***OFFERS INVITED WITHIN THE RANGE OF ´+¢650,000 to ´+¢700,000***
"´+¢a house of impressive architectural detail and spacious proportions with an adaptable arrangement of accommodation that provides numerous options"
A house of impressive architectural detail
History Commissioned by the Church for the Vicar of River, Guston and Temple-Ewell, the original design instruction was to create a house that capitalised on its elevated, south facing position and to invite into the house as much natural light and fresh air as possible to the majority of rooms. Built by The Canterbury Diocese in 1873 the original brief was certainly followed closely and resulted in what remains today; a house of impressive architectural detail and spacious proportions, benefiting from tall ceilings and large south facing windows providing superb natural light to the majority of rooms.
Architecture The Vicarage has maintained many of its original features and architectural qualities which outside include elaborate carved hood moulds over the windows with carved label stops in the cross of the church and an intricately detailed inlaid Heraldry Stone representing the Archdiocese of Canterbury. Inside a beautifully kept, stained glass and stone mullion window flanks the eye catching oak staircase rising from the reception hall with its decorated tile floor.
Description A solid internal division in the 1950's separated the vicarage forming a cottage called 'Westview'. Enjoying its own independence, Westview has roomy accommodation arranged over three floors together with an extensive basement. Westview was sold shortly after its separation from the main house but bought by the current owners in 2000 once again bringing the whole into single ownership. The two properties remain distinctly separate but provide the opportunity to amalgamate into a single dwelling, or with some modification and refurbishment to the basements of both properties, gives excellent scope for further division of the property to form many unique dwellings. To both parts of the property, rooms are arranged over three floors. Shuttered windows give splendid views over the valley, while below the house, an extensive basement provides ample scope to extend the accommodation further with self contained space.
Outside Set well below the level of the road, the property has a high degree of privacy and seclusion. The approach is lined with several mature trees and shrubs and leads to ample parking to the front of the main house and to the side of Westview, as well as to a single garage. Behind the house and taking advantage of the sloping valley sides the garden is terraced with steps from the house to areas of level lawn continuing by path and further steps to a middle tier which is level and wide enough to have once been the site of a tennis court. The lawns are neatly edged with trim hedge and abundantly stocked flower beds. Further on, an orchard is planted with various fruit trees and beyond that is a wild flower meadow with tall trees on the boundary. Westview has its own area of enclosed garden which houses what is understood to be a former air raid shelter.
Location River is a small village on the outskirts of the Historic Cinque Port town of Dover. Set at the end of the Alkham valley, and on the slopes of the Eastern most tip of the North Downs, the property is immediately accessible to some superb walks. Set along London Road the property is particularly accessible with the M2 motorway joined via the A2 in just over a mile. The M20 motorway is accessed via the A20 in about 3 miles. There are a number of well regarded schools in the surrounding area including excellent Grammar Schools and access to the Port of Dover in just under 2 miles. The nearest main line rail station is Kearsney reached in under a mile with direct services to London Victoria and journey times from about 2 hours. New high speed services from Dover Priory reached in just over a mile, provide services to London St. Pancras and journey times from just over 1 hour.
Accommodation with approximate room sizes comprises;
THE MAIN HOUSE :
Entrance Porch with Entrance Door to;
Reception Hall with decorative quarry tiled floor. Understairs cupboard with marble shelf. Cloak cupboard. Door to cellar. Doors to;
Cloak Room With concealed cistern, wash basin, stripped bamboo floor.
Drawing Room21'9" x 14'8" (6.63m x 4.47m). A bright room with marble fireplace and shutters at the windows. Steps lead down to the terrace
Dining Room21'7" x 16'4" (6.58m x 4.98m). Having tall ceilings and a decorative marble fireplace. Steps lead down to the terrace.
Kitchen13'7" x 11'8" (4.14m x 3.56m). Having space within which to dine. Fitted with cupboards and wall units.
Landing Having a beautiful stained and lead light window supported by stone mullions and complemented by matching side window. Oak staircase with return to a wide landing area. Built in linen cupboard and doors to;
Bedroom19'4" x 14'9" (5.9m x 4.5m). Built in wardrobe and windows giving attractive views.
Bedroom13'8" x 11'8" (4.17m x 3.56m). With fireplace surroung and window to front.
Bedroom17'3" x 10'1" (5.26m x 3.07m). A sizeable room with large windows giving some attractive views.
Bathroom Fitted with a modern suite comprising panelled bath, shower cubicle, wash basin and twin heated towel rails.
Landing Approached from a concealed side staircase to a landing with ballustrade and over rail giving a fine view down through the house to the reception below. Door to;
Bedroom15'5" x 15'3" (4.7m x 4.65m). Having a charming panoramic window giving fine views over the valley. Attractive cast iron fireplace.
Bedroom11'4" x 8'5" (3.45m x 2.57m). With window to rear and connecting door to;
Bedroom13'9" x 12'8" (4.2m x 3.86m). With window to rear.
Vestibule Leading from steps from the Reception Hall to a wide corridor giving access to;
Utility Room16'3" x 16' (4.95m x 4.88m). Formerly the Kitchen to the house with attractive fireplace and belfast sink. Window to the rear giving good natural light.
|Boiler Room||10'2" x 4'8" (3.1m x 1.42m). With Oil Fired Potterton Boiler.|
|Coal Room|| with access hatch from the reception hall above, and accessing a further room but now part filled with rubble.|
|Wine Store||10'7" x 7'1" (3.23m x 2.16m). with built in wine bins and slate shelves.|
|Garden Room||14'11" x 8'1" (4.55m x 2.46m). With glazed door giving natural light and leading with steps up to the garden.|
|Westview Cottage|| A property with its own character and services, being entirely self contained and once a separate dwelling on a separate title. This attractive cottage has potential use as an annexe, a holiday let, or an investment to be let out on a shorthold tenancy. Accommodation comprises;|
|Entrance Hall|| with doors to;|
|Sitting Room||15'8" x 14'5" (4.78m x 4.4m). with tiled fireplace surround, and large window overlooking the garden behind.|
|Dining Room||11'9" x 10' (3.58m x 3.05m). with window to front and door to cellar.|
|Kitchen||11'5" x 10'2" (3.48m x 3.1m). Fitted with modern units and a modern gas fired boiler.|
|Cloakroom|| with WC and wash basin|
|First Floor||:. |
|Landing|| with linen cupboard and doors to;|
|Bedroom||15'6" x 11'2" (4.72m x 3.4m). Having window to the rear|
|Bathroom|| Fitted with a panelled bath, WC and wash basin.|
|Second Floor||:. |
|Landing|| with velux window giving natural light and doors to;|
|Bedroom||15'8" x 11'4" (4.78m x 3.45m). with window to the rear|
|Bedroom||16'11" x 11'8" (5.16m x 3.56m). with velux window.|
|Vestibule|| with steps leading down from from the Dining Room and doors to;|
|Utility Room||11'7" x 10' (3.53m x 3.05m). with plumbing and power for white goods, and a window giving natural light.|
|Chamber 1||11'11" x 9'3" (3.63m x 2.82m). |
|Chamber 2||11'5" x 5'7" (3.48m x 1.7m). |
|Garden Room|| An outer structure with charming flint fronted fireplace and understood to have previously had access to an Air Raid shelter on site.|
|Garage||:. A single garage with door to front.|
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Initial asking price:£700,000(09 Jan 12)
Final asking price:£700,000(15 May 12)
Sold price:£650,000(14 Jun 12)
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