A fine Grade II listed 6 bedroom Victorian property with wonderful views over the English Channel.
The Old Vicarage is Grade II listed and situated on a private road, in a conservation area area occupying an elevated position between the village of Sandgate and Folkestone, commanding stunning views over the English Channel across Hythe Bay to Dungeness and towards France. There is a pleasant outlook over Sandgate, an historic seaside village boasting many antique shops, pubs, restaurants and local shops, teeming with naval, military and social history, with a fascinating mix of architectural styles. Henry VIII built the now restored waterfront castle as a safeguard against Spanish invasion. Hythe provides further shopping, entertainment and leisure activities, whilst Folkestone seafront enjoys a bustling Harbour Arm with seasonal festivities, and the Old High Street within the Creative Quarter affords charming cafe's and eateries with fine dining being located at the renowned Rocksalt restaurant with its stunning views over the harbour. Sporting facilities area available at Folkestone and also at the Imperial Hotel leisure centre in Hythe, together with good golf courses, rowing and sailing clubs.
Communications are excellent with access to the Continent by the Eurostar services from Ashford International, the Channel Tunnel Terminal at Cheriton or via Dover harbour. The M20 motorway is a short drive away leading to London and the M25 orbital. There is a mainline railway station at Folkestone West offering services to Ashford and London charing Cross, whilst the high speed rail link has a journey time to London St Pancras of under an hour.
The Old Vicarage is a charming Grade II listed detached house built around 1849 and understood to be designed by the architect Sir Sydney Smirke, with delightful proportions providing a characterful property in a stunning position. The house has 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and offers the flexibility to use 3 of the bedrooms to form an integrated suite of rooms with a sitting room and a bathroom. The rooms are generally of good size in keeping with the period, allowing for lots of light, with the kitchen being a particularly useful space having both a breakfast area and dining area, therefore creating a wonderful family room in which to enjoy and entertain. The property delivers an abundance of features having natural wood floorboards in the main entrance hall, dining area an study, alongside pretty paned windows with some original shutters featuring throughout. Handsome fireplaces compliment the main rooms, whilst attractive recesses with shelving and cupboards, panelled archways and decorative ceilings continue the lovely ambience which flows through the property.
Covered verandah leading to entrance vestibule. Spacious hallway with glazed window and shutters, drawing room with partial sea views through stunning full length multi paned windows, attractive fireplace surround with cast iron style inset, decorative ceiling. Dining Room presently used as a playroom, with pretty windows, log burning stove, attractive shelving and cupboards to the chimney recess. Large kitchen with breakfast and dining areas, underfloor heating, mixture of ivory gloss units and wood effect units with Quartz worktops. Siemens 5 ring gas hob and eye level oven with combination microwave. Two large shelved larder cupboards, double doors to terrace, spotlights and ceramic tiled floor.Study with large windows and sea views, fireplace with particularly attractive tiled hearth, shelving to recess. Utility room with butler sink, timber floor and shelved cupboard.Cellar with attractive brick floor, Ideal Concorde CX gas fired boiler, time controls for central heating and hot water, hot water cylinder, electric light and power, water, wine bins and storage.
Half landing with W.C., master bedroom with attractive fireplace (sealed), pretty windows with shutters and view towards Sandgate and the sea, built in cupboard, en-suite shower room with 'his and hers' sinks, shower cubicle, ceramic tiled floor and sea views. Bedroom 2 with attractive windows and fireplace. Bedroom 3 with fireplace, fitted wardrobe cupboard and display shelves. Lovely bathroom with free standing Victorian style, claw-footed roll top bath, attractive Victorian style sink, separate shower cubicle and marble tiled floor with underfloor heating.Self contained suite providing sitting room with sea view, bedroom with fireplace and sea views, 2 further bedrooms and a bathroom on the top floor.
There is a handsome and well established garden adjoining The Old Vicarage with a large terrace accessed from the kitchen and breakfast room running along the length of the house. Mature trees surround a good sized lawn area with mature borders providing fuschia, hebe, roses and holmoak. A grassy pathway leads up to the top of the garden to a delightful patio/terrace with stunning sea views across the roof tops of Sandgate. A tiled terrace leads around to the front of the property to the gravelled driveway and parking area accessed via electric gates. Covered verandah to the front providing a wonderful position to sit and enjoy the views towards the sea.
ServicesAll main services are connected. Central heating and hot water from the Ideal Concorde gas fired boiler. Hot water also supplemented byan electric immersion heater. (The central heating and hot water system (s), together with any appliances in the particulars, have not been testedby Smith Woolley).TenureFreeholdCouncil TaxCurrently listed in band G by Shepway District Council: 01303 853000.Fixtures and FittingsThe fitted carpets and curtains, together with the fixtures and fittings not mentioned in the particulars, are excluded from the sale but maybe available to the purchaser by separate negotiation if required.ViewingSTRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT THROUGH THIS OFFICE.
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