Senior Associate DirectorCanterbury Estate Agents
Cumberland House is an outstanding 15th century Grade II Listed village house set in one of the most sought after and picturesque villages close to Canterbury. The house has some very fine rooms indeed, including a beautiful panelled and beamed drawing room and some fine plaster ceilings in the dining room and principal bedroom.
The front door opens to a large and welcoming hall with an impressive staircase to the first floor. The drawing room is to the left with a deep inglenook fireplace, a lovely carved beamed ceiling and mellow oak panelling. Adjacent is the family room and access to the cellar. Off the rear hall is the bright study with double doors leading to the gardens.
To the right of the hall is the dining room with a magnificent moulded plaster ceiling. A door leads in to the kitchen/breakfast room very much the heart of the house. It is well fitted with a good range of wooden units with granite work surfaces over. From here steps lead up to the charming garden room. With windows on three aspects the room enjoys lovely views over the garden. This is a super room, perfect for informal entertaining and relaxing on a day to day basis
The main staircase rises to the first floor landing. The principal bedroom has a wonderful moulded plaster ceiling, with the Prince of Wales feathers and motto encaptured in the frieze; the en suite bathroom is generously fitted with plenty of wardrobes. There are three further bedrooms on this floor (one en suite), a sauna/shower room and a small separate bathroom. A secondary staircase leads back down to the ground floor.
The second floor has three further bedrooms, one with an en suite bathroom and two enjoying built-in wardrobes.
The garden is a wonderful setting for this important house. Pleached lime trees stand proud along the front façade.
To the rear the walled garden offers high levels of privacy and has a magnificent view over the adjoining parish church. Mainly laid to neat level lawn with several established herbaceous borders, a wonderful ancient beech tree dominates. A wide brick terrace runs along the rear.
A brick pathway leads to a gate that opens to the swimming pool and terrace. The tennis court is accessed through an ancient yew hedge.
A wide driveway offers plenty of parking in addition to the double garage.
The property is set in the historic village of Chilham, amidst the stunning countryside of the Kent Downs AONB. The village, filled with beautiful Tudor buildings and a Norman castle, provides a good range of shops and amenities. Canterbury - with its excellent shopping centre, cultural interests, and well-regarded schools - is also close by.
Ashford International offers frequent services to London St Pancras from 36 minutes, and Chilham station offers services between Ashford and Canterbury. The M2 (J7) and M20 (J9) provide fast access to the southern motorway network, Gatwick and Heathrow airports, with the Channel Tunnel terminal and Port of Dover offering services to the Continent.
From Canterbury: Take the A28 towards Ashford then join the A252 and follow signs into the village. Pass the Woolpack pub on the left into The Street. Cumberland House will be found a short distance along on the right-hand side.Read all