Virtual viewing: A country house of real stature and quality
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Beech Bank is one of the most outstanding country houses in the Canterbury area. The current owners have used their vision and skill to create a home of real distinction and character, taking full advantage of the unique and special environment in which it sits.
Approached down a quiet, tree lined country lane Beech Bank sits on rising ground and has wonderful views up and down the valley. The house has been extensively refurbished and extended with care and craftsmanship, this being immediately obvious on arrival from the patterned brick and timbered main façade.
From the front door a winding series of brick and timber steps leads into the hall. To the left is an occasional bedroom with en suite bathroom. The main hall them leads to a larger reception hall off which is the sitting room, a cosy room to read a book in!
Double doors from the main hall open into the wonderful open plan reception space. This has been created by the addition, in 2020, of a fabulous oak and glazed full height garden room. The space is divided into three distinct areas with the drawing room being a traditional timbered room with a magnificent inglenook fireplace as the focal point. (It is worth just taking a moment to look at the external brickwork of the chimney which is, in itself, a masterclass of brick laying.
The drawing room leads directly into a dual-purpose galleried room, with a dining area at the rear and the main space given over to further seating. With bi-fold doors, the garden and this room blend seamlessly into each other, above all taking absolute full advantage of the stunning southerly views.
A door from the dining room leads into the farmhouse kitchen. A custom-built oak and painted kitchen by the much respected local firm of Thoroughly Wood. There is masses of space for a table and chairs for family dining. There are plenty of wall and floor cupboards with extensive granite work surfaces over. Either a range cooker or Alpha provide ample cooking opportunities. A cloakroom and utility room complete the ground floor accommodation.
A turned wooden staircase leads to the first floor where the principal balconied bedroom occupies pride of place at the end of the passage with an en suite shower room. There are four further bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en suite) on this floor.
The Cottage Situated across the courtyard, The Cottage is a pretty brick and timbered building comprising: a reception room, cloakroom, kitchen, bedroom and en suite bathroom. This separate property would provide an ideal bolthole for visiting guests, or self-contained accommodation for a dependent relative.
This property has 3 acres of land.
The gardens make a magical and fitting setting for this house. A series of brick paths meander past well stocked herbaceous beds. Extensive lawns have a wisteria and laburnum clad walkway which in turn leads to the generous pond with a jetty and a waterfall. An area of orchard and indigenous trees lead to the monkey house.
Immediately to the rear of the house is a fenced paddock. There is a large adjacent barn.
A French style archway leads through the house to a large parking area to the rear, and also acts as a car port.
Situated to the south of Canterbury, the picturesque village of Petham benefits from a primary school, church and active community village hall. The surrounding countryside is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, providing a lovely environment for walking, riding and cycling. Bridge village is close by and offers a health centre, dental surgery, convenience store, post office, butcher and three public houses
The cathedral city of Canterbury offers a wide range of cultural, sporting and recreational amenities. In particular, there is a good range of educational facilities, both in the independent and state sectors.
The A2 provides direct dual carriageway access onto the motorway network. Commuters are well served with High-Speed trains from Canterbury West station into London St Pancras (with journey times from 56 minutes) and services to London Victoria and Charing Cross from Canterbury East. The area has good access to the Continent.
From Canterbury leave on the Old Dover road turning right onto Stone Street and after about two miles turn right towards Petham. Continue through the village of Petham onto Duckpit Road and after a further 2 miles the property will be found on the left.Read all
- Reception hall
- Extensive open plan reception space
- Additional sitting room
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- Principal bedroom with en suite shower room
- 4 Further bedrooms (1 en suite) and family bathroom
- Garden and grounds
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