A wonderful opportunity to escape to the countryside presents itself in this seven-bedroom character cottage on the edge of the rural village of Appledore in Kent. Let together with a separate three-bedroom barn conversion and a bright, separate office space in a third building, this well-presented property stands in almost an acre of garden and features its own small lake.
The main property is an oast house, typical of Kent and once used for drying hops grown in the surrounding countryside. It has a distinctive and charming look with twin turrets topped by white cowls. You enter the property via a cosy, beamed hallway which gives way to a snug living room on the left with an inglenook fireplace. From here you are drawn through to a further seating area in a modern extension with a stylish combination of exposed brick work and floor-to-ceiling, sliding patio doors on three sides. Mid-century style furniture, a cinema-style big screen and a log-burner make this a favourite part of the house which links to the games room and a lakeside deck in the garden.
Also on the ground floor, to the right of the front door, is the kitchen which features two full-size ovens, two six-ring hobs and an American-style double-doored fridge among its white goods. Bi-fold doors open to a small patio with a pizza oven and BBQ which lead out to the lawn, hot tub, children’s play area and a deck overlooking the small fenced lake.
The first floor is home to an en-suite master bedroom, two double rooms (both en suite), one twin room and two bunk rooms as well as a family bathroom. A family suite with a double room, dressing room and en suite shower room is on the second floor.
A converted barn is linked to the oast by a patio. This separate property has its own small kitchen and a reception room with a combined living/dining area along with three en-suite bedrooms. One of the bedrooms is found on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible with an en-suite wet room. The other two bedrooms are upstairs, one has a balcony overlooking the garden. There is a separate front door and additional parking for the barn.
A third building on the property features a first-floor office space which is available to tenants who wish to work from home with a degree of separation from the living quarters. The office space is accessed by an external staircase and has tea and coffee-making facilities and built-in desks under Velux windows making it a light and airy space to work.
Appledore is a small village just an hour’s drive from south London and an hour by train from St Pancras. The village centre is under a mile away and can be reached by a cross-country walk or short drive. There you’ll find a pub, tea room, antiques shop, village store and children’s play area. Appledore Station is 2.6 miles from the property and links with Ashford International from where there are high speed trains to London St Pancras. The nearest large town is Ashford, 8 miles away, and the picturesque town of Rye and the beach at Camber Sands are just over 10 miles away.
Property first listed: Over a month ago