If the joys, privacy and seclusion provided by a country house, nestling in the midst of 0.993 acres of garden and with 4.184 acres of paddocks, is your idea of heaven then Upper Digges Place could literally be the place for you. This non listed residence is situated at the end of a private lane surrounded by farmland with panoramic views across the North Downs and the rolling Kent countryside. At the same time it offers easy access to the A2 for Dover, Canterbury and London and just across the road from the charming and vibrant village of Barham.
Sweeping into the large driveway where you can park numerous vehicles you are immediately drawn to the attractive facade and impressed by the wondrous display of specimen trees that grace the perimeter of the gardens. The main entrance hall leads to an attractive dining room on one side, accessed via glazed double doors. This includes a fireplace with a carved surround and is ideal for formal occasions while on the opposite side there is a lovely drawing room including an open fire with a wood surround fireplace, a ceiling rose and french doors to the terrace and is where you can enjoy entertaining friends and family in style.
The ‘hub of the household’ is the vast and well-proportioned country French oak kitchen leading through to the breakfast area providing a modern open plan feel. The breakfast area is partially divided from the relaxing sitting area by a central chimney breast and a two way wood burning stove. The kitchen includes a walk in style larder, a range cooker, an integrated fridge, dishwasher and washing machine with space for an integrated tumble dryer. This floor also includes a good sized study that could always be used as a bedroom if required as well as a large boiler room and cloakroom. This area could always be converted into an extra bath/shower room and/or a utility room.
There are two cellars that are excellent for storage and just the spot for those special wines you want to keep. While upstairs you will find flexible accommodation so suit a variety of needs. There is a family shower room, a cot room that could be a perfect nursery or sewing room, a double bedroom with an en suite bathroom, another light and bright double bedroom currently in use as an art studio and the superb master suite. This incorporates a partially vaulted and beamed ceiling, a fabulous en suite bathroom with a stand-alone bath and a very large dressing room that could easily be transformed back into another double bedroom if required. All the rooms have lovely views over the garden and the surrounding countryside.
Outside, in addition to the paved patio, there is a raised decked area for al fresco dining, extensive lawns and flower borders as well as the lovely trees. However there is also a large detached office and store that used to be the cowshed but now has light, heating and electrics and would be an excellent base if you want to run your business from home. At the same time it could always be converted into a separate single storey dwelling, subject to the necessary planning permissions. This could be ideal for elderly relatives or adult children or could even produce an income as a holiday let.
The paddocks are on the other side of the lane, adjacent to the North Downs Way and a bridle path. The fencing is in need of some repair but the paddocks provide excellent facilities for anyone who has horses and ponies or wants to keep sheep, alpacas or goats. There were plans passed for the construction of stables and field shelters and, while these plans have now lapsed, it is likely that it would be a simple process to have them reinstated or updated.
“We bought this property about 25 years ago when it was in an extremely neglected state. So spent a great deal of time and effort renovating it from top to bottom to become the wonderful country home it is today. We have always loved the quietness and the tranquil environment but now sadly feel that it is time for us to downsize and give another family the opportunity to enjoy everything we have created.
Although when you look around you would think we are in the middle of nowhere it is a short drive to the A2 for Dover and the Continent or Canterbury and London. There is even a nearby road that takes you straight to the outskirts of Folkestone for the Channel Tunnel. For local requirements the villages of Barham and Bridge can provide virtually everything we need.
Barham is a very friendly village with an historic church and a modernised and extended village hall that offers a variety of activities and facilities. These include two large halls, a conference/meeting room and a post office as well as a useful village shop run by volunteers that sells everything you need from light bulbs to specialist local wines and homemade bread and cakes to fresh meat. There is an excellent pub/restaurant nearby, a well respected village school and an active tennis and bowls club. In the nearby village of Bridge you will find a cricket club and also a variety of shops including a small supermarket, a health food shop and a hair and beauty salon. Bridge also has a number of pubs, restaurants and a tea shop plus a dentist and a very good surgery and clinic.
Very good private and grammar schools are available in Canterbury, Folkestone and Dover. Sporting and recreational opportunities also abound slightly further afield including the Kingsmead Leisure centre, first class cricket in Canterbury and sailing, fishing and bathing along the nearby coast. For golfing aficionados there is Broome Park or the Canterbury Golf Club as well as the Championship golf courses at Sandwich and Deal including Royal St George, Princes and the Royal Cinque Ports golf clubs”.
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