Senior Director, Estate AgencyCanterbury Estate Agents
The Old Barn is a superb home in Marshside, a small hamlet with a highly regarded village pub, which sits within what the Sunday Times describes as 'deepest Kent, surrounded by orchards and oast houses, wheat fields and windmills, under the kind of vast open skies that once inspired Turner'. The house has been created from a wonderful Grade II Listed barn with traditional black weather-boarded elevations and offering fantastically generous living spaces
The former cart bay provides a striking vaulted entrance hall with parquet flooring. Tall windows and glazed doors flood the space with light and stairs rise to a galleried landing, where the beautiful structure of the barn is fully exposed.
To the right of the hall a door leads to an extremely large triple aspect sitting room, with a further door leading outside. Slightly stepped down, the sitting area is arranged around a deep fireplace with a wood-burning stove creating an intimate focus to this generous room, with additional sitting or study spaces to the edges. Behind the hall overlooking the garden is a further reception room, used as a study. Similarly the owners currently use the dining room as home office adjacent to the very generous kitchen/breakfast room, which provides a brilliant family space for everyday living. The kitchen is fitted with a good range of wooden units to one end with terracotta flooring. The breakfast room/dining area has a wood-burning stove in a brick fireplace. A utility, boot room and downstairs shower room provide all the practical spaces a country property so benefits from having. The spaciousness of the barn continues on the first floor galleried landing, which provides enough space for a sitting area or such like. The master bedroom has an en suite bathroom and walk in wardrobe; a family bathroom services the three further bedrooms (one currently used as a family room) all of which have the attractive exposed beams found throughout the barn, giving a great deal of character.
This property has 1 acres of land.
The Old Barn is approached via a driveway which leads under an arch between the outbuildings with hardstanding providing parking for numerous vehicles. Hedging fronts the lane and creates natural boundaries to the plot, with open countryside beyond, accessible by public footpaths.
The gardens wrap around the barn and are mainly laid to large swathes of lawn, interspersed by mature trees and a well-stocked orchard, providing a peaceful and private setting. The garden is a haven for wildlife and is visited by a wide range of birds, including woodpeckers and little owls. A terrace adjoins the rear of the house with access from the kitchen. Tall, clipped hedging enclose a vegetable garden with established soft fruit bushes, apricot trees and an asparagus bed, where there is also a greenhouse.
The outbuildings include a garage and an attractive range of store rooms occupying former stables. Currently providing excellent storage and workshop space, the building offers potential for conversion into a home office or ancillary accommodation if desired, subject to obtaining necessary consents.
Featured in The Times Best Places to live in Britain, Marshside is a conservation area designated as an AONB. Marshside is a conservation area designated as an AONB. There are excellent walks close by and a highly rated village pub. Canterbury offers excellent schooling and leisure facilities; Herne Bay, Reculver and Whitstable on the coast are within easy reach.
Communication links are excellent with the A299 connecting with the M2 at Brenley Corner. High Speed rail services from Canterbury West reach London St Pancras in under an hour. The area has good access to the Continent. Sturry Station - London St Pancras from 68 mins. High Speed Broadband.
From Canterbury: Take the A28 towards Margate. Pass through Sturry, Westbere and Hersden. In Upstreet, turn left into Nethergong Hill (signposted Chislet). Follow the road through Chislet into Marshside. Just past The Gate Inn (on the left) turn right into North Stream. The Old Barn is on the left.
From the A299: travelling Eastbound towards Thanet, continue past the turning/slip road signed for Hillboro', Reculver, Hoath and Chislet and, after about a mile, take the next slip road signed Marshside, then the next left (again signed Marshside). At the 'T' junction turn left (signed Marshside 1 & 1/4 miles miles). This is North Stream. Follow this road for about a mile. The Old Barn is on the righthand side, immediately after 'The Pink Barn' and 'Marshside Farmhouse' (which has a prominent 'Mansfields' sign near the entrance) but before the turning for 'Forge Lane'.Read all