A magnificent Georgian town house
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The Gleanings is a magnificent Grade II* listed Georgian town house; the elevations are of render and brick. Although the architect is unknown the front elevation is influenced by Sir John Soane and the unusual combination of Grecian and Gothic styles is reminiscent of J B Rebecca. It is interesting to note that the semi-circular projection on the rear crenulated elevation was originally home to early water closets fed by rainwater collected in a cistern on the roof.
An elegant portico leads to the double front door which opens to the staircase hall, a generously proportioned and elegant heart to the house. The high ceiling with decorative plasterwork, moulded door cases and door handles with gold leafed lions' masks, heavy panelled doors, exposed floor boards and shutters are features of note. However, the magnificent staircase with oak treads and wrought iron balusters with decorative mahogany banister is the focal point. The drawing room is west facing, of wonderful proportions with polished floor boards and the most elegant plasterwork cornice and ceiling rose. There is a French chateau radiator and classic marble chimney piece complement the room perfectly and French windows lead to the terrace through which there are good views across the Medway. The dining room is double aspect and overlooks the front courtyard and there are French windows to the side terrace. There is an elegant cornice and marble chimney piece. Opposite is the study with French chateau radiator and sash window overlooking the front courtyard.
The kitchen/breakfast room overlooks the River Medway through large French windows. The room has been quite beautifully fitted with a Clive Christian bespoke kitchen, with granite and oak work surfaces. There is a huge oak central island with copious storage. Twin Butler sinks are set in a matching oak cabinet and on the side wall is a complementing unit housing a fridge and sub-zero refrigeration system, a Miele oven and Miele coffee machine. A large chimney recess holds a Wolf range cooker with six burners, griddle and twin ovens. Above, recessed in a tiled wall, is a flat screen TV. The room is complemented by its decorative cornice and ceiling rose. In a semi-circular projection on the rear elevation is the bathroom with white suite and roll top bath with claw feet with shower over.
The easy rising, gently curving staircase leads to the first floor with a characterful semi-circular sitting area with tremendous views at the half landing. The main landing is galleried and lit by an elegant ovoid domed cupola. There is a substantial cornice and elegant door cases leading to the principal bedrooms. The master bedroom is particularly spacious with an elegant window with fine views with an interconnecting door to bedroom 4 to provide a suite if required. Bedroom 2 has river views and a pretty marble chimney piece. Bedroom 3 is double aspect with window overlooking the courtyard, marble chimney piece, door to airing cupboard and door to en suite wet room. Bedroom 4 has a great view north to Rochester Castle with a further window overlooking the courtyard. There is again a marble chimney piece and door to en suite wet room. The large principal bathroom with white suite with roll top bath with hand shower and a large sash window with shutters completes the first floor accommodation.
From the main hall oak steps lead to the lower ground floor with the first door at the bottom opening to a superb barrel vaulted wine cellar with 17 individual brick storage niches. There is a cloakroom and an understairs cupboard. Hand crafted double ash doors with an ebony inlay open to the a study area which leads through to a good sized sitting room with inset low voltage lighting and then matching ash doors to Bedroom 5, with semi-circular fronted fitted ash dressing table and matching storage cupboards to each side. There is also a well fitted utility/plant room.
This property has 0.35 acres of land.
The Gleanings is set in the most sought after St Margaret's area and is approached over a tarmacadam drive and then to a block paved driveway enclosed by a balustraded wall. There is access to three garages with electric doors. A wrought iron side gate leads to the gardens which are at the side and rear. There is a garden room with French windows and windows overlooking the paved terrace which runs around the side and front.
The gardens are extremely well stocked, of a good size for a town house with close mown lawns surrounded by clipped hedging, borders and an interesting range of specimen trees. In one discreetly hedged corner are some apple trees. A path to a door in the wall allows rear pedestrian access. The garden area at the rear is surrounded by high shrubs providing great privacy and superb views can be enjoyed from most of the gardens.
The Gleanings is situated within a walled garden in the heart of the ancient town of Rochester. The city centre is probably best known for its associations with Charles Dickens, and the attractive High Street is lined with a selection of period houses dating in the main from Georgian and Victorian times when Rochester was an important coaching stop on the London to Dover route. The town also greatly benefited during the Royal Navy's long tenure of the dockyards at nearby Chatham.
One of the features of the city centre is the open space in the form of parks and gardens that makes up much of the conservation area. The city centre provides a range of facilities, including specialist shopping in the High Street, and a wide variety of "out of town" stores and supermarkets. Bluewater shopping centre is 12 miles away. Leisure opportunities include a rowing club and yacht moorings on the river. There are a good selection of health clubs nearby.
Rochester station offers the High Speed service to St Pancras (about 40 minutes) and services to London Cannon Street Charing Cross and Victoria (about 50 minutes). Journey times from Ebbsfleet International are 11 minutes to Stratford and 19 minutes to St Pancras. The M2 (Junction 1) is about 3 miles and gives direct access to the remaining southern motor way network systems, Heathrow and Gatwick airports, and the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone. There are good schools in the area in both the private and public sectors, include St Andrews Preparatory School, The King's School, Rochester, Cobham Hall, The Mathematical School for boys and The Rochester Grammar School for girls. There is an active cultural programme throughout the year.Read all
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