"There was originally an older farmhouse on the site but we were advised by the town planners that it would be more appropriate to demolish the old house and build a new one. So we started the ‘labour of love’ building this amazing property at the end of the last century and finished it some 10 years later. We both come from Africa and have always enjoyed homes with plenty of light so that was a very important aspect when initially designing our new residence. In order to create the fabulous lower ground outdoor terrace so we could wander out from the swimming pool to a large open space, we had to dig out the whole area and all the soil has gone into the landscaping of the surrounding gardens. While the earth from digging out the lake and the reservoir has been used to landscape the 12 acres of grounds. Over the years we had three gardeners designers providing wonderful creations for different parts of the garden and grounds and we are extremely proud of the delightful results.
When building the property we have tried to incorporate everything of the highest quality and to provide a beautiful and relaxing home for ourselves, our family and our friends. We love our home but are now about to embark on a new chapter in our lives and we look forward to new owners being able to take advantage of everything we have done to create the ultimate in a modern country estate. This not only includes the accommodation, the pool and outdoor leisure facilities but also the amazing technology that has gone into providing automatic systems for everything from the windmills ensuring that we generate our own electricity to the in house systems referred to in the technical information.
The location is fantastic. Although we are out in the country and it is so private that you could even drive down our lane and not even realise what lies beyond the wrought iron gates, we are only a short distance from Canterbury with its historic buildings, high street stores, bars and restaurants as well as some of the best schools in the country. If you need to commute to London or want to go on the Eurostar to the Continent we are not far from Ashford where the high speed train will whisk you to London in just over half an hour. Folkestone and Dover are easily accessible if you want to take the car abroad.
However if you enjoy local delights there is a charming pub and village store in Stelling Minnis for any immediate needs. There is a good choice of primary schools with the Bodsham Primary school rated as Outstanding by Ofsted also within the vicinity. You can enjoy walking on the Minnis and there are excellent places for cycling as well as riding at the Bursted Manor Riding Centre or hacking through the nearby Lyminge Forest. Golfing enthusiasts can play at the nearby Roundwood Hall Golf Club or go further afield to Etchinghill or Sene Valley in Hythe".