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LOT 1 The Vine Farm and Vine Cottage
The Vine Farm The Vine Farm is a beautiful Grade II* listed, Jacobean manor house dating from the 17th century. Arranged in a classic E shape and providing a wonderful family home, the house retains many period features, including a wooden bell tower sitting to the centre of the mellow red brick, symmetrical façade. Set within a pretty and popular village the house also benefits from the seclusion of its gardens and grounds.
Impressive double oak doors open in to a lobby and drawing room beyond. This fine room is double aspect having French doors opening to the terrace and views over the land and distant countryside. Tall ceilings and panelled walls set the scene for this historic home. The western wing of the E provides a superb library/billiard room with deep triple aspect windows and a fireplace. Across the staircase hall, a dramatic space in its own right, sits a bright study with wonderful distant views to the garden and beyond.
The east wing of the house is home to a very generous kitchen, again benefiting from being triple aspect and looks into the pretty front courtyard. The kitchen is fitted with extensive units of French oak arranged around an island and there is ample space for a breakfast table. Set conveniently across a lobby to the back of the house is the dining room, which is currently used as a further sitting room.
A thoughtfully conceived glazed walkway connects the house to useful outbuildings, providing a boot and utility room as well as serving as the everyday entrance to the house.
The magnificent primary staircase rises past a tall leaded light window to the first floor landing. The principal bedroom suite stretches across much of the back of the house, with a generous en suite bathroom and equally generous connecting dressing room; the room is well positioned to enjoy views over the paddocks and countryside beyond. Three further well-proportioned bedrooms are found on this level, served by two family bathrooms, one of which has a sauna and a large sunken whirlpool bath.
The secondary staircase, rising from just by the kitchen, continues to the second floor where the wonderfully named Cyclops room has a round window and is a superb vantage point over the surrounding countryside. This was once a nursery and is now a sitting room. Three further bedrooms and a bathroom provide spacious accommodation.
Vine Cottage Dating from the early 18th century, Vine Cottage is a delightful Grade II listed, Georgian cottage. Either side of the front door are a drawing room and a sitting room. The sitting room is open to the dining room which has French doors to the garden. The adjoining kitchen is fitted with a range of units and there is a utility and shower room beyond. There is also a cellar.
On the first floor the property provides a generous principal bedroom with built-in storage and Jack and Jill access to the family bathroom. There are two further well-proportioned bedrooms and a modern family bathroom.
The cottage is set back from the street behind a picket fence and front garden with a path leading to the front door. The drive The Vine Farm to the side of the cottage leads to an area of parking for the cottage. The enclosed part-walled garden to the rear is laid to raised level lawn bordered by well-stocked flower and shrub beds and features a wraparound block-paved terrace, ideal for entertaining and al fresco dining, the whole screened by mature hedging and trees.
LOT 2 - Townsend Farm The farmyard and buildings of Townsend Farm can be accessed separately from the village lane. The buildings present an opportunity for continued use with the house but also have planning permission for development to create two dwellings, one of which also has a detached annexe.
They are currently arranged to provide stabling, a generous barn and further storage. To the rear is a sand manege.
Planning permission has been granted for the sympathetic conversion of these buildings (see Dover District Council planning portal ref: 20/00989). The plans are available from the agents on request.
Purchasers may wish to make their own enquiries to establish if this property qualifies for the mixed use rate of SDLT
This property has 49 acres of land.
Outside The Vine Farm is approached over a gravelled driveway from the village street which arrives at courtyard between the garaging and Vine Cottage before continuing to the main house. The front elevation of the house has a central porch and the two wings either side. Mature clipped yew hedges echo the symmetry, standing to each side of a lawn with a central path leading to fountain and a gateway leading to the church beyond.
The house sits in an elevated position overlooking the garden. An impressive terrace stretches across the back of the house and enjoys long distant views to the south, across expansive lawns bounded by a ha-ha and thus giving an uninterrupted vista through to a wide avenue of trees and the farmland beyond. To the west is an historic and recently restored small lake.
To the side of the lawn, an arch through tall yew hedging leads to the partly walled garden with a wonderful crinkle crankle wall to one side. There is a greenhouse and walled vegetable garden. To the other side is a more wooded area and together the different areas of garden provide great structure and interest.
The Vine Farm enjoys views over its own land, from the principal rooms and elsewhere. The land is divided into a series of fields, interspersed with small areas of woodland. The land is considered to have potential for planting with vines.
The entire property is ring fenced with no public rights of way crossing it.
Northbourne is an attractive village with amenities including a church, public house and popular primary school and lies close to the A256, which gives easy access to Sandwich and Dover. The seaside town of Deal offers comprehensive shopping facilities including boutique and High Street shopping and markets together with leisure and educational amenities. One of the Cinque Ports, historic Sandwich provides a good range of High Street and independent shopping together with two world-class golf courses, Royal St Georges and Princes. The area offers plentiful outdoor pursuits with lovely coastal cliff walks, fishing and sailing.
Regular train services to London run from Walmer station, and the High Speed service from Dover Priory to London St Pancras has a journey time from just over an hour. Access to the Continent is excellent via the Port of Dover, the Channel Tunnel terminal at Folkestone and Eurostar services from Ashford International.
There is access to a broad selection of schools in both state and private sectors, including Northbourne C of E Primary School in the village, Sandwich Junior School, Sandwich Technology School and Sir Roger Manwoods School (rated Outstanding by Ofsted), Northbourne Park, The Davenport, Beech Grove, Ripplevale, Brewood and Dover College.
From Canterbury: Join the A2 towards Dover and remain on this road for 6.2 miles. At the traffic lights turn left onto Westcourt Road. Follow this road through the villages of Shepherdswell and Eythorne. Beyond Eythorne, at the roundabout with the A256 take the 2nd exit, continuing ahead and then then turn left onto Willow Woods Road. After 2 miles turn left at the crossroads towards Northbourne. [ The Vine Farm can now be seen straight ahead on the hill top above its fields]. At the next junction turn right onto The Street. The Vine Farm can be found on the right-hand sideRead all
- Lot 1 The Vine Farm, Vine cottage, meadow and pasture land (47.7 acres):
- 5 Reception rooms
- Kitchen and cellarage
- Principal bedroom with dressing room and en suite
- 6 Further bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (1 with sauna)
- Garden, summer house and greenhouse
- Double garage and outbuildings
- 3 Bedroom cottage
- Meadow and pasture land
- Lot 2: Townsend Farm
- Barn, stables and store with consent for conversion to 2 dwellings
- Potential for planting vines/vineyard.