A rural retreat beautifully sited in an oasis of wilderness in the Ham Fen nature reserve

Hollycroft is an extremely well-presented family home situated in an enchanting position. The house was built in 1995 using reclaimed barn materials to create a home worthy of the exclusive setting and in keeping with the local vernacular style. The landholding includes a river and lake that border three sides of the plot, with natural meadows allowing nature to thrive, together with well-maintained and expertly planted lawn and meadow areas. There is a large traditional oak framed barn incorporating a carport/garage and separate garage/store with studio over, as well as numerous useful outbuildings.

Hollycroft is the only property located in the Ham Fen nature reserve, which is a beautiful area of ancient natural fenland run by the Kent Wildlife Trust; totalling 100 acres, it is one of the last surviving fen habitats in Kent.

The front door opens to a bright and spacious reception hall. To the left, the dining room with bay window offers a calm space to enjoy the morning sun. Solid oak glazed doors open to the relaxed sitting room with inglenook fireplace with inset wood-burning stove. The adjacent triple aspect oak framed garden room is an ideal spot to watch the wildlife.

The farmhouse kitchen has solid wood units with a butler’s sink and natural gas Aga; there is ample space for a large table. Doors from both the kitchen and garden room open to the large oak boarded decked area that wraps around the south and west aspects of the house, with sunken hot tub and covered trellis area ideal for alfresco dining. A utility room (with also with a door to decked area), a larder/cloakroom complete the ground floor accommodation.

On the first floor, the generous principal bedroom has a balcony overlooking the rear garden and en-suite with a copper bath and sink. Two further bedrooms share charming views over the gardens and surrounding nature reserve. There is a beamed family bathroom. The second floor is arranged as two bedrooms (one with a dressing room) and a shower room.

This property has 3.25 acres of land.


Hollycroft is approached over a gravelled driveway via secure electric gates, with a generous parking and turning area and two large outbuildings. The double garage has a first floor studio with cloakroom, which is currently used as an art room but would be an ideal home office. The traditional oak framed barn has been constructed so that it can be converted, and provides outstanding potential to create a large annexe or workspace, subject to any necessary consents.

Mature fenced boundaries provide high levels of privacy, with a fascinating variety of trees and plants adding colour and interest throughout the year. The river and lake border the south and west boundaries, frequented by wild mammals and a variety of insects and birds, and are approached via a beautiful wild meadow with cut paths interspersed. A paddock with orchard is located to the north. There are a variety of useful outbuildings for keeping animals and providing storage. A manicured lawn sits to the rear and sides of the house.


Ham is a small hamlet close to Worth village, located between Deal and Sandwich, both providing a variety of independent shops, restaurants, and pubs and as well as supermarkets and leisure facilities. Dover and Folkestone are within easy reach, while the A2 is also easily accessible.

Stations in Sandwich and Deal provide direct High Speed train services to London St Pancras and Ashford International, with local connections to Charing Cross, Margate, Ramsgate, Sandwich and Canterbury. The area has good access to the Continent.


From Canterbury: Take the A257 Sandwich road. Just before reaching Sandwich turn right at the roundabout onto the A256. At the next roundabout turn left (signposted to Worth). Turn right at the next roundabout continuing towards Worth. Take the second right turn signed posted to Ham onto Mill Lane. Hollycroft will be found a short distance along on the right.

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Other features

  • Five bedrooms
  • Three reception rooms
  • Three bathrooms
  • Traditional oak framed barn with potential for annexe
  • Garage with studio above
  • Lake and River
  • 3.25 acres
  • Located in the Ham Fen nature reserve

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Ref: CAN090409

Hay Lane, Ham Deal Kent CT14

Guide Price

Ref: CAN090409

Hay Lane, Ham Deal Kent CT14

Guide Price