An enchanting Grade ll Listed detached character property, which has been sympathetically extended over the years and now offers almost 3000 sq.ft of charming accommodation and over a quarter of an acre of beautifully manicured gardens. The Old Post House dates back to the early-1700s and is brimming with period features, such as original beams, exposed brickwork, fireplaces and latch-key doors. The recent addition of a stunning orangery adds a depth of modern luxury and a perfect extension from the charming sitting room.
A handsome burgundy red front door leads you to a stunning entrance hall with attractive wooden sash window and entrance to several reception rooms.
To the left there is a delightful reading room with a large bay window, cast iron ornate gas fireplace, and bespoke alcove cabinets with bookcases. Whilst to the right there is a dining room with exposed brick inglenook fireplace and an impressive ornamental American wood burning stove, The fireplace mirrors one in the kitchen, only this one encompasses the grand Aga.
The kitchen has been beautifully designed by a local joiner and incorporates a traditional style butler sink and many integrated appliances; these are complemented by rich granite work tops and a kitchen island.
The elegant sitting room is bursting with character, exposed brick and oak beams which really set the scene for this 18th century house. A wood burning stove sits snuggly under the oak bressummer whilst French doors open onto a magnificent orangery with glass lantern roof. This was installed just five years ago and benefits from underfloor heating and double glazing allowing all-year-round use. From the sitting room there is a cellar which provides additional storage and easy access to the boiler and electrics.
The rear of the property has been extended, allowing for a convenient cloakroom with utility area and a good size study. The hallway with its exposed characterful beams gives way to the first floor and the garden through attractive French doors.
Stairs rise to a generous landing which leads to a well-appointed family bathroom and four stunning bedrooms, two of which have en-suite bathrooms.
Storage has been cleverly incorporated into every corner using the eaves space that runs alongside one of the bedrooms, this is perfect for storing luggage etc.
The remarkable decoration, stunning features and luxury bathroom fixtures create a splendid ambience throughout the first floor.
The Old Post House sits on a generous 0.26 acre plot and is a credit to the current owners who have beautifully landscaped both the front and rear gardens.
From both the orangery and French doors you step out to a splendid sandstone patio area which is bordered by a brick wall with steps that rise to the lawn and a beautiful herringbone brick pathway which is lined with rounded topiary trees. The lawn is bordered by hedges which have manicured archways leading to a secret vegetable and fruit garden which has an array of low raise beds, fruit bushes, a green house, and garden shed. From here a pathway takes one down to the gravelled driveway and a detached spacious garage which has an overhead platform for storage.
The Old Post House 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 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.