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Clifton Gardens, Canterbury

Price £1,000,000

5 Bedroom Detached House For Sale in Clifton Gardens, Canterbury

4 5 1 Land Size: 0 acres

“When we built the house we wanted something special and individual and we have loved living here and bringing up our family over the past 32 years but they are all grown up now and we feel it is time to downsize although we shall undoubtedly miss our home very much. We thoroughly enjoy entertaining which is why we in effect have ‘two’ kitchens and tried to ensure that we could provide everything needed for leisure and pleasure. The swimming pool has been extremely well used over the years and we built the terrace as big as it is so that there is plenty of room for any number of friends and family to enjoy our hospitality. While the lounge and dining room really come into their own over Christmas and the New Year holidays.

“We originally fell in love with the position because we are really tucked away and it is so quiet and tranquil yet we are near to the West Gate at Canterbury and the pubs and restaurants, our children could walk to school or...

If you want a beautiful and unique detached family home, providing the seclusion and security associated with rural living, yet be within easy walking distance of Canterbury West station, a number of excellent schools, the Kent University and the city centre, this stunning property should be top of your list. It is hidden away down a long gravel drive at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, nestling in the midst of about a third of an acre of landscaped garden and grounds and accessed via impressive wrought iron remote controlled gates. From the moment you set eyes on the Tudor style black and cream exterior of the house with its lovely wood surround windows, cathedral style upper windows, beautiful yellow roses and gorgeous old wood front door with its stained glass insert, you know it is something really special and once inside the individuality of the house becomes even more apparent.

Little Manor was designed and built by the owners in 1986. It is timber framed and incorporates a variety of glorious features giving it great character and charm. This is evident from the moment you walk into the warm and welcoming reception hall with its Merbau wood flooring, attractive staircase, original wood doors and beams. In fact everywhere you look there are beams, whether they are fascinating structural beams supporting the property or ornate lintels over doorways or fireplaces. These include one over the vast reclaimed brick surround inglenook in the elegant and spacious lounge with a smaller fireplace in the dining area, while the large open area between the lounge and dining room features an exposed brick wall. This L shaped living space is ideal for entertaining as there are french doors to the small covered loggia and side patio from the dining room and doors to the vast semi circular terrace where you can enjoy early evening drinks before dinner. Alternatively the living room is just the place to sit round a roaring fire on a cold winter’s night.

There is a delightful kitchen/breakfast room with a large skylight offering additional natural light and bespoke maple units. It includes a range cooker, fridge freezer, dishwasher, second fridge and microwave as well as a large, double sized larder. In addition there is an adjacent utility room that doubles up as an extra kitchen as it also includes a microwave and a double oven. The ground floor also  has a cloakroom and a relaxing ‘den’ or TV room that leads to a very useful office where you can see the front gate and any approaching visitors and a lobby where you can sit at your computer or read a book.

On the first floor the galleried landing is large enough for seating and leads to a family bathroom and five good sized bedrooms including a guest double with en suite shower facilities and the lovely master with it wall of bespoke fitted wardrobes and en suite bathroom. Outside there are surprises to delight you wherever you look. The half moon terrace leads up steps to the lawn and the children’s playground as well as to the completely fenced off and gated above ground swimming pool area with its own decked terrace and summer house, so is very safe if you have young children. Surrounding the garden are lovely specimen trees and mature shrubs such as rhododendrons and camellias as well as a selection of flower borders and storage facilities. The large frontage provides off road parking for numerous vehicles and, although it has now lapsed, there was planning permission to replace the large and very useful storage shed with a garage and probably this could be re-instated if required.

Property Features

  • A property perfectly located to benefit from city living
  • A fabulously presented and unique detached family home
  • 0.343 acre plot including a beautiful mature garden
  • Open sitting & dining area with stunning reclaimed brick inglenook fireplace
  • Secure gated grounds with vast driveway
  • Conveniently located within 0.7 miles of Canterbury West train station
  • No onward chain so early possession possible

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