“Our parents had a wonderful life here, with the focus on leisure and pleasure. The main rooms were designed for entertaining, and there were many good parties and large family gatherings. Outside, the garden and grounds were enjoyed all year round, with the swimming pool a focus through the summer, and the tennis court regularly used amongst friends. There are lovely places to go for long walks with the dogs and great views across the surrounding countryside.
Broomfield includes the Huntsman and Horn pub and a general store/post office while Herne has a new village hall where a number of activities take place on a regular basis. It also includes the award winning Smugglers pub and the Butcher’s Arms as well as Herne Primary School, rated Outstanding by Ofsted. The house is within easy reach of the Thanet Way for Canterbury and London and only a short drive or a 20 minute walk to Herne Bay with its beach and wide variety of bars and restaurants. This Georgian town also includes an historic pier if you are looking for a little beach front entertainment, while the town centre includes pedestrian walkways with individual shops, cafes and pubs. The property is also ideally located to take advantage of nearby Whitstable and its thriving coastline of beaches, bars and restaurants.
You can enjoy the coastline, nature and wildlife on walking and cycling trails through the Reculver coastal park or visit some of the museums and art galleries along the cultural train. For water sport enthusiasts there is sailing and jet skiing and golfing aficionados can enjoy the nearby Whitstable and Seasalter or the Chestfield golf clubs. There is the Herne Bay High school and a number of grammar schools and first class private schools within about half and hour's drive in Canterbury, Thanet and Sandwich, while commuters can catch the train from Herne Bay station and be in London in less than an hour and a half, and Canterbury West station is 20 minutes away which affords a high speed link to Kings Cross and Stratford”.
Historical Note: The property is in the grounds of Hawe Manor (hence the moat). In the 15th century this was owned by Matthew Philip who became Lord Mayor of London in 1463 and later by John Fineux, The Lord Chief Justice.