Kearsney Court, Alkham Road, Temple Ewell, Dover, CT16 3EB

£400,000

4 Bedroom House For Sale in Kearsney Court, Alkham Road, Temple Ewell, Dover, CT16 3EB

“My late husband bought the house in the 1970s and I moved here with my children when we got married in 1982 but I have now decided to go and live near to my daughter. My husband was always fascinated with the history of the place and particularly the grounds. In fact over the years we have had some wonderful parties in the gardens that form part of the original landscape of Kearsney Court which was laid out in 1900. The communal gardens include one of the centerpieces of the entire estate – the Bastion. This is a semi circular garden with a central pool and, although it has now been grassed over, it is still possible to see the lines of the old gravel paths and flower beds as it was originally laid out.

Designing this parkland and garden was one of the first independent commissions for Thomas Mawson, the leading landscape designer of the early 20th century. The owner of Kearsney Court was Edward Percy Barlow, the founder of Wiggins Teape, the paper manufacture and the grounds were designed to provide an appropriate setting for the owner's new residence in the countryside. It was designed in the Arts and Crafts style and is almost a park in miniature with ambitious terraced gardens cascading down the hillside culminating in a magnificent canal with ornamental bridges and a boathouse set among mature trees, wider park-like grounds, a kitchen garden and appurtenances like stables and lodges. In fact Mawson himself viewed the commission as a great success, including several plates of the landscape in his series of books entitled 'The Art & Craft of Garden Making'.

Since the 1950s the rest of the grounds have become a public park known as Russell Gardens. It is Grade II Listed and the council have recently secured a £3million heritage lottery fund for the restoration of the gardens to Mawson's original design. This will include the removal of trees close to the communal gardens to recreate a more open aspect and enhan

Whether you are looking for a fascinating permanent home or a tranquil holiday retreat in an unusual setting this charming four bedroom, three storey 'town house' within the historic Kearsney Court is a delight. Accessed via a long, tree-lined private road from Temple Ewell village you can immediately recognise the house as it is the one with the stunning original arched stained glass front door with its accompanying stained glass fan light and side panels. Opening this unique door into the reception hall with its high ceilings, herringbone wood flooring, picture and dado rails you immediately feel the ambience of a bygone era and then walking into the elegant lounge/dining room with its attractive fireplace, your eyes are immediately drawn to the veritable wall of windows and french door that provide a magnificent vista across to the stunning communal gardens, Russell Gardens and the Alkham Valley beyond. Steps down from the french door leads to a cosy private garden and to the very special communal gardens.There is a well fitted kitchen with a built in oven and hob and space and plumbing for other appliances. As this is not a listed building there is the opportunity to extend outwards to create a larger kitchen with a breakfast bar. The first floor includes the master bedroom with a row of fitted wardrobes and the family bathroom while there are three further bedrooms... Read more

Property Features

  • Unique three storey ‘town house’ within Kearsney Court
  • Light interior with high ceilings and flexible accommodation
  • Stunning views over Russell Gardens and the Alkham Valley
  • Magnificent communal gardens in the Arts and Crafts style
  • Private garden, patio and allotment with fruit trees
  • Garage en bloc and ample residents’ parking

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