Mr & Mrs Bell, Kent
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This wonderful example of a character listed building which provides one with the opportunity to really own a piece of English history. Grade II listed and steeped in local yarns it provides a really surprising 3,200 sq ft of living accommodation. Arranged over 3 floors, there is a wealth of character with timber beamed ceiling and walls, large feature inglenook fireplace, yet benefitting from a careful restoration of the house which started in 2013. There are potentially 4/5 bedrooms to choose from a large kitchen/dining room and a lovely lounge. Outside is an unattached walled garden which offers a secluded and discreet place to enjoy a quiet moments contemplation. Away from the main house along a shared access road is parking and garage for at least 3 cars
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Original period features designed to reflect the wealth of the owner unusual and distinctive oak ceiling with scalloped beams and main Bessemer beam, 50% timbered feature wall with wattle & daub infill, very large brick Inglenook fireplace with terracotta flooring, internal sculpted arched doorway. Period bay window with some historic nodule and curved glass panes, offering un-interrupted view of the windmill. Internal porch with glass panes matching the bay. Bespoke oak shelving in one alcove. Stovax Stockton 11 wood burning stove 11kW (range 7-14kW) installed 2014 up to 76% efficient. Used daily in the colder months.
Original ceiling beams with wood support posts. Victorian terracotta tiled floor throughout. Feature internal doorway and lead paned internal window. Restored brick feature fireplace. Double glazed lead paned external windows. The shaker style kitchen units were hand made locally, installed Nov 2015, with Weyland handmade beeswax finished handles and knobs. The handmade zinc worktops kill bacteria, as used by Victorian oyster shucking stall owners to keep oysters fresh and clean. The zinc is also resistant to staining (unlike granite and marble), fairly easy to re-surface if damaged and not expensive to replace compared to stone. The units are all free-standing to minimise any damage to the building. The island has 4 double power sockets and 2 USB charging points. Double Butler sink. Space for 10 seat dining table. Window seat with storage beneath. LED downlights.
Dry room with even temperature throughout the year, which can be used as a bedroom, workspace or storage. There is a lot of insulation in the roof, which has proved to be effective in minimising noise. Makes a great teenage party/games room. Elevated floor.
Very spacious with similar original period features as the lounge. Secondary double glazing and build in wardrobe with lighting.
Renovated September 2017. White metro wall tiles over the bath, shower installed, and new floor tiles laid, to match the shower-room downstairs. The Tudor mullions on the wall shared with the main bedroom are original and very rare. Shelving and in-built storage cupboards.
Double room with windows on two aspects. One lead paned feature window. Storage cupboard / wardrobe.
Very light double room, one window facing East and one South. Has been used as an art studio by previous owners.
Very large airy attic bedroom with white painted beams and ceiling. Built in storage and shelving. Window with view to windmill.
The pine cladding covers the steelwork in place to support the roof, after the main tie-beam was cut in error about 70 years ago. Surveyor confirmed there are no structural issues. There is a lot of insulation behind the cladding making this quite a warm room. Used as a double bedroom but could be used for storage/office.
Butler style single utility sink installed 2017 with zinc worktops either side. Plumbing for washing machine and room for tumble dryer. Feature brick wall. Slanting glass double glazed roof. Stone floor.
Third is paved with Victorian wire cut bricks, laid Jun 2015 on SUDS compliant sub-base to minimize water run-off (rain water stays in the sub-base and permeates the garden over time). Plenty or room for tables and barbecue. Grass lawn with brick edging. Surrounded by raised beds made from jarrah hardwood sleepers (no tar) allowing large parties to sit around the garden. There is a herb bed, vegetable patch, and fruit bushes. The flower borders were designed for minimal maintenance, with a number of established rosebushes and shrubs.
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