For the ultimate in character homes, this historic Grade II Listed country house tucked away behind flint walls in Broadstairs is an absolute gem. Originally built by Dutch settlers in 1675 it still retains some of the Flemish flint and brickwork and the first thing that grabs your attention is the impressive Dutch gable - a well known local landmark. You will also notice the flint walls, external beams and the charming leaded light windows and, as you walk down the pathway flanked by a large lawn and specimen trees to the front door, the excitement will grow. Once through the charming wood front door you will find the spacious entrance hall added about 150 years ago, with its beamed ceiling, traditional tiled floor and beautiful wood staircase, it is everything you could have imagined. Indeed, throughout the property there are some really special internal period features such as latched wood doors, beams and wonderful fireplaces.
The very attractive lounge with its vast inglenook fireplace and beamed ceiling is just the place for entertaining friends and family and you can envisage everyone gathered around the open fire. It leads to the ultimate in a restful and cosy snug that includes a rare double depth inglenook fireplace as well as stairs to the double bedroom above. However the nucleus of this lovely home is the wonderful country style kitchen/dining room where the family spend much of their time. It includes a range cooker, dishwasher, traditional floor tiling and a vast central island incorporating a breakfast bar and plenty of space for a large table and chairs. This leads through stable doors to the simply stunning architect designed conservatory. It was constructed of British Colombian pine and took some 18 months to build. This wonderful room makes an ideal additional lounge/dining room and has doors to a secluded terrace with a hot tub housed under a purpose built wooden gazebo and a lovely outdoor entertainment space for those summer barbecues and garden parties.
From the conservatory there is a corridor to the converted barn. The original barn actually pre dates the house and has been completed renovated but retains some historic external features such as the end flint walls which were renovated using crushed seashells in the lime to recreate the original ‘mortar’ for the flint. This very useful addition to the property includes two double bedrooms both with en suite bathrooms and plenty of loft storage space. It is ideal for older children looking for a bit of privacy or it could be used for bed and breakfast or as family guest accommodation. Alternatively, it could be slightly reconfigured to provide a wonderful annex for elderly family members.
Up the impressive staircase in the main house there is a quirky family bathroom with half panelled walls as well as a stand-alone bath and an interesting high level toilet. There are three double bedrooms including the master with an en suite bathroom. Another of the bedroom includes an inglenook fireplace, historic beam believed to have come from an Elizabethan galleon and separate staircase to a spacious loft room. Not only that but this excellent room leads through to the third double bedroom that could also be accessed from the secondary staircase and would make a fantastic self-contained apartment for a teenager or relative.
As well as the secluded terrace there is a beautiful garden which includes a large lawn, a charming wildlife pond, a variety of trees including a eucalyptus and a driveway where you can park about five cars.