This fascinating family home is part of a large and impressive Edwardian property that was believed to have been owned by the Mackeson clan. They had a well known brewery in Hythe that was first established in1699 and continued in the town until 1968. The house is full of delightful period features providing character and charm together with all the mod cons needed by today’s homeowners. Set very well back from the road, high on the hillside with stunning panoramic views across Hythe to the sea, it provides plenty of space for family life, whether as a permanent home or a really special holiday retreat. However you have to cross the threshold to really begin to appreciate everything this place has to offer. Once through the attractive front door and into the porch with its tiled floor you start to see the internal period features with the arched inner front door and glazed panel leading to the welcoming hall. This leads straight through to the very contemporary Wren kitchen/breakfast room with a large central island and wide granite top, a range cooker, integrated fridge, freezer and dishwasher as well as a charming fireplace and a wall of bi-folding doors to the upper terrace. This is a real suntrap and has a balustrade and steps to the lower garden areas. When these doors are open it really brings the outdoors inside and creates a lovely space where you can sit and relax and enjoy the views. Off the hall there is a fitted utility room and a cloakroom. The lower ground floor has been converted from a beer cellar vault into a splendid ‘hideaway’ that is ideal for older children and entertaining. It is a really fun area with brick arches and is completely sound proof so you don’t have to worry about the noise. It incorporates a study and family area currently used as a games/music room but you could use it as an office is you want to work undisturbed. There is also a double bedroom next door with an en suite shower room to complete this very useful additional accommodation. To make the most of the stunning views over the rooftops of Hythe to the sea and across to France, you will find a delightful light and bright lounge on the first floor. This lovely room includes high ceilings, coving and a picture rail, wood flooring and an impressive ornate fireplace with a marble hearth. However the ‘piece de resistance’ is the wide balcony where you can sit over a morning coffee on a sunny morning and revel in the panoramic vista or enjoy a nightcap watching the stars and the moon reflected on the sea. This floor also includes a double bedroom and a fun family bathroom with a stand alone claw foot slipper bath and a double shower. The top floor has a double bedroom that includes plumbing for a possible shower as well as the master bedroom with its even more far reaching sea views and a vast amount of cupboard space. From the upper terrace you can walk down steps and decking to the first part of the garden with its built in barbecue. Further down and accessed via some original brick steps there is a very secluded ‘nook’ where you can sit around a table and enjoy the privacy provided by colourful shrubs and plants. At the front of the property there is a large area for off road parking as well as a separate garage.
“We have lived in Hythe for many years and really enjoy the town and we bought this house more recently as we had always wanted a place with a view of the sea but within easy walking distance of the town centre and transport links. Also we thought it was a great family home for our teenage children. However we are having to move for family reasons but will still be living in the locale.
Hythe is a delightful seaside town with its individual shops, bars, restaurants and pavement cafes as well as Waitrose and other supermarkets. We have the excellent Hotel Imperial with its golf course and leisure centre as well as cricket, squash, tennis and sailing clubs and the Sene Valley golf course originally designed by Henry Cotton.
The are good local primary schools and two excellent grammar schools in Folkestone with top class private schools available in Ashford, Canterbury and Dover. Transport links are very good with Sandling station not far away and it is less than an hour to London on the high speed train from Folkestone West or about 35 minutes if you drive to Ashford International. If you fancy lunch in France it is only a few minutes to the M20 for the Channel Tunnel while youngsters will enjoy a trip on the unique miniature Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch light railway.”
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