which connects with both London and the coast. Nearby Whitstable is famous for its seafood and annual oyster festival held at the vibrant harbour and picturesque quayside. The town also has numerous pubs, restaurants, excellent water sports and good leisure facilities.
Faversham also has a wide choice of supermarkets, restaurants, individual shops and leisure facilities, along with a good selection primary and secondary schools. This includes the renowned Queeen Elizabeth Grammar School (currently rated Outstanding by Ofsted). There are three markets a week in the cobbled town square beside the ancient Guildhall. Community attractions include the famous annual Hop Festival (the town boasts the oldest brewery in the country) and a magnificent weekend-long classic car show. On the outskirts of the town, Brogdale 'The Home of the National Fruit Collection' stages regular events celebrating Kent as the fruit producing Garden of England.
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